This week’s great tech stories from around the web (until September 10th)


This jellyfish can live forever. His genes can tell us how.
Veronica Greenwood | The New York Times
“When their bodies are damaged, the mature adults known as medusae can turn back the clock and transform back into their youthful selves. …While predation or injury can kill T. dohrnii, age does not. They are practically immortal. Now, in a paper published Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists have taken a detailed look at the jellyfish’s genome, looking for the genes that control this remarkable process.”

Crypto’s core values ​​are being turned headfirst into reality
Will God blessings | The Atlantic
Crypto regulation has the cat out of the bag, forcing some companies to choose between their principles and their profits. …Despite all the talk of crypto as a slick new alternative to a corrupt and outdated banking system, businesses have now found themselves cornered: either they can comply with regulations that could essentially negate the promise of the technology, or they can stay the course , at high cost to their bottom line.

Scientists have created a human microbiome from scratch
Carl Zimmer | The New York Times
“When the researchers gave the concoction to mice that didn’t have their own microbiome, the bacterial strains became established and remained stable – even when the scientists introduced other microbes. The new synthetic microbiome can even resist aggressive pathogens and cause mice to develop a healthy immune system like a full microbiome does.”

Limitations of Deepminds Alphafold detailed in MIT study
Katjanna Quach | The registry
“Essentially, the AI ​​software is useful in one step [drug discovery] Process – structure prediction – but cannot help in other phases, such as B. in modeling how drugs and proteins would interact physically. “Breakthroughs like AlphaFold expand the possibilities for in silico (Computer simulation) of drug discovery, but these developments must be coupled with additional advances in other aspects of modeling that are part of drug discovery efforts,” James Collins, lead author of the study published in Molecular Systems Biology and a professor of bioengineering at MIT, said in a statement .”

Uber wants to use autonomous electric vehicles for deliveries
Meara Isenberg | CNET
Above cooperates with Nuro Using the latter company’s autonomous electric vehicles for grocery deliveries in a multi-year partnership, the companies announced on Thursday. Deliveries will begin this fall in Mountain View, Calif., and Houston, Texas, and the service is set to expand to the greater Bay Area, according to a press release. Nuro’s autonomous delivery vehicles are purpose-built to transport groceries and other goods, the press release said. They contain no drivers or passengers and travel on public roads.”

This follicle hacking drug could someday treat hair loss
Simar Bajaj | Wired
“With around half a million hair follicles, you can think of the scalp as a gigafactory of 3D printers. According to Plikus, almost all of these follicles need to “push” constantly to create a full head of hair. But with the usual balding, these printers start to shut down, resulting in hair loss (when about 50 percent is off) and balding (when more than 70 percent is off). By activating stem cells present in the scalp of humans, [the protein] SCUBE3 hacks hair follicles to restart the production line and encourage rapid growth.”

The black hole’s ring of light could encrypt its inner secrets
Thomas Lewton | quantum
“These results suggest that [Harvard’s Andrew] Strominger that the photon ring, and not the event horizon, is a “natural candidate” for part of a spinning black hole’s holographic plate. If so, there might be a new way of imagining what happens to information about objects falling into black holes — a long-standing puzzle known as the black hole information paradox.”

United Airlines invests $15 million in electric aviation startup and orders 200 air taxis
Andrew J Hawkins | The edge
“This is United’s second major investment in the emerging world of electric air mobility after investing an undisclosed amount in Archer last year. These companies are proposing to develop small electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) that can fly from roof to roof as a taxi service in a dense city. But so far none have received approval from federal aviation authorities to fly passengers.”


The EU’s AI law could have a chilling effect on open-source efforts, experts warn
Kyle Wiggers | TechCrunch
I“This could further concentrate power over the future of AI in big tech companies and prevent research critical to the public’s understanding of AI,” wrote Alex Engler, an analyst at Brookings who published the article. ‘In the end, the [EU’s] Attempting to regulate open source could result in a convoluted set of requirements that put open source AI contributors at risk, likely without improving the use of general purpose AI.”I


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