A powerful new battery could give us electric planes that don’t pollute

MIT materials science professor Yet-Ming Chiang and his colleagues are developing a new battery specifically designed for an advanced hybrid plane. Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of […]

October 21 GitHub post-incident analysis

Last week, GitHub experienced an incident that resulted in degraded service for 24 hours and 11 minutes. While portions of our platform were not affected by this incident, multiple internal systems were affected which resulted in our displaying of information that was out of date and inconsistent. Ultimately, no user data was lost; however manual […]

Pre-Existing Immunity to CRISPR Found in 96% of People in Study

The immune systems of a large majority of people could already be primed to attack and possibly even disable a key component of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing Today’s paper, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Medicine, suggests those results from January weren’t a fluke. In the latest research, a team of scientists in Germany exposed blood […]

New Theory of Intelligence May Disrupt AI and Neuroscience

Recent advancement in artificial intelligence, namely in deep learning, has borrowed concepts from the human brain. The architecture of most deep learning models is based on layers of processing– an artificial neural network that is inspired by the neurons of the biological brain. Yet neuroscientists do not agree on exactly what intelligence is, and how […]

Why React’s new Hooks API is a game changer

I have been developing with React since it’s early days and during that time there have been many attempts by both influencers, as well as the core team to improve the API and patterns developers are using to creating software. One of the biggest challenges we have had was how to share behaviour neatly between […]

From React Native to Flutter

Reflectly—From React Native toFlutterWhy we moved 500.000+ users toFlutterThe EarlyDaysReflectly was built using React Native in the summer of 2017. At the time React Native was a relatively new and exciting technology. It promised high productivity and cross-platform mobile development with familiar web technologies. Our team had a strong background in web technology and therefore […]

‘Spectacular’ diabetes treatment could end daily insulin injections

A potential medical breakthrough that could put an end to the daily insulin injections endured by people living with diabetes has been unveiled by Dutch scientists. By destroying the mucous membrane in the small intestine and causing a new one to develop, scientists stabilised the blood sugar levels of people with type 2 diabetes. The […]

Researchers discover a novel method to block immunosuppression in cancer

Belgian research groups from the UCLouvain and WELBIO, VIB and Ghent University, and the biotechnology company argenx elucidated the three-dimensional structure of an assembly of proteins operating on cells that dampen immune responses. They also discovered how an antibody can block this assembly and the immunosuppression it induces downstream. Such an antibody could serve to […]

190 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list.

In the past four months alone, 190 universities have announced 600 such free online courses. I’ve compiled a list of them and categorized them according to the following subjects: Computer Science, Mathematics, Programming, Data Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education & Teaching, Health & Medicine, Business, Personal Development, Engineering, Art & Design, and finally Science. Source: […]

Cosmonaut brains show space travel causes lasting changes

A new study of Russian space travelers adds to evidence that life among the stars has many consequences. Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov works on the International Space Station during a five-hour, 11-minute spacewalk. Science & InnovationStarstruckCosmonaut brains show space travel causes lasting changesA new study of Russian space travelers adds to evidence that life among […]