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A Lethal Injection For Tumors
The lack of necessary resources for basic healthcare is made obvious by the fact that, if diagnosed with cancer, a person in the developing world is more likely to die from it than a person in the developed world. Now, a team of researchers from Duke University has shown that injecting an ethanol-based gel directly into a specific type of tumor, called squamous cell carcinoma, resulted in a 100% cure rate in a hamster model. The authors were already aware of a therapy known as ethanol ablation. If ethanol is injected into a tumor, it destroys proteins and causes the cells to dehydrate and die. Ethanol ablation is used to treat one type of liver cancer, and its success rate is similar to that of surgery. First, it only works well for tumors that are surrounded by a fibrous capsule. To overcome these hurdles, the authors mixed ethanol with ethyl cellulose, creating a solution that when injected into the watery environment of a tumor turns into a gel, which remains close to the injection site. After they practiced injecting their solution into imitation tumors, the authors turned to a hamster model. The team induced the formation of oral cancer in hamster cheek pouches by rubbing them with a carcinogen called DMBA. After about 22 weeks, tumors formed. In the control group, tumors were injected with pure ethanol. 6 of 7 tumors regressed completely. The team's findings suggest that merely a single injection of their special ethanol-based gel may be sufficient to cure certain types of tumors. Any technological advances that result from the team's research will have applicability not only to the developing world but to the developed one, as well.
U.S. Army halts use of Chinese-made drones over cyber concerns
The U.S. Army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd because of "Cyber vulnerabilities" in the products. An Aug. 2 Army memo posted online and verified by Reuters applies to all DJI drones and systems that use DJI components or software. It requires service members to "Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media and secure equipment for follow-on direction." The memo says DJI drones are the most widely used by the Army among off-the-shelf equipment of that type. DJI said in a statement that it was "Surprised and disappointed" at the Army's "Unprompted restriction on DJI drones as we were not consulted during their decision." The privately held company said it would contact the Army to determine what it means by "Cyber vulnerabilities" and was willing to work with the Pentagon to address concerns. Analysts at Goldman Sachs and Oppenheimer estimated in 2016 that DJI had about 70 percent share of the global commercial and consumer drone market. Goldman analysts estimated the market, including military, to be worth more than $100 billion over the next five years. The Army was considering issuing a statement about the policy, said Army spokesman Dov Schwartz. The move appears to follow studies conducted by the Army Research Laboratory and the Navy that said there were risks and vulnerabilities in DJI products. The memo cites a classified Army Research Laboratory report and a Navy memo, both from May as references for the order to cease use of DJI drones and related equipment.
About Glen Hiemstra Glen Hiemstra is the founder and owner of Futurist.com. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades.
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Killer robots: Experts warn of third revolution in warfare
More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of "Killer robots". In a letter to the organisation, artificial intelligence leaders, including billionaire Elon Musk, warn of "a third revolution in warfare". The letter says "Lethal autonomous" technology is a "Pandora's box", adding that time is of the essence. The 116 experts are calling for a ban on the use of AI in managing weaponry. "These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways," it adds. There is an urgent tone to the message from the technology leaders, who warn that "We do not have long to act". Experts are calling for what they describe as "Morally wrong" technology to be added to the list of weapons banned under the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. Along with Tesla co-founder and chief executive Mr Musk, the technology leaders include Mustafa Suleyman, Google's DeepMind co-founder. A potential ban on the development of "Killer robot" technology has previously been discussed by UN committees. In 2015, more than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers wrote a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weaponry. A killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without human intervention. Those in favour of killer robots believe the current laws of war may be sufficient to address any problems that might emerge if they are ever deployed, arguing that a moratorium, not an outright ban, should be called if this is not the case.
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