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Researchers quantify breast cancer risk based on rare variants and background risk

(American Society of Human Genetics) Rare variants combined with background genetic risk factors may account for many unexplained cases of familial breast cancer, and knowing the specific genes involved could inform choice of prevention...Show More Summary

Physical inactivity and restless sleep exacerbate genetic risk of obesity

(American Society of Human Genetics) Low levels of physical activity and inefficient sleep patterns intensify the effects of genetic risk factors for obesity, according to results of a large-scale study presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Show More Summary

Mathematically modeling HIV drug pharmacodynamics

(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Complete elimination of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) presents a challenge due to latent viral reservoirs within the body that can help re-establish infection. In a paper publishing...Show More Summary

Global pollution kills millions and threatens 'survival of human societies'

Landmark study finds toxic air, water, soils and workplaces kill at least 9m people and cost trillions of dollars every year Pollution kills at least nine million people and costs trillions of dollars every year, according to the most comprehensive global analysis to date, which warns the crisis “threatens the continuing survival of human societies”. Show More Summary

Humane Society Proposes To Block Arizona’s Management of Big Cats

Arizona Wildlife Federation Position Statement on Humane Society proposed initiative to ban the killing of all Big Cat Species in Arizona.. This post Humane Society Proposes To Block Arizona’s Management of Big Cats appeared first on AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News.

Soros Gives $18 Billion to Open Society Foundation

The financier George Soros has transferred about $18 billion to his human rights foundation, bringing his lifetime giving to $32 billion and making the foundation one of the world's largest. The donation makes Soros's Open Society Foundations...Show More Summary

Duplications of noncoding DNA may have affected evolution of human-specific traits

(American Society of Human Genetics) Duplications of large segments of noncoding DNA in the human genome may have contributed to the emergence of differences between humans and nonhuman primates, according to results presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Show More Summary

George Soros Transfers Billions to Open Society Foundations

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Mr. Soros has moved about $18 billion to Open Society, which promotes democracy and human rights around the world. He plans to give still more.

Kuwait Human Rights Society urges revocation of expat health service fees

Kuwaitâ??s Society for Human Rights, (KHRS), is calling for the controversial new expat health service fee to be revoked due to patients quitting necessary medication. Kuwaitâ??s human rights organisation is urging the government to reverse the new law forcing expats to pay for heathcare services, citing new reports that a large number of... Expats Blog -

Genomics researchers showcase their applications of Droplet Digital PCR at ASHG 2017 Annual Meeting

ORLANDO, Fla. - Oct. 17, 2017 - The sensitivity and reliability of Droplet Digital PCR will be showcased in over a dozen presentations at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2017 Annual Meeting, Orlando, Fla., October 17-21. The breadth and diversity of the posters and plenaries demonstrate the impact Droplet Digital PCR technology has had throughout genomics.

Collective Intelligence Is the Root of Human Progress

Many of us intuitively think about intelligence as an individual trait. As a society, we have a tendency to praise individual game-changers for accomplishments that would not be possible without their teams, often tens of thousands of people that work behind the scenes to make extraordinary things happen. Matt Ridley, best-selling author of multiple books, […]

How “Big Data” Went Bust

Five years ago—in February 2012—an article in the New York Times’ Sunday Review heralded the arrival of a new epoch in human affairs: “The Age of Big Data.” Society was embarking on a revolution, the article informed us, one in which the collection and analysis of enormous quantities of data would transform almost every facet of life. Show More Summary

In a first for wearable optics, researchers develop stretchy fiber to capture body motion

(The Optical Society) Research in Optica offers the first demonstration of optical fibers sturdy enough to sense a wide range of human motion.

Counting the true costs of climate change

(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) Destabilizing the climate can also destabilize societies. Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardize development for many of the world's poor. Show More Summary

Cast of ‘The Walking Dead’ talks politics — sort of

The Walking Dead,” a gruesome post-apocalyptic drama about what happens to humanity when it’s stripped of civilized society, isn’t a commentary on the currently tense political climate in this country — except when it is. On Tuesday, cast members of the AMC zombie series set to premiere its eighth (and counting) season later this month, were […]

Review articles put animal models under closer scrutiny

(Humane Society International) Human Society International will give grants of $5,000 (USD) to support the development and open access publication of in-depth review articles on different areas of human diseases.

Alphabet’s DeepMind sets up ‘ethics and society’ unit to research real-world impact of AI

ANALYSIS: Will artificial intelligence (AI) be the death-knell for humanity, or will AI improve our lives immeasurably? It depends who you ask. Tech luminary Elon Musk, for example, reckons that AI is the biggest threat we face as a civilization, while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg thinks such viewpoints are irresponsible at best. The bottom line is, we don’t […]

Harnessing Polarization

Human status competition can be wasteful. For example, often many athletes all work hard to win a contest, yet if they had all worked only half as hard, the best one could still have won. Many human societies, however, have … Continue reading ?

CMU's Center for Human Rights Science receives $100,000 grant from Open Society Foundations

(Carnegie Mellon University) To drive the discovery, ethical evaluation and responsible promotion of emerging technologies that can be used to document human rights atrocities, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning techniques, computer vision, blockchain and biosensors, Open Society Foundations has awarded CHRS $100,000.

Sapolsky (2): Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

Like Rousseau, Robert Sapolsky believes that the biggest mistake human beings have ever made was in leaving the egalitarian life in the state of nature and entering the agrarian societies where inequality was invented. That inequality--in...Show More Summary

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