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Technology


OpenAI unveils neural network capable of creating music and releases debut mixtape

The artificial intelligence research organization, OpenAI, made headlines announcing the release of Jukebox, a neural network capable of creating original music and even “rudimentary singing”. This specific program generates original tunes in a vast range of genres and even emulates the styles of popular artists. Training Jukebox involved creating a dataset of more than one million songs including LyricWiki lyrical information and metadata. The research lab trains Jukebox with English lyrics and predominantly “Western music,” however, it hopes to include a more diverse sample of music in the future.

Intel to buy smart urban transit startup Moovit for $1B to boost its autonomous car division

According to multiple reports, chip giant Intel is in the final stages of a deal to acquire Moovit, a startup that applies AI and big data analytics to track traffic and provide transit recommendations to some 800 million people globally. The startup would become part of Intel’s Israeli automotive hub, which is anchored by Mobileye, the autonomous driving company that Intel acquired in 2017. Ingesting and actioning reliable, real-time traffic data and intelligent routing — the crux of what Moovit does — are some of the most challenging aspects of getting autonomous vehicle services up and running.

Science


Scientists develop stretchable lithium-ion battery

Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology have developed a high-capacity lithium-ion battery that is flexible enough to be stretched. The team created an accordion-like micro-structure, which gives structural stretchability to non-stretchable materials. “The stretchable lithium-ion battery developed through this research is expected to present a new paradigm in terms of stretchable energy storage systems for the further development of wearable and body-implantable electronic devices.”

Found: Neural circuit that drives physical responses to emotional stress

Researchers at Nagoya University have discovered a neural circuit that drives physical responses to emotional stress. The research team conducted a study in which tracers were injected into the brains of a group of rats and the rats were subjected to a stressful event. The tracers showed that specifically the DP/DTT brain areas were highly active when exposed to stress. This study demonstrates that the DP/DTT areas together are responsible for sending stress signals to the hypothalamus, and thus that blocking the DP/DTT-to-hypothalamus circuit can result in a reduction of stress symptoms in rats.

Business


Tesla applies to become UK electricity provider

U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Inc has applied for a licence to supply electricity in the United Kingdom. The purpose of the licence from the energy regulator may be to introduce the company’s Autobidder platform. Autobidder is a platform for automated energy trading and is currently being operated at Tesla’s Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia. Having built a significant battery business in recent years, the carmaker is now preparing to enter the British market with its technology,

Berkshire sells entire stakes in U.S. airlines

Berkshire Hathaway has sold its entire stakes in the four largest U.S. airlines. At the company’s annual meeting, chairman Warren Buffett said “the world has changed” for the aviation industry. The conglomerate was one of the largest individual holders in the four airlines and in 2016 disclosed it had begun inv esting in the four carriers after avoiding the sector for years.They had held sizeable positions in the airlines, including an 11% stake in Delta Air Lines, 10% of American Airlines, 10% of Southwest Airlines and 9% of United Airlines.

Miscellaneous


Giant ‘murder hornets’ that kill up to 50 people a year in Asia have invaded the US

Asian giant hornets have been spotted in the United States and Canada for the first time – sparking panic among members of the scientific community. The large insects – nicknamed ‘murder hornets’ – are native to temperate and tropical climates in East Asia, where they kill around 50 people are year. Asian giant hornets are more than double the size of honeybees, and have a wingspan measuring more than three inches. While the hornets can be deadly to humans, entomologists are more concerned that they could kill off bee populations in North America.

Glendora police arrest, release man 3 times in 1 day under new CA zero-bail policy

Glendora police arrested and released a man for stealing three times in the same day, blaming California’s new zero-bail polic. In early April, the California Judicial Council established a new policy setting bail at zero for most misdemeanour and low-level felonies to keep the jail population lower during the coronavirus crisis. As a result, Glendora police were unable to keep a car theft suspect in custody, and ended up arresting him three times in the span of 12 hours for separate thefts, the final one resulting in a car chase.

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