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Feb 26, 2024

Dracula’s Chivito: New Protoplanetary Disk discovered with Pan-STARRS

Posted by in categories: materials, space

A protoplanetary disk is a disk of dense gas and dust, orbiting a newly formed star. It is assumed that planets are born by the gradual accumulation of material in such a structure, therefore discoveries and studies of protoplanetary disks are essential for improving our understanding of planetary formation processes.

Now, a team of astronomers led by Ciprian T. Berghea of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) in Washington, DC, has discovered a new disk of this type that is associated with an infrared source known as IRAS 23077+6707. The finding was made by inspecting the Pan-STARRS data while working on a variability study of active galactic nuclei (AGN) candidates.

Feb 26, 2024

Study reveals Eco-friendly way to Generate Power from Waste Wood

Posted by in categories: particle physics, sustainability

A new study by researchers at University of Limerick in Ireland has revealed a sustainable method of efficiently converting waste heat into electricity using Irish wood products, while minimizing costs and environmental impact.

The study, led by researchers at UL in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Valencia, has demonstrated a method of generating electricity using low-grade heat recovered from lignin-derived membranes.

Lignin, typically overlooked, is a sustainable byproduct derived from wood in paper and pulp production. The study shows that these membranes can convert waste heat into electricity by utilizing the movement of charged atoms (ions) within the material.

Feb 26, 2024

Construction workers being replaced by AI robot bricklayers

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Bricklaying robots are not looking to steal jobs but fill a labor shortage.

Imagine being a bricklayer.


How much does the bricklaying robot cost?

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Feb 26, 2024

Jensen Huang says kids shouldn’t learn to code — they should leave it up to AI

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

But this isn’t the first time a tech exec has predicted the death of coding.

At the recent World Government Summit in Dubai, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang made a counterintuitive break with what he thinks is a long tradition of tech CEOs advising youngsters to learn how to code.

Feb 26, 2024

Now there’s a 28,000mAh battery with a phone in it

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Four years after Avenir Telecom announced a phone equipped with a massive 18,000mAh battery, the company is announcing an even more outrageous model.

Four years ago, my then-colleague Vlad brought you news of an 18,000mAh battery with a phone in it.


It won’t necessarily be a good phone.

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Feb 26, 2024

Lenovo’s concept laptop is real, transparent, and ready to impress

Posted by in category: computing

The ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop concept even comes with a built-in drawing tablet.


A cool sci-fi concept, but what’s the killer app?

Feb 26, 2024

Google gives Android the AI treatment at MWC

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation, wearables

Google’s Gemini implementation for AI image generation is facing a lot of criticism. But that isn’t stopping the search and mobile giant from riding the AI wave and rolling it out to more of its services. Today, Google announced a new set of features for phones, cars, and wearables — using Gemini to craft messages, AI-generated captions for images, summarizing texts through AI for Android Auto, along with access to passes on Wear OS.

The new features were unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona — an event where Google, as the company behind Android, has figured strongly for years.

The company said that starting this week, Google Messages will get a feature that lets you access Gemini in the app. The feature is currently in beta and only supports English.

Feb 26, 2024

How Antarctica’s history of isolation is ending—thanks to Starlink

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

The seventh continent has always been a bleak, unconnected place. Elon Musk’s satellite internet is changing that, and people want to see what life is like there.

Feb 26, 2024

Major quantum gravity breakthrough could spark new ‘theory of everything’

Posted by in categories: innovation, quantum physics

Quantum gravity has long baffled scientists. Now, a breakthrough discovery could change physics forever — and answer our biggest questions.

Feb 26, 2024

Paper page — API-BLEND: A Comprehensive Corpora for Training and Benchmarking API LLMs

Posted by in category: futurism

IBM presents API-BLEND

A comprehensive corpora for training and benchmarking API llms.


Join the discussion on this paper page.

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