Prolonged brain dysfunction in COVID-19 survivors: A pandemic in its own right?

One in three survivors of COVID-19, those more commonly referred to as COVID-19 long-haulers, suffered from neurologic or psychiatric disability six months after infection, a recent landmark study of more than 200,000 post-COVID-19 patients showed. Researchers looked at 236,379 British patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over six months, analyzing neurologic and psychiatric complications during that time […] The post Prolonged brain dysfunction in COVID-19 survivors: A pandemic in its own right? appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Autism develops differently in girls than boys, study finds

In a new study from the University of Virginia, researchers found how autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) manifests in the brains of girls. The researchers discovered that there is a big difference in the genes and ‘genetic burden’ that underpin the condition in girls and boys. They also identified specific ways the brains of girls with ASD […] The post Autism develops differently in girls than boys, study finds appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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This blood pressure drug may increase heart failure risk

In a recent study published in JAMA Network Open, researchers found that the “stiff heart” heart failure variant accounts for about half of all cases and most of the patients take beta-blocker medications despite unclear benefits from their regular use. The finding links the use of beta-blockers to heart failure hospitalizations among those with this common “stiff […] The post This blood pressure drug may increase heart failure risk appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Roblox to introduce content ratings for games to better restrict age-inappropriate content

Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Virtual gaming platform Roblox is developing content ratings for games and easier-to-use parental controls, the company’s chief privacy officer Remy Malan told The Wall Street Journal. Half of Roblox’s audience of more than 30 million daily users are kids under 13, but the platform has struggled at times to contain sexually explicit content. Age-inappropriate games sometimes surface up on kids’ “recommended for you” lists, according to the WSJ. The platform’s current system restricts kids to specific games, but under the new system, parents would have more information about what kids might find in a given game; until you play a game,… Read More

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Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back

Almost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,” it begins. “While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved.” Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning, telling users to stop using the Tread+. Citing 39 incidents, included the aforementioned death, the CPSC writes,… Read More

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Google introducing a feature in Chrome 90 to create links to highlighted text on a webpage

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge An upcoming feature in Chrome 90 will allow users to create a link to a section of a website that they’ve highlighted. First launched as a browser extension called Link to Text Fragment last year, Google has now added the feature within Chrome itself. The new feature is still rolling out to users; I wasn’t able to get it to work even after I updated to Chrome 90. But the feature works just like the browser extension did, according to a blog post from Google product manager Kayce Hawkins: Visit a web page, highlight the text you want to create a link to,… Read More

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NASA says its Mars helicopter is ready for a historic first flight

Enlarge / NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a close-up taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA has resolved the issues with its Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars and is ready to fly. The space agency announced on Saturday that it will attempt to fly the small, 1.8kg helicopter early on Monday. The first flight is scheduled to take place at about 3:30am ET (07:30 UTC). It will take a few hours to relay data from the helicopter to the Perseverance rover, and then to an orbiting satellite and back to Earth. So NASA anticipates receiving the first… Read More

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Amazon has reportedly canceled its Lord of the Rings MMO game

Amazon Game Studios has canceled a Lord of the Rings online role-playing game, Bloomberg reported. The company announced the project with Leyou-owned Athlon Games back in 2019, and planned it to be a free-to-play game for PC and consoles. The game was to be set “at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe,” according to an announcement from Athlon at the time. But Leyou was acquired by Tencent Holdings in December, and contract negotiations between Amazon and Tencent later fell apart, Bloomberg reported. Amazon did not immediately reply to a request… Read More

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Why it’s not surprising to see nine-figure AI rounds 

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. If you want it in your inbox every Saturday morning, sign up here.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. This week, Scale AI raised a $325 million Series E. The company, as TechCrunch has written, works in the data labeling space. And it has been on a fundraising tear over the last few years. In 2019 TechCrunch wrote about how the company’s then-22-year-old CEO had put together a $100 million round. Then in December of 2020, it… Read More

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NASA reschedules Ingenuity helicopter’s first flight on Mars for Monday

An artists’ rendering of the Ingenuity and its parent rover Perseverance | NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA has rescheduled the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter to April 19th at 3:30AM ET, the agency announced Saturday. The four-pound helicopter that arrived on Mars on February 18th with its parent rover Perseverance has seen its first flight delayed a few times. It touched the surface of Mars on April 4th, and has been undergoing tests and checkouts. It survived its first night alone on Mars’ frigid surface, passing a first test of its independence from Perseverance. The craft was scheduled to take flight April 11th, but last weekend NASA said data from a… Read More

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Novel hydrogels can safely remove graffiti from vandalized street art

Enlarge / A five-year-old boy with boxing gloves poses in front of a huge mural of himself in Denver, Colorado. (credit: Blaine Harrington III/Image Bank/Getty Images) Mention the word “graffiti,” and many people’s thoughts immediately turn to vandalism in the form of defacement of property. But there is also graffiti that rises above such negative connotations and qualifies as bona fide street art. Think of the commemorative murals created after the death of NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna; the Black Lives Matter logos painted on the streets in New York City, and along 16th Street in Washington, DC, last year amid ongoing protests; and the works of Banksy,… Read More

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