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Scientists are weaving human brain cells into microchips

Scientists are weaving human brain cells into microchips

It’s not unusual for artificial intelligence developers to take inspiration from the human brain when designing their algorithms or the circuitry they run on, but now a project is taking that biological inspiration a step further. Scientists from England’s Aston University are physically integrating human brain stem cells into AI microchips, according to a university press release. The goal, the scientists say, is to push the boundaries of what AI can do by borrowing some of the human brain’s processing capabilities. Neural Boost The project, dubbed Neu-ChiP, sounds like the beginning of...

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Expert: coronavirus forcing rats to cannibalism, infanticide

Expert: coronavirus forcing rats to cannibalism, infanticide

The News Today4.20Quarantine Nightmares Vol. 1April 13th 20__Victor Tangermann__ Karsten Paulick via Unsplash/FuturismRats across the globe are turning to cannibalism and even eating their young as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.“A restaurant all of a sudden closes now, which has happened by the thousands in not just New York City but coast to coast and around the world,” urban rodentologist Bobby Corrigan , “and those rats that were living by that restaurant, some place nearby, and perhaps for decades having generations of rats that depended on that restaurant food, well, life is no...

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April 13, 2020
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Scientists create jet engine powered by only electricity

Scientists create jet engine powered by only electricity

The News Today5.20Clean AirMay 5th 20__Dan Robitzski__ Pixabay/Victor TangermannA prototype jet engine can propel itself without using any fossil fuels, potentially paving the way for carbon-neutral air travel.The device compresses air and ionizes it with microwaves, generating plasma that thrusts it forward, published Tuesday in the journal AIP Advances. That means planes may someday fly using just electricity and the air around them as fuel.There’s a long way to go between a proof-of-concept prototype and in a real plane. But the prototype was able to launch a one-kilogram steel ball 24...

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May 5, 2020
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Potential COVID-19 vaccine hacks your DNA to build immunity

Potential COVID-19 vaccine hacks your DNA to build immunity

Images via Pixabay/Victor TangermannThe idea is to trick your immune system into building up defenses against the coronavirus.by Dan Robitzski / April 18 2020A team of scientists is working on an experimental vaccine that hijacks your DNA to build up resistance to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.It’s still a work in progress, but the idea is to insert genetic material into a patient’s body that commissions their cellular machinery to churn out little virus-like particles, explained lead researcher and University of Waterloo pharmaceutical expert Roderick Slavcev.“The concept of a...

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April 18, 2020
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New research: space travel causes astronauts' brains to expand

New research: space travel causes astronauts' brains to expand

NASA/Victor TangermannLong exposure to microgravity literally caused space travelers' brains to change in shape and volume.by Victor Tangermann / April 16 2020A new study suggests that spending a long time in space is causing the volume of astronauts’ brains to expand.A majority of crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) of the optic nerve, along with a surplus of fluid that expands the actual volume of their brains.“When you’re in microgravity, fluid such as your venous blood no longer pools toward your lower extremities but redistributes headward,” Larry Kramer,...

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April 16, 2020
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Darknet marketplaces are full of COVID-19 tests and medicine

Darknet marketplaces are full of COVID-19 tests and medicine

Images via Pixabay/Victor TangermannOnline sellers are hoarding hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir, and coronavirus tests — and selling them alongside meth and heroin.by Dan Robitzski / 13 hours agoIn the U.S., it’s still an unfortunate reality that many patients and hospitals that need diagnostic tests for COVID-19 are left fighting over a limited supply. And if you need medication for it, you’ll need a prescription — and you’ll have to hope that your pharmacy hasn’t by others who hoarded medications.But that’s not true on , an anonymous version of the internet you can only access using...

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May 9, 2020
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MIT scientists are building devices to hack your dreams

MIT scientists are building devices to hack your dreams

Oscar Rosello/MIT/Victor TangermannDo Humans Dream of Electric Sheep?April 13th 2020NewsOscar Rosello/MIT/Victor TangermannNewsA team of researchers at MIT’s Dream Lab, which launched in 2017, are working on an open source wearable device that can track and interact with dreams in a number of ways — including, hopefully, giving you new control over the content of your dreams.The team’s radical goal is to prove once and for all that dreams aren’t just meaningless gibberish — but can be “hacked, augmented, and swayed” to our benefit, .Think “Inception,” in other words, but with a Nintendo...

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April 13, 2020
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Scientists plotted 100 million cells to make a full 3D brain map

Scientists plotted 100 million cells to make a full 3D brain map

The News Today5.20Poking AroundMay 7th 20__Dan Robitzski__ Allen Institute for Brain ScienceAfter three years of work, a team of neuroscientists built a complete, of the mouse brain, which they say could be a gamechanger for biological research., the third and most ambitious mouse developed by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, contains coordinates for 100 million brain cells, published Thursday in the journal Cell. Because mice are so commonly used for neurological research, it could vastly improve the pace at which scientists uncover new discoveries.Traditionally, analyzing an...

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May 7, 2020
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This "mutant enzyme" can break down plastic bottles in hours

This "mutant enzyme" can break down plastic bottles in hours

The News Today5.20Breaking it DownApril 8th 20__Victor Tangermann__ Public Domain PicturesResearchers working for industrial development company Carbios have created a mutant bacterial enzyme that can break down plastic bottles for recycling in only a couple of hours, .The enyzme can break down PET plastic bottles into their individual chemical composites, which could later be reused to make brand new bottles. Conventional recycled plastic that goes through a “thermomechanical” process isn’t high enough quality and is mostly used for other products such as clothing and carpets.Carbios...

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April 8, 2020
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NASA fixes Mars lander by telling it to hit itself with a shovel

NASA fixes Mars lander by telling it to hit itself with a shovel

The News Today3.20Bonk!March 18th 20__Dan Robitzski__ NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA’s InSight lander, which is currently on the surface of Mars, has faced some unexpected problems during its mission to explore and study the planet.Namely, a digging probe that was built to like a jackhammer got stuck because Mars’ soil is clumpier than scientists expected, .After a few failed attempts to get it out, NASA had to get a bit creative. Ultimately, it freed the probe up by giving it a solid thwack with InSight’s shovel.A bit of good news from : our new approach of using the robotic arm to push the mole...

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March 18, 2020
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