Controversy Surrounds Blockbuster Superconductivity Claim

Editor’s Note (9/29/23): This article from March 10 reported on a study claiming the discovery of room-temperature superconducting material that was published in Nature. Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported that nearly three quarters of that paper’s co-authors had contacted the publisher to ask that the study be retracted because it had flaws.

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AI’s Victories in Go Inspire Better Human Game Playing

In 2016 a computer named AlphaGo made headlines for defeating then world champion Lee Sedol at the ancient, popular strategy game Go. The “superhuman” artificial intelligence, developed by Google DeepMind, lost only one of the five rounds to Sedol, generating comparisons to Garry Kasparov’s 1997 chess loss to IBM’s Deep Blue. Go, which involves players

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What the Silicon Valley Bank Collapse Means for Science Start-ups

What the Silicon Valley Bank Collapse Means for Science Start-ups Bailouts mean customers’ deposits are safe, but the Silicon Valley Bank’s demise has sparked concern about future investment in small tech companies By Katharine Sanderson & Nature magazine The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has some start-ups worried about the future of investment in small science companies.

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What the New GPT-4 AI Can Do

Tech research company OpenAI has just released an updated version of its text-generating artificial intelligence program, called GPT-4, and demonstrated some of the language model’s new abilities. Not only can GPT-4 produce more natural-sounding text and solve problems more accurately than its predecessor. It can also process images in addition to text. But the AI

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AI Can Re-create What You See from a Brain Scan

Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, is one of the most advanced tools for understanding how we think. As a person in an fMRI scanner completes various mental tasks, the machine produces mesmerizing and colorful images of their brain in action. Looking at someone’s brain activity this way can tell neuroscientists which brain areas a

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Nord Stream Pipeline Blasts Stirred Up Toxic Sediment

Nord Stream Pipeline Blasts Stirred Up Toxic Sediment The Nord Stream pipeline explosions happened in a dumping ground for chemical warfare, but other contaminants proved most toxic to marine life By Katharine Sanderson & Nature magazine In this Handout Photo provided by Swedish Coast Guard, the release of gas emanating from a leak on the

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