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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series now 5% cheaper in Europe The GPU maker is adjusting pricing for desktop Ada GPUs. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 has dripped to €1,859 from €1,949, while GeForce RTX 4080 is now available at €1,399 from ...

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London-based health tech startup Zoe Health, known for its large-scale nutrition and medical testing app, has extended its Series B funding round with an additional £25m. Zoe Health’s latest investment round has brought the total amount raised by the ...

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Summary: Study reveals after healing, minor facial scars have little to no effect on ratings of attractiveness. In fact, some facial scars may be considered to make a person appear more attractive to others. Source: Wolters Kluwer Health  After healing, ...

Novel Research Demonstrates New Method of Spinal Cord Tissue Repair

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Partech closes £103m seed fund, eyes UK startups

Paris-headquartered venture capital firm Partech has secured €120m (£103.1m) for its fourth seed fund. The oversubscribed Partech Entrepreneur IV fund received backing from 100 entrepreneur angels, family offices, multinational corporations and financial institutions. A spokesperson for Partech told UKTN that ...

Google opens London research centre for disability support tech

Google has opened a UK research and development centre to develop tech to support people with disabilities. The tech giant has joined forces with the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, and ...

Fatherhood Changes Men’s Brains

Summary: Researchers find significant changes in fathers’ brains between the prenatal and the postpartum period. The main changes occurred in cortical areas associated with visual processing, attention, and empathy toward their baby. Source: The Conversation The time fathers devote to ...

Genes That Maintain Healthy Neurons Identified

Summary: Kinase enzymes are essential for neurons to perform autophagy. Researchers found deleting genes that encode kinase NDR1 and NDR2 impairs neuron health and spurs neurodegeneration in both young and old mice. Source: Francis Crick Institute Scientists at the Francis ...

Palm e-Tattoo Can Tell When You’re Stressed Out

Summary: A newly developed “e-tattoo” monitors electrodermal activity, revealing when a person is experiencing elevated stress levels. The “tattoo” attaches to the user’s palm and connects to a smartwatch. Source: UT Austin Our palms tell us a lot about our ...

Scalpers struggling to sell RTX 4080 cards, now ‘graciously’ offering them at MSRP

When scalpers face the reality Scalpers are struggling to sell RTX 4080 GPUs, even at MSRP. It is not secret anymore that RTX 4080 is a poor sell. This overpriced high-end GPU has been met with cold response from the ...

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Early sample of Core i5-13500 tested A video review of Intel’s unreleased Core i5-13500 processor has been shared over at Bilibili, as spotted by Hardware Nexus. This short review focuses on the performance and thermal/power characteristics of the “Q8WH” engineering ...

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Summary: Riluzole, an FDA-approved drug to treat ALS, can, in part, correct the molecular cause of some leukodystrophies. Source: University of Montreal There’s new hope for the future treatment of some leukodystrophies, neurodegenerative diseases in young children that progressively affect ...

Autism-Linked Gene Found to Shape Nerve Connections

Summary: The autism-linked Gabrb3 gene appears to shape the formation of both normal and atypical neural connections in the brain. Source: Cornell University A gene linked to autism spectrum disorders plays a critical role in early brain development and may ...

Immune System Irregularities Found in Women With Postpartum Mood Disorders

Summary: Women who experience postpartum mood disorders including PTSD, depression, and anxiety two to three years after giving birth had irregular immune system responses, researchers report. Source: Cedar Sinai Medical Center Women with prolonged mental health problems up to three ...

Short Term Memory Problems Can Be Improved With Laser Therapy

Summary: Transcranial photobiomodulation (tPBM), a laser therapy delivered to the right prefrontal cortex appears to improve short-term memory in both human and animal models. The therapy, which is non-invasive and has no side effects, could help treat those with short-term ...

Playing the Piano Boosts Brain Processing Power and Helps Lift the Blues

Summary: Beginners who took piano lessons for one hour a week over the course of 11 weeks showed improvements in audio and visual processing. Additionally, musical training helped to boost mood and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. Source: University ...

How Ketamine Acts as ‘Switch’ in the Brain

Summary: Ketamine alters neural activity in the cerebral cortex, silencing normally active neurons and activating neurons that are normally inactive. The ketamine activity-induced “switch” in brain regions associated with depression may help explain its treatment effects. Source: University of Pennsylvania ...

Key Brain Cells in Mice Underlying Stress-Related Behaviors Identified

Summary: Glutamate neurons in the ventral tegmental area play a key role in the underlying impact of stressors. Silencing the neurons made the brain more resilient to stress. Source: University of Colorado More than 70% of adults will experience at ...

AMD Ryzen 7000X3D series reportedly feature 16, 12 and 8-core models, coming January 2023

AMD Ryzen 7000 X3D coming at CES 2023 in three variants QuasarZone team has just finished their special coverage on Ryzen 7000X3D series. They confirmed that AMD will indeed launch a 16-core X3D part. Contrary to earlier reports, AMD is ...

