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🐳 Researchers begin to understand the basics of sperm whale language

Scientists have identified the fundamental components of sperm whale communication. Through the analysis of over 8,700 clips of sperm whale clicks, a complex communication system resembling a phonetic alphabet has been revealed.

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🧏 She was deaf at birth, 18-month-old Opal Sandy had her hearing restored after a world-unique gene therapy.

The treatment involved a 16-minute operation where she received a functional copy of a gene that is crucial for hearing. The gene has made her hearing almost completely restored. Opal Sandy can now hear sounds as soft as a whisper.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

πŸ€₯ We live in a lie

How can we accept this, I thought after the first day of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit. How can it be that in 2024 we still have dictatorship in the world? How can it be allowed to exist? Because we live in a lie.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

πŸ’‘ Warp News #233

πŸš— Waymo's robotaxi has now reached 50,000 paid trips per week. πŸ…ΎοΈ Blood types can become mutually compatible. πŸ’‰ Three West African countries begin vaccinating against malaria.

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πŸš— Waymo's robotaxi has now reached 50,000 paid trips per week

Waymo's robotaxi is now performing 50,000 paid trips each week, up from 10,000 a year ago. The service is fully autonomous and available 24/7 in selected parts of Phoenix, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Mathias Sundin 5 min read

✊ The greengrocer's revolution

Nothing has done more to create human progress than democracy. There is nothing more important than achieving a fully democratic world as quickly as possible. Then even a grocer can make a difference.

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🧬 AlphaFold 3 is here! Predicting structures of almost all biological molecules and their interactions

AlphaFold 3 is designed to predict the structure and interactions between biological molecules. Experimentally investigating these interactions can be time-consuming and costly. If these interactions can instead be accurately computed, biological research could be significantly expedited.

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πŸ’‰ Three West African countries begin vaccinating against malaria

Benin, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have started vaccinating children against malaria. The vaccine has shown a significant reduction in malaria diseases and child mortality in initial African pilot programs.

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πŸ›©οΈ Really large drones pave the way for long-distance freight transport

MightyFly receives FAA approval for autonomous eVTOL transport drones. The drone can carry a 45 kg load up to 100 kilometers. The range and ability to operate beyond the operator's line of sight enable long transport distances.

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πŸ…ΎοΈ Blood types can become mutually compatible

Scientists have developed a method using enzymes from gut bacteria to convert blood types A and B into the universal donor blood type O. This opens the possibility that all blood types can become universal donors.

Mathias Sundin 5 min read

πŸ—³οΈ Record support for democracy, but people are disappointed with governments. Why and what do we do about it?

Almost 9 out of 10 want democracy. But far fewer are satisfied with the democracy they live in. This is based on the fact that the democratic system we have is over 100 years old and needs to be updated.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

πŸ’‘ Warp News #232

πŸ›°οΈ Hello again! Voyager 1 begins transmitting to Earth after five months of silence. πŸ—³οΈ Global support for democracy is at a record high – 85%. πŸ§’πŸΏ 40% of the reduction in child mortality is thanks to vaccines.

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

πŸ—³οΈ Global support for democracy is at a record high – 85%

85 percent of people globally believe that democracy is important in their country. The highest number so far.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

πŸ€– Is your job threatened by AI? Here's how you should NOT act

Can AI do tasks that are part of your job? Should you then fight and try to stop that kind of AI? That opinion is now being expressed. Instead, there is now a great chance to level up yourself with the help of AI. It will be much more successful.

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πŸ“² New record: 6G 500 times faster than average 5G

Researchers in Japan have achieved data transfer speeds of 100 gigabits per second, which is up to 500 times faster than the average 5G speed. The technology is expected to enable new applications such as holographic communication and improved VR experiences.

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πŸ“š Top Reads

We're honored to present these top reads from world-class writers, who contribute to Warp News because they believe in our mission of spreading fact-based optimism all over the world.

Mathias Sundin 7 min read

πŸ†™ Warp Levels - an idea to level up humanity

Humanity is doing the high jump without a bar. We have no goal. With Warp Levels, we determine what the next level for humanity should contain, so we can level up and make progress faster.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

πŸ“š Kevin Kelly: Focus on the biggest opportunities, not the biggest problems

We talk about some of the 450 advice in his new book, but also about his new project: Protopia - the hundred-year desirable future. And Kevin Kelly give advice for how Warp News should grow faster: "Wrap it around people and their dreams."

Mathias Sundin 5 min read

πŸ’‘ A new mindset for humanity can impact billions of people now and in the future

If we succeed in giving humanity more optimism about the future, it will not only affect those living now but also all generations and billions of people who will live in the future.

Mathias Sundin 10 min read

πŸ’° Wall Street legend: β€œPessimists sound smart – optimists make money”

Jim O'Shaughnessy is a legendary investor on Wall Street. He shares what he thinks is the biggest opportunity for the future and explains how the world is going through a great reshuffle.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

πŸ”‹ Northvolt and the benefit of understanding the future

The story of Peter Carlsson and Northvolt teaches us two lessons: You need to understand the future to see all the possibilities, and you must be a fact-based optimist to grab them.

David Deutsch 13 min read

πŸ’‘ David Deutsch: Optimism, Pessimism and Cynicism

With so much progress in the world, how can pessimism still be widespread? It is because of cynicism, denying that β€œso-called-progress” is progress, argues David Deutsch, professor at Oxford University and one of the world's leading intellectuals on optimism.