Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for January 07, 2021.

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Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for January 07, 2021.

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🗞 TECHNOLOGY NEWS💻🔧🖥:

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CHITRAKAR: A SYSTEM THAT CAN TRANSFORM IMAGES OF HUMAN FACES INTO DRAWINGS

Researchers at the TCS Robotics Research Lab in India have recently developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can automatically convert an image of a person’s face into a recognizable non-self-intersecting loop, known as a Jordan curve. Subsequently, this Jordan curve can be used to produce realistic drawings of the person in the original image, using a robotic hand.

QUALCOMM’S SNAPDRAGON 480 SoC TO BRING 5G TO LOW-COST PHONES

As 5G-enabled phones secured their spot as major players in smartphone technology in 2020, access to this latest functionality has been limited to higher-end phones. But things are about to change, as Qualcomm announced today the development of the Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform, which is expected to usher in a new wave of low-cost smartphones featuring cutting-edge features of the latest wireless standard.

RESEARCHERS COMPUTE TURBULENCE WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

For the first time, researchers at ETH Zurich have successfully automated the modeling of turbulence by combining fluid mechanics with artificial intelligence. Their project relies on fusing reinforcement learning algorithms with turbulent flow simulations on the CSCS supercomputer Piz Daint.

🗞 PHYSICS NEWS⚙♨:

DYNAMO ACHIEVES FIRST OBSERVATION OF THE ‘CHARGE SEPARATION EFFECT’

The University of Michigan has successfully demonstrated the “charge separation effect,” predicted over a decade ago, which has important potential for direct conversion of light to electricity without the thermodynamic losses typical of photovoltaic (solar cell) technology. The results are expected to be important to future developments in ultrafast switching, nanophotonics, and nonlinear optics as well.

READING OUT QUBITS LIKE TOPPLING DOMINOES: A NEW SCALABLE APPROACH TOWARDS THE QUANTUM COMPUTER

Creating a powerful, large-scale quantum computer depends on a clever design such that many qubits (the building block of a quantum computer) can be controlled and read out. Researchers at QuTech, a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO, have invented a new readout method that is an important step forward on the road towards such a large-scale quantum computer. They have published their findings in Nature Communications.

BREAKING THROUGH THE RESOLUTION BARRIER WITH QUANTUM-LIMITED PRECISION

Researchers at Paderborn University have developed a new method of distance measurement for systems such as GPS, which achieves more precise results than ever before. Using quantum physics, the team led by Leibniz Prize winner Professor Christine Silberhorn has successfully overcome the so-called resolution limit, which causes the ‘noise’ we may see in photos, for example. Their findings have just been published in the academic journal Physical Review X Quantum (PRX Quantum).

🗞 EARTH NEWS🌏:

UNCOVERING HOW GRASSLANDS CHANGED OUR CLIMATE

Grasslands are managed worldwide to support livestock production, while remaining natural or semi-natural ones provide critical services that contribute to the wellbeing of both people and the planet. Human activities are, however, causing grasslands to become a source of greenhouse gas emissions rather than a carbon sink. A new study published in Nature Communications reports how grasslands used by humans have changed our climate in recent centuries.

SUMMER TEMPERATURES COULD RISE FASTER IN THE UK THAN AVERAGE GLOBAL RATES

The U.K. could be facing a future of extreme heatwaves according to a new study in which scientists mapped almost 40 years’ worth of trends to project what lies ahead.

PAYING FOR EMISSIONS WE’VE ALREADY RELEASED

The planet is committed to global warming in excess of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) just from greenhouse gases that have already been added to the atmosphere. This is the conclusion of new research by scientists from Nanjing University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Texas A&M University, which appears in the latest edition of Nature Climate Change.

🗞 ASTRONOMY & SPACE NEWS🌪🎇:

REMOTE SENSING DATA SHEDS LIGHT ON WHEN AND HOW ASTEROID RYUGU LOST ITS WATER

Last month, Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission brought home a cache of rocks collected from a near-Earth asteroid called Ryugu. While analysis of those returned samples is just getting underway, researchers are using data from the spacecraft’s other instruments to reveal new details about the asteroid’s past.

SETI: NEW SIGNAL EXCITES ALIEN HUNTERS – HERE’S HOW WE COULD FIND OUT IF IT’S REAL

The US$100m (£70m) Breakthrough Listen Initiative, founded by Russian billionaire, technology and science investor Yuri Milner and his wife Julia, has identified a mysterious radio signal that seems to come from the nearest star to the Sun—Proxima Centauri. This has generated a flood of excitement in the press and among scientists themselves. The discovery, which was reported by The Guardian but has yet to be published in a scientific journal, may be the search for extraterrestrial intelligence’s (SETI) first bona fide candidate signal. It has been dubbed Breakthrough Listen Candidate 1 or simply BLC-1.

DIGITAL SKY SURVEY MAPS THE ENTIRE SKY, PROVIDING NEW DATA TO ASTRONOMERS

The fifth generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is collecting data about our universe for Vanderbilt University astronomers and other project members to use to explore the formation of distant galaxies and supermassive black holes, and to map the Milky Way.

🗞 NANOTECHNOLOGY NEWS⛄☃:

HOW TO UNTIE MAGNETIC NANO-KNOTS

Skyrmions—tiny magnetic whirls that appear in certain combinations of materials—are considered promising information carriers for future data storage. A research team from RWTH Aachen University, Kiel University, and the University of Iceland has discovered that these magnetic nano-knots untie themselves in two distinct ways. Using a magnetic field, the probability to succeed in untying can be varied by up to a factor of 10,000. This insight might be groundbreaking for future information processing with skyrmions. The research has now been published in Nature Physics.

A CLEAR PATH TO BETTER INSIGHTS INTO BIOMOLECULES

An international team of scientists led by Kartik Ayyer from the MPSD has obtained some of the sharpest possible 3-D images of gold nanoparticles. The results lay the foundation for obtaining high resolution images of macromolecules. The study was carried out at the European XFEL’s Single Particles, Clusters, and Biomolecules & Serial Femtosecond Crystallography (SPB/SFX) instrument and the results have been published in Optica.

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