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Jul 25, 2023

Tesla to discuss factory plan for new $24,000 mass market EV

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, government, sustainability, transportation

According to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, representatives from Tesla are planning to meet India’s commerce minister this month to discuss the possibility of constructing a factory for producing an all-new $24,000 electric car. Tesla has expressed interest in manufacturing low-cost electric vehicles for both the local Indian market and exports. This meeting would mark the most significant discussions between Tesla and the Indian government since Elon Musk’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, where he expressed his intention to make a substantial investment in the country.

Jul 25, 2023

Record-Breaking Quantum Contextuality Observed in Single System

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

A team of scientists studied the single-system version of multipartite Bell nonlocality, and observed the highest degree of quantum contextuality in a single system. Their work was published in Physical Review Letters.

Physical Review Letters (PRL) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Physical Society. It is one of the most prestigious and influential journals in physics, with a high impact factor and a reputation for publishing groundbreaking research in all areas of physics, from particle physics to condensed matter physics and beyond. PRL is known for its rigorous standards and short article format, with a maximum length of four pages, making it an important venue for rapid communication of new findings and ideas in the physics community.

Jul 25, 2023

Yes, Aging Backwards Is Possible. Here’s How to Do It

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Silicon Valley tech bro Bryan Johnson claims he’s shaved five years off his biological age. Longevity mastermind David Sinclair, Ph.D., says tests show his biological age is a full decade younger than the 53 candles on his birthday cake. Sixty-three-year-old functional medicine doctor Mark Hyman, M.D., say tests clock his biological age at a young 43. But can aging really be cured? Maybe not—but adopting or eschewing certain lifestyle habits to add years to your life.

When it comes to understanding how to reverse aging, there are tests on the market that claim to be able to help you do that. They calculate your ‘biological age’ to see how your body could be aging across various cell-level metrics versus the number of candles on your birthday cake.

But are these tests accurate?

Jul 25, 2023

Mind-reading machines are coming — how can we keep them in check?

Posted by in categories: habitats, neuroscience

Regulate scientists for hire and corporations especially. Regulate everyone as religion could be used as an excuse from exemption. There’s a local motorcycle gang that set to their club house in the town I live and it was listed as a religion. That’s a loophole.

Devices that can record and change brain activity will create privacy issues that challenge existing human-rights legislation, say researchers.

Jul 25, 2023

Chip Industry Sees Labor Shortages Threatening US Expansion Plan

Posted by in categories: computing, economics

The semiconductor industry warned that there won’t be enough engineers, computer scientists and technicians in the US to support a rapid expansion this decade, threatening efforts to boost the domestic chip economy.

Jul 25, 2023

TSMC to invest $2.9 billion in advanced chip packaging plant in Taiwan

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company plans to invest nearly $90 billion New Taiwan dollars (about $2.87 billion) in an advanced chip packaging plant in Taiwan, the company told CNBC on Tuesday.

It comes as global chipmakers seek to capitalize on the artificial intelligence boom. TSMC acknowledged last week that there is a strong demand for AI chips.

Jul 25, 2023

A fusion rocket designed to travel 500,000 mph is under construction

Posted by in categories: habitats, health, space travel

A British aerospace startup is working on a fusion rocket it says will slash the amount of time it takes astronauts to travel to Mars and beyond — allowing humans to explore places that are currently far out of reach.

The challenge: Long-term exposure to microgravity and cosmic radiation can cause serious health issues for astronauts. That means NASA needs to keep its future Mars missions short enough that astronauts come home healthy — less than 4 years should work.

Using our current rocket propulsion technology, though, it’s going to take seven months just to get astronauts to Mars. Factor in the amount of time to get back to Earth, and nearly a third of a Mars astronaut’s mission is just going to be dedicated to the commute.

Jul 25, 2023

The Battle of the Everything Apps — Digital Identity, Payments, Social Graphs, AI and Universal Basic Income

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

A high-stakes battle is unfolding between major tech giants to create dominant “everything apps” that combine digital identity, messaging, payments, and AI services. The winner of this contest could gain unrivalled data to power their AI platforms and to shape the future of society.

There is the promise of implementing a universal basic income (UBI) via these super apps as a mechanism to mitigate the downside risks of technological disruption in an era of accelerating automation and the rise of artificial general intelligence. Whether the promises will be delivered, lead to more equality, be decentralized enough to distribute power to all of humanity, or be available in time before the automation disruption will be, at the very least, interesting to monitor.

The main contenders in this race are:

Jul 25, 2023

Here Are All Of Elon Musk’s ‘X’ Brands

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

The richest man in the world has an affinity for the letter X — though not all Twitter users were happy with the rebrand.

Jul 25, 2023

Researchers describe ‘nanoclays,’ an innovative addition to tools for chemists

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, engineering

Microscopic materials made of clay, designed by researchers at the University of Missouri, could be key to the future of synthetic materials chemistry. By enabling scientists to produce chemical layers tailor-made to deliver specific tasks based on the goals of the individual researcher, these materials, called nanoclays, can be used in a wide variety of applications, including the medical field or environmental science.

A paper describing this research is published in the journal ACS Applied Engineering Materials.

A fundamental part of the material is its electrically charged surface, said Gary Baker, co-principal investigator on the project and an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.

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