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May 11, 2020

South Dakota Governor Demands Tribe Leaders Remove Checkpoints Set Up to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

One leader says there’s only one positive case of coronavirus on his reservation because of the checkpoints.

May 11, 2020

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet

Posted by in category: space

pixels! That’s how big the highest-resolution image of the Martian surface is. Take a gander https://go.nasa.gov/32Uvrli

May 11, 2020

Supercomputer Simulations Identify Several Drugs as Potential Candidates Against COVID-19

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, supercomputing

Drugs used for curing hepatitis C might also help against Covid-19 / World Health Organization publishes paper presented by researchers from Mainz University.

Several drugs approved for treating hepatitis C viral infection were identified as potential candidates against COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This is the result of research based on extensive calculations using the MOGON II supercomputer at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). One of the most powerful computers in the world, MOGON II is operated by JGU and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz.

As the JGU researchers explained in their paper recently published at the World Health Organization (WHO) website, they had simulated the way that about 42,000 different substances listed in open databases bind to certain proteins of SARS-CoV-2 and thereby inhibit the penetration of the virus into the human body or its multiplication.

May 11, 2020

For the first time, scientists can see how the brain records our memories as we sleep

Posted by in categories: materials, neuroscience

(CNN) — Scientists have long known our brains need sleep to review the day’s events and transfer them into longer-term memories. Students are often told to study just before turning in to maximize their recall of material for a test the next day.

But the exact way in which the brain stores our memories is poorly understood.

Now for the first time, tiny microelectrodes planted inside the brains of two people show just how the brain’s neurons fire during sleep to “replay” our short-term memories in order to move them into more permanent storage. The study was published Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports.

May 11, 2020

Why The Way You Talk About Artificial Intelligence Needs To Change

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

What happens if we don’t fix the hype around AI? Is it possible to quantify issues caused by technological terminology misuse? All this and more is asked and answered in Gemma Milne’s ‘Smoke + Mirrors” — out now.

May 11, 2020

“Unprecedented” study reveals sleeping brains replay waking experiences

Posted by in category: neuroscience

While a person sleeps, the brain activates a crucial process called “offline replay.” This helps store new memories without overwriting the old.

May 11, 2020

How Advertising Will Get Way More Personal—and Then Vanish Completely

Posted by in category: futurism

What about fashion decisions? Will we trust our AIs to choose our clothes? Seems unlikely, until you consider that AIs can track eye movement as we window-shop, listen to our daily conversations to understand likes and dislikes, and scan our social feeds to understand our fashion preferences as well as those of our friends. With that level of detail, Fashion JARVIS will do a pretty accurate job of selecting our clothing—no advertising required.

Final Thoughts

In the next decade, expect advertising to get far more personalized—learning from an explosion of layered data and expanding into new surfaces of our digitally superimposed world.

May 11, 2020

Stem cell treatment for coronavirus symptoms being trialed in the UAE

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

We repurposed some tools from the Stem Cell Therapy for Cancer/Brain Tumor. Those tools are T-Cells, B-Cells, and Natural Killer Cells. Instead of programming those cancer killing cells to attack cancer cells, we have programmed them to seek out, identify, attack, and destroy all the Coronavirus cells in the entire body.

Stem Cell Neurotherapy sends therapeutic messages, e.g., “your stem cells are transforming into new cells for the lungs, liver, and kidneys” to the DNA inside the nucleus of stem cells. Inside the nucleus, the DNA receives the message and transmits it to the RNA, which translates the message into genetic code.

The genes inside the stem cells transmit the coded message to the proteins, which are converted by the mitochondria into ATP, which provides the energy for the coded message to transform the stem cells into a new set of lung cells, as well as new cells for the kidneys and liver.

May 11, 2020

Anti-viral drug cocktail shows success clearing COVID-19 in ‘seven days’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists in Hong Kong recently completed a clinical study in which they found that administering a cocktail of three different anti-viral medications to patients enduring mild coronavirus symptoms “may rapidly suppress the amount of virus in a patient’s body.”

The three-drug anti-viral cocktail is made up of the HIV medication lopinavir-ritonavir, the hepatitis therapy drug ribavirin and the multiple sclerosis treatment interferon-beta.

May 11, 2020

Revealed: Plants Molecular ‘Alarm’ System That Protects Them From Predators

Posted by in categories: chemistry, military

Scientists uncover how oral secretions of the cotton leaf worm trigger defense responses in a plant.

In nature, every species must be equipped with a strategy to be able to survive in response to danger. Plants, too, have innate systems that are triggered in response to a particular threat, such as insects feeding on them.

For example, some plants sense “herbivore-derived danger signals” (HDS), which are specific chemicals in oral secretions of insects. This activates a cascade of events in the plant’s defense machinery, which leads to the plant developing “resistance” to (or “immunity” against) the predator. But despite decades of research, exactly how plants recognize these signals has remained a bit of a mystery.