December 2022 Current Events: Science & Technology News

Updated December 30, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the Science & Technology news events you need to know so far for December 2022.

  1. Taiwan Chip Maker Invest $40bn In United States Plant
  2. Meta Warns About The Use Of Spyware To Target People
  3. First Inland Uk Space Launch Approved By Regulators
  4. Researchers Create Blood Test That Can Detect Alzheimer’s Disease

Taiwan Chip Maker Invest $40bn In United States Plant

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Thursday, December 8, 2022 – In one of America's largest foreign investments in history, the world's largest manufacturer of microchips, TSMC, is set to invest in the American chip plant—a new facility installed and launched in Arizona.

This is one of President Biden’s efforts to bring onshore the manufacture of essential components in everything from phones to military planes. The Arizona facilities will manufacture 3-nm and 4-nm chips for iPhone processors. Semiconductors are frequently referred to be the "brains" of electronics like cell phones, automotive components and AI technologies.

Although, the original arrangement for TSMC to develop a facility in the US occurred while President Donald Trump was in office. The current statement dramatically raises the scale of that investment. It boosts Mr. Biden following supply chain disruption that has led to chip shortages and amid growing tensions between the US and China.

Source: BBC 

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Meta Warns About The Use Of Spyware To Target People


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Thursday, December 15, 2022 – The giant tech company Meta warns that people must become more vigilant as more people, especially journalists and activists, become victims of spyware targets.

According to a report from Meta, it deactivated over 100 Facebook and Instagram profiles linked to a Russian corporation named Avalanche, which it claimed offered access to a platform that allowed internet espionage. According to Meta, the Russian network was used to target various persons and groups, including environmental activists, media members, NGOs in the United States, and politicians. 

Other targeted platforms include those that belong to a New York-based company called Social Links and an Israel-based company called Cyberglobes.

Meta also confirmed that some of the companies it had previously banned have modified their spyware and circumvented the Ban Meta placed on them.

Source: The Guardian 

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First Inland Uk Space Launch Approved By Regulators


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Wednesday, December 21, 2022 – The UK Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) have issued approval licenses for the Cornwall project, the first space launch on UK soil. Although no final date has been set for the launch, the approval takes the historical event closer to reality. 

The CAA stated that the Cornwall project had "taken all necessary precautions to ensure safety hazards emanating from launch activities are as minimal as reasonably practical." Also, the director of space regulation at CAA, Tim Johnson, gave the impression that the space launch was a milestone for the UK, and the permit will help Virgin Orbit—the company in charge of the Cornwall project, conclude their launch preparations.

Local Authorities are optimistic that the project will improve the space industry in Cornwall. Dan Hart, the Chief Executive of Virgin Orbit, said the approval “is a reward for the enormous effort that has gone into the project.”

Source: BBC 

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Researchers Create Blood Test That Can Detect Alzheimer’s Disease


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Wednesday, December 28, 2022 – Scientists have developed a new clinical blood serum investigation that can help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. This is expected to help reduce the need for expensive imaging techniques and delicate lumber puncture. 

The newly introduced test can adequately detect abnormal accumulation of certain amyloid and tau proteins as markers for confirmation of the disease; however, it is more difficult to detect the marker for progressive neurodegeneration through blood tests. 

The investigation has been carried out on about 600 patients with various levels of Alzheimer’s, with a comprehensive report published in a renowned journal. The scientists are also looking to expand the validation of the test by involving a wider range of patients in different stages of different neurodegenerative diseases and racial backgrounds. 

According to researchers involved in the discovery, the treatment will make it easier to monitor brain degeneration and thus improving the clinical care for patients with Alzheimer’s.

Source: The Guardian 

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