The news: A new system called OrganEx stopped the deterioration of cells in pig organs an hour after the animal died, a finding that suggests cells are not dying as quickly as previously thought. The technology successfully restored blood flow to the pigs and repaired damaged cells.
Why it matters: Experts have called the research “truly remarkable,” adding that if scientists are able to intervene and prevent permanent cell failure, it will raise serious questions about how we define biological death. The study could pave the way to making human organs more suitable for transplantation by making them last longer and in better condition after removal, and could also help develop methods to treat strokes and heart attacks.
What’s next?: The team is planning future studies in animals, and an obvious next step is to try to investigate whether organs treated with OrganEx are suitable for transplantation. Although they want to emphasize that the technology is not yet ready for human use, they are cautiously optimistic that the system might be able to save organs that would otherwise have been useless. Read the full story.
– Rhiannon Williams
The must reads
I’ve scoured the internet to find today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.
1 Chinese social media users make fun of their government
They were angered by officials’ failure to prevent Nancy Pelosi’s plane from landing in Taiwan. (NYT$)
+ Now she’s gone, China has started a series of military exercises near Taiwan. (BBC)
2 The law is coming for crypto scammers
But whether or not they will actually be penalized remains to be seen. (recode)
+ More major hacks have rocked the industry. (WP$)
+ Elizabeth Warren targets banks’ legal crypto guidelines. (Bloomberg dollar)
+ Framed NFT art isn’t a fun icebreaker at parties, after all. (wired$)
3 The far right is trying to recruit children online
Extremist ideology thrives in online games and chat rooms. (The guard)
+ Here is the experience of a student who was seduced by far-right content. (The guard)
4 Black creators feel cheated by an app that promised them wealth
Triller lured them away from arch-rival TikTok but rarely lived up to its promise. (WP$)
+ The issue of white supremacy on social media will be exposed by the January 6 hearings. (Fast company $)
5 The price of virtual land in the Metaverse has dropped 🏠
Who could have seen this coming?! (The information $)
+ Too bad we have to wait until today in the Metaverse. (Insider)
+ The metaverse is a new word for an old idea. (MIT Technology Review)
6 High-tech surveillance doesn’t stop people from crossing the Mexican border
However, it makes the trek much more dangerous. (The edge)
7 Apple’s Human Resources department is failing women
Employees claim the company encourages a toxic, male-centric work environment. (FT$)
8 gig economy drivers suffer from the intense heat 🚴
But for many, long shifts are the only way to guarantee stable wages. (sifted)
9 An AI trained on 4chan learned to spit out misogynistic hate speech
To the surprise of exactly nobody. (Slate)
+ AI is still bad at moderating hate speech. (MIT Technology Review)
10 We don’t know why some bats live so long 🦇
Finding that out could also help us live longer. (Spectrum IEEE)
+ Bats’ brains predict their next move while in flight. (MIT Technology Review)
quote of the Day
“I tried three courses and one expert on the side and all I got was an empty wallet.”
– Scott Mitchell, 33, tells the New York Times how he poured $15,000 into programs promising tips on how to get rich on YouTube but made nothing.
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