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Biosensing at the bedside: Where are the labs on chips?

The past year saw a high profile failure in the emerging field of point-of-care diagnostics. Here’s a science-focused take on why. In October of 2015, biotechnology enthusiasts and investors across Silicon Valley reacted with varying degrees of shock and disappointment as the Wall Street Journal reported that promising diagnostics startup Theranos was hiding serious flaws
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You really might want to take a look at neural networks

I’m edging into “shill” territory, but the recent rapid progress in neural networks is really worth elaborating upon: By now, you’re probably aware that Google’s DeepMind developed a Go algorithm that defeated a professional player in a widely publicized match.  You might not know that DeepMind’s paper describing their algorithm was accepted at Nature, and
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LSD: A Historical Flashback

You may have heard, “Chemistry is just like cooking. Just don’t lick the spoon.” Yet, before safety gear like gloves and goggles became mandatory in the laboratory, chemists sometimes “licked the spoon” without realizing it. And sometimes such exposure was met with unexpected consequences. Take for example, the story of the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.
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