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Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for February 17, 2021.
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HUGGIEBOT 2.0: A SOFT AND HUMAN-SIZE ROBOT THAT HUGS USERS ON REQUEST
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) and ETH Zürich have recently created HuggieBot 2.0, a robot that can hug users at their request. This robot, set to be presented at the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) in March, builds on a previous robotic system created by Alexis E. Block, one of the authors, during her Master’s degree.
AI CAN NOW LEARN TO MANIPULATE HUMAN BEHAVIOR
Artificial intelligence (AI) is learning more about how to work with (and on) humans. A recent study has shown how AI can learn to identify vulnerabilities in human habits and behaviors and use them to influence human decision-making.
RESEARCHER HACKS INTO 35 MAJOR TECHNOLOGY FIRMS
A Romanian threat researcher detailed in a published report Wednesday how he broke into IT systems belonging to some of the largest corporations in the world. His assaults successfully targeted Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, PayPal, Netflix and more than 30 other corporations.
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RESEARCHERS GATHER NUMERICAL EVIDENCE OF QUANTUM CHAOS IN THE SACHDEV-YE-KITAEV MODEL
Over the past few years, many physicists worldwide have conducted research investigating chaos in quantum systems composed of strongly interacting particles, also known as many-body chaos. The study of many-body chaos has broadened the current understanding of quantum thermalization (i.e., the process through which quantum particles reach thermal equilibrium by interacting with one another) and revealed surprising connections between microscopic physics and the dynamics of black holes.
CAPTURING FREE-SPACE OPTICAL LIGHT FOR HIGH-SPEED Wi-Fi
Visible and infrared light can carry more data than radio waves, but has always been confined to a hard-wired, fiber-optic cable. Working with Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, a Duke research team has now made a major advance toward the dream of ditching the fiber in fiber optics.
AEgIS ON TRACK TO TEST FREEFALL OF ANTIMATTER
It’s a fundamental law of physics that even the most ardent science-phobe can define: matter falls down under gravity. But what about antimatter, which has the same mass but opposite electrical charge and spin? According to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, gravity should treat matter and antimatter identically. Finding even the slightest difference in their free-fall rate would therefore lead to a revolution in our understanding. While the free fall of matter has been measured with an accuracy of around one part in 100 trillion, no direct measurement for antimatter has yet been performed due to the difficulty in producing and containing large quantities of it.
? EARTH NEWS?:
TINY MICROORGANISMS IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN AFFECT HOW THE REST OF THE WORLD’S SEAS RESPOND TO CARBON
In the ocean that surrounds Antarctica, deep water wells up to the surface, carrying nutrients and other dissolved materials needed by light-loving ocean life. One of these materials is calcium carbonate, which, when dissolved, raises seawater alkalinity and helps the ocean respond to increasing carbon dioxide levels. Ocean currents carry this alkalinity-enriched water northward—unless tiny organisms intercept it and trap the alkalinity in the Southern Ocean.
STUDY IDENTIFIES SIGNIFICANCE OF ATMOSPHERIC RIVERS FOR NEW ZEALAND
A University of Otago study has provided the first detailed analysis of atmospheric rivers and their impact on New Zealand weather events.
NEW WAYS TO ‘SEE’ UNDER MELTING ANTARCTIC ICE SHELVES FOR MORE ACCURATE CLIMATE MODELLING
A breakthrough by Australian climate modeling researchers has led to a deeper understanding of the micro-scale processes that melt Antarctic ice shelves from below.
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PORTRAIT OF YOUNG GALAXY THROWS THEORY OF GALAXY FORMATION ON ITS HEAD
Scientists have challenged our current understanding of how galaxies form by unveiling pictures of a young galaxy in the early life of the Universe which appears surprisingly mature.
CERAMIC CHIPS INSIDE METEORITES HINT AT WILD DAYS OF THE EARLY SOLAR SYSTEM
Anew analysis of ceramic chips embedded in meteorites suggests the formation of our solar system was not as quiet and orderly as we once thought.
TO FIND AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL CIVILIZATION, POLLUTION COULD BE THE SOLUTION, NASA STUDY SUGGESTS
If there’s an advanced extraterrestrial civilization inhabiting a nearby star system, we might be able to detect it using its own atmospheric pollution, according to new NASA research. The study looked at the presence of nitrogen dioxide gas (NO2), which on Earth is produced by burning fossil fuels but can also come from non-industrial sources such as biology, lightning, and volcanoes.
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NANOWIRE COULD PROVIDE A STABLE, EASY-TO-MAKE SUPERCONDUCTING TRANSISTOR
Superconductors—materials that conduct electricity without resistance—are remarkable. They provide a macroscopic glimpse into quantum phenomena, which are usually observable only at the atomic level. Beyond their physical peculiarity, superconductors are also useful. They’re found in medical imaging, quantum computers, and cameras used with telescopes.
NANOPARTICLE GEL UNITES OIL AND WATER IN MANUFACTURING-FRIENDLY APPROACH
Oil and water may not mix, but adding the right nanoparticles to the recipe can convert these two immiscible fluids into an exotic gel with uses ranging from batteries to water filters to tint-changing smart windows. A new approach to creating this unusual class of soft materials could carry them out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.
VIBRATING 2-D MATERIALS
Current electronic components in computers, mobile phones and many other devices are based on microstructured silicon carriers. However, this technology has almost reached its physical limits and the smallest possible structure sizes.
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