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Apr 9, 2024

New highly-detailed 3D map of universe with 6 million galaxies can unravel mysteries of dark matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, futurism

A highly detailed three-dimensional map of six million galaxies was recently unveiled by a group of scientists. The map is believed to have the potential to unravel some hidden secrets of dark matter and the future of our universe.

The map was created with the help of data collected by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) in Arizona. The first-of-its-kind map has scaled some galaxies for the first time that were never recorded earlier for the study of the universe.

DESI is an instrument that can capture light from 5,000 galaxies many million light years away from Earth. It becomes the backbone of research in the development of the biggest 3D map of galaxies that could alter the way we think about dark matter and the universe.

Apr 9, 2024

Exclusive: Synchron, a rival to Musk’s Neuralink, readies large-scale brain implant trial

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Synchron on Monday plans to launch an online…

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) — Synchron Inc, a rival to Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain implant startup, is preparing to recruit patients for a large-scale clinical trial required to seek commercial approval for its device, the company’s chief executive told Reuters.

Synchron on Monday plans to launch an online registry for patients interested in joining the trial meant to include dozens of participants, and has received interest from about 120 clinical trial centers to help run the study, CEO Thomas Oxley said in an interview.

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Apr 9, 2024

Geneos vaccine shows efficacy in reducing liver tumors in trial

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Personalized vaccine + immunotherapy cuts advanced liver cancer in small trial.

There were no serious adverse reactions. The most common was mild injection site reactions.

This Geneos treatment is a DNA vaccine that delivers the genetic code of mutated proteins into cells through a small electrical impulse. Each vaccine can target up to 40 mutated genes.

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Apr 9, 2024

Signs of Life would be Detectable in Single Ice Grain Emitted from Extraterrestrial Moons

Posted by in categories: alien life, electronics

Could life be found in frozen sea spray from moons orbiting Saturn or Jupiter? New research finds that life can be detected in a single ice grain containing one bacterial cell or portions of a cell. The results suggest that if life similar to that on Earth exists on these planetary bodies, that this life should be detectable by instruments launching in the fall.

The ice-encrusted oceans of some of the moons orbiting Saturn and Jupiter are leading candidates in the search for extraterrestrial life. A new lab-based study led by the University of Washington in Seattle and the Freie Universität Berlin shows that individual ice grains ejected from these planetary bodies may contain enough material for instruments headed there in the fall to detect signs of life, if such life exists.

“For the first time we have shown that even a tiny fraction of cellular material could be identified by a mass spectrometer onboard a spacecraft,” said lead author Fabian Klenner, a UW postdoctoral researcher in Earth and space sciences. “Our results give us more confidence that using upcoming instruments, we will be able to detect lifeforms similar to those on Earth, which we increasingly believe could be present on ocean-bearing moons.”

Apr 9, 2024

Getting closer to measuring quantum gravity

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

New technique measures the gravitational pull on a micron-scale levitating magnetic particle.

Apr 9, 2024

Researchers map structure of mitochondria at different life stages

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Mitochondria, organelles with an inner and outer membrane, are responsible for creating the energy that cells use to survive, and their morphology is key to accomplishing this task. The inner mitochondrial membrane contains folds, called cristae, that maximize the surface area available for mitochondrial energetic processes.

Apr 9, 2024

Alzheimer’s: Immunotherapy may help clear toxic plaques in the brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Recent research in mice investigates a new, immunotherapy-based approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease aiming to clear toxic protein accumulations in the brain.

Apr 9, 2024

AI Could Explain Why We’re Not Meeting Any Aliens, Wild Study Proposes

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks, finance, media & arts, robotics/AI, transportation

Artificial Intelligence is making its presence felt in thousands of different ways. It helps scientists make sense of vast troves of data; it helps detect financial fraud; it drives our cars; it feeds us music suggestions; its chatbots drive us crazy. And it’s only getting started.

Are we capable of understanding how quickly AI will continue to develop? And if the answer is no, does that constitute the Great Filter?

The Fermi Paradox is the discrepancy between the apparent high likelihood of advanced civilizations existing and the total lack of evidence that they do exist. Many solutions have been proposed for why the discrepancy exists. One of the ideas is the ‘Great Filter.’

Apr 9, 2024

Ferret-UI: Grounded Mobile UI Understanding with Multimodal LLMs

Posted by in category: futurism

Apple presents Ferret-UI

Grounded Mobile UI Understanding with Multimodal LLMs

Recent advancements in #multimodal large language models (MLLMs) have been noteworthy, yet, these general-domain MLLMs often fall short in their ability to #comprehend and interact…

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Apr 9, 2024

Survival of the nicest: have we got evolution the wrong way round?

Posted by in categories: biological, evolution

How humans, animals and even single-celled organisms cooperate to survive suggests there’s more to life than just competition, argues a cheering study of evolutionary biology.

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