Reviews: TheScientist Magazine – December 2022

TS Digest December 2022, Issue 2 Cover

TheScientist Magazine (December 2022):

2022 Top 10 Innovations

This year’s crop of winning products features many with a clinical focus and others that represent significant advances in sequencing, single-cell analysis, and more.

Implantable Device Zaps Cancer Cells Using Electric Fields

A wireless brain implant inhibits tumor growth in rats, overcoming many design flaws of current devices used to treat glioblastoma.


Review: Scripps California Institute For Biomedical Research (CALIBR) At 10 YRS

Calibr at Scripps Research is celebrating a major milestone, a decade of discovery. Take a look at the past 10 years of scientific innovation, and see what the next 10 years have in store.

The California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr) is a first-of-its-kind, nonprofit translational research institute dedicated to accelerating the next generation of medicines, celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2022. Affiliated with Scripps Research—among the most innovative institutes worldwide—we spearhead drug discovery from a steady flow of pioneering science.

Our self-sustaining model encourages broad and bold exploration with far-reaching goals, yet rapid transition of our most successful, high-impact programs into the clinic. We pursue audacious and imaginative ideas—bridging scientific and technological advances to develop new medicines for unmet medical needs.

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Report: Secret Diaries Of 3 Women Protesting In Iran

BBC News (December 12, 2022) – Iran has been rocked by daily protests since a young woman, Mahsa Amini, died in custody after being detained by Iran’s morality police for not wearing her headscarf correctly.

Both women and men, who want a life free from the strict rules of the Islamic Republic, have been taking part. We know Mahsa Amini’s story, but what about the everyday risks and dangers that women face, as they continue to protest?

Over two and a half months, women have been sending their thoughts as voice notes, writing and drawings to the BBC’s Saba Zavarei. Here are their diaries, with names changed for their safety. This report contains disturbing scenes.

Beverage Science: Inside The Chemistry Of Coffee

National Science Foundation – The chemistry of the universe is, in a way, in your morning cup of coffee. Coffee contains a tremendous number of chemicals, with over 1000 aroma compounds. If you are looking for antioxidants, the most abundant phenolic compounds in coffee are chlorogenic acids (CGAs), which account for up to 12 per cent of the dry weight of green unroasted coffee beans. Much of coffee’s bitter taste comes from CGAs, which also cause the acid reflux that is sometimes experienced by coffee drinkers.  

Produced by the PBS Digital Studio / American Chemical Society


Design: AI-Generated ‘Gaudí’ Home Appliances

AI-generated series redesigns vibrant household appliances in gaudí aesthetic

designboom (December 11, 2022) – Visual storyteller Marcus Byrne envisions regular household appliances in Antoni Gaudí’s architectural aesthetic using artificial intelligence image generator software. The graphic designer re-imagines everyday objects drawing from the famous architect’s vibrant intricate designs.

The twentieth-century styles such as neo-gothic, art nouveau, and modernism that characterize Gaudí’s designs are reflected in the AI-generated images through vivid colors and free-flowing coral-like shapes. The digital art series are illustrated through the process of combining popular text-to-image software, Midjourney, and Photoshop for additional editing. 

Tours: ‘Hinterhouse’ Glass Cabin In Quebec, Canada

Exploring Alternatives (December 2022) – Tour this stunning and modern 1000-square-foot cabin where every detail has been meticulously designed and executed to provide a comfortable space that merges with nature.

Built all on one level, the cabin has a carport and firewood storage at one end, and then the cabin itself has an open-concept living, dining, and kitchen area, as well as two beautiful bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. The most impressive part of this cabin is that 60% of the house is windows, which takes the concept of indoor/outdoor living to a whole new level.


Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – Dec 19, 2022

A portrait of Santa.
“Believe,” by George Booth.

@NewYorker Magazine – December 19, 2022 issue:

Shooting Shakespeare with Jean-Luc Godard

Molly Ringwald as Cordelia in Godard’s surreal 1987 adaptation of “King Lear.”

The actress and writer recalls working with French cinema’s enfant terrible.

The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer

Such a device could help address climate change and food scarcity, or break the Internet. Will the U.S. or China get there first?

The Promise and the Politics of Rewilding India

Ecologists are trying to undo environmental damage in rain forests, deserts, and cities. Can their efforts succeed even as Narendra Modi pushes for rapid development?

Winter 2022: Garmisch-Partenkirchen In Bavaria

Little Big World (December 12, 2022) – Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an Alpine ski town in Bavaria, southern Germany. Nearby is Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, at 2,962 metres (9,718 ft) above sea level.

Chapters: 00:00 Zugspitze 00:24 Alpspitz Ferrata 00:38 Zugspitze 01:10 Eibsee 01:28 Garmisch Classic 01:55 Kreuzeckhaus 01:58 Eckbauer 02:02 Skitour Stuiben 02:20 Schloss Elmau 03:03 Wamberg 03:16 Eckbauer 03:20 Mittenwald 03:46 Garmisch Partenkirchen

Garmisch (in the west) and Partenkirchen (in the east) were separate towns for many centuries, and still maintain quite separate identities with a rivalery going on between them that is mostly on ironic terms, but not always though…

After a great collaboration with GaPa Tourismus last summer ( ) we decided to team up again and shoot a winter episode.

News: Ukraine Strikes Deep In Russia, Hungary Blocks Ukraine Aid, Next-Gen Jets

The latest on the war in Ukraine and Hungary’s spat with the EU. Plus: Japan, the UK and Italy’s plans to jointly develop a next-generation fighter jet, the business news and an interview with former Australian footballer and human-rights activist Craig Foster.

Front Page: The New York Times – December 12, 2022


Even as China Eases Covid Rules, Some Youths Still Fear a Grim Future

A sluggish economy continues to leave many young people unemployed, with few job prospects or hopes to tap into the rising incomes their parents enjoyed during boom times.

Some Prisoners Remain Behind Bars in Louisiana Despite Being Deemed Free

About 200 to 250 inmates are held beyond their legal release dates in any given month, with the average additional time lasting around 44 days in 2019.

War Next Door Brings Energy Crunch, and Paid Protests, to Moldova

The tiny country, starved of natural gas and electricity because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine, is confronting street rallies bankrolled by a pro-Russian politician to target its pro-Western government.

In Hostage Diplomacy, It’s Often the Hostage-Takers Who Pay

Detaining foreigners to wring concessions from their home country’s government holds perils for both sides, but especially, perhaps surprisingly, for the hostage takers.