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Sep 24, 2023

Rollout of driverless cabs in select U.S. cities raises safety questions

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Ali Rogin:

With the cost of owning a car out of reach for many today ride sharing gives commuters an alternative. And a handful of U.S. cities, self-driving taxis are getting the green light to pick up passengers. Several companies including Waymo Cruise and Motional are touting driverless taxis as the way of the future.

But the rollout of these robo cabs has hit some speed bumps. Not everyone is comfortable with autonomous cars on the road. And major technical questions remain. Aarian Marshall is a staff writer for WIRED, and she covers transportation. Aarian, thank you so much for joining us.

Sep 24, 2023

Cracking the Nucleolar Code: MIT Unravels Evolutionary Secrets of the Nucleolus

Posted by in category: futurism

A single protein can self-assemble to build the scaffold for a biomolecular condensate that makes up a key nucleolar compartment.

Inside all living cells, loosely formed assemblies known as biomolecular condensates perform many critical functions. However, it is not well understood how proteins and other biomolecules come together to form these assemblies within cells.


Sep 24, 2023

Experts say we’re decades from fully autonomous cars. Here’s why

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

While many new cars are equipped to assist drivers at the wheel, experts say we’re a long way from seeing cars capable of fully automated driving.

Sep 24, 2023

Episode 33: James Ladyman on Reality, Metaphysics, and Complexity

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Blog post with show notes, audio player, and transcript:…omplexity/


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Sep 24, 2023

Is physical reality a hoax | Peter Atkins, James Ladyman, Joanna Kavenna

Posted by in categories: mathematics, particle physics

Peter Atkins, James Ladyman, and Joanna Kavenna argue over the existence of physical reality.

Watch the full debate at…escription.

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Sep 24, 2023

Historic OSIRIS-REx asteroid samples successfully return to Earth

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks, security

In the morning hours of Sept. 24, a small capsule containing surface samples from asteroid 101,955 Bennu careened into Earth’s atmosphere after a seven-year journey through space. The landing of this sample capsule is the culmination of NASA’s historic Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) asteroid sample return mission, which is now the first American mission to return samples from an asteroid.

The sample return capsule (SRC) landed within a 14 by 58-kilometer ellipse at a Department of Defense property at the Utah Test and Training Range and Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Touchdown of the SRC occurred at 8:52 AM MDT (14:52 UTC) — three minutes earlier than planned. Low winds and dry weather was present at Dugway during the landing — optimal conditions for the return and recovery of the SRC.

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Sep 24, 2023

The world’s northernmost solar farm is about to come online

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Norway has installed the world’s northernmost solar farm and battery storage in the Svalbard archipelago, just south of the North Pole.

State-owned energy company Store Norske Energi installed the solar and storage at Isfjord Radio on the island of Spitsbergen, the largest and the only permanently populated island in the archipelago, and the solar farm is expected to come online tomorrow.

Isfjord was built as a radio station in 1933 to provide a communication link between the Svalbard archipelago and Norway’s mainland. It’s still a radio station and a weather station, and now there’s a hotel for tourists and researchers.

Sep 24, 2023

How artificial intelligence could help us talk to animals

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

Beguš is a linguist at the University of California, Berkeley. He got the chance, last summer, to observe sperm whales in their wild Caribbean habitat off the coast of the island nation of Dominica. With him were marine biologists and roboticists. There were also cryptographers and experts in other fields. All have been working together to listen to sperm whales and figure out what they might be saying.

They call this Project CETI. That’s short for Cetacean Translation Initiative (because sperm whales are a type of cetacean).

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Sep 24, 2023

Motorcycle Goes 300 Miles on 1 Liter of Water

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

Here is another story from web bike world: “Is water the future of motorbikes”

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Sep 24, 2023

The threat of wildfires is rising. So is new artificial intelligence solutions to fight them

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI, satellites, sustainability

Wildfires fueled by climate change have ravaged communities from Maui to the Mediterranean this summer, killing many people, exhausting firefighters and fueling demand for new solutions. Enter artificial intelligence.

Firefighters and startups are using AI-enabled cameras to scan the horizon for signs of smoke. A German company is building a constellation of satellites to detect fires from space. And Microsoft is using AI models to predict where the next blaze could be sparked.

With wildfires becoming larger and more intense as the world warms, firefighters, utilities and governments are scrambling to get ahead of the flames by tapping into the latest AI technology—which has stirred both fear and excitement for its potential to transform life. While increasingly stretched first responders hope AI offers them a leg up, humans are still needed to check that the tech is accurate.

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