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Apr 19, 2024

Evolution’s recipe book: How ‘copy paste’ errors led to insect flight, octopus camouflage and human cognition

Posted by in category: evolution

Seven hundred million years ago, a remarkable creature emerged for the first time. Though it may not have been much to look at by today’s standards, the animal had a front and a back, a top and a bottom. This was a groundbreaking adaptation at the time, and one which laid down the basic body plan which most complex animals, including humans, would eventually inherit.

The inconspicuous animal resided in the ancient seas of Earth, likely crawling along the seafloor. This was the last common ancestor of bilaterians, a vast supergroup of animals including vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals), and invertebrates (insects, arthropods, mollusks, worms, echinoderms and many more).

To this day, more than 7,000 groups of genes can be traced back to the last common ancestor of bilaterians, according to a study of 20 different bilaterian species including humans, sharks, mayflies, centipedes and octopuses. The findings were made by researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona and are published today in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Apr 19, 2024

New study sheds light on the structure and evolution of an enzyme in psychoactive fungi

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An international research team has investigated the biosynthesis of psilocybin, the main ingredient of hallucinogenic mushrooms. They gained new insights into the structure and reaction mechanism of the enzyme PsiM. It plays a key role in the production of psilocybin. The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Communications.

Apr 19, 2024

Tesla’s Dojo Supercomputer: A Game-Changer in AI Computation

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, supercomputing

Tesla’s Dojo supercomputer represents a significant investment and commitment to innovation in the field of AI computation, positioning Tesla as a key player in shaping the future of neural net hardware.

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Apr 19, 2024

Securing critical minerals for energy transition requires collective action

Posted by in categories: energy, materials

To power the energy transition, the world needs a reliable supply of critical minerals. Finding alternative materials can help secure the transition.

Apr 19, 2024

This $362 billion ‘beyond well-positioned’ Dutch company is quietly winning the global AI chips race

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

ASML has a monopoly on advanced semiconductor manufacturing tools, and it’s poised to gain from CHIPS Act investment.

Apr 19, 2024

Kia has the ‘secret sauce’ for affordable EVs in the US

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Cheaper electric vehicles are on the way, and Kia believes it has an advantage. With its own “secret sauce,” Kia is moving to launch a series of affordable EVs in the US.

“We’re ahead of most, and we’re trying to rush out ahead because our technology will be more evolved,” Kia America COO Steve Center told Automotive News.

Kia revealed a new range of low-cost EVs during its first annual EV Day in October, including the EV2, EV3, EV4, and EV5.

Apr 19, 2024

First Fractal Molecule in Nature Assembles Into a Sierpinski Triangle And We Don’t Know Why

Posted by in category: space

From the spiral arms of galaxies to microscopic snow crystals, nature seems to fall into fractal-like patterns that repeat in increasingly smaller increments. No matter how small you go, parts of the pattern still resemble the whole.

One exception appears to be molecules, which have not been known to exhibit self-similarity at changing scales. That is, until now.

Researchers from Germany, Sweden, and the UK have discovered an enzyme produced by a single-celled organism that can arrange itself into a fractal – not just any fractal, but a repeating pattern of triangles known as a Sierpiński triangle.

Apr 19, 2024

AI models to contest and judge ‘Miss AI’ pageant in a world 1st

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) beauty pageant has been announced, and the winner will receive over $20,000 in prizes.

The glittering world of modeling and fashion has embraced Al technology, and AI-generated models will take center stage in the beauty pageant named ‘Miss Al.’

Miss AI contest has been announced by World AI Creator Awards (WAICA), in partnership with Fanvue.

Apr 19, 2024

Development of organic semiconductors featuring ultrafast electrons

Posted by in category: materials

Scientists have created conducting two-dimensional polymers exhibiting electron mobility comparable to graphene. Their research has been featured in the online edition of Chem.

Apr 19, 2024

Amazon Installed Over 17,000 Chargers For Its Rivian Electric Van Fleet

Posted by in categories: entertainment, sustainability

Amazon is leading the electric delivery van game as the company aims to go net zero in the next 16 years.

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