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Nov 26, 2022

Dr Egbert Edelbroek, Ph.D. — CEO, SpaceBorn United — R&D To Make Humanity A Multi-Planetary Species

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Dr. Egbert Edelbroek, Ph.D. is the CEO & Founder of SpaceBorn United (, a research and mission design company focused on researching optimal conditions for human reproduction in space, with a focus on novel assisted reproductive technologies.

Dr. Edelbroek is passionate about accelerating space life science research, helping humanity to become a multi-planetary species. His interest in space exploration accelerated shortly after he became a sperm donor in 2010 and when learned all about assisted reproductive technologies. This inspired him to explore options to re-engineer existing IVF technology for application in space.

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Nov 26, 2022

A deep learning model that generates nonverbal social behavior for robots

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Researchers at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in Korea have recently developed a deep learning-based model that could help to produce engaging nonverbal social behaviors, such as hugging or shaking someone’s hand, in robots. Their model, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, can actively learn new context-appropriate social behaviors by observing interactions among humans.

“Deep learning techniques have produced interesting results in areas such as computer vision and ,” Woo-Ri Ko, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told TechXplore. “We set out to apply to , specifically by allowing robots to learn from human-human interactions on their own. Our method requires no prior knowledge of human behavior models, which are usually costly and time-consuming to implement.”

The (ANN)-based architecture developed by Ko and his colleagues combines the Seq2Seq (sequence-to-sequence) model introduced by Google researchers in 2014 with generative adversarial networks (GANs). The new architecture was trained on the AIR-Act2Act dataset, a collection of 5,000 human-human interactions occurring in 10 different scenarios.

Nov 26, 2022

Mars helicopter Ingenuity aces 1st flight after major software update

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NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity has performed its shortest-ever flight, the first after a major software update that will allow the little chopper to land more safely and navigate over rugged terrain.

Ingenuity’s 34th flight, which took place on Tuesday (Nov. 22), lasted only 18 seconds and saw the helicopter briefly hover after takeoff above Mars’ surface before landing just 16 feet (5 meters) away from its starting point. The flight, the first since Sept. 29, was the first try-out of a new software system that was beamed to Ingenuity from Earth to improve its ability to operate in the rugged terrain that its parent Perseverance rover is currently exploring.

Nov 26, 2022

PepsiCo exec says for AI, 2023 will be year of ‘hope and focus’

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When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), the past year has been aspirational, but ultimately unsuccessful, says Athina Kanioura, who was named PepsiCo’s first chief strategy and transformation officer in September 2020. But she is optimistic about 2023.

“Think of how we started with the metaverse and the use of AI, suddenly it crumbled into pieces,” she told VentureBeat. “In AI, we tend to see what doesn’t work the first time, then we lose hope — but I think 2023 should be a year of hope and focus for AI.”

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Nov 26, 2022

A bot that watched 70,000 hours of Minecraft could unlock AI’s next big thing

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Online videos are a vast and untapped source of training data—and OpenAI says it has a new way to use it.

Nov 26, 2022

Understanding Senescence

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Dr. Campisi has been at the forefront of studying cellular senescence for decades, revealing the mysteries of these not-exactly-dead cells and their role in many diseases of aging. In this episode, she joins her colleague Gordon to discuss the characteristics and function of senescent cells, as well as promising interventions on the horizon. Judy also describes how to get lucky in science by being prepared to see the unexpected.

Nov 26, 2022

Eerie Video of Bizarre Sheep Phenomenon Has The World Running in Circles

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To be a sheep is to blindly follow the crowd. But is a sheep’s sheepiness really enough to make an entire flock walk around in a circle non-stop for days on end?

That’s a mystery the internet has pondered for about a week now and solving it has proved more difficult than you’d expect.

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Nov 26, 2022

CRISPR vs breast, colon, lung cancer: First human trial goes well

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A small human trial has tested CRISPR gene editing technology in the treatment of solid cancer tumors, including breast, colon, and lung cancer, with promising results.

Nov 26, 2022

Occuity lands £343k grant to develop optical diabetes screening device

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DISCLOSURE: Longevity. Technology (a brand of First Longevity Limited) has been contracted by the company featured in this article to support its current funding round. Qualifying investors can find out more via the Longevity. Technology investment portal.

MedTech start-up Occuity has received a £343,000 Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) Award to fund the next stage of the development of its innovative AGE reader: an optical medical device that will enable non-invasive screening of diabetes in non-clinical settings such as opticians and pharmacies.

Biomedical Catalyst is the flagship Innovate UK grant funding competition for supporting UK health & life sciences SMEs. It supports the development of innovative solutions to health and healthcare challenges by providing financial support to accelerate the route to commercialisation.

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Nov 26, 2022

As Never Seen Before: NASA’s Webb Reveals an Exoplanet Unlike Any in Our Solar System

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Observations of Exoplanet WASP-39b show fingerprints of atoms and molecules, as well as signs of active chemistry and clouds.

WASP-39 b is a planet unlike any in our solar system – a Saturn.

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and has the second-largest mass in the Solar System. It has a much lower density than Earth but has a much greater volume. Saturn’s name comes from the Roman god of wealth and agriculture.

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