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Apr 11, 2024

Fractal pattern identified at molecular scale in nature for first time

Posted by in category: futurism

An enzyme in a cyanobacterium can take the unusual form a triangle containing ever-smaller triangular gaps, making a fractal pattern.

By Alex Wilkins

Apr 11, 2024

Artificial ovary? First atlas of human ovary, a fertility breakthrough

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Researchers have created an “atlas” of the human ovary, which could lead to the development of artificial ovaries and restore fertility in patients.

Apr 11, 2024

Researchers develop paper battery that generates power from water, air

Posted by in category: energy

Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a paper-based Magnesium-air battery that is eco-friendly and powerful.

Apr 11, 2024

Robot dogs train at 6,000ft in snow-clad mountains for moon missions

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

A multidisciplinary team is teaching dog-like robots to navigate the moon’s craters and other challenging planetary surfaces.

As part of the research funded by NASA, researchers from various universities and NASA Johnson Space Center tested a quadruped named Spirit at Palmer Glacier on Oregon’s Mount Hood.

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Apr 11, 2024

How AI 50 Companies Are Powering A New Tech Economy

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

Generative AI companies are dominant on this year’s list of the most promising AI startups, heralding a coming productivity revolution.

Apr 11, 2024

Intel Challenges Nvidia With Gaudi 3 AI Accelerator

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In a move that directly challenges Nvidia in the lucrative AI training and inference markets, Intel announced its long-anticipated new Intel Gaudi 3 AI accelerator at its Intel Vision event.

The new accelerator offers significant improvements over the previous generation Gaudi 3 processor, promising to bring new competitiveness to training and inference for LLMs and multimodal models.

Gaudi 3 dramatically increases AI compute capabilities, delivering substantial improvements over Gaudi 2 and competitors, particularly in processing BF16 data types, which are crucial for AI workloads.

Apr 11, 2024

Databricks’ New Open Source LLM

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Data analytics company Databricks says its mission is to deliver data intelligence to every enterprise by allowing organizations to understand and use their unique data to build their own AI systems. Central to that mission is the ability to use a large language model tailored to the needs of the enterprise.

Databricks addresses the need for open LLMs with the release of DBRX, a new open, general-purpose large language model that sets new benchmarks for performance and efficiency. The announcement continues the recent trend of open large language models adapted for the needs of the enterprise.

The open-source DBRX large language model was developed by Databricks’ Mosaic Research team, which it acquired in June 2023 as part of its MosaicML acquisition.

Apr 11, 2024

Why did whisper take a million hours of YouTube videos?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

OpenAI team illiegaly used more than one million hours of YouTube videos, here is why.

Apr 11, 2024

Emergence of fractal geometries in the evolution of a metabolic enzyme

Posted by in category: evolution

Citrate synthase from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus is shown to self-assemble into Sierpiński triangles, a finding that opens up the possibility that other naturally occurring molecular-scale fractals exist.

Apr 11, 2024

Discovery of the first fractal molecule in nature

Posted by in category: futurism

An international team of researchers led by groups from the Max Planck Institute in Marburg and Phillips University in Marburg has now discovered the first regular molecular fractal in nature. They discovered a microbial enzyme—citrate synthase from a cyanobacterium—that spontaneously assembles into a regular fractal pattern known as the Sierpiński triangle. This is an infinitely repeating series of triangles made up of smaller triangles.

“We stumbled on this structure completely by accident and almost couldn’t believe what we saw when we first took images of it using an electron microscope,” says first author Franziska Sendker.

“The protein makes these beautiful triangles and as the fractal grows, we see these larger and larger triangular voids in the middle of them, which is totally unlike any we’ve ever seen before,” she continues.

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