Why it’s dangerous to liken DNA to computer code

Watson and Crick with a model of DNA, the code of biological life, in 1953. Photograph: A Barrington Brown/Science Photo Library Afew days ago, on my way to a discussion in the exquisite little McCrum theatre, which is hidden away in the centre of Cambridge, I had to pass through the courtyard of the Eagle pub in Bene’t Street. As I did so, I suddenly remembered that this is the hostelry where, on 28 February 1953, Francis Crick, rushing in from the nearby Cavendish Lab, announced to astonished lunchers that he and James Watson…

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Amazon reportedly changed its search results to boost more profitable products

Amazon began making changes to its search results last year to prioritize profitability over relevance, according to The Wall Street Journal. Those changes were reportedly spurred on by demands from Amazon’s retail divisions and private label team, and they’re said to have the effect of often boosting Amazon’s own products in search listings. To avoid antitrust concerns at a time when Amazon’s role as both a product maker and a platform company are under scrutiny, Amazon doesn’t directly boost products based on how profitable they are, according to the report. Instead, the Journal says that Amazon…

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Snapdeal launches Miniso products on its platform

BENGALURU: Online marketplace Snapdeal said on Monday it has launched over 150 products of Japanese low-cost brand Miniso on its platform. The products will be spread across categories like beauty, baby care, home furnishing, stationery, mobile accessories, and decor. Popular products include towels, brushes, concealers, power banks, and storage boxes, the company said in a press statement. Miniso products have been priced in the ₹190 to ₹790 range on Snapdeal. With the new partnership with the Japanese retailer, Snapdeal has expanded the selection of value priced international brands available on its portal. Miniso buyers on…

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7 New Makeup & Skincare Products Out This Week, Because It’s Time To Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

Now that Easter is almost here, you may be getting in the mood for a beauty overhaul. If that’s the case, this week’s new makeup and skincare products will be right up your street. With experimental palettes, perfected formulas, and more collaborations than you can count, you are truly spoilt for choice. The biggest news, however, is that the collection everyone has been waiting for is finally here. Urban Decay’s Game of Thrones range will allow you to pick and choose which family you want to be on any given day. There’s even the…

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Facebook is regulating its products before lawmakers force them to

Earlier this month, Facebook undertook an effort to recast the debate around the regulation of big tech companies on its own terms. Mark Zuckerberg wrote an op-ed; Sheryl Sandberg published a blog post; and their deputies gave interviews to outlets read closely by policymakers. The overall effect was of a company that has spent the past two years on the defensive organizing around a core set of principles to advocate for: principles that will allow the company to continue operating basically as is. This week, we saw the second plank of…

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Kylie Jenner Got Her Makeup Done by an AI Program and It’s Really Freaky

What kind of makeup would you end up with if a computer did it based off the artificial intelligence it gained looking through 17,000 of the most popular beauty and hair images on social media? Apparently something like Kylie Jenner’s in her Dazed Beauty editorial. AI program Beauty_GAN digitally applied hair and makeup to photographs of Jenner taken by Daniel Sannwald. Beauty_GAN is “first algorithm of its kind, trained to create its own beauty imagery based on what it sees on Instagram,” according to Dazed Beauty. DANIEL SANNWALD X BEAUTY_GAN In Dazed Beauty‘s article detailing…

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Indian-American Gita Gopinath joins IMF as its first female chief economist

Prominent Indian-American economist Gita Gopinath has joined as the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first woman to occupy the top post at the global lender. Gopinath, 47, joined last week at a time, when she believes the world is experiencing a retreat from globalisation, posing challenges to multilateral institutions. The John Zwaanstra professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University, Gopinath, a US citizen, succeeds Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. Obstfeld retired December 31. Announcing her appointment…

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