Collective intelligence out-diagnoses even professionals

The Human Diagnosis Project project is building the world's "open medical intelligence" system.

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Technology & Innovation
  • The Human Diagnosis Project can develop medical diagnoses with startling accuracy.
  • The platform combines the knowledge of medical professionals and artifical intelligence.
  • The goal of the project is to provide open, readily available high-level guidance and training to health care professionals across the globe.
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Mini-brains attach to spinal cord and twitch muscles

A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.

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Surprising Science
  • Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
  • Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
  • The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
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Herodotus’ mystery vessel turns out to have been real

Archeologists had been doubtful since no such ship had ever been found.

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Surprising Science
  • In 450 BCE, Greek historian Herodotus described a barge that's never been found.
  • When the ancient port of Thonis-Heracleion was discovered, some 70 sunken ships were found resting in its waters.
  • One boat, Ship 17, uncannily matches the Herodotus' description.
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He had countless hit records. You never heard of him.

Many of the world's favorite records weren't really recorded by the artist on the label.

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Culture & Religion
  • Hal Blaine, the behind-the-scenes heartbeat of over 40 #1 hits, has died at 90.
  • Many records by 1960s and 1970s artists were secretly recorded by session musicians and singers.
  • These unheralded performers were some of the most talented artists ever.
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