Chrysalix RoboValley Fund Invests in Sortera Alloys, Developers of a Breakthrough Technology …

Vancouver, BC and Delft, Netherlands , Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chrysalix Venture Capital, a global venture capital fund with a long history commercializing step-change innovation for resource intensive industries, announces an investment in Sortera Alloys, developers of an intelligent sorting system for the upcycling of non-ferrous scrap metal, including Aluminum, Copper, Zinc and Brass. The system enables accurate, high throughput sorting by metal type and alloy composition through a combination of sensor fusion (XRF, Optical), AI/ML image processing and an advanced scrap feeder design. 

“Chrysalix is making the circularity of metals a major theme of our new fund. Primary aluminum production accounts for 1% of global GHGs and to achieve the forecasted global demand and climate change targets, the industry must deliver significant decarbonization,” said Alfred Lam, Partner at Chrysalix Venture Capital. “Sortera’s sorting systems enable the recyclability of aluminum for high-value end products thereby saving up to

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Breakthrough discovery in gene causing severe nerve conditions — ScienceDaily

Researchers have made a breakthrough genetic discovery into the cause of a spectrum of severe neurological conditions.

A research study, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and gracing the cover of and published in the October edition of Human Mutation, found two new mutations in the KIF1A gene cause rare nerve disorders.

MCRI researcher Dr Simranpreet Kaur said mutations in the KIF1A gene caused ‘traffic jams’ in brain cells, called neurons, triggering a devastating range of progressive brain disorders. KIF1A-Associated Neurological Disorders (KAND) affects about 300 children worldwide.

“KAND symptoms often appear at birth or early childhood, have varying severity and can result in death within five years of life. Because clinical features overlap with other neurological disorders, children can be misdiagnosed or remain undiagnosed for a long period of time,” she said.

“Our study will lead to more diagnoses by expanding the mutation pool further, finding

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TailorInsight Releases Report on ‘New Hologram AR Technology Is Expected to Make a Breakthrough’

Hong Kong – TailorInsight, the fintech market research organization, recently released a research report ‘New Hologram AR Technology Is Expected to Make a Breakthrough’. This year, the hot discussion on 5G topics has attracted much attention in the telecom market. With the development of 5G, business development, the 5G market has huge demand and the whole industry chain will be strongly driven. The evolution of 5G new technology opens a new application space in the three scenarios of eMBB, URLLC, and mMTC. 5G will go beyond the scope of communication connections and bring a profound intelligent digital economy revolution through the deep integration of communication, computing, and vertical industries.

At the same time, faster Internet speed will also promote the further development of naked-eye 3D. In the future, you can enjoy the 3D shocking effect without 3D glasses when watching movies. Similar industries are driven by virtual reality and augmented

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‘Digital chemistry’ breakthrough turns words into molecules

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A new system capable of automatically turning words into molecules on demand will open up the digitisation of chemistry, scientists say.


Researchers from the University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry, who developed the system, claim it will lead to the creation of a “Spotify for chemistry”—a vast online repository of downloadable recipes for important molecules including drugs.

The creation of such a system could help developing countries more easily access medications, enable more efficient international scientific collaboration, and even support the human exploration of space.

The Glasgow team, led by Professor Lee Cronin, have laid the groundwork for digital chemistry with the development of what they call a “chemical processing unit”—an affordable desktop-sized robot chemist which is capable of doing the repetitive and time-consuming work of creating chemicals. Other robot chemists, built with different operating systems, have also been developed elsewhere.

Up until now, those

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NTT Research, UCLA and University of Washington Applaud Cryptographers for Indistinguishability Obfuscation Breakthrough

Paper Solves 20-Year-Old Problem, Sets Theoretical Foundation for Stronger Cryptography

NTT Research, Inc., a division of NTT (TYO:9432), along with UCLA and the University of Washington, today announced that a paper co-authored by cryptographers affiliated with their respective institutions has solved a two-decade-old problem involving indistinguishability obfuscation, the notion of making a computer program “unintelligible” while preserving its functionality. The academic paper, posted on public academic platforms, the Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity, the IACR ePrint server and Arxiv, has three co-authors: Aayush Jain, a graduate student researcher in the Center for Encrypted Functionalities (CEF) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and research intern at the NTT Research Cryptography and Information Security (CIS) Lab; Huijia (Rachel) Lin, associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington; and Amit Sahai, Symantec Chair Professor of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli

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Breakthrough for tomorrow’s dentistry — ScienceDaily

New knowledge on the cellular makeup and growth of teeth can expedite developments in regenerative dentistry — a biological therapy for damaged teeth — as well as the treatment of tooth sensitivity. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, is published in Nature Communications.

