Artificial intelligence can identify skin cancer in photographs with the same accuracy as trained doctors, say scientists. The Stanford University team said the findings were "incredibly exciting" and would now be tested in clinics. Eventually, they believe using AI could revolutionise healthcare by turning anyone's smartphone into a cancer scanner. Cancer Research UK said it could become a useful tool for doctors. The AI was repurposed from software developed by Google that had learned to spot the difference between images of cats and dogs.
Whether you're flying across the globe or road tripping on the Pacific Coast Highway, there are ways to keep yourself free of droopy eyes and sunburns while keeping your hair perfectly coifed and your face glowing on the go. Staying gorgeous on the road comes down to making smart choices before your trip while you're grabbing supplies at the drugstore or your favorite beauty counter. If you're flying, your beauty options don't have to be diminished because of Transportation Security Administration rules. After all, you're allowed to bring a quart-sized bag containing liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag in travel-size containers. And if you're in a hot car for hours, remember to leave the easy-to-melt beauty items at home and look for creams and oils that are more durable in the season's hot weather.
Physical beauty is subjective and often difficult to define. But for the robot jury of Beauty.AI, an online competition billed as "the first international beauty contest judged by artificial intelligence," beauty is calculated by a set of complex algorithms that measure parameters like participants' facial symmetry and skin quality. The contest, launched in December, is an experiment by Youth Laboratories, an international team of data scientists and biogerontologists interested in developing anti-aging technologies. Its aim is to test and demonstrate how computers can learn to assess human attractiveness. The robot jury uses algorithms to analyze and rate participants' selfies submitted through the Beauty.AI app.
Sunny Subramanian always reads the labels of nail polish bottles before applying glossy coats of shimmering pink or tangerine orange. The vegan beauty blogger in Portland, Oregon, says she watches out for toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and toluene and dibutyl phthalate, two materials linked to developmental defects. "It makes sense to be as conscious about what we put on our bodies as we are about what we put in our bodies," she said, adding that she often makes her own beauty products from scratch in lieu of store-bought versions. But Subramanian, who runs the website Vegan Beauty Review, said she wasn't aware until last fall that triphenyl phosphate had joined the ranks of potentially worrisome ingredients in common nail care products. The synthetic compound, known as TPP or TPHP, helps to boost the flexibility and durability of nail polishes by brands such as Sally Hansen, Revlon and OPI.
The other issue the devices address is the fact that menstruation still carries a pervasive stigma. When a woman has her period, for example, she's barred from religious institutions. She also can't handle certain foods, such as a pickled vegetable, due to the belief that a menstruating woman could spoil it with her touch. Because of these taboos, women and girls are often reluctant to buy sanitary pads in stores that are typically crowded with men, according to the Times. Making sanitary pads more readily available is key to ensuring the health and well-being of women and girls, experts say.