This small Biotech firm beat Neuralink in getting approval to test its BCI in humans
The brain data transfer company Synchron
has gotten the green light from the FDA to begin a human trial of its brain chip, according to a Press Release
. The news puts the upstart Synchron way ahead of rival companies in the industry, including Elon Musk’s lavishly-funded Neuralink, which has yet to make a jump from animal trials. The Stentrode is a neural implant that taps into the brain through the jugular, and the goal is to use it like an implanted brain-computer interface to grant six volunteers with paralysis control over external devices.
The company will begin what is called an early feasibility study later this year at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. The study will examine the safety and efficacy of its flagship product, known as the Stentrode motor neuroprosthesis, in patients with severe paralysis. The company says its device will allow patients to “wirelessly control external devices by thinking about moving their limbs,” which can help with activities ranging from texting and emailing to online shopping and accessing telemedicine. Synchron currently has a separate clinical trial underway outside of the US, with four patients in Australia having already received the implant.
‘White hat’ hacker behind the biggest $610m crypto heist returns most of the money
The hacker responsible for one of the world’s largest digital coin heists
has returned nearly all of their more than $610m haul, reportedly saying they did it “for fun” and to expose a vulnerability. The victim, Poly Network, which until Tuesday’s heist was a little known peer-to-peer cryptocurrency platform, said all of the funds except for $33m-worth of the digital coin Tether, which was frozen earlier in the week, had been transferred to a wallet controlled by both the platform and the hacker.
The hacker, they said, was a so-called “white hat”, a term used to refer to ethical hackers who deploy their skills to expose cyber vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious actors. The blockchain forensics company Chainalysis said
the hacker or hackers, whose identity is not yet known, appear to have exploited a vulnerability in the platform’s digital contracts to move assets between blockchains.
Welcome to the future of high-speed rail travel in Europe
Picture this: the year is 2045. You’re standing on a platform in Berlin awaiting a sleek Hyperloop pod that will glide into the station to a noiseless halt and then deposits you in Paris an hour later, ready for your morning meeting. In the afternoon, you will take another southbound pod on a leisurely trip to Barcelona for the weekend, a journey that will take no more than 90 minutes. The speed and ease are no longer a surprise to you because, in the last quarter-century, almost all travel throughout Europe has shifted from the skies to the ground.
The climate crisis is focusing the minds of European policymakers on their stated goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Many are betting on the rail to get us there. Shift2Rail aims to establish a Single European Railway Area
(SERA). It’s an idea designed to enable seamless cross-border mobility on the continent and simplify the network for rail operators. Companies like Nevomo in Poland and Zeleros in Spain are working towards making this a reality by developing a hi-tech maglev rail system and a scalable Hyperloop system respectively.