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Samsung to Build first Virtual Production Studio with CJ ENM Leveraging Leading Display Technology

Samsung has announced a new partnership with CJ ENM, to build a virtual production studio to spearhead the production of future video content. Through this partnership, Samsung will supply its state-of-the-art display technology, The Wall, to CJ ENM’s virtual studio, a part of its television and film production studio complex scheduled to open in Paju, Korea later this year. The custom virtual production volume studio will be the first in the world to leverage The Wall’s boundless LED technology. This virtual production studio will use LED displays and connected cameras to create virtual settings in real-time.

Soft Skin Patch Could Provide Early Warning for Strokes, Heart Attacks

Engineers have developed a soft and stretchy ultrasound patch that can be worn on the skin to monitor blood flow through major arteries and veins deep inside a person’s body. The new ultrasound patch can continuously monitor blood flow – as well as blood pressure and heart function – in real time. What’s special about the patch is that it can sense and measure cardiovascular signals as deep as 14 centimeters inside the body in a non-invasive manner. Another innovative feature of the patch is that the ultrasound beam can be tilted at different angles and steered to areas in the body that are not directly underneath the patch.

Science News

Exercise can freshen and renovate the white matter in our brains, potentially improving our ability to think and remember as we age

Exercise can freshen and renovate the white matter in our brains, potentially improving our ability to think and remember as we age. In those who remain sedentary, on the other hand, white matter tends to fray and shrink. In the new scans, the nerve fibers in certain portions of their brains looked larger, and any tissue lesions had shrunk. These desirable alterations were most prevalent among the walkers, who also performed better on memory tests now. The members of the control group, who had not exercised aerobically, showed declining white matter health after the six months, with greater thinning and tattering of their axons and falling cognitive scores.

The surprising toll open-plan offices have on our mental health

New research suggests a significant relationship between open-plan office noise and physiological stress. Even after a short exposure, we found a causal relationship between open-plan office noise and both stress and negative mood. Sensors were used to track changes in heart rate and sweat response and facial emotion recognition software to assess emotional responses. Negative mood increased by 25% and sweat response by 34%. While there was no immediate effect on reduced work performance, it is reasonable to assume such hidden stress over the longer term is detrimental to well-being and productivity.

Business News

Philip Morris wants cigarettes banned in the UK by 2030

Philip Morris International says it will stop selling Marlboro cigarettes in Britain within a decade as it called on the UK government to ban the sale of its tobacco products. The remarks come amid dwindling smoker numbers in the United Kingdom and a broader push by the UK government to reduce the prevalence of smoking. Philip Morris International CEO Jacek Olczak said that the UK government should treat cigarettes like gasoline powered cars, the sale of which is due to be banned from 2030. The company wants to generate more than 50% of net revenue from smoke-free products within four years, up from about a quarter currently.

Mercedes plans to go all-electric by the end of the decade

Germany’s Daimler said that its Mercedes-Benz brand would “be ready to go all electric at the end of the decade, where market conditions allow.” It’s the latest sign of how major automotive firms are gearing up for a future based around electric vehicles. According to Daimler, from 2025 all of Mercedes-Benz’ “newly launched vehicle architectures will be electric-only.” Daimler explained how it planned to launch three pure-electric architectures that year: MB.EA, which will relate to medium and large passenger cars; AMG.EA, which will focus on performance vehicles; and VAN.EA, for light commercial vehicles and vans.

Miscellaneous News

Pollution turns Argentina lake bright pink

A lagoon in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region has turned bright pink in a striking, but frightful phenomenon experts and activists blame on pollution by a chemical used to preserve prawns for export. The colour is caused by sodium sulfite, an anti-bacterial product used in fish factories, whose waste is blamed for contaminating the Chubut river that feeds the Corfo lagoon and other water sources in the region, according to activists. Residents have long complained of foul smells and other environmental issues around the river and lagoon. “Those who should be in control are the ones who authorize the poisoning of people.”

Student, 19, hopes to be youngest woman to fly solo around the world

A 19-year-old student has announced her gap year project: aiming to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. Zara Rutherford will set off from her home city of Brussels next month for the circumnavigation, which is set to take her up to three months. “The greatest challenge will be the remote places like northern Russia or Greenland – there aren’t many people who live there so if anything were to go wrong I would be in a bit of an awkward situation. I’ve got a bit of nerves and excitement, sometimes both.” The spare seat has been removed to accommodate an extra fuel tank and to avoid any questions about another person flying with her.

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