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Neuralink Has Made Big Progress

Last night, Elon Musk’s Neuralink held a media event to show us all what they’ve been doing for the last couple of years. After much secrecy and tons of speculation, they finally gave us a peek at what they’re doing. They’ve made amazing progress, but still have a long way to go before achieving their [&hellip

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Building a movement: How Emerging Leaders are shaping a circular economy

Meaningful transition strategies are beginning to take shape in energy, waste and food systems. But younger generations will shoulder most of the work to turn them into reality, as well as the consequences of inaction.

‘Artificial intelligence’ fit to monitor volcanoes

(GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre) More than half of the world’s active volcanoes are not monitored instrumentally. Hence, even eruptions that could have rung an alarm can occur without people at risk having a clue of the upcoming disaster. A research project by the Technical University of Berlin and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences led to a volcano monitoring platform which analyses satellite images using – amongst other methods – ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) for the monitoring of volcanoes.

AI-designed heat pumps consume less energy

(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Researchers at EPFL have developed a method that uses artificial intelligence to design next-generation heat-pump compressors. Their method can cut the pumps’ power requirement by around 25%.

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Using artificial intelligence to better predict severe weather

When forecasting weather, meteorologists use a number of models and data sources to track shapes and movements of clouds that could indicate severe storms. However, with increasingly expanding weather data sets and looming deadlines, it is nearly impossible for them to monitor all storm formations — especially smaller-scale ones — in real time.

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AI, the secret ingredient in curbing food waste?

This article was adapted from the newsletter VERGE Weekly, running Wednesdays. Subscribe here.The crop of innovations — business model and otherwise — sprouting up to address food waste at the point of consumption is becoming more abundant each day.

Translating proteins into music, and back

In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that resembles musical passages. Then, reversing the process, they can introduce some variations into the music and convert it back into new proteins never before seen in nature.