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Mars images show Perseverance rover at work

FOX News

New images from NASA show the Perseverance Mars rover hard at work as it searches the Red Planet for signs of ancient microbial life. Since "Percy" landed in Mars' Jezero Crater in February, the agency said the rocks there are beginning to reveal a picture of its history billions of years ago. In a Thursday release, NASA credited Perseverance's seven science cameras for the team's progress "The imaging cameras are a huge piece of everything," Vivian Sun, the co-lead for Perseverance's first science campaign at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, said in a statement. "We use a lot of them every single day for science. Perseverance looks back with one of its navigation cameras toward its tracks on July 1, 2021 (the 130th sol, or Martian day, of its mission), after driving autonomously 358 feet (109 meters) – its longest autonomous drive to date. The image has been processed to enhance the contrast. NASA shared a photo from Perseverance's navigation cameras on the rover's longest autonomous drive to date, an enhanced-color panorama from the mast's Mastcam-Z camera system, a shot of the crater's "Delta Scarp" taken by Perseverance's Remote Microscopic Imager (RMI) camera and a close-up of a rock target nicknamed "Foux" taken using its WATSON (the Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering) camera. After receiving Mastcam-Z images of the scarp and SuperCam RMI to provide a more detailed view of the scarp, SuperCam principal investigator Roger Wiens said the images showed there had been a large flash flooding event that occurred, washing boulders down into the delta formation. Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera system to create this enhanced-color panorama, which scientists used to look for rock-sampling sites. The panorama is stitched together from 70 individual images taken on July 28, 2021, the 155th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. "These large boulders are partway down the delta formation," Wiens, of New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory, said. "If the lakebed was full, you would find these at the very top.


Report: US AI development is concentrated in 15 metro areas

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Last week, the Brookings Institution published an examination of the "extent, location, and concentration" of AI activity in 400 US metro areas, hailing it as the "next great'general purpose technology,'" with the power to spur economic growth. Key takeaways: Although it already feels like AI is everywhere, the tech is still in its early days--and in the US, AI development and commercialization is mega-concentrated in a handful of mostly coastal locales. But, but, but: Brookings also identified 13 other metro areas with "above-average involvement" in AI, including hubs you may have seen coming--New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Austin, Texas, and Raleigh, North Carolina--as well as smaller metro areas like Boulder, Colorado, Lincoln, Nebraska, Santa Cruz, California, Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Zoom out: The above 15 metro areas account for two-thirds of AI activity nationwide--and for that matter, more than 50% of the areas Brookings looked at make up just 5% of AI activity, Wired reported.


AI could detect signs of psychopathy based on head movements, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterised by antisocial behaviour, remorselessness, deception, and interpersonal manipulation. Automated techniques that analyse non-verbal behaviours may be useful to evaluate the presence of these nefarious tendencies, the experts believe. The results are interesting because excessive non-verbal cues like head movements, blinks and hand-gestures have been linked to deception. The study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, represents an'important first step' in demonstrating the feasibility of using computer vision in conjunction with psychology, the authors claim. 'I've been interviewing individuals high on psychopathic traits for more than 20 years,' study author Kent A. Kiehl, a psychology professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, told PsyPost.


'Jane' Starring Madelaine Petsch Delays Filming Due To COVID-19 Cases On Set

International Business Times

Startup studio and streaming service Creator Plus delayed its filming schedule for "Jane" after two COVID-19 cases were confirmed on set in New Mexico. In a statement obtained by Variety, Creator Plus said the cases were detected "while adhering to strict safety daily testing protocols." "As a result, we immediately implemented a six-day shutdown, which started yesterday (as a half day) from the initial case we received. All lead actors are continuing to test negative despite exposure. We're working closely with our SAG representatives, the CDC and the All Together New Mexico'COVID Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers' while upholding SAG's Return to Work agreement," the company said in a statement Wednesday.


