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🐒 Monkeys achieve 2-year lifespan with modified pig kidneys
📜 AI successfully deciphers burnt Herculaneum scrolls
🧠 AI could help brain surgeons diagnose tumors in real time
🏎️ Ferrari to accept crypto payments in the US
🍿 Netflix to open physical stores by 2025

🐒 Monkeys achieve 2-year lifespan with modified pig kidneysLINK

  • Researchers have successfully transplanted genetically modified pig kidneys into monkeys, with some functioning for up to two years.
  • The transplantation of pig organs into humans, or xenotransplantation, could potentially address the shortage of organ donations, given the compatibility of pig and human biology.
  • This successful proof-of-concept test opens the door for future clinical trials and brings us closer to applying xenotransplantation in human healthcare.
  • 📜 AI successfully deciphers burnt Herculaneum scrollsLINK

  • A 21-year-old student has utilized AI to decrypt ancient Greek letters from a sealed scroll, potentially paving the way for comprehension of countless more scrolls preserved by Mount Vesuvius' 79 AD eruption.
  • Luke Farritor, the student, developed a machine learning algorithm capable of discerning delicate texture variations between inked and empty portions of the papyrus, successfully identifying over 10 Greek characters.
  • The discovery could unlock unknown ancient works, as most Herculaneum scrolls relate to Epicurean philosophy, representing a major advance in the study of ancient texts with AI.
  • 🧠 AI could help brain surgeons diagnose tumors in real timeLINK

  • A new study introduces Sturgeon, a neural network AI model, that uses nanopore sequencing to quickly diagnose central nervous system tumors within 40 minutes in 90% of the cases.
  • The breakthrough targets tumor subtypes, providing surgeons with real-time knowledge of tumor diagnosis, essential for making informed decisions regarding treatment and possible procedures during surgery.
  • Despite the effectiveness, the use of AI tools such as Sturgeon does not eliminate the complexity or risk associated with such surgeries, but it provides valuable information that could potentially enhance safety in the future.
  • 🏎️ Ferrari to accept crypto payments in the USLINK

  • Ferrari has begun accepting cryptocurrency for its luxury sports cars in the U.S., with plans to extend this payment option to Europe due to customer demand.
  • The luxury car manufacturer is partnering with BitPay, a prominent cryptocurrency payment processor, allowing transactions in bitcoin, ether, and USDC with no additional fees or surcharges.
  • Despite the volatile nature of cryptocurrencies, Ferrari's arrangement with BitPay protects dealers from price swings by immediately converting cryptocurrency payments into traditional currency.
  • 🍿 Netflix to open physical stores by 2025LINK

  • Netflix is launching a new division called "Netflix House" to offer food and themed experiences around their popular shows, acting as mini theme parks to connect with customers.
  • The exact locations are yet to be confirmed but are expected to open in major cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco from 2025, with international locations opening later.
  • The initiative is part of Netflix's strategy to expand revenue streams beyond its established streaming products, in response to complaints about increasing subscription prices and ongoing issues like industry strikes.
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