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May 30, 2023

Austin company building humanoid robots for the home

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The future of humanoid robots is being developed right here in Austin at a company called Apptronik. You may remember “Rosie the Robot” from “The Jetsons” cartoo.

May 30, 2023

Nvidia is not the only firm cashing in on the AI gold rush

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“Generative” systems such as ChatGPT promise to generate rich profits for those who harness the technology’s potential — and is already minting fortunes for the sellers of the requisite picks and shovels.

A grey rectangular building on the outskirts of San Jose houses rows upon rows of blinking machines. Tangles of colourful wires connect high-end servers, networking gear and data-storage systems. Bulky air-conditioning units whirr overhead. The noise forces visitors to shout.

The building belongs to Equinix, a company that leases data-centre space.

May 30, 2023

German researchers take us a step closer to making nuclear clocks

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The clock’s accuracy would be as high as one second for every 300 billion years.

A collaboration between researchers from various institutes in Germany has brought us a step closer to building the first-ever nuclear clock. In experiments carried out at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the researchers measure the radiative decay of thorium-229 nuclear isomer, the first instance of having achieved this feat and a critical component for building nuclear clocks.

For years atomic clocks have been our standard of accuracy when it comes to clocks.

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May 30, 2023

Your First Robot Butler Will Need Human Eyes

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May 29, 2023

As rising oceans threaten NYC, study documents another risk: The city is sinking

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If rising oceans aren’t worry enough, add this to the risks New York City faces: The metropolis is slowly sinking under the weight of its skyscrapers, homes, asphalt and humanity itself.

New research estimates the ’s landmass is sinking at an average rate of 1 to 2 millimeters per year, something referred to as “subsidence.”

That happens everywhere as ground is compressed, but the study published this month in the journal Earth’s Future sought to estimate how the massive weight of the city itself is hurrying things along.

May 26, 2023

This house was built partly from recycled diapers

Posted by in categories: habitats, materials

Meet the house that diapers built.

Researchers have designed and erected a house that has shredded, disposable diapers mixed into its concrete and mortar. A single-story home of about 36 square meters can pack nearly 2 cubic meters of used diapers into its floors, columns and walls, the team reports May 18 in Scientific Reports.

Using recycled diapers as composite building materials would not only shrink landfill waste but also could make such homes more affordable, the team says, a particular need in developing countries like Indonesia where the demand for low-cost housing far outstrips the supply.

May 25, 2023

Here’s an idea for Twitter, Elon: Copycat your way to a $630 billion empire just as Mark Zuckerberg did

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The Meta chief has drawn up plans for Instagram to introduce a Twitter competitor that would allow users to share text, per reports last week. Zuckerberg is reportedly already going out of his way to get high-profile influencers onboard.

This is not the first time Zuckerberg has taken a leaf out of his rivals’ books. In the span of almost two decades, he has been able to create – and keep intact – his $630 billion social-media empire by copying ideas from plucky upstarts building competing social networks.

Musk’s new Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino seems ready for the challenge from Zuckerberg, but if she and Musk are really serious about turning Twitter into a money-making machine, they may need to do some brazen copycatting of their own.

May 24, 2023

Is There a Planet Out There Even Better than Earth?

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Is there a planet out there even better than Earth, a superhabitable world? Or is there no place like Home? Posted on Big Think, direct link at https://www.searchforlifeintheuniverse.com/post/is-there-a-p…than-earth

May 24, 2023

Unique ‘aerial-aquatic hybrid drone’ could aid in search-and-rescue operations one day

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The new amphibious drone has a light design and weighs just 1.63 kilograms.

China’s researchers have unveiled the creation of a one-of-a-kind “aerial-aquatic hybrid drone” capable of performing a wide range of tasks. Named TJ-FlyingFish, it is a hybrid drone that can both fly and dive underwater.

This remarkable drone has the potential to be a game-changing tool in various sectors of life. As per the developers, it could include assisting with offshore construction, monitoring marine habitat, conducting aerial and aquatic surveys, remote sensing, and search-and-rescue operations, among other things.

May 17, 2023

Meta is here — and it’s a big deal

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Meta and other companies are building the next-level digital world right now — and this will completely change how we interact with the world.

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