CELLINK and Prellis Biologics Inc. sign partnership to commercialize high-resolution holographic bioprinting technology for micro-printingThe partners will utilize their IP, expertise, and know-how to offer the first system enabling ultra-high resolution bioprinting of microstructures such as vascular networks or capillaries.The technology is an important complement to CELLINK's extrusion based bioprinting platform, enabling combined prints from the two printing technologies for anatomically relevant results.Prellis Biologics has developed a proprietary ultra-fast, multi-photon laser-based bioprinting technology.Live-cell imaging methods inspired the creation of a tissue printing system designed to replicate real human tissue structures, at never-before seen resolutions.Resolutions that match the microvascular structures of human tissues and extracellular matrix have yet to be seen with any other bioprinting technology.
Researchers from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP), in collaboration with the IATA, have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in plants.The results of this research, that could impact the agri-food and pharmaceutical sectors, have been published this week in the Plant Biotechnology Journal.Disease-causing fungi that infect plants, animals and humans pose a serious threat to human and animal health, food security and ecosystem resilience.Furthermore, fungal infections can have fatal consequences for at-risk immunocompromised patients with HIV/AIDS and organ transplantation, among others.In addition, fungi are a challenge to food security because they destroy major crops globally and contaminate food and feed with mycotoxins that are detrimental to animal and human health.Maria Coca, researcher at CRAG and one of the senior authors of the study, explains that "only a few classes of antifungal agents are available today, and even these are not fully effective due to the development of resistance, host toxicity, and undesirable side effects.
Apple’s iPhone has been hit with a preliminary injunction in China, after Qualcomm’s legal battle with the smartphone-maker reached new heights this week.It says it affects the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X: in short, all the iPhones from the past few years, up until 2017’s launches.That’s because the two patents upheld as infringed upon by the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China are not violated by iOS 12, its most recent version, according to the Cupertino firm.Those patents detail ways to edit photos, including ways “to adjust and reformat the size and appearance” according to Qualcomm, along with ways “to manage applications using a touch screen when viewing, navigating and dismissing applications on their phones.”As Qualcomm frames it, the two patents in question were upheld by the Chinese patent authority, SIPO.Apple, however, counters that Qualcomm tried to assert “three patents they had never raised before, including one which has already been invalidated.” It says it will continue to pursue its legal options.
An EV network enthusiast has put out the idea that hybrid vehicles should be barred from using the public electric car charging network, as the halfway house cars often charge at vastly slower rates than their pure EV rivals and, oh yes, they have entire extra engines in them too so perhaps their need for a top-up isn't as great.Looking at what might happen in the future when there's more than one EV bravely trying to use the abandoned-looking fast charger in the Aldi car park, electric infrastructure network expert Harold Dermott says it's all about getting cars in, charged and out again as quickly as possible, as the economics of putting charging stations around the country quickly collapse when some battered old Mitsubishi PHEV is taking up all the bays and trickle charging for half a day.Dermott's report for the RAC Foundation [PDF] says that such hybrids should only be topped up at home or the workplace, but places the blame for their clogging of the bays on the myriad charging options and speeds that don't exactly help match drivers with the best charging options out there.So until plug-in hybrids can charge at the same rate as the battery-only cars out there, they should only be charged at home, via several daisy-chained extension leads hanging out of an upstairs window.
It appears the downturn of the cryptocurrency market is having a ripple effect (pun intended) on the industry.Numerous blockchain businesses have been forced to close down or lay off staff to survive – and the latest one is Bitmain.The mining giant is the latest to be hit by the cryptocurrency bear market and is shutting down its Israel-based development center, Bitmaintech Israel, Globes Israel reports.The development center was set up two years ago, and will close this week laying off its 23-people-strong staff in the process.Gadi Glikberg, head of Bitmaintech Israel and VP at Bitmain, will also be parting ways with the business, according to Globes.Bitmain blames the recent drop in the price of Bitcoin and general bear market across the cryptocurrency industry for the closure.
“A more effective platform for building new cloud-native workloads”Red Hat has slashed the costs to use OpenShift Dedicated, its Kubernetes-as-a-service platform, by up to 50 percent.OpenShift Dedicated is hosted and managed by Red Hat.It offers clusters run in a virtual private cloud on AWS.Starting on December 12, 2018, the Raleigh-headquartered open source company has cut cost of an OpenShift Dedicated cluster by 25 percent and the cost of additional nodes by 50 percent, it said.The company, recently acquired by IBM, has also rolled out new features, saying it wants to offer a “more effective platform for building new cloud-native workloads”.
