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Aug 4, 2022

AI Art Software Dall-E Moves Past Novelty Stage and Turns Pro

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

After capturing the imagination of tech insiders, the autonomous drawing tool is expanding to broader audiences and commercial uses.

Aug 4, 2022

Mice produce rat sperm with technique that could help conservation

Posted by in category: futurism

Mice containing rat cells have produced rat sperm thanks to a modification technique that could be useful for conserving endangered species or creating hybrids.

Aug 4, 2022

Genetically modified ‘shortcut’ boosts plant growth

Posted by in categories: food, genetics

Circa 2019


Scientists overcome a natural restriction in plants that could boost yields from important food crops.

Aug 4, 2022

Scientists Uncover the Secret of Brain Cancer’s ‘Immortality Switch’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, neuroscience

Circa 2018


New research has opened doors to using the gene-editing tool CRISPR to stop cancer cells from dividing indefinitely.

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Aug 4, 2022

Pig organs partially revived in dead animals — researchers are stunned

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists warn that the findings aren’t yet clinically relevant but say the research raises ethical questions about the definition of death.

Aug 4, 2022

Building decarbonization: How electric heat pumps could help reduce emissions today and going forward

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics, solar power, sustainability

The electrification of heating systems could play a significant role in building decarbonization. Heat pumps are emerging as a solution.


Iranian scientists have demonstrated a multi-layer silicon nanoparticle (SNP) solar cell based on nanoparticles that are densely stacked inside a dielectric medium. They considered different SNP structures and configurations to tailor these particles as a p–n junction cell.

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Aug 4, 2022

Ultra-thin silicon nanoparticle solar cell with 11% efficiency

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics, solar power, sustainability

“This is because SNPs are assumed to be the main absorber in the cell. Thus, any distance between them reduces the absorption of incident photons,” the group said.

They considered different SNP structures and configurations to tailor these particles as a p–n junction cell. They said this kind of cell could achieve a theoretical efficiency of around 11%.

Aug 4, 2022

What If We Could Eliminate Carbon Emissions from Existing Internal Combustion Engines

Posted by in category: futurism

With more than 2 billion ICEs with many still operating in 2050, the technology will have to be banned to achieve net-zero by mid-century.

Aug 4, 2022

Google is here to Counter Code Complexities through ML-enhanced Completion

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google has described how the researchers have combined machine learning and semantic engines to develop a novel Transformer-based hybrid semantic ML code completion. The increasing complexity of code poses a key challenge to productivity in software engineering. Code completion has been an essential tool that has helped mitigate this complexity in integrated development environments. Intelligent code completion is a context-aware code completion feature in some programming environments that speeds up the process of coding applications by reducing typos and other common mistakes.

Google AI’s latest research explains how they combined machine learning and semantic engine SE to develop a novel transformer-based hybrid semantic ML code completion. A revolutionary Transformer-based hybrid semantic code completion model that is now available to internal Google engineers was created by Google AI researchers by combining ML with SE. The researchers’ method for integrating ML with SEs is defined as re-ranking SE single token proposals with ML, applying single and multi-line completions with ML, and then validating the results with the SE.

A common approach to code completion is to train transformer models, which use a self-attention mechanism for language understanding, to enable code understanding and completion predictions. Additionally, google suggested employing ML of single token semantic suggestions for single and multi-line continuation. Over three months, more than 10,000 Google employees tested the model in eight programming languages.

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Aug 4, 2022

Thousands of hackers flock to ‘Dark Utilities’ C2-as-a-Service

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Security researchers found a new service called Dark Utilities that provides an easy and inexpensive way for cybercriminals to set up a command and control (C2) center for their malicious operations.

The Dark Utilities service provides threat actors a platform that supports Windows, Linux, and Python-based payloads, and eliminates the effort associated with implementing a C2 communication channel.

A C2 server is how adversaries control their malware in the wild, sending out commands, configurations and new payloads, and receiving data collected from compromised systems.

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