Age of AI and Big Data – Impact on Justice, Human Rights and Privacy Zoom event on September 28, 2022 at 12 – 1:30 pm EDT

The Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) in a September 15, 2022 announcement (received via email) announced an event (Age of AI and Big Data – Impact on Justice, Human Rights and Privacy) centered on some of the latest government doings on artificial intelligence and privacy (Bill C-27), In an increasingly connected world, we share a...

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Follow up to the Charles M. Lieber affair and US government efforts to prosecute nanotech scientists

Rebecca Trager in a March 5, 2021 news article for Chemistry World highlights support for Charles M. Lieber (Harvard professor and chair of the chemistry department) from his colleagues (Note: Links have been removed), More than a year after the chair of Harvard University’s chemistry department was arrested for allegedly hiding his receipt of millions of dollars in research funding from China from his university and the US government, dozens of prominent researchers – including…

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Protocols for mouse-human chimeric embryos

This work on a type of species boundary-crossing could be very disturbing for some folks. That said, here’s more about the science from a July 2, 2021 news item on phys.org, A year after University at Buffalo [in New York state] scientists demonstrated that it was possible to produce millions of mature human cells in a mouse embryo, they have published a detailed description of the method so that other laboratories can do it, too.…

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Five country survey of reactions to food genome editing

Weirdly and even though most of this paper’s authors are from the University of British Columbia (UBC; Canada), only one press release was issued and that was by the lead author’s (Gesa Busch) home institution, the University of Göttingen (Germany). I’m glad Busch, the other authors, and the work are getting some attention (if not as much as I think they should). From a July 9, 2021 University of Göttingen press release (also on EurekAlert…

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Human genome editing and some difficult conversations

I’ve been wondering when there’d be more ‘public engagement’ discussion in Canada about artificial intelligence, human genome editing, robotics, and other technologies which are rapidly changing status from ’emerging technologies’ to ’embedded technologies’. An April 26, 2021 University of Wisconsin-Madison news release (also on EurekAlert) reviews some current human genome editing public engagement efforts and offers suggestions for improvements, In October of 2020, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry…

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Human genome editing and some difficult conversations

I’ve been wondering when there’d be more ‘public engagement’ discussion in Canada about artificial intelligence, human genome editing, robotics, and other technologies which are rapidly changing status from ’emerging technologies’ to ’embedded technologies’. An April 26, 2021 University of Wisconsin-Madison news release (also on EurekAlert) reviews some current human genome editing public engagement efforts and offers suggestions for improvements, In October of 2020, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry…

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A lobster’s stretch and strength in a hydrogel

An MIT team has fabricated a hydrogel-based material that mimics the structure of the lobster’s underbelly, the toughest known hydrogel found in nature. Credits: Courtesy of the researchers I love this lobster. In most photos, they’re food. This shows off the lobster as a living entity while showcasing its underbelly, which is what this story is all about. From an April 23, 2021 news item on phys.org (Note: A link has been removed), A lobster’s…

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Nanomaterials are now nanoforms?

There’s a proposal/recommendation/call to start calling nanomaterials ‘nanoforms’ according to an April 20, 2021 article (you can also find it here on JDSupra) by Lynn Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton in April 27, 2021 (Volume XI, Number 117) issue of the National Law Review, The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has published a March 2021 position paper, A changing regulatory landscape and language for the nanoscale, that examines the transition from “nanomaterial” to “nanoforms” to reflect better…

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Entanglement-based quantum network courtesy of Dutch researchers

Belated congratulations to the researchers at the Delft University of Technology! Very exciting news as an April 15, 2021 news item on ScienceDaily makes clear, A team of researchers from QuTech in the Netherlands reports realization of the first multi-node quantum network, connecting three quantum processors. In addition, they achieved a proof-of-principle demonstration of key quantum network protocols. Their findings mark an important milestone towards the future quantum internet and have now been published in…

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I am a book. I am a portal to …

Interactive data visualization for children who want to learn about the universe in the form of a book was published by Penguin Books as “I am a book. I am a portal to the universe.” was first published in 2020. As of April 2021, it has crossed the Atlantic Ocean occasioning an April 16, 2021 article by Mark Wilson for Fast Company (Note: Links have been removed), …… A collaboration between data-centric designer Stefanie Posavec…

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