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A Los Alamos National Laboratory-designed spectroscopy instrument allows scientists, industry, and governments to decipher even trace amounts of chemicals using the Earth’s own magnetic field. Called the Earth-field Resonance Detection and Evaluation device (ERDE, which is German for “Earth”), the instrument is the most sensitive, affordable, and portable technology of its kind, with the ability …

A machine learning system lets visitors to a new art exhibition experience the sounds of colours through the artist Kandinsky’s eyes. The abstract art pioneer had synaesthesia, a condition that can make people hear sounds when looking at colours and shapes.   Have you ever heard colours? As part of a new exhibition, the worlds …

Artificial intelligence (Al) paychecks benefit from a scarce talent and high demand. It is as per the law of supply and demand, and currently, everything related to Al is in very high demand. The salaries of Al professionals are reaching the sky height and beyond it. It is also essential to note that one Japanese …

Artifical intelligence is advancing at a rate that it is no longer limited to assisting with problems on our own planet. AI is also helping to with space exploration, from designing missions to processing streams of data. An AI assistant called Cimon will be used to reduce astronauts’ stress by performing tasks they ask it …

Just like an astronomer investigates outer space, a chemist explores chemical space — a theoretical territory with all possible known (and unknown) chemical compounds. Researchers estimate chemical space to contain up to 10180 compounds — more than twice the magnitude of the number of atoms in the universe. Currently, the largest public database of molecules synthesized so …

China’s star has been steadily rising for decades. Besides slashing extreme poverty rates from 88 percent to under 2 percent in just 30 years, the country has become a global powerhouse in manufacturing and technology. Its pace of growth may slow due to an aging population, but China is nonetheless one of the world’s biggest …

Cats aren’t dogs. Even modern AI knows that. But how exactly AI distinguishes cat images from those of dogs is not clear. Standard neural networks are akin to a black box, as even the people who program them often have little to no idea how they make decisions. It’s not as critical when it’s just …

Apart from black holes, magnetars may be the most extreme stars in the universe. With a diameter less than the length of Manhattan, they pack more mass than that of our sun, wield the largest magnetic field of any known object — more than 10 trillion times stronger than a refrigerator magnet — and spin …

In some ways, learning to program a computer is similar to learning a new language. It requires learning new symbols and terms, which must be organized correctly to instruct the computer what to do. The computer code must also be clear enough that other programmers can read and understand it. In spite of those similarities, …

Combining hybrid polymer materials with microfabrication and 3D printing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has developed an ultra-compact, lightweight and minimally invasive optoelectronic neural implant that could be used for long-term studies of brain activity. The new implantable devices are built upon a new platform LLNL researchers are calling POEMS (Polymeric Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems) and represent …