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Feb 20, 2024

NASA looking for 4 volunteers to spend a year living and working inside a Mars simulator

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, space travel

Ever wonder what it’s like to live on Mars? Now, you could try out life on the Red Planet – in a simulation run by NASA. The space agency is looking for participants to live on a fake Mars for a full year to help them prepare for human exploration of the planet.

This is the second of three missions, which will have four volunteers living in a 1,700-square-foot Mars simulation, NASA has announced. The missions, called CHAPEA, for Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog, take place in a 3D-printed Mars habitat at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

The simulation, called the Mars Dune Alpha, simulates a future Mars habitat with separate areas for living and working. It includes four living quarters for each volunteer, a workspace, a medical station, lounge areas and a galley and food growing stations.

Feb 20, 2024

ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium 2024

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, satellites

NEJM Journal Watch Oncology and Hematology Associate Editor David Ilson was on hand at the 2024 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium and highlights the latest research in colorectal, neuroendocrine, and esophagogastric cancers.

Important new studies with the potential to impact clinical practice were presented at the 2024 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium held January 18 to 20 in San Francisco. NEJM Journal Watch Oncology and Hematology Associate Editor David H. Ilson, MD, PhD, was on hand and reports on some of them.


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Feb 20, 2024

How to detect the deadliest form of cancer

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

Lung cancer is the deadliest of cancers. Screening could save thousands of lives, so why is it not the norm?

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Feb 20, 2024

New research offers hope to those affected by aggressive brain cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

New research from the University of Sussex holds promise for extending life expectancy and enhancing treatment options for a common and aggressive brain cancer affecting thousands in the UK annually and hundreds of thousands globally.

Published in the Journal of Advanced Science, the study revealed that the protein PANK4, previously overlooked, can hinder cancer cells’ response to chemotherapy in glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer and if the protein is removed, cancer cells respond better to the main chemotherapy drug used globally for the treatment of glioblastoma.

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Feb 20, 2024

LVHN taking part in clinical trial of revolutionary colorectal cancer treatment that saw 100% remission in patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center made waves earlier this year when it announced the completion of a clinical trial that saw colorectal cancer in 18 patients disappear.

The patients received a drug that helped their immune system target and attack cancer cells, driving their cancer into remission and rendering it undetectable within six months.

Now, Lehigh Valley Health Network has joined a select group of networks and hospitals participating in the expanded clinical trial of the drug.

Feb 20, 2024

Move Over Black Holes, ‘White Holes’ are Here to Boggle Your Mind

Posted by in categories: cosmology, mathematics, singularity

The universe, with its myriad mysteries, has long captivated our curiosity, and among its enigmatic phenomena, black holes have held a prominent place. These collapsed cores of dead stars, known for devouring everything in their vicinity, have a cosmic counterpart that challenges our understanding – the elusive ‘white holes.’

Imagine delving into the intricacies of space-time around a black hole, subtracting the collapsed star’s mass, and unveiling the mathematical description of a white hole – a massless singularity. Unlike their gravitational counterparts, black holes, where matter disappears into an event horizon, white holes defy entry. They expel matter at an astonishing rate, akin to hitting a cosmic ‘rewind’ button.

Feb 20, 2024

Qubit by qubit: Optimizing silicon for quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, military, quantum physics

A team of researchers has won funding from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research to address the challenges posed by silicon spin qubits.

Feb 19, 2024

Move AI’s Multi-Cam Turns Video into 3D Animation Quickly

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This could be useful for the sports industry among other areas.

Feb 19, 2024

A multi-camera differential binocular vision sensor for robots and autonomous systems

Posted by in categories: drones, military, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Recent technological advances have enabled the development of increasingly sophisticated sensors, which can help to advance the sensing capabilities of robots, drones, autonomous vehicles, and other smart systems. Many of these sensors, however, rely on individual cameras, thus the accuracy of the measurements they collect is limited by the cameras’ field of view (FOV).

Researchers at Beihang University in China recently developed a new multi-camera differential binocular vision sensor with a wider FOV that could collect more . This sensor, introduced in a paper published in Optics & Laser Technology, could be integrated into a wide range of devices and smart robotic systems.

“Aiming at the high-precision requirements of environment perception for unmanned aerial vehicle detection, robot navigation, and autonomous driving, inspired by the multi-camera module of mobile phones, we introduced a visual perception mode based on the principle of high-precision binocular vision measurement,” Fuqiang Zhou, co-author of the paper, told Tech Xplore. “This principle involves a central and peripheral auxiliary cameras that work together.”

Feb 19, 2024

Google’s AI Boss Says Scale Only Gets You So Far

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

In an interview with WIRED, DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis says the biggest breakthroughs in AI are yet to come—and will take more than just chips.

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