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Jan 27, 2023

Scientists Made A Robot With Organic Muscles

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Scientists have created skin for an organic robot that reacts to light and tightens when the robot walks. If you have seen any science fiction movies in your life, the term “organic robot” surely fills you with a mixture of curiosity and alarm (if not outright terror).

Jan 27, 2023

NASA and DARPA want to build a nuclear-powered spaceship

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The rocket could have its first test in orbit “as soon as 2027.”

Jan 27, 2023

European farms mix things up to guard against food-supply shocks

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, climatology, economics, sustainability

Greater diversification could help agriculture withstand climate, economic and geopolitical crises.

“Items in this section have limited availability due to supplier production issues,” “Sorry, temporarily out of stock” and “Sold out” are all signs that became familiar as recent global upheavals exposed how precarious our food supply is.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to bare shelves in supermarkets as shipping routes were cut off. The war in Ukraine has affected the supply of essential grains.

Jan 27, 2023

MIT’s latest drone propellers are very quiet and efficient

Posted by in category: drones

They consist of two blades looping together so that the tip of one blade curves back into the other.

The MIT Lincoln lab has produced some new devices for aircraft and drones that make some impressive efficiency gains and are radically quieter.

“The toroidal propeller allows a small multirotor unpiloted aircraft, or drone, to operate more quietly than current drones that use propeller forms unchanged since the beginning of aviation,” said a statement by the lab.

Jan 27, 2023

Boeing unveils stealth cargo plane concept for high-end conflicts

Posted by in categories: government, military

Boeing has come up with a new advanced airlifter concept with stealth features to meet the growing need for more durable cargo and tanker planes.

Boeing has shown an idea for a tactical, stealth-capable cargo plane with a blended wing body, or BWB. It comes almost two weeks after Frank Kendall, the secretary of the U.S. Air Force, said that having more airlifters and aerial refueling tankers that can survive will be important in future high-end conflicts against near-peer adversaries, especially China.

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Jan 27, 2023

NASA just test fired a rocket designed to power long-term Moon trips

Posted by in category: space travel

A revolutionary new form of rocket has just been tested by NASA. Called RDRE, this new propulsion device could make long-term Moon missions viable.

NASA’s propulsion development engineers have built and tested the agency’s first full-scale rotating detonation rocket engine, or RDRE for short. This advanced rocket engine design could change how propulsion systems are built in the future in a big way.

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Jan 27, 2023

This robotic arm will help return Martian samples back to Earth

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

But is biocontamination a possibility?

The European Space Agency (ESA) is using a unique robotic arm to bring back Martian samples to Earth, according to a statement by the organization published on Thursday (Jan .26).

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Jan 27, 2023

A new AI-powered gene-editing technique could be set to replace CRISPR

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

CRISPR may be in for a fight thanks to this new, faster, safer, AI-powered zinc-finger gene-editing technique.

A new study has developed what the researchers call the “world’s first” simple, modifiable proteins. Called “zinc fingers,” these special proteins were developed partially through artificial intelligence.

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Jan 27, 2023

Online AI chatbot ChatGTP wrote a bill to regulate AI

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

A congressman wants it approved by Congress.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif, hopes to get a nod from Congress to support regulating artificial intelligence by using an AI tool to write a resolution calling for the same. He will introduce a nonbinding measure that would direct the House to consider artificial intelligence, a bill fully written by ChatGPT, an online AI chatbot.

With a basic prompt, Congressman Ted Lieu generated a standard congressional resolution supporting Congress’s focus on AI without specifying that it was written using AI.

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Jan 27, 2023

Science journals ban ChatGPT from co-authoring papers

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI, science

However, some journals allow researchers to use AI to improve the readability and language of the research.

ChatGPT, the conversational chatbot from OpenAI might have authored many poems, essays, and even pieces of code so far but is unlikely to get author credit for a peer-reviewed paper anytime soon.

Major science publishing houses like Springer Nature and Elsevier have specified that they will not consider ChatGPT as an author in their publications, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

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