Hands-free: Monkey plays video game – with its brain

Elon Musk’s startup devoted to meshing brains with computers was closer to its dream on Friday, having gotten a monkey to play video game Pong using only its mind. Musk has long contended that merging minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being outpaced by artificial intelligence. A video posted on YouTube by the entrepreneur’s Neuralink […]

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Sanofi to start human trials of its second COVID vaccine candidate

French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi on Friday announced the launch of human trials of its second COVID-19 vaccine, with its first still in the testing phase after having fallen behind in development. Sanofi and US company Translate Bio are developing the vaccine based on messenger RNA technology. The phase 1 and 2 trials aim to verify that the vaccine is not […]

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It’s too soon to lift COVID restrictions, says Dr. Fauci

Coronavirus restrictions should not be lifted until the daily toll of new U.S. cases falls below 10,000, “and maybe even considerably less than that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday. The last time the United States saw that low a number was almost a year ago. The daily case count hasn’t fallen below 50,000 since mid-October, and the seven-day average on […]

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US finds its first case of UK 'Bristol' Covid variant

First case of ANOTHER UK covid variant – that has a mutation that may weaken vaccines – is discovered in the US, CDC director reveals The US has discovered its first case of the ‘Bristol variant’ that emerged in the UK Variant has same mutations as the UK’s earlier B117 variant that make it 70% more infectious, as well as […]

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It's A … ! Pregnant Alexa, Carlos PenaVega Share Sex of Baby No. 3

Breaking the pattern! Pregnant Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega’s two sons will be joined by a baby sister. Boy or Girl? See Pregnant Celebrities’ Creative Sex Reveals in 2021 “IT’S A GIRL,” the Spy Kids star, 32, captioned her Tuesday, February 16, sex reveal via Instagram. The singer, 31, fed Ocean, 4, and Kingston, 19 months, cake covered in pink […]

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Explainer: Why it’s hard to make vaccines and boost supplies

With demand for COVID-19 vaccines outpacing the world’s supplies, a frustrated public and policymakers want to know: How can we get more? A lot more. Right away. The problem: “It’s not like adding more water to the soup,” said vaccine specialist Maria Elena Bottazzi of Baylor College of Medicine. Makers of COVID-19 vaccines need everything to go right as they […]

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The price of a drug should be based on its therapeutic benefits – not just what the market will bear

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has innovated in response to the pandemic, providing not only vaccines but also therapies to treat people with COVID-19. But an outdated law designed to spur development of lifesaving drugs risks making new treatments—for COVID-19 as well as other diseases—unaffordable for many Americans. Many pharmaceutical companies rely on the Orphan Drug Act, which President Ronald Reagan […]

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