NASA starts assembling the spacecraft that will save Earth from an asteroid strike

NASA starts assembling the spacecraft that will save Earth from an asteroid strike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Somewhere out there there’s an asteroid withEarth’s name on it, and NASA’s new spacecraft will be the one to try to deflect it.   Within near-Earth space there are a crazy 18,000 asteroids whose orbit occasionally brings them close to Earth. Over the course of millions of...

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Hundreds of US banks just adopted an automated cyber defense framework

Hundreds of US banks just adopted an automated cyber defense framework

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the volume and severity of cyber attacks increases, and as AI powered cyber attacks emerge, this is the first major step towards large institutions automating their cyber defense.   Experts in the cyber security field are all too aware that we are rapidly approaching...

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DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style

DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You think that it’s inevitable that the machines will come for your job, but as we get closer to being able to upload knowledge to our brains “Matrix” style, the tables could be about to turn.   Being a spy, or a solider for that...

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Brazil releases billions of genetically modified Mosquitos to combat Zika

Brazil releases billions of genetically modified Mosquitos to combat Zika

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There will always be questions about the viability and impact of releasing genetically modified organisms into our environment but with billions of mosquitos being released it might already be a moot point   Every Saturday morning, Maria do Carmo Tunussi goes door to door asking...

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World first as a brain chip implant helps paralyzed man feel again

World first as a brain chip implant helps paralyzed man feel again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In a world first scientists have helped a paralyzed man experience the sense of touch in his mind-controlled robotic arm.   The cutting edge experiment, a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, implanted electrodes smaller than a grain of...

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New medical breakthrough restarts hearts with light

New medical breakthrough restarts hearts with light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have jump started hearts with light paving the way to get rid of electrical defibrillators for good.   Current treatments for arrhythmia, a dangerous irregular heartbeat, involve administering an intense burst of electricity from a defibrillator in times of cardiac arrest, but these pulses...

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