Written by Una Saric, Ludovica Riegler & Alen Saracevic

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It was December 31st, 2019, when BlueDot detected a spike of unusual pneumonia cases in Wuhan, revealing humankind’s new enemy to epidemiologists, nine days before the official announcement from the World Health Organization [1]. BlueDot’s machine learning (ML) model predicts outbreaks of infectious diseases and their dispersion by processing a broad range of media reports. For instance, BlueDot successfully predicted the 2016 outbreak of the Zika virus in Florida, six months before officials did, by analysing social media posts and news articles [2]. A wave of crisis and disaster was about…

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One could have never imagined that something nanosized, the transistor, would be an essential component of our everyday lives. Already in the 1950s, vacuum tubes were unideal for the visions of mankind due to their bulkiness, large power consumption, and inadequate processing power. One of the inventors, Shockley, proclaimed, “It seems to me that in these robot brains the transistor is the ideal nerve cell.”[1] With their use as switches and current amplifiers, they are integrated into all technology around us.

“It seems to me that in these robot brains the transistor is the ideal nerve cell.”

Lee de Forest’s…

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People have always wanted to explore beyond Earth into the mysteries of the sky and outer space. We have always been curious about the stars and the planets we see at night. As technology advanced in the 20th century we finally sent space probes and rockets into space. We then started exploring our solar system and the rest of the universe for a better understanding. The first space probe (which is a spacecraft that gathers information from space) was launched in 1957 by the Soviet Union.¹ Hundreds of other space probes have given us a fairly good picture of our…

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The year is 2050 and Cure to Cystic Fibrosis Discovered, Customise Your Child, App to Reach 150 Years with Personalised Medical Treatments, and Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Defeated are all headlines of the past few years. None of these medical feats would have been possible without the advent of genetic testing. However, to better understand what the future of genetic testing holds one must reflect on our past and go back to the year 2020.

First, it is crucial to understand what are genes and DNA that make us unique. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the molecule that withholds the genetic code of…

Alen Saracevic

Engineer and columnist passionate about technological and scientific advancements that improve life on Earth.

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