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Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s new headquarters stand under construction in Shenzhen, China, on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. The new headquarters for Tencent is a $599 million project aimed at creating a campus-like atmosphere for the urban setting. Scheduled for completion next year, the Shenzhen skyscraper could become one of the largest labs for new internet services and connected devices. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tencent increases its focus on artificial intelligence

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and Chinese tech companies, thoughts often begin and end with Baidu. But Tencent, Asia’s second highest-valued tech company behind Alibaba, has reminded the world that it too is investing in the…
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Editas, Allergan Ink $90M CRISPR-Based Eye Drug Deal

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Editas Medicine has signed a deal potentially worth more than $90 million, giving Allergan the exclusive rights to license certain of its CRISPR genome editing-based treatments for eye diseases. Under the terms of…
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Freenome Raises $65M in Series A Funds

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Palo Alto, California-based Freenome announced today that it has raised $65 million in Series A funding, which it will put toward conducting clinical trials to validate its non-invasive, early cancer detection technology. The…
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New prospects for growing human replacement organs in animals

For the first time, biologists have succeeded in growing human stem cells in animal embryos, shifting from science fiction to the realm of the possible the idea of developing human organs in animals for later transplant. The approach involves…
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Digital Addiction Therapy Could Be First FDA-Approved App

LAS VEGAS — Digital therapy could soon be prescribed and reimbursed like a pharmaceutical drug for patients with chronic substance use disorder. "This could be a watershed moment for digital health," said Corey McCann, MD, PhD, chief executive…
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The Stem-Cell Revolution Is Coming — Slowly

 Shinya Yamanaka directs Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, and leads a small research lab at the Gladstone Institutes, which is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. In…
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Nootrobox wants to boost your brain power with vitamin D

Who needs the sun? Many Silicon Valley startups pride themselves on long, grueling work hours, toiling from the crack of dawn until late into the night. But that work pride has a toll — they likely suffer from a serious lack of vitamin D. Most…
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NASA’s new X-plane and the future of electric aircraft

The world is on a quest to create cleaner, quieter airplanes that could replace the fuel-guzzling, roaring commercial aircraft in use today. NASA is leading much of the research and development effort in this area and today they’ve announced…
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Cylance raises $100 million for AI cybersecurity

Even the most advanced security teams have a hard time staying ahead of cyberattacks. That’s why Cylance has developed artificial intelligence algorithms to seek out vulnerabilities in computer networks and address them. The Irvine, Calif.,…
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The barbell effect of machine learning

If there’s one technology that promises to change the world more than any other over the next several decades, it’s (arguably) machine learning. By enabling computers to learn certain things more efficiently than humans, and discover…
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Can artificial intelligence wipe out cyber terror?

Slowly but surely, cyber security is evolving from the days of castles and moats into the modern era of software driven business. In the 1990s, after several failed attempts to build secure operating systems, the predominant security model became…
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Tata Communications pushes VR, AR for F1 experience

Tata Communications launched the 2016 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, focusing on how virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) technologies could be used to make the sport more immersive for fans, and help the teams work more effectively…