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Nov 4, 2020

PerkinElmer snaps up CRISPR provider Horizon Discovery in $383M deal

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

PerkinElmer has moved to expand its life sciences portfolio with CRISPR and gene editing offerings by snapping up the cell engineering specialist Horizon Discovery.

The $383 million, all-cash deal will add gene modulation tools that—in combination with its own work in applied genomics solutions—aims to provide next-generation research tools and the customized cell lines necessary for developers of new targeted therapies, and broaden PerkinElmer’s partnership work with academic researchers and the biopharma industry.

The Cambridge, U.K.-based Horizon, with about 400 employees worldwide with offices in the U.S. and Japan, provides genetic base editing technologies for living cell models using CRISPR reagents, as well as gene modulation products using RNA interference methods.

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Nov 4, 2020

AI pioneer Geoff Hinton: “Deep learning is going to be able to do everything”

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Thirty years ago, Hinton’s belief in neural networks was contrarian. Now it’s hard to find anyone who disagrees, he says.

Nov 4, 2020

Brain Cell DNA Refolds Itself to Aid Memory Recall

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

Researchers see structural changes in genetic material that allow memories to strengthen when remembered.

Nov 4, 2020

Brain organoids for the study of human neurobiology at the interface of in vitro and in vivo

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Chiaradia and Lancaster review applications and limitations of brain organoids, placing them in context with other technologies and describing how these methods are heavily informed by in vivo development.

Nov 4, 2020

New lasers that fire terahertz beams could propel medical imaging and contraband detection

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New semiconductor lasers work with small, portable coolers, enabling applications outside laboratories.

Nov 4, 2020

Intel has acquired, a platform to manage, build and automate machine learning

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI

Intel continues to snap up startups to build out its machine learning and AI operations. In the latest move, TechCrunch has learned that the chip giant has acquired, an Israeli company that has built and operates a platform for data scientists to build and run machine learning models, which can be used to train and track multiple models and run comparisons on them, build recommendations and more.

Intel confirmed the acquisition to us with a short note. “We can confirm that we have acquired Cnvrg,” a spokesperson said. “Cnvrg will be an independent Intel company and will continue to serve its existing and future customers.” Those customers include Lightricks, ST Unitas and Playtika.

Intel is not disclosing any financial terms of the deal, nor who from the startup will join Intel. Cnvrg, co-founded by Yochay Ettun (CEO) and Leah Forkosh Kolben, had raised $8 million from investors that include Hanaco Venture Capital and Jerusalem Venture Partners, and PitchBook estimates that it was valued at around $17 million in its last round.

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Nov 2, 2020

Nylon finally takes its place as a piezoelectric textile

Posted by in categories: energy, materials

Nylon might seem the obvious go-to material for electronic textiles—not only is there an established textiles industry based on nylon, but it conveniently has a crystalline phase that is piezoelectric—tap it and you get a build-up of charge perfect for pressure sensing and harvesting energy from ambient motion.

Unfortunately, forming into fibers while getting it to take on the crystal structure that has a is not straightforward. “This has been a challenge for almost half a century,” explains Kamal Asadi, a researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany, and professor at the University of Bath, U.K. In a recent Advanced Functional Materials report, he and his collaborators describe how they have now finally overcome this.

The piezoelectric phase of nylon holds appeal not just for electronic textiles but all kinds of electronic devices, particularly where there is demand for something less brittle than the conventional piezoelectric ceramics. However, for decades, the only way to produce nylon with the crystalline phase that has a strong piezoelectric response has been to melt it, rapidly cool it and then stretch it so that it sets into a smectic δ’ phase. This produces slabs typically tens of micrometers thick—far too thick for applications in electronic devices or electronic textiles.

Nov 1, 2020

What 50 gravitational-wave events reveal about the Universe

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

The catalogue also provides information on how the black holes spin, which holds the key to understanding how the objects came to orbit each other before they merged. It shows that, in some binary systems, the two black holes have misaligned axes of rotation, which would imply that they formed separately. But many other binaries appear to have roughly aligned axes of rotation, which is what astrophysicists expect when the two black holes began their lives as a binary star system. Two schools of thought in astrophysics have each favoured one of the two scenarios, but it now appears that both were correct, Fishbach says.

Astrophysicists now have enough black-hole mergers to map their frequency over the cosmos’s history.

Nov 1, 2020

Translate: Camera Translator, Offline Translation

Posted by in categories: electronics, mobile phones

Point your phone’s camera at taking a picture and translate it… and the wizard in the app automatically translates the word(s) for you.

Nov 1, 2020

$70 Million Nuclear Fusion Machine Is Turned on in the U.K

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

A new spherical tokamak in the U.K. could overcome one of the biggest hurdles to nuclear fusion power: the “exhaust problem”.

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