Medicine-carriers made from human cells can cure lung infections — ScienceDaily

Scientists used human white blood cell membranes to carry two drugs, an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory, directly to infected lungs in mice.

The nano-sized drug delivery method developed at Washington State University successfully treated both the bacterial growth and inflammation in the mice’s lungs. The study, recently published in Communications Biology, shows a potential new strategy for treating infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

“If a doctor simply gives two drugs to a patient, they don’t go directly to the lungs. They circulate in the whole body, so potentially there’s a lot of toxicity,” said Zhenjia Wang, the study’s corresponding author and an associate professor in WSU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “Instead, we can load the two types of drugs into these vesicles that specifically target the lung inflammation.”

Wang and his research team have developed a method to essentially peel the membrane from neutrophils, the most common type

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AutoX’s robo-taxi service in Shenzhen leaves out the human driver

Self-driving car startup AutoX today announced that a portion of its robo-taxi fleet in Shenzhen, China is ferrying customers without teleoperators or safety drivers behind the wheel. The company claims it’s the first set of fully driverless cars to be deployed in China and perhaps only the second in operation following the launch of Waymo’s fully driverless program in Phoenix, Arizona last year.

Driverless vehicle technology has already begun to transform whole industries. TuSimple, Einride, and others have raised tens of millions of dollars for autonomous systems that transport logs, shipping containers, customers, and other precious cargo. Some experts predict the coronavirus outbreak will hasten adoption of autonomous delivery solutions. Despite the public’s misgivings about self-driving cars and the vehicles’ need for regular disinfection, they promise to minimize the spread of disease by limiting driver-rider contact.

AutoX, which has been conducting driverless tests in Shenzhen and Shanghai for the past

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Human interactions threaten endangered populations

Doublestuf’s body floated off the coast of Sechelt, British Columbia, for at least three days before it was spotted by a local. The motionless killer whale, a few feet shorter than a bus, was at first mistaken for an upturned boat. He belonged to the J pod, a group of endangered killer whales known as the southern residents. On Dec. 20, 2016, Doublestuf’s body was towed to shore.



a group of people on a rocky beach: A review of more than 50 killer whale necropsies show that many deaths stem from human impacts. Fiona Goodall/Getty


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A review of more than 50 killer whale necropsies show that many deaths stem from human impacts. Fiona Goodall/Getty

A whale carcass, like Doublestuf’s, is a historical record. One man tasked with reading these records is Stephen Raverty, a veterinary pathologist at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal Health Center in British Columbia. An examination of the corpse, a necropsy, is a laborious process that can involve upward of 20 people.

“We usually have six to eight hours in

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Automotive Human Machine Interface Market 2021 Growth in Technology Sector after Coronavirus Pandemic Provides Huge Opportunities 2030

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Dec 02, 2020 (WiredRelease via Comtex) —
The latest research report provides a complete assessment of the Global Automotive Human Machine Interface market for the forecast year 2021-2030, which is beneficial for companies regardless of their size and revenue. This Survey report covering the major market insights and industry approach towards COVID-19 in the upcoming years. The Automotive Human Machine Interface Market Report presents data and information on the development of the investment structure, technological improvements, market trends and developments, capabilities, and comprehensive information on the key players of the Automotive Human Machine Interface Market. The market strategies undertaken, with respect to the current and future scenario of the industry, have also been listed in the study.

The report begins with a brief presentation and overview of the Automotive Human Machine Interface market, about the current market

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Even in the Bolivian Amazon, Average Human Body Temperature Is Getting Cooler | Smart News

If you’ve ever taken your temperature and wondered why your body wasn’t hovering at the supposedly normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, a new study offers the latest in a growing body of evidence suggesting that oft-repeated figure might no longer be the norm.

Published last month in the journal Science Advances, the study finds the average body temperature among the Tsimane people, who live in the Bolivian Amazon rainforest, has dropped by almost a full degree over the last 16 years.

The dogma of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheitstarted in 1867 when a German doctor named Carl Wunderlich took the temperature of some 25,000 people in Leipzig and arrived at the figure. But several recent studies have suggested that people have cooled off over the last 150 years.

