AI has been doing some good with chemical research

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Nerd Trivia:

What is the all-time best-selling video game console?

Hint: It’s sold 159 million units.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Researchers create green steel from toxic red mud in 10 minutes | New Atlas

“Researchers have devised an economically viable way of reducing the environmental impact of both the steel and aluminum industries by using hydrogen to melt down the toxic red mud left over from aluminum production to produce green steel in around 10 minutes. However, scientists from the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Germany, a center for iron research, may have a solution to turn the toxic red mud by-product left over from aluminum production into green steel.”

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Death Star-shaped moon of Saturn may be hiding a young ocean inside | IFLScience

“Oceans inside moons seem to be quite common among the satellites of the giant planets of the Solar System, and researchers believe they can add one more to the list: Mimas. The small Saturnian moon is popular for its cratered surface, one of which makes it look remarkably like Star Wars’ Death Star. But it seems that the surface hides a lot beneath it. The work builds on previous research that showed that Mimas has irregularities in its orbit. One suggestion was that it possessed an egg-shaped rocky core, causing the drift. Another possibility was an ocean buried deep within the moon, not affecting the surface much.”

GPT-3 transforms chemical research |

“Artificial intelligence is growing into a pivotal tool in chemical research, offering novel methods to tackle complex challenges that traditional approaches struggle with. One subtype of artificial intelligence that has seen increasing use in chemistry is machine learning, which uses algorithms and statistical models to make decisions based on data and perform tasks that it has not been explicitly programmed for. Scientists, in the team of Berend Smit at EPFL, have found a solution in large language models such as GPT-3. Those models are pre-trained on massive amounts of texts, and are known for their broad capabilities in understanding and generating human-like text.”

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Apple is reportedly building two foldable iPhones | Gizmodo

“Remember those patents Apple filed last year that hinted at a foldable iPhone? Apparently, CEO Tim Cook’s company hasn’t given up on trying to make a true foldable. A new report claims two foldable iPhone prototypes are in the works, suggesting Apple is trying to catch up with the burgeoning foldable market. However, we may not see it for at least another two years, and it will likely come out after we see a foldable iPad.”

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The answer: The Sony PlayStation 2

The answer: The Sony PlayStation 2

According to IGN: “PlayStation 2 remains the best-selling video game console of all time. Sony's beloved system tops Nintendo DS by roughly 5 million units sold, while handily outselling every other console in existence. As of January 31, 2011, Sony had sold 150 million PS2s to retailers. While that was the last official total reported, the console would remain in production through early 2013.”