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How the Brain Prepares to Think
UT Southwestern researcher’s decades-long quest to understand synaptic transmission gets help from fastest U.S. academic supercomputer. Let’s think for a second about thought – specifically, the physics of neurons in the brain. This topic has been the lifelong interest of Jose Rizo-Rey,...
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Blood vessel breakthrough major step toward Alzheimer’s treatment
A breakthrough in our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease has revealed changes to blood vessels in the brain, potentially presenting a path for developing new drugs to help fight the disease, according to University of Manchester research funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published...
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NASA Demands Moon Dust, Cockroach Carcasses Be Returned
NASA wants its moon dust and cockroaches back. The space agency has asked Boston-based RR Auction to halt the sale of moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that had subsequently been fed to cockroaches during an experiment to determine if the lunar rock contained any sort of pathogen...
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Google becomes Wikipedia’s parent organisation’s fist commercial customer
Wikimedia EnterpriseGoogleWikipediaSearch Partnerships at Google said, "Wikipedia is a unique and valuable resource, created freely for the world by its dedicated volunteer...
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Could technology and innovation in agriculture feed the world?
David Green, Executive Director at The U.S. Sustainability Alliance, argues that technology and innovation in agriculture can feed the world, but if only we let it By the time you read this sentence, ten more people will have been added to our growing world population. (1) We are a mere 29 harvests...
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Amazon has a plan to make Alexa mimic anyone's voice
LAS VEGAS - Amazon.com Inc wants to give customers the chance to make Alexa, the company's voice assistant, sound just like their grandmother -- or anyone else. The online retailer is developing a system to let Alexa mimic any voice after hearing less than a minute of audio, said Rohit Prasad, an...
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AI threat to human artists is very small
It has been claimed that an artistic computer could soon be drawing your ideas out for you. Text-to-image AI illustrators are rapidly improving in sophistication and are exciting many as a way to produce high-quality images instantaneously from text prompts. Using a computer to draw images instead...
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Swedish court upholds ban on Huawei sale of 5G gear
A Swedish appeals court on Wednesday upheld a ruling by a lower court that banned Huawei from selling 5G equipment in the country, in the latest setback to the Chinese telecoms company's hopes of staging a comeback. In 2020, Swedish telecom...
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Scientists unveil bionic robo-fish to remove microplastics from seas
Tiny self-propelled robo-fish can swim around, latch on to free-floating microplastics and fix itself if it gets damaged Scientists have designed a small robot-fish that is programmed to remove microplastics from our seas and oceans by swimming around and adsorbing them on its soft, flexible,...
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Justice Department and Meta settle landmark housing discrimination case
Facebook-owner Meta agreed to revamp the social network’s targeted advertising system under a sweeping settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, after the company was accused of allowing landlords to market their housing ads in discriminatory ways. The settlement, which stems from a 2019 Fair...
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