• A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

    Take for example, three men who showed up at a hospital in the northern part of India weak, feverish, and without any history of diabetes. They all tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. And when their bloodwork came back, they all had dangerously high buildups of glucose and ketones, which the body produces when it doesn’t have enough insulin to break down sugar. The official term for the potentially deadly complication is diabeteic ketoacidosis, and it is usually seen in children with type 1 diabetes.

    Mohammad Shafi Kuchay, an endocrinologist who consulted on the cases, told WIRED via email that he and the other doctors assigned to the cases assumed the virus had somehow knocked out these patients’ insulin-making cells, giving them type 1 diabetes. And so the doctors put the men on a regimen of insulin injections. But as the months went by, they needed the injections less and less. They

  • Virtuix announces Omni One home VR treadmill

    Virtual reality startup Virtuix is building a VR treadmill for your home. The Omni One is an elaborate full-body controller that lets you physically run, jump, and crouch in place. Following an earlier business- and arcade-focused device, it’s supposed to ship in mid-2021 for $1,995, and Virtuix is announcing the product with a crowdfunding investment campaign.

    The crowdfunded Virtuix Omni started development in 2013. It’s not a traditional treadmill — it’s a low-friction platform that’s used with special low-friction shows or shoe covers and a harness. (You may remember the overall VR treadmill concept from Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.) As an Omni One prototype video demonstrates, the device basically holds you in place while your feet slide across the platform, and that movement gets translated into a VR environment. We’ve tried earlier iterations of the Omni, and it’s an awkward yet fascinating experience.

    Virtuix Omni video clip

    The Omni One is

  • These are the 5 coolest neighborhoods in Southeast Asia. Is yours one of them?

    Time Out has released its list of the 40 coolest neighborhoods in the world.

    As always, the annual list was conducted through their index survey, where roughly 38,000 respondents wrote in their answers and voted on the best neighborhoods of their favorite cities.

    From creative districts to outlying suburbs, these are the “places that represent the soul of the city.”

    So obviously, we had to check if any cities hailing from our part of the world made the cut.

    Lo and behold, these are the five coolest Southeast Asian cities.

    1. Chula-Samyan, Bangkok

    IMAGE: Triple Y Hotel

    Thanks to the efforts of Chulalongkorn University’s property agency, its surrounding neighborhood has had quite the glow up.

    Previously cluttered, abandoned shophouses have been refashioned into eye-catching galleries and eating hotspots, and a massive park has been opened to the public.

    The local mall, Samyan Mitrtown, is also an attractive tourist spot

  • The Rise Of Expertise

    The current development of expertise has made it attainable for us to reside in ways in which have by no means been attainable earlier than. As a result of biotechnology requires an understanding of many alternative scientific disciplines, taking a wide variety of programs in biology, chemistry, molecular biology, and genetics is advisable. Although not normally what first involves mind, many types of human-derived agriculture clearly match the broad definition of “‘using a biotechnological system to make merchandise”. Certainly, the cultivation of vegetation could also be considered because the earliest biotechnological enterprise. Many individuals, together with a majority of local weather scientists, are of the opinion that man-made global warming is real and could have a devastating impression on human life, wiping out major coastal cities, creating big deserts, and resulting in all out wars over treasured water supplies internationally.

    Northwestern’s Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP) prepares scientists and engineers …