US nuclear power plant admits it leaked 400,000 gallons of contaminated water
An energy giant that manages the nuclear power plant in the city of Monticello, Minnesota, has confirmed that 400,000 gallons of contaminated water has leaked out of its nuclear power plant.
Reports indicate the leak was initially detected by the Monticello nuclear power plant four months ago, in November 2022, and was reported immediately to state and federal regulators. However, it wasn't until last week that the public was made aware of the situation. Xcel Energy, the energy giant that runs the Monticello nuclear power plant, issued a press release where it states that it took "swift action" to contain the leak to the plant site and that the contaminated water is "fully contained on-site".
Notably, the press release states the leak poses no health or safety risk to the local community or environment and hasn't been detected beyond the facility itself, which, according to Xcel Energy, means it hasn't been detected in any local drinking water. As for the water, Xcel Energy confirmed that the 400,000 gallons contained tritium, a naturally occurring form of hydrogen that emits a weak form of radiation. Tritium can't travel long distances in the air or penetrate the skin, according to officials with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
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Best way to restore WhatsApp Backup from Google Drive to iPhone/Android
Google Drive is famous among Android users as a trustworthy backup storage option. Often, Android users store their essential data and media files on Google Drive over the internet to restore them when demanded.
Google Drive also lets users save their WhatsApp chat history and restore it seamlessly in no time. But what if your Android phone is lost, or you want it on your new iPhone? iOS and Android have different operating systems, and you cannot directly transfer your WhatsApp backup to iPhones without using safe and secure third-party software.
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Unidentified fiery objects caught on video streaking across the night sky
Northern California skywatchers were shocked to see a group of fiery objects enter Earth's atmosphere and illuminate the night sky, but an explanation has been put forward about their origin.
Residents in the area, and as spotted by Aaron, who took to his personal Twitter account with the above video, saw the group of objects on Friday night when they began burning across the night sky. Aaron, like many of the residents that saw the event, was confused about its origin, suggesting that it could be a meteorite breaking up throughout its entry, aliens, or even China. None of these suggestions ended up being accurate, but they are warranted considering the slew of UFO detection in North American airspace over the past several weeks.
As you can probably imagine, between the time of the sighting and the explanation being posted online there was rampant speculation about the origin of the objects. Some individuals wrote that it was a meteor shower, while others suggested it was space debris, such as a defunct satellite reentering Earth's atmosphere. The latter was closer to the truth, as outlined by Jonathan McDowell, a renowned astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who took to Twitter with an in-depth explanation that points to space junk that was jettisoned from the International Space Station (ISS).
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Solar tornado the size of 14 stacked Earths captured on video by NASA
Astronomers from around the world have had their instruments pointed at the solar tornado that has been unfurling on the surface of the Sun for the past week.
The above gif showcases the scientifically popular solar tornado, which is a twisted filament of boiling hot plasma that is expanding further and further away from the surface of our star. For three days, the tornado continued to expand, with reports stating that it grew to an astonishing height of 75,000 miles, which is about the same as fourteen Earths stacked on top of each other.
According to astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy, who took to Twitter on March 18, the day the solar tornado was at its highest, and said, "This 14-Earths-tall swirling column of plasma was raining moon-sized gobs of incandescent material on the sun". Furthermore, Apollo Lasky of Naperville, Illinois, who made the above gif using images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, said the solar tornado was occurring near the Sun's North Pole and grew for a total of three days before it came back down to the Sun's surface.
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ChatGPT creator warns of competing AI systems that will be dangerous
The CEO of OpenAI, the developers behind the viral sensation ChatGPT, has warned of competing artificial intelligence systems that will have fewer safety regulations in place.
Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, said in an interview with ABC News last week that there are some things that he does worry about with the exponential development in artificial intelligence. One of Altman's worries is that OpenAI won't be the only creators of this type of technology and that there will be other people that create these systems will less safety limits than what OpenAI has implemented. Notably, Altman says that "society" has a limited amount of time to figure out how it will react to such technologies being developed and made available.
