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Obesity more dangerous than lack of fitness, new study claims
A new study, published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, has dismissed the concept of 'fat but fit.' In contrast, the results from the new study suggest that the protective effects of high fitness against early death are reduced in obese people.
Study by NUS researchers unravels new interactions affecting TGF-β pathway in humans
Researchers from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore at the National University of Singapore have delineated novel molecular interactions affecting the activity of the TGF-β pathway, a key cancer pathway in humans affecting cancer progression.
Teaching machines to see
Two technologies which use deep learning techniques to help machines to see and recognise their location and surroundings could be used for the development of driverless cars and autonomous robotics -- and can be used on a regular camera or smartphone.

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