Teeth develop through a complex process in which soft tissue, with connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels, are bonded with three different types of hard tissue into a functional body part. As an explanatory model for this process, scientists often use the mouse incisor, which grows continuously and is renewed throughout the animal’s life.

Despite the fact that the mouse incisor has often been studied in a developmental context, many fundamental questions about the various tooth cells, stem cells and their differentiation and cellular dynamics remain to be answered.

Using a single-cell RNA sequencing method and genetic tracing, researchers at Karolinska Institutet,

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AI Machine Learning Breakthrough Is a Twist on Brain Replay

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Recently, researchers affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Cambridge, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Rice University created a new way of adapting a neuroscience concept called “brain replay” to the digital realm of artificial neural networks to enable continuous learning.

From a neuroscience perspective, the concept of brain replay is analogous to a streaming service that activates repeat showings from its vast archives of stored pre-recorded content. The brain can replay memories by reactivating the neural activity patterns that represent prior experiences whether asleep or awake. This ability for memory replay starts in the hippocampus, then continues in the cortex.

The research trio of Hava Siegelmann, Andreas Tolias, and Gido van de Ven published a study in Nature Communications on August 13, 2020 that shows state-of-the-art performance from neural networks by deploying a new twist on mimicking brain replay.

From an educational perspective,

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Inaugural Winners of Heroes of Science: Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge Announced

(From top left clockwise): Grace McNally, Hussain Currimbhoy, Carrie McCarthy, Dana Turken, John Hibey, Cutter Hodierdien, Molly Murphy and Thor Klein

TheWrap and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation today announced the winners of the inaugural “Heroes of Science: Breakthrough Filmmakers Challenge” – a new competition created to promote and support the development of films dedicated exclusively to science and scientists. The announcement was made at TheGrill 2020, TheWrap’s annual business conference focused on the convergence between entertainment, media and technology.

Competitors submitted a proposal for a short film about a Breakthrough Prize laureate. Each candidate was then judged by a panel of experts including filmmakers, scientists and science communicators, based on the proposal’s engagement with the laureate and their work, its characterization, creativity, clarity, accuracy and vision, as well as the filmmaker’s experience.

The six winners are:
Cutter Hodierne and John Hibey (US)
Dana Turken (US)
Grace McNally (US)
Hussain Currimbhoy

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Electric cars are closer to a breakthrough than you might think

It’s late 2020 and the auto world is still divided over what will make most consumers like an electric car. Range? Charging infrastructure? Cost? Driving feel? What we know consumers like is clarity, not a debate. Now what?

Tesla is about to hold its much-awaited Battery Day, during which we may see a major announcement about increased battery energy density, allowing much more energy to be stored in a given size or weight of battery pack. It would be important because it could propel Tesla on both ends of the market.  

“On the higher end of the market you can go for more range,” says Sam Abuelsamid, Principal Research Analyst at Guidehouse Research, about an EV metric consumers have become obsessed with. “On the other end, one of the biggest challenges is price

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Spark Connected’s Breakthrough 30W Tablet Wireless Charging Solution

Spark Connected, (www.sparkconnected.com) a global leader in developing advanced and innovative wireless power technology and system level solutions, revealed The Minotaur wireless charging solution today – designed and engineered to charge tablets.

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The Minotaur is Spark Connected’s 30W wireless charging solution designed and engineered to charge tablets at 95% efficiency. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Minotaur 30W solution provides breakthrough power, efficiency, flexibility, and ease of integration required to charge the thinner, portable, more powerful devices that enable our increasingly connected world. This solution is ideal for many consumer and industrial portable devices and applications available in the market today that require power levels higher than 15W including tablets, Chromebooks, large form factor smartphones, MedTech, gaming, and Industry 4.0 devices.

According to Ruwanga Dassanayake, Chief Operating Officer at Spark Connected, “I am enormously proud of the breakthroughs we have made

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