Weekly highlights: Biotechin.Asia

April 4-10, 2016

New Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

Google Brain’s Quoc Le speaks about Deep learning’s progress and its future

Dr. Quoc Viet Le is a research scientist at Google Brain known for his path-breaking work on deep neural networks (DNN). He is especially famous for his Ph.D work in image processing under Andrew Ng, one of the pioneers of the DNN revolution. Le’s and Ng’s work demonstrated how computers could be used to learn complicated features and patterns in a way similar to how the mammalian brain learns. (Click here to read more)

Patanjali’s Atta noodles found sub-standard; excessive ash content

Close on the heels of troubles faced by Swiss consumer giant Nestle last year after its popular instant noodle Maggi was banned in India for containing excessive quantities of lead, an Indian brand could perhaps be staring at a similar problem now. Tests carried out by a team of Food Safety and Drugs Administration (FSDA) in Meerut has found a Patanjali Atta Noodles sample “sub-standard”, The Times of India reported. (Click here to read more)

Google Brain’s Quoc Le speaks about how Deep Learning could revolutionize Healthcare

Dr. Quoc Viet Le is a research scientist at Google Brain known for his path-breaking work on deep neural networks (DNN). He is especially famous for his Ph.D work in image processing under Andrew Ng, one of the pioneers of the DNN revolution. Le’s and Ng’s work demonstrated how computers could be used to learn complicated features and patterns in a way similar to how the mammalian brain learns, with better performance than earlier neural network technology. (Click here to read more)

Meet the world’s smartest food scientist : GIUSEPPE

What would be the best way to deliver nutrition to the 7.1 billion odd people on this planet? Science would tell you that it is not the animals. Researchers at the Not Company (NotCo) which is a food-tech startup based at Chile have developed food products that is no longer based on animal ingredients but entirely based on plants. They use machine learning technology to develop tasty, nutritious and affordable plant-based food. However, the food looks and tastes like the classic (animal-based) food. (Click here to read more)

Indian Govt. launches scheme to fund post-doctoral research to check brain drain

In one of the first positive steps to prevent brain drain, the Government of India has announced a scheme to fund science scholars so that they are able to continue their post-doctoral research, after completing their PhDs in India. This flagship scheme is called the SERB – National Post-Doctoral Fellowship (N-PDF) and was launched about a month ago. In its first year, the scheme would fund around 1000 scholars. This fellowship, according to SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board), “is aimed to identify motivated young researchers and provide them support for doing research in frontier areas of science and engineering. The fellows will work under a mentor, and it is hoped that this training will provide them a platform to develop as an independent researcher.” (Click here to read more)

Study confirms BETADINE® efficacy in combatting rising Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) infection

New research has highlighted the efficacy of BETADINE® products in the fight against Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD), a viral infection that affects thousands of young children each year worldwide. There is a high incidence of HFMD in Asia. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recorded approximately 2.5 million cases in China, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong in 2015, with 2 million cases registered in China alone. The research, announced at CIP 2016 held in Xi’an, China demonstrates that BETADINE® products are more effective than the commercially available handwashes and disinfectants in killing the EV71 and CA16 viruses, the leading strains of HFMD, where prophylaxis and effective disinfection and can help protect healthcare professionals, families and patients during HFMD outbreaks. (Click here to read more)

Smart Mapping Technology Helps Monitor Disease Outbreaks

Smart mapping technology – also known as geographic information system (GIS) technology – integrates data from multiple systems, presenting the findings in the format of a dynamic map. By linking data through their common geography, users are able to analyse, visualise, and detect patterns and trends that might otherwise be missed by other types of analyses. With Ebola, Zika virus and other public health emergencies posing a threat in recent times, doctors and scientists world-over are turning to smart mapping technology to learn more about the disease ravaging the Americas and threatening other tropical and sub-tropical regions across the globe. (Click here to read more)

 

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