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How the perils of space have affected asteroid Ryugu

Enlarge / The surface of Ryugu. Image credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST (credit: JAXA) An asteroid that has been wandering through space for billions of years is going to have been bombarded...

Sun May 19, 2024 15:53
New research shows gas stove emissions contribute to 19,000 deaths annually

Enlarge (credit: Géza Bálint Ujvárosi / EyeEm via Getty) Ruth Ann Norton used to look forward to seeing the blue flame that danced on the burners of her gas stove. At one time, she says, she would have sworn that preparing meals with the appliance actually made her a better cook. But then she started learning about the...

Sun May 19, 2024 15:53
What happened to OpenAI’s long-term AI risk team?

Enlarge (credit: Benj Edwards) In July last year, OpenAI announced the formation of a new research team that would prepare for the advent of supersmart artificial intelligence capable of outwitting and overpowering its creators. Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI’s chief scientist and one of the company’s co-founders, was named as...

Sat May 18, 2024 19:48
The nature of consciousness, and how to enjoy it while you can

Enlarge (credit: SEAN GLADWELL) Unraveling how consciousness arises out of particular configurations of organic matter is a quest that has absorbed scientists and philosophers for ages. Now, with AI systems behaving in strikingly conscious-looking ways, it is more important than ever to get a handle on who and what is...

Sat May 18, 2024 15:48
“Outrageously” priced weight-loss drugs could bankrupt US health care

Enlarge / Packaging for Wegovy, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, is seen in this illustration photo. (credit: Getty | Jakub Porzycki) With the debut of remarkably effective weight-loss drugs, America's high obesity rate and its uniquely astronomical prescription drug pricing appear to be set on a catastrophic collision course—one...

Sat May 18, 2024 01:47
The Apple TV is coming for the Raspberry Pi’s retro emulation box crown

Enlarge / The RetroArch app installed in tvOS. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Apple’s initial pitch for the tvOS and the Apple TV as it currently exists was centered around apps. No longer a mere streaming box, the Apple TV would also be a destination for general-purpose software and games, piggybacking off of the iPhone's...

Sat May 18, 2024 01:47


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