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Feb 27, 2024

James Webb Spots Cosmic Foundry Generating Pure Gold

Posted by in category: cosmology

As Space.com reports, the uber-powerful James Webb Space Telescope and its predecessor, the Hubble, have observed a super-long gamma-ray burst (GRB) that occurred when two dense neutron stars collided millions of years ago — and the result, as the telescopes’ instruments detected, was quite literally pure gold.

Neutron stars are the rare result of supernovas, or the explosions associated with dying stars, that don’t turn into black holes. Earlier this week, in fact, the JWST was used to detect the neutron star at the heart of a well-known supernova that scientists believed existed but couldn’t see until now.

Because these bodies are, essentially, small and dense balls of mass, it’s not surprising that something huge happens when they collide. With the power of these two magnificent telescopes, scientists from the University of Rome were able to spot the bright shine, known as a kilonova, of the heavy elements like silver and gold created in the dead stars’ turbulent merger.

Feb 27, 2024

NASA’s OSIRIS-APEX asteroid probe wakes up after surviving close pass by the sun

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

The probe “performed as predicted” during the first of seven close approaches to the sun on its way to Apophis, NASA said.

Feb 27, 2024

Accelerate Your Data: Edge Computing for Turbocharged Processing

Posted by in category: computing

Edge computing is revolutionizing the way data is processed and analyzed.


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Feb 26, 2024

Paper page — MobileLLM: Optimizing Sub-billion Parameter Language Models for On-Device Use Cases

Posted by in category: futurism

Meta presents MobileLLM

Optimizing sub-billion parameter language models for on-device use cases.


Join the discussion on this paper page.

Feb 26, 2024

OpenAI’s Sora is slow enough to grab a snack while it generates your video

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

OpenAI’s new text-to-video model, Sora, will likely remain in development for some time before a public release.

According to Bloomberg, OpenAI has not yet set an exact release schedule. There are two reasons for this: One is that OpenAI does not want to take any safety risks, given the number of elections this year. The second reason is that the model is not yet technically ready for release.

When OpenAI unveiled Sora, the company pointed out shortcomings in the model’s physical understanding and consistency. Bloomberg’s tests with two OpenAI-generated prompts confirmed these issues. For example, in the video below, the parrot turns into a monkey at the end.

Feb 26, 2024

Laser-focused look at spinning electrons shatters world record for precision

Posted by in category: physics

Scientists are getting a more detailed look than ever before at the electrons they use in precision experiments.

Nuclear physicists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility have shattered a nearly 30-year-old record for the measurement of parallel spin within an electron beam – or electron beam polarimetry, for short. The achievement sets the stage for high-profile experiments at Jefferson Lab that could open the door to new physics discoveries.

In a peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Physical Review C (“Ultrahigh-precision Compton polarimetry at 2 GeV”), a collaboration of Jefferson Lab researchers and scientific users reported a measurement more precise than a benchmark achieved during the 1994–95 run of the SLAC Large Detector (SLD) experiment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California.

Feb 26, 2024

Shape of the universe: could it be curved, not flat?

Posted by in category: cosmology

What is the shape of our universe? A question that has captivated us for a very long time. A recently published paper arrived at a conclusion that may shake up the field of cosmology tremendously.

Feb 26, 2024

This 3,700-Year-Old Tablet Shows The Oldest Known Example of Applied Geometry

Posted by in category: futurism

Cira 2021: An ancient fragment of clay tablet dating back to 3,700 years ago, during the Old Babylonian period, contains what is now the oldest known example of applied geometry, a mathematician has discovered. That’s more than a millennium prior to the birth of Pythagoras.

And this history-altering artifact, known as Si.427, had just been sitting in a museum in Istanbul for more than 100 years.

“Si.427 dates from the Old Babylonian (OB) period — 1900 to 1,600 BCE,” said mathematician Daniel Mansfield of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

Feb 26, 2024

The 10 Stages of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, bioengineering, biological, genetics, nanotechnology, quantum physics, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity, transhumanism

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This definitely is a Lifeboat post embodying what Lifeboat is about, and it’s only about AI. They did a really good job explaining the 10 stages.


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Feb 26, 2024

Researchers solve mystery of why flying insects gather at artificial light

Posted by in category: futurism

While a lot of theories have been centred around attraction, the team found that the insects do not steer directly towards the light, but instead turn their dorsum towards the light. In natural light, this tilting helps insects to maintain the proper flight attitude and control. However, the models developed by the researchers showed that dorsal tilting creates the erratic flight paths around artificial light, causing the insects to continuously steer around the light and become trapped in a constant motion.

“It is the idea that short-range light entrapment is not a navigational disruption, but instead subversion of a basic flight stability reflex, predicting that requirements for stable flight can explain this phenomenon,” says Sondhi.

“The most standout result is that artificial lights confuse insects as to which way is up,” Fabian tells Physics World. “On the ground, we find this obvious. In the air, this is a lot more challenging. In-flight accelerations are indistinguishable from acceleration due to gravity. Simply taking the direction of light as being the sky works, even at night. The night has a lot less light, obviously, but the contrast between sky and ground is just as strong. This is a beautiful, robust way to work out which way is up – until we started lighting up the night.”

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