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Elon Musk Unveils Neuralink's Plans For Brain-Reading 'Threads' and a Robot To Insert Them

Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, held a press conference today where it unveiled some of the technology it's been developing to the public for the first time. The first big advance is flexible "threads," which are less likely to damage the brain than the materials currently used in brain-machine interfaces and… Read More »

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 12:00 am

US Heat Waves To Skyrocket As Globe Warms, Study Suggests

An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: As the globe warms in the years ahead, days with extreme heat are forecasted to skyrocket across hundreds of U.S. cities, a new study suggests, perhaps even breaking the "heat index." By 2050, hundreds of U.S. cities could see an entire month each year with heat index temperatures above 100… Read More »

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 10:30 pm

Scientists Close In On Blood Test For Alzheimer's

Pgmrdlm shares a report from CBS News: Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal -- a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. On Monday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, half a dozen research groups gave new results on various experimental tests, including one… Read More »

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 9:03 pm

Nokia 2.2 Brings Back the Removable Battery

HMD is bringing the latest version of the Nokia 2, called the "Nokia 2.2," to the U.S. For $139, it features a notched camera design, a plastic body, and a removable battery. Ars Technica reports: HMD is delivering a good package for the price, with a fairly modern design, the latest version of Android, and a killer update package with two years… Read More »

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 8:25 pm

CES 2020 Will Allow Sex Toys But Crack Down On 'Sexually Revealing' Clothing

The Consumer Electronics Show will allow sex toys to win awards and be presented on the show floor next year under the show's health and wellness section. "The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the show, says they're being included on a 'one-year trial basis,' meant to assess how they fit into the category," reports The Verge. The group… Read More »

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 7:45 pm

Apple Plans To Bankroll Original Podcasts To Fend Off Rivals

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple plans to fund original podcasts that would be exclusive to its audio service, according to people familiar with the matter, increasing its investment in the industry to keep competitors Spotify and Stitcher at bay. Executives at the company have reached out to media companies and their… Read More »

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 7:03 pm