Google’s DeepMind develops creepy, ultra-realistic human speech synthesis | Science! | Geek.com

DeepMind is changing the way speech synthesis is handled by directly modeling the raw waveform of human speech. The very high-level approach of WaveNet means that it can conceivably generate any kind of speech or even music. Listen above for an example of WaveNet’s voice synthesis. There’s an almost uncanny valley quality to it.

via Google’s DeepMind develops creepy, ultra-realistic human speech synthesis | Science! | Geek.com.

Canopy software identifies the course of cancer

Tumors also differ among patients with the same type of cancer.  An interdisciplinary team from the Pennsylvania developed software called Canopy.  It infers the evolutionary track of tumor cells by surveying two types of mutations.  They demonstrated the approach on samples from leukemia and ovarian cancer.
Canopy is an open-source software so oncologists will be able to use it to identify potential biomarkers for different cancer cell populations within tumor specimens that are associated with drug resistance and invasive malignancy, among other characteristics.

via Penn software helps to identify course of cancer metastasis, tumor ‘evolution’.

Researchers just found a second ‘Dyson Sphere’ star

When a planet passes in front of star, the star’s brightness usually dips by around 1 percent, but KIC 8462852 has been experiencing dips of up to 22 percent, suggesting that something huge is zooming past. And now a second star with strange dips in brightness has been identified.

via Researchers just found a second ‘Dyson Sphere’ star – ScienceAlert.

The ‘Earth next door’ may have a breathable atmosphere – and we could find out in 2 years – ScienceAlert

The funny thing about the discovery of Proxima b – the closest planet to our Solar System, which is also rocky, Earth-sized, and potentially habitable – is that nobody has actually seen it.

http://www.sciencealert.com/the-earth-next-door-may-have-a-breathable-atmosphere-and-we-could-find-out-in-just-2-years