How much power does it take to make an AI image?

Plus, new culinary takes on Hanukkah classics.
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Space Trivia:

What is the closest neutron star yet discovered?

Hint: It’s not named Jimmy.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

These are the most read entries on Wikipedia in 2023: atomic bombs and much more | Softonic

“If you want to know what most people are searching for on the internet, maybe the total views on Wikipedia could give you an idea of what has been a trending topic this 2023, a year marked by wars, inflation, and numerous scandals. If we go by the 25 most viewed Wikipedia articles in 2023, people have been very concerned this year about two key issues: the atomic bomb and artificial intelligence.”

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But also…what if you win a million dollars? What would you do? How would your life change?


You could handle inflation... for about 5 minutes.
You could finally take that trip to Bali and have cash left over.
You could pay off your student loans. From Bali, ofc.
You could afford to relax. Finally.


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De-bug your Christmas tree (and other things to do before bringing it inside) | Lifehacker

“If you celebrate Christmas, you probably put up some kind of Christmas tree to mark the occasion (and to place presents under). While artificial trees do a satisfactory job of generating the necessary cheer and holiday spirit, a live tree will always feel just a bit extra. It’s the smell, the glorious randomness of its shape (as opposed to the machined perfection of a fake tree), and the family ritual of picking out a tree and wrangling it home. A live tree is just that, though — something from nature. And when you bring something from nature into your house, there’s potential for chaos.If you’re planning to have a live tree this holiday season, there are a few things you should do the moment you bring it home in order to make it last as long as possible and to ensure you have the best possible experience.”

You'll be astonished how much power it takes to generate a single AI image | The Byte

“It's an open secret that generative AI tools like OpenAI's ChatGPT eat up an astronomical amount of power. Even generating images from a text prompt with a tool like Midjourney or OpenAI's DALL-E is immensely power-intensive. As first spotted by The Register, a team of researchers from AI developer Hugging Face and Carnegie Mellon University recently shared a yet-to-be-peer-reviewed paper on how much power AI tools need to perform a variety of tasks. Their results highlight the very real carbon footprint of turning to AI instead of a human artist for imagery needs.”

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These innovative chefs are reimagining Hanukkah foods | The Takeout

“‘There’s a lot of Christmas songs out there, and not too many Hanukkah songs,’ Adam Sandler famously sang on a classic episode of Saturday Night Live. The same could just as easily have been said for Hanukkah foods. During the festival of lights, which began at sundown last night, Jewish people have traditionally eaten latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and gelt (chocolate coins). But over the years, the classic Hanukkah menu has become a canvas for chefs to display their creativity, inventing fresh variations on the old standbys.”

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The answer: 250 to 1,000 light-years away

The answer: 250 to 1,000 light-years away

According to “Astronomers using NASA's Swift X-ray telescope have detected a neutron star within 250 to 1,000 light-years of Earth, making it the closest neutron star ever known. The object, located in the constellation Ursa Minor, is nicknamed Calvera, after the villain in the movie The Magnificent Seven. If confirmed, it would be only the eighth known ‘isolated neutron star,’ or one that does not have supernova remnants, binary companions or radio pulsations.”