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In today's edition:

// Computer-brains

// Black hole evidence

// NY to Paris in 90 minutes

// Contrails

New York to Paris in 90 minutes. Can this startup make it happen? | Forbes

“Earlier this month, a curved aluminum skeleton 40 feet long sat waiting in Hermeus’ cavernous Atlanta factory. It was the prototype of a drone called Quarterhorse. It will never fly. Instead, it’s scheduled for ground-testing starting in September. Hermeus CEO AJ Piplica and his cofounders believe it’s the first step on a long road to an audacious goal: building a plane capable of carrying 20 passengers at hypersonic speed — five times faster than sound, or 3,850 miles per hour.”

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AI could help planes avoid planet-heating contrails — but there’s a ‘huge flaw’, say activists |

“AI is being used to help mitigate the climate impact of contrails - the thin white clouds that planes leave in their wake.


Contrails - or condensation trails - can trap heat in the atmosphere and are responsible for more than a third of aviation’s global warming impact, according to the 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.”

First evidence of a black hole's accretion disk found | Interesting Engineering

“The center of galaxies hosts some of the most chaotic cosmic environments due to the existence of an actively feeding supermassive black hole.


These cosmic behemoths are surrounded by the spinning accretion disks composed of gas and dust. This glowing disk emits excessive energy over the electromagnetic spectrum, from high-energy gamma rays and X-rays to visible light, infrared, and radio waves.


Astronomers have now discovered the clearest evidence of an accretion disk encircling a black hole at the center of galaxy III Zw 002. As per the official release, the findings were made after reviewing data from ‘two rare and peculiar near-infrared emission lines.’”

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New brain-computer interfaces helped two paralyzed individuals speak almost fluently again | Inverse

“This week, two research groups — one at Stanford University and the other at the University of California, San Franciso — published the results of two new brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) each team independently devised. They offer a major upgrade in terms of how fast they translate brain activity into speech, and they even digitally convey facial expressions. Both groups used their BCIs to help two separate individuals — one who couldn’t communicate due to a brainstem stroke and the other who lost communication due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or ALS), a neurodegenerative condition — to speak again.”

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//Quiz: What is the only part of the human body that cannot repair itself?

What is the only part of the human body that cannot repair itself?

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