Mail from japan: stem cell trials spreading

Hideyuki Otani is a rough at small human cells that can turn into many ties. Back in 2007, the professor from the Graduate College of Medicine at Tokyo’s Keio University received an award that ranked him among the world’s top stem cell researchers. Now living up to its price. Otani’s group, along with colleague Masaya Nakamura and a team of researchers, will conduct the world’s first clinical trial of a spinal cord injury therapy to help paralyzed people walk again.

Finally, this week, the Ministry of Health approved the testing of Okano’s stem cell treatment on four patients. To get underway in the summer. Each of the paraplegic subjects is injected with 200 million neural stem cells, derived from the true all-comers, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, into the severed nerve connection. In addition, test subjects receive drugs that suppress the immune response. After all, the body is not supposed to fight the small foreign cells, but to let them do their work, the growth of new nerve tracts.

At affchen it already went

The rough hope is that what the cell cocktail has already achieved in monkeys will be repeated in humans: that paraplegics will be able to walk again. The test subjects will be followed by the researchers over the course of a year in order to record not only progress but also possible side effects such as cancer.

Mail from japan: nippon's tractors will soon be pulling the super furrow's tractors soon to pull the super furrow

It is not often that farmers, construction workers and bulldozer drivers are among the first adopters of new technology. But in Japan, the mobile network operator Softbank now wants to roll out a service in November, initially for corporate customers, which I, as a private person, have been wanting for a long time: a positioning system that is accurate to the centimeter.

Precise over the field at last

These highly precise tracking systems are a prerequisite for the autonomous navigation of tractors, construction machines and other vehicles. This is because the current satellite positioning system is too imprecise for precise control, with scatter ranging from meters to tens of meters. That’s why systems are being built around the world to analyze the atmospheric disturbances that stare satellite data. The quantities are used to correct the position data. However, Japan is among the pioneers when it comes to implementation in a flat country.

The start was made by the joint venture of car manufacturers, map makers and electronics groups DMP, which creates highly precise three-dimensional car maps. For this, the partners also need a highly precise location of the cars, the necessary correction data for which has now been provided by an official service, the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, since November 2018. Mitsubishi Electric, the technical engine in the joint venture, also exported the technology to Germany in 2017 through Sapcorda Services, a joint venture formed with Bosch, Geo++ and u-blox in 2017.

Google strengthens quality assurance measures for search results

Google will subject its search results to stronger quality arance measures in the future. Google announced this on Thursday. The changes will mainly affect the content that appears in highlighted areas on the results page.

The first is the fact box ("knowledge panel"), which appears whenever a person, place or other object ("Entity") are recognized. On the other hand, the displayed headlines ("featured snippets") and the auto-complete function ("Autocomplete") are subject to tightly defined guidelines, said Google executive David Graff.

Reliable search results

Users needed to be able to rely on the search results, said Google Vice President Pandu Nayak, who leads the "Search Quality Team" . "In a year when access to reliable information is more important than ever – from COVID-19 to natural disasters to important moments of civic involvement around the world – our longstanding commitment to quality remains at the core of our mission to make the world’s information accessible and usable."

Decision on wirecard's expulsion from the dax draws closer

When will the insolvent scandal group Wircard be removed from the Dax, investors ask?. There should be clarity in the course of the week. By 13. August at the latest, Deutsche Borse intends to publish the results of a consultation with market participants on changes to the index rules. The implementation will then take about a week.

Wirecard had to leave the top German stock exchange league in August – instead of after the regular index review at the beginning of September. The food delivery service Delivery Hero and the fragrance and flavoring manufacturer Symrise are considered candidates for promotion to the index of the 30 heavyweights in the stock exchange.

Revised rules and regulations after scandal

The Deutsche Borse announced a revision of the rules for the Dax share index following criticism of the handling of the insolvent payment service provider Wirecard, which was involved in an accounting scandal. Up to now, a company has only had to file for bankruptcy in the event of liquidation or rejection of the application to open insolvency proceedings for lack of assets "immediately" be removed from a selection index.

Magnetic balls: life-threatening tiktok trend

The UK’s national health service, National Health Service (NHS), is calling for a ban on the sale of magnets as a "Toys" LIMITS. The background is a current TikTok trend, in which teenagers use two magnetic balls on the top and bottom of the tongue to form a "Fake piercing" place. However, accidental swallowing of the balls poses a risk to life. The NHS has now ied a patient alert on the matter.

Interruption of blood supply

In the last three years, at least 65 children have undergone emergency surgery as a result of swallowing magnets, according to the NHS. The magnetic objects were found to cause an interruption in blood supply in the intestines, the NHS explains – within hours, swallowed magnets could cause significant damage. Teenagers using magnetic balls as fake tongue piercings recently added to young children among those affected.

On TikTok, the teens in the videos play with the magnetic spheres above and below their tongues, moving them back and forth like a real piercing where, unlike magnets, the two spheres are permanently attached to a rod – they’re not magnets either.

