Wayve Unveils PRISM-1: A Revolutionary 4D Reconstruction Model for Autonomous Driving

Wayve, a leading innovator in Embodied AI for self-driving technologies, has announced the launch of PRISM-1, a groundbreaking 4D reconstruction model designed to significantly enhance the testing and training of its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving technology. PRISM-1 represents a major advancement in 4D reconstruction, enabling scalable and realistic resimulations of complex driving scenes with minimal engineering or labeling input.

First showcased in December 2023 through Wayve’s Ghost Gym neural simulator, PRISM-1 employs novel view synthesis to create precise 4D scene reconstructions (3D in space plus time) using only camera inputs. This method promises to revolutionize simulation for autonomous driving by accurately and efficiently simulating the dynamics of complex and unstructured real-world environments. PRISM-1 powers the next generation of Ghost Gym simulations and departs from traditional methods that rely on LiDAR and 3D bounding boxes. Instead, it uses novel view synthesis techniques to accurately depict moving elements such as pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, and traffic lights, capturing precise details like clothing patterns, brake lights, and windshield wipers.

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Breakthrough D-Band CMOS Transceiver Chipset Achieves Record 640 Gbps Wireless Speed

Researchers from Tokyo Tech and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have unveiled a revolutionary D-band CMOS transceiver chipset, which boasts a 56 GHz signal-chain bandwidth and has achieved an unprecedented wireless transmission speed of 640 Gbps through integrated circuits. This innovative chipset holds immense potential for the advancement of next-generation wireless systems.

The demand for faster data speeds and the management of increasing data traffic are driving wireless systems to operate at higher millimeter-wave frequency bands. Current high-band 5G systems already provide impressive speeds up to 10 Gbps within the 24-47 GHz frequency range. However, future mobile communication systems aim to explore even higher frequencies, with the D-band (110 to 170 GHz) anticipated to play a crucial role in the evolution of wireless technology.

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Enhancers: The Hidden Switches Controlling Bone Growth Genes

In mammals, only 3% of the genome encodes proteins essential for life and development. However, genes do not operate in isolation; they are regulated by other DNA sequences known as enhancers, which function like switches to turn genes on or off. Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have identified 2,700 enhancers that regulate genes involved in bone growth.

Our height is largely inherited, and many genetic diseases impact bone growth. The root cause of these conditions might lie not in the genes themselves, but in the enhancers that activate them. Guillaume Andrey, a researcher at UNIGE, explains that enhancers signal DNA to produce RNA, which in turn synthesizes proteins. While the locations of bone growth genes are known, the specific enhancers controlling them had remained elusive.

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Gallium-Carbon Composites: Revolutionizing 3D Printing for Wearable Electronics

Researchers in Portugal are pioneering the use of gallium–carbon composites for 3D printing sensor-heater-battery systems in wearable electronics. These applications demand flexible, durable materials that maintain their functionality under strain. Gallium-based liquid metals (LMs) are ideal due to their high conductivity and fluidic deformability, but their low viscosity and high surface tension present significant printing challenges.

To address these issues, the team developed a gallium-carbon black-styrene isoprene block copolymer (Ga–CB–SIS) composite. This cost-effective and sustainable material substitutes traditional metals like silver with carbon. The Ga–CB–SIS composite is digitally printable and sinter-free, which eliminates the need for thermal sintering and enables multilayer 3D printing. It also exhibits excellent adhesion to various substrates, including heat-sensitive materials.

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University of Bonn Develops AI Software to Predict Crop Growth

Researchers at the University of Bonn have developed innovative software that simulates the growth of field crops using artificial intelligence. By feeding thousands of photos from field experiments into a learning algorithm, the software can predict the future development of cultivated plants based on a single initial image. This technology allows for accurate estimation of parameters such as leaf area and yield.

This breakthrough offers significant benefits for farmers, helping them determine optimal plant combinations and fertilizer choices to maximize yield. In the future, farmers will increasingly rely on computer support to answer critical questions about crop management.

