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Jun 20, 2024

Five-drug combination targets aggressive B-cell lymphomas

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a non-chemotherapy treatment regimen that is achieving full remissions for some people with aggressive B-cell lymphoma that has come back or is no longer responding to standard treatments. The five-drug combination targets multiple molecular pathways that diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) tumors use to survive.

In a clinical trial at NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI), researchers tested the combination of venetoclax, ibrutinib, prednisone, obinutuzumab, and lenalidomide (called ViPOR) in 50 patients with DLBCL, the most common type of lymphoma. The treatment shrank tumors substantially in 26 of 48 (54%) evaluable patients, with 18 (38%) of those patients’ tumors disappearing entirely, known as a complete response. At two years, 36% of all patients were alive and 34% were free of disease. These benefits were seen mainly in people with two specific subtypes of DLBCL.

The findings were published June 20, 2024, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Jun 20, 2024

Scientists Discovered How to Control the Casimir Effect—and Supercharge Tiny Machines

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, quantum physics

The breakthrough clears the way for smarter, more agile nanotech.

Jun 20, 2024

Claude: Anthropic just released Claude 3.5, a new model that surpasses GPT-4o on multiple benchmarks while being 2x faster and 80% cheaper than Claude 3 Opus

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The model is already available for free on and the Claude iOS app.

Claude 3.5 Sonnet is their our strongest vision model.


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Jun 20, 2024

Why Politicians Need to Stop Getting in the Way of Technological Progress

Posted by in categories: economics, education, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Dr. Ben Murnane has published an Opinion piece in FEE, the Foundation for Economic Education, a major US think thank. The essay covers #transhumanism and the new biography Transhuman Citizen, out in 10 days.

It’s telling that with the rise of AI the first instinct of many politicians is to regulate it.

Jun 20, 2024

Exploring Social Neuroscience — Serious Science

Posted by in categories: ethics, neuroscience, science

Is our brain responsible for how we react to people who are different from us? Why can’t people with autism tell lies? How does the brain produce empathy? Why is imitation a fundamental trait of any social interaction? What are the secret advantages of teamwork? How does the social environment influence the brain? Why is laughter different from any other emotion?

This course is aimed at deepening our understanding of how the brain shapes and is shaped by social behavior, exploring a variety of topics such as the neural mechanisms behind social interactions, social cognition, theory of mind, empathy, imitation, mirror neurons, interacting minds, and the science of laughter.

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Jun 20, 2024

Biggest Self-Own in Quantum Computing, Ever

Posted by in categories: computing, open access, quantum physics

Learn more about quantum computing on Brilliant! First 30 days are free and 20% off the annual premium subscription when you use our link ➜

Quantum computing, so the fairy tale goes, is the next big thing in technology. News has popped up time and time again noting major advancements in the field, but the latest statement from company D-Wave had people scratching their heads. Are quantum computers really the next big thing? Who’s at the forefront of the field now? Let’s have a look.

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Jun 20, 2024

Personalized brain circuit scores identify clinically distinct biotypes in depression and anxiety

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Brain imaging identifies six subtypes of depression.

Personalized brain circuit measures quantified using a new imaging technology in 801 patients with depression and anxiety identify six biotypes with unique symptoms, behaviors and responses to different types of treatment.

Jun 20, 2024

How hot is too hot for the human body? Study identifies upper limit

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

An article from last year that’s still relevant.

2023 article

Researchers investigated when the body starts exerting more energy to keep itself cool at high temperatures.

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Jun 20, 2024

Google Helpless to Stop Its AI From Recommending Glue on Pizza

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

As of this week, Google’s AI was still telling people to put glue on pizza — and in the process, it misrepresented a journalist’s work.

Jun 20, 2024

Electric Vehicles Could Soon Recharge in 10 Minutes, BYD and CATL on the Verge of Breakthrough

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Battery technology is undergoing a rapid evolution. Recent years have seen significant improvements in both range and charging speed for EVs. BYD and CATL’s upcoming batteries are the latest example, aiming to revolutionize charging times. These companies are reportedly set to debut their ultra-fast-charging LFP batteries by the end of this year, potentially eliminating the need for lengthy charging stops during road trips.

The key to these rapid charge times lies in the 6C charging rate boasted by both the BYD Blade 2.0 and CATL Qilin 2.0 battery packs. In simpler terms, the “6” signifies that the charging multiplier is six times the battery capacity. For instance, a 100-amp-hour battery could be charged with a massive 600-amp current.

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