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Technology News

Jio Glass – Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani announce Reliance’s latest product which offers holographic video calls

The new mixed reality headset Jio Glass will make way for a smooth online video collaboration. With the latest product, companies can conduct holographic video calls with 3D figures of themselves and also share presentations at the same time. The Jio Glass weighs only 75g, offers best in class, immersive mixed reality services. Being connected through a single cable, the product already has 25 in built apps that will allow augmented reality video meetings and more. “Jio Glass is making teachers and #students come together in 3D virtual rooms and conduct holographic classes through our Jio Mixed Reality cloud in real-time.”

Google launches hieroglyphics translator powered by AI

Google has launched a hieroglyphics translator that uses machine learning to decode the ancient Egyptian language. It also allows users to translate their own words and emojis into shareable hieroglyphs. Google says Fabricius is the first such tool to be trained via machine learning “to make sense of what a hieroglyph is”. In theory, it should improve over time as more people use it. A desktop version of Fabricius is also being offered to professional Egyptologists, anthropologists and historians, to support their research. Researchers can also annotate and retouch faded symbols in Workbench, which Google hopes will lead to new historical findings.

Science News

“Love Hormone” Oxytocin Could Be Used to Treat Cognitive Disorders Like Alzheimer’s

A recent study shows that oxytocin―the hormone that we commonly know to induce feelings of love and well-being―can also effectively reverse some of the damage caused by amyloid plaques in the learning and memory center of the brain. The team first perfused slices of the mouse hippocampus with a protein called amyloid (Aβ) to confirm that Aβ causes the signaling abilities of neurons in the slices to decline or―in other words―impairs their synaptic plasticity. Upon additional perfusion with oxytocin, however, the signaling abilities increased, suggesting that oxytocin can reverse the impairment of synaptic plasticity that Aβ causes.

Why Are Memories Attached to Emotions So Strong?

Researchers placed mice into frightening environments and recorded the activity of hippocampal neurons that reach the amygdala. The neurons’ activity was also recorded a day later when the mice tried to retrieve memories of the experience. Neurons that respond to the frightening environment sent that information to the brain’s fear center. “What was surprising was that these neurons were synchronized when the mouse later recalled the memory. We saw that it’s the synchrony that is critical to establish the fear memory, and the greater the synchrony, the stronger the memory. These are the types of mechanisms that explain why you remember salient events.”

Business News

Beyond Meat to sell plant-based patties Brazil, world’s No. 3 beef consumer

Beyond Meat said it will sell plant-based burgers and sausages at a Brazilian high-end supermarket chain, entering the country about two weeks after launching in mainland China’s retail market through Alibaba Group’s Freshippo markets. Beyond Meat products will be in 19 upscale St Marché stores in Sao Paulo, the richest city in Brazil. Brazil is the world’s No. 3 consumer of beef after the United States and the European Union. The partnership comes as plant-based meat makers seek to tap in to the potentially lucrative international markets where plant-based meat buzz is spreading quickly.

The owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger is closing more than 160 stores and cutting 450 jobs in North America

PVH Corp, which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, announced that it is closing all of its 162 Heritage Brands stores in North America and cutting 450 jobs across the company. In a statement, the company president Stefan Larsson said that the COVID-19 crisis is “dramatically reshaping” retail and that job cuts and store closings were important for the “long-term health” of the company. The Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein owner said the layoffs, affecting 12% of its office workforce, would save about $80 million annually. The company joins a growing group of retailers to have announced permanent store closings and job cuts over the past few weeks.

Miscellaneous News

Ecuador teen teaches class under a tree for kids without internet

An Ecuadorean teenager has set up an improvised school under a tree in a poor neighbourhood of northern Guayaquil for some 40 students who haven’t been able to study during the coronavirus lockdown for lack of internet access. Denisse Toala, 16, meets with kids and uses her cellphone to check school websites to see what homework has been assigned, which they would be unable to do on their own. “COVID-19 has caused difficulties on the economic front, but especially in education,” said Toala, who is her final years of high school. “They deserve an education.”

Fertility rate: ‘Jaw-dropping’ global crash in children being born

The world is ill-prepared for the global crash in children being born which is set to have a “jaw-dropping” impact on societies, say researchers. Falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century. And 23 nations – including Spain and Japan – are expected to see their populations halve by 2100. Countries will also age dramatically, with as many people turning 80 as there are being born. Researchers expect the number of people on the planet to peak at 9.7 billion around 2064, before falling down to 8.8 billion by the end of the century.

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