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May 19, 2024

ChargePoint debuts the fiercely powerful Megawatt Charging System for electric trucks

Posted by in categories: energy, information science, transportation

ChargePoint’s (NYSE: CHPT) new Megawatt Charging System for commercial electric trucks is capable of dispensing enough energy to power around 1,000 homes.

Hossein Kazemi, ChargePoint’s CTO for hardware, said, “Megawatt charging solves one-half of the electrification equation for trucking. The companies developing electric trucks can now leverage this infrastructure to test and enable their vehicles until they meet – or even exceed – the distances covered by internal combustion trucks.”

The Megawatt Charging System cable and connector will be available on ChargePoint’s Power Link 2000 stations, part of its modular Express Plus DC fast charging platform.

May 19, 2024

Scientists May Have Found a Particle Made of Pure Force

Posted by in category: particle physics

The fabric of the universe just got much more intriguing with evidence of the elusive glueball.

May 19, 2024

China’s first large-scale sodium-ion battery charges to 90% in 12 minutes

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

China’s first major sodium-ion battery energy storage station is now online, according to state-owned utility China Southern Power Grid Energy Storage.

The Fulin Sodium-ion Battery Energy Storage Station entered operation on May 11 in Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in southern China. Its initial storage capacity is said to be 10 megawatt hours (MWh). Once fully developed, the Station is expected to reach a total capacity of 100 MWh.

The state utility says the 10 MWh sodium-ion battery energy storage station uses 210 Ah sodium-ion battery cells that charge to 90% in a mindblowing 12 minutes. The system comprises 22,000 cells.

May 19, 2024

Next-Gen Loongson 8-Core CPUs To Feature Performance On Par With Intel’s 12th Gen Core i7 & Core i5 Chips

Posted by in category: computing

Loongson has revealed that its next-gen CPUs will be able to match Intel’s 12th Gen Core i7 & Core i5 CPUs, propelling the domestic Chinese PC market to new heights.

Loongson CEO States Up To 50% Performance Increase Possible On Next-Gen 8-Core CPUs, Reaching Intel 12th Gen Levels

During an interview with Loongson’s CEO, Hu Weiwu, with local Chinese media, it was highlighted that the upcoming CPUs from the chipmaker are going to be a major upgrade. Currently, Loongson offers its 8-core 3A6000 CPU which offers performance close to Intel’s 10th Gen & AMD’s Zen 2 core architectures. The company also recently previewed its 3B6600 and 3B7000 CPUs for PCs that use an 8-core design and are built on the same process node as the 3A6000 CPUs.

May 19, 2024

Researchers Develop Inexpensive Technology for Detecting Lead in Water

Posted by in categories: computing, sustainability

The chip-scale device could provide sensitive detection of lead levels in drinking water, whose toxicity affects 240 million people worldwide.

May 19, 2024

AMD Announces Mass-Production Of The Alveo V80 Compute Accelerator, $9495 Price Tag

Posted by in category: computing

AMD has announced mass production of its Alveo V80 compute accelerator, the firm’s newest HPC product targeted at memory-intensive workloads.

AMD’s Alveo V80 Targets Memory-Intensive HPC Workloads Through Heterogeneous Integration Courtesy of Versal HBM

The Alveo V80 was a silent announcement by AMD, but it does indeed pack a punch. This card targets catering to mid-tier workloads that are heavily dependent on memory utilization and expects to witness massive adoption in the fields of HPC, Networking, and Storage Applications. The FPGA-based accelerator looks to make strides in the industry through its competitive performance and the price tag it comes with, which we’ll discuss later.

May 19, 2024

Chatbots tell people what they want to hear, researchers find

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Chatbots share limited information, reinforce ideologies, and, as a result, can lead to more polarized thinking when it comes to controversial issues, according to new Johns Hopkins University–led research.

May 19, 2024

Intel’s Next-Gen Falcon Shores GPU To Feature TDP Up To 1500W, No Air-Cooled Variant Planned

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Intel’s next-generation Falcon Shores GPU is going to be a power-hungry beast as revealed to Computerbase during ISC 24.

Intel Falcon Shores GPUs Are Arriving In 2025 & Will Feature The Most Power-Hungry Design In The AI Accelerator Race

During ISC 24, Intel and its partners happened to have teased the power consumption figures for the upcoming Falcon Shores GPUs which will be the follow-up to Gaudi 3. While the Gaudi line of accelerators has been dedicated to the AI segment, Intel seems to have taken a step back with its standard HPC & AI GPU offerings. Recently, we reported how Intel has ended the deployment of its first true HPC GPU, Ponte Vecchio.

May 19, 2024

Science Fiction Writer Predicted The Future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, employment, nuclear energy, robotics/AI, solar power, space travel

The transcript features an interview with renowned science fiction author Isaac Asimov, discussing his predictions and visions for the future of space exploration, computers, robotics, and humanity’s role in shaping that future. It touches on concepts like permanent space settlements, harnessing solar power, the increasing importance of computers and AI, the impacts of robotics on jobs, and taking an optimistic yet cautionary view of technological progress. It also covers some earlier inaccurate and exaggerated predictions about robots replacing humans, as well as actual technological developments in 1982 like artificial hearts and fusion reactors. The overall theme is Asimov’s hopeful but measured outlook on future scientific and technological advancements.

May 19, 2024

Doctor’s alcohol tip that ‘could save your life’ goes viral on TikTok

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education

New Year’s Eve is often a night filled with celebratory shots and champagne toasts. But as the party night fast approaches, one doctor is gently reminding folks the importance of partying responsibly during the holidays. Really, it’s a piece of advice that’s important all year long.

Dr. Brian Hoeflinger, an Ohio based neurosurgeon with over two decades of experience, has a TikTok channel filled with educational videos and lifestyle tips. But it’s his latest clip explaining just how long it takes our bodies to break down alcohol that has gone viral.

In the video, which was shared on Christmas Day, Dr. Hoeflinger sets the scene of a party where “a lot of drinks are going down” by setting up a bunch of shot glasses filled with water.

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