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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Facebook Is Researching AI Systems That See, Hear, and Remember Everything You Do James Vincent | The Verge " imagines AI systems that are constantly...

The World’s Electronic Waste This Year Will Weigh More Than the Great Wall of...

It’s widely known that the world has a plastics problem. From landfills to the ocean, the stuff is everywhere, and our conscientious efforts to...

Scientists Find the First Known Planet to Have Survived the Death of Its Star

How will the solar system die? It’s a hugely important question that researchers have speculated a lot about, using our knowledge of physics to...

Microsoft’s Massive New Language AI Is Triple the Size of OpenAI’s GPT-3

Just under a year and a half ago OpenAI announced completion of GPT-3, its natural language processing algorithm that was, at the time, the...

AI-Powered Brain Implant Eases Severe Depression With a Zap of Electricity

Sarah hadn’t laughed in five years. At 36 years old, the avid home cook has struggled with depression since early childhood. She tried the whole...

Intel’s Brain-Inspired Loihi 2 Chip Can Hold a Million Artificial Neurons

Computer chips that recreate the brain's structure in silicon are a promising avenue for powering the smart robots of the future. Now Intel has...

This Asteroid May Be the Shard of a Dead Protoplanet—and Have More Metal Than...

It’s often said Earth’s resources are finite. This is true enough. But shift your gaze skyward for a moment. Up there, amid the stars,...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 9)

NEUROSCIENCE How the World's Biggest Brain Maps Could Transform Neuroscience Alison Abbott | Nature "To truly understand how the brain works, neuroscientists also need to know how...

This Bipedal Drone Robot Can Walk, Fly, Skateboard, and Slackline

Most animals are limited to either walking, flying, or swimming, with a handful of lucky species whose physiology allows them to cross over. A...

How Musicologists and Scientists Used AI to Complete Beethoven’s Unfinished 10th Symphony

When Ludwig van Beethoven died in 1827, he was three years removed from the completion of his Ninth Symphony, a work heralded by many...

NASA’s Mission to Crash a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid Launches Next Month

In March of this year, a quarter-mile-wide asteroid flew through space at a speed of 77,000 miles per hour. It was five times farther...

Moonshot Project Aims to Understand and Beat Cancer Using Protein Maps

Understanding cancer is like assembling IKEA furniture. Hear me out. Both start with individual pieces that make up the final product. For a cabinet, it’s...

How Quantum Computers Can Be Used to Build Better Quantum Computers

Using computer simulations to design new chips played a crucial role in the rapid improvements in processor performance we’ve experienced in recent decades. Now...

The Music of Proteins Is Made Audible Through a Computer Program That Learns From Chopin

With the right computer program, proteins become pleasant music. There are many surprising analogies between proteins, the basic building blocks of life, and musical notation....

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 2)

ROBOTICS How DeepMind Is Reinventing the Robot Tom Chivers | IEEE Spectrum "Having conquered Go and protein folding, the company turns to a really hard problem. ...To...

Scientists Created Holograms You Can Touch—You Could Soon Shake a Virtual Colleague’s Hand

The TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced millions of people to the idea of a holodeck: an immersive, realistic 3D holographic projection...

New Hybrid Coral Reefs Use Wave Energy to Transform Sea Salt to Stone

Climate change is wreaking havoc on land via extreme weather events like wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and record-high temperatures. Glaciers are melting and sea levels...

China’s Cracking Down on Kids’ Screen Time, and the Implications Could Be Far-Reaching

Screens are taking over our lives. According to market research firm eMarketer, in 2020 adults in the US spent an average of 7 hours...

Scientists Completed the First Human Genome 20 Years Ago. How Far Have We Come,...

If the Human Genome Project (HGP) was an actual human, he or she would be a revolutionary whiz kid. A prodigy in the vein...

This Amazing GIF Shows a Million Individual Neurons Firing in a Mouse’s Brain

The brain is the center of every human being's world, but many of its inner workings are yet mysterious. Slowly, scientists are pulling back...

When Did Humans Start Experimenting With Alcohol and Drugs?

Humans constantly alter the world. We fire fields, turn forests into farms, and breed plants and animals. But humans don’t just reshape our external...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 25)

COMPUTING Amazing Airborne Microchips Are the Tiniest Human-Built Objects to Take Flight George Dvorsky | Gizmodo "Called 'microfliers,' the tiny devices ride the breeze while falling and...

This Google-Funded Project Is Tracking Global Carbon Emissions in Real Time

It’s crunch time on climate change. The IPCC’s latest report told the world just how bad it is, and...it’s bad. Companies, NGOs, and governments...

A Ferocious Asteroid Strike Demolished an Ancient Middle Eastern City 3,600 Years Ago

As the inhabitants of an ancient Middle Eastern city now called Tall el-Hammam went about their daily business one day about 3,600 years ago,...

Alphabet’s Project Taara Is Using Lasers to Beam Internet Across the World’s Deepest River

A little over a year ago, Google’s Project Loon launched in Kenya, 35 giant balloons with solar-powered electronics inside beaming a 4G signal to...

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