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Dec 6, 2023

‘Space Rescue Service’ needed for coming space tourism era, report argues

Posted by in category: space

The more people who fly in space, the higher the likelihood of something going wrong.

Dec 6, 2023

Billionaire Ron Baron talks Tesla: Cybertruck “Incredibly Cool”

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

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Dec 6, 2023

This 1.2 Million-Mile Tesla Model S Is On Its 14th Motor, Third Battery Pack

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

It’s hard to believe that there’s a Tesla Model S out there with nearly 1.2 million miles on its odometer, but indeed there is. And here it is.

The car, a 2014 Model S P85, has racked up 1.18 million miles so far, which works out to approximately 131,000 miles per year. Could you imagine driving that much? And doing so in an electric car, which naysayers often state can’t go the distance. Well, we think this car proves that EVs can be driven a significant amount of miles per year and that the charging infrastructure, at least in some parts of the world, can support high-mileage drives.

Dec 6, 2023

This founder used AI to build his paralysed daughter an exoskeleton. Now he’s raised money to turn it into a business that will teach you anything

Posted by in categories: business, cyborgs, economics, robotics/AI

Nolej’s cofounder, Bodo Hoenen, used AI to help design an exoskeleton for his paralysed daughter, Lorelei.

Dec 6, 2023

Musk Comments on Next Gen Tesla, Cybertruck + China Sales Spring Ahead

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk hints at a low-cost electric vehicle in the works, made in high volume, with advanced production technology, and the progress in China is a significant factor in Tesla’s success.

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Dec 5, 2023

Foretellix raises $85M to build and test scenarios for self-driving systems

Posted by in categories: business, finance, robotics/AI, transportation

On their way to building fully autonomous vehicles, self-driving car makers are facing a tall task: training their AIs to be able to respond reliably to any and all scenarios that a car, truck or bus might encounter as well as, or hopefully better, than a human would. Today, a startup with a platform to help with that challenge is announcing a sizeable round of funding to take those strategies up a gear.

Foretellix, which builds verification and validation solutions to test the full range of driver assistance and autonomous systems that are coming out on the market, has closed its Series C at $85 million. The round includes financial investors alongside strategic backers from the automotive and chip industries, a signal of who is already doing business with Foretellix, as well as the longer business trajectory for the startup.

The round is being led by Israeli VC 83North, with Singapore’s Temasek and carmaker Isuzu investing alongside Woven Capital (Toyota’s venture fund), Nvidia, Artofin and previous backers MoreTech, Nationwide, Volvo Group VC, Jump Capital, Next Gear Ventures and OurCrowd. Foretellix may ring a bell for readers: The first close of this round was in May of this year (at $43 million).

Dec 5, 2023

What space does to the body

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space travel

As if space travel didn’t present enough challenges — from bone thinning and an elevated risk of cancer to the sheer tedium of spending months confined to a small capsule — scientists have now warned that prolonged exposure to microgravity and cosmic radiation could lead to erectile dysfunction.

For a NASA-funded study, published in The Faseb Journal, researchers exposed rats to doses of radiation equivalent to that found in deep space, and suspended them in harnesses to simulate weightlessness for four weeks. A year later the blood supply to the rats’ erectile tissue was found to be impaired, apparently mainly as a result of the radiation. The scientists described it as “a new health risk to consider with deep space exploration”, but said that there were signs it could be treatable. When astronauts are in orbit, such as on the International Space Station, they are protected from cosmic radiation by Earth’s magnetic field, which deflects the rays. Further out, they’re fully exposed, and transporting the material needed to shield them is difficult and expensive.

Dec 5, 2023

Ego, Fear and Money: How the A.I. Fuse Was Lit

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

The people who were most afraid of the risks of artificial intelligence decided they should be the ones to build it. Then distrust fueled a spiraling competition.

Dec 5, 2023

Uploading Your Mind to a Computer Will Require 3 Crucial Things

Posted by in categories: biological, computing, neuroscience

Imagine brain scanning technology improves greatly in the coming decades, to the point that we can observe how each individual neuron talks to other neurons.

Then, imagine we can record all this information to create a simulation of someone’s brain on a computer.

This is the concept behind mind uploading – the idea that we may one day be able to transition a person from their biological body to a synthetic hardware.

Dec 5, 2023

New enzyme allows CRISPR technologies to accurately target almost all human genes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

A team of engineers at Duke University have developed a method to broaden the reach of CRISPR technologies. While the original CRISPR system could only target 12.5% of the human genome, the new method expands access to nearly every gene to potentially target and treat a broader range of diseases through genome engineering.

The research involved collaborators at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, University of Zurich and McMaster University.

This work was published on October 4 in the journal Nature Communications.

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