The Washington Post – A leading AIDS researcher, who is well respected for his clinical work but has no experience running a governmental public-health agency, was named Wednesday to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
GeekWire – It’s high time for government officials to get up to speed on the promise and potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence, two U.S. senators leading the charge said today.
The New York Times – An autonomous car operated by Uber — and with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel — struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Arizona. It was believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology.
Reuters – The US government said it will pay for certain genetic tests for Medicare-eligible patients with advanced cancer, in a bid to help match patients with the drugs most likely to provide benefit.
NPR – The FDA said it wants to sharply reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. The idea is to help wean smokers off their deadly habit and prevent millions more from becoming regular smokers in the first place.
The New York Times / The Associated Press – A state law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome was placed on hold by a federal judge.
University of Cambridge – Widely regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant minds, he was known throughout the world for his contributions to science, his books, his television appearances, his lectures and through biographical films.
Reuters – US farmers suing Syngenta AG over its decision to commercialize a GMO strain of corn before China approved importing it sought court approval on Monday of a record $1.51 billion settlement.
TechCrunch – One startup is taking a theatrical approach with a speedy drone that races at 2-3 times the speed of the fastest consumer options and takes down enemy drones.
Nextgov – Lawmakers voiced their concerns about shrinking government R&D funds in a House Oversight IT subcommittee hearing on government’s role in developing and implementing artificial intelligence.