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Mar 3, 2024

‘Dune’s’ desert planet would be possible, according to scientists

Posted by in category: futurism

If you are not clued up on Arrakis it is a desert planet that is home to a valuable mineral in the Dune universe called ‘spice’ which is mined using giant harvesters. As you can imagine being a desert planet isn’t a desirable place to be and to make it worse, water is such a scarce commodity that people have to wear suits that will harness the body’s water so it can be replenished and drank.

If that wasn’t bad enough, there are also gigantic sandworms that roam the deserts of Arrakis, which to put it bluntly, you just don’t want to encounter.

Mar 3, 2024

Study confirms benefits of auricular acupuncture to treat depression

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

Auricular acupuncture, recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and offered as an integrative practice since 2006 by the SUS (Sistema Única de Saúde), Brazil’s national health service, is safe for patients with depression and effectively reduces symptoms of this mental health disorder, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) and the University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL).

The results of the study are reported in an article published in the journal JAMA Network Open. They confirm the efficacy of auricular acupuncture as an for depression, a for which rising numbers are seeking care from the SUS, judging from data provided by the Ministry of Health.

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, according to the WHO. In Brazil, the lifetime prevalence of depression is 15.5%, one of the highest globally, and depressive disorders account for 10.3% of years of life lost (YLL), a measure of premature mortality calculated by subtracting the age at death from the longest possible life expectancy for a person at that age.

Mar 3, 2024

Photonic neuromorphic architecture for tens-of-task lifelong learning

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Inspired by human brain for multi-task continual learning, a generalized photonic neuromorphic architecture (L2ONN) is proposed to model physical-driven light sparsity and parallelism, towards reconfigurable and scalable lifelong learning.

Mar 3, 2024

Edible electronics are being developed to assist rescue operations and go inside hospital patients

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

Professor Dario Floreano is a Swiss-Italian roboticist and engineer engaged in a bold research venture: the creation of edible robots and digestible electronics.

However counterintuitive it may seem, combining and robotic science could yield enormous benefits. These range from airlifts of food to advanced health monitoring.

Mar 3, 2024

Mixed-dimensional transistors enable high-performance multifunctional electronic devices

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, nanotechnology

The downscaling of electronic devices, such as transistors, has reached a plateau, posing challenges for semiconductor fabrication. However, a research team led by materials scientists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) recently discovered a new strategy for developing highly versatile electronics with outstanding performance using transistors made of mixed-dimensional nanowires and nanoflakes.

This innovation paves the way for simplified chip circuit design, offering versatility and low power dissipation in future electronics. The findings, titled “Multifunctional anti-ambipolar electronics enabled by mixed-dimensional 1D GaAsSb/2D MoS2 heterotransistors,” were published in the journal Device.

In recent decades, as the continuous scaling of transistors and integrated circuits has started to reach physical and economic limits, fabricating in a controllable and cost-effective manner has become challenging. Further scaling of transistor size increases current leakage and thus power dissipation. Complex wiring networks also have an adverse impact on power consumption.

Mar 3, 2024

This is what it looks like to reenter Earth’s atmosphere from a space capsule’s POV

Posted by in category: space

Varda Space Industries has shared incredible footage captured by a camera on its W-1 capsule during its reentry through Earth’s atmosphere on February 21.

Mar 3, 2024

Japanese Moon-lander unexpectedly survives the lunar night

Posted by in category: space

Its engineers never gave up hope, but the Moon-lander continues to beat the odds.

Mar 3, 2024

Tubeway Army Down in The Park Extended

Posted by in category: military

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Mar 3, 2024

Is intelligence determined by genetics?

Posted by in categories: education, genetics

Factors that affect include genes, education, nutrition, and others. Learn more about how genetics impacts

Mar 3, 2024

Do genes influence thinking skills?

Posted by in category: futurism

Genes are responsible for many things, including obvious physical traits like eye and hair colour. They also influence our thinking skills.

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