Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Just when I think I am done writing about Star Wars Celebration exclusives, Lego quickly proves me wrong. We are just a few days away from the big event in Orlando, Florida and fans are ready to storm the show floor, obtaining as many exclusives as they can. Of course, they won’t be reselling these items for any kind of profit. No, not at all. Stay on target Lego recently unveiled their Celebration exclusive set which depicts the scene of Luke & Han going undercover as Stormtroopers to save Princess Leia. This is the Detention Block Lego set including 220-pieces and can only be obtained by entering the Star Wars Celebration raffle. You can enter from now until 12:01 am (EST) on Thursday, April 6th.If you are picked as a winner, you will be notified April 7th. This DOES NOT mean you win the set. It just makes you eligible to purchase the set at the company’s Star Wars Celebration booth.Have a local record store in your area, and you’ve been thinking about getting back into vinyl, but don’t know where to start when it comes to buying a player? You are in luck! This year Record Store Day and Crosley are bringing quite possibly the coolest turntable I’ve ever seen. The 40th Anniversary Star Wars: A New Hope Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Player! And it is only available on Record Store Day at your local music shops participating in Record Store Day.“Star Wars imagery will appear on the outside and inside of the special edition Crosley Cruiser Deluxe, a portable three-speed turntable that retails for $109.95, featuring pitch control and Bluetooth capability. Designed to reflect the stylings of yesteryear, the Cruiser includes modern conveniences like dynamic full-range stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and RCA outputs. Imagery celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, and is based on iconic poster art from the original release in May 1977. This is the fourth year that Crosley has released an exclusive Record Store Day turntable.”Now if only you can just get your hands on last years Force Awakens hologram vinyl to play on this bad boy, you’d be the talk of the Mos Eisley Cantina! Good luck obtaining these fantastic exclusives Star Wars fans!
Deoxyribonucleic acid is the ultimate multi-tool: forensic scientists exploit it to identify a perpetrator, geneticists rely on it to interpret evolutionary history, researchers employ it to store information.And soon, even trace amounts of DNA may be capable of envisioning an entire human face.DNA phenotyping—the process of reconstructing physical features from genetic data—is not exactly new.In 2010, forensic biology researchers Manfred Kayser and Susan Walsh developed IrisPlex, a system that uses six DNA markers to determine the shade of someone’s eyes; additional markers can now predict hair and skin color.A similarly cutting-edge program analyzed the genome of the UK’s oldest complete human skeleton (nicknamed “Cheddar Man”); results suggest the Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes.But while machine learning techniques have helped advance DNA phenotyping, “the extent of our current capabilities is still hotly debated,” University of Queensland research fellows Caitlin Curtis and James Hereward wrote in a recent article for The Conversation.Companies like 23andMe, which sell direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits, sometimes share genetic data that has been “anonymized” by removing subjects’ names.But, as Curtis and Hereward pointed out: You don’t need a name when you can simply predict the face of the genome’s owner.“Despite the controversy around what we can do now, the science of DNA phenotyping is only going to get better,” the authors said.“What the rapidly developing field of DNA phenotyping shows us is how much personal information is in our genetic data,” they continued. “If you can reconstruct a mugshot from genetic data, then removing the owner’s name won’t prevent re-identification.”Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs’ Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service, for instance, creates composite sketches based on DNA samples. Based on a predictive model, the company claims it’s able to infer skin, eye, and hair color, freckles, ancestry, and face shape from a single specimen.Without open-source code or a peer-reviewed methodology, however, Parabon’s system has been subject to concerns about bias, error, and abuse.“As with any type of DNA evidence, there is a risk of miscarriages of justice, especially if the evidence is used in isolation,” the authors said. “The utility of DNA phenotyping at this point may be more in its exclusionary power than its predictive power.”Look no further than identical twins to see how much of our face is in our DNA; a pair of look-alike siblings share the same genetic code that establishes eye and skin color, among other traits.In the future, protecting the privacy of our genetic code—much like our online data—will require innovative actions: Curtis and Hereward tipped methods like genome cloaking, genome spiking, or encryption.“The more we understand about our genetic code the more difficult it will become to protect the privacy of our genetic data,” they added. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later