That‘s Cool News | A weekly breakdown of positive Science & Tech news.

That‘s Cool News | A weekly breakdown of positive Science & Tech news.

Bringing you the positive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) news every Monday and explains why these new futuristic innovations are meaningful. The goal is to leave you feeling optimistic and say ”That‘s Cool!”

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February 6, 2023 31 min
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Anthropic’s Claude improves on ChatGPT but still suffers from limitations | TechCrunch (01:10)

  • A startup co-founded by ex-OpenAI employees called Anthropic has raised over $700 million in funding to date, and has developed an AI system similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
  • System is called Claude and is accessible through a Slack integration as part of a closed beta
  • Developed with a technique call constitutional AI
  • The company explains...
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    Death of the narrator? Apple unveils suite of AI-voiced audiobooks | The Guardian (01:14)

  • Apple has quietly launched a catalog of books narrated by artificial intelligence in a move that may mark the beginning of the end for human narrators.
  • The audiobook market has exploded in recent year
  • Sales last year jumped 25%, bringing in more than $1.5bn
  • Insiders believe the global market could be worth more than $35bn by 2030.
  • In recen...
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    Porsche’s synthetic gasoline factory comes online today in Chile | Ars Technica (01:07)

  • A Chilean startup called Highly Innovative Fuels officially opened its first synthetic gasoline production facility.  
  • Result of a collaboration between the automaker Porsche, Siemens Energy, Exxon Mobil, Enel Green Power, the Chilean state energy company ENAP, and Empresas Gasco. 
  • What is synthetic fuel or synfuel?
  • A feedstock is a raw material ...
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    Experimental compound shown to block effects of multiple harmful drugs | New Atlas (01:20)

  • Naloxone is a medication used to reverse or reduce the effects of opioids, which is commonly used to counter decreased breathing in an opioid overdose.
  • A new chemical shows promise for serving a similar role, but it also works on non-opioid drugs.
  • Known as Pillar[6]MaxQ (P6AS)
  • It was developed at the University of Maryland, and it was recently ...
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    What is ChatGPT and why does it matter? | ZDNET (00:57)

  • ChatGPT was created by OpenAI, an AI and research company. 
  • Launched on November 30, 2022. 
  • ChatGPT is a natural language processing tool driven by AI technology that allows you to have human-like conversations and much more with a chatbot.
  • It answers questions and can assist you with tasks
  • Open to the public
  • “ChatGPT is scary good. We are not far from dangerously strong AI,"...
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    Elon Musk says he's confident Neuralink will be ready to put chips into human brains in the next 6 months | Business Insider (00:51)

  • Neuralink hosted an event in California this past Wednesday (Nov. 30th), and Musk expects the wireless brain chip developed by Neuralink to begin human clinical trials in six months.
  • After the event on Twitter stating:
  • “We are now confident that the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so timing is...
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    Researchers are building robots that can build themselves | Tech Crunch (00:52)

  • MIT researchers are working on a project to develop robots that effectively self-assemble.
  • Team admits this technology is “years away”
  • Work so far has shown positive results
  • At the system’s center are voxels, which carry power and data that can be shared between pieces.
  • The pieces form the foundation of the robot by grabbing and attaching additional voxels...
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    "Polytherapeutic" tinnitus treatment app delivers impressive results | New Atlas (00:49)

  • Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or other noises in one or both of your ears. 

  • 5% of people experience tinnitus at some point in their lives

  • A team of researchers at the University of Auckland has found it's new smartphone app treatment is getting strong results

  • This polytherapeutic “combines goal-based counseling with p...

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    First human patients receive transfusions of lab-grown blood cells | New Atlas (01:01) 

  • For the first time ever, human patients have received transfusions of blood cells that were grown from stem cells in a lab

  •  Revolutionize blood transfusions

  • Blood donations are life saving, but the demand outweighs the supply

  • But only 13.6 million units of whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year.

  • Ac...

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    Honda aims for a solid-state-powered EV by the end of the decade | Ars Technica (00:53)

  • Honda is working on what it believes will be the breakthrough that brings solid-state batteries to the market. 

  • Working solo on this technology

  •   Shinji Aoyama, Honda's global leader of electrification, told Ars Technica:

  • “In the springtime of 2024, we will start a pilot line (for manufacturing). Then if we can be successful...

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    The future of solid-state batteries could be 3D-printed | The Verge (01:11)

  • Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere: in your phone, car, camera, and more.

  • One major flaw: safety. 

  • Lithium-ion batteries have a tendency to catch fire, especially when damaged or at high temperatures. 

  • Solid-state batteries replace a flammable liquid electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries with a more stable solid one. 

  • Potential solutions ...

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    Radioactive implant wipes tumors in unprecedented pre-clinical success | New Atlas (00:52)

  • Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, with tumor cells of this type highly evasive and loaded with mutations that make them resistant to many drugs.

  •  3.2 percent of all cancers, yet is the third leading cause of cancer-related death

  • Engineers at Duke University have developed a novel delivery system ...

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    A bionic pancreas could solve one of the biggest challenges of diabetes | MIT Technology Review (01:02)

  • In a recent trial, a bionic pancreas that automatically delivers insulin proved more effective than pumps or injections at lowering blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that causes a person’s level of glucose, or sugar, to become too high because the pancreas ca...

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    Scientists Have Discovered a New Set of Blood Groups | Wired (00:52)

  • After performing an emergency C-section for a pregnant woman, researchers were curious why there were these strange antibodies in the blood.

  • They made a startling discovery: 

  • The woman’s blood was of an ultra rare type, which may have made her baby’s blood incompatible with her own. 

  • Prompting her immune system to produce antibodies against her ba...

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    Google Fiber Revs Up Its Multi-Gig Speeds to 20Gbps in Newest Field Test |  CNET (01:29)

  •  Google Fiber CEO Dinni Jain announced Tuesday via blog post that 20 gigs is coming,

  • The company achieved a 20.2Gbps download speed in a field test in Kansas City

  • Google Fiber currently offers two plan options: 1-gigabit download speeds for $70 per month and a 2-gig plan for $100 monthly. 

  • cheapest 2Gbps plan among major intern...

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    InSight hears meteoroid impacts on Mars | EarthSky (01:15)

  • Since 2018, NASA’s InSight lander has been busy studying the interior of Mars detecting  over 1,300 marsquakes

  • NASA announced on September 19, 2022, that, for the first time, InSight has heard the impacts of four meteoroids as they crashed into the Martian surface.

  • Detected the vibrations from the impacts in 2020 and 2021.

  • The impacts produced small marsquak...

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    SpaceX’s Starlink internet reaches Antarctica, touching all 7 continents  | New Atlas (01:16)

  • Scientists with the United States Antarctic Program at the McMurdo Station are tapping into the space-based internet service, Starlink.

  • Boosting the bandwidth for scientific research at the end of the Earth.

  • Location of the Antarctic Program? You guess it Antartica

  • The researchers have received a Starlink terminal of their...

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