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The Obtain: the dream of cryonics, and enhanced rats


That is right now’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a each day dose of what’s happening on this planet of expertise.

Why the sci-fi dream of cryonics by no means died

When Aaron Drake flew from Arizona to the Yinfeng Organic Group in China in 2016, he was touring there to information China’s first forays into cryonics, or freezing corpses for reanimation.

Drake had spent the earlier seven years because the medical response director of the Alcor Life Extension Basis, a small nonprofit that had managed to grow to be the longtime chief in cryonics, freezing the our bodies and brains of its members, with the concept of in the future bringing them again to life, since 1976.

The muse, and cryonics typically, had lengthy survived outdoors of mainstream acceptance. But it surely’s the latest involvement of Yinfeng that indicators one thing of a brand new period for cryonics.

With spectacular monetary assets, authorities help, and scientific employees, it’s certainly one of a handful of latest labs targeted on increasing the patron attraction of cryonics and making an attempt anew to convey credibility to the long-disputed principle of human reanimation. Nonetheless, the sphere stays rooted in religion reasonably than any actual proof that it really works. Learn the total story.

—Laurie Clarke

This piece is from our forthcoming mortality-themed situation, obtainable from 26 October. If you wish to learn it when it comes out, you may subscribe to MIT Know-how Evaluate for as little as $80 a yr.

Are rats with human mind cells nonetheless simply rats?

This week, my colleague Jessica Hamzelou wrote about an interesting experiment that concerned implanting human mind cells into rats’ brains. The mind cells from each species had been in a position to kind connections and work collectively. The human cells turned a part of the rats’ brains.

A number of months after they’d been implanted, the human cells made up round a sixth of the rats’ brains and appeared to have a task in controlling the animals’ habits. Which invitations the tough query: Are these animals nonetheless 100% rat? Learn the total story.

Jessica’s story is from The Checkup, her weekly publication exploring all issues biotech and well being. Enroll to obtain it in your inbox each Thursday.

ClimateTech 2022

This week MIT Know-how Evaluate held its inaugural ClimateTech convention on expertise options for local weather change—a giant thanks to everybody who attended in-person or on-line! 

In case you missed it, you may meet up with all the most important information and bulletins by way of our dwell weblog protecting day one and day two of the convention.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you right now’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.1 China is getting ready for its historic Communist get together congress 
A 3rd time period for president Xi Jinping is a near-certainty. (Economist $)
+ The congress is a chance for Xi to reassert his management. (FT $)
+ All 2,3000 senior get together members will attend the assembly. (The Guardian)
+ Douying, Tiktok’s Chinese language sister app, is silencing Cantonese audio system. (Remainder of World)

2 Not everybody in California can afford electrical autos
They’re costly, and the state’s push in direction of EVs dangers overlooking decrease earners. (The Guardian)
+ Even the US secretary of transportation acknowledges the obstacles. (Recode)
+ The US solely has 6,000 quick charging stations for EVs. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

3 Turkey has handed a flawed “disinformation invoice” forward of its elections
Which, handily sufficient, restricts criticisms of its President Erdoğan. (FT $) 
+ The European Parliament has accused Large Tech of secretive lobbying. (Bloomberg $)

4 Meals is getting costlier 🥪
Provide points and better fuel costs are simply a number of the explanation why. (Vox)
+ The rising value of meals has contributed to these sky-high inflation figures. (New Yorker $)

5 An AI is planning to run for election in Denmark
The Artificial Occasion, which is led by an AI, claims to signify the values of “non-voting Danes.” (Motherboard)

6 Players are the right goal for cybercriminals
Youthful gamers are notably susceptible to fraudsters’ advances. (NYT $)

7 Advertisements on Netflix are arriving subsequent month
The corporate desperately needs to draw new clients, following months of customers canceling their subscriptions. (WSJ $)

8 Intense warmth remedy isn’t only for elite athletes ☀
Fastidiously managed publicity to warmth might stop cardiovascular and metabolic ailments, too. (Neo.Life)

9 Your restaurant server hates your menu hacks 
And apps are making it simpler than ever to order elaborate concoctions anonymously. (Eater)

10 There aren’t legs within the metaverse in any case 🦵
Arduous to consider, I do know, however Meta misled us. (Kotaku)
+ Meta is desperately making an attempt to make the metaverse occur. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

Quote of the day

“There’ll usually be one or two individuals operating round like loopy, or doing one thing like creating a large cartoon of a cat.”

—Antti Innanen, chief govt of Dot, a Finnish authorized design consultancy, explains the pitfalls of making an attempt to carry individuals’s consideration whereas giving seminars within the metaverse to the Monetary Instances.

We will nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre instances. (Received any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

+ Hey, that’s not how the subsequent line of the tune goes!
+ The one and solely Patti Smith is releasing a ebook subsequent month—and it’s impressed by, err, Instagram.
+ This sunlit waterfall is straight out of Home of the Dragon.
+ In case you ever end up in London, it’s solely proper you bask in a little bit of pub grub.
+ We are likely to gravitate in direction of the acquainted when one thing’s coming to an finish, and that’s okay.



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