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The Futurist is your daily tech, cosmic, and science (both weird or otherwise) newsletter with articles and content curated just for you.

In today's edition:

// Death

// Threads

// mRNA

// Insterstellar

mRNA Trojan Horse tricks cancer into making toxins to kill itself | New Atlas

"Scientists have developed and tested a new potential treatment for cancer that works in a similar way to the COVID‑19 vaccines. The technique involves delivering mRNA molecules to cancer cells and tricking them into producing toxic proteins that kill the tumors."

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What lies beyond: Exploring interstellar space | The Quantum Cat

"Sixty thousand years ago, at a time long before our ancestors settled down and became farmers, our solar system entered the Local Interstellar Cloud. The name is perhaps misleading. Though we call it a "cloud", the concentration of matter within it is tenuous, far weaker than any cloud found on Earth. Yet compared to its surroundings, this cloud is an area of density: a region where dust and gas exist in slightly greater quantities."

From graves to grief: the deathtech startups changing the afterlife | Tech.eu

"Death is inevitable but comes with many tasks and responsibilities at a time when we are clouded by grief. Whether experiencing cyber grief after the unexpected death of an online friend, trying to plan a funeral with an ecological bent, or wanting to have a say in how we are remembered, startups are constantly innovating what happens after we die… Here are a handful of companies worth 'digging' into…"

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Threads — Instagram's answer to Twitter's downfall — is here | Mashable

"If there's one thing we can count on Meta to do, it's copy another app. Following the latest stretch of tweeting confusion, Instagram's Twitter competitor, Threads, has arrived. The new app, which launched [yesterday] for iOS and Android, is basically exactly like your old app, Twitter, but with less Elon Musk and more Mark Zuckerberg. Each post can be up to 500 characters long, in comparison to Twitter's 280 or Twitter Blue's exorbitant 25,000, and each Threads post can include links, photos, and videos up to five minutes long — twice as long as Twitter's two and a half minutes but far shorter than Twitter Blue's two-hour-long ability.

@sciencefunn on Threads

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//Quiz: What does a mitochondria do in a cell?

What does a mitochondria do in a cell?

An easy one for you this Friday.