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Mar 2, 2024

Comparative connectomics of dauer reveals developmental plasticity

Posted by in category: neuroscience

How the dauer, an alternative developmental stage in nematodes, exhibits distinct behavioral traits remains unclear. Here, the authors reveal the neural circuitry underlying these distinctions by reconstructing the dauer connectome and comparing it with other stages.

Mar 2, 2024

Fractional Electrons: MIT’s New Graphene Breakthrough Is Shaping the Future of Quantum Computing

Posted by in categories: computing, education, quantum physics

An exotic electronic state observed by MIT physicists could enable more robust forms of quantum computing.

The electron is the basic unit of electricity, as it carries a single negative charge. This is what we’re taught in high school physics, and it is overwhelmingly the case in most materials in nature.

But in very special states of matter, electrons can splinter into fractions of their whole. This phenomenon, known as “fractional charge,” is exceedingly rare, and if it can be corralled and controlled, the exotic electronic state could help to build resilient, fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Mar 2, 2024

Anharmonic strong-coupling effects at the origin of the charge density wave in CsV3Sb5

Posted by in category: futurism

The origin of the charge density wave in vanadium antimonides has been widely debated. Here, the authors report the cooperation of electron-phonon and phonon-phonon coupling for the formation of the charge density wave in CsV3Sb5.

Mar 2, 2024

Van der Waals quaternary oxides for tunable low-loss anisotropic polaritonics

Posted by in category: materials

Tellurite molybdenum quaternary oxides, a family of van der Waals materials, show slow group velocity and long lifetimes with promising implications for tunable low-loss anisotropic polaritonics.

Mar 2, 2024

Waymo can now charge for robotaxi rides in LA and on San Francisco freeways

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Waymo received approval Friday afternoon from the California Public Utilities Commission to operate a commercial robotaxi service in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Peninsula and on San Francisco freeways.

The approval removes the last barrier for the Alphabet company to charge for rides in these expanded areas. Importantly, it opens up new territory for Waymo in one of the country’s largest cities and unlocks a route to San Francisco International Airport, which is located south of the city.

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Mar 2, 2024

New Prompt Engineering Technique For Generative AI Surprisingly Invokes Star Trek Trekkie Lingo And Spurs Live Long And Prosper Results

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In today’s column, I am continuing my ongoing coverage of prompt engineering strategies and tactics that aid in getting the most out of using generative AI apps such as ChatGPT, GPT-4, Bard, Gemini, Claude, etc.

A new prompt engineering technique indicates that mentioning Star Trek when prompting in generative AI can be beneficial. Read about the Spock-like logic involved.

Mar 2, 2024

Singapore to have world’s largest ocean-based CO2 removal plant

Posted by in category: sustainability

Equatic-1 will be built in two phases over the next 18 months.

UCLA and Equatic, a startup formed by UCLA researchers, are gearing up for the construction of Equatic-1.

Equatic-1, a $20 million ocean-based carbon removal plant in Singapore, will remove carbon generated by 850 people annually.

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Mar 2, 2024

Neurosurgeon gets virtual avatar for brain surgery training

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, neuroscience, virtual reality

MIT and an AR/VR startup join forces to pioneer a new era in medical training. Dive into the future as a virtual avatar of a top neurosurgeon mentors learners globally.

Mar 2, 2024

NASA’s ‘Cloud Watcher’ mission ends after remarkable 16-year run

Posted by in category: space

AIM’s mission was extended multiple times because of its valuable scientific insights.

After an impressive 16 years in orbit, NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission has officially concluded.

Mar 2, 2024

Scientists use AI to stabilize nuclear fusion for the first time

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

An AI controller promises to predict what can go wrong in a nuclear fusion reaction 300 milliseconds before it actually happens.

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