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Feb 3, 2023

Stochastic parrot or world model? How large language models learn

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

Large language models show impressive capabilities. Are they just superficial statistics – or is there more to them?

Systems such as OpenAI’s GPT-3 have shown that large language models have capabilities that can make them useful tools in areas as diverse as text processing and programming.

With ChatGPT the company has released a model that puts these capabilities in the hands of the general public, creating new challenges for educational institutions, for example.

Feb 3, 2023

‘Unbelievable’ Spinning Particles Probe Nature’s Most Mysterious Force

Posted by in category: particle physics

The strong force holds our atoms together. Scientists may have observed its small-scale fluctuations for the first time.

Feb 3, 2023

Everything — Yes, Everything — is a SPRING! (Pretty much)

Posted by in categories: information science, mathematics, neuroscience, particle physics, quantum physics

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Feb 3, 2023

Leonard Susskind astonishing lecture on debunking quantum gravity

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Astonishing lecture Leonard Susskind.

Proof that ER=EPR.

Feb 3, 2023

Ancient Skull Found in China Might Be Homo Erectus

Posted by in category: futurism

The million-year-old skull, dubbed “Yunxian Man 3,” is extraordinarily well-preserved compared to previous finds.

Feb 3, 2023

Three years ago, we got the first-ever image of a gargantuan black hole — confirming Einstein’s greatest theory

Posted by in category: cosmology

Three years ago, the study of black holes was revolutionized. Now, the team is turning to the closest supermassive black hole to Earth — the one at the center of the Milky Way.

Feb 3, 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unravels Secrets Of 22,000 Ancient Cuneiform Tablets

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence (AI) to decipher 22,000 ancient cuneiform tablets.

Feb 3, 2023

Neil Turok: Physics is in Crisis

Posted by in categories: alien life, information science, mathematics, quantum physics

Renowned physicist Neil Turok, Holder of the Higgs Chair of Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh, joins me to discuss the state of science and the universe. is Physics in trouble? What hope is there to return to more productive and Simple theories? What is Peter Higgs up to?

Neil Turok has been director emeritus of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics since 2019. He specializes in mathematical physics and early-universe physics, including the cosmological constant and a cyclic model for the universe.

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Feb 3, 2023

New semiconducting borophene paves the way for the lightest high-performance transistor

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, computing

In the year 1,808, French chemists Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac and Louis-Jacques Thenard, and independently, English chemist Humphry Davy, discovered the fifth element of the periodic table—boron. In crystalline form, boron primarily possesses three polymorphs, i.e., three distinct unit cell configurations: α-rhombohedral, β-rhombohedral, and β-tetragonal, among 16 possible bulk allotropes.

The unique properties of this element have resulted in its use in numerous applications, including chemistry, , life sciences, energy research and electronics. Moreover, based on studies conducted over the past decade, has significant potential for use in pharmaceutical drug design as it plays an essential role in bone growth and maintenance, wound healing, prevention of vitamin-D deficiency and other processes.

In the periodic table of elements, boron lies to the left of carbon, which causes boron to have similar valence orbitals but a shorter covalent radius. In contrast to carbon, which favors a 2D (two-dimensional) layered structure (aka graphite) in its bulk form, the bulk allotropes of boron are composed of B12 icosahedral cages. As a result, it was challenging to experimentally realize a 2D atomic network of boron, also known as borophene, until 2015.

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Feb 3, 2023

Dr. Lonnie Reid

Posted by in categories: engineering, military, space travel

Lonnie Reid is nationally recognized in turbomachinery for his knowledge of internal flow in advanced aerospace propulsion systems. He has a long history of integrating the theoretical and experimental elements of fluid dynamics work to expand the database of compressor and fan design. He has not only demonstrated excellent leadership skills in several positions, including as chief of the Internal Fluid Mechanics Division, but has been influential in recruiting and mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Lonnie Reid was born on September 5, 1935, in Gastonia, North Carolina. After serving in the U.S. Army, he earned a mechanical engineering degree from Tennessee State University. He joined the NASA Lewis Research Center as a research engineer shortly after graduating in 1961 and spent the next 20 years as both a researcher and manager in the Compressor Section of the Fluid Systems Components Division.

In the early 1960s the group focused on improving the performance of high-speed turbopumps that pumped cryogenic propellants in space vehicles. The pumping of liquid hydrogen in near-boiling conditions, referred to as “cavitation,” was a particular concern. The fluids systems researchers improved pump designs and demonstrated the ability to pump hydrogen in cavitating conditions. These were key contributions to the success of the Centaur and Saturn upper-stage rockets.

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