Scientists point to weird Saturn moon for a prime place to look for new life

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Jan 23, 2023 4:31 AM CST

Researchers have discovered that Saturn's moon Enceladus was far more tectonically active than previously thought after analyzing recent measurements of material from the moon's surface.

Enceladus, Saturn's moon

Enceladus, Saturn's moon

A new study published in the scientific journal Icarus details measurements conducted on the material that coats the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. According to the study, the material is called 'regolith' and has an appearance very similar to snow found on Earth. However, Enceladus' snow isn't formed the same way normal snow is formed on Earth.

The researchers explain that the regolith is created through snow cannon-like plumes, or ice geysers erupting and shooting large quantities of particles up into the atmosphere that then fall back down to the moon's surface. Smaller particles launched by the eruption are shot into space and eventually become part of Saturn's iconic rings. While scientists are quite sure that Enceladus' snow is coming from surface eruptions, the researchers are in the dark when it comes to the physical properties of the regolith material.

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Scientists use Avatar's motion capture AI technology to diagnose rare diseases

Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Jan 23, 2023 3:31 AM CST

Several researchers are using motion capture technology that is commonly used to capture the movements of actors playing roles in films, such as Avatar, to track the progression of rare diseases in patients.

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The new technology has been in development for over 10 years, and according to recent reports, it has been tested in two separate studies where it monitored patients with Friedreich's ataxia (FA) and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). So, how does it work? According to the team behind the project, the AI system analyzes the body movements of the patients and then provides a diagnosis while also giving a prediction of the progression of the disease. With this information, medical professionals are able to diagnose disorders twice as fast as the best doctors.

According to the team that tested the AI technology on FA patients, the new system was able to predict the progression of the disease worsening over the course of twelve months, which is half the amount of time a typical industry expert could. Notably, another team tested the AI system on twenty-one males with DMD and found that the system was able to predict how each of the patients' movement would be impacted six months in the future. Additionally, the prediction by the AI was reportedly much more accurate than a doctor.

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AI creates 1980s 'Matrix' starring Jeff Goldblum as Morpheus

Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Jan 23, 2023 3:02 AM CST

Artificial intelligence has created a new 1980s "Matrix" starring Jeff Goldblum as Morpheus, Viggo Mortenson as Neo, and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent Smith.

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The team behind the project are self-proclaimed science fiction enthusiasts that have used artificial intelligence to create what they call the world's first AI-created magazine. The magazine is called Infinite Odyssey and looking at the recent Instagram post on the official Infinite Odyssey Instagram account, we can see a selection of images that the AI created. Typically AI-generated images come with several abnormalities that stand out to the viewer, and sometimes these abnormalities make the viewer think, 'something is off with this image'.

However, Infinite Odyssey's images don't necessarily give this reaction at first glance, but after a detailed inspection, a viewer with a keen eye will be able to spot the minuscule AI errors. In the above image, you can see the AI has added far too many fingers to Agent Smith's hand. Besides this error, the AI has captured the idea of the Matrix, the art style, the coloring, and the seamless inclusion of different actors at a very impressive level.

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AMD might have cancelled its plans for an RDNA 3 and 7900 XTX refresh

Kosta Andreadis | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 22, 2023 10:34 PM CST

Many people were expecting AMD's flagship Radeon RX 7900 XTX to compete or trade blows with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4090 when it came to in-game performance that didn't include ray-tracing. As per AMD's pre-release unveiling and launch day reviews, its performance was closer to NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4080 than the RTX 4090.

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Not only that, but its power draw and efficiency were a step behind the competition and not in line with claims of a 50% increase in performance-per-watt compared to RDNA 2 and its flagship GPU the Radeon RX 6900 XT.

