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This Scientist's Robots Might One Day Perform Surgery In Space

The system is the brainchild of Dr. Jacob Rosen, Director of the Bionics Lab and professor of medical robotics in the department.

The core of the Raven system architecture is teleoperation, which allows a physical separation between the surgeon, along with the surgical cockpit, and the surgical arms themselves. The distance may be few meters where both the surgeon and the surgical robotic arms are in the same operating room. Or across the globe, where thousands of kilometers separate the two.

And, importantly, Raven, is open source.t's likely that when astronauts are sent on deep space missions, a robotic system will fly with them. Even if one of the astronauts is also a surgeon, it is unlikely that he/she will be proficient in all surgical procedures, so surgical robotic arms will be a critical component aboard the spaceship. The system will also have AI embedded within it, because there's no way to tele-operate at that distance from Earth due to communication time delays.
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Facebook Notifications: Making Changes.



      Are you a Facebook account holder? Did you get one yet? A notification about actions they are taking to protect your member information? Well, I just did. I logged on and below is what I was met with. CCP.


      "Protecting Your Information

      We understand the importance of keeping your data safe.

      We have banned the app "This Is Your Digital Life," which one of your friends used Facebook to log into. We did this because the app may have misused some of your Facebook information by sharing it with a company called Cambridge Analytica. In most cases, the information was limited to public profile, Page likes, birthday, and current city.

      You can learn more about what happened and how you can remove apps and websites anytime if you no longer want them to have access to your Facebook information.

      There is more work to do, but we are committed to confronting abuse and to putting you in control of your privacy."

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      Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI


          The new AI boss at Google is Jeff Dean. The lean 50-year-old computer scientist joined the company in 1999, when it was a startup less than one year old. He earned a reputation as one of the industry’s most talented coders by helping Google become a computational powerhouse with new approaches to databases and large-scale data analysis. Google colleagues once created a joke website of “Jeff Dean facts,” including his purported role in accelerating the speed of light. Another had it that Dean doesn’t really exist—he’s an advanced AI created by Jeff Dean.

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          Air Engine Failure Tragedy

          Interesting to note that the same thing happened in aug 2016.

          A fan blade parted from the engine and punctured the fuselage.

          Metal fatigue. It takes anout 2 hours to check apparently.

          The FAA proposal estimated that checks would require two hours of labor per inspection.





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          Verizon's New Oath Data Player, With TOS To Match.



              With so much going on in the news so far this month (4/2018) about Facebook and Data manipulation, I was stunned to find another huge Data news story; from a year ago! How'd I miss this? How'd it slip right past me. If not for the postings of an online acquaintance in another online sphere I fear I would have remained in the dark about this for the foreseeable future.

              Apparently, last year this time, Verizon created a new media division a Data brand it call's Oath. Oath is a confabulation (I should have written cross tabulation here) of internet mainstays Yahoo and AOL (HuffPost), along with Tumbler and Flickr, tied in together with Verizon.

              The Oath TOS reads like a license to thoroughly track your online existence.

              Edited: This topic starter post has been edited to remove the word "confabulation" from the title. In my rush to post I forgot change it. I misused it in place of the more appropriate words "cross tabulation". I apologize for the gross error in wording. I hope you knew what was meant by the use of the wrong word.

              Here is the Data portion in summary:

              With Your Consent. We will share information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Oath when we have your consent.

            • With Verizon. As part of Verizon, Oath and its affiliates may, to the extent permitted by law and in accordance with with user controls, share information with Verizon and Verizon affiliates. This information will be used in accordance with with Verizon’s privacy policy.
            • Within Oath. Information may also be shared within Oath, including with other Oath Services and affiliates. Oath affiliates may use the information in a manner consistent with their privacy policies.
            • With Partners. We may share your information with nonaffiliated companies who are:
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              Very Odd Findings.


                  As a longtime science fiction fan, I wonder if this will reveal more facts than just the DNA mutation? One hypothesis I would consider is: Are inhabitants of Earth, animals and plants, genetically connected to the Earth, and if so why.

                  Anyone have any thoughts on the subject?

                  NASA's Twin Study Just Proved Space Has Deeper Effects on DNA Than Thought

                  Approximately 7 percent of Scott Kelly's DNA did not return back to 'normal' after returning home, NASA recently confirmed.

                  March, 16th 2018

                  The Kelly brothers might be the most famous pair of twins in aeronautics right now. The popular NASA Twins Study revealed another discovery thanks to the long-term observations of Scott Kelly's health compared to his brother Mark.

                  Scott Kelly spent 340 days aboard the International Space Station between 2015 and 2016. That time spent on the ISS is the record for the longest single flight of an American. Not only did his time in space give astronauts a new record, but it gave NASA a perfect opportunity to understand how the human body reacts to nearly a year in space.

                  In addition to Kelly's extensive time in space, there's also the benefit of him being a twin. Mark Kelly also flew as an astronaut for the space program. Mark remained grounded during Scott's flight, and NASA gathered data about the earth-bound Kelly brother while the other was on the ISS.

                  NASA researchers most recently discovered that while Mark and Scott Kelly are still identical twins, Scott's DNA reacted to space in a unique way. Scott's telomeres -- the ends of chromosomes that shorten as people get older -- lengthened in space. This information was originally discovered last year; however, NASA confirmed the findings just a few weeks ago after noticing that Scott's telomeres shortened after he landed.

                  There was also additional findings regarding about the "space gene," originally hinted at in the 2017 discoveries. Only 93 percent of Scott's genes returned to normal after landing. That unaccounted for 7 percent? It could be a clue for possible long-term changes brought on by space that deal with his immune system, DNA repair, and bone networks. NASA made it clear in a secondary statement that "the change related to only 7 percent of the gene expression that changed during spaceflight that had not returned to preflight after six months on Earth." All in all, NASA said, the gene expression change was minimal. However, it does give researchers further insights into how the body reacts to space.

                  "The Twins Study has benefited NASA by providing the first application of genomics to evaluate potential risks to the human body in space," NASA said in a statement. "The NASA Twins Study also presented a unique opportunity for investigators to collaborate, participating in a team approach to HRP research."

                  The Human Research Program's mission is to discover and create better ways to keep astronauts safe while in space. The HRP uses a variety of data gathering techniques -- including tracking astronaut's physiological changes both before and after their flights.

                  For Scott, most of the changes experienced returned to their former state as his body readjusted to Earth's gravity once again. According to NASA, most of those changes happened in just a few hours after returning. However, other elements took months to return to 'normal.'

                  "We are at the beginning of our understanding of how spaceflight affects the molecular level of the human body," NASA said in its press release. "NASA and the other researchers collaborating on these studies expect to announce more comprehensive results on the twins studies this summer."

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