Could ChatGPT be the next big cybersecurity worry — researchers say it can crack systems faster than ever before

LLMs such as ChatGPT might just be the next cybersecurity worry, according to the latest findings by researchers. Previously believed to only be able to exploit simpler cybersecurity vulnerabilities, LLMs have shown a surprisingly high proficiency in exploiting complex ones as well.  Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) found that GPT-4 demonstrates a … Read more

‘A whole new generation of displays’: researchers develop RGB LED out of miracle material perovskite, paving the way for self sensing, solar powered displays — but its hour-long service life needs to be improved first

The majority of personal gadgets feature LCD and OLED screens, but most just show information. To make these screens do more – like detecting touch or changing light levels – they need additional sensors. Researchers at Linköping University (LiU) in Sweden have invented a new kind of screen where all these sensor functions are built … Read more

Researchers want a ‘nutrition label’ for academic-paper facts

Inspired by the nutrition-facts labels that have been displayed on US food packaging since the 1990s, John Willinsky wants to see academic publishing take a similar approach to help to inform readers on how strictly a paper meets scholarly standards. A team at the Public Knowledge Project, a non-profit organization run by Willinsky and his … Read more

don’t let lobbyists drown out researchers

Every year, 6 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the rivers and on coastlines.Credit: Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty The fourth round of negotiations on a global treaty to end plastic pollution starts next week. The good news is that nations meeting in Ottawa have given themselves until the end of this year … Read more

Do climate lawsuits lead to action? Researchers assess their impact

Climate litigation is in the spotlight again after a landmark decision last week. The top European human-rights court deemed that the Swiss government was violating its citizens’ human rights through its lack of climate action. The case, brought by more than 2,000 older women, is one of more than 2,300 climate lawsuits that have been … Read more

Apple Researchers Reveal New AI System That Can Beat GPT-4

Apple researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system named ReALM (Reference Resolution as Language Modeling) that aims to radically enhance how voice assistants understand and respond to commands. In a research paper (via VentureBeat), Apple outlines a new system for how large language models tackle reference resolution, which involves deciphering ambiguous references to on-screen entities, … Read more

crypto-funded researchers grapple with FTX collapse

Sam Bankman-Fried, former chief executive of the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of fraud and money laundering last year. Meanwhile, the broader fallout from the collapse of FTX continues — and has ramifications on research that his organizations funded. Bankman-Fried co-founded FTX in 2019. Before … Read more

an early-career researcher’s checklist for prioritizing projects

Deciding which projects to pursue can be daunting, but a simple framework can help you to decide which ones are the best fit.Credit: Biwa Studio/Getty All three of us have, at some point in our academic careers, taken on one too many projects. For example, M. P. is finishing his PhD programme in management at … Read more

researchers map organ in stunning detail

The heart is the first organ to develop, but despite its importance, scientists know surprisingly little about exactly how its cells are arranged. Read the paper here: Spatially organized cellular communities form the developing human heart Now a team of researchers have combined RNA sequencing and cutting edge imaging technology to map the heart in … Read more

Researchers call for a major rethink of how Alzheimer’s treatments are evaluated

Credit: Taj Francis In January 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved lecanemab — an antibody medication that decreases β-amyloid protein build-up in the brain — as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Pivotal evidence came from a large, randomized trial of people with early-stage Alzheimer’s, which afflicts around 32 million people worldwide. By … Read more