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Jul 24, 2021

Neuroprosthesis for Decoding Speech in a Paralyzed Person with Anarthria

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Neuroprosthesis for Decoding Speech in a Paralyzed Person with Anarthria.

Dr. Moses, Mr. Metzger, and Ms. Liu contributed equally to this article.

A data sharing statement provided by the authors is available with the full text of this article at

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Jul 24, 2021

The Little (Mars) Helicopter That Could

Posted by in category: space

Ingenuity, the helicopter that arrived on the Red Planet on the Mars Perseverance rover, has made nine flights on Mars.

Jul 24, 2021

Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza to fly (safely)

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

An asteroid about as long as the Great Pyramid of Giza is tall will make a “close” approach with Earth on Sunday (July 25), according to NASA calculations.

There is no worry that the space rock poses any threat to Earth, but NASA monitors such rocks to both learn more about the early solar system — asteroids are rocky fragments from that time — and because if their orbits were to change, the asteroid could pose a future risk to Earth.

Jul 24, 2021

Simulation of a Nuclear Blast in a Major City

Posted by in category: military

A collaboration between documentary filmmaker Neil Halloran and Nobel Peace Prize — Research and Information, this short data-driven film simulates a nuclear blast in a major city in order to tally the estimated deaths that would result. Using data from leading researchers and highlighting present day technology developments, the film illustrates the very real danger nuclear weapons still pose to humanity and life on Earth.

Jul 24, 2021

3D Printed Products designed to exhibit the endless possibilities of this simple yet groundbreaking technique!

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, innovation

3D Printing is gaining more momentum and popularity than ever! Designers and architects all over the world are now adopting 3D Printing for the creation of almost all types of products and structures. It’s a technique that is being widely utilized in product design, owing to its simple and innovative nature. But designers aren’t employing 3D printing only to create basic models, they’re utilizing this technique in mind-blowing ways as well! From 3D printed artificial coral reefs to a menacing two-wheeler design with 3D printed bodywork, the scope of this dependable technique is unlimited! Dive into this collection of humble yet groundbreaking 3D printed designs!

Jul 24, 2021

Chunk of an ancient supercontinent discovered under New Zealand

Posted by in category: futurism

“Continents are sort of like icebergs,” says study author Keith Klepeis, a structural geologist at the University of Vermont. “What you see at the surface is not really the full extent of the beast.”

The discovery, described in the journal Geology, may help solve a riddle that’s long perplexed scientists. Most continents contain a core of rock known as a craton, a sort of geologic nucleus at least a billion years old that acts like a stable base upon which continents build. Until now, though, the oldest continental crust found on Zealandia was dated to roughly 500 million years ago—relatively youthful in geologic terms. So if Zealandia is a continent, why did its craton seem to be missing?

This newfound fragment of ancient rock may be part of the missing piece for Zealandia. The discovery “ticks the final box,” Turnbull says. “We are sitting on a continent.”

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Jul 24, 2021

Mexican Architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés Patents Construction System with “Intelligent Prefabricated” Technology

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability

The renowned Mexican architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés presented ten years of research materialized in his most recent project entitled “Casa PI” whose acronym translates to a new “intelligent prefabricated” construction project. Patented in Switzerland, this system seeks to break the housing paradigm from an integral design that combines the structure of the house with the furniture and new automation technologies in architecture.

The origin of this innovation stems from the idea of creating a modular constructive system that was sustainable, in high quality, that would accelerate construction times, improve acoustic and thermal performance, as well as reduce construction costs and waste. It is based on implementing the technology, we currently live every day with, in an integral design (since conventional homes have had to adapt to these advances through facilities that hinder the design). However, “Casa PI” seeks to start from scratch by serving as a pavilion that shows the advances of this specific moment in history by offering a “piece of furniture to live in” that consumes as little energy as possible.

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Jul 24, 2021

How Deepfakes Are Powering a New Type of Cyber Crime

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Making deepfakes is getting easier, and they’re more convincing than ever. Cybercriminals are using video and audio deepfakes to extort money from victims by adding a credible “fake authenticity” to their scams.

Ever since the first person said “the camera never lies,” there have been people out to prove otherwise. Creative photographers in the late 19th century used simple tricks to create faked images.

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Jul 24, 2021

Brain-Repair Discovery Could Lead to New Epilepsy Treatments

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Using high-powered imaging, the researchers were able to see, for the first time, that immune cells called microglia were not just removing damaged material after experimental seizures but actually appeared to be healing damaged neurons.

Summary: Microglia do not only remove damaged materials following a seizure, they also appear to heal damaged neurons.

Source: University of Virginia

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Jul 24, 2021

Blue Origin New Glenn: specs, power, and launch date for ambitious rocket

Posted by in category: space travel

Blue Origin is set to launch the New Glenn rocket to orbit. Here’s what you need to know about it.

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