AI: Software learns to create images from written descriptions by destroying data
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AI: Software learns to create images from written descriptions by destroying data

A fresh approach to generating images based on text descriptions with AI, called a diffusion model, effectively un-destroys new images into existence Technology 18 January 2022 By Matthew Sparkes Images created from text descriptions by GLIDE, a new AI OpenAI Early last year, artificial intelligence company OpenAI unveiled software with the surprising ability to create […]

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Advances in physics may seem abstract at first but tech often follows

Sakkmesterke/Alamy WHY are fundamental physicists so keen to undermine the very theories that are the bedrock of their success? It is a reasonable question to ask confronted with the excitement bubbling around anomalies that seem to be firming up at CERN’s LHCb experiment. At stake is a particle that might – the “might” bears emphasising – break open […]

Eco-friendly straws: Edible straws made by bacteria are better than paper or plastic ones
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Eco-friendly straws: Edible straws made by bacteria are better than paper or plastic ones

Plastic straws are increasingly being avoided for both health and environmental reasons, but the alternatives all have their downsides – until now Technology 17 January 2022 By Leah Crane Paper straws are not ideal Benjamin John/Alamy When it comes to drinking with a straw, there is no perfect option – plastic straws can release microplastics […]