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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.

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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'
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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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