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Mar 7, 2019

Optalysys launches world’s first commercial optical processing system, the FT: X 2000

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

YORKSHIRE, U.K. — 7 MARCH, 2019Optalysys Ltd. (@ Optalysys), a disruptive technology company developing light-speed optical AI systems announced today that the world’s first optical co-processor system, the FT: X 2000, is now available to order.

Optical processing comes at a pivotal time of change in computing. Demand for AI is exploding just as silicon-based processing is facing the fundamental problem of Moore’s Law breaking down. Optalysys is addressing this problem with its revolutionary optical processing technology — enabling new levels of AI performance for high resolution image and video-based applications.

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Mar 7, 2019

Watch: Huge Sinkhole the Size of Football Field Shuts Down Louisville Zoo

Posted by in category: futurism

Officials are investigating the cause of a massive sinkhole that formed Wednesday at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky.

The sinkhole, which measured about 50 yards wide, 85 yards long, and possibly 50 feet deep (almost the size of a football field!), was spotted in the zoo’s southwest corner, far from any of the animals, USA Today reported.

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Mar 7, 2019

Aston Martin Lagonda: new SUV is electric-powered and… vegan

Posted by in category: transportation

Is this the guilt-free sports utility vehicle for the animal-loving, environmentally-conscious car enthusiast?

Aston Martin’s new Lagonda — unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show — is electric-powered and… vegan.

The Britain-based manufacturer says the luxury interior of the long, sleek vehicle is leather-free.

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Mar 7, 2019

This tiny gaming startup built a simulation engine that can handle a 10,000-player battle royale

Posted by in category: entertainment

https://youtube.com/watch?v=6OKMmn855cA

Hadean wants to help build massive simulated worlds.

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Mar 7, 2019

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Homecoming Friday May Be Toughest Part of Its Mission

Posted by in category: space travel

Splashdown is Friday at 8:45 a.m. EST.

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Mar 7, 2019

Physicists Want to Use Quantum Particles to Find Out What Happens Inside a Black Hole

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics

A new method for analysing the entanglement of scrambled particles could tell us how the Universe still keeps track of information contained by particles that disappear into black holes. It won’t get our quantum information back, but it might at least tell us what happened to it.

Physicists Beni Yoshida from the Perimeter Institute in Canada and Norman Yao from the University of California, Berkeley, have proposed a way to distinguish scrambled quantum information from the noise of meaningless chaos.

While the concept promises a bunch of potential applications in the emerging field of quantum technology, it’s in understanding what’s going on inside the Universe’s most paradoxical places that it might have its biggest pay-off.

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Mar 7, 2019

Laser probe detects melanoma instantly using light

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Canadian researchers have developed a laser probe that uses changes in light patterns to detect melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

The device works on the principle that light waves change as they pass through objects. Cancerous cells have a different physical profile to healthy cells, and the researchers designed a system that can detect these patterns instantly. By determining the optical polarisation of different skin lesions, the team was able to distinguish cancerous from non-cancerous tissues.

“With skin cancer, there’s a saying that if you can spot it you can stop it – and that’s exactly what this probe is designed to do,” said researcher Daniel Louie, a PhD student who constructed the device as part of his studies in biomedical engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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Mar 7, 2019

The influence of a single neuron on its network

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The authors’ subsequent in-depth analysis revealed a much more complex pattern than a general inhibition of neural activity. They found that the extent of the influence of neurons on other neurons was related to how they responded to certain features of visual stimuli, such as orientation and temporal frequency. When a neuron was activated, neurons that were tuned to respond to similar features to that neuron were more strongly suppressed than were neurons with a different tu…


The contribution of a single neuron to brain function might seem negligible. But a map of the influence of single neurons reveals a complex pattern that prevents redundancy and enables clear messaging. Inhibitory and activating effects of a neuron on its neighbours.

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Mar 7, 2019

Google’s Doodle celebrates Russian mathematician Olga Ladyzhenskaya’s 97th birth anniversary

Posted by in category: information science

Google’s Doodle on Thursday marked the 97th birth anniversary of Russian mathematician Olga Ladyzhenskaya. She was known for her work on partial differential equations and in the field of fluid dynamics, which led to several developments in the study of fluid dynamics and paved the way for advances in weather forecasting, oceanography, aerodynamics, and cardiovascular science.

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Mar 7, 2019

Researchers close in on physics’ holy grail with ‘super’ breakthrough

Posted by in categories: computing, physics

A team of scientists in the US has brought us a huge step closer to a superconductor capable of working at room temperature.

If humankind were to find a way to construct a large-scale superconductor that could work at room temperature, the way our energy grids and computers are built – and many other areas of daily life – would be fundamentally changed.

The phenomenon is the lack of electrical resistance and is observed in many materials when they are cooled below temperatures of around −180 degrees Celsius, making them rather limited in their application. However, a team from George Washington University in the US has revealed something that could help us finally reach what is one of the most sought-after achievements in modern physics.

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