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Intel and Samsung detail AI-powered fetal ultrasound tools

Intel and Samsung Medison detailed two AI-powered, FDA-cleared ultrasound solutions – BiometryAssist and LaborAssist – that automate fetal health measurements in as little as 85 milliseconds. BiometryAssist and LaborAssist estimate the baby’s head direction and fetal position, suggesting the right mode of delivery and potentially reducing the number of unnecessary cesarean sections. Using machine vision algorithms to analyze ultrasounds, the apps are capable of measuring head angle to within 8 degrees with 95% confidence. Clinicians can play a demo animation for patients based on the measurements to show labor progress.

Microsoft finds underwater datacenters are reliable, practical and use energy sustainably

Marine specialists reeled up a shipping-container-size datacenter launching the final phase of a years-long effort that proved the concept of underwater datacenters is feasible, as well as logistically, environmentally and economically practical. The consistently cool subsurface seas allow for energy-efficient datacenter designs where they can leverage heat-exchange plumbing. They found the servers in the underwater datacenter are eight times more reliable than those on land. By putting datacenters underwater near coastal cities, data would have a short distance to travel, leading to fast and smooth web surfing, video streaming and game playing.

Science News

Neural Cartography

Researchers have demonstrated that a new x-ray microscopy technique could help accelerate efforts to map neural circuits. The team describes how x-ray holographic nano-tomography (XNH) can be used to image relatively large volumes of mouse brain and fruit fly nervous tissue. Combined with AI-driven image analysis, they reconstructed dense neural circuits in 3D, comprehensively cataloging neurons and even tracing individual neurons from muscles to the central nervous system in fruit flies. “This type of knowledge can give us foundational insights into neurological disorders, diseases that affect the structure of the brain and much more.”

Growing gold nanoparticles inside tumors can help kill cancer

Researchers have found a way to grow gold nanoparticles directly inside cancer cells within 30 minutes, which can help with imaging and even be heated up to kill the tumors. The team used polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a delivery vector for ionic gold, which is essentially gold salts dissolved in a liquid. When this is introduced to the cancer, the acidic cellular microenvironment converts the gold from its ionic form into plasmonic gold nanoparticles. The team says this happens in as little as 30 minutes. They grew gold nanoparticles inside tumors of living mice, then hit them with lasers to heat them up, killing the cancer cells.

Business News

PepsiCo to launch drink to aid sleep as consumers struggle with stress

Pepsi employees came up with an idea for a beverage to help consumers de-stress and relax before bed as part of an internal competition started last year. Emily Silver, vice president of innovation and capabilities at Pepsi’s North American beverages unit, said it is the fastest new product to ever come out of the company. Driftwell will be available nationwide on e-commerce sites in December and in grocery stores by the first quarter of 2021. The drink comes in 7.5-ounce mini cans and just one flavor: blackberry lavender. Apparently, it’s the perfect size for hydrating before bedtime without requiring another trip to the bathroom.

NVIDIA to Acquire Arm for $40 Billion, Creating World’s Premier Computing Company for the Age of AI

NVIDIA and SoftBank announced a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Arm Limited from SoftBank in a transaction valued at $40 billion. The combination brings together NVIDIA’s leading AI computing platform with Arm’s vast ecosystem to create the premier computing company for the age of artificial intelligence. SoftBank will remain committed to Arm’s long-term success through its ownership stake in NVIDIA, expected to be under 10 percent. For Arm’s ecosystem, the combination will turbocharge Arm’s R&D capacity and expand its IP portfolio with NVIDIA’s world-leading GPU and AI technology.

Miscellaneous News

Astronomers find possible sign of life on Venus

Traces of a rare molecule known as phosphine have been found in the hellish, heavily acidic atmosphere of Venus. Phosphine molecules found on Earth are primarily a result of human industry or the actions of microbes that thrive in oxygen-free environments. The researchers are not claiming life has been detected on the second planet from the sun. But the observations suggest at least the possibility of microbial activity in the upper layers of Venus’ atmosphere, well away from the planet’s inhospitable surface.

Humpback whales enter crocodile river ‘in Australian first’

The whales were on an annual sea migration when some of them “took a wrong turn”. Whales migrate to warmer waters off Australia during spring to give birth before heading back to Antarctica to feed. Two whales were able to swim out of the river, but at least one remains. It’s the first known instance of a whale being found in crocodile territory so far inland. Given its estimated 16m (52 ft) length, the humpback is considered unlikely to be disturbed by crocodiles. But that risk could escalate if the whale were to become stranded in the shallow waters.

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