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Korean Scientists Develop New Way to Detect Prostate Cancer in 20 Minutes With Nearly 100% Accuracy

A team of scientists from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has developed a new technique that detects prostate cancer in patients with almost 100% accuracy within 20 minutes using only a urine sample. The research was funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and the results are published in the latest issue of ACS Nano.

The team, led by Dr. Kwan Hyi Lee from the Biomaterials Research Center and Professor In Gab Jeong from Asan Medical Center, introduced a smart A.I. analysis method to an electrical-signal-based ultrasensitive biosensor for the new technique, according to Phys.org.

Singaporean Startup Gets Over $12 Million to Grow Seafood Using Stem Cells

Shiok Meats

Shiok Meats, a Singapore startup that creates lab-grown shrimps using stem cells, has received a new round of funding to help its research and development as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put pressure on the global food supply chains.

The new round of Series A funding, which is worth $12.6 million, will help sustain Shiok Meats with its development of lab-grown seafood for three years, Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder Sandhya Sriram said, according to Bloomberg. The company gained attention for growing minced crab, lobster and shrimp meat in a lab using cells extracted from the actual creature.

Chinese-American Virologist Who Helped Identify the Cause of AIDS Dies at Age 73

Flossie Wong-Staal

World-renowned scientist Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal passed away due to pneumonia at the Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, San Diego on July 8, La Jolla Light reported.

The life of a hero: The 73-year-old Chinese American virologist and molecular biologist, who saved countless lives for her significant contribution in AIDS research while in the United States, was born as Yee Ching Wong on August 27, 1946, in China.

Wuhan University Unveils Plasma Jet Prototype That Could Eventually Replace Jet Fuel

China could now be laying the groundwork for the development of plasma jets, giving the world a peek into the future of sustainable air travel.

In a paper published last week, researchers at the Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University — one of the country’s most prestigious universities with a “Double First Class” status — announced that they had developed a prototype of a plasma jet device, using electricity to run its engine.

There Are Now 2 Species of Red Panda, Study Finds

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A comprehensive genetic study on red pandas has revealed that the endangered mammals from Asia’s high forests belong to two distinct species and not just a single one as previously believed. 

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and Kunming based their findings on an analysis of DNA from 65 red pandas. They found significant differences between the two species through three genetic markers. 

Coronavirus 2019 Definitely Wasn’t Made in a Lab, International Scientists Say

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A powerhouse of 27 scientists from nine countries excluding China has “strongly condemned” conspiracy theories claiming that SARS-CoV-2 — the coronavirus causing COVID-19 — has an artificial origin.

So far, speculations include the possibility that (1) the pathogen was bioengineered and (2) that a laboratory worker was infected while handling a bat.

TikTok Users Are Putting Their Testicles in Soy Sauce After ‘Taste Bud’ Myth

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Some male TikTok users are dipping their testicles in soy sauce as part of a new trend that has been circulating on social media.

The weird science experiment went viral on Twitter after user @mightbecursed shared a link of a 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences claiming that testicles have taste receptors, IFL Science reported.