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Dec 2, 2023

The theoretical work of preparing for DUNE

Posted by in category: particle physics

On July 21, 2017, a group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers gathered in Lead, South Dakota, to hold a unique groundbreaking ceremony—at a research institution in a former gold mine, about one mile underground. The ceremony marked the beginning of construction for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

DUNE will study neutrinos, fundamental particles of matter that are abundant across the universe but difficult to catch. Over 100 trillion of them flow harmlessly and undetectably through your body each second.

Neutrinos come in three flavors—electron neutrinos, muon neutrinos and tau neutrinos—and they oscillate between those flavors as they travel. This means that a neutrino first produced as an electron neutrino can become a muon or tau neutrino.

Dec 2, 2023

Longevity: Healthier diet at age 40 could add 8 years to your life

Posted by in category: life extension

A new study indicates that switching to a healthier diet at age 40 is associated with 8 added years of life.

Dec 2, 2023

NASA will land daring spacecraft on a world 800 million miles away

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA’s Dragonfly mission sounds like science fiction. But it’s real.

The space agency will launch the car-sized craft, fitted with eight spinning rotors, to one of the most intriguing worlds in our solar system, Saturn’s ocean-and dune-covered moon, Titan. It’s a frigid realm where methane, not water, fills lakes and seas, and where the dunes are teeming with the organic ingredients needed for life (as we know it) to develop.

NASA determined that Dragonfly aced its preliminary design stages, and on Nov. 28 gave the thumbs up for this “dual-quadcopter” endeavor to proceed to its final construction. The flying craft is uniquely designed for this mission, as it will explore hundreds of miles of Titan’s terrain. Over a planned mission of close to three years, Dragonfly will take off and land at multiple sites as it investigates the “prebiotic” conditions that could have provided the brew for life to eventually form in our solar system.

Dec 2, 2023

The Boring Company completes Vegas Westgate-2 tunnel with Prufrock-1

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Elon Musk-led tunneling company The Boring Company has completed a new tunnel in Las Vegas as it continues to make progress on a larger loop covering much of the city’s downtown.

On Friday, The Boring Company page on X posted saying that the Prufrock-1 tunneling machine has completed the Westgate-2 tunnel, marking the massive tool’s fourth tunnel constructed in the city. In addition to Prufrock-1, the post also says that its the seventh tunnel the company has built in Las Vegas, while the other three were completed using Godot and its latest iteration of the Prufrock machine, the Prufrock-2.

The post also included a photo of Prufrock-1 emerging from the construction site beside the Westgate hotel, which you can see below.

Dec 2, 2023

IBM and NASA are building an AI foundation model for weather and climate

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI

The goal is to improve the speed, accuracy, and accessibility of weather forecasting and other climate applications.

Dec 2, 2023

Elon Musk Hints at Bringing Tesla Bot’s Bulletproof Cybertruck Test to Life in the Coming Year

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Tesla has been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the automotive industry. A recent demonstration of this is the bulletproof testing of the Cybertruck, conducted using Tesla Bots. This article delves into the details of these tests, the implications for Tesla’s technological advancements, and the potential future of these innovations. Tesla’s Bulletproof Cybertruck Recently, […].

Dec 2, 2023

Huawei takes center stage in the China-US AI chip race

Posted by in categories: government, mobile phones, robotics/AI

In an ironic twist, the Chinese government is turning to Huawei to spearhead the nation’s quest for semiconductor self-reliance.

Andrea Nicolini/iStock.

The sanctions made it so that only those with special permission could produce the chips designed by Huawei. As a result, Huawei faced difficulties in obtaining new chips for the development of more advanced smartphones.

Dec 2, 2023

Scientists create new battery material by mimicking bluebird feathers

Posted by in category: materials

The material could also be used in water filters.


Now, ETH Zurich researchers at the Laboratory of Soft and Living Materials, led by former ETH Professor Eric Dufresne, have managed to replicate the material in the laboratory to be used in applications such as batteries and water filters.

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Dec 2, 2023

AI-system boosts microgrid efficiency for rapid power outage recovery

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, solar power, sustainability

During power outages, microgrids leverage local renewable sources like rooftop solar panels and small wind turbines for efficient power restoration.

UC-Santa Cruz.

Addressing this common challenge, a research team from the University of California — Santa Cruz led by assistant professor Yu Zhang is employing innovative methods to enhance power systems’ efficiency, dependability, and robustness. For this, they have devised an artificial intelligence (AI) centered strategy to intelligently manage microgrids intelligently, ensuring effective power restoration in the event of outages.

Dec 2, 2023

Michigan welcomes US’s first wireless charging roadway for EVs

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The wireless-charging roadway is expected to boost the adoption and convenience of electric vehicles, which are increasing in popularity in the United States.


MDOT and Electreon initiative.

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