The 5 positive news of the fourth week of November

through Business Insider Spain and other media, you already know the main face of current affairs.

It is the one who collected the terrible handling by Sam Bankman-Fried and FTXa wave of layoffs in large companies —Twitter, Meta and Amazon included—, the concern about a hypothetical closure of Twitterthe inequality that caused and increased the COVID-19 crisis in Spain and the difficult economic situation, with loss of purchasing power or Impossible rentals for young people.

At this time of the week, surely you’ve already been taking advantage of Black Friday (although not as beneficial as they paint), Did you know the General State Budgets have gone ahead and maybe you even received one Spanish success storyBecause it’s not all bad news.

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Indeed, some are particularly good, but sometimes they don’t reach your eyes or ears. These are the 5 most extraordinary positive news to leave this weekthe fourth of November, or rather some of them.

As is often said, not all of them are there (the preview may have also appeared in a vaccine that could help in addition to the addiction to fentanyl —stronger than heroin and morphine—, the technology that aspires to become the main source of energy on the planet or the power of a ring… to stop the mosquitoes), but they are all they are:

A step towards a universal vaccine against all flu, following its success in mice

Not just one flu shot, but all flu shots. The success of a vaccine against 20 influenza A and B virus subtypes in mice represents a big step towards the enormous challenge of having a universal vaccine, which would help protect against current viruses or a hypothetical future pandemic.

The test, conducted by a team of US scientists, showed high levels of cross-subtype-specific antibodies in animal models, which protected against disease symptoms and death after infection with different strains, reports RTVE extension. Furthermore, the antibodies remained nearly stable up to 4 months after injection.

This potential universal flu vaccine is made up of messenger RNAthe same breakthrough technology used to develop many of the COVID-19 vaccines and more shows promise for gene therapy and before diseases such as malaria or cancer: the latter even may be available before 2030.

An invisibility cloak in plush format: Makes you undetectable by camera with AI human recognition

invisibility hoodie

It’s not Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, but it also has (almost) magical powers. It concerns an invisible sweatshirt or, more specifically, that renders the wearer undetectable before artificial intelligence cameras and human recognition systems.

It was created by researchers from the University of Maryland (USA) in collaboration with Facebook Artificial Intelligence, from a special impression.

The garment features a waterproof microfiber lining, a modern fit and anti-AI patterns to hide from detectors… and “it’s a great way to stay warm this winter,” the scientists add.

In addition to the jokes made about its design (“It’s so bad the AI ​​doesn’t even want to see it”), it has been questioned whether it achieves 100% undetectable: A Hackster report indicates that YOLOv2 targets hoodies [como este caso] achieved a success rate of approximately 50% in testing the Wearable.

The first 2 Spanish astronauts in 30 years

An astronaut in training for the European Space Agency

A record number of people (22,500) from across Europe have undergone the latest tests by the European Space Agency, with identification numbers rather than names to avoid bias. Among the 17 selected there are Pablo Álvarez and Sara García, the first Spanish astronauts since 1992.

Both are 33 years old, were born in León a few days apart and studied 500 meters apart, but they didn’t meet until they coincided in the selection process, reports Village. In this, for years and a half, they were pushed “to the limit” to pass interviews, exams, and medical, physical, and psychological tests until he reaches his goal: Pablo, as owner; Sarah, as a backup.

He, an aeronautical engineer, shares with the medium his passion for airplanes and “everything that flies” and how at the age of 3 he dreamed of being an astronaut for the first time; She, a biotechnologist at the National Cancer Research Center, believes going into space must be “a tremendously overwhelming feeling.”

A mind-controlled wheelchair: 3 quadriplegics learn to move thanks to the combination of artificial and human intelligence

mind controlled wheelchair

Three people with motor disabilities due to tetraplegia They have reached brain control a smart wheelchair move.

According to a study published in iScience, in which researchers from several international universities participated and with which an important step was taken towards the future creation and commercialization of mind-controlled wheelchairs and, therefore, the movement of people with limited motor functions.

With varying degrees of performance, the participants achieved this result after training for months and 3 sessions a week (they had to control a visual feedback that mimicked a steering wheel turning left or right) and thanks to a non-invasive equipment (without implants) brain-machine interface.

“To our knowledge, this is the only report of an ICM (brain-machine interface) powered wheelchair that simultaneously includes multiple end users with severe motor disabilities; evaluates learning dynamics over several months; uses a self-learning ICM, independent of external stimuli, and evaluates it in an almost ecological context, outside a controlled laboratory environment”state the authors in the study.

They grow mini-eyes in the lab to study diseases that cause blindness and seek cures

crops 'crowded' in the laboratory

A group of scientists has developed a kind of ‘miniojos’ which allow to study the diseases that cause blindness and potentially find treatments, relationships New Atlas.

These resulting eye organoids come from adult skin cells harvested from donors and are three-dimensional models that mimic reality with great accuracy, so they can be used to analyze diseases and drugs.

In this case, carried out by researchers at University College London (UCL), “they allow study and better understand the development of blindness in Usher syndrome [enfermedad hereditaria que afecta a la visión y la audición] for the first time“, according to A announcement from UCL.

“It’s difficult to study the tiny, inaccessible nerve cells in a patient’s retina, because they’re so intricately connected and delicately positioned at the back of the eye,” explains Dr. Yeh Chwan Leong, lead author of the study.

“By using a small skin biopsy, we know we have the technology to reprogram cells into stem cells and thus create lab-grown retinas with the same DNA and therefore the same genetic conditions as our patients.”

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