Latest Science News: Neuralink, Comet Fragment, and Blue Origin Launch

The US FDA has approved Neuralink's brain chip for a second patient, a comet fragment dazzled Spain and Portugal's skies, and Blue Origin launched its first crew to space since 2022, including Ed Dwight, the oldest person in space.

Reuters | Updated: 21-05-2024 18:29 IST | Created: 21-05-2024 18:29 IST
Latest Science News: Neuralink, Comet Fragment, and Blue Origin Launch

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US FDA clears Neuralink's brain chip implant in second patient, WSJ reports

The U.S. health regulator has allowed billionaire Elon Musk's Neuralink to implant its brain chip in a second person after it proposed to fix a problem that occurred in its first patient, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Earlier this month, Neuralink said tiny wires implanted in the brain of its first patient had pulled out of position. Reuters reported last week, citing sources, the company knew from animal testing that the wires might retract.

Comet fragment lights up sky over Spain and Portugal 'like a movie'

A bright comet fragment lit up the skies over parts of Spain and Portugal late on Saturday, according to the European Space Agency (ESA), with one Lisbon resident saying the dazzling display "felt like a movie". On Sunday morning, the ESA shared on X a video captured by its "fireball camera" of what it described as a "stunning meteor" over the skies of the western Spanish city of Caceres, near the Portuguese border.

Bezos' Blue Origin launches first crew to edge of space since 2022 grounding

Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin launched a six-person crew - including the first U.S. Black astronaut candidate from the 1960s - from West Texas to the edge of space on Sunday, resuming its centerpiece space tourism business for the first time since its suborbital New Shepard rocket was grounded in 2022. "I am ecstatic," Ed Dwight, who at age 90 years and eight months became the oldest person in space, said upon landing.

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