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Apr 14, 2024

Rocket Lab wins $14.4 million contract to launch Space Test Program experiment

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

Join our newsletter to get the latest military space news every Tuesday by veteran defense journalist Sandra Erwin.

The mission named STP-S30 is projected to launch in 2026 on a Rocket Lab Electron small launcher from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Apr 14, 2024

4TB SD cards are arriving in 2025 for your cameras and laptops

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

This new SD card will support 8K video recording.

Apr 14, 2024

First AI-generated rom-com is due this summer — and the trailer puts Hallmark Channel to shame

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The popular TV company’s first original feature is made with Runway ML and Midjourney.

Apr 14, 2024

Scientists discover first nitrogen-fixing organelle

Posted by in category: biological

Modern biology textbooks assert that only bacteria can take nitrogen from the atmosphere and convert it into a form that is usable for life. Plants that fix nitrogen, such as legumes, do so by harboring symbiotic bacteria in root nodules. But a recent discovery upends that rule.

Apr 14, 2024

McDonald’s Making Job Applicants Take Weird AI Personality Tests

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

AI has come to the hiring process — and it’s made those mandatory personality tests all the weirder.

As 404 Media reports, companies as disparate as McDonald’s, Olive Garden, and FedEx are now requiring that job applicants take personality evaluations, which are then sorted by an AI system whose operations are cloudy at best.

The aforementioned companies are all contracted with Paradox.ai, a “conversational recruiting software” company whose strange personality assessments include images of blue-skinned humanoid aliens that applicants are, apparently, supposed to identify with.

Apr 14, 2024

Paper page — RecurrentGemma: Moving Past Transformers for Efficient Open Language Models

Posted by in category: futurism

Google presents RecurrentGemma.

Moving past transformers for efficient open language models.

We introduce RecurrentGemma, an open #language model which uses Google’s novel Griffin architecture.

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Apr 13, 2024

Are Fundamental Constants Fundamental? | Peter Atkins and Jim Baggott

Posted by in categories: business, chemistry, education, particle physics, quantum physics

Peter Atkins discusses the ideas in his book ‘Conjuring the Universe’ with fellow science writer Jim Baggott. They discuss how fundamental the various constants of the universe truly are.

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Apr 13, 2024

Lee Smolin — Are the Laws of Nature Always Constant?

Posted by in categories: habitats, physics, space

The laws of nature or physics are assumed to be everywhere the same, on the far side of the universe as sure as on the far side of your house. Otherwise science itself could not succeed. But are these laws equally constant across time? Might the deep laws of physics change over eons of time? The implications would be profound.

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Apr 13, 2024

Lee Smolin — Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life and Mind?

Posted by in categories: alien life, quantum physics

If the deep laws of the universe had been ever so slightly different human beings wouldn’t, and couldn’t, exist. All explanations of this exquisite fine-tuning, obvious and not-so-obvious, have problems or complexities. Natural or supernatural, that is the question.

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Apr 13, 2024

The experimental demonstration of a verifiable blind quantum computing protocol

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

Quantum computers, systems that process and store information leveraging quantum mechanical phenomena, could eventually outperform classical computers on numerous tasks. Among other things, these computers could allow researchers to tackle complex optimization problems, speed up drug discovery and better protect users against cyber-security threats.

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