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Dec 8, 2023

Tianhe Xingyi: China unveils the ‘fastest’ homegrown supercomputer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, space travel, supercomputing

No specifications have been revealed, but officials have claimed that it surpasses the capabilities of the famous Tianhe-2 supercomputer.

The National Supercomputing Center (NSC) in Guangzhou, China, has unveiled the Tianhe Xingyi, a homegrown supercomputer, at an industrial event in Guangdong Province, which several media reports have confirmed. The NSC is the parent organization under whose guidance the Tianhe-2 supercomputer was also developed.

Supercomputers are a crucial component of a nation’s progress as they aid in solving the most complex and technical problems. The US has conventionally led the world in hosting the fastest supercomputers, as captured by the TOP500 listings, while also leading in the absolute number of supercomputers available to its researchers.

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Dec 8, 2023

MIT developed ML-tool for material prediction beats human wisdom

Posted by in category: materials

The tool uses first-principle calculations to arrive at material behavior in a few thousand steps rather than a million possibilities.

How well did the system perform?

The researchers have not yet put the system under extensive analysis but have seen some encouraging results in the limited cases so far.

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Dec 8, 2023

Sam Altman says his iPhone broke after being fired from OpenAI because it was overwhelmed with messages

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

Sam Altman says he got so many messages after being fired from OpenAI that his phone was unusable. The CEO was abruptly ousted by board members last month before being reinstated. Altman said the situation had been chaotic and confusing.

Sam Altman told Trevor Noah during a podcast appearance that he was inundated with messages in the chaotic aftermath of his firing.

Dec 8, 2023

SpaceX Starship V2: New Features & Missions Ahead

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX is making significant progress in the development of the Starship V2, including new features and upcoming missions, while also facing competition and challenges in the space market.

Questions to inspire discussion.

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Dec 8, 2023

FDA approves 2 new gene therapies for sickle cell disease, a ‘functional cure’ for many patients

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The FDA has approved two new gene therapies for sickle cell disease, a ‘functional cure’ for many patients.

Dec 8, 2023

Meta Launches Web-Based AI Image Generator Trained on Your Instagram Pics

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Much like DALL-E 3, visitors to can provide a prompt, and Meta’s AI will offer several options. The image up top is a selection Meta AI created. If you’re wondering how Meta trained its AI to generate images, the company says it used 1.1 billion publicly visible Facebook and Instagram images.

That raises some questions about consent: after all, many of these images may have been uploaded before AI in its current form existed, and just because someone wanted to share their artwork with the world doesn’t mean they intended for it to train programs to create similar art. Permission to use art and written works for training AI is an ongoing question with evolving AI and has led to several lawsuits that are still working their way through the courts.

For now, the generated art Meta AI creates isn’t watermarked in a way that can’t be hidden. But Meta says it will roll out invisible watermarks soon that shouldn’t be so easy to cover up.

Dec 8, 2023

A shape-shifting robotic catheter could make heart surgery safer

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

A beating heart makes for a formidable surgical arena, but a new robotic catheter could someday equip surgeons to operate in the cardiac environment with greater ease.

The device, designed by a team of physicians and engineers at Boston University, possesses shape-shifting capabilities that allow it to be maneuvered through complex anatomy while maintaining enough stability to accomplish surgical objectives within the .

In a study published in Science Advances, the authors demonstrated the robot’s ability to assist with two mock cardiac procedures using animal tissue. The study authors suggest that, with further development, the robotic could make many common heart surgeries far safer and less taxing on the body.

Dec 8, 2023

NASA will try bringing Hubble back online on Friday

Posted by in categories: health, space

The Hubble Space Telescope recently suffered a glitch that made it go into safe mode, so it has not been collecting new science data since November 23. But on Friday, December 8, NASA will attempt to get the telescope up and running again by tweaking the operation of one of its three gyros.

The gyros are responsible for keeping the telescope pointed in the right direction, and an error in one of them put the telescope into safe mode to prevent any damage occurring to its hardware. Although it is theoretically possible for the telescope to operate with just one gyro, this would be less efficient and observing time would be lost as it would take longer for the telescope to switch between targets. So ideally, all three gyros can be operational.

The problem with the telescope was first shared on November 29, when NASA announced it was performing tests to understand the issue. Now, the tests are complete and NASA plans to resume operations. “After analyzing the data, the team has determined science operations can resume under three-gyro control,” NASA wrote in a new update. “Based on the performance observed during the tests, the team has decided to operate the gyros in a higher-precision mode during science observations. Hubble’s instruments and the observatory itself remain stable and in good health.”

Dec 8, 2023

SpaceX shares cinematic footage of recent Starship mission

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX has shared spectacular new footage of last month’s launch of the most powerful rocket ever to fly.

The cinematic content (see video below) shows the first-stage Super Heavy booster and the Starship spacecraft (collectively known as the Starship) blasting skyward in the second integrated test flight of the vehicle, which could one day carry astronauts to the moon, Mars, and beyond.

Dec 8, 2023

This is the exact spot an asteroid made a crater 750,000 years ago

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

Scientists have pinpointed the location of the place where an asteroid hit Earth approximately 750,000 years ago.

In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the planetary scientists released evidence showing that the location of impact crater they have been seeking for decades is on the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos.

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