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Oct 9, 2020

This Analyst Thinks Tesla Stock Is Headed to $578

Posted by in categories: business, energy, sustainability, transportation

The electric-car maker could benefit from improving profitability on vehicle sales and huge growth in its nascent energy business.

Oct 9, 2020

FBI ‘Drive-By’ Hacking Threat Just Got Real: Here’s Why You Should Be Concerned

Posted by in categories: electronics, health

This latest IoT security warning is hard to believe…

Warnings that our IoT devices might be spying on us are nothing new—remember the smart speaker fiasco last year? But at least we expect those devices to be listening and can exercise some caution. The latest such warning, though, takes these risks to a new level. It turns out that there may be surprising little spies hiding in our living rooms.

Last December, the FBI warned that the perilous state of IoT security means that “hackers can use an innocent device to do a virtual drive-by of your digital life.” A week earlier, that same FBI office had cautioned on the danger that smart TVs can allow “manufacturers, streaming services, and even hackers an open door into your home.”

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Oct 9, 2020

World’s fastest UV camera records flying photons in real time

Posted by in categories: electronics, particle physics

As tiny particles traveling at the speed of light, it’s going to take a serious machine to capture photons in action, and an international team of researchers have just pieced together one that is very much up for the job. Dubbed the world’s fastest UV camera, the device is capable of capturing ultra-fast events lasting just a picosecond, quick enough to see UV photons fly through the air in real time.

The device is the handiwork of Canada’s Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Institute of Research) and goes by the name of UV-CUP (compressed ultrafast photography). CUP is an emerging imaging technique that has been used to capture ultrafast events at speeds measured in trillions of frames a second, but has so far been limited to visible and near-infrared wavelengths.

“Many phenomena that occur on very short time scales also take place on a very small spatial scale,” says Jinyang Liang, who led the study. “To see them, you need to sense shorter wavelengths. Doing this in the UV or even X-ray ranges is a remarkable step toward this goal.”

Oct 9, 2020

Ancient asteroid Bennu contains ingredients for life

Posted by in category: space

Revelations from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe are building excitement for its sampling expedition, slated to happen in the coming weeks.

Oct 9, 2020

Bringing the promise of quantum computing to nuclear physics

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, particle physics, quantum physics

Quantum mechanics, the physics of atoms and subatomic particles, can be strange, especially compared to the everyday physics of Isaac Newton’s falling apples. But this unusual science is enabling researchers to develop new ideas and tools, including quantum computers, that can help demystify the quantum realm and solve complex everyday problems.

That’s the goal behind a new U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) grant, awarded to Michigan State University (MSU) researchers, led by physicists at Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Working with Los Alamos National Laboratory, the team is developing algorithms – essentially programming instructions – for quantum computers to help these machines address problems that are difficult for conventional computers. For example, problems like explaining the fundamental quantum science that keeps an atomic nucleus from falling apart.

The $750,000 award, provided by the Office of Nuclear Physics within DOE-SC, is the latest in a growing list of grants supporting MSU researchers developing new quantum theories and technology.

Oct 9, 2020

SpaceX’s Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla just made their 1st Mars flyby

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

Starman got less than 5 million miles from the Red Planet.

The spacesuit-clad mannequin Starman and his Tesla Roadster just drove by Mars for the first time.

Oct 9, 2020

View: Artificial Intelligence for inclusive growth

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

The adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) shouldn’t be restricted to companies, however, economies have additionally turned they give attention to build up their AI capabilities as a way to enhance growth. Developed economies just like the US, China, and EU nations are already within the race.

Oct 9, 2020

Researchers solve 100-year-old metallurgy puzzle

Posted by in category: materials


To solve a 100-year puzzle in metallurgy about why single crystals show staged hardening while others don’t, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists took it down to the atomistic level.

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Oct 9, 2020

This Contact Lens Could Lets You Shoot Lasers From Your Eyes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

They won’t vaporize bad guys, but a laser is a laser.

Oct 9, 2020

China Names 18 More Crewmembers for Its Upcoming Space Station

Posted by in category: space travel

Earlier this month, China announced the third set of astronauts that will travel up to Tiangong-3, the country’s upcoming space station.

The new roster includes seven pilots, seven researchers, and four payload experts.