Tom McDaniel

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How Einstein's equivalence principle extends to the quantum world

How Einstein's equivalence principle extends to the quantum world has been puzzling physicists for decades, but a team including a University of …

Quantum Mechanics

You Have an Electromagnetic Field, but It's Not What You Think

Every once in a while, you might encounter a metaphysically-minded person who tells you that your aura is weak and that you need healing. Maybe …

Physics

Louis de Broglie and wave nature of matter

Louis de Broglie (1892 – 1987)<p>On August 15, 1892, French physicist and Nobel Laureate <b>Louis de Broglie</b> was born. He is best known for making …

Physics

Researcher accurately determines energy difference between two quantum states

A kiwi physicist has discovered the energy difference between two quantum states in the helium atom with unprecedented accuracy, a ground-breaking …

Quantum Physics

Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found

The nearest neighbor problem asks where a new point fits into an existing data set. A few researchers set out to prove that there was no universal …

Mathematics

The data that transformed AI research—and possibly the world

In 2006, Fei-Fei Li started ruminating on an idea.<p>Li, a newly-minted computer science professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, saw her colleagues across academia and the AI industry hammering away at the same concept: a better algorithm would make better decisions, regardless of the …

Deep Learning

Study finds flaw in emergent gravity

In recent years, some physicists have been investigating the possibility that gravity is not actually a fundamental force, but rather an emergent …

Physics

10 lazy ways to save the planet

Sure, you could convert your house into a solar-panelled, rainwater-harvesting no-waste eco paradise. But doesn’t that all require a bit too much… …

Lawn Mowing

Methyl marks on RNA discovered to be key to brain cell connections

Methyl chemical groups dot lengths of DNA, helping to control when certain genes are accessible by a cell. In new research, UCLA scientists have …

Neuroscience

Sir Roger Penrose and the Singularity

Sir Roger Penrose (*1931)<p>On August 8, 1931, English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. <b>Sir Roger Penrose</b> was born. …

Stephen Hawking

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

Employees at Google, Amazon and Microsoft Have Threatened to Walk Off the Job Over the Use of AI

"The engineers are right to worry. But the stakes are higher than they think."Call it an “engineering insurgency.” In the last few weeks employees at …

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence: The threat of the future

Multiple experts cited artificial intelligence as a force multiplier amplifying existing threats. Axios Future Editor Steve LeVine explains how AI …

Artificial Intelligence

Loopholes and the 'Anti-Realism' of the Quantum World

The theoretical physicist John Wheeler once used the phrase “great smoky dragon” to describe a particle of light going from a source to a photon …

Quantum Mechanics

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Machine Learning

Complexity test offers new perspective on small quantum computers

State-of-the-art quantum devices are not yet large enough to be called full-scale computers. The biggest comprise just a few dozen qubits—a meager …

Quantum Physics

How can policy changes affect an economy?

Tom Sargent was, alongside Nobel Laureate Robert Lucas, a leading figure of the rational expectations revolution in the 1970s, testing rational …

Canada Envisions Small Nuclear Reactors Producing Power And Hydrogen In Remote Towns

Imagine villages in the Canadian wilderness powered by small nuclear reactors that also provide the fuel for home heating and transportation.<p>Canadian Nuclear Laboratories hopes to prove the viability of small modular reactors by 2026 and use them not only to produce power, but to produce hydrogen …

Energy

Particle physicists team up with AI to solve toughest science problems

Machine learning algorithms become more sophisticated and fine-tuned day by day, opening up unprecedented opportunities to solve particle physics …

Machine Learning

Ultracold Atoms Provide Insight into Early Universe's Dramatic Expansion

Researchers experimenting with ultracold atoms have observed behavior that bears a striking resemblance to the rapid, exponential expansion of the …

Physics

Multitasking neurons can process several signals at once

The brain is a complex tangle of neurons that allow us to process lots of different stimuli at once. But according to new research from Duke …

Duke University

Philosophy Needs Physics. Physics Needs Philosophy

Contrary to claims about the irrelevance of philosophy for science, philosophy has always had, and still has, far more influence on physics than …

Theoretical Physics

The quantum meltdown of encryption

The world stands at the cusp of one of the greatest breakthroughs in information technology. Huge leaps forward in all fields of computer science, from data analysis to machine learning, will result from this breakthrough. But like all of man’s technological achievements, from the combustion engine …

Blockchain

Evolutionary algorithm outperforms deep-learning machines at video games - MIT Technology Review

With all the excitement over neural networks and deep-learning techniques, it’s easy to imagine that the world of computer science consists of little …

Deep Learning

No more zigzags: Scientists uncover mechanism that stabilizes fusion plasmas

In the PPPL simulations, magnetic flux pumping develops in "hybrid scenarios" that exist between standard regimes—which include high-confinement …

Physics

New study could hold key to hack-proof systems

Major data breaches have made worldwide headlines of late but an international consortium of scientists—including a professor from Heriot-Watt—have …

Research

A Short Guide to Hard Problems

What’s easy for a computer to do, and what’s almost impossible? Those questions form the core of computational complexity. We present a map of the …

Mathematics

Alfred Korzybski and General Semantics

Alfred Korzybski (1879-1950)<p>On July 3, 1879, Polish-American independent scholar <b>Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski</b> was born. Korzybsky developed a …

Kubernetes as the new application server, and more

Developer advocates sing the praises of Kubernetes. What's in it for enterprises?<p>Kubernetes already has a good reputation as an orchestration …

How to build synthetic DNA and send it across the internet

Biologist Dan Gibson edits and programs DNA, just like coders program a computer. But his "code" creates life, giving scientists the power to convert …