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Feb 27, 2024

Tesla Model 3 wins Best Urban Electric Vehicle under $100K

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The Tesla Model 3 has raised its own benchmark by winning the 2024 Drive Car of the Year Best Urban Electric Vehicle under $100K.

Feb 27, 2024

Scientists Discover How Some Whales Can Sing While Holding Their Breath Underwater

Posted by in category: futurism

Baleen whales have evolved unique voice boxes essential for song, a new study finds—but these low-frequency vocalizations must compete with the noise of humans’ ships.

Feb 27, 2024

Delta adds another eclipse flight as companies look to capitalize on solar event

Posted by in category: futurism

Passengers who book a special Delta flight will have the chance to witness the total solar eclipse in April from a unique vantage point: 30,000 feet in the air.

The airline announced Monday that it will operate a flight on April 8 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Detroit, timed to give people on board the chance to spend as much time as possible within the eclipse’s “path of totality.”

The eclipse is expected to be a major event because it will pass over several densely populated areas of North America, crossing Mexico, the continental U.S. and a small part of eastern Canada. In the U.S. alone, millions of skywatchers from Texas to Maine will have the chance to witness the rare astronomical event.

Feb 27, 2024

Trials show asthma drug helps reduce allergic reactions to certain foods

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

There’s some relief for people with food severe allergies. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports the drug Xolair allows people with allergies to tolerate higher doses of allergenic foods before developing a reaction after accidental exposure. Geoff Bennett discussed more with the study’s principal investigator, Dr. Robert Wood of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

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Feb 27, 2024

Eye ointments sold nationwide recalled due to infection risk

Posted by in category: health

Multiple brands of lubricant eye ointments are being recalled due to a risk of infection after federal inspectors found unsterile conditions at the Indian plant where the products were manufactured.

The recall by Brassica Pharma Pvt. in Thane, a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra, comes after a deadly outbreak last year of eye infections linked to artificial tears made by another Indian firm.

Sold nationwide by retailers including CVS Health and Walmart, the latest recall involves four products by brands Equate, CVS Health and AACE Pharmaceuticals, according to the notice posted Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Feb 27, 2024

Alzheimer’s: Abdominal fat linked to poor brain health, cognition

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

A new study suggests abdominal fat could impact brain health and cognition among people with a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that middle-aged males at risk for Alzheimer’s who had higher amounts of pancreatic fat had lower cognition and brain volumes.

Feb 27, 2024

Proteogenomics reveal prognostic markers of small cell lung cancer, advance development of precision therapies

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers in China have reported the first large-scale study characterizing the proteomics and phosphoproteomics of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) clinical cohorts, providing a comprehensive picture of the proteogenomics landscape of SCLC.

The team is led by Prof. Zhang Peng from Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital of the Tongji University, Prof. Zhou Hu from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Prof. Gao Daming and Prof. Ji Hongbin from the Center for Excellence in Molecular Cell Science, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology of CAS.

This study, published in Cell, reveals the molecular features of SCLC and proposed new molecular subtypes and targeted personalized treatment strategies, and laying a solid foundation for a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms and improvement of clinical therapeutic strategies for SCLC.

Feb 27, 2024

Super-Resolution Microscopy Harnesses Digital Display Technology

Posted by in categories: information science, innovation

In the ever-evolving realm of microscopy, recent years have witnessed remarkable strides in both hardware and algorithms, propelling our ability to explore the infinitesimal wonders of life. However, the journey towards three-dimensional structured illumination microscopy (3DSIM) has been hampered by challenges arising from the speed and intricacy of polarization modulation.

Enter the high-speed modulation 3DSIM system “DMD-3DSIM,” combining digital display with super-resolution imaging, allowing scientists to see cellular structures in unprecedented detail.

As reported in Advanced Photonics Nexus, Professor Peng Xi’s team at Peking University developed this innovative setup around a digital micromirror device (DMD) and an electro-optic modulator (EOM). It tackles resolution challenges by significantly improving both lateral (side-to-side) and axial (top-to-bottom) resolution, for a 3D spatial resolution reportedly twice that achieved by traditional wide-field imaging techniques.

Feb 27, 2024

This 27-year-old built the world’s first gaming robot and now he’s partnered with Apple and Amazon

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Silas Adekunle was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK at about 11 years old. He spent much of his childhood obsessed with science and technology, playing with Lego robot kits and watching YouTube videos to get ideas for simple robots he could build himself at home.

Now 27, Adekunle is the CEO and founder of a robotics company that he says has raised $10 million in funding. He also built what he calls the world’s first gaming robot, which impressed Apple executives enough that, in 2017, the tech giant signed an exclusive distribution deal with Adekunle’s UK-based company, Reach Robotics. Apple now sells the robots at $250 a pop.

Adekunle still remembers the first time he built his own robot, “if you could even call it a robot,” he tells CNBC Make It. He was only about 9 years old, still living in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria.

Feb 27, 2024

MIT takes a hands-on approach to tactile learning

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Some folks prefer to get a grip on things to better understand concepts. Researchers have developed smart gloves for tactile learners that use haptic feedback and AI to teach users new skills, fast-track precision training and control robots remotely.

We’re all different, and that affects how we approach learning. Generally speaking, there are those who benefit most from observing or seeing things, others who take in more if the information is reinforced by sound, some absorb most when stuff is written down or through writing out concepts themselves. And then there are folks who prefer to get handsy or learn by doing. Or combinations of the above.

A team that includes researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed sensor-packed smart gloves to help kinesthetic – or tactile – learners better grasp new tasks or skills.

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