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Dec 1, 2023

NASA’s nuclear-powered drone mission to Saturn’s moon now set for 2028

Posted by in categories: drones, nuclear energy, space travel

NASA’s maiden mission to explore Saturn’s moon, Titan, has progressed to the next phase of development.

If everything goes as planned, the launch of this car-sized nuclear-powered drone will take place in 2028.

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Dec 1, 2023

British Army to test ChatGPT-enhanced target robots for combat training

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

UK MoD enhances combat training with ChatGPT in SimStriker robots, enabling dynamic soldier-target conversations for realistic scenarios.

SimStriker: A breakthrough in close combat training

SimStriker, developed by 4GD in 2020, has already been used at the SmartFacility in Colchester, UK, where it currently serves the British Army’s 16th Air Assault Brigade. The facility logged over 1,200 hours of training in 2022, engaging various users, including the Ministry of Defence police and civilian participants.

Dec 1, 2023

Japanese experimental nuclear fusion reactor inaugurated

Posted by in categories: futurism, nuclear energy

The world’s biggest experimental nuclear fusion reactor in operation was inaugurated in Japan on Friday, a technology in its infancy but billed by some as the answer to humanity’s future energy needs.

Fusion differs from fission, the technique currently used in nuclear power plants, by fusing two atomic nuclei instead of splitting one.

The goal of the JT-60SA reactor is to investigate the feasibility of fusion as a safe, large-scale and carbon-free source of net energy—with more energy generated than is put into producing it.

Dec 1, 2023

Citizen scientists help discover new mantis species

Posted by in category: futurism

James Cook University researcher Matthew Connors has discovered two new praying mantis species with the help of citizen scientists. The finds have been published in Zootaxa.

One of these new mantises is not just a but an entirely new genus—the classification level above species—and was discovered thanks to citizen scientist Glenda Walter.

We have named the new species Inimia nat—I. nat for short—as it was discovered thanks to the citizen science platform iNaturalist—also iNat for short.

Dec 1, 2023

Enterprise Knowledge: A Unifying Technological Vision for the Future of Radiology

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

Additionally, GAI helps radiologists cross-reference comorbidities in a way that was not possible before. For instance, people with certain types of autoimmune arthritis have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes). These conditions might seem unrelated, but if a CT scan reveals calcifications in the coronary arteries, GAI can facilitate informing the radiologist and treating physician of this important biomarker. These types of added value are not just consumer conveniences. As potentiators of clinical research and effectuators of episodes of care, they can save the lives of patients.

Leaning into the whole.

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Dec 1, 2023

Scientists Study What Would Happen If a Rogue Star Crashed Through Our Solar System

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Researchers simulated what would happen if a rogue star were to come within 100 astronomical units of the Sun.

Dec 1, 2023

Cancer patients with opioid use disorder face obstacles to treatment

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A cancer diagnosis can greatly disrupt treatment with methadone, a medication used to treat patients with opioid use disorder, according to a perspective piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine by University of Pittsburgh researchers.

Through the lens of a specific patient treated with methadone for many years and later diagnosed with head and , the authors discuss how segregating methadone distribution from general medical care is problematic and emphasize the need to integrate opioid use disorder treatment and improve .

Before his diagnosis, the patient was afforded a 28-day supply of take-home methadone doses, which he self-administered and, per clinic and federal regulations, returned to the clinic every 28 days for monitoring and refills.

Dec 1, 2023

A new solar system has been found in the Milky Way. All 6 planets are perfectly in-sync, astronomers say

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Astronomers have discovered a rare in-sync solar system with six planets moving like a grand cosmic orchestra, untouched by outside forces since their birth billions of years ago.

The find, announced Wednesday, can help explain how solar systems across the Milky Way galaxy came to be. This one is 100 light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. A light-year is 5.8 trillion miles. A pair of planet-hunting satellites — NASA’s Tess and the European Space Agency’s Cheops — teamed up for the observations that discovered the solar system.

Derrick Pitts, the chief astronomer at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, told CBS News that the planets are a rare example of how researchers “think solar systems are born.”

Dec 1, 2023

Common Blood Pressure Drug Increases Lifespan, Slows Aging in Animals

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, life extension

The hypertension drug rilmenidine has been shown to slow down aging in worms, an effect that in humans could hypothetically help us live longer and keep us healthier in our latter years.

Previous research has shown rilmenidine mimics the effects of caloric restriction on a cellular level. Reducing available energy while maintaining nutrition within the body has been shown to extend lifespans in several animal models.

Whether this translates to human biology, or is a potential risk to our health, is a topic of ongoing debate. Finding ways to achieve the same benefits without the costs of extreme calorie cutting could lead to new ways to improve health in old age.

Dec 1, 2023

One tiny country drove 15% of Nvidia’s revenue — here’s why it needs so many chips

Posted by in category: computing

About 15% or $2.7 billion of Nvidia’s revenue for the quarter ended October came from Singapore, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing showed. Revenue coming from Singapore in the third quarter jumped 404.1% from the $562 million in revenue recorded in the same period a year ago. This outpaced Nvidia’s overall revenue growth of 205.5% from a year ago.

Singapore only trailed behind the U.S. (34.77%,) Taiwan (23.91%) and China including Hong Kong (22.24%) in Nvidia’s third-quarter sales rankings.

“I would highly think it’s due to data centers as Singapore has quite a lot of data centers and cloud service providers,” Maybank Securities analyst Jarick Seet told CNBC.

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