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Apr 16, 2024

Study uses thermodynamics to describe expansion of the universe

Posted by in categories: energy, space

Quaise Energy, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off, plans to vaporize rocks in the Earth’s core and tap into deep geothermal energy.

Apr 16, 2024

Artificial Intelligence Index

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI publishes its Artificial Intelligence Index Report 2024, one of the most authoritative sources for data and insights on #AI.

Link to the full report:

Below are its top 10 takeaways:

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Apr 16, 2024

Paper page — Scaling (Down) CLIP: A Comprehensive Analysis of Data, Architecture, and Training Strategies

Posted by in category: futurism

“Larger Model Is Not All You Need”

Google announces Scaling (Down) CLIP

A comprehensive analysis of data, architecture, and training strategies.

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Apr 16, 2024

Advanced Microscopy Technique Offers a New Look Inside Cells

Posted by in category: biological

Researchers in the Yale Department of Cell Biology have created a new microscopy technique that will help unlock the inner workings of cells 100 times faster than current technology allows – and at a fraction of the cost.

Writing in the journal Cell, the Yale team says their FLASH-PAINT technique…


While current microscopy techniques image only a few intracellular molecules at a time, a new technique developed by Yale scientists can help researchers.

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Apr 16, 2024

A magnetic nanographene butterfly poised to advance quantum technologies

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a new design concept for creating next-generation carbon-based quantum materials, in the form of a tiny magnetic nanographene with a unique butterfly-shape hosting highly correlated spins. This new design has the potential to accelerate the advancement of quantum materials which are pivotal for the development of sophisticated quantum computing technologies poised to revolutionize information processing and high density storage capabilities.

Apr 16, 2024

XAI releases new Grok-1.5V model to beat OpenAI’s GPT-4

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

XAI launched Grok-1.5V, a new multimodal AI that can understand text, images, diagrams, and more. xAI claims Grok-1.5V outperforms competitors on key benchmarks such as RealWorldQA.

Apr 16, 2024

Astronomers Furious at Plan to Shut Down NASA Space Telescope

Posted by in category: space

NASA is proposing to wind down its Chandra X-ray Observatory. And astronomers are pissed.

Apr 16, 2024

California exceeds 100% of energy demand with renewables over a record 30 days

Posted by in categories: energy, engineering

In a major clean energy benchmark, wind, solar, and hydro exceeded 100% of demand on California’s main grid for 30 of the past 38 days.

Stanford University professor of civil and environmental engineering Mark Z. Jacobson has been tracking California’s renewables performance, and he shares his findings on Twitter (X) when the state breaks records. Yesterday he posted:

Jacobson notes that supply exceeds demand for “0.25−6 h per day,” and that’s an important fact. The continuity lies not in renewables running the grid for the entire day but in the fact that it’s happening on a consistent daily basis, which has never been achieved before.

Apr 16, 2024

Designing proteins with language models

Posted by in category: engineering

Protein language models learn from diverse sequences spanning the evolutionary tree and have proven to be powerful tools for sequence design, variant effect prediction and structure prediction. What are the foundations of protein language models, and how are they applied in protein engineering?

Apr 16, 2024

Tesla and Hyundai advance plans to replace taxis with driverless EVs

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Self-driving cars do not get drunk, they do not fall asleep, they do not get distracted by text messages, and experts and manufacturers agree they could be the answer to slashing the road toll.

It’s one of the reasons why autonomous vehicles are in the spotlight again, with Tesla promising to unveil a robotaxi in August and Hyundai showing off the results of its driverless car trial in Las Vegas.

But debate is raging in the industry over whether the technology is or will ever be ready to drive in busy, unpredictable environments without any human oversight.

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