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    Air Force Plans to Test Gunship Laser Next Year, Top Commando Says

    Original @ Defensetech The head of Air Force Special Operations Command said the service plans to test an experimental type of laser destined for a gunship next year…. [...]

    Navy Chief: Operations Pace, Budget Caps Stress Force Amid Ship Collisions

    Original @ Small Wars Journal By: Voice of America The U.S. Navy is blaming the high pace of operations, budget uncertainty and naval leaders who put their mission over safety. [...]

    Some of the best parts of autonomous vehicles are already here

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Fully automated cars are still many years away. Amid the government activity and potential for social benefits, it’s important not to lose sight of smaller improvements that could more immediately save lives and reduce injuries and economic costs of hi… [...]

    ‘Medicare for all’ could be cheaper than you think

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Public support for single-payer health care has been rising in recent months amid failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. [...]

    Possible explanation for the galaxy’s cosmic radiation

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Cassiopeia A is a famous supernova remnant, the product of a gigantic explosion of a massive star about 350 years ago. Although discovered in radio observations 50 years ago, we now know that its emitted radiation spans from radio through high-energy g… [...]

    Automatic code reuse

    Original @ MIT News – Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) System makes modifications necessary to transplant code from one program into another. [...]

    US Needs 400 New Nuclear ICBMs to Deter ‘Crazy World’: General

    Original @ Defensetech NATIONAL Harbor, Md. — “We are in a crazy world” of proliferating nuclear threats that will persist for generations to come and require the U.S…. [...]

    Hepatitis A outbreak seen in Los Angeles County

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Public health authorities on Tuesday declared an outbreak of the highly contagious liver disease hepatitis A in Los Angeles County, the third California region to see significant infections this year. [...]

    Scientists discover complex axis of immune suppression exploited by cancers

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories A Ludwig Cancer Research study has uncovered a new mechanism by which cancer cells evade destruction by the immune system. The paper, led by Camilla Jandus of the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, describes how immune cells known as group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are recruited by leukemic cells to suppress an essential anticancer immune response. The study, which appears in the current issue of Nature Communications, further suggests that the newly discovered immunosuppressive axis likely holds sway in other types of cancer—and that it might be disrupted by therapies already in use to treat other diseases. [...]

    Machines Are Getting Smarter—Now They Should Explain Themselves

    Original @ Singularity Hub Neural networks’ powers of prediction have fueled the recent AI boom, but it can be hard to explain how they reach their decisions. A new technique aimed at uncovering the inner workings of language processing networks is just the latest effort to shed some light on these “black boxes.” It’s probably not surprising that we […] [...]