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The DIY designer baby project funded with Bitcoin

MIT Technology Review

At his keyboard in Austin, Texas, Bryan Bishop was writing quickly. A nationally ranked speed typist, he had drafted a polite inquiry to a prominent futurist in the UK. He wanted advice on his "designer baby startup." For a few years now, Bishop, a 29-year-old programmer and Bitcoin investor, has been leaving a trail of comments about human "enhancement" on the web. He's a transhumanist, which means he thinks humans can be improved in profound ways by technology. He'd long exhorted others to do something about the human condition. Now, he had decided to do it himself.

Man in Texas found dead in alleyway died of tuberculosis, state officials say

FOX News

An x-ray showing the lungs of a person infected with pulmonary tuberculosis. A man in Denton, Texas, who was found dead in an alleyway last week died of pulmonary tuberculosis, Fox News has confirmed. Carol Ann Walker, a public information officer for the Tarrant County medical examiner's office, which handles cases in Denton County, told Fox News on Tuesday that Ngoc Le, 23, died of "necrotizing caseating fibrocavitary pulmonary lesions with bronchiectasis," or pulmonary tuberculosis. An autopsy helped confirm the cause of death. Le, of Vietnam, died on Oct. 2 after collapsing in an alleyway near his home.

Cody Wilson, the face of 3D printed guns, was just charged with sexual assault of a child


The face of the battle over 3D printed guns has some new legal trouble on his hands: the alleged sexual assault of a child. Cody Wilson, the 31-year-old 3D printed firearm activist, was just charged Wednesday with the sexual assault of a minor that he met on in Austin, Texas. The underage girl recounted the encounter in an interview with Center for Child Protection counselors. While her exact age isn't mentioned in the affidavit, the arrest warrant does say the victim is under the age of 17. Court documents obtained by local ABC affiliate KVUE detail how Wilson met the underage girl in a Bennu Coffee parking lot in a vehicle with license plates that match the ones registered to Defense Distributed, the 3D gun group that Wilson founded. NOW: This court record describes the allegation against Wilson.

American and Japanese immunologists are awarded Nobel Medicine Prize

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Two immunologists, James Allison from the University of Texas Austin and Tasuku Honjo from Kyoto University, have won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research that has revolutionised the treatment of cancer. The pair were honoured'for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation,' the Nobel Assembly said. Immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy targets proteins made by some immune system cells, as well as some cancer cells. The proteins can stop the body's natural defences from killing cancer cells. The therapy is designed to remove this protein'brake' and allow the immune system to more quickly get to work fighting the cancer.

Robert Taylor, A Pioneer Of Modern Computing And The Internet, Dies At 85

NPR Technology

Nearly 50 years ago, computer visionary Robert Taylor helped lay the foundations for what we know today as the internet. Taylor, who had Parkinson's disease, died Thursday at his home in Woodside, Calif., his son Kurt Taylor tells NPR. Like many of his peers who helped build the internet, Bob Taylor, as he was known, wasn't a computer scientist. The University of Texas at Austin graduate had a background in psychology and mathematics. Taylor was inspired by the idea of expanding human interaction using computer technology, Guy Raz noted in an interview profiling Taylor in 2009.