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May 29, 2023

China will launch its first civilian astronaut to space tomorrow

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Gui Haichao, a professor at Beijing’s top aerospace research institute, will join two others on a mission to the Tiangong space station.

China will send its first civilian astronaut to orbit with the latest crewed launch to the country’s Tiangong space station.

The mission, scheduled to launch tomorrow morning, May 30, will lift a crew of three aboard the Shenzhou 16 spacecraft attached to a Long March-2F rocket, a report from South China Morning Post reveals.

May 29, 2023

Heavy drinkers risk muscle loss, new study finds

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– Jane Skinner, PhD, lead researcher.

In addition, physical activity and sedentary levels weren’t measured, which may have produced a different effect on the outcome.

May 29, 2023

Robot Passes Turing Test for Polyculture Gardening

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UC Berkeley researchers developed an automated hydroponic system called AlphaGarden, which combines a commercial gantry robot farming system and a plant growth simulator. And it arguably cares for plants better than a professional human.

May 29, 2023

Assessing AI Risk Skepticism

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How should we respond to the idea that advances in AI pose catastrophic risks for the wellbeing of humanity?

Two sets of arguments have been circulating online for many years, but in light of recent events, are now each mutating into new forms and are attracting much more attention from the public. The first set argues that AI risks are indeed serious. The second set is skeptical. It argues that the risks are exaggerated, or can easily be managed, and are a distraction from more important issues and opportunities.

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May 29, 2023

Team achieves Ångström-resolution fluorescence microscopy

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A breakthrough in fluorescence microscopy has been achieved by the research group of Ralf Jungmann at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. The team developed Resolution Enhancement by Sequential Imaging (RESI), a revolutionary technique that enhances the resolution of fluorescence microscopy down to the Ångström scale. This innovation is poised to usher in a paradigm shift in our approach to study biological systems with thus far unprecedented detail.

Cells, the fundamental units of life, contain a plethora of intricate structures, processes and mechanisms that uphold and perpetuate living systems. Many cellular core components, such as DNA, RNA, proteins and lipids, are just a few nanometers in size. This makes them substantially smaller than the resolution limit of traditional light microscopy. The exact composition and arrangement of these molecules and structures is thus often unknown, resulting in a lack of mechanistic understanding of fundamental aspects of biology.

In recent years, super-resolution techniques have made leaps and bounds to resolve many sub-cellular structures below the classical diffraction limit of light. Single molecule localization microscopy, or SMLM, is a super-resolution approach that can resolve structures on the order of ten nanometers in size by temporally separating their individual fluorescence emission.

May 29, 2023

How generative AI can revolutionize customization and user empowerment

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Last year generative artificial intelligence (AI) took the world by storm as advancements populated news and social media. Investors were swarming the space as many recognized its potential across industries. According to IDC, there is already a 26.9% increase in global AI spending compared to 2022. And this number is forecast to exceed $300 billion in 2026.

It’s also caused a shift in how people view AI. Before, people thought of artificial intelligence as an academic, high-tech pursuit. It used to be that the most talked-about example of AI was autonomous vehicles. But even with all the buzz, it had yet to be a widely available and applied form of consumer-grade AI.

May 29, 2023

How to watch the Axiom-2 mission depart the ISS on Tuesday

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This Tuesday, the crew of the second ever all-private mission to the International Space Station will be returning to Earth. Here’s how to watch the departure.

May 29, 2023

Solar telescope provides spectacular sun photos in unprecedented detail

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The sunspots in the images are dark and cooler regions on the sun’s surface, known as the photosphere, where strong magnetic fields are found, according to the National Solar Observatory.

And while sunspots can be a variety of sizes, the NSO says many are the size of Earth or larger. Groups of sunspots can be the source of explosive events, like solar flares and coronal mass ejections that generate solar storms significantly impacting Earth, including disruptions to critical infrastructure or leading to vibrant northern lights displays.

May 29, 2023

ISRO achieves milestone with successful launch of next-gen navigation satellite on GSLV rocket

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India’s space agency, ISRO, successfully launched a satellite crucial to the country’s satellite navigation system using the GSLV rocket.

Congratulations, @isro, on the successful launch of GSLV-F12/NVS-01 Mission 🇮🇳

May 29, 2023

Microsoft president says “must always ensure AI remains under human control”

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As companies race to develop more products powered by artificial intelligence, Microsoft president Brad Smith has issued a stark warning about deep fakes. Deep fakes use a form of AI to generate completely new video or audio, with the end goal of portraying something that did not actually occur in reality. But as AI quickly gets better at mimicking reality, big questions remain over how to regulate it. In short, Mr Smith said, “we must always ensure that AI remains under human control”.

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