Posts published on: April 2021

Artificial intelligence now allows us to recover lost languages

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 1, 2021

Artificial intelligence now allows us to recover lost languages

An artificial intelligence system developed by the MIT Laboratory of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) aims to decipher missing languages and learn more about the people who spoke them. The algorithms they have designed can automatically decipher a lost language using only a few thousand words (far less data than is commonly used to train algorithms). The records that have survived to our days of the languages ??that have been lost throughout history are so minimal (often la…

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Philippine students need to plant 10 trees to graduate

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 6, 2021

Philippine students need to plant 10 trees to graduate

To regain its forest cover and see forests grow again, the Philippines introduced an interesting law that requires each student to plant 10 trees before graduation. Deforestation constitutes one of the great global problems, constituting a serious threat to existing biodiversity, a decrease in the absorption capacity of CO2, and the loss of habitat for millions of animal and plant species…

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Scientists create hybrid human and monkey embryos, which may help 'build' organs for transplantation and study cancer and ageing

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 16, 2021

Scientists create hybrid human and monkey embryos, which may help 'build' organs for transplantation and study cancer and ageing

The experiment makes it possible to advance in the knowledge of the first stages of pregnancy and paves the way for obtaining, in the future, organs for transplantation in animals. An international team of researchers, led by the Spanish Juan Carlos Izpisúa, from the Salk Institute in the United States, and with the collaboration of the Kunming University of Science and Technology in Yunnan, China (led by Weizhi Ji), has generated hybrid human and macaque embryos in the laboratory…

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Oxford achieves the first malaria vaccine with an efficacy of 77%

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 26, 2021

Oxford achieves the first malaria vaccine with an efficacy of 77%

Researchers from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and their partners have reported that they have achieved 77% efficacy in a randomised, controlled, double-blind, phase IIb trial conducted at the Nanoro Clinical Research Unit/Health Sciences Research Institute (Burkina Faso), with 450 participants from between 5 and 17 months recruited in the Burkinabe department of Nanoro, which includes 24 villages and a population of approximately 65,000 people. The participants were divided into th…

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