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AMD Wants to Improve AI

AMD has announced a major new efficiency initiative that’s intended to build off its previous 25×20 project. The company will now work to deliver a 30x improvement in energy efficiency in AI and high performance computing overall, relative to today’s CPU and GPU accelerators. AMD’s blog post doesn’t go into …

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Outer Solar System

If the 21st century has taught us any astronomical lessons, it’s that counting planets is hard. In 2000, there were nine planets, and now there are eight, but that might not last. Astronomers have been on the hunt for a theorized ninth planet in the extreme outer solar system, and …

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Hubble Space Telescope

One of the perks of being a science journalist is being regularly wowed by the very best images from the world’s various space agencies.  This week, Hubble was the darling, and the venerable space telescope has provided us these five absolutely beautiful images of stars, galaxies, and nebulae. We’ll start …

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Gigantic Comet

There is a truly enormous new comet sailing in from the Oort Cloud. It’s always exciting to entertain a new celestial visitor, and this massive Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO) is causing a stir among astronomers worldwide. First of all, it’s huge. There have been several big, bright comets in the last …

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Star Forming Clouds

A pair of molecular clouds known as Taurus and Perseus are famous among astronomers. These star-forming regions are just 400 and 1,000 light-years from Earth, respectively, offering a glimpse of how stars come to be in the galaxy. Now we know a bit more about the origin of these clouds …

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Spaceflight Directorate

(Photo: Brian McGowan/Unsplash)NASA has announced it’s reshuffling its human spaceflight directorate to better accommodate low Earth orbit (LEO) operations and deep space exploration. The agency stated its Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate would be broken into two new divisions, one of which will prepare future operations on the moon …

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Flash on Jupiter

On the evening of Sept. 13, something hit Jupiter, producing an explosion and a flash of light visible even to amateur astronomers with off-the-shelf telescopes. Now, the hunt is on to figure out what the impactor could have been. The collision was first reported by Brazilian amateur astronomer José Luis …

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AMD’s Milan-X Epyc

There’s a new set of leaks around AMD’s next-generation server CPU, codenamed Milan-X. Milan-X uses the same microarchitecture as AMD’s current Milan, but with one significant difference: Up to 768MB of L3, divided between 8 chiplets and 64 cores. AMD’s plans to staple an extra 64MB of L3 cache per …

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Apple New A15 Bionic SoC

As part of its iPhone 13 launch event this year, Apple has unveiled the A15 Bionic, the next-generation SoC that powers the iPhone. Like last year’s CPU, the A15 will be built on TSMC’s 5nm process. Apple didn’t clarify if it’s using the company’s N5 or N5P node, but we’d …

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The Primordial Soup

For a desert, there’s a bunch of cool science news coming out of the Atacama — no dry spell here. We just heard about a pterosaur fossil, found in the Atacama in a place that was once ocean, that provides evidence the flying reptiles were distributed throughout Gondwana. Now astrophysicists …

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