Apart_Shock OP t1_j6paycy wrote

>The dodo, a Mauritian bird last seen in the 17th century, will be brought back to at least a semblance of life if attempts by a gene editing company are successful.
>Gene editing techniques now exist that allow scientists to mine the dodo genome for key traits that they believe they can then effectively reassemble within the body of a living relative.
>Dodos are most closely related to pigeons, according to sequencing of the proverbially dead bird’s genome.
>The scientists in question said their work, beyond providing an insight into the extinct dodo’s existence, could help inform the conservation of rare species that are not yet extinct. However, there is a fierce debate among biologists over whether this sort of research should be pursued.
>Colossal Biosciences, the gene editing company involved, has already embarked on projects to revive the woolly mammoth and the thylacine. But the dodo would be its first bird, which is significant as it means changing the gene editing technique to accommodate an external egg.


Apart_Shock t1_j27upf8 wrote

Reality is unfortunately not as kind to sci-fi visions. Not to mention some ideas turned out to be not so cool after some extensive thinking.

Flying cars for example seemed like the most awesome thing ever, but then you realize there would be a LOT more traffic fatalities and 9/11 revealed their potential use by terrorists. Which is most likely the reason why the flying cars we're actually seeing in production are autonomous.


Apart_Shock OP t1_j09weic wrote

>A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE has reported on the first human tests of an experimental therapy using sound and light to treat Alzheimer's disease (AD). The initial findings are promising, with the unique treatment leading to some neurological and cognitive improvements, but the small trial size means more study is needed before anyone can say this type of therapy works.


Apart_Shock OP t1_ix1eqm7 wrote

>Ambri is a Boston-area startup that’s building molten-salt batteries from calcium and antimony. The company recently announced a demonstration project deploying energy storage for Microsoft data centers, and last year it raised over $140 million to build its manufacturing capacity.
>The company says its technology could be 30-50% cheaper over its lifetime than an equivalent lithium-ion system. Molten salt batteries can also exceed 80% efficiency, meaning that a relatively low amount of energy that’s used to charge the battery is lost to heat.


Apart_Shock OP t1_iru6zj7 wrote

>Researchers at Boston’s Northeastern University have built a device using new artificial intelligence techniques that can recognise “millions of colours”, opening the door to a new world of industrial machine vision applications.
>A-Eye is capable of analysing and processing colour far more accurately than existing machines, according to a paper detailing the research published in Materials Today. Researchers say the new device represents “a massive step” in the field of machine vision and has broad applications for a range of technologies.