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Jun 27, 2022

Let Your Mind Control the Computer

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Summary: New software can perform computerized image editing using only input from electrical activity in the human brain.

Source: University of Copenhagen.

Soon, we won’t need to use the Help function. The computer will sense that we have a problem and come to the rescue by itself. This is one of the possible implications of new research at University of Copenhagen and University of Helsinki.

Jun 27, 2022

FINALLY! A Graphene Battery That Could Change Everything | Answers With Joe

Posted by in categories: materials, mobile phones

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We’ve been hearing about the potential of graphene for decades, and yet very few of the big promises have come to pass. But a new aluminum graphene battery design is coming out this year that could charge a phone in less than a minute, and it may be the future of energy storage.

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Jun 27, 2022

History In Making! Chinese Space Station ‘Tiangong’ Aims To Outdo The ISS & Have The Most ‘Precise Clock’ In Orbit

Posted by in category: space

China is set to make history when it finally completes the construction of its Space Station ‘Tiangong’ and makes it operational this year.

It will be the only country to have its own space station and perhaps the only one in the world after the International Space Station (ISS) retires sometime at the end of this decade.

Jun 27, 2022

A prostate cancer breakthrough could speed up research by 10 years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, sex

Prostate cancer growth is driven by male sex hormones called androgens. And so, lowering levels of these hormones can help slow the growth of cancer.

Hormone therapy has been successful in keeping metastatic, or advanced prostate cancer, under control. Patients with metastatic prostate cancer often receive treatment with anti-hormonal therapy, which inhibits the signal sent out by testosterone that stimulates tumor growth.

But eventually, the tumor cells could become resistant to it. An international team of researchers led by the Netherlands Cancer Institute has now unveiled an “unexpected potential” solution, not designed to fight cancer but to target proteins that regulate a cell’s circadian rhythm.

Jun 27, 2022

New DNA Technology Is Shaking Up The Branches of The Evolutionary Tree

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

If you look different to your close relatives, you may have felt separate from your family. As a child, during particularly stormy fall outs you might have even hoped it was a sign that you were adopted.

As our new research shows, appearances can be deceptive when it comes to family. New DNA technology is shaking up the family trees of many plants and animals.

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Jun 27, 2022

Hackers can bring ships and planes to a grinding halt. And it could become much more common

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, economics, transportation

Armed with little more than a computer, hackers are increasingly setting their sights on some of the biggest things that humans can build.

Vast container ships and chunky freight planes — essential in today’s global economy — can now be brought to a halt by a new generation of code warriors.

“The reality is that an aeroplane or vessel, like any digital system, can be hacked,” David Emm, a principal security researcher at cyber firm Kaspersky, told CNBC.

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Jun 27, 2022

This galaxy cluster is so massive it warps space-time

Posted by in category: space

An image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy cluster named Abell 1,351, so unimaginably massive it is bending space-time itself.

Jun 27, 2022

NASA launches first rocket from Australian space center

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA has successfully launched a rocket from Australia’s remote Northern Territory, making history as the agency’s first commercial spaceport launch outside the United States.

The rocket blasted off at just past midnight local time Monday from the Arnhem Space Center on the Dhupuma Plateau, near the township of Nhulunbuy, according to Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA), the developer, owner and operator of the center.

The rocket is expected to travel more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) into space on its mission to observe the Alpha Centauri A and B constellations – the nearest star systems to the Earth.

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Jun 27, 2022

Astronomers Radically Reimagine the Making of the Planets

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space, sustainability

Now look out past the sun, way beyond. Most of the stars harbor planets of their own. Astronomers have spotted thousands of these distant star-and-planet systems. But strangely, they have so far found none that remotely resemble ours. So the puzzle has grown harder: Why these, and why those?

The swelling catalog of extrasolar planets, along with observations of distant, dusty planet nurseries and even new data from our own solar system, no longer matches classic theories about how planets are made. Planetary scientists, forced to abandon decades-old models, now realize there may not be a grand unified theory of world-making—no single story that explains every planet around every star, or even the wildly divergent orbs orbiting our sun. “The laws of physics are the same everywhere, but the process of building planets is sufficiently complicated that the system becomes chaotic,” said Alessandro Morbidelli, a leading figure in planetary formation and migration theories and an astronomer at the Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice, France.

Still, the findings are animating new research. Amid the chaos of world-building, patterns have emerged, leading astronomers toward powerful new ideas. Teams of researchers are working out the rules of dust and pebble assembly and how planets move once they coalesce. Fierce debate rages over the timing of each step, and over which factors determine a budding planet’s destiny. At the nexus of these debates are some of the oldest questions humans have asked ourselves: How did we get here? Is there anywhere else like here?

Jun 27, 2022

Epilepsy drug found to thwart nervous system tumor growth

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

What if an already-Food and Drug Administration-approved drug could help treat a particularly troublesome disorder? Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found just such a use for one drug, according to a press release by the institution published earlier this month.

An old drug with a new purpose

The condition is neurofibromatosis type 1 (Nf1) and the drug is lamotrigine, an epilepsy drug. People suffering from Nf1 develop tumors on nerves throughout their bodies that are usually benign but can still cause serious medical issues such as blindness.

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