Mysterious News Briefly — September 9, 2021
Mercedes unveiled the all-electric Mercedes Vision AVTR concept car in which drivers wear headsets with electrodes that detect brain activity and translate it into impulses that manage the control system – the Brain-Computer Interface [BCI] tracks the thoughts and eventually ‘learns’ how to control the car itself. That’s just what we need – a car whose brain was trained by that guy who is constantly cutting people off.
Living on the International Space Station keeps getting more dangerous – a new study published in the journal Biofilms and Microbiomes found that the ISS’s drinking water is full of bacteria, even though it uses a sophisticated water purification system that recycles wastewater. In space, no one can hear you scream “Ewwww!”
If you’re a billionaire planning to take a trip into space, the first all-civilian crew that SpaceX will launch into Earth orbit next week for three days went through a grueling 30-hour simulation of near-disaster scenarios. In SpaceX, no one can hear you scream “I changed my mind!”
JetPack Aviation has moved from testing its long-endurance jetpacks to selling them and its first sale of two JB-12 units for $400,000 each went to an "undisclosed military customer in South-East Asia." Get ready for Sylvester Stallone to return one more time in “Rambo: First Bloody Jetpack.”
The AI development company OpenAI told a developer who’d created a customizable chatbot using informing him that he was no longer allowed to use its text-generating algorithm GPT-3 in a chatbot that someone else used to create a chatbot that mimicked his dead fiancée. Did Siri and Alexa hold a memorial service?
A new study of ancient DNA found that when Neolithic farmers began living together with aurochs, cows, pigs, and goats and their feces in crowded settlements, their immune systems quickly evolved to favor genes that throttled back inflammatory reactions to pathogens like influenza, tuberculosis and other maladies spread from animals. Kind of like how parents evolve when their children become teenagers.
Researchers at the University of Helsinki used a new comprehensive questionnaire for cat owners and identified seven personality and behavior traits of felines: Activity/playfulness, Fearfulness, Aggression towards humans, Sociability towards humans, Sociability towards cats, Litterbox issues, Excessive grooming. If your kitten shows all of the bad ones, you may have adopted a bear cub.
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico are developing a “probabilistic computer” with built-in randomness that computes information differently every time to study how we can use randomness to solve problems where probability is important – one way brains are superior to computers. You’ll know they’ve figured it out when the scientists take an extended vacation to Las Vegas.
Using genomic data from Neanderthals, researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany determined for various geographic areas how old individuals were when they had children and found that humans in populations in Europe reproduced on average at a younger age than populations from east Eurasia and America over the past 40,000 years. Who knew that Lolita was a Neanderthal name?
Scientists at Stanford University invented a shape-memory polymer that stores and releases large amounts of energy, then demonstrated it by duct-taping polymer muscles to the arm of a wooden mannequin and heating it, causing the arm to flex. This gets scary when the arm moves the polymer muscle to its hand and gives the inventors the finger.