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Jun 2, 2023

Mark Zuckerberg randomly unveiled the Meta Quest 3 just days before Apple unveils Reality Pro

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Alright, Apple. Pack it up, show’s over. Mark Zuckerberg just dropped a surprise announcement, unveiling the Meta Quest 3 virtual reality headset. The reveal comes just *checks calendar* four days before Apple is set to officially announce its high-end mixed reality headset. So much for Apple’s headset hype, I guess.

All kidding aside, Meta bought its way into virtual reality years ago through Oculus when Zuck’s company was still trading under the name Facebook. Meta certainly has more experience selling VR headsets and throwing VR parties than Apple – for now, at least.

Like the Meta Quest 2, the newly unveiled Meta Quest 3 is also in another universe when it comes to pricing. Apple’s “Reality Pro” headset is expected to carry a price tag of around $3,000. Meta’s higher-end Quest Pro goes for $999, and the new Meta Quest 3 is priced from $499.

Jun 2, 2023

A New Massive Underwater Space Station is In the Making

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

The recent design called Proteus by Yves Behar and Fabien Cousteau is a giant under-water research station and habitat. Proteus is planned to be placed underwater, away from the coast of Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island.

Jun 2, 2023

Study examines how DNA damage is repaired by antioxidant enzymes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry

A typical human cell is metabolically active, roaring with chemical reactions that convert nutrients into energy and useful products that sustain life. These reactions also create reactive oxygen species, dangerous by-products like hydrogen peroxide which damage the building blocks of DNA in the same way oxygen and water corrode metal and form rust. Similar to how buildings collapse from the cumulative effect of rust, reactive oxygen species threaten a genome’s integrity.

Cells are thought to delicately balance their energy needs and avoid damaging DNA by containing outside the nucleus and within the cytoplasm and mitochondria. Antioxidant enzymes are deployed to mop up at their source before they reach DNA, a defensive strategy that protects the roughly 3 billion nucleotides from suffering potentially catastrophic mutations. If DNA damage occurs anyway, cells pause momentarily and carry out repairs, synthesizing new building blocks and filling in the gaps.

Despite the central role of in maintaining genome integrity, there has been no systematic, unbiased study on how metabolic perturbations affect the DNA damage and repair process. This is particularly important for diseases like cancer, characterized by their ability to hijack metabolic processes for unfettered growth.

Jun 2, 2023

Wall Street Banks Are Using AI to Rewire the World of Finance

Posted by in categories: finance, policy, robotics/AI

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Jun 1, 2023 challenges Substack with launch of paid newsletters

Posted by in category: internet is taking on Substack and others with today’s news that its Newsletter product will now support paid subscriptions and premium content. First launched in December, Newsletter allows writers to automatically send out posts via email to connect directly with their audience, while still being able to leverage’s other capabilities. Writers can opt to use the feature solely for newsletters or they can add the option to their blog to cater to readers who want to receive new posts via email instead.

While for years there have been plug-ins and third-party services that allow blog owners to send out their posts via email,’s decision to move more directly into this space was a reflection of how people now prefer to read news and information. As the state of websites has worsened — dominated by clutter, ads, overlays, pop-ups, and cookie acceptance banners — many have turned to email as an easier way to stay connected to writers, journalists, essayists, and other publishers they want to follow.

Given’s sizable footprint — WordPress powers 43% of the web, including its open source version — its shift into the newsletters market is significant.

Jun 1, 2023

Brain Shape’s surprising impact on thoughts and behavior, study reveals

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Discover the intriguing findings that shed light on the significance of brain shape and its influence on brain activity.

Groundbreaking research conducted by a team of Australian scientists suggests that the shape of our brains may affect us more than we think. Nobody wonders if their brain shape is an important parameter. Most people attribute brain size to behaviors even more.

However, it turns out that shape has a more significant impact on our thoughts and behavior than the connections and signals between neurons.

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Jun 1, 2023

AI deepfakes fuel the flames of debate among Hollywood stars

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Artificial Intelligence’s growing capacity to generate realistic content, such as deep fakes, is stirring debate in Hollywood over actor compensation and content creation.

The use of artificial intelligence in creating realistic videos has become a contentious issue within Hollywood. Famed director Wes Anderson appears to be part of a trend, as fake movie trailers bearing his distinctive style have popped up on YouTube, featuring significant stars like Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. But Anderson or his stars didn’t craft these trailers, and they were generated by AI, stirring debate among actors, writers, and studios.

“Hollywood” by Marcus Vegas is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Jun 1, 2023

Welcome to the new surreal. How AI-generated video is changing film

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

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Exclusive: Watch the world premiere of the AI-generated short film The Frost

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Jun 1, 2023

The world is finally spending more on solar than oil production

Posted by in category: energy

The International Energy Agency just released its annual investment report. Here’s where the money is going.

Money makes the world go round.

The International Energy Agency just published its annual report on global investment in energy, where it tallies up all that cash. The world saw about $2.8 trillion of investments in energy in 2022, with about $1.7 trillion of that going into clean energy.

Jun 1, 2023

Fish evolution takes place in decades — not millions of years

Posted by in categories: biological, evolution, genetics, singularity

Given this new information humans could modify their genetic code to rapidly accelerate their evolution aswell leading to a biological singularity of evolution.

Codfish have been telling a story of rapid fish evolution, reshaped by human activity more swiftly than previously assumed, reveals a cutting-edge study led by Rutgers University.

This evolutionary tale, illuminated during the latter half of the twentieth century, signifies the impact of human-driven overfishing. The findings suggest that evolutionary changes, once thought to span millions of years, can be catalyzed within mere decades.

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