Alexandra Clare

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New Mathematical Model Maps The Expansion of The Early Universe Better Than Ever Before

This is where we came from.<p>Physicists in Switzerland are using new code called 'gevolution' together with Einstein's theory of general relativity to …

Dark Matter

Scientists struggle to stay grounded after possible gravitational wave signal

Cosmologist’s tweet appears to confirm rumours of discovery that could ‘open a new window on the universe’<p>Not for the first time, the world of physics is abuzz with rumours that gravitational waves have been detected by scientists in the US.<p>Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at Arizona State …

Physics

Erica, the 'most beautiful and intelligent' android, leads Japan's robot revolution

Although the day when every household has its own robot is some way off, the Japanese are demonstrating a formidable acceptance of humanoids<p>Erica enjoys the theatre and animated films, would like to visit south-east Asia, and believes her ideal partner is a man with whom she can chat easily.<p>She is …

Robotics

Microsoft patents a slider, earning EFF’s “Stupid Patent of the Month” award | Ars Technica

The patent is ammo in a battle between MS Word and Corel's WordPerfect.<p>The Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Stupid Patent of the Month" for December …

Microsoft Corporation

Would You Pull the Trolley Switch? Does it Matter?

The lifespan of a thought experiment<p>A runaway streetcar is hurtling towards five unsuspecting workers. Do you pull a switch to divert the trolley onto another track, where only one man works alone? Or do you do nothing?<p>This haunting choice is a variation of the “trolley problem,” an iconic …

Oxford University

Diamond Nanothreads Could Support Space Elevator

Diamonds in the sky might recall a popular Beatles song, but researcher from Penn State University think that's exactly where these diamonds …

Chemistry

The Academy Is Poised to Strike Down a Generation of Black Feminists One Beyonce Class at a Time

For Christmas this year, I wanted a new album from Beyoncé. It's been a hard, wonderful year to be a black woman: I saw violence against black women and girls spiral, but also saw young sisters empowered by media and mounting activism to claim black women's humanity as a cause to fight for. So I've …

Feminism

Tech policy group brands Elon Musk a ‘Luddite’ for daring to question the future of AI

When it comes to listing people who are enemies of the future, Elon Musk would seem the last person to make the cut.<p>I mean, the guy helped create PayPal to start a revolution in digital payments. He’s running Tesla, which is trying to start the electric car revolution. And he’s running SpaceX, …

This trick from a famous physicist can help you learn anything faster

Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, "His Feynman aura...was still strictly local"), so he took his preparation seriously.<p>Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place "where he could be alone." …

Richard Feynman

The 3 biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence, according to Facebook's expert

The seemingly helpful HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey" is suffocating astronauts in their sleep by the end of the movie.<p>The latest in a long history of murderous robots, "Ex Machina's" Ava kills one man and leaves another for dead in her quest to escape.<p>But these stories of emotionally unstable …

Artificial Intelligence

Canada risks losing its lead in artificial intelligence to Silicon Valley

With a tech industry one-third the size of California's, Canada has confounded expectations by becoming a leader in the booming market for artificial intelligence. Pioneering technologies developed in Canadian labs can be found in Facebook's facial recognition algorithms, Google's Photos app, …

Artificial Intelligence

Gillette Starts Knife Fight With Dollar Shave Club Over Razor Patent

There May Be Blood.<p>Gillette is picking a legal fight with one of the many startups trying to challenge its place atop the grooming industry. The razor maker, part of consumer goods giant P&G, sued Dollar Shave Club today in Delaware circuit court, claiming several of the company's blades infringe …

HUMANOID HISTORY

December 19th, 2015 at 10:00PM<p>A spectral view of planet Mercury composed from data captured by the Mercury Atmosphere and Surface Composition …

Scientists are training computers to ‘think' by simulating brain processes

Scientists are now racing to sequence the genomes (all the genes) or proteomes (all the proteins) of various organisms - and in the process are compiling massive amounts of data.<p>For instance, a scientist can use "omics" tools such as DNA sequencing to tease out which human genes are affected in a …

Machine Learning

Best space photographs of 2015

Astronomy

The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of Patent Trolling

Courtesy Smithsonian National Museum of American History<p>Courtesy Smithsonian National Museum of American History<p>Courtesy Smithsonian National Museum …

Women in Science

Mistrial declared in Freddie Gray case after Baltimore jury fails to reach verdict

Dozens of protesters marched through the streets of Baltimore following the declaration of a mistrial in the Freddie Grey case – the black man whose death in police custody sparked riots in April<p>The jury which was composed of seven black and five white people, failed to reach a verdict over Officer …

FBI Arrests Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli on Securities Fraud Charges

The pharma boss who became infamous after hiking the price of an HIV-related drug by 5,000 percent was arrested Thursday by the FBI, prosecutors said, accusing him of orchestrating a "trifecta of lies, deceit and greed."<p>The take down of Martin Shkreli — a hedge fund manager-turned-pharmaceutical …

Corruption

I tried Microsoft's 'holographic' headset, and I'm convinced this is the future

It's been nearly a year since Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing the HoloLens, a sort of helmet-computer that projects virtual images on top of the real world around you.<p>But when you try HoloLens and other similar gadgets, you can tell there's a lot of potential to create a device that …

Augmented Reality

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the …

White America’s toxic ignorance: Abigail Fisher, Antonin Scalia and the real privilege that goes unspoken

If affirmative action gives unearned opportunities to one racial group, it is whites who have benefited the most<p>Is Justice Antonin Scalia auditioning for a job as Donald Trump’s ghostwriter?<p>His recent comments on Fisher v. the University of Texas, a landmark SCOTUS case about the future of …

College & University

How does the 'Star Wars' universe measure up to our own — literally?

An astronomer has given <i>Star Wars</i> the scientific treatment.<p>Tom Kerss, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, is using the real objects in our …

Distant Galaxies Confirm Accelerating Growth of Universe, Dark Energy

The pesky reality that the universe's expansion is accelerating — an observation that prompted astronomers to invoke an unknown entity called dark …

The quantum computing era is coming… fast

Processors that use the strangeness of quantum mechanics are reportedly achieving much greater problem-solving speed than standard computers – but what will the effect on security be?<p>‘The world is not only queerer than we suppose,” said JBS Haldane. “It is queerer than we <i>can</i> suppose.” Haldane was a …

Quantum Computing

How Prohibition gave birth to bad policing, the modern prison system, and right-wing politics

But historian Lisa McGirr argues in her new book <i>The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State</i> that Prohibition was anything but a historical outlier.<p>The period, she writes, should be regarded as crucial to the development of law enforcement, the penal system, and the grassroots …

Conservatism