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Social media for professional learning and growth

by Dr. Manishankar Chakraborty
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Social media along with other benefits offered by Internet has provided lot of opportunities and challenges.

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US science leaders to tackle ethics of gene-editing technology
The leading US scientific organisation, responding to concerns expressed by scientists and ethicists, has launched an ambitious initiative to recommend guidelines for new genetic technology.

Google self-driving prototype cars to hit public roads
The move comes after Google's internal testing of the bubble-shaped vehicle over the past year and more extensive experience with Technology adapted for existing cars.

Facebook on iPhone launches 'Instant Articles'
Instant Articles will let stories load more than 10 times faster than standard mobile web articles.

Space radiation may harm astronauts’ brains
Flying people to deep space like Mars or an asteroid is high on NASA’s wish list, but research on mice suggested that extended radiation exposure permanently harms the brain.


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