Do you really bleed purple and black? Time to find out! The Baltimore Ravens have been cutting edge this 2017 season. The team installed brand new technology in the stadium, released a new facial recognition app and made some upgrades to the field. But now, the organization is stepping out onto the field of genetics. As the game day giveaway at the home opener, all fans will receive a free DNA test as they enter the stadium. Fans who choose to participate can learn more about their genetic makeup thanks to Orig3n, the Boston-based biotech firm sponsoring the event. Fans will swab the inside of their cheek, drop the sample into a stadium bin and register with the company online. The “test” offers “insight into your mind, body and health,” a company spokeswoman said. “This is the
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Transferring information from the optical to acoustic domain and back again inside a chip is critical for the development of photonic integrated circuits: microchips that use light instead of electrons to manage data. These chips are being developed for use in telecommunications, optical fibre networks and cloud computing data centres where traditional electronic devices are susceptible to electromagnetic interference, produce too much heat or use too much energy. “The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain,” said Dr Birgit Stiller, research fellow at the University of Sydney and supervisor of the project. “It is like the difference between thunder and lightning,” she said. This d
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Microparticles created by new 3D fabrication method could release drugs or vaccines long after injection. MIT engineers have invented a new 3-D fabrication method that can generate a novel type of drug-carrying particle that could allow multiple doses of a drug or vaccine to be delivered over an extended time period with just one injection. The new microparticles resemble tiny coffee cups that can be filled with a drug or vaccine and then sealed with a lid. The particles are made of a biocompatible, FDA-approved polymer that can be designed to degrade at specific times, spilling out the contents of the “cup.” “We are very excited about this work because, for the first time, we can create a library of tiny, encased vaccine particles, each programmed to release at a precise, predictab
Opioid use by American men may account for one-fifth of the decline in their participation in the U.S. labor force, according to a study by Princeton University economist Alan Krueger. “The opioid crisis and depressed labor-force participation are now intertwined in many parts of the U.S.,” Krueger, who was chief economist at the Treasury Department in the Obama administration, wrote in the study released Thursday at a Brookings Institution conference in Washington. Krueger’s study linked county prescription rates to labor force data from the past 15 years, concluding that regional differences in prescription rates were due to variations in medical practices, not health conditions. In previous research, he found that nearly half of men in their prime worker ag
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Wednesday both Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Talladega Super Speedway announced that they are opening their camp grounds to those seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma. At both locations they are offering hot showers, restrooms, and camp grounds suitable for RVs and tents. Grass areas, and gravel areas are noted. Press Release from Talladega Super Speedway Press Release from Atlanta Motor Speedway https://youtu.be/mt6WlOMhwLA
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Greg Abbott, 20 year veteran of the Cobb County Police Department of the West Georgia region, was officially fired late Thursday afternoon due to a comment that he made during a routine traffic stop. Abbott asked a passenger of the vehicle to why they refused to lower their hands during the stop and was answered with, "...I've seen too many videos of people of people killing people." He answered, with, "but you're not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?" More details will be posted when they are available.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is searching for a suspect after someone threw an improvised explosive device at a Raymore police officer. The ATF said around 12:30 p.m., someone driving eastbound on Missouri Highway 58 near Campbell Boulevard threw what authorities believe to be a small improvised explosive device (IED) at a Raymore Patrol Unit traveling in the opposite direction. That device detonated on the pavement of the highway. The officer was not injured, and the patrol unit was not damaged. The ATF and Raymore Police are asking anyone who was in the area of 58 Highway and Campbell around 12:30 today, and who may have seen this incident, to call them at 1-888-ATF-BOMB. A reward of $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrested ...
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un said he was postponing the planned missile strike near Guam, but warned he would shoot if there were still "reckless actions" from the United States, AFP quoted FOCUS as saying. Analysts believe that Kim Jong Un's comments open the way for de-escalation of the growing crisis that has been fed by the exchange of sharp replicas between the White House and Pyongyang. The DPRK state news agency said the chief had received a briefing on "Guam's firefighting plans" during an inspection of the Strategic Forces Command, responsible for the nation's nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Un adds about the United States that "if they persist in their extremely dangerous and reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula, then the DPRK will take action as it has already been announ
Officials in two Arizona counties are warning the public after fleas in the region tested positive for the plague, the infamous infectious disease that killed millions during the Middle Ages. Navajo County Public Health officials confirmed on Friday that fleas in the area have tested positive for the rare disease. The public health warning follows a similar notice from Coconino County Public Health Services District in Arizona warning of the presence of plague in fleas found there too. Both counties are situated in the northern part of Arizona. "Navajo County Health Department is urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to this serious disease, which can be present in fleas, rodents, rabbits and predators that feed upon these animals," the public heal...
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A Russian military spy plane cruised the skies over Washington and New Jersey on Wednesday — in a perfectly legal bit of aerial reconnaissance that nonetheless appeared to be an attempt to troll President Donald Trump. A 1992 agreement known as the Treaty on Open Skies allows each country to conduct surveillance flights over the other's territory, something the U.S. and Russia have done a combined 165 times over the past 15 years, according to the State Department. But Russia's choice of targets this go-round have a decidedly Trumpian flavor, taking the spy plane over Trump's current hometown of Washington, D.C., and past Bedminster, N.J., where the president is vacationing at one of his golf clubs, according to a flight-tracking website monitored by POLITICO. "I don't know of an