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Astronomers found a giant intergalactic “wall” of galaxies hiding in plain sight

Astronomers have found one of the largest structures in the known universe—an intergalactic “wall” of galaxies that’s at least 1.4 million light-years long. And given how close it is to us, it’s remarkable that we haven’t seen it before now. What happened: An international team of scientists reported the discovery of the South Pole Wall in...

Smarter devices, better patient care

We are at the very beginning of a medical revolution, fueled by our ability to analyze hitherto unheard-of amounts of data using artificial intelligence (AI). AI is enabling the development of smart medical devices that can address some of society’s most persistent and expensive health problems. Conditions such as heart arrhythmias, type 1 diabetes,...

Immunity to covid-19 could disappear in months, a new study suggests

The lowdown: Immunity to covid-19 may be short-lived, according to a new longitudinal study of people who have caught the disease and recovered. The study: Researchers at King’s College London repeatedly tested 96 patients and health-care workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for antibodies between March and June. All the participants...

If the coronavirus is really airborne, we might be fighting it the wrong way

This was the week airborne transmission became a big deal in the public discussion about covid-19. Over 200 scientists from around the world cosigned a letter to the World Health Organization urging it to take seriously the growing evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted through the air. WHO stopped short of redefining SARS-CoV-2 (the virus...

A new way to train AI systems could keep them safer from hackers

The context: One of the greatest unsolved flaws of deep learning is its vulnerability to so-called adversarial attacks. When added to the input of an AI system, these perturbations, seemingly random or undetectable to the human eye, can make things go completely awry. Stickers strategically placed on a stop sign, for example, can trick a self-driving...

8 million people, 14 alerts: why some covid-19 apps are staying silent

When France launched its app for digital contact tracing, it looked like it might be a breakthrough for the virus-ravaged country. After going live in June, StopCovid was downloaded by 2 million people in a short space of time, leading ministers to hail the fact that “from the first downloads, the app helps avoid contamination, illness and so deaths”....

Activating the opportunity marketplace and investing in the workforce of the future

This virtual panel session from MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Next conference takes an in-depth look at Deloitte and MIT Sloan Management Review’s recently released research on Opportunity Marketplaces. Right now, businesses are facing a three-dimensional challenge—survival while remaining competitive, re-engagement of the workforce, and...

Microsoft’s solution to Zoom fatigue is to trick your brain

There’s a certain routine to logging on to the now-ubiquitous videoconference: join a screen of Brady Bunch–like squares, ping-ponging your gaze between speakers but mostly staring self-consciously at your own face. What started as a novelty of working at home is now an exhausting ordeal that can leave us feeling mentally wiped out.  Microsoft...

These are the factors that put you at higher risk of dying from covid-19

The news: A study of more than 17 million people in England has confirmed the various factors that are linked with an increase in a person’s risk of dying from covid-19: age; being male, Black, or from an ethnic minority background; or having underlying health conditions. It confirms a lot of previous research, but it’s by far the largest study yet....

How carbon-sucking machines could cut aviation emissions

Two companies have teamed up on a project that could provide a key test of our ability to use synthetic fuel, made from carbon dioxide captured from the air, to cut emissions from aviation. Carbon Engineering, a direct air capture company based in British Columbia, has signed a deal with Aerion, a startup based in Reno, Nevada, that is developing...

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