Some scientists in the United States are working to make embryos that are part human, part animal in an attempt to save the lives of people suffering from various diseases. But other scientists warn that such experiments could damage people's sense of humanity, NPR reports.
Such embryos are called "chimeras," named after creatures from Greek mythology and which are created artificially by combining genetic material from different species into a single embryo. The adult animals that develop as a result have different populations of cells that reflect different contributions from the species from which they were produced.
"We're not trying to make a chimera just because we want to see some kind of monstrous creature," NPR quotes Pablo Ross, a reproductive biologist at the University of California, Davis, as saying. "We're doing this for a biomedical purpose." more >>
Like in any video game, resource is one of the most important aspects that could determine victory or defeat. Once this balance is toppled off, the whole game will eventually make no sense. A recent issue in Bungie's hit shooter video game "Destiny" points out to a glitch that allows players to obtain unlimited amounts of heavy-weapon ammo. This happens even in the Crucible, a report from Game Spo said.
According to the media outlet, the bug prompted the game studio to hold off the weekend's Trials of Osiris and the Iron Banner events. They are yet to announce when the highly-anticipated weekender events resume.
For the meantime, Bungie's David Dague took to the game's official website to offer his take on the recent glitch occurrence. In a statement, he said that, "We limit the deliveries of purple crates to the battlefield to make those explosive moments the highlight of a match." more >>
Nokia once dominated the mobile phone market in a time when smartphones weren't introduced yet. But the Finnish multinational communications and information technology company couldn't keep up with the competition, especially when the likes of Google's Android and Apple Inc's iOS took control of the market and it resisted change.
After selling its handset unit and literally surrendering the company to Microsoft back in 2014, the phone maker is back in the fold. According to multiple reports, Nokia is about to make a global comeback and will focus on introducing new mobile phones and tablets to consumers. According to The Associated Press, the brand will be working with a recently built Finnish company called HMD Global Ltd.
The company released a statement, confirming that it will be granting HMD an exclusive global license to build mobile phones and tablets with Nokia branding for the next decade. On the other hand, Microsoft, according to a report from AFP, said that HMD Global, in partnership with FIH Mobile of FoxConn Technology, will be taking over its feature phone business in an agreed amount of $350 million. This stake is the same one it purchased from Nokia two years ago. more >>
The once famous 'Tetris' video game is getting a big screen movie feature and will be filed under the sci-fi thriller category.
The movie version of the game is a result of the partnership between Chinese media bigwig Bruno Wu and Larry Kasanoff, who inked an agreement and formed the Threshold Global Studios. The studio will finance and produce cross-cultural films for the global market, according to Wu and Kasanoff.
As the studio's initial offering, it is dropping $80 million for the production of the movie of the mentioned video game, which was first announced in 2014. According to Wu and Kasanoff, "Tetris" will be officially a joint venture of a China and U.S. productions and feature a mixed-cast from the East and the West. Filming of the movie is expected to begin in China in 2017. more >>
The world's first artificially intelligent lawyer just got a job.
According to a report by NDTV, the robot, which is called as Ross, is now working for not just any company but in one of America's biggest law firms, Baker & Hostetler. The robot is not going to be giving legal advice and assistance to clients and represent them in court though. Instead, it will be used to assist its different teams in legal research.
Ross is actually built by IBM's own groundbreaking computing system, Watson. As detailed on its official website, the mechanical device is designed to help in addressing expensive and time-consuming legal research process for the benefit of a lawyer's practice and their clients. It can understand natural sentences, which is greatly essential since judges' decisions are written in everyday language and not given in columns and rows. Thus, the robot can offer instant answer with citations and can also provide highly topical readings from different content sources. more >>
Snapchat users share different kinds of stories each day to their followers. But when NASA decided to take part in the social media fun, the world got the chance to see stories of what's up and beyond, Snapchat style, for 24 hours.
According to a report by Nature World News, International Space Station (ISS) commander Tim Kopra showed everyone in the Snapchat world how life inside the ISS looks like.
The Snapchat invasion was actually in celebration of the ISS' 100,000th orbits around the globe. And contrary to the belief that the astronauts would only be snapchatting a bunch of algorithms and formulas, Kopra proved that there are also a lot of fun things to do while out in space. The live story program was titled "Day in Space" and it documented some of the things that Kopra did aboard the space station as well as some breathtaking snaps of the Earth. more >>