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Jul 8, 2020

NASA Teases ‘Psyche,’ A Robot To Explore An Asteroid Worth More Than Our Global Economy

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI, space

NASA is about to begin building its latest spacecraft. Called “Psyche” it will explore a 140 miles/226 kilometers-wide asteroid called “16 Psyche.” Today it’s passed a major milestone.

Why is NASA going to ‘16 Psyche?’

Located in the Solar System’s main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, metal-rich 16 Psyche is thought to be the exposed metallic iron, nickel and gold core of a protoplanet. Most asteroids are rocky or icy.

Jul 8, 2020

Adobe tests an AI recommendation tool for headlines and images

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Team members at Adobe have built a new way to use artificial intelligence to automatically personalize a blog for different visitors.

This tool was built as part of the Adobe Sneaks program, where employees can create demos to show off new ideas, which are then showcased (virtually, this year) at the Adobe Summit. While the Sneaks start out as demos, Adobe Experience Cloud Senior Director Steve Hammond told me that 60% of Sneaks make it into a live product.

Hyman Chung, a senior product manager for Adobe Experience Cloud, said that this Sneak was designed for content creators and content marketers who are probably seeing more traffic during the coronavirus pandemic (Adobe says that in April, its own blog saw a 30% month-over-month increase), and who may be looking for ways to increase reader engagement while doing less work.

Jul 8, 2020

Exoplanet in the hot-Neptune desert is the first of its kind

Posted by in category: space

Hello, planetary delivery service? I’ll take one gas giant, hold the gas.

Jul 8, 2020

Warning of serious brain disorders in people with mild coronavirus symptoms

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

UK neurologists publish details of mildly affected or recovering Covid-19 patients with serious or potentially fatal brain conditions.

Jul 8, 2020

RNA key in helping stem cells know what to become

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

Look deep inside our cells, and you’ll find that each has an identical genome –a complete set of genes that provides the instructions for our cells’ form and function.

But if each blueprint is identical, why does an eye cell look and act differently than a skin cell or brain cell? How does a stem cell—the raw material with which our organ and tissue cells are made—know what to become?

In a study published July 8, University of Colorado Boulder researchers come one step closer to answering that fundamental question, concluding that the molecular messenger RNA (ribonucleic acid) plays an indispensable role in cell differentiation, serving as a bridge between our genes and the so-called “epigenetic” machinery that turns them on and off.

Jul 8, 2020

Examining trapped ion technology for next generation quantum computers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, internet, quantum physics

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Quantum computers (QC) are poised to drive important advances in several domains, including medicine, material science and internet security. While current QC systems are small, several industry and academic efforts are underway to build large systems with many hundred qubits.

Towards this, computer scientists at Princeton University and physicists from Duke University collaborated to develop methods to design the next generation of quantum computers. Their study focused on QC systems built using trapped ion (TI) technology, which is one of the current front-running QC hardware technologies. By bringing together computer architecture techniques and device simulations, the team showed that co-designing near-term hardware with applications can potentially improve the reliability of TI systems by up to four orders of magnitude.

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Jul 8, 2020

Bosch previews its gorgeous vision for future full-suspension electric bikes

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

Today Bosch unveiled a new concept for a futuristic full-suspension on and off-road electric bike that incorporates and showcases a number of different Bosch technologies.

Jul 8, 2020

Surprising particle filters made from self-healing soap films

Posted by in categories: entertainment, particle physics

Liquid membranes flip the script on filtration.

Jul 8, 2020

These Wild Animals Don’t Need to Eat Constantly to Survive

Posted by in category: food

Some animals need to eat every day to survive, but not these incredible creatures! Thanks to certain abilities, these animals can go days, weeks, months, and even years without a meal…

Jul 8, 2020

Elon Musk and other competitors rushed to support Rocket Lab after the startup’s founder apologized for losing 7 satellites in a launch failure

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, satellites

When Peter Beck of Rocket Lab said he was “incredibly sorry” for losing his customers’ satellites, the company saw a surge of public support.