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IMAGE CREDIT — LING ZHANG, PENN STATE/CHENG LAB AND HARBIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

WEARABLES

Printed directly onto the skin, one of the applications of the technology could be to monitor the symptoms of COVID-19

We are already using sensor technology in our daily lives — from smartphones, smartwatches to fitness trackers, which keep track of various health indicators. Over the years, these wearable sensors have become more accurate & efficient, but they have always required some complex circuitry working underneath.

Recent breakthroughs have transformed the bulky devices of yesteryears into flexible patches that stick to people like temporary tattoos. …


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FUTURE OF DIGITAL ASSETS

The top 3 cryptos by market cap have developed use cases, moving them out of the category of speculative assets

Cryptocurrency prices have been on the rise for the past few weeks. …


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Artist’s depiction of the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone identified by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope — Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL — Caltech

SUPERHABITABLE PLANETS

Astronomers have identified two dozen exoplanets that could be more favorable to life than our own planet

As far as our knowledge is concerned, Earth is the most suited planet for life as we know it. But as we continue to become better at exploring the vast expanse of deep space, it is evident that there are other planets out there that might host life, just not in the form that we see it here on Earth. And for that we might not even have to go that far, the recent discovery of phosphine molecules in Venus’ atmosphere, if confirmed, would vouch for that.

Having said that, finding an exoplanet that is as hospitable to human life as our own, would be the greatest find ever. After all, it is one of the most burning questions in the scientific community — Is there an Earth 2.0 out there? A team of astronomers led by Washington State University scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuchnight now have taken the first step in that direction. …


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WEEKLY BUSINESS ROUNDUP

The state of Financial markets & Economies, Weekly Charts, Business Trends & Statistics

U.S markets swayed this week with three major market benchmarks notching modest gains for the week. Dow and S&P 500 posted gains after retail sales rose in September at the fastest pace in three months. The tech index Nasdaq closed lower after the news that big tech companies are under the radar in the U.S senate with the danger of a bill expected to break up these companies.

Overall, this was the third straight week of gains for both the S&P and Dow & the fourth one for the Nasdaq. …


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CANCER RESEARCH

Coupled with nanoparticles, it keeps the drug carriers closed till cancer cells come knocking

All our energies are being currently directed towards controlling the pandemic with a vaccine, hopefully, sometime in the near future. And chances are that we would be able to gain some control over the spread of the contagious virus. Cancer, on the other hand, has been here for decades and now kills more people than any other disease on the planet.

Luckily, we have had some promising research shine through in recent months and years. …


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CYBERCRIME

Apparently, One of the largest botnets online may pose a threat to U.S election integrity by launching ransomware attacks

When it comes down to fighting international cybercrime, the global software giant, Microsoft has always been at the forefront. From dismantling the Waledac botnet in 2010 to earlier this year, when the big tech pinned down Thallium — a nation-state hacker group backed by North Korea. Microsoft took down 50 domains that Thallium was using to conduct its nefarious activities.

Of course, that does not stop every malicious activity on the internet. Constant and vigilant monitoring is required to keep these bad players at bay. Ransomware is one of the most popular forms of cybercrimes via which cybercriminals encrypt users’ data and then demand payment — usually in cryptocurrency — to unlock the data. And the malicious network in question today is a Russian botnet called Trickbot. …


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GLOBAL ECONOMY

4 Charts showing the steep path ahead for the global economy as roadblocks mount

As COVID-19 continues to spread unabated globally, the signs of psychological & economic fatigue are showing up with the continued social restrictions. The euphoria around the economic stimulus provided by the governments after the first wave is waning as many countries battle a bigger second wave. Low & middle-income countries are facing an even more challenging time with their limited fiscal capacity.

A swift recovery to normalcy on health & economic fronts looks increasingly unlikely and an uphill task at best. With over 38 million infected and close to 1.1 million fatalities, stiff challenges lie ahead. …


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MATTER, DARK MATTER & DARK ENERGY

Scientists have now taken a stab at a daunting exercise of estimating the amount of matter in the known Universe

Scientists have been hard at work for many years to decode the mystery behind the forces labeled as ‘dark energy’ and ‘dark matter’ — where the former is estimated to be about 70% of the known universe and the latter makes up for roughly 25%, with only 4–5% of the remaining as the matter that we can actually account for.

While the bigger mystery around the two, not yet understood phenomenon remains, a team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside has taken up the challenging task of calculating the smallest component of the known universe — matter. …


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INNOVATION

The shape-shifting fabric can switch its shape and stiffness on demand

Shape-shifting robots have apparently become quite a thing in futuristic scientific research. Although the field of soft robotics is a novel one, researchers already envision multiple applications of this innovative tech. Last year, I wrote about how NASA plans to use this Shapeshifter concept in Robotics to send one to Titan — one of Saturn’s moons — to maneuver the difficult terrain with agility.

Also in the news, earlier this year was the soft robot developed by Stanford researchers, which can augment the human effort with their efficiency and offer safety coupled with a flexible design.

Now, researchers led by Prof. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio have created a low-weight, flexible & breathable robotic fabric with a small storage footprint. The invention has the ability to go from flat, ordinary fabric to a standing, load-bearing structure. …


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GLOBAL WEALTH

A new report highlights how the ultra-wealthy in the tech and health sector are pulling ahead of the lot

Technology has been the biggest disruptor for the global economy in the last two decades, creating a paradigm shift that we last saw with the industrial era boom, post the second world war. If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend dramatically in reshaping the global economy to a digital realm — prompting decades of changes in a matter of months.

In doing so, billionaire innovators and disruptors, active mostly in tech & healthcare sectors have seen their fortunes grow even quicker than before. Some big numbers first — according to the latest UBS and PwC report, the tech sector and health care billionaires grew at an astonishing rate of 42.5% …

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