How the Immune System Protects the Brain | Quanta Magazine

Now that we know the brain is not completely sequestered from the immune system, new questions arise, Schwartz said. Neurological diseases might be caused by malfunctions in communication between the brain and the immune system, rather than by problems within the brain. According to Rustenhoven, the dural sinuses offer both a location to study diseases like multiple sclerosis or even Alzheimer’s disease and a potential target for treatments.

— Read on www.quantamagazine.org/how-the-immune-system-protects-the-brain-20210428/

University of Minnesota Researchers Tried to Poison the Linux Kernel – The New Stack

Our community does not appreciate being experimented on, and being “tested” by submitting known patches that are either do nothing on purpose or introduce bugs on purpose. If you wish to do work like this, I suggest you find a different community to run your experiments on, you are not welcome here.

Because of these actions, the entire university was banned from submitted patches to the Linux kernel.

— Read on thenewstack.io/university-of-minnesota-researchers-tried-to-poison-the-linux-kernel-for-a-research-project/

Supermoon: how an illusion makes the full Moon appear bigger than it really is

More technically, it’s also known as a perigee syzygy. The opposite phenomenon – when the full Moon is furthest away from Earth in its orbit – is called an apogee syzygy or micromoon. Obviously the supermoon is not a new phenomenon, but its name is quite new – the word doesn’t appear before the 1970s.
— Read on theconversation.com/amp/supermoon-how-an-illusion-makes-the-full-moon-appear-bigger-than-it-really-is-159721

Make No Mistake: Programmable Digital Currencies Are Weaponizable Money | AIER

As a government-issued currency, the digital yuan can be manipulated and monitored in a number of ways. Importantly, it is programmable. Writes The Wall Street Journal, “Beijing has tested expiration dates to encourage users to spend it quickly, for times when the economy needs a jump start.” 
— Read on www.aier.org/article/make-no-mistake-programmable-digital-currencies-are-weaponizable-money/amp/

The ethical limits on our quest to understand the brain.

To understand brains, we record tiny pulses of electricity, the spikes sent from one neuron to another. Those spikes are you moving your eyes to read this text, cocking an eyebrow at the content therein; you sensing the gentle breeze and the waning sun on the skin; your vivid memory of strolling the streets of a beloved city. Spikes are the brain’s own language, so capturing them promises a profound understanding of how brains work.
— Read on slate.com/technology/2021/04/neuroscience-recording-brain-spikes-ethics.amp

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