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Sep 26, 2023

Q&A: ‘Crystal ribcage’ technology pioneers new approaches to lung health

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

It’s no secret that our lungs play a vital role in our daily lives—ensuring we can breathe, fend off infections, and adapt to various challenges. Despite their importance, the organs still puzzle many medical experts, especially when they’re affected by diseases. While traditional tools like MRI and CT scans are helpful when a patient is experiencing a lung-related illness, they can still fall short in providing the detailed, real-time information needed to understand the intricacies of lung health.

Enter the groundbreaking innovation known as the crystal ribcage. Developed by researchers in Boston University’s College of Engineering, Pulmonary Center, Center for Multiscale and Translational Mechanobiology, and Neurophtonics Center, the technology is poised to revolutionize not only our understanding of lung function but also holds immense potential for other organs and treatments.

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Sep 26, 2023

Ancient supernova in James Webb telescope image could help solve one of the universe’s biggest mysteries

Posted by in category: cosmology

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has spotted a distant supernova that appears three times in the same photo. The new observations could help solve one of the universe’s biggest inconsistencies.

Sep 26, 2023

BMW Unveils AI-Driven Proactive Care Customer Service

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The automotive industry as a whole is experiencing a significant transformation driven by artificial intelligence. AI tech is increasingly integrated into vehicles to enhance safety, efficiency, and the overall driving experience. From advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that provide features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist to autonomous driving capabilities, AI is at the forefront of automotive innovation. Now, BMW has found yet another way to implement the new tech.

The German manufacturer wants to take the next step in customer service with its latest offering, Proactive Care that blends data and artificial intelligence. This new service empowers BMW vehicles to autonomously identify existing and predictable service requirements, enabling them to proactively anticipate customer needs and offer timely solutions. The initial applications are now live and the automaker plans continuous enhancements for the future.

Sep 26, 2023

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio returning to Earth after U.S. record-setting yearlong space station flight

Posted by in category: space

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio is finishing up the longest single flight in U.S. space history at 371 days.

Sep 26, 2023

NASA’s Chandra rewinds story of great eruption of the 1840s

Posted by in category: space

Using snapshots taken over 20 years with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have learned important new details about an eruption from Eta Carinae witnessed on Earth in the mid-19th century.

Chandra data spanning decades has been combined into a new movie that contains frames of Eta Carinae from 1999, 2003, 2009, 2014, and 2020. Astronomers used the Chandra observations, along with data from ESA’s (European Space Agency’s) XMM-Newton, to watch as the stellar from 180 years ago continues to expand into space at speeds up to 4.5 million miles per hour. The new insights gleaned from Eta Carinae show how different space observatories can work together to help us understand changes in the universe that unfold on human timescales.

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Sep 26, 2023

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to replace CEO Bob Smith with outgoing Amazon exec Dave Limp

Posted by in category: space travel

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will replace CEO Bob Smith with outgoing Amazon exec Dave Limp, CNBC has learned.

Sep 26, 2023

Stacking order and strain boosts second-harmonic generation with 2D Janus hetero-bilayers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

A group of researchers from Tohoku University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rice University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have proposed a new mechanism to enhance short-wavelength light (100–300 nm) by second harmonic generation (SHG) in a two-dimensional (2D), thin material composed entirely of commonplace elements.

Since UV with SHG plays an important role in semiconductor lithography equipment and medical applications that do not use fluorescent materials, this discovery has important implications for existing industries and all optical applications.

Details of the research were published in the journal ACS Nano on August 29, 2023. The study was selected to be featured on the cover.

Sep 26, 2023

James Webb Space Telescope spots more than 1,000 doppelganger galaxies like our own at the beginning of the universe

Posted by in category: space

Thousands of disk galaxies like our own Milky Way were spotted in the early universe, where they shouldn’t exist.

Sep 26, 2023

Europe is about to crack down on Chinese electric cars

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The European Commission will launch an anti-subsidy investigation against Chinese automakers, which may result in higher import duties on electric vehicles.

The boom has finally been lowered on Chinese electric-vehicle companies. On September 13, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen used her State of the Union speech to announce that the organization is launching an “anti-subsidy investigation into electric vehicles coming from China.”

The move—which could have serious ramifications for global automakers—has long been in the making.

Sep 26, 2023

Microsoft is going nuclear to power its AI ambitions

Posted by in categories: climatology, nuclear energy, robotics/AI

Microsoft is looking at next-generation nuclear reactors to power its data centers and AI, according to a new job listing for someone to lead the way.

Microsoft thinks next-generation nuclear reactors can power its data centers and AI ambitions, according to a job listing for a principal program manager who’ll lead the company’s nuclear energy strategy.

Data centers already use a hell of a lot of electricity, which could thwart the company’s climate goals unless it can find clean sources of energy. Energy-hungry AI makes that an even bigger challenge for the company to overcome. AI dominated Microsoft’s Surface event last week.

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