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Two new planets have been discovered by giving a Google machine learning algorithm data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
What's next: They hope to study Kepler's data from more than 150,000 stars to see if they can spot weak signals researchers missed.
Medicine is poised to be one place where AI makes a mark. In a study published this week, researchers report that a machine algorithm was as good — or better — than pathologists at detecting the spread of a type of breast cancer.
For all the talk about the promise of AI radically changing medicine, this is one of the first peer-reviewed studies to back claims that algorithms can detect abnormalities in pathology slides, says Eric Topol from the Scripps Research Institute.
The bottom line: Radiologists and pathologists are likely to be the first in medicine affected by AI. But researchers working on the technologies don't see them replacing doctors, and instead aiding them. And even that role will require more data about the impact on the medical profession and whether AIs are accurate enough to diagnose patients.
“It is the early days," Aidoc CEO Elad Walach says. “There's not enough research at this point. Deep learning has been commoditized generally but it hasn't been commoditized for the medical domain. The algorithms out there aren't good enough as is. We need a lot of R&D to make AI work in this space. It is not just plug and play."
Erin writes: We used to define fire by seasons — they varied from place to place, but there tended to be a period of time that we could rely upon to have no fires. That is no longer the case, as the destructive fires burning this December in Southern California make clear.
The above chart shows all fires that burned over 300 acres each year from 2000 to 2017 in California, including this month's blazes.
Each of Saturn's iconic rings — made of billions of pieces of ice, rock and organic compounds ranging in size from a marble to a house — swirls around the planet at a different speed. How they formed and evolved with the planet itself is a window into how planetary systems form around other stars.
The Cassini spacecraft gave researchers an up-close look at the rings as it dove between them and the planet. Researchers are beginning to announce some of the findings from the final months of the mission called the Grand Finale: