“Ron Brady was 52 years old when he was diagnosed with ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease that eventually causes most people to lose their ability to speak, walk or breathe. Now, at 55, he can’t swallow food, and it’s getting harder to brush his teeth and put on clothes. He likes to crack jokes, but his speech is slurred to the point where few understand him. But he has not lost his voice.” WaPo (Gift Article): Patients were told their voices could disappear. They turned to AI to save them. (Again, the AI story is not just about Chat programs or office productivity.)

+ “Ever wondered why your hair turns gray as you age? A team of researchers says it has identified the root cause as trapped stem cells — and that means new tips for naturally fending off grays from your mane could be coming soon.” (I already found a cure for graying hair. Going bald.)

+ Volcanic microbe eats CO2 ‘astonishingly quickly’, say scientists. “Discovery of carbon-capturing organism in hot springs could lead to efficient way of absorbing climate-heating gas.”

+ Potential Alzheimer’s treatment discovered by MIT.

+ Scores of rightwing US extremists were defeated in school-board elections in April.

+ “The Biden administration announced more than $80 million in funding Thursday in a push to produce more solar panels in the US, make solar energy available to more people.”

+ The Amazing Story of How Philly Cheesesteaks Became Huge in Lahore, Pakistan.