Finch horny-o-meter highlights ‘bottom-up’ approach to AI research

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Finch horny-o-meter highlights ‘bottom-up’ approach to AI researchLike many other animals, male zebra finches adjust their vocal signals depending on their audience. They sing the same sequence of ‘syllables’ (a motif) during courtship interactions with female finches as when singing alone, but with some subtle modifications to acoustic structure. These modifications are undetectable to humans […]

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US blacklists Chinese supercomputing entities

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US blacklists Chinese supercomputing entitiesNon-US companies need approval from the US Commerce Department before they can receive items from US-based suppliers. The Commerce Department alleges that the seven supercomputing firms were building supercomputers used by China’s aggressive military actors, including potentially for weapons of mass destruction programs. In response, China has vowed to take “necessary […]

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NCSC urge users to ‘paws for thought’ over pet-based passwords

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NCSC urge users to ‘paws for thought’ over pet-based passwordsAccording to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), such passwords can make it easier for hackers to force their way into people’s accounts by simply guessing common pet names. To prevent this, the centre has asked people to follow best practices by creating passwords using three […]

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TAE Technologies hits fusion milestone, attracting $280m funding

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TAE Technologies hits fusion milestone, attracting $280m fundingTAE Technologies (formerly Tri Alpha Energy) was founded in 1998 and has long maintained a low public profile. However, it regularly shares updates on its results in academic journals and scientific conferences. Put very simply, commercial nuclear fusion requires a platform for confining plasma at a minimum temperature […]

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Japan and UAE to collaborate on hydrogen tech and supply chain

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Japan and UAE to collaborate on hydrogen tech and supply chainThe collaboration, marked by a memorandum of cooperation between the oil-producing UAE and energy-importer Japan, reflects “mounting enthusiasm” for investment in hydrogen, which offers a cleaner source of energy to help fight climate change. The aim of the agreement is that Japan should be able […]

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Natural language processing models could predict causes of disease

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Natural language processing models could predict causes of diseaseResearchers took a similar approach to that used by technology companies to generate predictions based on previous user behaviour, such as suggested text in emails and messages or content recommendations. Kadi Liis Saar, first author of the study, trained a large-scale language model to see what happens […]

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Conflict groups arm consumer drones for terror attacks

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Conflict groups arm consumer drones for terror attacksHobbyists are having a lot fun modifying drones and they post their tutorials online. Hundreds of them show how to retrofit consumer drones with remote-controlled drop mechanisms to release devices in mid-air. But the hobbyists aren’t alone. Inspired by the same logic, rebel groups in battle zones such […]

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Pulp and paper waste could help build roads of the future

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Pulp and paper waste could help build roads of the futureThe construction industry has long sought to use waste materials from the pulp and paper industry as possible fillers for building products such as cement, but for years these materials have ended up in landfills. Now, researchers at The University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan […]

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View from India: Digital and cloud services lead the way ahead

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View from India: Digital and cloud services lead the way aheadBeing valued at roughly $1tn, the technology services sector is now among the most significant contributors to economic growth worldwide. In India, the industry produces around 27 per cent of the nation’s exports and provides livelihood to approximately 4.4 million people. Yet, players across the sector […]

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Lockdown Challenge: Rice and bean ski jump

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Lockdown Challenge: Rice and bean ski jumpLockdown Challenge #45: Sort your sliders from your rollers Sorting stuff out takes energy. You might think that only applies to clearing up after a party, but it’s the same all over the place in engineering too. Stuff just wants to be more chaotic: disorder – entropy – always increases […]

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