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Jun 19, 2024

Tiny Implant Revolutionizes Treatment For Heart Failure Patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, electronics

A groundbreaking way of measuring fluid buildup in the body allows chronic heart failure patients to monitor their condition and treat it independently with a physician-approved response.

Tel Aviv-based startup Vectorious has created a tiny pressure sensor that is implanted directly into the heart. It is the only sensor in the world that measures the pressure in the left atrium (one of the heart’s two upper chambers) and is able to identify increases in that pressure caused by a buildup of fluid in the body.

This data on the left atrial pressure (LAP) is then transmitted to an app for the patient and their doctor.

Jun 19, 2024

Old drugs new tricks—novel approach shows ‘enormous potential’ for rapid antibiotic discovery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

An innovative project to re-purpose existing drugs for their potential as antibiotics has uncovered a highly promising candidate with a potent and unique way of killing drug resistant bacteria.

Jun 19, 2024

Electric fields catalyse graphene’s energy and computing prospects

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, sustainability

Researchers at the National Graphene Institute have made a groundbreaking discovery that could revolutionise energy harnessing and information computing. Their study, published in Nature (“Control of proton transport and hydrogenation in double-gated graphene”), reveals how electric field effects can selectively accelerate coupled electrochemical processes in graphene.

Electrochemical processes are essential in renewable energy technologies like batteries, fuel cells, and electrolysers. However, their efficiency is often hindered by slow reactions and unwanted side effects. Traditional approaches have focused on new materials, yet significant challenges remain.

The Manchester team, led by Dr Marcelo Lozada-Hidalgo, has taken a novel approach. They have successfully decoupled the inseparable link between charge and electric field within graphene electrodes, enabling unprecedented control over electrochemical processes in this material. The breakthrough challenges previous assumptions and opens new avenues for energy technologies.

Jun 19, 2024

A Plasma Escape Plan Solved a Monumental Fusion Roadblock

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Engineers discovered a new way to manage the intense heat in nuclear reactors.

Jun 19, 2024

17.5y Younger Biological Age: Supplements, Diet (Blood Test #4 in 2024)

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Jun 19, 2024

Nvidia has just become the most valuable company in the world — so who is behind it?

Posted by in category: futurism

Jen-hsun Huang – the founder and chief executive of Nvidia is now worth $119bn making him the eleventh richest man in the world, writes Chris Blackhurst. As his company overtakes Microsoft, it’s no surprise that investors are now hanging on his every word.

Jun 19, 2024

The Brainstem Fine-Tunes Inflammation Throughout the Body

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Researchers found that mice can sense sugar even if they lack taste receptors.

The evolutionarily ancient part of the brain that controls breathing and heart rate also regulates the immune system — a discovery about the brain-body axis made by experts on taste.

Jun 19, 2024

Watch viper venom tear this artificial blood vessel apart

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Use of “organ-on-a-chip” lab-grown capillaries could aid in the hunt for novel snakebite treatments.

Jun 19, 2024

McDonald’s will end AI drive-through partnership with IBM

Posted by in categories: business, finance, robotics/AI

McDonald’s (MCD) will put an end to its AI drive-thru partnership with IBM (IBM) in late July as many customer complaints over botched orders began to mount. The fast-food chain does have plans to continue implementing AI into its business model down the line.

The Morning Brief Anchors Brad Smith and Seana Smith break down the latest developments for McDonald’s and what it means for the company moving forward.

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Jun 19, 2024

Discovery of one-dimensional topological insulator

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, solar power, sustainability

A joint research team has unveiled a new topological insulator (TI), a unique state of matter that differs from conventional metals, insulators, and semiconductors. Unlike most known TIs, which are either three-or two-dimensional, this TI is one-dimensional. The breakthrough will lead to further developments of qubits and highly efficient solar cells.

Details of the research were published in the journal Nature (“Observation of edge states derived from topological helix chains”).

TIs boast an interior that behaves as an electrical insulator, meaning electrons cannot easily move; Whereas its surface acts as an electrical conductor, with the electrons able to move along the surface.

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