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Jun 19, 2024

A Radical New Magnet Without Rare-Earth Metals Is About to Change Motors Forever

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability

AI created it in just 3 months—and the implications are staggering.

Jun 19, 2024

Baidu Self-Driving Taxi Launches in China

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The launch of the RT6 was announced at the company’s Apollo Day, held in Wuhan, in Hubei province.

The vehicle, which is made by strategic partner Jiangling Motors, was first unveiled in 2022 but is now finally ready to be put into service. Around 1,000 are expected to be deployed in Wuhan alone by the end of 2024.

The all-electric model measures 15.7 feet long – very similar to a Tesla Model 3 – and comes with a spacious cabin for four passengers.

Jun 19, 2024

This Madlad Programmer Managed to Run Blender on a Nokia Phone

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Now I’ve seen everything.

Jun 19, 2024

Physicists find a new way to represent π

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

While investigating how string theory can be used to explain certain physical phenomena, scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have stumbled upon on a new series representation for the irrational number π. It provides an easier way to extract π from calculations involved in deciphering processes like the quantum scattering of high-energy particles.

Jun 19, 2024

Physicists combine multiple Higgs boson pair studies and discover clues about the stability of the universe

Posted by in category: particle physics

Remember how difficult it was to find one Higgs boson? Try finding two at the same place at the same time. Known as di-Higgs production, this fascinating process can tell scientists about the Higgs boson self-interaction.

Jun 19, 2024

A method to reversibly control Casimir forces using external magnetic fields

Posted by in categories: materials, quantum physics

The so-called Casimir force or Casimir effect is a quantum mechanical phenomenon resulting from fluctuations in the electromagnetic field between two conducting or dielectric surfaces that are a short distance apart. Studies have shown that this force can be either be attractive or repulsive, depending on the dielectric and magnetic properties of the materials used in experiments.

Jun 19, 2024

New technique achieves visualization of instantaneous states of materials in high-speed devices

Posted by in categories: innovation, materials

Researchers at University of Tsukuba have developed an ultrafast time-resolved scanning electron microscopy instrument by integrating a scanning electron microscope with a femtosecond laser. This innovative system facilitates the observation of the instantaneous states of various materials. Their paper is published in the journal ACS Photonics.

Jun 19, 2024

Vortex Power: The Swirl of Light Revolutionizing Quantum Computing

Posted by in categories: climatology, computing, quantum physics, space

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science discovered a new type of vortex formed by photon interactions, which could advance quantum computing.

Vortex Phenomena

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Jun 19, 2024

Tech founder claims he successfully slowed down his aging by editing his DNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Johnson’s latest foray into anti-aging science took him to the Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras, where he received follistatin gene therapy in the form of two injections. The entrepreneur says that he spent $20,000 on reversible gene therapy developed by the method development company Minicircle.

Jun 18, 2024

VISTA: A New Checkpoint for Cancer Immunotherapy

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Over the past decade, immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) have revolutionized the cancer treatment area. These drugs block the interaction between proteins known as immune checkpoints and immune cells within our bodies. At times, immune checkpoints play a vital role in immune regulation, preventing unnecessary responses. However, tumors can upregulate proteins, thus evading an immune response, and in a tumor setting, this response is indeed necessary. ICIs interfere with checkpoint pathways and allow active immunity against cancer.

In 2011, the United States Foor and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first ICI, ipilimumab, a CTLA-4 blocker, for treating advanced melanoma. Subsequently, ICIs targeting PD1 (pembrolizumab and nivolumab) and PDL1 (atezolizumab and durvalumab) received approval for treating various malignancies. Many clinical trials test the efficacy of novel ICIs in different settings.

A recent study published in Science Immunology unveiled a promising new avenue for cancer immunotherapy and ICIs. The study evaluated a drug targeting an immune checkpoint molecule called VISTA (V-domain immunoglobulin suppressor of T cell activation), shedding light on its potential as an effective immunotherapy target.

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