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Feb 3, 2023

Google invests $300 million in Anthropic as race to compete with ChatGPT heats up

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security

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According to new reporting from the Financial Times, Google has invested $300 million in one of the most buzzy OpenAI rivals, Anthropic, whose recently-debuted generative AI model Claude is considered competitive with ChatGPT.

According to the reporting, Google will take a stake of around 10% and Anthropic will be required to use the money to buy computing resources from Google Cloud. The new funding will value the San Francisco-based company at around $5 billion.

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Feb 3, 2023

Amazon is closing certain Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go stores, suggesting that grocery hasn’t been as fruitful as it hoped

Posted by in category: futurism

Amazon was primed to be a major disruptor in the grocery industry but store closings and delayed openings indicate that it hasn’t gone as planned.

Feb 3, 2023

Coming soon: A tabletop chiral attosecond laser

Posted by in category: particle physics

When molecules form from many atoms, the atoms can combine in different ways. Two forms of the same molecule can have the same composition but have different arrangements of atoms, giving rise to isomers. Some isomers may have structures that are mirror images of each other. Such molecules are called chiral molecules. Scientists are interested in studying such molecules, for example, penicillin, because one arrangement can be a lifesaver while the other could be fatal!

Researchers shine extremely short pulses of light on molecules to take their videos during the processes of interest so that they can study the structure or formation of the molecule. The pulses are so short that they are measured in attoseconds. An attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second.

The light needs to be what is called circularly polarised to study chiral molecules. Different arrangements of a chiral molecule respond differently to circularly polarised light, making it possible to distinguish each arrangement. Though polarised attosecond pulses are a great tool for studying chiral molecules, generating such light pulses can be daunting, expensive, and needs bulky apparatus.

Feb 3, 2023

Monogamous Rodents Don’t Need “Love Molecule” To Pair Up

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Prairie voles lacking functional receptors for oxytocin form normal social bonds, a finding that could explain the hormone’s clinical failures.

Feb 3, 2023

Prehistoric carvings depict showdowns between humans and beasts

Posted by in category: futurism

Stone relief from modern-day Turkey might represent the region’s earliest narrative art.

Feb 3, 2023

Dendrites: Why Biological Neurons Are Deep Neural Networks

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience, robotics/AI

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My name is Artem, I’m a computational neuroscience student and researcher. In this video we will see why individual neurons essentially function like deep convolutional neural networks, equipped with insane information processing capabilities as well as some of the physiological mechanisms, that account for such computational complexity.

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Feb 3, 2023

Scientists Find the Holy Grail: the Reason Why Lithium-Metal Batteries Fail

Posted by in category: energy

We always knew they’d power the EV revolution… if we ever learned why they short circuit. Mission accomplished.

Feb 3, 2023

Even An AI Is Telling Us We Have Already Missed Making The Paris Climate Agreement 1.5 Celsius Target

Posted by in categories: climatology, mapping, robotics/AI

Hurricane Sandy was an extreme weather event. But a Stanford-Colorado State AI forecasts accelerated warming with a high probability of future Sandys.


An AI neural network studies historical maps and data to accurately predict a rise of 1.1 C by 2022, 1.5 by the mid-2030s, and 2.0 by 2050.

Feb 3, 2023

Restaurants can’t find workers because they’ve found better jobs

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

Robots are coming. And since the workers are already leaving the industry, no one will be harmed and service will be cheaper. Loving it!


Nearly three years since the coronavirus pandemic upended the labor market, restaurants, bars, hotels and casinos remain perpetually short-staffed. But these workers didn’t disappear, they found better jobs.

Feb 3, 2023

Scientists Use Exotic DNA To Help Create “Climate-Proof” Crops

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics

The incorporation of exotic DNA

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is a molecule composed of two long strands of nucleotides that coil around each other to form a double helix. It is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms that carries genetic instructions for development, functioning, growth, and reproduction. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA. Most DNA is located in the cell nucleus (where it is called nuclear DNA), but a small amount of DNA can also be found in the mitochondria (where it is called mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA).

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