Repairing pig cells and Pelosi’s trip fallout


The news: A new system called OrganEx stopped the decline of cells in pig organs an hour after the animal’s death, a finding that suggests cells don’t die as quickly as previously believed. The technology successfully restored blood circulation and repaired damaged cells in the pigs.

Why it matters: Experts have called the research “truly remarkable,” adding that if scientists are able to intervene and prevent permanent cell failure, it raises serious questions about how we define biological death. The study could pave the way for making human organs more viable for transplantation by making them last longer and in better condition after removal, and could also help develop methods to treat stroke and heart attacks.

Now What?: The team plans future studies in animals, and an obvious next step is to try to investigate whether organs treated with OrganEx are viable for transplantation. While keen to stress that the technology is not yet ready for use in humans, they are cautiously optimistic that the system can save organs that would otherwise have been useless. Read the full story.

—Rhiannon Williams

The must reads

I’ve scoured the internet to find today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Chinese Social Media Users Mock Their Government
They were outraged that officials failed to prevent Nancy Pelosi’s plane from landing in Taiwan. (NYT $)
+ Now that she’s gone, China has started a series of military exercises near Taiwan. (BBC)

2 The law is coming for crypto fraudsters
But whether they will actually be punished remains to be seen. (recode)
+ More major hacks have shocked the industry. (WP $)
+ Elizabeth Warren focuses on banks’ regulatory crypto guidelines. (Bloomberg $)
+ Framed NFT art isn’t a fun icebreaker at parties after all. (wired $)

3 The far right tries to recruit children online
Extremist ideology is flourishing in online games and chat rooms. (the guard)
+ Here’s a schoolboy’s experience of being seduced by far-right content. (the guard)

4 Black creators feel shortchanged by an app that promised them wealth
Trill seduced them away from arch-rival TikTok, but rarely kept his promise. (WP $)
The issue of white social media supremacy is exposed by the Jan. 6 hearings. (Fast company $)

5 The price of virtual land in the metaverse has fallen 🏠
Who could have seen this coming?! (The information $)
+ What a shame, we will have to wait to date in the metaverse. (Insider)
+ The metaverse is a new word for an old idea. (MIT Technology Review)

6 High-tech surveillance won’t stop people from crossing the Mexican border
However, it makes the journey much more dangerous. (The edge)

7 Apple’s HR Department Is Letting Down Women
Employees claim the company promotes a toxic, male-centric work environment. (FT $)

8 Gig Economy Riders Suffer In The Intense Heat
But for many, long shifts are the only way to ensure stable pay. (sieved)

9 An AI Trained On 4chan Learned To Spit Out Misogyny
To the surprise of exactly no one. (Slate)
+ AI is still bad at moderating hate speech. (MIT Technology Review)

10 We Don’t Know Why Some Bats Live So Long
If we find out, we can live longer too. (Spectrum IEEE)
+ The brains of bats predict their next move in flight. (MIT Technology Review)

Quote of the day

“I tried three courses and one expert added, and all I got was an empty wallet.”

—Scott Mitchell, 33, tells the New York Times how he put $15,000 into programs promising tips to get rich on YouTube, but made nothing.

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