How to produce faster-growing crops

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Scientists have improved "the most important biological process on the planet" - photosynthesis. The breakthrough, published in the journal Science, used genetic modification to increase the amount of sunlight energy crop plants can channel into food production. That increased yield in an experimental crop by 15%. Researchers say this is a critical step towards increasing crop production to feed a growing global population. BBC science reporter Victoria Gill explains the findings.


Nurse-Arrest Audit Proposes Faster Officer Investigations

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The audit released Tuesday says the department followed its policies, but the two-month investigation process nevertheless raised public concern after video of the July arrest drew widespread attention online amid a national conversation about police use of force.


Plume promises faster home WiFi linked to the cloud

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Plume wall plug-in devices route a WiFi signal throughout the house based on information relayed by the company's cloud-based platform. SAN FRANCISCO โ€“ If you're still chasing a WiFi high, Plume is the latest start-up promising to turn your home into a networked paradise. But in joining a slew of companies โ€“ Eero, Luma and Google's OnHub among them โ€“ that are aiming to solve for the growing domestic bandwidth demand from tech gadgets, Palo Alto-based Plume has a twist. Instead of using a traditional in-home router as your WiFi's air traffic control tower, Plume's network uses cloud-based technology that shifts the signal between six or more plug-in devices around the home depending on load demand. The idea is that if you're streaming a movie in HD to a 4K TV in one room, Plume's network will route more bandwidth to the device in the room with that television.


Quiet: Faster Belief Propagation for Images and Related Applications

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Belief propagation over Markov random fields has been successfully used in many AI applications since it yields accurate inference results by iteratively updating messages between nodes. However, its high computation costs are a barrier to practical use. This paper presents an efficient approach to belief propagation. Our approach, Quiet, dynamically detects converged messages to skip unnecessary updates in each iteration while it theoretically guarantees to output the same results as the standard approach used to implement belief propagation. Experiments show that our approach is significantly faster than existing approaches without sacrificing inference quality.


Microchip Enters Memory Infrastructure Market with Serial Memory Controller for High-performance Data Center Computing

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A CPU or SoC with OMI support can utilize a broad set of media types with different cost, power and performance metrics without having to integrate a unique memory controller for each type. In contrast, CPU and SoC memory interfaces today are typically locked to specific DDR interface protocols, such as DDR4, at specific interface rates. The SMC 1000 8x25G is the first memory infrastructure product in Microchip's portfolio that enables the media-independent OMI interface. Data center application workloads require OMI-based DDIMM memory products to deliver the same high-performance bandwidth and low latency results of today's parallel-DDR based memory products. Microchip's SMC 1000 8x25G features an innovative low latency design that delivers less than four ns incremental latency over a traditional integrated DDR controller with LRDIMM.