Recap #20: the future of websites & buying clothes in the metaverse

7 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
AI generative illustration by Caroline Barrueco made with pollinations.ai

This week we bring news about the future of websites, buying clothes in the metaverse, a vaccine for malaria, electrical brain implants that treat depression, and more.


Tech and Culture


Imagining what a future website will look like
The Wayback Machine has been preserving the internet for over 25 years. During this time, we have seen the web change radically. Now, to celebrate the website’s 25th birthday, it has released The Way Forward Machine, which casts light on the possibility of a dystopian internet future.

Honoring the legacy of Henrietta Lacks
Henrietta Lacks was a black woman who died in 1951, whose cells were unwittingly cultured after her death, becoming the first human cells to be successfully cloned. Her cells were discovered to have unique properties that made it possible for them to be repeatedly cloned and cultivated indefinitely — they became known as the first immortalized human cell line — Henrietta Lacks cells have become a cornerstone of modern medicine, enabling countless scientific and medical innovations, including the development of the polio vaccine, genetic mapping, and even COVID-19 vaccines. Now, her estate is suing a biotech company, accusing it of selling the cells without permission.

Startup slangs around the word
Check out this guide to decoding startup vocabulary. Shared by mz.


Emerging Technology


The ATMs that dispense green fuel
A Kenyan startup is installing ATMs that dispense green fuel across Nairobi, as a way to endorse the drop of charcoal in cooking. Via Marci.

Dressing for the Metaverse
Electric/City, a partnership between Yahoo, Pokémon, and several fashion designers is an immersive shopping experience that takes place in a futuristic virtual city. Shared by Marci.

The first malaria vaccine was just approved by WHO
This is not only the first vaccine approved to treat malaria but also the first-ever vaccine targeted to treat a parasitic disease. The clinical trials have shown an efficacy of 50% against severe cases of malaria in the first year.

Woman successfully treated for depression with electrical brain implant
The device works by detecting patterns of brain activity linked to depression and automatically interrupting them using tiny pulses of electrical stimulation delivered deep inside the brain.


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