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Nov 26, 2022

Eerie Video of Bizarre Sheep Phenomenon Has The World Running in Circles

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

To be a sheep is to blindly follow the crowd. But is a sheep’s sheepiness really enough to make an entire flock walk around in a circle non-stop for days on end?

That’s a mystery the internet has pondered for about a week now and solving it has proved more difficult than you’d expect.

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Nov 26, 2022

CRISPR vs breast, colon, lung cancer: First human trial goes well

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

A small human trial has tested CRISPR gene editing technology in the treatment of solid cancer tumors, including breast, colon, and lung cancer, with promising results.

Nov 26, 2022

Occuity lands £343k grant to develop optical diabetes screening device

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, finance, life extension

DISCLOSURE: Longevity. Technology (a brand of First Longevity Limited) has been contracted by the company featured in this article to support its current funding round. Qualifying investors can find out more via the Longevity. Technology investment portal.

MedTech start-up Occuity has received a £343,000 Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) Award to fund the next stage of the development of its innovative AGE reader: an optical medical device that will enable non-invasive screening of diabetes in non-clinical settings such as opticians and pharmacies.

Biomedical Catalyst is the flagship Innovate UK grant funding competition for supporting UK health & life sciences SMEs. It supports the development of innovative solutions to health and healthcare challenges by providing financial support to accelerate the route to commercialisation.

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Nov 26, 2022

As Never Seen Before: NASA’s Webb Reveals an Exoplanet Unlike Any in Our Solar System

Posted by in categories: chemistry, food, particle physics, space

Observations of Exoplanet WASP-39b show fingerprints of atoms and molecules, as well as signs of active chemistry and clouds.

WASP-39 b is a planet unlike any in our solar system – a Saturn.

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and has the second-largest mass in the Solar System. It has a much lower density than Earth but has a much greater volume. Saturn’s name comes from the Roman god of wealth and agriculture.

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Nov 26, 2022

Essential Signaling Pathway for Neuronal Connectivity During Brain Development Identified

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Summary: Study reveals a signaling pathway that controls the formation of synapses between pyramidal neurons and inhibitory neurons expressing the parvalbumin protein.

Source: King’s College London.

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has demonstrated that brain wiring requires the control of local protein synthesis at the level of specific synapse types.

Nov 26, 2022

Hackers modify popular OpenVPN Android app to include spyware

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A threat actor associated with cyberespionage operations since at least 2017 has been luring victims with fake VPN software for Android that is a trojanized version of legitimate software SoftVPN and OpenVPN.

Researchers say that the campaign was “highly targeted” and aimed at stealing contact and call data, device location, as well as messages from multiple apps.

Nov 26, 2022

Neurocognitive research finds gamers are better at timing their reactions than non-gamers

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

A study in a virtual reality environment found that action video game players have better implicit temporal skills than non-gamers. They are better at preparing to time their reactions in tasks that require quick reactions and they do it automatically, without consciously working on it. The paper was published in Communications Biology.

Many research studies have shown that playing video games enhances cognition. These include increased ability to learn on the fly and improved control of attention. The extent of these improvements is unclear and it also depends on gameplay.

Success in action video games depends on the players’ skill in making precise responses at just the right time. Players benefit from practice during which they refine their time-related expectations of in-game developments, even when they are unaware of it. This largely unconscious process of processing time and preparing to react in a timely manner based on expectations of how the situation the person is in will develop is called incidental temporal processing.

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Nov 26, 2022

Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A programmer is suing Microsoft, GitHub and OpenAI over artificial intelligence technology that generates its own computer code.

Nov 26, 2022

Magnetic field tech captures the ‘song’ of a drug

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

Magnetic fields are all around us. They exist whenever there is electric current and have been used in various aspects of medicine for decades. Today, magnetic fields are used in applications including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), bone fracture repair, wound healing and pain reduction.

Taking things a step further, US startup EMulate Therapeutics has developed a unique magnetic field technology that has been shown to replicate the effect of drugs in humans and animal models – all without the presence of chemicals. Having spun-out companies in cancer, pain management and beyond, the company is seeking partners for longevity applications of its technology.

Longevity. Technology: The concept behind EMulate’s approach is mind-boggling. The company “records” the electromagnetic signature of specific molecules and is then able to use those recordings to effect changes in cellular behaviour, without using chemicals. In its most advanced programme, EMulate’s technology has completed feasibility clinical trials for adults and children with terminal brain cancer, using a recording derived from chemotherapy drug paclitaxel. We caught up with EMulate’s CEO Chris Rivera to find out more.

Nov 26, 2022

Mathematics and sex | Clio Cresswell | TEDxSydney

Posted by in categories: evolution, mathematics, neuroscience, sex

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Mathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to understanding them both in terms of the evolutionary roots of our brain, Dr Clio Cresswell shares her insight into it all.

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