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Sep 13, 2021

Britain’s young teens will be vaccinated

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, neuroscience

Britain’s young teens will be vaccinated — but with a single dose.


London: Britain’s chief medical officers have said that vaccinating young teenagers against COVID-19 is justified when their mental health and education are taken into account.

Minors aged between 12 and 15 in England will be offered just a single dose of Pfizer or Moderna beginning next week, with more research ordered into whether a second dose should be given, as is currently administered to those aged 16 and above.

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Sep 9, 2021

License CRISPR patents for free to share gene editing globally

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, education

Wageningen is one of a clutch of research institutions globally that hold patents on CRISPR, a technique that enables precise changes to be made to genomes, at specific locations. Other institutions — including the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the University of California, Berkeley, which have some of the largest portfolios of patents on the subject — also provide CRISPR tools and some intellectual property (IP) for free for non-profit use. But universities could do better to facilitate access to CRISPR technologies for research.


Universities hold the majority of CRISPR patents. They are in a strong position to ensure that the technology is widely shared for education and research.

Sep 7, 2021

New Cultured Meat Factory Will Churn Out 5,000 Bioreactor Burgers a Day

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, food, life extension

“After demonstrating that cultured meat can reach cost parity faster than the market anticipated, this production facility is the real game-changer,” said Yaakov Nahmias, Future Meat Technologies founder and chief scientific officer, in a press release. “This facility demonstrates our proprietary media rejuvenation technology in scale, allowing us to reach production densities 10-times higher than the industrial standard.”

Cultured meat is made by extracting cells from animal tissue and giving them nutrients, oxygen, and moisture while keeping them at the same temperature they’d be at inside an animal’s body. The cells divide and multiply then start to mature, with muscle cells joining to create muscle fibers and fat cells producing lipids. The resulting nuggets of meat can be used to make processed products like burgers or sausages. Structured cuts of meat with blood vessels and connective tissue, like steak or chicken breast, require scaffolds, and researchers are creating these with biomaterials, like cellulose from plants. Companies are working on several varieties of more elaborate cultured products, from bacon to salmon.

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Sep 7, 2021

‘Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space,’ a docuseries on SpaceX’s 1st all-civilian spaceflight, launches on Netflix

Posted by in categories: education, space travel

Time Studios and Netflix are chronicling the mission, which launches Sept. 15.


The private Inspiration4 astronauts on SpaceX’s first all-civilian spaceflight star in a new Netflix documentary on their historic flight.

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Sep 6, 2021

Shenzhou-12 astronauts present the Tianhe core module

Posted by in categories: education, space

The Shenzhou-12 crew, astronauts Nie Haisheng (commander), Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo, presented the Tianhe core module to university students and secondary school pupils in Hong Kong. The Tianhe core module (天和核心舱), the first and main component of the China Space Station (中国空间站), informally known as Tiangong (天宫, Heavenly Palace).

Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)/China Media Group(CMG)/China Central Television (CCTV)

Sep 5, 2021

Meet the College Student Who Makes His Own Chips

Posted by in categories: computing, education

Sam Zeloof, 21 builds homemade semiconductors in his family’s garage in Flemington, N.J. (In his latest video, Zeloof refers to it casually as his “garage fab.”) The Carnegie Mellon University student has been doing it since high school, becoming a truly inspiring example of just how far a do-it-yourself spirit can take you.

And best of all, he’s documented it all in detailed blog posts and nearly 50 videos uploaded to YouTube, sharing what he’s learned for others who might follow in his footsteps.

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Sep 5, 2021

Chinese Scientists Say Quantum Radar Could End Stealth Advantage

Posted by in categories: climatology, education, engineering, quantum physics

A new quantum radar technology developed by a team of Chinese researchers would be able to detect stealth planes, the South China Morning Post is reporting.

The news service reports that the radar technology generates a mini electromagnetic storm to detect objects. Professor Zhang Chao and his team at Tsinghua University’s aerospace engineering school, reported their findings in a paper in Journal of Radars.

A quantum radar is different from traditional radars in several ways, according to the paper. While traditional radars have on a fixed or rotating dish, the quantum design features a gun-shaped instrument that accelerates electrons. The electrons pass through a winding tube of a strong magnetic fields, producing what is described as a tornado-shaped microwave vortex.

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Sep 4, 2021

2021 Space Symposium | Opening Ceremony

Posted by in categories: education, security, space travel

The 36th Space Symposium began with an opening ceremony honoring outstanding individuals and organizations in the space community.

Among the honorees, the team behind NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter received the John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr. Award for Space Exploration. The annual award recognizes extraordinary accomplishments by a company, space agency, or consortium of organizations in the realm of space exploration and discovery.

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Sep 2, 2021

What is Consciousness? A New Documentary Consciousness: Evolution of the Mind, Part I

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, education, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Life is an integrated flow of quantum computational processes giving rise to our conscious experience. Based on the ontological model, the Cybernetic Theory of Mind by evolutionary cyberneticist Alex Vikoulov that he expands on in his magnum opus The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind’s Evolution, comes a new documentary ― Consciousness: Evolution of the Mind.

This film, hosted by the author of the book from which the narrative is derived, is now available for viewing on demand on Vimeo, Plex, Tubi, Social Club TV and other global networks with its worldwide premiere aired on June 8 2021. This is a futurist’s take on the nature of consciousness and reverse engineering of our thinking in order to implement it in cybernetics and AI systems.

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Sep 1, 2021

EdTech language platform Duolingo ups the AI ante

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

I actually like this program.

“It watches what you’ve done in the past, what you’ve gotten right, and what you’ve gotten wrong,” he explained. “And then it tries to give you things that are not too easy or not too hard, but are sort of what educational psychologists would say are in your ‘zone of proximal development.’”.


In the wake of a noted IPO, EdTech player Duolingo showed off AI-infused updates to its language lesson platform.

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