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Dec 18, 2019

How does facial recognition work?

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Dec 18, 2019

NASA Just Observed a Totally New Kind of Magnetic Eruption on The Sun

Posted by in category: space

The surface of the Sun is never still. Upon this burning ball of gas, a continual flow of super-hot plasma creates ropes of magnetic fields that can twist and tangle with one another.

As the star rotates, these invisible lines snap apart and join together again, bursting into flares, storms and eruptions of plasma.

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Dec 18, 2019

Intel Acquires Artificial Intelligence Chip Maker Habana for $2 Billion

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Given that opportunity, the acquisition of Habana is only a component of a wide attack on the market and that it’s not clear how it fits with the other acquisitions and projects, the initial response to the Habana acquisition should be a shrug. Intel is like a VC firm in that it only needs one of the multiple initiatives to hit in order to end up in the black.

Dec 18, 2019

$125 Million For Longevity! — George MacGinnis, Healthy Ageing Challenge Director, UKRI — Government Ageing Society Grand Challenge — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, government, health, life extension, neuroscience, posthumanism, science, transhumanism

Dec 18, 2019

Scientists Are Getting Closer to Developing an HIV Vaccine

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The search for an HIV vaccine may soon be over 😮 (Via @ Seeker)

Dec 18, 2019

Camouflage made of quantum material could hide you from infrared cameras

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, transportation

Infrared cameras detect people and other objects by the heat they emit. Now, researchers have discovered the uncanny ability of a material to hide a target by masking its telltale heat properties.

The effect works for a range of temperatures that one day could include humans and vehicles, presenting a future asset to stealth technologies, the researchers say.

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Dec 18, 2019

Nvidia touts chip deals with China’s Alibaba, Baidu and Didi

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(Reuters) — Nvidia Corp on Wednesday said it has won a series of deals in which some of China’s biggest technology companies are using its chips to make product recommendations and to develop self-driving vehicles.

Dec 18, 2019

Russia joins race to make quantum dreams a reality

Posted by in categories: economics, government, quantum physics

The government will inject around 50 billion roubles (US$790 million) over the next 5 years into basic and applied quantum research carried out at leading Russian laboratories, the country’s deputy prime minister, Maxim Akimov, announced on 6 December at a technology forum in Sochi. The windfall is part of a 258-billion-rouble programme for research and development in digital technologies, which the Kremlin has deemed vital for modernizing and diversifying the Russian economy.

National initiative aims to develop practical technologies that could mine databases and create ultra-secure communication networks.

Dec 18, 2019

The Latest Science on Chronic Pain is Fascinating

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

Pain meds and surgeries are often no better at alleviating chronic pain than placebo pills and pretend surgeries, frustrating physicians and patients alike. Researchers are starting to get some answers.

Dec 18, 2019

AMD releases FEMFX deformable physics library

Posted by in categories: materials, physics

AMD has published its new FEMFX deformable materials physics library and made it available for anyone to use in games and other software development.