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Immersive Display Creates Panoramic Virtual Screens

A new light-field display now seeks to create such an immersive panoramic virtual screen without goggles. The 13-by-30-inch pilot displays will have a perceived screen 122 inches large, as seen from 55 inches away. “We can replace six 32-inch monitors with the size of one.” The displays will each provide an immersive 101-degree field of view, with a 4K to 8K resolution and high frame rate. Where conventional displays direct flat images at viewers, its light-field display creates a window-like 3-D scene by recreating the field of light rays that might travel from every point and in every direction within a 3-D space.

Samsung’s next phones will come with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass Victus

The new glass, called Gorilla Glass Victus, survives drops up to 2 meters (6.56 feet) onto hard, rough surfaces. Gorilla Glass Victus is up to two-times more scratch-resistant than its predecessor and up to four-times more resistant than competing aluminosilicate glasses. The new glass prevents the deep scratches found on phones but not the micro-abrasions that seem to appear almost as soon as a user takes a new phone out of its box. “Now with people keeping their phones longer — the average time people keep their phones is approaching 30 months, up from 24 months — they’re seeing more scratches because the phones aren’t breaking.”

Science News

Genetic variant may explain why some women don’t need pain relief during childbirth

Compared to a control group of women that were given pain relief, the test group showed higher pain thresholds for heat, cold and mechanical pressure, consistent with them not requesting pain relief during childbirth. Genetic code of both groups found that those in the test group had a higher-than-expected prevalence of a rare variant of the gene KCNG4. It’s estimated that one approximately 1 in 100 women carry this variant. “This defect acts like a natural epidural. It means it takes a much greater signal – in other words, stronger contractions during labour – to switch it on. This makes it less likely that pain signals can reach the brain.”

Researchers ID new target in drive to improve immunotherapy for cancer

Researchers have identified a potential new combination therapy to treat advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the most common type of head and neck cancer. A study in mice found that using an anti-PD1 immunotherapy drug in combination with PTC209, an inhibitor that targets the protein BMI1, successfully stopped the growth and spread of the cancer, prevented reoccurrences and eliminated cancer stem cells. This is the first preclinical study to provide evidence that targeting BMI1 proteins enhances immunotherapy and eliminates cancer stem cells by activating antitumor immunity.

Business News

‘Virtually the entire apparel industry’ — from Gap to H&M to Adidas — are profiting from forced Uighur labor, activists say

Dozens of major global brands are accused of complicity in the mass repression of China’s Uighur Muslim minority by sourcing their supplies of cotton products from factories exploiting the people’s forced labor. Roughly one in five cotton garments sold around the world contain cotton or yarn from Xinjiang, the heartland of the majority-Muslim Uighur people, a coalition of more than 180 rights group said in a letter. The activists named 38 companies which they say have products connected to forced Uighur or Turkic Muslim labor including; Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Amazon, Calvin Klein, Gap, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, and Zara.

Amazon adds car insurance to its absurd list of services

In India, the company is now offering auto insurance through Amazon Pay and the private firm Acko General Insurance. Prime members will get extra benefits, including exclusive discounts. Amazon says customers will be able to purchase insurance in less than two minutes and with no paperwork. It’s offering other incentives like paperwork-free claims, one-hour pick-up and three-day claim servicing. Everything can be paid for through Amazon Pay, and policy documents will be sent to the Your Orders page. The exclusive discounts for Prime members is another way for Amazon to make the yearly subscription more appealing.

Miscellaneous News

Plastic waste entering oceans expected to triple in 20 years

Plastic waste flowing into the oceans is expected to nearly triple in volume in the next 20 years, while efforts to stem the tide have so far made barely a dent in the tsunami of waste, research shows. If current trends continue, the amount of plastic waste polluting the oceans will grow to 29m tonnes a year by 2040, the equivalent of 50kg for every metre of coastline in the world. All the efforts made and announced so far to cut plastic waste, by governments and companies, will reduce that projected volume by only about 7% by 2040.

China accused of using football stadium-style lighting to plunder fisheries

Hundreds of ships from China’s distant-water fishing fleet have hoovered up more than 160,000 tonnes of Pacific flying squid, worth more than $560 million, potentially in breach of UN sanctions. The report alleges the industrial-level fishing is either illegal or in breach of UN sanctions. Chinese fishing trawlers used lights that generate up to 1000 lux, the equivalent of lighting an entire football stadium to attract thousands of tonnes of squid in key parts of the shared waters between the North Korea, Japan and Russia.

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