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Headlines Amazon Launches $5-a-Month Prescription Drug Plan in Further Healthcare Push | WSJ (01:01) New spray fights infections and antibiotic resistance | MedicalXPress (08:27) Spraying drugs up the nose may help heal the brain after a stroke | New Scientist (18:47) Toroidal propellers: A noise-killing game changer in air and water | New Atlas (2…
 
Headlines: Google Research and DeepMind develop AI medical chatbot | Digital Health (01:25) MIT researchers develop an AI model that can detect future lung cancer risk | MIT news (09:22) Major breakthrough as scientists produce first-ever rheumatoid arthritis gene therapy | Brighter Side News (18:54) New Nanoparticles Deliver Therapy Brain-Wide and…
 
Notes: 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 …
 
Notes: 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…
 
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, an…
 
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 Pi…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
"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 …
 
Show Notes: 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 unit…
 
Show Notes: 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 …
 
Show Notes: 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…
 
Show Notes 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-re…
 
Show Notes: 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 cause…
 
Show Notes: 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 …
 
Show Notes: 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 mo…
 
Show Notes: 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 v…
 
Show Notes: 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? Yo…
 
Shows Notes: Neck-worn "bandage" sensors could better warn of concussions | New Atlas (01:09) One of the dangerous things about sports-related concussions is the fact that athletes may not realize they have one. A new sensor could let them (or their coaches) know. It would go on their neck, not their head. Helmet-integrated sensors, which have been…
 
Show Notes: Researchers discover new way fat cells talk directly with the brain | New Atlas (01:36) Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered a novel communication pathway between fat cells and the brain. Brain doesn’t regulate fat burning by just slowly responding to hormonal signals in the blood. (traditional view) But can dir…
 
Former AICN writer Alan Cerny, aka Nordling, talks with Joe Scott about his experiences with The Rise and Fall of Harry Knowles, and shares what he liked and didn't like about the show. Alan also speaks to why he chose NOT to listen to the interview with Harry Knowles. READ ALAN'S REVIEWS: https://www.vitalthrills.com/author/alanc/ LISTEN TO ALAN'S…
 
Show Notes: Eye tests can screen children for autism | Brighter Side News (01:11) According to a study from Washington State University researchers, measuring how the eyes’ pupils change in response to light could potentially be used to screen for autism in young children. Known as the pupillary light reflex Adjustments via the muscles connected to…
 
Show Notes: Elon Musk's 'AI-Powered Tesla Bots' Will Replace 'Boring' Household Activities by 2022! | Tech Times (01:14) Information was recently reported on the AI robots being developed by Tesla giving us a clearer picture of what life will be like on Earth in the following decades. The Tesla Bot, about 172 cm tall (5’ 7”), seeks to gradually fre…
 
Executive producer Kristina Bell returns to talk with Joe about reactions to the interview with Harry Knowles, updates within the world of AICN, and wrapping the first season of their show. Plus a deleted 'wedding scene' from Episode Seven. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downlowdpod/support…
 
Show Notes: Startup's new stunning kite can pull energy from the sky | Interesting Engineering (01:07) Several kite power companies are attempting to pull energy out of the sky, and they are succeeding. Kitekraft, a Munich-based company developing a kite power system is one of those companies working on this technology Their co-CEO and chief techno…
 
Show Notes: Groundbreaking heart disease treatment uses ultrasound-assisted lasers | Brighter Side News (01:21) Atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque, can lead to heart disease, artery disease, and chronic kidney disease and is traditionally treated by inserting and inflating a balloon to expand the artery. Rohit Singh, of the University of Kansas, …
 
After the conclusion of The Rise and Fall of Harry Knowles and Ain't It Cool News, we are sharing excerpts from a 2021 conversation with Harry Knowles. During this talk, we try to find out what - if anything - the once pioneering webmaster learned from The Rise and Fall of Harry Knowles and Ain't It Cool News. --- Support this podcast: https://anch…
 
News: Bedside AI warning system for sepsis reduces mortality by nearly 20% | New Atlas (01:23) Infections can trigger all kinds of reactions in the human body, and one of the most extreme is sepsis. Occurs as a result of an infection that triggers a severe immune response in the body. Begins with widespread inflammation and can end in blood clots, …
 
News: Serum from hibernating black bears boosts muscle mass in human cells | New Atlas (01:16) The incredible ability of bears to hibernate for months at a time has inspired some interesting lines of research around how their secrets might benefit human health, and among them is a focus on muscle wasting. First let’s talk about bear hibernation: Th…
 
News: New prehistoric human unknown to science discovered in Israel | The Jerusalem Post (01:20) A new type of early human previously not known to scientists has been discovered in Israel, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University researchers announced Thursday, July 14th. They believe this new “Homo” species intermarried with Homo sapiens and was …
 
The emotional conclusion of "The Rise and Fall of Harry Knowles and Ain't It Cool News." Even after Harry Knowles destroys his website twice, there are lingering influences from AICN that few could have expected. Written, narrated, and edited by Joe Scott. Executive produced by Kristina Bell With production and sound engineering by Eddie Garcia Pro…
 