Trouble Sleeping? You Could Be at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Summary: Those who report trouble sleeping are at increased risk of poor cardiometabolic health problems which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Source: University of South Australia As the Christmas season starts to ramp up, University of South Australia researchers are reminding ...

Peanuts and Herbs and Spices May Positively Impact Gut Microbiome

Summary: Consuming one ounce of peanuts or adding one teaspoon of herbs and spices to your daily diet has a positive impact on the health of your gut bacteria and improves immune function. Source: Penn State Adding a daily ounce ...

Synchronized Neural Oscillations in the Right Brain Induce Empathic Behavior

Summary: Empathy is induced by synchronized neural oscillations in the right hemisphere of the brain, a new mouse study reveals. Source: Institute for Basic Science A research team led by Dr. SHIN Hee-Sup at the Center for Cognition and Sociality ...

Trilvee founder: ‘I’m not bullish about autonomous driving in chaotic cities’ – Fi5

Michael Mangion is the founder and CEO of Trilvee, an on-demand electric vehicle (EV) service that’s aiming to cut down city congestion with teleoperated vehicles. Founded in 2021, Trilvee is developing technology for customers to hail an EV that ...

Innovation hub to research disability tech at Olympic Park

London’s Olympic Park has opened an innovation hub to develop technology that increases accessibility for disabled people. The Global Disability Innovation Hub’s lab will research technology such as AI-powered navigation aids for visually impaired people and mobile communication to ...

Corporate housing proptech AltoVita raises £7.6m

Proptech company AltoVita, used by the likes of Google for corporate housing relocation, has raised $9.5m (£7.6m) in a Series A funding round. Founded in 2018 by Vivi Cahyadi Himmel and Karolina Saviova, AltoVita’s online platform aims to simplify ...

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Parents Talk More to Toddlers Who Talk Back

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Ganglion Cells Created in Mice in Bid to Fix Diseased Eyes

Summary: Researchers induced non-neural cells that mimic ganglion cells in the eyes of mice, effectively reducing the impact of certain eye diseases. They hope to next replicate their technique in humans in order to help restore vision lost due to ...

Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Found to Also Improve Gut Flora

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UK VCs face dwindling exit opportunities, report finds

VCs and startups are grappling with tough conditions to raise capital and find exit opportunities, a report has found. Nearly three-quarters of fund managers surveyed by the British Business Bank said exit conditions have deteriorated over the last year ...

Rare Genetic Phenomenon Linked to Neuron Function and Schizophrenia

Summary: People with schizophrenia have significantly higher rates of tandem repeats in their genome, up to 7% more than in people without the mental health disorder. The genes were primarily found in genes crucial to brain function. Source: UNC In ...

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Bumper, a buy now pay later (BNPL) startup for vehicle repairs, has raised £26.1m in a Series A extension round that included the investment arm of Jaguar Land Rover. Bumper says it is bringing the BNPL model to the ...

Here Is Your Chance To Win Prizes From Bosch

Football fever is here and Bosch is celebrating the FIFA World Cup season by giving everyone the chance to win attractive prizes in the #BoschJaguhBola promotion campaign. The prizes include Adidas football jerseys, Bosch products and shopping vouchers. Immersing ...

Gentari Introduces SEA’s Fastest Public EV Charger

L-R: Mr Shah Yang Razalli, Chief Green Mobility Officer of Gentari; Mr Lee Yuen How, Managing Director of EVC; Mr Rocky Siow, Managing Director of X Park. Gentari Sdn Bhd, the clean energy subsidiary of PETRONAS, has introduced Southeast ...

A Crucial Role of Brain’s Striatum Cilia in Time Perception

Summary: Destruction or removal of the cilia in the striatum impairs time perception and judgment, new research suggests. The findings could have implications for a range of diseases including schizophrenia, ASD, and Parkinson’s. Source: UC Irvine Researchers at the University ...

Experiences of Daily Stress Decrease as People Age

Summary: The number of daily stressors and people’s reactivity to daily stressors decreases as we age, a new study reports. Source: Penn State Stories about how daily stress can negatively impact people’s lives, from physical health to mental and emotional ...

Alzheimer’s Amyloid-Clearing Monoclonal Antibody Drug Lecanemab Shows Positive Results, Poised for FDA Approval

Summary: Lecanemab, an amyloid-clearing monoclonal antibody drug shows positive results in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The drug is now poised for FDA approval early in 2023. Lecanemab slows cognitive decline by 27%. Source: Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Based on ...

Gut Microbes Influence Binge-Eating of Sweet Treats

Summary: The absence of certain gut bacteria causes mice to binge eat sweet, palatable foods. When the bacteria is restored, the desire to binge on sweetened foods decreases, and normal feeding patterns are resumed. Source: CalTech You just meant to ...

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