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Why A New Method Of Growing Food On Mars Matters More On Earth

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

Solutions like greenhouses developed for colonizing other worlds could be deployed in drought-ravaged areas on Earth.

Can We Prevent The Next Flu Pandemic In Humans?

Posted in Medicine, Science on 18th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

Though testing alone doesn't stop viral spread, it provides key information about where and how that spread is happening.

Like Cigarettes And Alcohol, Surgeon General Says Social Media Needs Warning Labels

Posted in Online, Science on 18th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

"The mental health crisis among young people is an emergency-and social media has emerged as an important contributor," Murthy argues.

Interstellar Winter: Did Galactic Clouds Cause An Ice Age On Earth?

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

The scientists simulated this scenario, and found the cloud could have blocked the heliosphere for anywhere from a few centuries to a million years, leaving Earth fully exposed to particles in the cloud during that time.

Kidneys In Space: Why A Trip To Mars Could End In Dialysis

Posted in Highlights from UCL, Medicine, Science on 18th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

"Our study highlights the fact that if you're planning a space mission, kidneys really matter."

Breaking Into AI's Black Box: Anthropic Maps The Mind Of Its Claude Large Language Model

Posted in Science, Software on 13th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

That's easier said than done because the latest generation of AI models encode information in patterns of activity, rather than particular neurons or groups of neurons.

AI Unearths Nearly A Million Potential Antibiotics To Take Out Superbugs

Posted in Medicine, Science on 13th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

"We have been able to just accelerate the discovery of antibiotics."

The First Soil Sample From The Far Side Of The Moon Is Headed Home On China’s Chang’e-6

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

The mysterious far side of the moon is a challenging target for space missions. But China has now completed its second successful touchdown and collected a sample of lunar soil, which is currently on its way back to Earth.

Bill Gates Breaks Ground On First Gen-IV Nuclear Plant In The US

Posted in Hardware, Science on 13th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

The idea is that the reactor generates power at a constant rate, which is the most efficient approach, and stores the energy as heat in the molten salt.

Solid-state Battery From US Cell Maker Hits New Milestone

Posted in Hardware, Science on 13th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

Factorial is ultimately aiming for vehicle ranges over 600 miles (966 km) per charge from a 90-kWh battery that drops around 30% in weight and size compared to a conventional lithium-ion pack. The FEST batteries are also designed to be produced using the same equipment used to produce lithium-ion batteries, with minimal changes.

Donanemab For Alzheimer's Gets Unanimous Thumbs Up From FDA Panel

Posted in Medicine, Science on 13th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

If approved, donanemab will expand the first class of disease-modifying drugs, serving as the building blocks for future generations of drugs.

Researchers Developing Ultra-sensitive Blood Test With Potential To Revolutionise Diagnosis Of Alzheimer’s

Posted in Medicine, Science on 13th Jun, 2024
by Alex Muller

Researchers at the University of York are using light-based technology to develop a simple and cost-effective blood test for Alzheimer’s disease.