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Google Cloud Makes Pods With 1,000 TPU Chips Available In Public Beta

Posted in Business, Online on 7th May, 2019
by Alex Muller

Liquid-cooled Cloud TPU v3 pods can deliver more than 100 petaflops of computing power. Conversely, Cloud TPU v2 pods released in alpha last year can achieve 11.5 petaflops.

New Study Shows Human Development Is Destroying The Planet At An Unprecedented Rate

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2019
by Alex Muller

“We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

Two-stage Diagnostic Process Detects Alzheimer’s Years Before Symptoms Appear

Posted in Medicine on 6th May, 2019
by Alex Muller

A new two-step diagnostic process is claiming to confidently detect Alzheimer's disease nearly a decade before clinical symptoms appear.

Rocket Lab Fires A Set Of Satellites Into Orbit For US Military

Posted in Business, Hardware, Science on 6th May, 2019
by Alex Muller

According to the company, it has monthly launches booked for the rest of 2019, and it hopes to ramp things up and launch every two weeks by the time the year is out.

Mars 2020 Lander's Heat Shield Passes Critical Milestone

Posted in Hardware, Science on 4th May, 2019
by Alex Muller

The size of the shield makes the Mars 2020 landing one of the most challenging ever attempted by a Mars mission.

We Must Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions To Zero By 2050, Says UK Climate Committee

Posted in Science on 4th May, 2019
by Alex Muller

The impact of global warming, which has already risen by 1 °C above preindustrial levels, is becoming increasingly clear. If we’re to avoid catastrophic changes, we must avoid going above 1.5 °C, the report adds. If other countries agree to adopt this target, there’s a chance.

Google Releases AI Training Data Set With 5 Million Images And 200,000 Landmarks

Posted in Online, Software on 3rd May, 2019
by Alex Muller

In a significant step toward its goal of more sophisticated landmark-detecting computer vision models, Google open-sourced Google-Landmarks-v2, a new, larger landmark recognition corpus containing twice as many photos and seven times as many landmarks.

Dual Clinical Trials Suggest Vasopressin Hormone Therapy Can Treat Autism

Posted in Medicine on 3rd May, 2019
by Alex Muller

Both blocking and boosting vasopressin does seems to confer social improvements in some autistic subjects

New Form Of Dementia Discovered, Redefining Mainstream Alzheimer’s Science

Posted in Medicine, Science on 2nd May, 2019
by Alex Muller

This "excellent" study will cause many scientists to reevaluate the results from past failed clinical trials.

Breakthroughs In Neuromorphic Computing Could Speed Computers And AI By Ten Times

Posted in Software on 2nd May, 2019
by Alex Muller

With the dramatic expansion of machine learning algorithms in recent years, applications are now demanding larger amounts of data storage and power to complete these difficult tasks.

Speeding Up Tree Planting By One Hundred Times Using Drones

Posted in Business, Science on 1st May, 2019
by Alex Muller

BioCarbon Engineering wants to counter act climate change and carbon emissions by speeding the planting of trees by one hundred times by using drones.

Apple’s Q2 2019 Earnings Call: IPad, Wearables, And Services Are Solid

Posted in Business on 1st May, 2019
by Alex Muller

Wearables grew almost 50% year-over-year, with the Apple Watch having its best results ever in a non-holiday quarter, and AirPods demand continuing to outpace supply.