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Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that’s up to 99% accurate

by Jessica Hall, EXTREME TECH

Researchers from Washington State University have come up with a diagnostic rig that can use a smartphone, a prism, and an ELISA plate to detect cancer. In the controlled settings of their lab, with the high-purity reagents they had to work with, the researchers were able to detect the cancer marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) with 99% accuracy.

Obviously results in the field will not reflect the near-ideal conditions of lab work. The concepts, though, are solid. The rig consists of a back lit ELISA assaying plate with 96 wells, a “micro-prism array,” and a 3D printed cradle that holds a smartphone with a camera. The diagnostician using the rig would take samples from a patient, put them in the assay plate, and turn on the back-light. Continue reading Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that’s up to 99% accurate

Global mobile internet usage overtakes desktop for the first time

by Ryan Daws, Telecom Tech News

Highlighting the momentous shift from desktop to mobile, for the first time ever mobile internet usage has overtaken its desktop counterpart. 

If you look at players now synonymous with mobile – Apple and Google in particular – you’ll see how the shift from desktop to mobile has benefited some while others such as Microsoft – who stuck primarily with desktop – lost out. As this paradigm shift continues, mobile accounted for 51.3 percent of Internet usage worldwide in October compared to 48.7 percent by desktop.  Continue reading Global mobile internet usage overtakes desktop for the first time

Microsoft, Apple and other Tech Giants Compete to Go Green

by Zayan Guedim, EDGYLABS

As the data Cloud grows, so do the energy-thirsty data centers that support its ocean of digital information. Trendsetting companies are going green to address concerns over how these centers are powered.

Microsoft recently announced it would step-up its efforts towards going green completely. It starts by powering its data centers with cleaner energy. By 2018, the company claims that it will depend on 50% renewable energy from wind, solar and hydroelectric sources. Data centers will be their largest energy consuming facilities over the next five years. While Microsoft uses 44% renewable energy today, it seeks to surpass 50% on its way to 60% renewable energy use at the beginning of the next decade.  Continue reading Microsoft, Apple and other Tech Giants Compete to Go Green

How Conscious Are You?

by Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Scientists use physical models to quantify human consciousness.

What is consciousness? For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and writers have pondered the question. The concept or even the word itself is difficult to define, and because of this it is one of the most difficult subjects to study scientifically.

One of the most common interpretations of consciousness is awareness or alertness, but even this is closely intertwined with other facets of consciousness such as self-awareness. Continue reading How Conscious Are You?

Why robots, not trade, are behind so many factory job losses

by Paul Wiseman, AP Top News

Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

He might want to bash the robots instead.

Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that “we don’t make anything anymore,” manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work. Continue reading Why robots, not trade, are behind so many factory job losses