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Feb 28, 2024

Researchers produce 3D model of the ribosome and visualize how it is made

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Human cells contain ribosomes, a complex machine that produces proteins for the rest of the body. Now the researchers have come closer to understanding how the ribosome works.

“It is amazing that we can visualize the atomic details of the ribosome. Because they are tiny—around 20–30 nanometers,” says Associate Professor Eva Kummer from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, who is responsible for the new study published in Nature Communications.

The ribosome is a part of the human cell consisting of ribosomal RNA and ribosomal proteins. It is like a factory that builds proteins by following a set of instructions inherent in the genes.

Feb 28, 2024

The quantum world: Dreams and delusions | Roger Penrose, Sabine Hossenfelder, Michio Kaku, and more!

Posted by in categories: computing, genetics, quantum physics

Watch some of the biggest names in physics debate the mysteries of the quantum and its future, including Roger Penrose, Sabine Hossenfelder, Avshalom Elitzur, Michio Kaku, Suchitra Sebastian, Priya Natarajan, Joscha Bach, Erik Verlinde, Hilary Lawson and Bjørn Ekeberg.

From string theory to quantum gravity and quantum computers, the quantum discourse is all the buzz in physics and beyond. But what is possible and what mere fantasy? Can we bring together relativity and quantum mechanics? Will we ever find a unified theory to explain our universe?

Continue reading “The quantum world: Dreams and delusions | Roger Penrose, Sabine Hossenfelder, Michio Kaku, and more!” »

Feb 28, 2024

A Banned Pesticide Is Found in Quaker Oats and Cheerios Products

Posted by in category: chemistry

A pilot study but possibly concerning. A banned pesticide found in Cheerios and Quaker oats. They suggest sticking to organic. The pesticide got in there by importing ingredients.

This week, the Environmental Working Group, revealed findings from a study that shows that chlormequat chloride, a chemical banned in the U.S. was found in some of our favorite cereals. Here’s what the experts say.

Feb 28, 2024

Adobe’s new prototype generative AI tool is the “Photoshop” of music-making and editing

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

Project Music GenAI Control can generate audio using text prompts and provides editing features to customize the results within the same workflow.

Adobe’s latest generative AI experiment aims to help people create and customize music without any professional audio experience.

Audio is generated by text prompts, with editing built into the same workflow.

Continue reading “Adobe’s new prototype generative AI tool is the ‘Photoshop’ of music-making and editing” »

Feb 28, 2024

Bitcoin’s so high, it crashed Coinbase today

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin’s rally is turning out to be bad news for Coinbase, the crypto trading app that has just confirmed some of its customers are seeing a zero balance across their Coinbase accounts. “Your assets are safe,” the firm assured the app’s users via a Status page on its website, adding that its team is investigating the issue and will provide an update shortly. [Update: The company has since said the issues are improving but the app is seeing “heightened traffic.”]

The app’s crash today has to do with the recent demand for Bitcoin, the popular cryptocurrency that recently surged to $60,000 — close to its all-time high last seen in 2021. The price of Bitcoin climbed in the wake of U.S. bitcoin spot ETFs, driving a 42% price rally this month. According to Reuters, this was the largest monthly gain the digital asset had seen since December 2020. As of the time of writing, Bitcoin was up above $61,448, or a 7.66% increase today.

The sharp rise has fueled renewed interest in apps like Coinbase, which allows users to buy, sell, and hold crypto products in a digital wallet. This rapid increase in demand, including from more casual crypto investors, have seemingly contributed to the app’s current issues, as Coinbase says the app is experiencing issues from high traffic.

Feb 28, 2024

Liveliness is a sports community app for finding new workout buddies

Posted by in category: futurism

Finding people who share your active passion — to go hiking, biking, running, whatever — is a pretty enduring problem. Existing friends and family aren’t always going to be into the same sporty pursuits as you and making new buddies at the gym or crag can be kinda awkward. Ditto trying your luck on random Facebook or WhatsApp groups. Step forward.

Feb 28, 2024

The Evolution Of Rugby: A Journey Into The Future With AI

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

In the rugged, adrenaline-fueled world of rugby, a quiet yet profound revolution is underway.

Imagine where tradition meets cutting-edge technology, where the raw physicality and strategic depth of rugby are enhanced by the power of AI. Well, it’s already here.

Feb 28, 2024

Moving Bits — Moving Beliefs, AI Is About To Get Physical

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Have you ever thought about what happens when digital AI systems are put into a physical context?

He’s an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS).

Feb 28, 2024

Photoroom, An App That Generates AI Images In One Second, Is Now Worth $500 Million

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, media & arts, robotics/AI

Photoroom announced Tuesday that it has raised $43 million in Series B funding at a valuation of $500 million. London-based early-stage venture firm Balderton Capital and Aglaé Ventures, an investment firm backed by LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault and his family, led the round, with participation from Y Combinator. The new round brings the Photoroom’s total funding to $64 million. With more than 150 million app downloads and a subscription-based business model, the Paris-based startup has crossed $50 million in annual recurring revenue, according to Rouif.

Photoroom has also garnered the attention of brands like Netflix, Lionsgate and Warner Bros, who have used the startup’s API to promote films and shows including Barbie and Black Mirror. In October 2023, Photoroom partnered with Universal Music Group-owned record label, Republic Records, to create a custom selfie generator of Taylor Swift’s album 1989 that millions of fans used to create an album cover with their own faces.

Photoroom first gained traction in 2020, the same year it was accepted into Y Combinator. During the pandemic, entrepreneurs rushed to produce online catalogs of their products and without access to photographers and professional photo studios, they turned to photo editing tools like Photoroom. Before generative AI tools became mainstream, the startup’s most popular tools were a background remover tool, a tool called “magic retouch,” which removed unwanted objects from a photo as well as a feature that could blur backgrounds in two seconds. When more advanced AI tools became available in 2023, the startup expanded its offerings to include fully AI-generated backgrounds, where users could create background visuals from scratch through text prompts — now Photoroom’s most commonly used feature.

Feb 28, 2024

Enkrypt AI Raises $2.35 Million To Take On The Chatbots Going Rogue

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s the problem that everyone with a passing knowledge of generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) worries about: how to stop the technology going rogue and delivering bogus results.

Enkrypt AI has developed a software solution that sits between large language models and users, aiming to detect bad behaviours from either side.

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