Intel's AI degree program expands to 18 additional community colleges in 11 states

Engadget

Following an online pilot in the fall of 2020 with Maricopa County Community College District, Intel is expanding its AI for Workforce Program to include 18 additional schools in 11 states, including California, New Mexico and Michigan. With the expansion, more than 800,000 students can take part in a curriculum designed by the company, at the end of which they can earn a certificate or associate degree in artificial intelligence. The program includes courses on data collection, computer vision, model training, coding and AI ethics. In addition to designing the curriculum, Intel has provided training and technical advice to the college faculty involved in the program. Dell is also helping with technical and infrastructure expertise.


'Roswell: The Final Verdict' Review: Aliens vs. Artificial Intelligence

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The recent emergence of U.S. Navy videos of UFOs--and the fact that the government is addressing them seriously--will no doubt generate larger than average buzz around "Roswell: The Final Verdict," although the title suggests something like "Final Destination 6": Will the question of intergalactic life ever really be resolved until extraterrestrials can walk comfortably among us? "Final Verdict" is hooked to the 74th anniversary of the incidents at Roswell. It's safe to expect similar celebrations next year. Meanwhile, this Discovery production is an ambitious if somewhat overheated summing-up of what happened near the New Mexico city in 1947, the stuff of both scientific speculation and folklore: Did the government cover up the crash landing of an alien spaceship, replete with otherworldly visitors? Or did the "witnesses" who claimed that it all happened construct an elaborate hoax?


AI Could Spot Wildfires Faster Than Humans

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Artificial intelligence software has been sifting through the images of 21 tower-mounted cameras in Sonoma County, Calif., comparing them with historical photographs. If anything looks out of place, the system alerts the fire emergency center. The goal is to investigate potential fire starts earlier and get firefighters to them more quickly. In the weeks since the technology was fully activated, AI has bested 911 calls by as much as 10 minutes--a small time window but one that can mean the difference between a scorched smudge and a runaway wildfire. Similar early-detection technology is being tested in New Mexico, and scientists in Brazil have deployed an AI system that processes images from tower-mounted 360-degree cameras, alerting local officials about any apparent fires.


Nasa says newly discovered 'weird' planet with 'unknown' atmosphere is remarkably similar to Earth

The Independent - Tech

A'weird' planet recently discovered has excited scientists in their hunt for extraterrestial life. Researchers from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of New Mexico discovered exoplanet TOI-1231 b orbiting an M dwarf star – otherwise known as a red dwarf. Scientists were able to characterise that star, and measure both the radius and the mass of TOI-1231 b. This then gave them the necessary data to calculate density, and hypothesise what the atmosphere is made of. The planet, a temperate sub-Neptune sized body with a 24-day orbit, is eight times closer to its star than the Earth is to the sun, but its temperature is similar to our home planet because the red dwarf itself is less potent. Its atmosphere is approximately 330 Kelvin or 140 degrees Fahrenheit, making TOI-1231b one of the coolest, small exoplanets accessible for atmospheric studies discovered yet.


Virgin Galactic's next rocket-powered test flight confirmed for May 22nd

Engadget

Following an rocket motor failure on its last test, Virgin Galactic has confirmed that SpaceShip Two Unity's next rocket-powered flight will take place on Saturday May 22nd. "Following a detailed inspection and thorough analysis of our mothership, Eve, we have cleared our Spaceflight System for our upcoming flight," said CEO Michael Colglazier in a statement. The key aim of the mission is to test the repairs done on Unity after the rocket engine cut out prematurely due to electromagnetic interference (EMI) caused by a flight control computer. That triggered a fail-safe abort just as the rocket engine ignited, forcing the vehicle to glide back to its home base at Spaceport America in New Mexico. It will also carry out tests meant to be performed on the last mission, including horizontal stabilizer and flight control assessments, along with customer cabin elements and live stream capability.


Your Doctor's Assistant is AI - AI Trends

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AI is being increasingly incorporated by doctors to transcribe, read, analyze, and make predictions based on notes and conversations between physicians and their patients. This opens up new possibilities for care and new concerns about privacy, according to a recent account from Axios. A big and largely invisible contribution AI can make is to capture a physician's written or spoken notes automatically. Spending hours entering data manually into electronic health records (EHRs) is not helpful to medical professionals close to burning out. A recent study from researchers at the University of New Mexico, outlined in EHR Intelligence, found that 13% of stress and burnout self-reported by physicians were directly correlated to EHRs.