- Using machine learning models to analyze protein information from genome databases, researchers learn how to design artificial proteins with specific functions.
- The models analyzed data about chorismate mutase proteins, allowing researchers to learn their design and encode it into synthetic genes.
- The genes were cloned into bacteria which built the proteins—they had the same functions as natural proteins, and they performed them even better than natural.
- Researchers don’t yet understand how their machine learning models uncovered the design rules of proteins, but it enables them to create any type of proteins they want.
- Study authors are commercializing the technology, and hope that it will revolutionize fields like energy, environment (car
- Researchers create a self-healing material from a synthetic protein, based on a protein from squid ring teeth (the sticky suckers at the ends of squid tentacles).
- The material was tested with different kinds of tear / cut damage, and it apparently fully regenerated in one second.
- It could be useful for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), like self-healing face masks, but also wear-resistant robots or even prosthetic limbs.
- It’s green and biodegradable, however it needs water or pressure to self-heal—the creators are looking for ways to initiate self-healing with light.
- Targeted Dream Incubation (TDI) is a new method for dream experimentation, and it involves a wearable sensor device and an app that gathers data while you sleep.
- It can also influence what you dream about by taking advantage of hypnagogia—the earliest stage of sleep, during which people still hear sounds.
- TDI provides audio hints at just the right time (based on data from the wearable sensor), enabling researchers to manipulate the content of dreams.
- It can be used to study dreams and sleep in new ways—so far the method was used to show how dreaming about a specific theme can help people solve problems.
- Scientists have tried to make Cobalt-free batteries for years without success, but now a new method was developed that could even improve the performance of batteries.
- The new battery replaces cobalt with nickel and a dash of manganese and aluminum, and the key was finding the right metals and ensuring even distribution of their ions.
- Cobalt is the most expensive and hardest to find component for batteries, and this method removes it completely.
- Study authors have worked with their university to form a startup, TexPower, to commercialize this technology.
- If successful, they will have increased the energy density and lowered production costs of batteries in one fell swoop.
- Four different tests, utilizing varying methods, find that narcissists don’t engage in counterfactual thinking, leading to over-inflated confidence.
- Counterfactual thinking is when we consider what happened, and what we could’ve done differently in a given situation.
- The study found that narcissists have a hard time considering that they could be wrong, and don’t learn from their mistakes.
- However, narcissists often advance quickly in hierarchical organizations thanks to their confidence, and ability to take credit for success and blame failure on others.
- The main conclusion is that organizations should keep narcissists in check, because allowing them to make decisions can be damaging to the organization over time.