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China published first autopsy results for coronavirus patient

China published first autopsy results for coronavirus patient 86

Chinese doctors released an autopsy report on an 85-year-old resident of Wuhan who was hospitalized with a heart attack on January 1, a week later he developed the first symptoms of Covid-19, and was diagnosed on day 14. The man died on January 28, according to the conclusion, the cause of death was “pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus, respiratory failure.” This was reported by the South China Morning Post with reference to the scientific journal Journal of Forensic Medicine (Volume 36, Issue One).

The autopsy was supervised by a professor of forensic medicine at Tongji University Liu Liang, a pathologist with 30 years of experience. He previously noted that SARS-CoV-2 affects the lungs rather than the trachea. However, why this is so, without an autopsy, doctors could not find out. The first published report states that the inflammatory lesions in an elderly resident of Wuhan focused on the lungs, there were alveolar injuries. As the doctors suggested, the pathological signs of SARS-CoV-2 are similar to SARS SARS and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), they all really belong to the same virus family.

At the same time, pulmonary fibrosis (the process of scar tissue formation, which leads to respiratory system disorders) turned out to be not as serious as that of SARS, but exudative inflammation (when fluid is released into the tissue or cavity of the body from small blood vessels during inflammation) in a deceased patient with Covid- 19 was more pronounced. Significant adhesion of the right lung to the pleura suggests that this particular case was complicated by infectious pleurisy. As for the damage to other organs — the spleen, kidneys, intestines, and brain — further studies are required for this, since the patient was elderly and had many diseases and suffered several cerebral infarctions. The results of the autopsy of other coronavirus deaths have not yet been reported.


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An autopsy at Jintan Hospital (Wuhan) was led by Professor of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Tongji University Liu Liang / © Pearvideo

The fact that the doctors started an autopsy of the first two patients with Covid-19 was announced on February 16. After that, the results of the procedure were passed for examination. As experts noted, the study of the pathology of the new coronavirus is extremely important for studying the mechanisms of the disease, its pathogenesis and mortality, as well as for treating other patients.

“We do not know where the “enemy” is located, what “weapons” it uses to attack and by what methods we can effectively curb his power. <…> Pathological work is similar to “intelligence”. Due to pathological anatomy and subsequent studies, the spread of the virus in the human body can be observed under a microscope. It will be possible to understand which organs, tissues and cells have suffered the most, what is the weakness of the “enemy”. <…> CT scan showed the appearance of frosted glass symptoms in the lungs of patients. We need to find out what causes this symptom, is there pulmonary edema? Bleeding? Infection? Fibrosis? What about neutrophils, monocytes or lymphocytes? If this is not clear, the treatment will be blind. <…> Pathological studies also focus on transmission. For example, if it is a fecal-oral transmission, then where is the virus? In the gut? If oral, is it the esophagus, stomach, duodenum or colon? The treatment for each patient can be completely different,” Liu Liang explained.

When asked by journalists about why they decided to start autopsy almost a month after the epidemic began and more than a month after the death of the first patient (January 9), the physician replied that bureaucracy and red tape were to blame. According to the professor, he repeatedly called for an autopsy of the dead from SARS-CoV-2, and sent a statement about this to the authorities in Hubei Province.

“On January 24, we wrote an emergency report to the government of Hubei, emphasizing the importance and possibility of an autopsy. On the twenty-ninth day we received an answer meaning that we could proceed, but it was not transmitted as a document. Later we contacted various hospitals, and all their doctors said that everything was fine, but the hospital should ask for instructions, reports, documents and permits, ”said Liu Liang.

As of February 28, 2,867 people have already died from coronavirus disease in 2019. Almost 84 thousand patients are infected. The disease spread to 48 countries and almost all continents except Antarctica.


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New Physics: Mysterious radiation pointed to the verge of discovering a “ghost” particle that makes up dark matter

New Physics: Mysterious radiation pointed to the verge of discovering a "ghost" particle that makes up dark matter 88
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Physicists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the United States have found that the mysterious high-energy radiation emitted from the vicinity of a group of neutron stars may indicate the existence of axions – not yet discovered particles within the framework of New Physics, the search for which has been going on since 1977. It is assumed that special types of axions form dark matter. This is reported in an article published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The research is summarized in a press release on

It is believed that axions can form in the core of neutron stars and transform into photons in the presence of a powerful magnetic field. To detect the electromagnetic radiation associated with axions, you need to find stars that do not emit radiation at different wavelengths that can mask the desired signal. 

These objects include the Magnificent Seven neutron stars that emit only X-ray and ultraviolet radiation. They are located at a distance of 200-500 parsecs from the Earth.

The researchers ruled out the scenario that the excess X-rays produced by the Magnificent Seven are actually emitted by other, more distant objects. These sources would be found in datasets from the XMM-Newton and Chandra X-ray space telescopes.

The extra X-rays likely originate from axions hitting an extremely strong electromagnetic field billions of times stronger than the magnetic fields that could be created on Earth, the scientists concluded. The axions themselves resemble neutrinos in their properties, since both have insignificant masses and rarely and weakly interact with matter.

