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Feb 26, 2024

TSMC’s new fab in Japan built in 2 years: 24-hour work days, site is called ‘Nightless Castle’

Posted by in category: government

The two years flew past, and now the facility is ready to begin mass production later this year, with TSMC tapping Sony’s assistance to get the plant operational in Japan. The new Kumamoto fab plant has been dubbed “Nightless Castle” as there were workers there on 24-hour shifts, which is how the new TSMC plant was built in just two years, with plants regularly taking three or more years to get up and running.

Sony is an investor and a customer for TSMC’s new plant in Japan; with the new fab plant getting up and running so quickly in Japan, that wouldn’t necessarily be done in other countries. Why? TSMC had efficient government support, strict construction timetables, and a low-cost workforce that was flooding the site and then working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Feb 26, 2024

Crew Preps for Spacewalk, Scans Veins and Evaluates Artificial Gravity Suit

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

The Expedition 66 crew continued preparing today for the first of two spacewalks set to begin next week to continue upgrading the International Space Station’s power system. Vein scans were also on Thursday’s schedule helping scientists understand how living in space affects the human body.

NASA Flight Engineers Kayla Barron and Raja Chari are set to switch their U.S. spacesuits to battery power at 8:05 a.m. EDT on Tuesday and spend six-and-a-half hours installing a modification kit on the space station’s Starboard-4 truss structure. The new hardware will enable the upcoming installation of a third roll-out solar array increasing the station’s power output and augmenting the existing solar arrays.

The duo was joined by fellow station astronauts Tom Marshburn of NASA and Matthias Maurer of ESA (European Space Agency) for a spacewalk procedures review and conference with specialists on the ground. Marshburn and Maurer will assist the spacewalkers in and out of their spacesuits, operate the Canadarm2 robotic arm, and monitor their external activities. Mission managers will talk about the spacewalk, as well as a second one planned for March 23, live on the NASA TV app and the website on Monday at 2 p.m. NASA TV begins its live spacewalk broadcast on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.

Feb 26, 2024

Dracula’s Chivito: New Protoplanetary Disk discovered with Pan-STARRS

Posted by in categories: materials, space

A protoplanetary disk is a disk of dense gas and dust, orbiting a newly formed star. It is assumed that planets are born by the gradual accumulation of material in such a structure, therefore discoveries and studies of protoplanetary disks are essential for improving our understanding of planetary formation processes.

Now, a team of astronomers led by Ciprian T. Berghea of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) in Washington, DC, has discovered a new disk of this type that is associated with an infrared source known as IRAS 23077+6707. The finding was made by inspecting the Pan-STARRS data while working on a variability study of active galactic nuclei (AGN) candidates.

Feb 26, 2024

Study reveals Eco-friendly way to Generate Power from Waste Wood

Posted by in categories: particle physics, sustainability

A new study by researchers at University of Limerick in Ireland has revealed a sustainable method of efficiently converting waste heat into electricity using Irish wood products, while minimizing costs and environmental impact.

The study, led by researchers at UL in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Valencia, has demonstrated a method of generating electricity using low-grade heat recovered from lignin-derived membranes.

Lignin, typically overlooked, is a sustainable byproduct derived from wood in paper and pulp production. The study shows that these membranes can convert waste heat into electricity by utilizing the movement of charged atoms (ions) within the material.

Feb 26, 2024

Construction workers being replaced by AI robot bricklayers

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Bricklaying robots are not looking to steal jobs but fill a labor shortage.

Imagine being a bricklayer.


How much does the bricklaying robot cost?

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Feb 26, 2024

Jensen Huang says kids shouldn’t learn to code — they should leave it up to AI

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

But this isn’t the first time a tech exec has predicted the death of coding.

At the recent World Government Summit in Dubai, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang made a counterintuitive break with what he thinks is a long tradition of tech CEOs advising youngsters to learn how to code.

Feb 26, 2024

Now there’s a 28,000mAh battery with a phone in it

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Four years after Avenir Telecom announced a phone equipped with a massive 18,000mAh battery, the company is announcing an even more outrageous model.

Four years ago, my then-colleague Vlad brought you news of an 18,000mAh battery with a phone in it.


It won’t necessarily be a good phone.

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Feb 26, 2024

Lenovo’s concept laptop is real, transparent, and ready to impress

Posted by in category: computing

The ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop concept even comes with a built-in drawing tablet.


A cool sci-fi concept, but what’s the killer app?

Feb 26, 2024

Google gives Android the AI treatment at MWC

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation, wearables

Google’s Gemini implementation for AI image generation is facing a lot of criticism. But that isn’t stopping the search and mobile giant from riding the AI wave and rolling it out to more of its services. Today, Google announced a new set of features for phones, cars, and wearables — using Gemini to craft messages, AI-generated captions for images, summarizing texts through AI for Android Auto, along with access to passes on Wear OS.

The new features were unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona — an event where Google, as the company behind Android, has figured strongly for years.

The company said that starting this week, Google Messages will get a feature that lets you access Gemini in the app. The feature is currently in beta and only supports English.

Feb 26, 2024

How Antarctica’s history of isolation is ending—thanks to Starlink

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

The seventh continent has always been a bleak, unconnected place. Elon Musk’s satellite internet is changing that, and people want to see what life is like there.

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