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Jul 17, 2024

Introducing Ramses, ESA’s mission to asteroid Apophis

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

30 years ago, on 16 July 1994, astronomers watched in awe as the first of many pieces of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet slammed into Jupiter with incredible force. The event sparked intense interest in the field of planetary defence as people asked: “Could we do anything to prevent this happening to Earth?”

Today, ESA’s Space Safety programme takes another step towards answering this question. The programme has received permission to begin preparatory work for its next planetary defence mission – the Rapid Apophis Mission for Space Safety (Ramses).

Ramses will rendezvous with the asteroid 99,942 Apophis and accompany it through its safe but exceptionally close flyby of Earth in 2029. Researchers will study the asteroid as Earth’s gravity alters its physical characteristics. Their findings will improve our ability to defend our planet from any similar object found to be on a collision course in the future.

Jul 16, 2024

Why Humanity Needs Science, not Religion | Carl Sagan

Posted by in categories: cosmology, science

Discover Sagan’s unique blend of scientific curiosity and philosophical introspection, as he seamlessly navigates the realms of cosmology and the human condition.

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Jul 16, 2024

OpenAI’s new ‘Project Strawberry’ could give ChatGPT more freedom to search the web and solve complex problems

Posted by in categories: internet, mathematics, robotics/AI

Comes with improved math skills.

Jul 16, 2024

Discussion with Matthew Larkum. “Does brain activity cause consciousness? A thought experiment”

Posted by in category: neuroscience

This is a special talk & discussion with Prof Matthew Larkum at Monash University. Members in the Tsuchiya lab discussed with Matthew on Gidon A, Aru J, Larku…

Jul 16, 2024

Dancing robots: The future of human-robot interactions

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Engineers at UC San Diego are pioneering the future of humanoid robots by incorporating dance moves and expressive gestures.

Jul 16, 2024

HUN-REN BRC researchers develop laser-guided microrobots for cell-capturing

Posted by in categories: biological, genetics

This is pretty impressive, they can move around individual cells. Video in comments:

Researchers at the HUN-REN Biological Research Centre, Szeged, have developed tiny tools to capture individual cells. According to their study published in the journal Advanced Materials, key innovations of using flexible microrobots is that they do not require any treatment of the cells to grab them and also allow the cells to be released after examination, enabling more efficient investigations than ever before.

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Jul 16, 2024

The Role of Aromas in Astronaut Nutrition: Findings from ISS Simulation

Posted by in categories: food, space, virtual reality

“One of the long-term aims of the research is to make better tailored foods for astronauts, as well as other people who are in isolated environments, to increase their nutritional intake closer to 100%,” said Dr. Julia Low.

Does food smell and taste different to astronauts in space and what steps can be taken to mitigate this in the future? This is what a recent study published in the International Journal of Food Science & Technology as an international team of researchers investigated how food aromas could be altered to amplify food taste. This study holds the potential to help researchers improve diets for isolated individuals, specifically in space or nursing home residents.

For the study, the researchers analyzed food odor perception of vanilla, almond, and lemon among 54 participants between 18 to 39 years old in a neutral setting and a virtual reality (VR) simulation of the International Space Station (ISS) with a key trait being they had no history of vertigo or motion sickness. The participants were asked to rate the potency of the aromas in both settings to compare any differences between the two environments.

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Jul 16, 2024

Google creates self-replicating life from digital ‘primordial soup’

Posted by in category: biological

A digital “primordial soup” with no rules or direction can lead to the emergence of self-replicating artificial life forms, in an experiment that may hint at how biological life began on Earth.

By Matthew Sparkes

Jul 16, 2024

Strange Motion of Neutrons Proves Nature Is Fundamentally Bizarre

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

At the very smallest scales, our intuitive view of reality no longer applies. It’s almost as if physics is fundamentally indecisive, a truth that gets harder to ignore as we zoom in on the particles that pixelate our Univerrse.

In order to better understand it, physicists had to devise an entirely new framework to place it in, one based on probability over certainty. This is quantum theory, and it describes all sorts of phenomena, from entanglement to superposition.

Yet in spite of a century of experiments showing just how useful quantum theory is at explaining what we see, it’s hard to shake our ‘classical’ view of the Universe’s building blocks as reliable fixtures in time and space. Even Einstein was forced to ask his fellow physicist, “Do you really believe the Moon is not there when you are not looking at it?”

Jul 16, 2024

SpreadsheetLLM: Encoding Spreadsheets for Large Language Models

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Microsoft’s experimental SpreadsheetLLM helps AI better understand spreadsheets.

Researchers at Microsoft Corp.

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