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Sep 14, 2021

Study Finds Evidence of Possible Link Between Herpes Simplex and Neurogenerative Diseases

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

Because the herpesvirus sits in neurons forever, there is speculation it is connected to neurodegenerative diseases. The immune system requires inflammation to constantly fight off the virus, and neurons have some degree of damage because of this continuous immune response, according to Dr. Tibor Valyi-Nagy, professor of pathology, director of neuropathology at UIC and research collaborator on the study.

Summary: Researchers discovered mutations of the OPTN gene resulted in increased herpesvirus 1 growth in the brains of mice, leading to the death of local neurons. This resulted in accelerated neurodegeneration. OPTN deficiency was also associated with impairments in immune response. While these findings are specific to the HSV-1 virus, researchers believe the findings may apply to up to eight herpesvirus infections.

Source: University of Illinois at Chicago

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Sep 14, 2021

NASA Small Business Partners Advance Lunar Technologies

Posted by in categories: business, space travel, sustainability

As NASA returns to the Moon via the Artemis program, in an enhanced, sustainable way; the agency has selected five U.S. small businesses to receive a total of nearly $20 million to accelerate the development of novel lunar capabilities.

Sep 14, 2021

Instrumental: Engineers Who Make Science Possible (Live Public Talk)

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

Pollution creates particulate matter (tiny floating particles) and aerosols that can be harmful to our health. With missions like the Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA), public health officials can start to map this particulate matter around the world, understand its effect on diseases, and know where the most risk is. In this month’s talk, we’ll chat with the instrument operations systems engineer for MAIA and discuss how vital positions like hers are for mission success and for making sure important data gets back to us on Earth.

Speaker: janelle wellons, instrument operations systems engineer, NASA/JPL

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Sep 14, 2021

Autos to Integrate AI-based Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

BCI to enable drivers to use thoughts to control select car functions.

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 13, 2021

The Third Revolution in Warfare

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

First there was gunpowder. Then nuclear weapons. Next: artificially intelligent weapons.

Sep 13, 2021

Israeli firm unveils armed robot to patrol volatile borders

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

LOD, Israel — An Israeli defense contractor on Monday unveiled a remote-controlled armed robot it says can patrol battle zones, track infiltrators and open fire. The unmanned vehicle is the latest addition to the world of drone technology, which is rapidly reshaping the modern battlefield.

Proponents say such semi-autonomous machines allow armies to protect their soldiers, while critics fear this marks another dangerous step toward robots making life-or-death decisions.

The four-wheel-drive robot presented Monday was developed by the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries’ “REX MKII.”

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Sep 13, 2021

Do we need humans for that job? Automation booms after COVID

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, employment, health, robotics/AI

Automation will drag on at the normal pace. 2025 i think will be the key year, where Human Level hands could turn up on the humanoid robots, and an early phase of Human Level AI turns up; if those 2 things happen automation of jobs will really start to move fast.

Ask for a roast beef sandwich at an Arby’s drive-thru east of Los Angeles and you may be talking to Tori — an artificially intelligent voice assistant that will take your order and send it to the line cooks.

“It doesn’t call sick,” says Amir Siddiqi, whose family installed the AI voice at its Arby’s franchise this year in Ontario, California. “It doesn’t get corona. And the reliability of it is great.”

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Sep 13, 2021

Scientists are potty-training cows in a bid to help save the planet

Posted by in category: biological

The results showed that calves performed at a similar level to children when learning to potty-train, and did better than very young children.

If you can potty-train a child, you can potty-train a cow. At least, that was the theory a group of researchers in Germany decided to test, in a bid to find a solution to the environmental damage caused by livestock waste.

“It’s usually assumed that cattle are not capable of controlling defecation or urination,” said Jan Langbein, co-author of a study published Monday in the journal Current Biology.

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Sep 13, 2021

Broadband acoustic invisibility and illusions

Posted by in category: futurism

The active manipulation of sound waves replaces physical with virtual media to create acoustic invisibility and illusions.

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