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Nov 25, 2021

“Ghost particles” detected in the Large Hadron Collider for first time

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Physicists have detected “ghost particles” in the Large Hadron Collider for the first time. An experiment called FASER picked up telltale signals of neutrinos being produced in particle collisions, which can help scientists better understand key physics.

Neutrinos are elementary particles that are electrically neutral, extremely light and rarely interact with particles of matter. That makes them tricky to detect, even though they’re very common – in fact, there are billions of neutrinos streaming through your body right now. Because of this, they’re often described as ghost particles.

Neutrinos are produced in stars, supernovae, quasars. radioactive decay and from cosmic rays interacting with atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s long been thought that particle accelerators like the LHC should be making them too, but without the right instruments they would just zip away undetected.

Nov 25, 2021

Protean South African virus mutation raises alarms in Israel

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Health official are reportedly calling for steps to be taken to keep a potentially worrying new variant of the coronavirus out of the country.

Scientists in South Africa revealed Thursday that they had detected a new COVID-19 variant with “a very high number of mutations,” blamed for an “exponential” surge in infections there.

The number of daily infections in Africa’s hardest-hit country has increased tenfold since the start of the month.

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Nov 25, 2021

Science, industry team up in Italy to zap virus with laser

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, particle physics, science

ROME, July 2 (Reuters) — A United Nations-backed scientific research centre has teamed up with an Italian tech firm to explore whether laser light can be used to kill coronavirus particles suspended in the air and help keep indoor spaces safe.

The joint effort between the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) of Trieste, a city in the north of Italy, and the nearby Eltech K-Laser company, was launched last year as COVID-19 was battering the country.

They created a device that forces air through a sterilization chamber which contains a laser beam filter that pulverizes viruses and bacteria.

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Nov 25, 2021

A new plasma reactor can eradicate airborne viruses

Posted by in category: futurism

Circa 2020


One possibility for curbing the spread of airborne pathogens is a nonthermal plasma reactor.

Nov 25, 2021

MediaTek Teases Wi-Fi 7 Demos in January

Posted by in category: internet

Wi-Fi 6E is just hitting the market now, but it looks like we’ll see Wi-Fi 7 in action at CES.

Nov 25, 2021

Silicon Valley Wants to ‘Cure’ Aging… What If They Do?

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

I am a huge fan of reading. So much so that I’m beginning to think it’s having a negative impact on my social life, but we’ll save that for another time… The point is that I read a LOT. And for the past seven years, I’ve been stuck on one genre: Science Fiction. From space operas and apocalyptic disasters, to robot revolts and galaxy-spanning quests — I’m down for it all.

The best sci fi authors can n o t only see how innovation might progress, but how humanity might evolve as a result. For a genre so heavily focused on science and technology, it’s surprisingly human.

So I get really excited when I see a headline like Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s Latest Wild Bet on Living Forever. It makes me feel like I’m living in the future. The rate of scientific advancement over the past 50 years has been increasingly mind boggling and it’s impossible to keep up with all the discoveries. First CRISPR, then private space travel, now immortality? It’s insane. Completely terrifying. And I love it.

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Nov 25, 2021

Chinese Scientists ‘Strike Gold’ In a Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough

Posted by in category: innovation

“We are making progress one step at a time,” Zhe concluded. Could his team actually be the one who wins the nuclear reaction race? Only time will tell.

The team’s results thus far have been published in the domestic peer-reviewed journal Acta Physica Sinica.

Nov 25, 2021

A South Korean Artificial Sun Reactor Just Broke a Nuclear Fusion Record

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

We’re a step closer to limitless energy. The Korea Institute of Fusion Energy has set a new record by running at one million degrees and maintaining super-hot plasma for 30 seconds, beating its own previous record by 10 seconds, a report by New Atlas reveals.

The tokamak reactor used for the record run is the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR), which is also known as South Korea’s artificial sun.

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Nov 25, 2021

What can Artificial Intelligence do?

Posted by in categories: biological, Elon Musk, information science, robotics/AI, supercomputing, transportation

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You are on the PRO Robots channel and in this video we will talk about artificial intelligence. Repeating brain structure, mutual understanding and mutual assistance, self-learning and rethinking of biological life forms, replacing people in various jobs and cheating. What have neural networks learned lately? All new skills and superpowers of artificial intelligence-based systems in one video!

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Nov 25, 2021

Estimated 1.56 billion face masks will have entered oceans in 2020

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

COVID-19 facemasks & marine plastic pollution.


Our oceans will be flooded with an estimated 1.56 billion face masks in 2020 says a report released today by Hong-Kong-based marine conservation organization OceansAsia. This will result in an additional 4,680 to 6,240 metric tonnes of marine plastic pollution, says the report, entitled “Masks on the Beach: The Impact of COVID-19 on Marine Plastic Pollution.” These masks will take as long as 450 years to break down, slowly turning into micro plastics while negatively impacting marine wildlife and ecosystems.

The report used a global production estimate of 52 billion masks being manufactured in 2020, a conservative loss rate of 3%, and the average weight of 3 to 4 grams for a single-use polypropylene surgical face mask to arrive at the estimate.

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