If your due date is creeping closer and you still don’t have a clue what name to go for, why not get ahead of yourself and look at the 2019 baby name trends?Parenting website BabyCentre, which releases predictions of baby names each year, has put together a list of the trends it believes will dominate baby name choices next year.[Read More: 30 popular baby names from around the world to steal]The royal family has had quite a year, what with two royal weddings, the birth of Prince Louis, and a Meghan Markle announcing her pregnancy – and apparently this means a whole host of new trending baby names.After the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Louis earlier this year, the name rose in popularity and BabyCentre predicts the same will happen with Meghan and Harry’s little one.BabyCentre predicts with all the publicity these couples get in the media, they’re likely to make a mark on baby names.
Jinri Toutiao parent company ByteDance is reportedly planning to launch a messaging app as the firm sets its sights on WeChat and escalates its rivalry with tech giant Tencent.The service, dubbed Flipchat, is going to take the form of an independent app, people close to the matter told Chinese media, adding that ByteDance has approached several senior staff members on WeChat’s team.ByteDance declined to comment on the news.The company acquired the English domain name flipchat.cn on October 22 through a Chengdu-based subsidiary, according to domain name and IP lookup service whois.The same company also registered a series of domain names such as fl5.co, flipchatapp.com.Tencent has taken on ByteDance’s short video business with the launch of more than 10 video apps.
Notches are old news these days, and the simple fact that a phone has a notch isn't really news.Well unless that a) that phone is an off-centre notch that looks more like an emo fringe, and b) that phone was made by Samsung - a company that built entire ad campaigns around mocking Apple's notch-based screen design.So when leaked images claim to show off the Galaxy S10 with both, well, that's something to talk about.Now there's always the possibility that this isn't a final design, but the image above (hi-res version here) claims to be the Galaxy S10 and features a dual camera that lives in the right-hand corner of the screen.The notch itself is quite difficult to see because the notification bar has been filled in, but it's pretty obvious that it's there.In fact it's very similar to the 5G prototype Samsung showed off last week, which reiterates rumours that some versions of the Galaxy S10 will go on sale with 5G support.
More details of Qualcomm’s first 5G chipset have been released, bringing all-round improvements, and a 5G chipset for PCs was also announced.On the first day of its annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm announced its 5G chipset for mobile devices, the Snapdragon 855, but released limited specs.In addition to the X50 modem for 5G connectivity (on both mmWave and sub-6GHz frequencies) and X24 modem (to provide LTE connectivity), at the centre of the Snapdragon 855 is ARM’s new flagship Cortex A76 CPU, marketed by Qualcomm as Kryo 485.Also included in the 855 is the new Adreno 640 GPU rendering graphics.Qualcomm claims the new GPU will enable true HDR gaming, as well as support the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats.Together with the display IP, the Adreno 640 GPU will support 120fps gaming as well as smooth 8K 360-degree video playback.
Although OnePlus' CEO Pete Lau told CNET (through an interpreter) that the company plans to launch its first 5G phone "before the end of May," the cult brand says it isn't banking on the faster device to be a big moneymaker.The Chinese brand will offer its inaugural 5G phone through UK carrier EE before making the device available through other wireless networks around the world.Part of the reason for the conservative sales approach: the 5G OnePlus phone won't be cheap.Lau predicts that the handset could cost $200 to $300 more than the OnePlus 6T, which sells in the US for $550.OnePlus is still deciding if the 5G phone will have other unique characteristics to help justify the price jump.The phone-maker also confirmed that the first OnePlus 5G phone isn't going to be the OnePlus 7, the expected follow-up device to the OnePlus 6T, a CNET Editors' Choice pick.
Social entertainment platform M17 Entertainment announced that it has successfully raised US$25 million in a funding round led by Terry Tsang, CEO of Hong Kong-based mobile game developer Madhead.Pavilion Capital, Stonebridge Ventures, and existing investors also participated in the round.The company – whose products include livestreaming platform 17 Media and dating app Paktor – will invest in research and development to boost its technical capabilities, as well as actively diversify its content and services.It will also equip streamers with resources such as expert advisers and a training curriculum.M17 Entertainment is expected to rake in US$180 million in annual revenues this year.
Claims it was all for the greater goodAs we edge closer to Christmas, Mondays might be getting just slightly more bearable.To make that more so, we bring you another instalment of Who, Me?, The Register's tales of the mistakes our readers have brought upon themselves.This week, "George" tells us about a time back in the late '70s when he was in a post-grad in college."I discovered that with one command I could recursively create subdirectories and files," he said, mischief afoot."Trying this out on one of the terminals, I found that I could fill the system's hard drive in seconds."
