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Nov 26, 2020

World’s first fully electric RV can now go 249 miles on one charge

Posted by in category: futurism

Circa 2019

This new full-size motorhome has a longer range, but is it enough?

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Nov 26, 2020

Someone used deepfake tech to invent a fake journalist

Posted by in category: futurism

Published author Oliver Taylor “has all the hallmarks” of being a deepfake creation.

Nov 26, 2020

How The Once Elusive Dream Of Laser Weapons Suddenly Became A Reality

Posted by in categories: energy, military

One of Lockheed Martin’s top directed energy minds explains how breakthroughs in communications and industrial tech made laser weapons possible.

Nov 26, 2020

These Ants Suit Up in a Protective ‘Biomineral Armor’ Never Seen Before in Insects

Posted by in category: food

Scientists find that A. echinatior ants have biomineral armour to help them in battle with other ants and protect them from pathogens. 😃

Ants are pretty organised little creatures. Highly social insects, they know how to forage, build complicated nests, steal your pantry snacks, and generally look after the queens and the colony, all by working together.

Leaf-cutter ants turn that cooperation up several notches. Leaf-cutter ant colonies like Acromyrmex echinatior can contain millions of ants, split into four castes that all have different roles to maintain a garden of fungus that the ants eat.

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Nov 26, 2020

Deep-learning model enables rapid lymphoma detection in PET/CT images

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

Whole-body positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (PET/CT) is a cornerstone in the management of lymphoma (cancer in the lymphatic system). PET/CT scans are used to diagnose disease and then to monitor how well patients respond to therapy. However, accurately classifying every single lymph node in a scan as healthy or cancerous is a complex and time-consuming process. Because of this, detailed quantitative treatment monitoring is often not feasible in clinical day-to-day practice.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have recently developed a deep-learning model that can perform this task automatically. This could free up valuable physician time and make quantitative PET/CT treatment monitoring possible for a larger number of patients.

To acquire PET/CT scans, patients are injected with a sugar molecule marked with radioactive fluorine-18 (18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose). When the fluorine atom decays, it emits a positron that instantly annihilates with an electron in its immediate vicinity. This annihilation process emits two back-to-back photons, which the scanner detects and uses to infer the location of the radioactive decay.

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Nov 26, 2020

Scientists Figured Out How Much Exercise You Need to ‘Offset’ a Day of Sitting

Posted by in category: health

We know that spending hour after hour sitting down isn’t good for us, but just how much exercise is needed to counteract the negative health impact of a day at a desk? A new study suggests about 30–40 minutes per day of building up a sweat should do it.

Up to 40 minutes of “moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity” every day is about the right amount to balance out 10 hours of sitting still, the research says – although any amount of exercise or even just standing up helps to some extent.

That’s based on a meta-analysis across nine previous studies, involving a total of 44,370 people in four different countries who were wearing some form of fitness tracker.

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Nov 26, 2020

Mystery virus found with mostly unknown DNA

Posted by in category: biotech/medical


The origin and phylogeny of the Yaravirus are not yet clear.

Nov 26, 2020

Extreme Bionics: Sculpting Human Physiology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, neuroscience, transhumanism

Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador interviews Dr. Hugh Herr, Associate Professor MIT Media Lab and head of the Biomechatronics group, @MIT Media Lab.

Ira Pastor comments:

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Nov 26, 2020

Scientists uncover billions of gallons of hidden freshwater off Hawai’i

Posted by in category: futurism

Researchers have discovered close to a trillion gallons of freshwater hiding off Hawai’i’s coast using a new imaging method.

Nov 26, 2020

‘Locks have been changed,’ Mayor Tory says as police move in on Adamson BBQ

Posted by in category: habitats

The masks are slipping. Police move in on Adamson’s BBQ. blocking access and changing locks to the building, according to CP24, which seems to have been given an exclusive on the story…

Mayor John Tory says the locks have been changed at Adamson Barbecue in Etobicoke on Thursday after the restaurant, for two days straight, defied the province’s lockdown orders that forbid indoor dining.

“I’ve spoken to the police chief this morning … and they have a plan. He’s informed me the locks have been changed on the building … and there’s going to be a police presence there also … it is going to be closed today, you can be sure of that,” Tory tells Breakfast Television.

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