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Humanity spent years wondering if there were planets outside our solar system, and now we know the answer: very much yes. There are thousands of exoplanets in just our little corner of the galaxy, and there's every reason to expect the same is true of other galaxies. In fact, a researcher from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has found strong evidence of a planet orbiting a pair of stars in the distant M51 galaxy. It's not the first potential extragalactic planet detection, but it's shaping up to be the most likely candidate.

We lack the technology [...]

Sat, Sep 26, 2020, Continue reading at the source

This week in machine learning news, artificial intelligence is writing news with real style and awareness of prose. It's also helping predict incidents of lead exposure. And get this…AI is even creating synthetic data for use in place of the real data that's usually used to reach machine learning conclusions.

Just think about the implications of that one for a second.

No matter whether that fills you with amazement or fear, there's no argument that the impact of deep learning is staggering. And for a technology with the ability to revolutionize literally every facet of life on Earth, there [...]

Sat, Sep 26, 2020, Continue reading at the source

If you feel like cracking into nearly 20-year-old operating systems for what we'll describe as “various and sundry” reasons, the source code for both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has leaked online. The Verge reports that the source code for XP and 2K3 leaked before later saying they don't know if it's the complete code for the OS, so presumably, this could be a code fragment leak. There've been a few of those at Microsoft recently, with some of the NT 3.5 and Xbox source code popping up online earlier this year, and some Windows [...]

Sat, Sep 26, 2020, Continue reading at the source

Ever since Microsoft announced its Xbox Velocity Architecture, it was clear that there'd be some kind of price premium on the SSD cards. To briefly recap: The Xbox Velocity Architecture delivers 2.4GB/s of raw storage output (4.8GB/s compressed), which is roughly half the speed of the PlayStation 5. Unlike Sony, Microsoft announced it would deploy specialized storage cards with 1TB of storage, built in partnership with Seagate. With consoles, proprietary storage always comes with a markup. Now, Microsoft and Best Buy have posted a SKU for an upcoming Seagate 1TB drive.

In this case, the Xbox Series X's 1TB SSD will [...]

Sat, Sep 26, 2020, Continue reading at the source

John Bernard, the subject of a story here last week about a self-proclaimed millionaire investor who has bilked countless tech startups, appears to be a pseudonym for John Clifton Davies, a U.K. man who absconded from justice before being convicted on multiple counts of fraud in 2015. Prior to his conviction, Davies served 16 months in jail before being cleared of murdering his wife on their honeymoon in India.

The Private Office of John Bernard, which advertises itself as a capital investment firm based in Switzerland, has for years been listed on multiple [...]

Fri, Sep 25, 2020, Continue reading at the source
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China's lunar lander finds radiation dose is 200 times that at Earth's surface [...]
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Abigail Echo-Hawk is working around the clock to close discriminatory data gaps [...]
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, Continue reading at the source
White-crowned sparrows sang softer, more complex songs during the quiet of the pandemic lockdown [...]
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Circuitry of the pallium mirrors the mammalian neocortex [...]
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Damaged interferon response helps explain why men get sicker than women [...]
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