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Sep 24, 2021

SpaceX shares moment Inspiration4 crew saw Earth for first time

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One of the modifications was the cupola, or giant window, that let the four astronauts have a panoramic view of space in the modified Crew Dragon craft.

The Inspiration4 crew splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean near Florida on September 18 at 23:06 UTC, bringing an end to their historic three-day mission orbiting Earth, 360 miles above the surface.

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Sep 24, 2021

Vanderbilt: Discovery of ‘ultra-potent’ antibody could help with COVID, other viruses

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“We have no guarantee that these antibodies that are out there will continue being effective against any new variants that occur,” Georgiev said.

According to a release from Vanderbilt, “Georgiev and his colleagues describe the isolation of a monoclonal antibody from a patient who had recovered from COVID-19 that ‘shows potent neutralization’ against SARS-CoV-2. It also is effective against variants of the virus that are slowing efforts to control the pandemic.”

VUMC said researchers can also use the technology to screen antibodies against any current variant of COVID-19, and researchers hope even other viruses that have not yet caused human disease but have the potential of doing so.

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Sep 24, 2021

Scientists Manage to Study Weather on Planet in Different Solar System

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The closest look yet at the distant world revealed some puzzling details about its atmosphere.

Sep 24, 2021

Strange Electron Behavior Surprises Solid State Physicists

Posted by in categories: energy, physics, transportation

A surprise result for solid state physicists hints at an unusual electron behavior.

While studying the behavior of electrons in iron-based superconducting materials, researchers at the University of Tokyo observed a strange signal relating to the way electrons are arranged. The signal implies a new arrangement of electrons the researchers call a nematicity wave, and they hope to collaborate with theoretical physicists to better understand it. The nematicity wave could help researchers understand the way electrons interact with each other in superconductors.

A long-standing dream of solid state physicists is to fully understand the phenomenon of superconductivity — essentially electronic conduction without the resistance that creates heat and drains power. It would usher in a whole new world of incredibly efficient or powerful devices and is already being used on Japan’s experimental magnetic levitation bullet train. But there is much to explore in this complex topic, and it often surprises researchers with unexpected results and observations.

Sep 24, 2021

The Quality, Not Quantity, of Cardiovascular Fat Can Interfere With Memory Later in Life

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Cardiovascular fat deposition, found to be higher in postmenopausal women compared with premenopausal women, is a novel risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is also believed to affect cognitive function through neuropathological pathways by changing the secretion of inflammatory cytokines and adipokines. The quality of cardiovascular fat is characterized by its radiodensity.

Summary: Greater radiodensity of perivascular adipose tissue in women during midlife was associated with decreased working memory performance later in life.

Source: NAMS

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Sep 24, 2021

Machine learning uncovers ‘genes of importance’ in agriculture and medicine

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

“We show that focusing on genes whose expression patterns are evolutionarily conserved across species enhances our ability to learn and predict ‘genes of importance’ to growth performance for staple crops, as well as disease outcomes in animals,” explained Gloria Coruzzi, Carroll & Milton Petrie Professor in NYU’s Department of Biology and Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and the paper’s senior author.

Machine learning can pinpoint “genes of importance” that help crops to grow with less fertilizer, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. It can also predict additional traits in plants and disease outcomes in animals, illustrating its applications beyond agriculture.

Using to predict outcomes in agriculture and medicine is both a promise and challenge for . Researchers have been working to determine how to best use the vast amount of genomic data available to predict how organisms respond to changes in nutrition, toxins, and pathogen exposure—which in turn would inform crop improvement, disease prognosis, epidemiology, and public health. However, accurately predicting such complex outcomes in agriculture and medicine from genome-scale information remains a significant challenge.

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Sep 24, 2021

CISA releases advisory on Conti ransomware, notes increase in attacks after more than 400 incidents

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CISA did a deep dive on the Conti ransomware, providing information for those protecting organizations.

Sep 24, 2021

Researchers discovered a ‘unprecedented’ giant spherical void in space

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Researchers make an ‘unprecedented’ discovery of a sphere-shaped void in space that stretches 500 light-years in diameter.

Sep 24, 2021

Samsung in talks with Tesla to make next-gen self-driving chips —Korea Economic Daily

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI, transportation

The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea, August 25 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo.

SEOUL, Sept 23 (Reuters) — Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) is in talks with Tesla (TSLA.O) to make Tesla’s next-generation self-driving chips based on Samsung’s 7-nanometre chip production process, a South Korean newspaper reported on Thursday.

Since the beginning of this year, Tesla and Samsung have discussed chip design multiple times and exchanged chip prototypes for Tesla’s upcoming Hardware 4 self-driving computer, the Korea Economic Daily reported, citing sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Sep 24, 2021

As Spacecraft Toilet Rumors Swirl, Bidet Company Pitches Elon Musk

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Seriously, skid marks in a space suit isn’t a good look.

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