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Oct 17, 2021

Russian crew return to Earth after filming first movie in space

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A Russian actress and a film director returned to Earth Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit…


Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed as scheduled on Kazakhstan’s steppe at 436 GMT, according to footage broadcast live by the Russian agency.

They were ferried back to terra firma by cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, who had been on the for the past six months.

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Oct 11, 2021

Gravitas: India’s game plan to win the global space race

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India is entering the space industry.


India is opening doors for private companies to enter space.
PM Narendra Modi launched the Indian Space Association that will serve as a “single-window” for matters of space technology.
What is India’s game plan to win the global space race?
Palki Sharma tells you.

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Oct 5, 2021

Artificial intelligence is smart, but does it play well with others?

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Humans find AI to be a frustrating teammate when playing a cooperative game together, posing challenges for “teaming intelligence,” study shows.

When it comes to games such as chess or Go, artificial intelligence (AI) programs have far surpassed the best players in the world. These “superhuman” AIs are unmatched competitors, but perhaps harder than competing against humans is collaborating with them. Can the same technology get along with people?

In a new study, MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers sought to find out how well humans could play the cooperative card game Hanabi with an advanced AI model trained to excel at playing with teammates it has never met before. In single-blind experiments, participants played two series of the game: one with the AI agent as their teammate, and the other with a rule-based agent, a bot manually programmed to play in a predefined way.

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Oct 4, 2021

Billionaire Star Trek — SNL

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A new Star Trek spinoff follows the adventures of Captain Jeff Bezos (Owen Wilson) and his brother (Luke Wilson).

Saturday Night Live. Stream now on Peacock: https://bit.ly/3j1IRUk.

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Sep 24, 2021

This AI tries to code whatever you tell it to, even videogames

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

2030’ish: on demand books, movies, TV shows, video games, etc…


In the ever-increasing list of things that machine learning AI can do in our modern world, there’s now a program that will code (or at least, try to code) whatever you tell it to in plain English. Want some flashy banner text that changes color every few seconds? Tell that to OpenAI Codex and it will code it for you in seconds. The OpenAI Codex beta, currently only available through an online waiting list, is a simple web tool with three windows: one to type in commands, one that shows the code generated by those commands, and one that shows what the code does. You could theoretically use Codex for all sorts of tasks in over a dozen coding languages, but the coolest use I’ve seen is coding simple Javascript videogames with just a handful of natural language instructions. Check out the video below from YouTuber Joy of Curiosity to see it in action.

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Sep 14, 2021

OpenAI Codex: Just Say What You Want! 🤖

Posted by in categories: entertainment, mathematics, robotics/AI

I predicted that by 2030 you would be able to tell an AI assistant to build brand new books, movies, TV, video games, etc… on demand. That has now arrived, although in its Very Early stages. Look forward to building whatever media you want, or changing existing media into whatever you want.

“OpenAI Codex: Just Say What You Want!”

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Sep 7, 2021

SR ACADEMY WEBINAR SERIES — SETI-Institute and Art in Residence Program

Posted by in categories: alien life, entertainment, internet

Have you missed the SR Academy Webinar with Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute?

Here you can watch the complete video, including the discussion after the lecture:

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Sep 6, 2021

GAME OVER! SpaceX INSANE NEW Starship To Reach Mars IN WEEKS!

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Sep 3, 2021

Highly conductive and elastic nanomembrane for skin electronics

Posted by in categories: entertainment, nanotechnology

This novel material was made using a process that the team developed called a “float assembly method.” The float assembly takes advantage of the Marangoni effect, which occurs in two liquid phases with different surface tensions. When there is a gradient in surface tension, a Marangoni flow is generated away from the region with lower surface tension towards the region with higher surface tension. This means that dropping a liquid with lower surface tension on the water surface lowers the surface tension locally, and the resulting Marangoni flow causes the dropped liquid to spread thinly across the surface of the water.

The nanomembrane is created using a float assembly method which consists of a three-step process. The first step involves dropping a composite solution, which is a mixture of metal nanowires, rubber dissolved in toluene, and ethanol, on the surface of the water. The toluene-rubber phase remains above the water due to its hydrophobic property, while the nanowires end up on the interface between the water and toluene phases. The ethanol within the solution mixes with the water to lower the local surface tension, which generates Marangoni flow that propagates outward and prevents the aggregation of the nanowires. This assembles the nanomaterials into a monolayer at the interface between water and a very thin rubber/solvent film. In the second step, the surfactant is dropped to generate a second wave of Marangoni flow which tightly compacts the nanowires. Finally, in the third step, the toluene is evaporated and a nanomembrane with a unique structure in which a highly compacted monolayer of nanowires is partially embedded in an ultrathin rubber film is obtained.

Its unique structure allows efficient strain distribution in ultrathin rubber film, leading to excellent physical properties, such as a stretchability of over 1,000%, and a thickness of only 250 nm. The structure also allows cold welding and bi-layer stacking of the nanomembrane onto each other, which leads to a metal-like conductivity over 100,000 S/cm. Furthermore, the researchers demonstrated that the nanomembrane can be patterned using photolithography, which is a key technology that is widely used for manufacturing commercial semiconductor devices and advanced electronics. Therefore, it is expected that the nanomembrane can serve as a new platform material for skin electronics.

Sep 1, 2021

Look: NASA gets a stunning view of geysers from an icy ocean moon

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Back in August of 2017, Cassini stared at Enceladus for 14 hours, looking at the moon’s night side.


Below is a movie sequence of images, garnered from the final dedicated observation of the Enceladus’ geysers by the imitable Cassini spacecraft.

Back in August of 2,017 Cassini stared at Enceladus for 14 hours, looking at the moon’s night side. The movie begins with a view of the part of the surface lit by reflected light from Saturn and transitions to completely unilluminated terrain. About halfway through the sequence, the exposure time of the images changes in order to make fainter features more visible as the light level drops.

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