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Jul 16, 2024

Active shape control by plants in dynamic environments

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Hadrien Oliveri, Derek E. Moulton, Heather A. Harrington, & Alain Goriel University of Oxford, Max Planck Institute, Center for systems Biology Dresden, & Technische Universität Dresden 2024

Plants generally orient their growth against the direction of gravity. Rotating them around an axis perpendicular to gravity can produce more complicated growth shapes that depend on the speed of rotation. The authors model this behavior and find a stable family of three-dimensional dynamic equilibria.

Jul 16, 2024

A rare Stratospheric Warming event has begun over the South Pole, with unusually strong anomalies now developing

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A Stratospheric Warming event begins over the South Pole, with unusual intensity, raising question about a potential impact on the Northern Hemisphere and the U.S. Winter weather.

Jul 16, 2024

Using the Webb telescope, scientists may have found the ‘best bet’ for an ocean world outside our solar system!

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Lead study author Charles Cadieux, a PhD student at the University of Montreal, remarked that among all known temperate exoplanets, LHS 1,140 b is possibly the most promising candidate for confirming liquid water on the surface of an alien world.

Approximately 10 to 20 percent of the exoplanet’s mass is estimated to be water. In stark contrast, Earth’s oceans account for a mere 0.02 percent of its mass. The state of this water, whether liquid or ice, hinges on the planet’s atmospheric composition, with gases like carbon dioxide playing a crucial role.

One encouraging factor is the planet’s gentle warming by its red dwarf star, which is only one-fifth the size of our Sun. This stellar relationship suggests that the exoplanet’s surface temperature is likely comparable to that of Earth and Mars.

Jul 16, 2024

Radar evidence of an accessible cave conduit on the Moon below the Mare Tranquillitatis pit

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Jul 16, 2024

Game developer swaps all servers to AMD, claims ‘Intel is selling defective’ CPUs

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment

Alderon Games, an Australian-based developer behind the dinosaur-themed multiplayer survival game Path of Titans, announced “we are swapping all our servers to AMD” because “Intel is selling defective” CPUs — specifically 13th and 14th Gen models.

The post doesn’t mince words; it states that its customers have been reporting thousands of crashes on Intel 13th and 14th Gen CPUs (verified by the game’s crash reporting tools), and its game servers have been “experiencing constant crashes, taking entire servers down.” It also claims that it’s only a matter of time before Core i9-14900K and Core i9-13900K CPUs that have yet to fail will fail.

“Over the last 3 to 4 months, we have observed that CPUs initially working well deteriorate over time, eventually failing,” Matthew Cassells, Founder of Alderon Games, writes. “The failure rate we have observed from our own testing is nearly 100%, indicating it’s only a matter of time before affected CPUs fail.”

Jul 15, 2024

New techniques enhance brightness and control of quantum defects in nanodiamonds

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Researchers develop methods to dramatically increase light emission from nitrogen-vacancy centers in nanodiamonds, advancing quantum sensing and bioimaging applications.

Jul 15, 2024

How a Twist in Physics Could Change Technology Forever

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Physicists at the University of Konstanz have discovered a way to imprint a previously unseen geometrical form of chirality onto electrons using laser light, creating chiral coils of mass and charge.

This breakthrough in manipulating electron chirality has vast implications for quantum optics, particle physics, and electron microscopy, paving the way for new scientific explorations and technological innovations.

Understanding Chirality and Its Implications.

Jul 15, 2024

Caught in the actinium: New research could help design better cancer treatments

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The element actinium was first discovered at the turn of the 20th century, but even now, nearly 125 years later, researchers still don’t have a good grasp on the metal’s chemistry. That’s because actinium is only available in extremely small amounts and working with the radioactive material requires special facilities. But to improve emerging cancer treatments using actinium, researchers will need to better understand how the element binds with other molecules.

Jul 15, 2024

With Falcon 9 grounded, SpaceX test-fires booster for next Starship flight

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SpaceX says a liquid oxygen leak caused the failure of a Falcon 9 launch last week.

Jul 15, 2024

Zooplankton study challenges traditional views of evolution

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In new research, Arizona State University scientists and their colleagues investigated genetic changes occurring in a naturally isolated population of the water flea, Daphnia pulex. This tiny crustacean, barely visible to the naked eye, plays a crucial role in freshwater ecosystems and offers a unique window into natural selection and evolution.

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