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Open source genomics raise enormous challenges when protecting patient identity Over the past decade the genomic revolution has taken off in spectacular style ushering in the potential for truly personalized medicine. At the same time, genome sharing websites like openSNP now provide a platform for uploading -personal genomics. Companies including -- Ancestry.com and 23andMe are offering kinship and limited diagnostic services...
To the late chef Anthony Bourdain, “Life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is not a life worth living.” Vegetarians, he wrote in Kitchen Confidential, “are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for – the pure enjoyment of food.” Bourdain was...
Crystalline Mirror Solutions
In the Austrian success story of gravitational waves, detecting something tiny can be a huge leap forward On February 11, 2016, the last of Albert Einstein’s scientific predictions was officially confirmed. Now, a hundred years after the physicist had predicted their existence in his theory of general relativity, researchers found evidence of “gravitational waves” – waves caused by massive cosmic cataclysms...
Dealing with stress
One study divides how we cope with anxiety into four categories: Guardians, Integrators, Drivers and Pioneers. Which one are you? “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles,” remarked Charlie Chaplin’s title character in Monsieur Verdoux, the 1947 murder mystery. For those of us who slave away at the daily grind, we can only hope for the alleviating...
Amazone Echo
The first home automation hub, Amazon Echo raises lots of questions about how much we want to depend on artificial intelligence Entering our living room six weeks ago, I found my tech-savvy husband installing another addition to our already quite impressive set of technical devices. Another speaker for our apartment’s state-of-the-art sound system? An air humidifier (my second guess)? A...
Computer intelligence in music
Scientists are teaching computers about the complex factors that make music expressive. Might computers outperform humans someday? The digital age has been a mixed blessing for musicians. Digital electronics can supplant live performers and illegal copying of recordings has decimated royalty payments. Soundtrack composers can now access vast archives of digitally sampled instruments and voices – such as the Vienna...
Homesickness
Previously dismissed as a sign of immaturity, homesickness is now seen by researchers as playing a vital evolutionary role. All it takes is the balmy smell of lilac, the savory taste of pierogi, or the buzzing cacophony of rush hour, and once again, you feel that familiar twinge: homesickness. The triggers are as specific as the experience is universal. Pointedly...
Pioneers Festival
“This is not a conference. This is a festival!” the main stage emcee Daniel Cronin, co-founder of AustrianStartups, told the packed “Arena” audience during the opening ceremony of the Pioneers Festival – one of Europe’s top expos for innovative technology. Throughout the two days of keynote speeches, workshops and discussions, Cronin implored the “boys and girls” in attendance to...
A new study at Vienna’s University of Veterinary Medicine shows how cells change according to daily rhythms, with significant consequences for your health It’s morning, you’ve had a solid night’s sleep, the sun is shining – and it’s Saturday, the start of a glorious summer weekend. So why are you feeling so blah? Blame your circadian rhythm. Light from laptops and smartphones, erratic...
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