News: This new neural sleeve helps people overcome mobility challenges | ZDNet (01:08) A new mobility sleeve under development and out of stealth promises a compelling solution for those suffering a variety of mobility issues. Monitor and stimulate the neuromuscular system Lightweight next-gen mobility devices The technology was invented by Jeremia…
 
News: Cabless autonomous electric truck approved for US public roads | New Atlas (01:35) Freight technology company Einride first introduced its cabless autonomous electric T-pod truck back in 2017. Couple years later in 2020, it started rolling along Swedish Roads Now the company has been given the green light for operation on public roads in the …
 
NEWS: Sugar-studded protein is key to an Alzheimer's cure | The Brighter Side (01:38) In a bit of “reverse engineering” research using brain tissues from five people who died with Alzheimer’s disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they discovered that a special sugar molecule could play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.…
 
Part I (0:00) - In September of 2017, a perfect storm of controversies threaten to destroy the Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest, and Ain't It Cool News. Part II (50:07) - The bravery of the women who stepped forward to speak out against Harry Knowles helped one woman to gain new context for events that transpired in 2004. Plus an examination of the…
 
SHOW NOTES 01:50 The first perovskite solar cell with a commercially viable lifetime is here | Interesting Engineering A team of researchers from Princeton University has built the first perovskite solar cells that last long enough to be commercially viable. Silicon-based cells, which many regard as an expensive and suboptimal component, have domin…
 
News: Researchers run a gas turbine on pure hydrogen in world first | New Atlas (01:51) Gas turbines are found in aircraft, trains, ships, generators, pumps, compressors and all sorts of other places. 90% currently run on natural gas, which produces carbon dioxide when you burn it In the race to zero emissions by 2050, several organizations, includ…
 
Through his website’s only technological innovation, Harry Knowles exploits a secret that will eventually transform future social media platforms into billion dollar companies. And Drew McWeeny 'fixes' one last major film production before leaving AICN for good. Written, narrated, and edited by Joe Scott. Executive produced by Kristina Bell with so…
 
Scientists just broke the record for the highest efficiency solar cell | Interesting Engineering (01:46) A team of researchers at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created a solar cell with a record efficiency of 39.5 percent. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using standard …
 
Get ready to take your shots! Downlow.d will launch the beginning of the final trilogy of episodes in The Rise and Fall of Harry Knowles and Ain't It Cool News starting Thursday, June 9th! Here's a preview of Episode Seven. See you next week! Click here to visit our website: https://www.downlowdpod.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/d…
 
UPDATE: The narrative episodes of Downlow.d will return on June 2, 2022. On this special bonus interview of Downlow.d, we talk with alleged criminal and ex-con Outlaw Vern about his film criticism that he wrote for AICN as well as his life of crime (or lack thereof). We also discuss Vern’s fantastic book “Seagology: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films…
 
Brilliant Planet plans cheap, gigaton-scale carbon capture using algae | New Atlas (01:08) Direct air carbon capture is currently far too costly – but this London company, Brilliant Planet, says it can do it at enormous scale for a tenth the price, using engineered algal blooms in ponds located near desert coastlines Goals to de-acidify the ocean a…
 
Starlink's new Portability feature brings internet to vanlifers - The Verge (01:02) Starlink’s internet-from-SpaceX service has gone mobile with a new Portability feature. It costs an additional $25 each month, on top of monthly subscriptions that already start at $110 after a one-time hit of $599 to purchase the Starlink kit. Starlink subscribers …
 
What was it like to be on set for Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and witness the fights between the legendary film critics that didn't make it to the airwaves? In this special archive interview, Joe Scott shares the full conversation he had with TV director Don Dupree, who made more than 200 episodes of Siskel & Ebert. Topics include getting Harry Kno…
 
News From seawater to drinking water, with the push of a button | TechXPlore (01:04) MIT researchers have developed a portable desalination unit, weighing less than 10 kilograms, that can remove particles and salts to generate drinking water. Suitcase-sized device Requires less power to operate than a cell phone charger Can be powered by a small, p…
 
News: US Navy wirelessly beamed 1.6kW of power using microwaves | Interesting Engineering (01:22) New miniature heart could help speed heart disease cures | MedicalXPress (10:08) Ultra-light liquid hydrogen tanks promise to make jet fuel obsolete | New Atlas (16:20) Old skins cells reprogrammed to regain youthful function | Science Daily (23:15) Te…
 
NOTE: Consider donating $2 (or more) to our Comics For Kids community fundraiser. Click here to help! Film critic and journalist David Poland has a lot of WAR STORIES. But that’s what happens when you’ve worked in his industry for as many years and in as many outlets as he has. We talk about ‘throwing Jeffrey Wells out of a moving car,’ old argumen…
 
News Reversing hearing loss with regenerative therapy | MIT News (01:28) Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing. The biotechnology company Frequency Therapeutics is seeking to reverse hearing loss — not with hearing aids or implants, but with a new kind of regenerative therapy. Using small m…
 
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