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Dec 5, 2022

Rare earth elements are created during neutron star mergers, study confirms

Posted by in category: particle physics

Japanese scientists were able to prove that rare earth elements are made by looking at the spectra of light coming from neutron stars that were colliding.

For the first time, Japanese scientists have found evidence that rare earth elements are indeed made when two neutron stars merge. The Astrophysical Journal just published the specifics of the scientists’ discoveries.

The first verified incidence of this process, GW 170,817, occurred in 2017.

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Dec 5, 2022

Spraying an army of bacteria-eating viruses can save us from food poisoning

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Antibiotics are not enough in the war against pathogens.

Every year more than 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses, and various other types of pathogens. Food contamination is often underestimated, but it is responsible for 420,000 deaths annually. This number represents more people than the entire population of Iceland.


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Dec 5, 2022

Laser light therapy could be the key to improving short-term memory

Posted by in category: futurism

This treatment could benefit people with conditions like ADHD.

A collaborative study between scientists from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. and Beijing Normal University in China has shown that non-invasive light therapy could be used to improve short-term or working memory by around ten percent.

Using electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring.

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Dec 5, 2022

Researchers discover never-before-seen mechanism bacteria use to resist antibiotic treatment

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The discovery was made through a fatal bacteria named Group A Streptococcus.

Australian researchers have recently discovered a previously unknown mechanism used by bacteria to resist antibiotic treatment. According to a press release published by Telethon Kids Institute, it’s predicted that this antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will kill ten million people annually by 2050.

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Dec 5, 2022

ChatGPT: It’s up again… The demand from the curious was overwhelming their servers

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Let’s see how long it stays up:

A conversational AI system that listens, learns, and challenges.

Dec 5, 2022

A clot too far: An embalmer dissects antivax misinformation about blood clots in Died Suddenly

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Two weeks ago, COVID-19 conspiracy theorist Stew Peters released an antivax pseudodocumentary, Died Suddenly, whose main claim is that COVID-19 vaccines cause clots that have caused a massive wave of people to “die suddenly.” Key to its narrative are embalmers claiming that they are seeing more clots in the bodies they are embalming than ever before. SBM has recruited Benjamin Schmidt, an experienced embalmer, to dissect their claims.

Dec 5, 2022

Scientists create AI neural net that can unlock digital fingerprint-secured devices

Posted by in categories: information science, mobile phones, privacy, robotics/AI, security

Computer scientists at New York University and Michigan State University have trained an artificial neural network to create fake digital fingerprints that can bypass locks on cell phones. The fakes are called “DeepMasterPrints”, and they present a significant security flaw for any device relying on this type of biometric data authentication. After exploiting the weaknesses inherent in the ergonomic needs of cellular devices, DeepMasterPrints were able to imitate over 70% of the fingerprints in a testing database.

An artificial neural network is a type of artificial intelligence comprising computer algorithms modeled after the human brain’s ability to recognize patterns. The DeepMasterPrints system was trained to analyze sets of fingerprint images and generate a new image based on the features that occurred most frequently. This “skeleton key” could then be used to exploit the way cell phones authenticate user fingerprints.

In cell phones, the necessarily small size of fingerprint readers creates a weakness in the way they verify a print. In general, phone sensors only capture a partial image of a print when a user is attempting to unlock the device, and that piece is then compared to the phone’s authorized print image database. Since a partial print means there are fewer characteristics to distinguish it than a full print, a DeepMasterPrint needs to match fewer features to imitate a fingerprint. It’s worth noting that the concept of exploiting this flaw is not unique to this particular study; however, generating unique images rather than using actual or synthesized images is a new development.

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Dec 5, 2022

Facebook Exec Says Metaverse Will Let you Betray Your Friends in VR

Posted by in category: virtual reality

POV: There’s a slight chill in the air, the leaves are changing, and you might just be wearing corduroy. You know what that means? Facebook-turned-Meta’s Connect conference is here. And boy, was Connect 2022’s prerecorded keynote presentation video a doozy.

The hour-and-a-half long clip was jam-packed with… well, a lot. There was a product reveal. There were finally legs, but only for executive avatars. There was — and we cannot stress this enough — more nodding blankly at a camera than we’ve probably ever seen in a single video. One particularly striking revelation, though? The promise that soon, the metaverse might be a space where we can all betray those closest to us. Finally!

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Dec 5, 2022

How To Build An Emergent Spacetime In The Laboratory

Posted by in category: quantum physics

The hunt for a theory of quantum gravity suggests that spacetimes might emerge more easily than anyone imagined.

Dec 5, 2022

Cyborgs v ‘holdout humans’: what the world might be like if our species survives for a million years

Posted by in category: cyborgs

There may be humans who look more or less like us in the year million, but they won’t be alone.

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