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Jun 19, 2024

Double-record-breaking merging quasars found at “Cosmic Dawn”

Posted by in category: cosmology

Astronomers discovered the first pair of merging quasars from the Cosmic Dawn, 900 million years after the Big Bang.

Jun 19, 2024

HumanPlus: Robot that learns boxing, playing piano by watching people

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

The researchers state that HumanPlus needs 40 hours of human movement data to learn a task and then carry it out step by step. Moreover, it can shadow humans using its camera and then reproduce the actions in real-time.

The humanoid has been built with Unitree’s H1 robot as a base with hands from Inspire-Robots and wrists from another company. The final specimen is five feet nine inches tall.

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Jun 19, 2024

Scientists Squeezed Infrared Light Down to 10% of Its Wavelength. That’s Simply Incredible

Posted by in category: futurism

Thermal technology will never be the same.

Jun 19, 2024

Mathematicians find odd shapes that roll like a wheel in any dimension

Posted by in category: mathematics

Not content with shapes in two or three dimensions, mathematicians like to explore objects in any number of spatial dimensions. Now they have discovered shapes of constant width in any dimension, which roll like a wheel despite not being round.

By Alex Wilkins

Jun 19, 2024

A Radical New Magnet Without Rare-Earth Metals Is About to Change Motors Forever

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability

AI created it in just 3 months—and the implications are staggering.

Jun 19, 2024

Baidu Self-Driving Taxi Launches in China

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The launch of the RT6 was announced at the company’s Apollo Day, held in Wuhan, in Hubei province.

The vehicle, which is made by strategic partner Jiangling Motors, was first unveiled in 2022 but is now finally ready to be put into service. Around 1,000 are expected to be deployed in Wuhan alone by the end of 2024.

The all-electric model measures 15.7 feet long – very similar to a Tesla Model 3 – and comes with a spacious cabin for four passengers.

Jun 19, 2024

This Madlad Programmer Managed to Run Blender on a Nokia Phone

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Now I’ve seen everything.

Jun 19, 2024

Physicists find a new way to represent π

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

While investigating how string theory can be used to explain certain physical phenomena, scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have stumbled upon on a new series representation for the irrational number π. It provides an easier way to extract π from calculations involved in deciphering processes like the quantum scattering of high-energy particles.

Jun 19, 2024

Physicists combine multiple Higgs boson pair studies and discover clues about the stability of the universe

Posted by in category: particle physics

Remember how difficult it was to find one Higgs boson? Try finding two at the same place at the same time. Known as di-Higgs production, this fascinating process can tell scientists about the Higgs boson self-interaction.

Jun 19, 2024

A method to reversibly control Casimir forces using external magnetic fields

Posted by in categories: materials, quantum physics

The so-called Casimir force or Casimir effect is a quantum mechanical phenomenon resulting from fluctuations in the electromagnetic field between two conducting or dielectric surfaces that are a short distance apart. Studies have shown that this force can be either be attractive or repulsive, depending on the dielectric and magnetic properties of the materials used in experiments.

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