Science and Technology

Latest advancements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including medical breakthroughs, space exploration, and new gadgets and software.

AI could help replicate smells in danger of being lost to history

Some scents are at risk of vanishing forever. Can AI replicate them? blickwinkel/Alamy Artificial intelligence can whip up the formula to recreate a perfume based on its chemical composition. One day, it could use a lone sample to reproduce rare smells at risk of being lost, such as incense from a culturally specific ritual or […]

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How some bacteria are cleaning up our messy water supply

It’s not just medicines. A dizzying number of personal care products also end up in the sewers—coconut shampoos and hydrating body washes and expensive face serums and … well, the list goes on and on. Wastewater treatment facilities were never designed to deal with these so-called micropollutants. “For the first 100 years or so of

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A Leap Year Glitch Broke Self-Pay Gas Station Pumps Across New Zealand

Yesterday was Leap Day, meaning that for the first time in four years, it was February 29. That’s normally a quirky, astronomical factoid (or a very special birthday for some). But that unique calendar date broke gas station payment systems across New Zealand for much of the day. As reported by numerous international outlets, self-serve

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Stay up-to-date on the amount of venture dollars going to underrepresented founders

Venture capital funding has never been robust for women or Black and brown founders. Alongside Crunchbase, we’ve been tracking funding levels to pinpoint moments of progress and regression for marginalized entrepreneurs. For example, Black founders saw record amounts of funding in the bull year that was 2021, but that amount dipped substantially as the market

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Elon Musk’s legal case against OpenAI is hilariously bad

Elon Musk sued OpenAI today, alleging a wide range of incendiary things, including that GPT4 is actually an artificial general intelligence. It’s a fun complaint to read; it fundamentally accuses OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman of pretending to run a non-profit designed to benefit humanity while actually running a regular ol’ tech company and

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Unionized YouTube Workers Laid Off During Live City Council Stream

For the past year, contractors associated with Google’s YouTube Music Content Operations Team have been attempting to collectively bargain with the tech giant. Those workers won the right to unionize last April in a historic victory and, since that time, have been trying to get Google to come to the bargaining table. On Friday, amidst

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Adobe’s latest AI experiment generates music from text

This week, Adobe revealed an experimental audio AI tool to join its image-based ones in Photoshop. Described by the company as “an early-stage generative AI music generation and editing tool,” Adobe’s Project Music GenAI Control can create music (and other audio) from text prompts, which it can then fine-tune in the same interface. Adobe frames

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Elon Musk sues OpenAI and asks court to decide on artificial general intelligence

Elon Musk is worried about the pace of AI development Chesnot/Getty Images Elon Musk has asked a court to settle the question of whether GPT-4 is an artificial general intelligence (AGI), as part of a lawsuit against OpenAI. The development of AGI, capable of performing a range of tasks just like a human, is one

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