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A Little Light Magic

Circuit designers are playing optical tricks to make nanoscale structures on ICs

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In the electronics industry, Moore's Law has joined death and taxes as one of the certainties of life. This rule, that the number of transistors that can be put on an integrated circuit will double every couple of years or so, is fundamental to the ubiquity of ICs. They're already responsible for toasting our bread, handling our airplane reservations, predicting our weather.

If Moore's Law continues to hold, they will someday make our beds, translate our speech on the fly, and guide our surgeons' hands through delicate operations. But maintaining this frenzied pace means that semiconductor manufacturers are constantly in search of new ways to make transistors ever smaller.

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GPT Protein Models Speak Fluent Biology

Deep learning language models design artificial proteins for tricky chemical reactions

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Two protein structures labelled ProGen Generated and 25% Mutation.

By learning the "language" of functional proteins, the AI learned to prioritize its most structurally important segments.

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Artificial intelligence has already shaved years off research into protein engineering. Now, for the first time, scientists have synthesized proteins predicted by an AI model in the lab, and found them to work just as well as their natural counterparts.

The research used a deep learning language model for protein engineering called ProGen, which was developed by the company Salesforce AI Research in 2020. ProGen was trained, on 280 million raw protein sequences from publicly available databases of sequenced natural proteins, to generate artificial protein sequences from scratch.

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How to Stake Electronic Components Using Adhesives

Staking provides extra mechanical support for various electronic parts

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Adhesive staking of DIP component on a circuit board using Master Bond EP17HTDA-1.

The main use for adhesive staking is to provide extra mechanical support for electronic components and other parts that may be damaged due to vibration, shock, or handling.

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Sensitive electronic components and other parts that may be damaged due to vibration, shock, or handling can often benefit from adhesive staking. Staking provides additional mechanical reinforcement to these delicate pieces.

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