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The Download: Tracing a mysterious covid strain, and fighting dengue with drones

3 What it’s like to receive a brain-computer implantJeffrey Keefer, who has Parkinson’s, agreed to having the device temporarily applied to the surface of his brain. (WSJ $)+ Former Neuralink workers think the firm is taking unnecessary risks. (Vox)+ How it feels to have a life-changing brain implant removed. (MIT Technology Review) 4 Tragic news stories drove readers to donate thousands of dollarsThe only problem is, the victims didn’t exist. (NBC News)+ Surveillance company Flock Safety claims to have solved 10% of…

iOS 17.4.1 Rolling Out With Bug Fixes, Security Updates Alongside iPadOS 17.4.1: How to Download

iOS 17.4.1 is rolling out to eligible iPhone models, bringing a few bug fixes and security updates in tow, according to Apple. The minor update comes shortly after the iPhone maker released iOS 17.4 — the update that brought support for third party app stores in the European Union (EU), transcripts for Apple Podcasts, and new emoji — on March 5. The company's latest iOS software update has been released alongside iPadOS 17.4.1, which also contains some of these important fixes.Just like previous iOS 17 releases, the…

The Download: The world’s most expensive drug, and New York City’s e-bike plan

The news: There is a new most expensive drug ever—a gene therapy that costs as much as a Brooklyn brownstone or a Miami mansion, and more than the average person will earn in a lifetime. Lenmeldy is a gene treatment for metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) and was approved in the US on Monday. Its maker, Orchard Therapeutics, says the $4.25 million wholesale cost reflects the value the treatment has for patients and families. Why it matters:  MLD is a nerve disorder that strikes toddlers, quickly robbing them of their…

The Download: AI drugs, and how AI is improving soccer tactics

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. A wave of drugs dreamed up by AI is on its way Alex Zhavoronkov has been messing around with artificial intelligence for more than a decade. In 2016, the programmer and physicist was using AI to rank people by looks and sort through pictures of cats. Now he says his company, Insilico Medicine, has created the first “true AI drug” that’s advanced to a test of whether…

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Nothing OS 2.5.4 features for Phone (2a)The new features and changes on the Phone 2a (review) with the Nothing OS 2.5.4 update can be classified into 3 categories:CameraThe bokeh effect in the portrait mode gets better.The colour accuracy and saturation have been improved.The brightness and colour tone in Ultra XDR photos have been optimised.The colour on the main camera and the ultrawide snapper are fine-tuned to look comparable.The overall camera performance has been enhanced.Animations The previously apparent animation…

The Download: New AI regulations, and a running robot

The big story One city’s fight to solve its sewage problem with sensors April 2021 In the city of South Bend, Indiana, wastewater from people’s kitchens, sinks, washing machines, and toilets flows through 35 neighborhood sewer lines. On good days, just before each line ends, a vertical throttle pipe diverts the sewage into an interceptor tube, which carries it to a treatment plant where solid pollutants and bacteria are filtered out. As in many American cities, those pipes are combined with storm drains, which can…

Gibberish download may save Voyager 1 deep space probe

NASA's Voyager 1 deep space probe may get a new lease on life thanks to an unexpected download from one of its onboard computers. After months of sending back gibberish instead of collected data, the craft may have provided a clue to its salvation.Launched in 1977 from the Kennedy Space Cater in Florida, Voyager 1, along with its sister craft Voyager 2, are the longest-lived. active, nonpassive spacecraft in existence. They are also part of an elite fleet of five probes that are on trajectories that will take them out of…

The Download: Legitimizing longevity science, and Harvard’s geoengineering U-turn

On a bright chilly day last December, a crowd of doctors and scientists gathered at a research institute atop a hill in Novato, California. Their goal is to help people add years to their lifespans, and to live those extra years in good health. But the meeting’s participants had another goal as well: to be recognized as a credible medical field. For too long, modern medicine has focused on treating disease rather than preventing it, they say. They believe that it’s time to move from reactive healthcare to proactive…

The FCC just quadrupled the download speed required to market internet as ‘broadband’

The FCC has raised the speeds required to describe internet service as “broadband” for the first time since 2015. The agency’s annual high-speed internet assessment concluded that 100 Mbps downloads and 20 Mbps uploads will be the new standard. The news will likely irk ISPs who would love to keep pointing to 25 Mbps / 3 Mbps speeds (the previous standards) and convincing people they’re getting high-speed broadband.The FCC’s report broke down several areas where the country’s online infrastructure falls short. The agency…

The Download: What social media can teach us about AI

June 2023 Astronomy should, in principle, be a welcoming field for blind researchers. But across the board, science is full of charts, graphs, databases, and images that are designed to be seen. So researcher Sarah Kane, who is legally blind, was thrilled three years ago when she encountered a technology known as sonification, designed to transform information into sound. Since then she’s been working with a project called Astronify, which presents astronomical information in audio form.  For millions of blind and…