Let’s see for how long can I do this section this time… Lots of really cool stuff happening right now to be honest. I hope this short recap is interesting!
Another one bites the dust
This week we found out that Yahoo! Answers is shutting down. Another cool site from an old internet era that goes away… Have fun with delicious, google reader, grooveshark, etc.
Don’t worry, we are not getting out of work soon
This week Fermilab made one of those announcements that the media loves (new physics?). I’ve collected a couple links talking about it that I liked. First one is a nice strip done by @PHDcomics that was published here. The Physics Girl also made a nice video talking about the topic, if you prefer that medium:
Out-nerd me now, Randall!
The week started with a super cool strip on the mRNA vaccines from xkcd. SMBC however, stepped up the game talking about quantum computing.
Neuralink keeps pushing forward
A new bunch of results from one of the coolest companies I know was published this week. Brain-to-machine interfaces are getting closer and closer, and that’s a good thing. There is a super cool blog post with more info on the experiments in the Neuralink blog.
Humour in science articles
A nice piece of text on Nature Review Physics on funny article titles.
Fantastic titles and where to find them, on Nat Rev Phys 3, 225 (2021).
Interesting insights on problem solving
A very cool News and Views on Nature about how people try to solve problems. Seems like the mantra «less is more» is not hardwired to our brains at all:
Adding is favoured over subtracting in problem solving, on Nature 592, 189-190 (2021).
Take these extra fps buddy
A very interesting text on hackaday about a technology I had never heard about: using machine learning tools to upscale videogames either spatially or temporally (and thus gaining resolution or frames per second). Really nice concept, as it seems that is should be way more efficient to do the training for each videogame in a super computer, and then millions of players could run it while consuming much less energy. The same can apply to streaming services, etc. Really shows how compression techniques leak to every aspect of our world today.
AI UPSCALING AND THE FUTURE OF CONTENT DELIVERY, on hackaday.com
And that’s it for the week. See you soon!
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