Recap #21: crypto-trading hamsters & gene editing to treat virus infections

7 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
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This is our weekly recap of interesting links and news shared on the Envisioning Slack community.

This week, I am bringing exciting stories about cosmic concrete, crypto-trading hamsters, gene editing to treat virus infections, using algae to keep a brain alive, and more!

Emerging Technology

Using algae and bacteria to power an animal's brain
In this groundbreaking study, researchers injected cyanobacteria and green algae into a tadpoles' brain that had the oxygen flow interrupted. Then, the animal's brain was kept alive by feeding on the oxygen generated by the bacteria and green algae photosynthesis process.

Concrete developed from space dust and astronaut blood
A new concrete-like material, which could be used to build houses in space or on other planets, has been developed using space dust and astronauts' bodily fluids.

Could we use gene editing to fight pandemics?
CRISPR gene editing has made pigs immune to a deadly epidemic by editing out the molecular receptor the virus docks with. Without the complete receptors, the virus cannot connect to the body, and the infection cannot be fulfilled.

Tech and Culture

Can tech help us achieve spiritual enlightenment?
In this episode of the Vox Conversations podcast, hosts and guests talk about using VR, electric brain stimulation, neurofeedback headsets, and other techs to hack our way towards a healthier mental state. Shared by Luma.

This Person (Probably) Exists
A new study shows that AI-generated faces can unwillingly expose the identity of real people. Apparently, many GAN-generated faces bear a striking resemblance to actual people used to train the data.

Mr. Goxx, a crypto-trading hamster, makes better deals than humans
The hamster runs his "intention wheel" to select what cryptocurrency he’d like to trade; then, he has the choice to run into one of two tunnels, one to buy and the other one to sell the coins.
Follow Mr. Goxx Twitter to be up to date with his trading.

The Planet

Uber and Lyft trips could have a worse impact on the planet than private cars.
A new study suggests switching from your own car to ride-hailing showed a net external cost increase of 30% to 35%. That is mainly because of deadheading time — the time driven aimlessly in between trips, but other externalities, such as car accidents and congestion, also showed to be higher in the case of the ride-hailing services. Shared by Fluid Nature.


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