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Meaty Rice: An Eco-Friendly Protein Solution for the Future

From preventing famines to feeding astronauts in space, team leader and professor Hong Jin-kee believes his innovative “meaty rice” could provide an eco-friendly, ethical way for people to obtain their protein. This novel dish, which resembles a regular bowl of rice but has a pink hue and a faint buttery aroma, is made with beef muscle and fat cell cultures.

“No animals were harmed in the creation of this dish,” said Hong of Seoul’s Yonsei University. Using cultured meat, “we can obtain animal protein without the slaughter of livestock,” he told AFP. This aligns with a global trend towards meat alternatives, driven by ethical concerns over industrial livestock rearing and the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from animal farming.

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Tokyo Steel Launches Enso: A New Green Steel Brand

Tokyo Steel Japan has unveiled its new proprietary green steel brand, Enso. The Enso circle, a symbol deeply rooted in Japanese culture, represents eternity, infinity, harmony, balance, and the cyclical nature of life. This emblem reflects Tokyo Steel’s commitment to the circular economy through its products. The Enso logo, transitioning from charcoal to green, signifies the company’s shift from carbon-intensive production to sustainable green steel.

Tokyo Steel reduces embodied carbon emissions by using electric arc production with recycled steel scrap and highly efficient operating processes, bypassing the emission-intensive steps typical in traditional blast furnace methods. The initial Enso product range includes Hot Rolled Coil (HRC) and Hot Rolled Plate (HRP), with plans for downstream expansion in the future.

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Researchers Discover Thinnest Metallic Nanowire Ever Created

A group of researchers from Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) believes they have designed the thinnest metallic nanowire ever created. Remarkably, this wire remains stable even at 0 Kelvin.

The team, led by Chiara Cignarella with members Davide Campi and Nicola Marzari, devised an innovative approach to discover this nanowire. They aimed to leverage crystalline structures to identify suitable candidates without the need to build thousands in a lab.

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ask Force 99: Revolutionizing Drone Technology with 3D Printing

Task Force 99, a small U.S. Air Force (USAF) unit based in Qatar, was established as an experimental group in October 2022. Operating under USAF Central (USAFCENT), the Air Force Service component of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), Task Force 99 plays a crucial role in the Middle East and parts of Northern Africa and Central Asia.

In March 2024, Task Force 99 conducted a flight assessment of a 3D-printed drone designed using software from Texas-based Titan Dynamics, a company specializing in aerospace battlefield simulation software and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designs. Remarkably, the drone prototype was developed just a month earlier in collaboration with Blue Horizons, an elite Air Force research organization.

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Stanford’s Liquid Battery: Revolutionizing Renewable Energy Storage

In a major development for renewable energy storage, researchers at Stanford University have unveiled a novel technology poised to transform how we harness and utilize clean energy. Dubbed the “liquid battery,” this innovation addresses the intermittent nature of renewable sources like solar and wind power, promising more sustainable and reliable energy grids that currently rely heavily on lithium-ion technologies.

The research team, led by Robert Waymouth, the Robert Eckles Swain Professor in Chemistry, has developed an efficient method to store hydrogen in a liquid form, overcoming the challenges associated with traditional hydrogen storage, which often involves bulky and complex infrastructure.

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MIT Researchers Pioneer Room-Temperature DNA Storage with Amber-Like Polymer

Inspired by the movie Jurassic Park, a team of MIT researchers has developed a groundbreaking method to store DNA for extended periods using a glassy, amber-like polymer. This innovative approach allows for the preservation of DNA at room temperature, circumventing the need for energy-intensive freezing methods.

Traditional DNA storage methods require freezing temperatures, which consume substantial energy and are impractical in many regions. The new method developed by the MIT team stores DNA at room temperature, protecting it from damage caused by heat or moisture.

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New AI Framework Revolutionizes Wearable Exoskeletons for Enhanced Human Mobility

“This work proposes and demonstrates a new machine-learning framework that bridges the gap between simulation and reality to autonomously control wearable robots to improve mobility and health of humans,” says Hao Su, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University.

“Exoskeletons have enormous potential to improve human locomotive performance,” Su, the corresponding author of a new study published in Nature, explains. “However, their development and broad dissemination are limited by the requirement for lengthy human tests and handcrafted control laws.”

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