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May 30, 2023

AI Able to Generate Video from Brain Activity

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

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How many times have you wished you could play back your dream on your computer or phone? With this new discovery, the technology might be closer than you think.

In a research published last week on the arXiv server, researchers at the National University of Singapore and the Chinese University of Hong Kong reported that they have developed a process capable of generating video from brain scans.

May 30, 2023

Glutamatergic synaptic input to glioma cells drives brain tumour progression

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Deeply fascinating paper wherein Venkataramani et al. describe how synaptic inputs from neurons onto glioma tumor cells induce electrical activity in the tumors and stimulate their growth and invasiveness. This knowledge could lead to new treatments involving inhibition of the synapses onto gliomas which might provide hope for fighting an otherwise largely incurable form of cancer. #neurobiology #oncology #cancer #medicine

Neurons form glutamatergic synapses with glioma cells in mice and humans, and inhibition of AMPA receptors reduces glioma cell invasion and growth.

May 30, 2023

German researchers take us a step closer to making nuclear clocks

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The clock’s accuracy would be as high as one second for every 300 billion years.

A collaboration between researchers from various institutes in Germany has brought us a step closer to building the first-ever nuclear clock. In experiments carried out at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the researchers measure the radiative decay of thorium-229 nuclear isomer, the first instance of having achieved this feat and a critical component for building nuclear clocks.

For years atomic clocks have been our standard of accuracy when it comes to clocks.

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May 30, 2023

Engineers transform smartphone into blood pressure monitor, thanks to a 10-cent plastic clip

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones

UC San Diego engineers developed the low-cost clip that enables easy and affordable monitoring in resource-poor communities.

University of California San Diego engineers have created a low-cost clip that makes use of the camera and flash on a smartphone to measure blood pressure at the user’s fingertip.

This innovative clip, which can be produced at scale for as little as 10 cents, has the potential to revolutionize routine blood pressure monitoring and make it available to people in resource-poor regions.

May 30, 2023

Vision in the Making: Andrew Ng’s Startup Automates Factory Inspection

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Computer vision specialist Landing AI has a unique calling card: Its co-founder and CEO is a tech rock star.

At Google Brain, Andrew Ng became famous for showing how deep learning could recognize cats in a sea of images with uncanny speed and accuracy. Later, he founded Coursera, where his machine learning courses have attracted nearly 5 million students.

Today, Ng is best known for his views on data-centric AI — that improving AI performance now requires more focus on datasets and less on refining neural network models. It’s a philosophy coded into Landing AI’s flagship product, LandingLens.

May 30, 2023

New BrutePrint Attack Lets Attackers Unlock Smartphones with Fingerprint Brute-Force

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, security

BrutePrint: A new attack technique targeting smartphone fingerprint authentication.

May 30, 2023

New York City Sinking Under Weight of Skyscrapers

Posted by in categories: futurism, materials

New York City is sinking under the weight of its massive buildings, leaving it more vulnerable to rising seas, a new study finds.

Most coastal cities are slowly sinking as the earth beneath them settles and groundwater is drained away. In some metropolises, the weight of large, concrete-and-steel skyscrapers may be hastening this slump, but experts rarely, if ever, account for the mass of large buildings in projections of future sinking.

For the new study, scientists tallied the weight of every building in New York, which they put at 842 million tons, and estimated the downward force of these structures across the city. They found that buildings are leaving a bigger imprint in areas rich in clay than in areas where sand or bedrock predominate.

May 30, 2023

Octopuses torture and eat themselves after mating. Science finally knows why

Posted by in categories: food, science

Octopus mothers slam themselves against rocks and eat their own arms before their eggs hatch. Scientists have discovered what leads to the self-destruction.

May 30, 2023

How long does it take for a body to decompose?

Posted by in category: futurism

Once a person is dead, their body usually starts to decay immediately, although a good embalming job can delay decay.

May 30, 2023

Battle against superbugs: E. coli resistance in UTIs shows slight decline

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

In a recent study published in the Open Forum Infectious Diseases, researchers assess the resistance of uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) over time in adults who received uncomplicated urinary tract infections (uUTIs) outpatient care.

Study: Multi-drug resistance of Escherichia coli from outpatient uncomplicated urinary tract infections in a large U.S. integrated health care organization. Image Credit: 220 Selfmade studio /

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