Monthly Archives: September 2020

Neuralink’s Wildly Anticipated New Brain Implant: the Hype vs. the Science

Neuralink’s wildly anticipated demo last Friday left me with more questions than answers. With a presentation teeming with promises and vision but scant on data, the event nevertheless lived up to its main goal as a memorable recruitment session to further the growth of the mysterious brain implant company. Launched four years ago with the […]

STAT Plus: FDA cites Mylan for ‘repeated failures’ at manufacturing plants in India

For the second time in less than a year, the Food and Drug Administration has warned Mylan (MYL) over a failure to maintain standards at a plant that manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients. In a Sept. 1 warning letter, the agency admonished the big generic drug maker for not ensuring adequate cleaning procedures to prevent contamination […]

STAT Plus: Small vape makers seek another extension on a looming FDA application deadline, sparking battle with advocates

WASHINGTON — Vaping companies have just nine days until they must submit formal marketing applications to the Food and Drug Administration, or risk being kicked off the market. Now, small vapor companies are requesting an extension, setting off a flurry of activism in recent days from both vaping advocates and tobacco control groups. Vaping companies […]

Dodder uses the flowering signal of its host plant to flower

Researchers have investigated how the parasitic dodder Cuscuta australis controls flower formation. They showed that the parasite eavesdrops on the flowering signals of its host plants in order to activate its own flowering machinery. By synchronizing flowering with its host plant, the parasite makes sure that it can grow on its host long enough to […]

Could Quantum Computing Progress Be Halted by Background Radiation?

Doing calculations with a quantum computer is a race against time, thanks to the fragility of the quantum states at their heart. And new research suggests we may soon hit a wall in how long we can hold them together thanks to interference from natural background radiation. While quantum computing could one day enable us […]