Great britain: royals wave hundreds of millions of pounds from wind farm deals

The sale of wind farm rights off the British coast also to German corporations could multiply the income of the royal family. The deal, announced Monday, will potentially bring the Royals up to 220 million pounds (about 250 million euros) annually over the next decade – two and a half times their current maintenance. One of the conditions is that the government does not change the amount of the so called Sovereign Grant, the royals’ share of the profits of their property manager Crown Estate, in the next review.

RWE and EnBW involved

Several energy companies, including RWE and EnBW, have secured land for high option fees to build offshore wind farms on the seabed in the Twelve Mile Zone, owned by the Konigshaus and managed by the Crown Estate.

The money raised does not belong to the Queen and her family personally, but is used for their livelihood and the upkeep of their estates. The revenues go to the state, which then pays out the Sovereign Grant to the Crown. Since 2017, this has been 25 percent – equivalent to around 220 million pounds of the annual option fee of 879 million pounds. In this financial year, for example, it amounts to 86 million pounds. It is calculated from the income of the previous year, currently the fiscal year 2018.

Cybercrime: investigations initiated after it failure at dusseldorf university hospital

After the extensive failure of the IT system at the University Hospital in Dusseldorf, which affected many patients for days, the Central and Contact Point for Cybercrime of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has initiated an investigation. "The indications that point to a criminally relevant behavior are growing stronger", said a spokesman for the central office, which is based at the public prosecutor’s office in Koln, to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Friday. In the exchange with the affected parties, it will be examined, among other things, whether and if so, what measures are necessary.

Severe restrictions due to IT failure

The failure of the IT system at the University Hospital in Dusseldorf resulted in severe restrictions for the second day in a row on Friday. "We are signed off from the emergency supply", said a spokesman Friday morning the dpa. This means that ambulances will still not be able to drive to the university hospital, but will instead drive to other hospitals. The emergency room itself, however, was manned. "Whoever comes will be treated", he explained. The telephone system was brought back online on Thursday, and both external and internal calls are possible again. "We are available again", emphasized the spokesman.

However, the e-mail traffic was not yet functioning. Scheduled and outpatient treatments did not take place until further notice and will be postponed, according to a warning on the clinic’s website from Thursday evening, which was still displayed on Friday afternoon. Patients were therefore asked not to visit the University Hospital in Dusseldorf – even if an appointment had been made, it said.

Logitech introduces new video conferencing systems

Logitech expands its portfolio of video conferencing systems with three more devices: Rally Bar, Rally Bar Mini and Logitech RoomMate. After laptops, headsets and video cameras boomed in the first wave of mobile working, videoconferencing vendors are now seeing a growing market. This is due to the fact that in the vast majority of meetings, when employees return to the office, they also want to be connected to the meeting when they are elsewhere.

Logitech introduces new video conferencing systems

Rally Bar is designed for rooms of medium coarseness and will be released at the end of the quarter

A flat screen then hangs on the wall in the conference room, with a video bar with camera, speakers, and microphones below it. The first product in Logitech’s new portfolio to be released in the first quarter is Rally Bar. The special thing is the combination of two cameras. Left of center is a wide-angle camera that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize the shape of people and control the orientation and zoom level of the main camera in the center.

Internet archive will show fact checks and background information in the future

There’s a lot on the Internet, including a lot of questionable stuff – that’s why the Internet Archive has taken it upon itself to make corrective information available for some archived web pages. In some cases, this may be background information to put misleading statements into context; in other cases, it may be fact checks to correct earlier misstatements. The Internet Archive presents its new project in a blog post.

Fact checks linked

As Mark Graham writes in his blog post, the Internet Archive has begun displaying links to such annotations on stored snapshots of a web page when a user of the Wayback Machine – the search engine used to browse the archive – stumbles upon a page in question. The respective archived web page remains unchanged, only a yellow highlighted note is displayed between the header with the search engine information and the snapshot of the web page.

Internet archive will show fact checks and background information in the future

Fact checks or background information about an archived web page will be displayed by the Wayback Machine with a yellow bar in the future.

C't uncovers: security leaks in the dedoles store't uncovers: security leaks in the dedoles store

In the run-up to Christmas, online stores were booming, and the Corona lockdown shortly before Christmas may have brought further traffic to the virtual shops. But even those who stayed away from city centers and shopped on their couches at home were at risk: Clothing store Dedoles failed to plug security holes on its website for months.

Dedoles sells mainly funny socks, pants and boxer shorts. And very successfully, if you believe the company’s information: According to this, more than one million customers have already ordered from Dedoles, the Slovakian company is active in 19 European countries, including Germany. However, security expert Daniel Ruf was not interested in the colorful socks, but in the IT security of the store.

Cross site scripting again

Ruf promptly discovered several vulnerabilities of the type “Cross Site Scripting” (XSS) in the store system. He didn’t have to search long for them: The first one he found right on the start page, in a central function of the store.