mi writes: New Horizons, which captured incredible images of Pluto in July 2015, was powered down in April to conserve energy as it traveled through the Kuiper Belt, a vast region of icy debris which encircles the Sun and planets, also known as The Third Zone.
On September 11, the spacecraft will awaken for its 16 month journey to MU69, an ancient object which is thought to be one of the early building blocks of the Solar System.
The space rock had not even been discovered when the craft launched in 2006 and the flyby will be the most distant in the history of space exploration, a billion miles beyond Pluto, and four billion miles from Earth.
mi writes: The Ministry of Defence is reviewing security after a tiny drone landed on the deck of Britain's biggest warship. The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was docked at Invergordon in the Highlands when an amateur photographer flew the drone close to the giant ship. When the aircraft sensed a high wind risk, it landed itself on the £3bn warship.
Lauren Weinstein writes: There’s an old saying that it’s often difficult to “see the forest for the trees” — meaning that the details can obscure our ability to understand the overall aspects of a situation. But this past week, we’ve had an unusual opportunity to get an “overhead” view of the racist, sexist, antisemitic alt-right in operation, and the patterns that have emerged are of significant interest.
Facebook announced Wednesday that it would open a new control centre in Essen with 500 employees. The number of workers responsible for censoring and checking content in Germany will almost double as a result. The company has thus far only one such centre in Berlin.......
Facebook has gone to great lengths to cover up the work of the control centres. While the training documents and internal guidelines for the workers have been kept strictly secret, the company organised a tour of the Berlin centre for selected media outlets a month ago.
MojoKid writes: Just a few days out from the comsumer launch of AMD's next generation Vega graphics architecture, which will underpin its Radeon RX Vega family, and there is already talk about what's coming after Vega; and that is Navi. Not much is known about Navi architecture, other than vague descriptions citing "scalability" and "next generation memory" in addition to the chip being built on a 7nm FinFET process when it launches next year. Today, however, a new report is suggesting that Navi will be the first GPU from AMD with circuity that is dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) operations. Apparently, AMD's Radeon Technologies Group wanted to enable such functionality in Vega, but just didn't have the time/resources to make that leap. NVIDIA was able to implement AI circuity into its Tesla V100 (Volta GV100) GPU that has 640 dedicated Tensor cores to tackle heavy AI workloads. AMD's Navi GPUs will be built using GlobalFoundries' 7nm node and dedicated Tensor cores could offer an order of magnitude processing lift for the company's next generation GPU.