It’s worth taking a step back, then, and thinking about what grander stories have emerged from all of these smaller steps and new results.Plenty of new research emerged from landers: The European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft saw signs of a standing body of liquid water beneath the ice at the Martian south pole.NASA’s InSight lander touched down safely just last month on a flat Martian plane to hunt for Marsquakes.And the planet shone brightly this summer, presenting a treat for skygazers on Earth.It discovered almost 2,700 exoplanets in its nine years of hunting, but it finally ran out of fuel and was retired by NASA this year after putting up a fight.NASA flagship missions Hubble and the Chandra X-Ray telescope, too, showed signs of ageing after they both experienced safe-mode-inducing glitches caused by faulty gyroscopes.
The mention of smart cities may bring to mind visions of a sparkling future metropolis, churning smoothly and silently: gleaming monorails gliding by with nary a whisper, walkways whisking pedestrians to their destinations, wireless and instant access to information on demand, and lights brightening and dimming on cue as you enter or leave a room.The convergence of cyber and physical infrastructure, where electronic data is collected by sensors and transmitted securely to urban planners and citizens alike, will allow for better decision-making and efficient use of resources at every level.One key ingredient, says Chengshan Xiao, Professor and Chandler Weaver Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University, is a new approach to supporting the gargantuan wireless communications requirements of such a sprawling urban enterprise.According to Xiao, multiple input multiple output (MIMO) technology, in combination with millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum utilization, are crucial in enabling an enormous data-rate increase for next generation wireless networks.And he has attracted $200,000 in support from the National Science Foundation to explore the concept further.Xiao says that this large number of antennas can lead to prohibitive cost and power consumption if the conventional approach--one radio frequency (RF) chain per antenna--is adopted.
Tesla EVs have been involved in quite a few accidents, some fatal, and in all those that involve Autopilot, the company makes the same explanation.The feature is only meant for driver assistance, not full automation.Soon, however, it might have to change its tune, and its excuses, because based on still CEO Elon Musk’s tweets about mind-blowing features being tested, that’s exactly what Autopilot might soon be.But at least that’s the company’s defense in cases where inattentive drivers have been the cause of the accident.They’re still supposed to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.Given the feature’s current set of capabilities, that’s definitely warranted.
China has formed a dedicated Ethics Committee for Online Gaming.State media says it’s denied licenses to nine games and advised 11 others to make changes to reduce “ethical risks.”I dare ask, are saints doing the reviews?”Weibo is a Twitter-like microblogging service used by hundreds of millions of users.Launched by Sina in 2009, it regularly censors topics deemed sensitive or inappropriate by the Chinese government.China is, of course, no stranger to regulation.
The Apple Watch ECG app has landed, and the good news is that while my British heart may be cold, it’s at least not showing signs of atrial fibrillation.Health has become an increasingly important element of the Apple Watch message.With each generation, after all, the smartwatch has gained more accurate and comprehensive exercise tracking.Now, though, it’s making even more significant inroads into what would traditionally have demanded a visit to your doctor’s office.Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, however, is an arrhythmia when the upper and lower chambers aren’t in correct sync.Setup is straightforward, though both your Apple Watch and your iPhone will need to be running the latest versions of watchOS and iOS respectively.
It’s a genuine question for the female baby Asian elephant born early Thursday morning as a result of artificial insemination.In March 2017, the calf’s mom, Phoebe, was inseminated with two male elephants’ sperm, which is standard procedure.But the team still hasn’t been able to confirm whether Hank or Samson is the father.“Animals in human care are ambassadors for animals in the wild.”These things take time, you see.Elephants’ reproductive cycles give them only four chances a year at getting pregnant.
HuffPost: HumanKind brings you an advent calendar of kindness, celebrating good deeds and the people doing them, in order to inspire and bring hope this festive season.Find out more about the series, and uncover new stories daily here.This will be the fifth Christmas Day that Angela Cox has spent with rescue animals – a ritual that has become a major part of her life.The Battersea volunteer, who doesn’t like to be sucked into the materialism of the festive season, instead spends the day surrounded by dogs in the animal shelter.After all, she says, “for the dogs there’s no distinction between Christmas and another day, they still need walking and human interaction”.The 69-year-old from south west London will aim to be at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home for 11am, and will spend the rest of the day (until around 4pm) keeping the dogs company.