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You can download the source code for the iconic Apple Lisa from 1983

Kosta Andreadis | Computer Systems | Jan 22, 2023 9:31 PM CST

The Apple Lisa home computer first hit the scene forty years ago, and even though it launched for USD 9995 in 1983, which works out to be over 30K with inflation, it brought several ground-breaking additions to the world of PCs. It introduced the idea of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to interact with a desktop home computer, plus a crazy new concept called a computer mouse.

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The Apple Lisa (1983)

Thanks to the Computer History Museum (CHM), you can grab the complete source code for the Apple Lisa, which includes system and applications software. As part of the announcement, the CHM mentions one of computing history's most talked about stories. That time Steve Jobs and Apple visited Xerox and saw it was sitting on a potential killer feature in the form of a GUI. And so they "borrowed" the idea for the Apple Lisa.

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NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada workstation GPU listed at $6800 with 48GB of memory

Kosta Andreadis | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 22, 2023 9:02 PM CST

The NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada workstation GPU has been listed with a price point of USD 6800, representing a 46% increase over the previous Ampere-based NVIDIA RTX A6000. Dropping the 'A' in naming the new graphics card it's aimed at the workstation market and not enthusiast gamers.

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Though one assumes you'll be able to use it for gaming even though it uses NVIDIA's Pro driver suite.

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GPU cooling tested with cheese, ketchup, and even a potato used as a thermal pad

Kosta Andreadis | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 22, 2023 8:29 PM CST

Adding custom cooling to a GPU or even changing the thermal paste to improve the cooling using an existing design is something modders have been doing for years. With several different thermal pads and paste solutions, choosing the right one can be tricky, which makes an in-depth report showcasing the result of various brands and options an invaluable tool.

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A user over at the ComputerBase forums has done this, except that they've thrown in results for several things you wouldn't normally associate with cooling high-tech bits of silicon. We're talking ketchup, cheese, toothpaste, and even little slices of potato used as a thermal pad.

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These AI generated PC case designs look impressive and futuristic

Kosta Andreadis | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 22, 2023 7:57 PM CST

A Redditor has used the Midjourney AI image generator to create some potential PC case designs, and the results are very cool, with some funky spherical designs. On that note, Hybective (the Redditor in question) has said that one of the prompts they used was "Sphere ITX PC build hyper realistic" and that "sphere" was a standard input based on their desire for a cool-looking spherical PC case.

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Image credit: Reddit/Hybective

This answers the question as to why a decent percentage of them are round. With 28 AI-generated PC case designs, many of them could inspire some case modders to take steps to make them a reality or even prompt case makers to add similar designs to their lineups.

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Cracked Radeon RX 6000 GPUs caused by mining and poor storage conditions

Kosta Andreadis | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 22, 2023 7:31 PM CST

Recently we reported that a German retailer received a batch of older Radeon RX 6000s GPUs (RX 6800 and RX 6900) that had failed with cracked GPUs that were beyond repair. It was a concerning sample size at the time, with 48 GPUs out of 61 showcasing the same problem.

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All cards were received over three weeks, and using the latest AMD graphics drivers from December 2022 was seen as a potential issue or starting point for the investigation. This was born from the fact that all users were using the cards differently, not simply pushing them to their limit when gaming.

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The Last of Us is HBO's latest mega-popular show, pulls over 10 million views

Derek Strickland | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Jan 21, 2023 5:31 PM CST

The Last of Us is one of Sony's most popular video game series...and now it's also a mega-popular TV series.

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The new Last of Us TV adaptation is pulling in big numbers. HBO has confirmed that over 10 million people tuned into the series premiere, including subscribers across HBO Max and cable. Based on current numbers, this means that roughly 20.5% of all HBO subscribers watched The Last of Us' first episode.

"The series premiere of The Last of Us has now reached over 10M viewers in two days across linear and HBO Max platforms in the United States," the streamer wrote on Twitter.

The show has been universally lauded as one of if not the best video game adaptation of all time. Many say it's so good that they can only imagine how awesome the Halo TV series would have been if the writers stuck to the source material.

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