That is right now’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a every day dose of what’s occurring on this planet of expertise.
Contained in the billion-dollar assembly for the mega-rich who wish to reside endlessly
Again in September, Jessica Hamzelou, our senior biotech reporter, traveled to Gstaad, a swanky ski-resort city within the Swiss Alps, to attend the primary in-person Longevity Traders Convention.
Over the two-day occasion, scientists and biotech founders made the case for numerous approaches to prolonging the variety of years we’d spend in good well being. The vast majority of them have been attempting to win over deep-pocketed traders.
As the sector of longevity makes an attempt to outline itself as scientifically sound, loads of “anti-aging remedies” based mostly on little-to-no human proof proceed to enter the market. However can billions of investor cash—a few of it from ethically doubtful sources—ever supply a concrete path to evidence-based life extension? Learn the total story.
Learn extra concerning the quest to increase our wholesome years:
+ How scientists wish to make you younger once more. Analysis labs are pursuing expertise to “reprogram” getting old our bodies again to youth. Learn the total story.
+ Ageing clocks intention to foretell how lengthy you’ll reside. These clocks promise to measure organic age and assist determine anti-aging medication, however there are lingering questions over their accuracy. Learn the total story.
A giant settlement for one Chinese language-American scientist received’t finish wrongful prosecutions
Final week, our senior investigative reporter Eileen Guo wrote a couple of historic settlement received by Chinese language-American scientist Sherry Chen, who was wrongly accused of being a Chinese language spy.
Her case illustrates simply how arduous it’s to go up in opposition to a robust federal company and maintain it accountable. It’s additionally an anomaly—it’s often extremely troublesome to show racial bias in courtroom, however a broad sample of misconduct by her accusers was confirmed definitively.
Nonetheless, Chen’s win doesn’t essentially imply others in her state of affairs could have a better time getting justice. Learn the total story.
Zeyi’s story is from China Report, his weekly e-newsletter protecting all the pieces it’s essential find out about China. Signal as much as obtain it in your inbox each Tuesday.
Podcast: Farming a battle zone
Tune into the most recent episode of our In Machines We Belief podcast, the place we take a look at how shortages of all the pieces from seeds to fertilizer may speed up the adoption of applied sciences that may assist provides go additional in war-torn Ukraine. Take heed to it on Apple Podcasts, or wherever else you often hear.
I’ve combed the web to seek out you right now’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.
1 Donald Trump goes to run for the presidency once more
He’s ignoring the critics, significantly these inside his personal occasion. (Vox)
+ Republicans aren’t thrilled by their midterms efficiency. (The Atlantic $)
+ His resolution to run hasn’t precisely come as a shock. (New Yorker $)
+ Trump and Elon Musk at the moment are social media rivals, technically. (Insider $)
2 FTX boss Sam Bankman-Fried is hustling for cash (once more)
He’s desperately attempting to repair the $8 billion gap within the crypto trade’s funds. (WSJ $)
+ The Bahamas arm of FTX has filed for chapter, too. (Bloomberg $)
3 Twitter is taking part in with fireplace within the EU
The more and more unstable platform might fall foul of its new guidelines policing Large Tech. (FT $)
+ Twitter’s Blue Verified service is relaunching on 29 November. (Reuters)
+ Social media giants could possibly be pressured to reveal particulars about their algorithms within the UK. (FT $)
+ Musk has a snarky new nickname: Elmo. (Insider $)
+ What precisely is Musk considering proper now? (Vox)
4 NASA’s Artemis 1 mission has lastly taken off
After months of setbacks, it took flight within the early hours. (CNN)
+ The mission hopes to make clear what house does to our our bodies. (Vox)
+ Watch the second NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed into an asteroid. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)
5 Taylor Swift has uncovered simply how terrible Ticketmaster’s system is
Shopping for live performance tickets is more and more like battling a rigged lottery. (WP $)
6 The world’s inhabitants has reached 8 billion folks
However that’s neither a purpose to panic—nor loosen up. (Economist $)
+ New international map reveals populations are rising quicker in flood-prone areas. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)
7 Hundreds of thousands of Indians are counting on companies managed by one man
Mukesh Ambani’s conglomerate has made him uber-powerful. (Remainder of World)
8 Boston Dynamics is suing a rival over its robotic canine
It claims Ghost Robotics’ four-legged design was a bit too much like its personal. (The Register)
+ This robotic canine simply taught itself to stroll. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)
9 TikTok has emboldened manufacturers to clap again at prospects
Sadly, it means they’re extra irritating than ever. (Wired $)
+ The platform can also be repackaging MTV Cribs for a brand new era. (The Guardian)
10 Your subsequent Tinder match could possibly be AI-generated
For simply $19, you too could possibly be “the perfect you’ve ever regarded.” (Motherboard)
+ Nobody is aware of what’s subsequent for AI copyright. (The Verge)
Quote of the day
“The upper-ups, they principally performed chess and board video games. There was no partying. They have been undersexed, if something.”
—Dr George Lerner, crypto trade FTX’s in-house efficiency coach, tells the New York Occasions that studies of hedonistic conduct on the agency are wildly overblown.
The massive story
The supply apps reshaping life in India’s megacities
From 7am till nicely previous nightfall, seven days every week, N. Sudhakar sits behind the counter of his hole-in-the wall grocery retailer within the south Indian metropolis of Bangalore. Packed flooring to ceiling with all the pieces from 20-kilogram sacks of rice to one-rupee ($.01) shampoo sachets, this one-stop store provides a lot of the every day wants for a lot of within the neighborhood. It’s a carbon copy of the roughly 12 million family-run “kiranas” discovered on virtually each avenue nook in India.
More and more, the expertise business is presenting shops like his with a brand new problem. Throughout the street, a gradual stream of supply drivers line as much as seize groceries from a “darkish retailer”—a mini-warehouse constructed to allow ultra-fast deliveries run by Dunzo, a Bangalore-based startup.
In India’s megacities, the city center class is step by step getting hooked on on-line buying. These consumers make up a fraction of the inhabitants, however their spending energy is appreciable, and in additional prosperous pockets of massive cities, the battle for India’s avenue nook is nicely underway. Learn the total story.
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