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May 25, 2023

Kids & AI: A Guide To Prepare Them For The Challenges Ahead

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A child interacts with Pepper, a robot that can sense how someone feels by analyzing facial expressions. See a guide for parents and teachers to help kids understand and interact with AI.

Parents and teachers need to learn and provide guidance to children to help them explore what will be a growing AI relationship.

May 25, 2023

New Vulcan Centaur rocket may test-fire its engines on the launch pad for 1st time on May 25

Posted by in category: space travel

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is gearing up for a critical test firing of its next-generation rocket after a recent fueling check, and it could happen as soon as this week.

On Monday morning (May 22), Bruno stated on Twitter that the company’s new Vulcan Centaur rocket was returning to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Now that the rocket is back at the pad, Vulcan’s static fire test (in which the rocket’s engines are ignited while it remains on the ground) could happen any day. “We are targeting as soon as tomorrow for the Flight Readiness Firing,” a representative from ULA told on Tuesday (May 23), “but it will depend on range availability.” On Wednesday (March 24), ULA CEO Tory Bruno intimated on Twitter that the test could happen as soon as Thursday (March 25).

May 25, 2023

New robotic bee is the first to fly stably in all directions like a real bee

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Robotic bee that can fly fully in all directions like a real bee.

Researchers build bee robots that can twist.

May 25, 2023

Scientists find first evidence for new superconducting state in Ising superconductor

Posted by in categories: materials, physics

In a ground-breaking experiment, scientists from the University of Groningen, together with colleagues from the Dutch universities of Nijmegen and Twente and the Harbin Institute of Technology (China), have discovered the existence of a superconductive state that was first predicted in 2017.

They present evidence for a special variant of the FFLO superconductive state in the journal Nature. This discovery could have significant applications, particularly in the field of superconducting electronics.

The lead author of the paper is Professor Justin Ye, who heads the Device Physics of Complex Materials group at the University of Groningen. Ye and his team have been working on the Ising superconducting state. This is a special state that can resist magnetic fields that generally destroy , and that was described by the team in 2015.

May 25, 2023

Superconducting ‘fluxonium’ is the longest lasting qubit ever

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

A fluxonium qubit can keep its most useful quantum properties for about 1.48 milliseconds, drastically longer than similar qubits currently favoured by the quantum computing industry.

By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

May 25, 2023

Quantum matter breakthrough: Tuning density waves

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Scientists at EPFL have found a new way to create a crystalline structure called a “density wave” in an atomic gas. The findings can help us better understand the behavior of quantum matter, one of the most complex problems in physics. The research was published May 24 in Nature.

“Cold atomic gases were well known in the past for the ability to ‘program’ the interactions between atoms,” says Professor Jean-Philippe Brantut at EPFL. “Our experiment doubles this ability.” Working with the group of Professor Helmut Ritsch at the University of Innsbruck, they have made a breakthrough that can impact not only quantum research but quantum-based technologies in the future.

Scientists have long been interested in understanding how materials self-organize into complex structures, such as crystals. In the often-arcane world of quantum physics, this sort of self-organization of particles is seen in “,” where particles arrange themselves into a regular, repeating pattern or order; like a group of people with different colored shirts on standing in a line but in a pattern where no two people with the same color shirt stand next to each other.

May 25, 2023

Powering the future: How car parks are transforming into solar energy hubs

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

Discover how car parks are evolving into solar powerhouses, generating clean energy, reducing costs, and shaping a sustainable future.

Imagine this: a car park with sleek solar panels mounted on jet-black steel supports, harnessing the sun’s energy while providing shade for parked vehicles.

This groundbreaking concept is becoming a reality in car parks across the UK, offering much more than just parking spaces.

May 25, 2023

Researchers recreate the machine which cleans up the waste inside a cell

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Autophagy is the process by which cells break down waste and gunk inside them.

There’s a cleaning process happening in our bodies daily. Derived from Greek, the process is called autophagy, which means self-eating.

It plays a vital role in immunity and host defense. In the human body, self-eating is the process by which our cells break down, remove abnormal proteins and old waste macromolecules and organelles in its cytoplasm, and kill invading microorganisms.

May 25, 2023

China launches two satellites to monitor Earth’s weakening magnetic field

Posted by in category: satellites

The two Macau Science 1 satellites lifted off atop a Long March 2C rocket on Sunday.

China launched two satellites designed to investigate and monitor Earth’s magnetic field changes at 4 pm local time on Sunday, May 21, at the Jiuquan launch site in the Gobi Desert.

The mission called Macau Science 1 lifted a pair of satellites weighing 500kg (1,100lbs) each atop a Long March 2C rocket. It is the first Chinese space mission operated as part of a partnership with scientists in Macau, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.

May 25, 2023

$115 million raised by Moonfire Ventures for European AI startups

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

Founded in 2020, Moonfire Ventures has raised a $115 million second round of investment to invest in European technology and AI startups.

As reported by Reuters, a large investment fund called Moonfire Ventures has just raised $115 million to help invest in European technology and artificial intelligence (AI) startups. Founded by Atomico (a venture capital firm) co-founder Mattias Ljungman in 2020, this news will undoubtedly be welcomed by the tech industry across the continent.

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