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May 30, 2023

Austin company building humanoid robots for the home

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

The future of humanoid robots is being developed right here in Austin at a company called Apptronik. You may remember “Rosie the Robot” from “The Jetsons” cartoo.

May 30, 2023

US urged not to use bomb-grade uranium in nuclear power experiment

Posted by in categories: climatology, nuclear energy, sustainability

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) — Former U.S. State Department and nuclear regulatory officials on Tuesday urged the U.S. Energy Department to reconsider a plan to use bomb-grade uranium in a nuclear power experiment, saying that its use could encourage such tests in other countries.

The Energy Department and two companies aim to share costs on the Molten Chloride Reactor Experiment (MCRE) at the Idaho National Laboratory and use more than 1,322 pounds (600 kg) of fuel containing 93% enriched uranium.

Bill Gates-backed company TerraPower LLC, the utility Southern Co (SO.N) and the department hope the six-month experiment will lead to breakthroughs in reactors that could help reduce pollution linked to climate change.

May 30, 2023

Quantum computers braided ‘anyons,’ long-sought quasiparticles with memory

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

Particle-like quantum states called non-abelian anyons remember being swapped and could be useful for protecting information in quantum computers.

May 30, 2023

Data + AI Summit 2023

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The premier event for the global data, analytics and AI community returns to San Francisco June 26–29.

May 30, 2023

Can prediabetes be reversed via diet and exercise?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Diabetes — specifically type 2 diabetes— is becoming one of the most challenging health problems of the 21st century. By 2,025,380 million people worldwide are also expected to be diagnosed with diabetes.

May 30, 2023

Software offers new way to listen for signals from the stars

Posted by in categories: alien life, information science

The Breakthrough Listen Investigation for Periodic Spectral Signals (BLIPSS), led by Akshay Suresh, Cornell doctoral candidate in astronomy, is pioneering a search for periodic signals emanating from the core of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The research aims to detect repetitive patterns, a way to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) within our cosmic neighborhood.

The researchers developed software based on a Fast Folding Algorithm (FFA), an efficient search method offering enhanced sensitivity to periodic sequences of narrow pulses. Their paper, “A 4–8 GHz Galactic Center Search for Periodic Technosignatures,” was published May 30 in The Astronomical Journal.

Pulsars—rapidly rotating that sweep beams of radio energy across the Earth—are natural astrophysical objects that generate periodic signals but humans also use directed periodic transmissions for a variety of applications, including radar. Such signals would be a good way to get someone’s attention across , standing out from the background of non-periodic signals, as well as using much less energy than a transmitter that is broadcasting continuously.

May 30, 2023

Indian scientists discover gigantic alien planet, 13 times bigger than Jupiter

Posted by in categories: physics, space

An international team of scientists led by Professor Abhijit Chakraborty of the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad identified the densest alien planet, 13 times the size of Jupiter.

This is the third exoplanet identified by PRL scientists. The discovery was detailed in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters.

Scientists from India, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States utilised the indigenous PRL Advanced Radial-velocity Abu-sky Search spectrograph (PARAS) at Mt. Abu’s Gurushikhar Observatory to precisely determine the planet’s mass. The exoplanet weighs 14 g/cm3.

May 30, 2023

The first 110-inch 16K TV screen is here to make your projector feel inadequate

Posted by in category: electronics

Chinese display maker BOE has unveiled a truly massive 110-inch 16K TV, putting the hordes of 4K TVs and projectors on the market to shame.

This seismically large prototype packs in a 16K resolution, with four times as many pixels as an 8K screen, and 16 times the pixel count of 4K. It was shown off at SID Display Week 2023 in Los Angeles, to celebrate BOE’s 30-year anniversary with a showcase of cutting-edge resolution far beyond the average television (via

May 30, 2023

Hyper-luxury Bugatti tower will have its residents drive up to their floor

Posted by in category: transportation

Luxury car manufacturer Bugatti has revealed the designs for its first foray into residential real estate – a 42-storey skyscraper in Dubai that will have two garage-to-penthouse car lifts.

May 30, 2023

63 new moons of Saturn discovered

Posted by in category: satellites

Saturn has become the first planet to exceed 100 known moons!

The discovery of 63 new moons of Saturn is reported by the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, bringing the gas giant’s total confirmed number to 146 and overtaking Jupiter.

Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in our Solar System, has long captivated astronomers and space enthusiasts. In addition to its striking and beautiful ring system, the gas giant has a vast array of natural satellites.

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