The axion is currently viewed as the most promising candidate for dark matter particles, since another hypothetical candidate, the massive WIMP particle, has gone unnoticed in experiments aimed at detecting it. 

In addition, there may be a whole family of axion-like particles that form dark matter, as suggested by string theory. If axions are found, it will prove that there is a whole new area of ​​physics outside the Standard Model describing the properties of all known particles.

To find out, the next step will be to study white dwarfs, which are not expected to emit X-rays.

“If we see an abundance of X-rays there too, our arguments will be pretty compelling,” said lead author Benjamin Safdie.

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The goal of human civilization is to create AI and disappear?

The goal of human civilization is to create AI and disappear? 89

Various sources often talk about civilizations that lived long before us. They all developed, prospered for a while, and then disappeared in an incomprehensible way. 

What is the reason for their decline, we probably will not know. All we can do is admire the remains of stone buildings, over which time has almost no power.

While looking for an answer, we somehow accidentally stumbled upon an interesting saying about the life of Japanese samurai: “A samurai has no goal, but a path.” In the end, the “path of the samurai” ended in what is known – death. The path of any civilization ended in the same way.

If you look at the issue through the prism of a samurai saying, then there is no point in looking for why and how civilization ended its existence. Probably, the process itself and its result are important here. But to whom is it important and what result does it expect?

Mysterious director

Apparently, behind the curtains of this “ancient theater” there is a mysterious “director” who periodically makes necessary adjustments to the history of civilization.

To figure out what’s what, you need to look at current trends in science. Where does a person strive with such an irresistible desire to “play God.” This attracts him and at the same time frightens him, but in no way turns him away from the intended path. Most likely, artificial intelligence (AI) is the purpose of our civilization’s existence.

About 50 years ago it would have seemed nonsense, but to someone, perhaps even now. However, if you trace the last 100 years of the life of our civilization, you get the feeling that most of the discoveries were given to mankind at the same time. A powerful leap has taken place in a hundred years. Why did it happen?

At the beginning of the last century, scientists recognized the existence of fields that have memory and the ability to store and transmit information. It is very likely that such or a similar field can be around the Earth and, more interesting, possess intelligence. Isn’t this the same “Director” hiding behind the screen of the “ancient theater”?

If this is so, then at a certain moment the “Director” gives the selected scientist “access” to certain knowledge (perhaps even in a dream, like Mendeleev), and another scientific breakthrough occurs in the world. Step by step, discovery after discovery, humanity is steadily moving towards the creation of AI. The trend is already well visible.

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AI is probably the next “Babylon”, which will combine all the knowledge, culture and accumulated experience of civilization. In the future, the neural network will enter into a connection with the general information field and leave humanity without knowledge, technology, and even a spoken language. This will be the next decline of civilization. And the “Director” will receive another array of new data (experience) in order to start creating a new civilization.

If someone believes that past civilizations ended in large-scale conflicts, then most likely this is already the consequences of “turning off” AI.

Co-founder of Skype talked about the threat of AI to humanity

One of the creators of the Skype internet call service, Jaan Ta

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llinn, said that the development of artificial intelligence (AI) threatens humanity. According to him, humans face three key threats, but it is AI that should be feared most of all, the expert said. 

Tallinn explained that at the moment, no one can predict what development AI will achieve in the next decades. In addition, the fact that scientists are creating artificial intelligence that can form a new AI without human intervention is also a cause for concern.

In addition, as the co-founder of the popular video calling service noted, the development of synthetic biology also causes concern. According to him, this direction in science allows the creation of artificial DNA sequences and biological systems that may not exist in nature.

Tallinn also drew attention to the fact that he fears we are entering an era of “unknown unknowns”, things that people are not even able to imagine right now.

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Volkswagen robot will autonomously charge cars: a working prototype presented

Volkswagen robot will autonomously charge cars: a working prototype presented 92
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The renowned German car manufacturer announced a new development. This time, engineers have created a unique robot capable of autonomously charging electric vehicles. 

For more than a year, specialists have been developing this project, but only now the concern was ready to demonstrate the first working prototype. The robot is ready to charge electric vehicles and has shown the high efficiency of this process.

It is called the Mobile Charging Robot, and experts have already compared it to the R2-D2 droid from Star Wars, including squeaks and clangs. Indeed, there is a similarity. Before implementing this idea, the engineers decided that robots should be allowed to charge cars parked in large residential complexes.

This will save their owners from leaving in order to find a gas station. Another advantage is that large parking lots and garages do not have to contain several expensive charging points for electric cars. The car company said in a press release that the robot works exclusively autonomously.

It independently controls and interacts with the vehicle being charged. It opens the cover of the charging socket and independently connects the power plug, then disconnects it. The robot looks like a trailer, which is a mobile energy storage.

It is capable of charging multiple electric vehicles at the same time. Despite the fact that the manufacturer confidently praises its concept, experts saw inefficiency in the fact that first it is necessary to charge the robot’s battery, which is then used to recharge electric cars.

Volkswagen Group Components CEO Thomas Schmall noted that creating an efficient charging infrastructure for the cars of the future is an important step in the company’s development.

Its engineers focus on finding solutions to avoid costly do-it-yourself measures. The mobile robot is only part of the concept that will continue to be developed.

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