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Jul 8, 2020

State Reports No COVID-19 Deaths Since Yesterday; ‘First Time In Months:’ Governor

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Connecticut increased by 14 since Monday, but the state is reporting no new coronavirus-related deaths for the “first time in months,” Governor Ned Lamont announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m paid to worry,” the governor said when talking about the hospitalizations increasing. “I would worry if I saw our admissions in our hospitals going up and that’s why you saw hospitalizations going up. That’s not what happened. We’ve added between about 20 and 30 new COVID cases a day into our hospitals. That’s consistent. That’s been consistent for the last few weeks. What is happened is there are many fewer discharges. It’s not something I worry about, just something I note to you.”

According to the state Department of Health, 5,745 tests have been administered since yesterday, and just 57 new cases were reported. Lamont said the state’s positive test percentage remains around one percent.

Jul 8, 2020

Apple to Develop the Metal Family of GPUs, Dump AMD Radeon

Posted by in categories: computing, futurism

In the next big step toward complete silicon independence, Apple is planning to dump AMD as a supplier of discrete GPUs in the near future, closely following its decision to dump Intel and the x86 machine architecture in favor of its own SoCs based on the Arm machine architecture. The company is developing its own line of discrete GPUs under the “Metal GPU Family,” a name borrowed from its own Metal graphics API.

This explosive bit of information comes from a WWDC 2020 presentation slide posted by Longhorn (@never_released) on Twitter. The slide suggests that along with the processor, Apple is making a clean break with its graphics hardware. The SoCs powering client-segment Macs, such as future iMacs or MacBooks, could feature iGPUs based on this graphics architecture, while larger platforms such as MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, and iMac Pros of the future could feature Apple’s own discrete GPUs.

Jul 8, 2020

World’s First Underwater WiFi is Set Up

Posted by in categories: internet, space

You might think you’ve seen it all via live stream. Whether it’s historic astronaut launches, the strawberry moon, or new videogame console reveals, it’s easy to take our ability to see things unfold in real-time over the internet for granted.

And yet, there’s one frontier we’ve yet to fully breached — the deep sea. Communication through water isn’t quite as simple as through air and space.

Now, a new study shows that a type of aquatic internet can send data through light beams to allow divers to instantly stream footage from under the sea to the surface.

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Jul 8, 2020

Stanley Kubrick: Playboy Interview

Posted by in category: entertainment

A candid conversation with the pioneering creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove and Lolita

Throughout his 17-year career as a moviemaker, Stanley Kubrick has committed himself to pushing the frontiers of film into new and often controversial regions—despite the box-office problems and censorship battles that such a commitment invariably entails. Never a follower of the safe, well-traveled road to Hollywood success, he has consistently struck out on his own, shattering movie conventions and shibboleths along the way. In many respects, his latest film, the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, stands as a metaphor for Kubrick himself. A technically flawless production that took three years and $10,500,000 to create, 2001 could have been just a super-spectacle of exotic gadgetry and lavish special effects; but with the collaboration of Arthur C.

Jul 8, 2020

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Tessera Therapeutics is developing a new class of gene editors capable of precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA—something that Crispr can’t do.

Jul 7, 2020

China and AI: What the World Can Learn and What It Should Be Wary of

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, surveillance

China announced in 2017 its ambition to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. While the US still leads in absolute terms, China appears to be making more rapid progress than either the US or the EU, and central and local government spending on AI in China is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars.

The move has led — at least in the West — to warnings of a global AI arms race and concerns about the growing reach of China’s authoritarian surveillance state. But treating China as a “villain” in this way is both overly simplistic and potentially costly. While there are undoubtedly aspects of the Chinese government’s approach to AI that are highly concerning and rightly should be condemned, it’s important that this does not cloud all analysis of China’s AI innovation.

The world needs to engage seriously with China’s AI development and take a closer look at what’s really going on. The story is complex and it’s important to highlight where China is making promising advances in useful AI applications and to challenge common misconceptions, as well as to caution against problematic uses.

Jul 7, 2020

‘No code’ will define the next generation of software

Posted by in category: futurism

This fundamental shift provides an opening for a new cohort of no code companies to grow into the next generation of software powerhouses.

Jul 7, 2020

An intriguing—but far from proven—HIV cure in the ‘São Paulo Patient’

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A 36-year-old man in Brazil has seemingly cleared an HIV infection—making him the proof of principle in humans of a novel drug strategy designed to flush the AIDS virus out of all of its reservoirs in the body. But scientists caution that the success hasn’t been long or definitive enough to label it a cure…so granted it worked, not so fast.

Vitamin and antiviral drugs appear to clear AIDS virus, but it could still be hiding out in tissue reservoirs.

Jul 7, 2020

Scientists Generated Nuclear Fusion With a Tabletop Device

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Move aside, boy-sized submarines. Now we have boy-sized reactors.

Jul 7, 2020

Shock-dissipating fractal cubes could forge high-tech armor

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, materials

Tiny, 3D printed cubes of plastic, with intricate fractal voids built into them, have proven to be effective at dissipating shockwaves, potentially leading to new types of lightweight armor and structural materials effective against explosions and impacts.

“The goal of the work is to manipulate the wave interactions resulting from a ,” said Dana Dattelbaum, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead author on a paper to appear in the journal AIP Advances. “The for how to do so have not been well defined, certainly less so compared to mechanical deformation of additively manufactured materials. We’re defining those principles, due to advanced, mesoscale manufacturing and design.”

Shockwave dispersing materials that take advantage of voids have been developed in the past, but they typically involved random distributions discovered through trial and error. Others have used layers to reverberate shock and release waves. Precisely controlling the location of holes in a material allows the researchers to design, model and test structures that perform as designed, in a reproducible way.