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Sep 28, 2023

NASA will not use Russian Progress spacecraft to vault the ISS from orbit — US companies will create a special vehicle

Posted by in category: space

NASA has updated its plan to decommission the International Space Station. The agency has decided not to use Russian Progress spacecraft.

Here’s What We Know

The federal agency will create a new spacecraft. Its development will be taken up by American companies. The decision is due to the deterioration of relations between the United States and the Russian Federation.

Sep 28, 2023

Bitcoin miners beef up Texas operations ahead of extinction-level event, exclusive data shows

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, energy, existential risks

The new data also confirms that Texas has cemented its position as the crypto capital of the United States, as miners flock there for abundant clean energy and a permissive regulatory environment.

Texas made up 8.43% of the hashrate in the U.S. as of the end of 2021, and that percentage has jumped to 28.50% as of July 27, 2023 — though Foundry notes that the data was aggregated during a period of heavy curtailment in July, so Texas’s percentage of actual hashrate is even greater than what’s reflected on their latest map. Zhang added that Texas’s growth in Foundry’s map also had to do with the fact that the firm took on more clients there in the past two years.

Given that the U.S. is currently the world leader in terms of its share of the collective hashrate of the bitcoin network, that makes Texas the bitcoin capital of the world.

Sep 28, 2023

James Webb Space Telescope’s first spectrum of a TRAPPIST-1 planet

Posted by in category: space

In a solar system called TRAPPIST-1, 40 light years from the sun, seven Earth-sized planets revolve around a cold star.

Astronomers obtained new data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) on TRAPPIST-1 b, the planet in the TRAPPIST-1 solar system closest to its star. These new observations offer insights into how its star can affect observations of exoplanets in the habitable zone of cool stars. In the habitable zone, liquid water can still exist on the orbiting planet’s surface.

The team, which included University of Michigan astronomer and NASA Sagan Fellow Ryan MacDonald, published its study in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Sep 28, 2023

Hollywood Writers Reached an AI Deal That Will Rewrite History

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A faction of scribes is putting guardrails around AI’s encroachment on their work. The effects will echo in industries far beyond Hollywood.

Sep 28, 2023

X owner Elon Musk largely runs the social media giant from his iPhone, employees say

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, mobile phones

X employees have learnt not to send Elon Musk attachments or documents or spreadsheets in an email, per a Financial Times report.

Sep 28, 2023

Spotify will use AI to replicate podcasters’ voices and translate them to other languages

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Spotify is translating podcasts into multiple languages with the same original voice.

Sep 28, 2023

Scientists discover a 100-year-old math error, changing how humans see color

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, mapping, mathematics

In a press release, Bujack, who creates scientific visualizations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, called the current mathematical models used for color perceptions incorrect and requiring a “paradigm shift.”

A surprise finding

Being able to accurately model human color perception has a tremendous impact on automating image processing, computer graphics, and visualization. Bujack’s team first set out to develop algorithms that would automatically enhance color maps used in data visualization to make it easier to read them.

Sep 28, 2023

First Tesla Supercharger with ‘Magic Dock’ for non-Tesla electric cars spotted in the US

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The first Tesla Supercharger station with a “Magic Dock” to allow non-Tesla electric cars to charge has been spotted in the US.

After opening its Supercharger network in Europe last year and indicating that it would do the same in North America by the end of the year, we were a bit disappointed when it didn’t happen.

However, we know that it is still imminent. It could really happen any day, or it might have already happened by way of a “soft launch.”

Sep 28, 2023

Has Google Ads lost all credibility? Why one advertiser says it’s time to leave

Posted by in category: futurism

‘There should not be one ounce of trust left that any advertiser has in Google Ads,’ according to Greg Finn.

Sep 28, 2023

Lewy Body Disease Breakthrough — Scientists unveil Early Detection Method

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Lewy body disease ranks as the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder, following Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that attacks the brain, causing a decline in mental ability that worsens over time. It is the most common form of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. There is no current cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but there are medications that can help ease the symptoms.

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