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No Foolin'?

Google has announced that it has perfected artificial intelligence and that the Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity, called CADIE, has been switched on. (Cadie, in the form of a panda, has a webpage here.) Cadie is also the driving force behind a three-dimensional version of Chrome and the auto-pilot feature on Gmail.

Amazon has also taken the newest step in cloud computing: helium blimps with 65,536 small EC2 instances that bring the cloud to you. Communication is provide through WiMax and lasers.

As Jonathan Eisen notes on his blog, far from discovering a "God particle" at CERN, researchers there have secretly been investigating, under the guise of repairs, an "evolution particle." It is "a particle that not only is highly mutagenic but appears to have an unusual affinity for DNA." In related news, Larry Moran says the 2009 Nobel Prize for biochemistry has been awarded to Michael Behe "for his contributions to understanding complex biological systems."

And if you believe all that, perhaps you'd like to book this flight, or buy this bridge.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.