As outlined perfectly by Futurism, the technology sector is currently experiencing an AI arms race where companies are pouring billions of dollars into research and development to get the biggest slice possible of the new machine-learning pie. ChatGPT is simply the very first AI that has been adopted by millions of people, a mere proof of concept that systems like ChatGPT are in high demand by people across a variety of different industries.
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OpenAI forced to shut down ChatGPT following bug that exposed user chat history
OpenAI confirmed in a statement to Bloomberg that it had to temporarily shut down ChatGPT following the emergence of a bug that made user chat histories publicly visible.
The developer of the now extremely popular AI chatbot told the publication that ChatGPT was now back online and that engineers are currently working on bringing back chat history, which was suspended following the detection of the bug. Users of ChatGPT know very well that OpenAI stores the conversations they have with the chatbot. However, what users didn't expect was to see conversations from other users appearing in their Chat History tab.
Notably, these conversations only included the title of the conversation and not its contents, meaning that all questions and answers didn't become publicly available. However, the bug is a testament to OpenAI's recommendation of not entering any sensitive information into ChatGPT, as problems such as this can present themselves from time to time.
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NVIDIA announced six new workstation RTX Ada GPUs for laptops and desktops
With the rise of AI research, models, and tools and NVIDIA GPU hardware being at the center of it all, today's news of six new NVIDIA RTX Ada Lovelace architecture GPUs for laptops and desktops is surprising. But also, not that surprising.
As per NVIDIA, these workstation GPUs have been created for "the new era of AI, design, and the metaverse." The new NVIDIA RTX 5000, RTX 4000, RTX 3500, RTX 3000, and RTX 2000 Ada Generation laptop GPUs take full advantage of the latest RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and CUDA Core advancements while tapping into the up to 2x efficiency of Ada Lovelace.
We've seen this in the discrete GPU space, with Ada-based cards presenting the most power-efficient products. And by a considerable margin too.
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NVIDIA RTX Path Tracing SDK is available to all developers for next-level RT
When NVIDIA announced the Ada Lovelace architecture and the GeForce RTX 40 Series, it mentioned a new bit of technology called Shader Execution Reordering (SER) to improve shader scheduling. This alone could substantially improve performance, making it the perfect tool for real-time ray tracing and path tracing in games.
We've seen the results in the impressive Portal with RTX remaster from NVIDIA, with path-tracing set to arrive in Cyberpunk 2077 sometime in the future. SER, like other technologies, is the sort of thing that needs to be tapped into as part of a game's code and engine.
With DLSS 3 and other RTX technologies coinciding with GDC, NVIDIA has announced that the RTX Path Tracing SDK is now available to all developers.
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This Inno3D GeForce RTX 4070 will use a single 8-pin power connector, as rumored
Only yesterday, we reported on a rumor that the upcoming releases of the more mainstream and affordable GeForce RTX 4070 and GeForce RTX 4060 GPUs could see a shift to the more traditional 8-pin power connectors. A shift away from the new 12VHPWR connectors is seen in the current GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs line-up.
With the lower power requirements and rumors that some GeForce RTX 4070 models are rated at 200W, it's a move that makes sense. And also one that looks true with packaging for an Inno3D GeForce RTX 4070 leaking out that specifically mentions the use of a single 8-pin power connector.
The image appeared on Chinese social media, shared by @9550pro on Twitter, where we also learned that this specific AIB Inno3D GeForce RTX 4070 features a 2-slot design with two fans.
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Raja Koduri, the Chief Architect of Intel Arc GPUs is leaving the company
Raja Koduri has been a key architect behind Intel's recent push to enter the discrete GPU market with the Intel Arc line of graphics cards.
Now it looks like Raja's time at Intel has come to an end with the announcement that he's leaving the company at the end of the month to work at "a new software company around generative AI for gaming, media, and entertainment," according to Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel.
In response to the announcement, Raja wrote, "Thank you, Pat and Intel, for many cherished memories and incredible learning over the past five years. Will be embarking on a new chapter in my life, doing a software startup." Confirming that he's making a move away from hardware to software.
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