A study published earlier this year compiled hundreds of thousands of temperature readings in Palo Alto, California, and found the average body temperature among

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Clinical trial reverses two biological processes associated with aging in human cells — ScienceDaily

A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Shamir Medical Center in Israel indicates that hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) in healthy aging adults can stop the aging of blood cells and reverse the aging process. In the biological sense, the adults’ blood cells actually grow younger as the treatments progress.

The researchers found that a unique protocol of treatments with high-pressure oxygen in a pressure chamber can reverse two major processes associated with aging and its illnesses: the shortening of telomeres (protective regions located at both ends of every chromosome) and the accumulation of old and malfunctioning cells in the body. Focusing on immune cells containing DNA obtained from the participants’ blood, the study discovered a lengthening of up to 38% of the telomeres, as well as a decrease of up to 37% in the presence of senescent cells.

The study was led by Professor Shai Efrati of

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Vega Rocket Failure Apparently Caused by Human Error

Screen capture from yesterday’s failed launch.

Screen capture from yesterday’s failed launch.
Image: Arianespace

An Arianespace Vega rocket carrying two satellites failed to reach orbit yesterday after experiencing a catastrophic failure eight minutes into the launch. Officials are attributing the loss of the rocket to a “series of human errors.”

Vega Flight VV17 started off well, with the 98-foot-tall (30-meter) rocket departing the Guiana Space Center at 8:52 p.m. ET. The first three stages, all powered by solid-fuel, did their job, propelling the vehicle and its cargo over the Atlantic ocean toward space. It was when the liquid-fueled upper stage kicked in that things went sideways.

According to satellite launch company Arianespace, the trouble began around the eight-minute mark of the mission. At that point, the upper stage, called AVUM (Attitude and Vernier Upper Module), correctly detached itself and ignited, in what was supposed to be the first of four consecutive

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Century Technology Group Announces Acquisition of Mutually Human

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Century Technology Group, a Grand Rapids, MI-based family office, announced today the acquisition of Mutually Human, a leading custom software developer and application solutions provider for a broad spectrum of industries.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, Mutually Human is a custom software and application development company with innovation at its core. The Company partners with its clients to develop and deliver cutting-edge, customized software solutions integral to core business operations, from complex software solutions designed to streamline and automate workflow to mobile applications that enable business scale and improve user experiences. They leverage deep industry expertise, subject matter experts, and software frameworks to create application solutions for clients that make interacting with their brand a positive experience.

“Mutually Human fits perfectly with our vision of growing a leading software development and

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Does the human brain resemble the Universe?

Does the human brain resemble the Universe?
Left: section of cerebellum, with magnification factor 40x, obtained with electron microscopy (Dr. E. Zunarelli, University Hospital of Modena); right: section of a cosmological simulation, with an extension of 300 million light-years on each side (Vazza et al. 2019 A&A). Credit: University of Bologna

An astrophysicist at the University of Bologna and a neurosurgeon at the University of Verona compared the network of neuronal cells in the human brain with the cosmic network of galaxies… and surprising similarities emerged


In their paper published in Frontiers in Physics, Franco Vazza (astrophysicist at the University of Bologna) and Alberto Feletti (neurosurgeon at the University of Verona) investigated the similarities between two of the most challenging and complex systems in nature: the cosmic network of galaxies and the network of neuronal cells in the human brain.

Despite the substantial difference in scale between the two networks (more than 27 orders of magnitude),

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Virgin Galactic’s postponing its first human test flight out of Spaceport America due to COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico



a screen shot of Richard Branson: If the planned crewed mission is successful, Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic's founder, will himself step on board SpaceShipTwo — a winged vehicle designed to rocket up to six passengers for more than $200,000 a ticket. Reuters


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If the planned crewed mission is successful, Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic’s founder, will himself step on board SpaceShipTwo — a winged vehicle designed to rocket up to six passengers for more than $200,000 a ticket. Reuters

  • Virgin Galactic said Monday it’s delaying a pivotal crewed launch planned for mid-November due to COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico.
  • “[W]e take this pause in stride and will be prepared to resume our pre-flight procedures and announce a new test flight window as soon as we can,” CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement Monday.
  • The postponed November mission is scheduled to be the first human test flight from the company’s base Spaceport America in New Mexico.
  • New Mexico announced statewide coronavirus restrictions Friday as COVID-19 cases are on the rise. State health officials have recorded 64,201 cases in total.
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Virgin Galactic announced Monday that

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