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Deborah James: Five symptoms of bowel cancer

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Deborah James was 35 when she found out that she had stage 4 bowel cancer.

While undergoing treatment, she has written and spoken out about the need for people to be aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and why we need to pay more attention to our poo.

She has a column in The Sun newspaper and is one of the hosts of the award-winning BBC Radio 5 live podcast about cancer, You, Me and the Big C.

Watch the video to hear how Deborah discovered her cancer, and the signs we should all look out for.

Deborah James was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

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New Micro 3D Printing Technology Wins Prestigious NZ Engineering Award

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Long-time Slashdot reader ClarkMills quotes New Zealand’s Innovation Agency:

New 3D printing technology creating highly detailed objects, smaller than a strand of human hair, has won the 2019 ENVI Engineering Innovation Award (Engineering New Zealand Awards). Micromaker3D, powered by breakthrough Laminated Resin Printing (LRP), makes it easy and more accessible to create detailed submillimetre structures for applications such as sensors, wearables, point-of-care diagnostics, micro-robotics or aerospace components…. LRP enables the printing of submillimetre structures with complex geometries of up to 100 per cent density, in extraordinary low-layer thicknesses and with imaging speeds as quick as one second per layer independent of complexity or density…

The judges saw MicroMaker3D as a gamechanger and believe it will spark many other innovations… The ENVI Engineering Innovation Award category is described as: “A breathtakingly clever engineering project or product that has solved an age-old problem or shifted from the ‘always done this way’ mentality….”

Callaghan Innovation is working to take the technology global, from the development and demonstration phase to commercial reality…
Lead engineer Neil Glasson points out that while a human hair is about 100 microns in width, “we’re looking at five-micron resolution.”

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Quantum Computer Made From Photons Achieves New Record

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Slashdot reader hackingbear shared this article from Scientific American:

In the race to create a quantum computer that can outperform a classical one, a method using particles of light (photons) has taken a promising step forward. Jian-Wei Pan and Chao-Yang Lu, both at the University of Science and Technology of China, and their colleagues improved a quantum computing technique called boson sampling to achieve a record 14 detected photons in its final results. Previous experiments were capped at only five detected photons. The increase in the number of the particles is small, but it amounts to a 6.5-billion-fold gain in “state space,” or the number of ways in which a computer system can be configured. The larger the state space, the less likely a classical computer can perform the same calculation.

The result was reported in a paper posted at the preprint server arXiv.org on October 22 and has yet to be peer-reviewed. But if it is confirmed, it would be an important milestone in the race for quantum-computational supremacy — a fuzzy goalpost defined as the point where quantum computers outpace their best classical counterparts…. Pan and Lu argue in their paper that their technique is another possible route toward quantum supremacy… Part of the trouble is its limited utility. “A universal computer can solve any different type of problem,” says Jonathan Dowling, a theoretical physicist at Louisiana State University, who was not involved with the research. “This can only solve one.” But solving just one problem faster than a classical computer would count as a demonstration of quantum-computational supremacy…

Over the past few weeks, the race for quantum computational supremacy has reached a breakneck pace. Google’s quantum computer performed an operation that its scientists claim would take a classical computer 10,000 years in just 200 seconds. IBM researchers, who are also working on a quantum computer, have expressed doubts, suggesting a classical computer could solve that problem in under three days… “Quantum supremacy is like a horse race where you don’t know how fast your horse is, you don’t know how fast anybody else’s horse is, and some of the horses are goats,” Jonathan Dowling, a theoretical physicist at Louisiana State University, says. But this result, he clarifies, is not a goat.

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UK PM Johnson’s Conservatives have highest support since 2017: poll

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Conservative party candidate for the Mansfield constituency Ben Bradley speaks with people as they campaign in Mansfield, Britain, November 16, 2019. Frank Augstein/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party have the highest level of support since 2017, while the popularity of the main opposition Labour Party has also been growing, a poll published by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper showed.

The opinion poll put support for the Conservatives on 41%, up 1%, while the Labour saw their support rise to 33% from 30%. The pro-European Union Liberal Democrats were on 14% and the Brexit Party was on 5%.

SavantaComRes surveyed 2,052 British adults between Nov. 13 and 14.

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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