Oyster Insomnia

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In today's edition:

// Crypto heist

// Keeping oysters up

// Embryo model

// Lunar landing

Scientists grow whole model of human embryo, without sperm or egg | BBC

“Scientists have grown an entity that closely resembles an early human embryo, without using sperm, eggs or a womb. The Weizmann Institute team say their ‘embryo model’, made using stem cells, looks like a textbook example of a real 14-day-old embryo. It even released hormones that turned a pregnancy test positive in the lab. The ambition for embryo models is to provide an ethical way of understanding the earliest moments of our lives.”

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Light Pollution Is Causing Oyster Insomnia | Hakai Magazine

“In several quiet rooms in a marine lab in southwest France, dozens of Pacific oysters sit in large glass tanks, quietly living their oyster lives. Each morning, the lights come up slowly, carefully mimicking the rising sun, but at night the rooms never fully darken. The dim glow simulates the light pollution that increasingly plagues many marine species — even in natural habitats.


Damien Tran, a marine scientist at the Paris-based French National Centre for Scientific Research, and one of the study’s authors, was surprised that even the lowest level of nighttime light that they tested — ‘below the intensity of the full moon,’ he says — was enough to throw off the oysters’ circadian rhythm.”

Last year’s LastPass security breach was linked to $35 million in crypto heists | BGR

“Remember the massive LastPass security breach that LassPass detailed on the Thursday before Christmas? The one where hackers were able to steal a backup containing customer vault data that included both encrypted and unencrypted data? At the time, LastPass tried to assure customers that their data was safe and that it might take attackers a million years to get into user accounts.


About a year after the original LastPass attack started, security experts have now linked crypto thefts targeting more than 150 people to the LastPass breach. And the hackers managed to steal over $35 million worth of crypto after apparently getting access to LastPass vaults.”

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Moon Sniper: Japan aims anew at a lunar landing | DW

“For decades, the United States and Soviet Russia were the only countries that had landed on the moon. Then came China and India. Now, Japan is trying for the second time in 2023. A mere four months after Japan's first attempt to land on the moon ended in failure in April — it's tough to land on the moon — the country's hopes were set on a second attempt. Moon Sniper is the nickname for a small and light spacecraft that was designed as a ‘pinpoint’ lander called SLIM. SLIM stands for Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, and scientists call it the sniper because of its precision. Japanese officials say the idea is to go from an era of ‘landing where we can’ to ‘landing where we want’ on a celestial body with gravity, such as the moon.”

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