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Oscars 2020 predictions and snubs: Joker, The Irishman, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – CNET

Nominations bring surprises, but mainly unsurprising disappointments (read: Greta Gerwig’s snub for best director).
Source: CNET

New MacBook Pro coming soon, recent regulatory filing suggests

A regulatory filing indicates that Apple is gearing up to release a new MacBook Pro in the next few months.
Source: Digital trends

Codagenix raises $20 million for a new flu vaccine and other therapies

Codagenix, a company developing vaccines and viral therapies for illnesses ranging from the flu and respiratory viruses to dengue fever has raised $20 million in a new round of financing.

The company’s new investment round was led by Adjuvant Capital with additional participation from Euclidean Capital and Topspin Partners .

Codagenix will use the funds to support clinical development of its general flu vaccine and the first RSV vaccine for elderly patients — who are more at risk to serious consequences from contracting the virus.

The company uses a technology called “codon deoptimization” to make versions of viruses and viral therapies that are rendered relatively harmless by replacing more virulent pathogens with milder strains.

Codagenix said it will use the new financing to bring its RSV and flu vaccines through Phase 1 trials and move its oncology program for a breast cancer treatment into Phase 1 clinical trials. It will also launch two new vaccine development programs for what the company called “neglected public health challenges.”

“With the potential to develop optimized, more affordable versions of existing vaccines, Codagenix is poised to solve persistent public health challenges where existing vaccines have made enormous improvements, but still fall short of desired disease control objectives,” said Glenn Rockman, managing partner at Adjuvant Capital. “Equally exciting, the Codagenix technology has an opportunity to succeed where other immunization attempts have failed. We are proud to be supporting the further clinical development of the company’s RSV and influenza programs.â€�

Founded as a spinout from Stony Brook University in New York in 2012, Codagenix has received backing from government institutions like the National Institute of Health, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army for its dengue fever, flu, swine flu, RSV, and food and mouth disease virus vaccines.

In all, the company has raised $38 million from private non-profits, venture capital investors and $11 million in federal funding.

 


Source: TechCrunch

Kids with lazy eye can be treated just by letting them watch TV on this special screen

Amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye, is a medical condition that adversely affects the eyesight of millions, but if caught early can be cured altogether — unfortunately this usually means months of wearing an eye patch. NovaSight claims successful treatment with nothing more than an hour a day in front of its special display.

The condition amounts to when the two eyes aren’t synced up in their movements. Normally both eyes will focus the detail-oriented fovea part of the retina on whatever object the person is attending to; in those with amblyopia, one eye won’t target the fovea correctly and as a result the eyes don’t converge properly and vision suffers, and if not treated can lead to serious vision loss.

It can be detected early on in children, and treatment can be as simple as covering the good eye with a patch for most of the day, which forces the other eye to adjust and align itself properly. The problem is, of course, that this is uncomfortable and embarrassing for the kid, and of course only using one eye isn’t ideal for playing schoolyard games and other everyday things.

And you look cool doing it!

NovaSight’s innovation with CureSight is to let this alignment process happen without the eye patch, instead selectively blurring content the child watches so that the affected eye has to do the work while the other takes a rest.

It accomplishes this with the same technology that, ironically, gave many of us double vision back in the early days of 3D: glasses with blue and red lenses.

Blue-red stereoscopy presents two slightly different versions of the same image, one tinted red and one tinted blue. Normally it would be used with slightly different parallax to produce a binocular 3D image — that’s what many of us saw in theaters or amusement park rides.

In this case, however, one of the two tinted images just has a blurry circle right where the kid is looking. The screen uses a built-in Tobii eye-tracking sensor so it knows where the circle should be; I got to test it out briefly and the circle quickly caught up with my gaze. This makes it so the other eye, affected by the condition but the only one with access to the details of the image, has to be relied on to point where the kid needs it to.

The best part is that there isn’t some treatment schema or tests — kids can literally just watch YouTube or a movie using the special setup, and they’re getting better, NovaSight claims. And it can be done at home on the kid’s schedule — always a plus.

Graphs from NovaSight website.

The company has already done some limited clinical trials that showed “significant improvement” over a 12-week period. Whether it can be relied on to completely cure the condition or if it should be paired with other established treatments will come out in further trials the company has planned.

In the meantime, however, it’s nice to see a technology like 3D displays applied to improving vision rather than promoting bad films. NovaSight has been developing and promoting its tech over the last year; it also has a product that helps diagnose vision problems using a similar application of 3D display tech. You can learn more or request additional info at its website.


Source: TechCrunch

'Uncanny Valley' and the Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

Anna Wiener’s memoir about her four-plus years working in startups never resolves the self-contradictions of her industry, city, or existence.
Source: Wired

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

The fragility of global internet infrastructure has left the entire Red Sea region struggling to connect.
Source: Wired

La informática resuelve un antiguo misterio de este cuadro de Da Vinci

La pintura más cara del mundo muestra una esfera de vidrio con unas extrañas propiedades ópticas. Tras analizarlo con tecnologías modernas, ha sido posible descubrir que el orbe que aparece es una esfera hueca y que Leonardo Da Vinci debía conocer la óptica asociada a dicha estructura
Source: MIT

El sexo, cada vez más presente en el mundo tecnológico de los hombres

Por primera vez en la historia, el evento más importante de tecnología, el CES, ha permitido que se exhiban productos de tecnología sexual, la mayoría creados por mujeres. Se calcula que esta industria podría valer 110.000 millones de euros para 2026
Source: MIT

El próximo gran telescopio espacial podría detectar el elemento clave para la vida extraterreste

El James Webb de la NASA, que será lanzado en 2021 para analizar exoplanetas, debería ser capaz de identificar aquellos con niveles de oxígeno similares a los de la Tierra, una cualidad que podría sugerir la presencia de vida presente o pasada
Source: MIT

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
Source: Wired

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