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Feb 21, 2024

12 years after NASA launched its Juno mission to Jupiter, these are its most stunning images of the gas giant

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Twelve years later, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has zipped past Jupiter’s poles, watched its Great Red Spot churn, and visited its largest moon, Ganymede.

Feb 21, 2024

VideoPrism: A Foundational Visual Encoder for Video Understanding

Posted by in category: futurism

Google announces VideoPrism.

A foundational visual encoder for video understanding.

Join the discussion on this paper page.

Feb 21, 2024

Microsoft’s Copilot Key Reveals the Future of Windows

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A new button on your keyboard is just the beginning of major changes coming to Windows in 2024.

Feb 21, 2024

Science fiction meets reality as researchers develop techniques to overcome obstructed views

Posted by in categories: information science, law enforcement, military

After a recent car crash, John Murray-Bruce wished he could have seen the other car coming. The crash reaffirmed the USF assistant professor of computer science and engineering’s mission to create a technology that could do just that: See around obstacles and ultimately expand one’s line of vision.

Using a single photograph, Murray-Bruce and his doctoral student, Robinson Czajkowski, created an algorithm that computes highly accurate, full-color three-dimensional reconstructions of areas behind obstacles—a concept that can not only help prevent car crashes but help law enforcement experts in hostage situations search-and-rescue and strategic military efforts.

“We’re turning ordinary surfaces into mirrors to reveal regions, objects, and rooms that are outside our line of vision,” Murray-Bruce said. “We live in a 3D world, so obtaining a more complete 3D picture of a scenario can be critical in a number of situations and applications.”

Feb 21, 2024

Foods That Could Increase NAD: Fenugreek Seeds

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Feb 21, 2024

BYD is buying back stock to fuel its dominant global expansion with new EVs

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The world’s EV leader, BYD (OTC: BYDDY), announced a stock buyback plan as it continues expanding into new markets. BYD is pushing into different segments with new luxury EVs and mid-size electric SUVs.

After selling a record 526,409 all-electric vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2023, BYD topped Tesla to become the best-selling EV maker globally.

The automaker’s success was fueled by its lineup of affordable EVs like the Dolphin, Atto 3 (Yuan Plus in China), and Seal. However, BYD is quickly expanding into new segments.

Feb 21, 2024

Plasma scientists develop computer programs that could reduce the cost of microchips, stimulate manufacturing

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, nuclear energy, transportation

Fashioned from the same element found in sand and covered by intricate patterns, microchips power smartphones, augment appliances and aid the operation of cars and airplanes.

Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are developing computer simulation codes that will outperform current simulation techniques and aid the production of microchips using plasma, the electrically charged state of matter also used in fusion research.

These codes could help increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process and potentially stimulate the renaissance of the chip industry in the United States.

Feb 21, 2024

New computer model of lung tissue could herald safer radiotherapy for cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

An innovative computer model of a human lung is helping scientists simulate, for the first time, how a burst of radiation interacts with the organ on a cell-by-cell level.

This research, carried out at the University of Surrey and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt, could lead to more targeted treatments for and reduce the damage caused by . The research is published in the journal Communications Medicine.

Dr. Roman Bauer, Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, said, “Doctors could one day use our model to choose the right length and strength of radiotherapy—tailored to their patient. This is exciting enough—but others could use our technique to study other organs. This could unlock all kinds of medical knowledge and could be great news for and future patients.”

Feb 21, 2024

Chinese Scientists Unveil Secrets of Bright-Dark Exciton Transition in a Semiconductor Material

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

A collaborative study conducted by Prof. Zhao Jin, Associate Prof. Zheng Qijing from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and Prof. Hrvoje Petek from the University of Pittsburgh, has revealed the mechanisms behind the transition of bright-dark excitons in anatase TiO2. Their findings have been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Understanding Excitons

Excitons, quasi-particles formed by the binding of electrons and holes in condensed matter systems via Coulomb interaction, exhibit distinct properties as bright and dark excitons. While bright excitons directly couple with light and play a pivotal role in light absorption, dark excitons, with their relatively longer lifetimes, hold significance in quantum information processing, Bose-Einstein condensation, and light-energy harvesting.

Feb 21, 2024

NASA’s Intuitive Machines Moon Mission Ignites With Revolutionary Liquid Methane Engine

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

NASA ’s lunar mission with Intuitive Machines showcases successful launch, innovative engine testing, and advanced navigation technology for precise lunar exploration.

After a successful launch on February 15, six NASA science instruments and technology demonstrations continue their journey to the Moon aboard Intuitive Machines’ lander named Odysseus. The company confirmed communications contact with its mission operations control in Houston, and its lander continues to perform as expected.

Known as IM-1, Intuitive Machines successfully transmitted its first images back to Earth on February 16. These were captured shortly after separation from SpaceX ’s second stage, on Intuitive Machines’ first journey to the Moon as part of the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative and Artemis campaign.

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