Tesla's new manufacturing process could significantly reduce costs and increase production of its electric vehicles. It can die-cast almost an entire vehicle underbody as a single piece. Tesla's mold-making process involves building molds layer by layer with sand. The automaker still has several hurdles to overcome before the process is complete. Tesla reportedly plans to use the process on its long-awaited $25,000 electric car.
Microsoft has introduced a general-purpose framework that can be used to create new proteins. EvoDiff can generate high-fidelity and diverse proteins given a protein sequence. It is a diffusion model, similar to image-generating models like Stable Diffusion. The research behind EvoDiff hasn't yet been peer reviewed.
Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are seeking approval for the first human clinical trials of its artificial wombs. The technology is not designed to support development from conception to birth. However, it may help improve outcomes for extremely premature babies. The FDA will convene a meeting of independent advisers on 19-20 September to discuss regulatory and ethical considerations around what human trials for the technology might look like.
A team of students from the Technical University of Munich has set a new distance record on a single charge for a non-solar electric vehicle. The team's coupe traveled 1,599 miles with a battery capacity of just 15.5 kWh. It has a top speed of 26 mph and weighs 374 lbs without a driver. Pictures and more information about the vehicle are available in the article.
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PostgreSQL 16 is now available. It features notable improvements to query parallelism, bulk data loading, and logical replication. PostgreSQL 16 has more SQL/JSON syntax, new monitoring stats, and greater flexibility in defining access control rules. The release also adds several security-oriented client connection parameters and support for Kerberos credential delegation.
Unity is retroactively changing its license terms to charge game developers a per-unit fee. Developers are understandably upset by the move. Many are considering switching engines. This article discusses alternative game engines. It ranks engines by how often they are mentioned and provides a summary for each one. The most mentioned alternative to Unity is Godot.
Nearly all popular consumer software has been trending towards minimal user agency, infinitely scrolling feeds, and garbage content. This is because companies have strong incentives to gain more users. The push for more users results in the development of features for marginal users while ignoring the needs or desires of existing users. This results in a design that caters almost entirely to the marginal user.
This article talks about how to get a job in Antarctica and what living at the McMurdo Station is like. It covers the types of jobs in Antarctica, how to get one, the living conditions, seasons, the food, and more. While it is possible to live in Antarctica by working in a research facility, people can also visit the continent through a handful of tourist expeditions.