Fiber optic cables transport petabytes of data every second around the world — scientists say they could also save lives by detecting tsunamis early

Fiber optic cables transport petabytes of data every second around the world — scientists say they could also save lives by detecting tsunamis early
Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have discovered a novel technique that can turn undersea power and telecom cables into arrays of environmental sensors, opening the door to extensive ocean monitoring.  The findings, published in Science Magazine, could revolutionize... Read more

‘Anywhere there’s a camera, now there’s a risk’: Billions of users at risk of Peeping Toms — scientists devise incredibly simple eavesdropping system costing only a few hundred dollars

'Anywhere there's a camera, now there's a risk': Billions of users at risk of Peeping Toms — scientists devise incredibly simple eavesdropping system costing only a few hundred dollars
A new threat to privacy has emerged, as scientists in the US have found a way to spy on video feeds from cameras in devices ranging from smartphones to home security systems.  The method, known as EM Eye, can even... Read more

"Approaching the dream of the alchemist": Scientists have been able to transform transparent glass into a photovoltaic surface — using a laser similar to that used in eye surgeries

"Approaching the dream of the alchemist": Scientists have been able to transform transparent glass into a photovoltaic surface — using a laser similar to that used in eye surgeries
Scientists have successfully converted transparent glass into a photovoltaic surface using a laser similar to that used in eye surgeries.  The revolutionary discovery was made by physicists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in collaboration with scientists... Read more

"An AI Stephen Hawking would look like him": Holographic avatars of long-dead celebrity scientists could work with — or compete with living university lecturers

"An AI Stephen Hawking would look like him": Holographic avatars of long-dead celebrity scientists could work with — or compete with living university lecturers
It used to be when popstars died, or retired from performing, that you could no longer see them live, but holographic technology has changed all that.  A growing number of deceased celebrities, from Tupac to Elvis, have been brought back... Read more

Google DeepMind Scientists Said to Be in Talks to Leave, Form AI Startup

Google DeepMind Scientists Said to Be in Talks to Leave and Form AI Startup
A pair of scientists at Google DeepMind, the Alphabet artificial intelligence division, have been talking with investors about forming an AI startup in Paris, according to people familiar with the conversations. The team has held discussions with potential investors about... Read more

“We don’t know for sure how it does it” – AI baffles scientists by correctly assigning individual fingerprints to one person, but they are unclear how it actually works

"We don't know for sure how it does it" - AI baffles scientists by correctly assigning individual fingerprints to one person, but they are unclear how it actually works
A groundbreaking study at Columbia University is challenging the long-held belief that each fingerprint on a person’s hand is entirely unique.  According to the BBC, the research team has developed an AI tool capable of analyzing human fingerprints to determine... Read more

Ebola could have leaked from US biofacility causing 2014 West Africa outbreak, scientists claim

The popular origin story for Ebola is that Emile Ouamouno, known as patient zero, contracted the virus from bats. But a new investigation suggests it could have come from a government lab in Kenema. In 2009, a project called PREDICT started looking at Ebola and other viruses, and collecting animal samples. They could have been studied in the Kenema lab, the new analysis claims. But in 2014, Dr Fabian Leendertz concluded bats in Guinea were the likely culprit and published a well-received research paper. But in July that year, officials in Sierra Leone instructed the Kenema lab to stop Ebola testing, and the US government cut its funding to partners of the lab
The 2014 Ebola outbreak may have been borne out of an accidental lab leak at a US Government-funded facility, according to a bombshell analysis. Virologist Dr Jonathan Latham — a former researcher at the University of Wisconsin — and journalist... Read more

House members probe 'risky' virus research after scientists tried to create hybrid monkeypox strain

El estudio de Maryland implicará la extracción de docenas de genes del virus de la viruela del simio del clado 1 más grave (foto de la izquierda) y su introducción en el virus del clado 2 menos virulento.  Luego infectarán ratones con el virus híbrido y controlarán cómo progresa la enfermedad.
Los republicanos de la Cámara están investigando la investigación de la viruela del simio que llevan a cabo científicos del gobierno que implica hacer que el virus sea 1,000 veces más mortal. Los formuladores de políticas exigen que los NIH... Read more

UK scientists created mutant Covid strains in 'high-risk, low-benefit' lab experiments

Hamsters were infected with mutant viruses, blends of the original Wuhan strain and parts of either Omicron or Delta. Critics of the research, carried out by Imperial College London, called it 'insanity' and warned the lab trials could, in theory, unleash a new viral threat. Twenty scientists were involved in the project, including one who sits on the Government's advisory panel SAGE
British scientists intentionally created hybrid Covid strains in risky experiments judged to be like ‘playing with fire’, MailOnline can reveal. Hamsters were infected with mutant viruses, blends of the original Wuhan strain and parts of either Omicron or Delta.  Critics of... Read more

Scientists turn nightmares into pleasant dreams using audio

In therapy, dreamers can be trained to rehearse positive versions of their most frequent nightmares, but the researchers in Switzerland go a step further.  They found that playing a sound, one associated with a positive daytime experience, through a wireless headband during sleep can also reduce the frequency of nightmares.
The key to preventing nightmares may be playing particular sounds to our ears through a wireless headband, a new study suggests. In experiments, playing the sound of a piano during sleep reduced the risk of traumatic and fearful dreams for... Read more