AI-generated pandemics

Plus: Ganymede
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In today's edition:

// Space embryos

// AI-generated viruses

// Breathing on Mars

// New comet, who dis?

Look up! A newly discovered comet could be visible to the naked eye this week | Inverse

“Nishimura is named after amateur astronomer Hideo Nishimura, who discovered it just last month while taking 30-second exposures of the night sky with a digital camera. Comet Nishimura is a visitor from the Oort Cloud, a distant and frigid region of the Solar System. If Comet Nishimura ever traveled towards the Sun in the past, that would have been hundreds of years ago. But what makes the vibrant comet’s arrival even more special is that there’s always the risk this could be its last.”

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A device on NASA's Perseverance rover generated enough oxygen on Mars for a small dog to breathe for 10 hours. Astronauts could be next | Business Insider

“Creating oxygen from the Martian air is no easy feat. Mars' atmosphere consists of mostly carbon dioxide (95%) and nitrogen (3%). It only has traces of oxygen, meaning it's impossible to breathe on Mars, let alone explore it. That's where the microwave-sized device named the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, aka MOXIE, comes in.”

Startup planning to launch IVF and embryo incubator into space | Neoscope

“The idea is to skip the process of natural conception in space entirely as it's ‘ethically and medically not a good idea,’ as Edelbroek told the broadcaster.


He pointed to research suggesting that conceiving a child in space could be inherently risky. Pregnancy could suffer from everything from the harmful effects of space radiation to potential changes in the structural formation of human embryos in a weightless environment.”

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AI can help generate synthetic viruses and spark pandemics, warns former Google executive | The Independent

“Synthetic viruses could be generated through the misuse of artificial intelligence and potentially spark pandemics, a former Google executive and AI expert has warned.


Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman expressed concern that the use of AI to engineer pathogens to cause more harm may lead to a scenario like a pandemic.”

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//Quiz: Ganymede is a moon of which planet?

Ganymede is a moon of which planet?

And yes, there are plenty to choose from.