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Feb 5, 2023

Blobs of human brain planted in rats offer new treatment hope

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The team behind the work suggest that eventually doctors might be able to grow blobs of brain tissue from a patient’s own cells in the lab and use them to repair brain injuries caused by stroke or trauma.

“This is incredibly exciting to me as a physician,” said Isaac Chen, a physician and assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study is the latest in the rapidly growing and ethically complex field of brain organoids. Scientists have shown that when cultivated in the right conditions, neurons begin to form tiny brain-like structures, allowing scientists to investigate developmental conditions such as autism and a wide range of basic neuroscience questions.

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Feb 5, 2023

The James Webb Space Telescope is Finding Too Many Early Galaxies

Posted by in category: space

Images and spectra from the James Webb Space Telescope suggest that the first galaxies in the universe are too many or too bright compared to what astronomers expected.

Evidence is building that the first galaxies formed earlier than expected, astronomers announced at the 241st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Washington.

As the James Webb Space Telescope views swaths of sky spotted with distant galaxies, multiple teams have found that the earliest stellar metropolises are more mature and more numerous than expected. The results may end up changing what we know about how the first galaxies formed.

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Feb 5, 2023

Remarkable footage shows planets circling a star 133 light-years from Earth

Posted by in category: space

After more than a decade of observations, Northwestern University astrophysicist Jason Wang has constructed an amazing time-lapse video of four planets larger than Jupiter as they revolve around their star, giving viewers a one-of-a-kind glimpse into planetary motion.

Wang, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, pointed out that it can be difficult to detect planets in a rotating orbit, which is why this video of planetary motion is so striking.

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Feb 5, 2023

Auburn University researchers combining alligator, catfish DNA: ‘Who would have thought to do this?’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics

It sounds like the start of a Southern gothic horror thriller. Auburn University scientists have been putting alligator DNA in catfish. It’s delicious, but with less chance for infection. Don’t worry, it won’t bite back. MIT Technology Review recently highlighted the work of Rex Dunham, Baofeng Su and their colleagues at Auburn University, who have used genetic modification to reduce problems of disease in catfish farming.

Feb 5, 2023

NASA Finds the Culprit Behind a Webb Telescope Malfunction: Powerful Cosmic Rays

Posted by in category: space

An instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope suffered an interruption on January 15, and the likely culprit was a cosmic ray.


NASA and the Canadian Space Agency suspect that a cosmic ray strike is to blame for an anomaly on the James Webb Space Telescope.

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Feb 5, 2023

China begins single-capacity 16 MW turbine-powered wind farm construction

Posted by in category: energy

The offshore wind farm is expected to lower China’s carbon dioxide emissions by 1.36 million tonnes and claims to provide more than 1.6 billion kilowatts of power annually.

China claims to have begun the construction of its first extensive offshore wind farm using 16-megawatt turbines on Saturday.

This represents a significant change from the smaller, less effective turbines that China’s offshore wind farms have often employed, claimed a report on Sunday by China Global Television Network (CGTN), a state-run media.

Feb 5, 2023

Google invests $400 million in Anthropic to battle the power of ChatGPT

Posted by in category: futurism

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The deal was revealed by a person familiar with the matter.

Feb 5, 2023

EV battery nickel product to be produced in the US for the first time

Posted by in category: futurism

The metals refining company behind the new development claims to also be eco-friendly.

Mixed hydroxide precipitate (MHP), a nickel product vital to EV battery development, is going to be produced in the U.S. for the first time by Massachusetts metals refining company Nth Cycle, according to a report by electrek.

Megan O’Connor, cofounder and CEO of Nth Cycle, said about the development: “We can economically and efficiently solve a key supply chain challenge for EV OEMs and battery manufacturers by offering MHP produced from our unique electro-extraction platform.”

Feb 5, 2023

Meet The Titans: Google And OpenView (Microsoft) Faceoff On Chat Technology Innovation

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

With the heat of ChatGPT, the fastest growing app in the history of the web, no wonder Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google feels the need to enter with a challenge.

Google plans to release its most powerful and latest language model, LaMDA, as a companion to its search engine in weeks or in months. It will be interesting to see the trajectory comparatives between the two emerging Chat Titans.

Although Google’s forth quarter earnings call was done this week, Pichai said, “AI is the most profound technology we are working on today.” This is a pre-cursor announcement which will come shortly due to the momentum of OpenView’s GPT3.

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Feb 5, 2023

Webb Telescope Switched Off And On Again After Strike

Posted by in category: space travel

A science instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been switched off and on again by NASA engineers after the spacecraft was struck by galactic rays, according to the space agency.

A blog post reveals that on Jan. 15 the telescope’s Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) instrument was impacted by high-energy radiation from outside our solar system, disrupting its communications equipment.

NIRISS is crucial to JWST because it can analyze the atmospheres of distant exoplanets. So far it’s helped find carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of WASP-39b, a hot gas-giant orbiting a Sun-like star about 700 light-years from Earth.

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