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New algorithm could help find new physics—inverse method takes wave functions and solves for Hamiltonians

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed an algorithm that could provide meaningful answers to condensed matter …

Physics

We've found a lake of water on Mars. So what happens next?

Liquid water has been found on Mars. For the first time, planetary scientists have identified what could be a lake sitting 1.6 kilometres under the …

Antarctica

Two-faced edge makes nanotubes obey

Theorists find mechanism behind nearly pure nanotubes from the unusual catalyst.

Nanotech

New two-dimensional material could revolutionize solar fuel generation

(<i>Nanowerk News</i>) Following the isolation of graphene in 2004, a race began to synthesize new two-dimensional materials. 2D materials are single-layer …

Nanotech

Cambridge team discovers material with potential for faster charging batteries

<b>Niobium tungsten oxide allows lithium ion transport “several orders of magnitude” faster than conventional electrode materials</b>©University of …

Nanotech

X-ray technology reveals never-before-seen matter around black hole

In an international collaboration between Japan and Sweden, scientists clarified how gravity affects the shape of matter near the black hole in …

Black Holes

Finally, a Problem Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power …

Quantum Computing

New sources of melanin pigment shake up ideas about fossil animals' colour

A team of palaeontologists, led by University College Cork (UCC) and including the University of Bristol, have discovered new sources of the pigment …

Nature Communications

Physicists observe particles acting coherently as they undergo phase transitions

The common link between liquid-crystal TVs and the birth of the universe, when you look at the big picture, is that they are both characterized by …

Quantum Questions Inspire New Math

In order to fully understand the quantum world, we may have to develop a new realm of mathematics.<p>Mathematics might be more of an environmental …

Thinking Weirdly with China Miéville

<i>No matter how commodified and domesticated the fantastic in its various forms might be, we need fantasy to think the world, and to change it.</i><p><i>— China</i> …

YouTube, kids and Silicon Valley's recurring algorithmic blind spot

Elsa from <i>Frozen</i> with a machine gun. <i>Paw Patrol</i> characters visiting a strip joint. Bleeding children pranked by their parents to win subscribers. …

After Logan Paul, YouTube needs to get serious with its moderation

By the time Logan Paul arrived at Aokigahara forest, colloquially known as Japan’s “suicide forest,” the YouTube star had already confused Mount Fuji …

New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy

The virtual reality (VR) industry is currently in its infancy, but in just a few decades it’s possible that virtual environments will be nearly …

The Social-Media Star and the Suicide

A video depicting a dead body, posted by the popular vlogger Logan Paul, was taken down Tuesday—but only after the damage had already been done.<p>Here is the news: Logan Paul, a social-media star with more than 16 million Instagram followers, recently visited Aokigahara, a dense forest known as the …

Social Media

The Data That Threatened to Break Physics - Issue 55: Trust

Antonio Ereditato insists that our interview be carried out through Skype with both cameras on. Just the other side of middle age, his …

Physics

This sweet chocolate sounds EVEN BETTER than it tastes

Chocolate in the shape of the vibrations of your voice waves is being made and our hearts are melting as fast as the candy. Japan’s biggest phone …

How MIT Students Fooled A Google Algorithm

You and I see a cute picture of a dog. But Google’s neural network sees guacamole. The trickery behind this new way to fool AI is a bigger deal than you might think.<p>Machine learning algorithms, which use large amounts of data to power everything from your email to language translation, are being …

The Larsen C ice shelf break has sparked groundbreaking research

In 2015, glaciologist Daniela Jansen reported that a large rift was rapidly growing across one of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice shelves, known as …

The rising star of 2D black phosphorus (phosphorene): Past, present and future prospects

Since the ground-breaking discovery of two-dimensional (2D) black phosphorus (phosphorene), it has created global research interest and triggered …

Hail Wedded Love

LET’S IMAGINE a farcical version of the final scene of <i>Romeo and Juliet</i>. Remember, first, how it goes in Shakespeare’s play: Romeo thinks Juliet is …

Quantum materials

Insight | 25 October 2017<p>Insight home<br>• Free Content<br>• From the archive<br>• Editorial<br>• Sponsors<p>Research on quantum materials brings together scientists working on …

Absences and Inhumanity: 5 Works of Abstract Horror

Having had the label “abstract horror” applied to my own work on numerous occasions, I began thinking about the distinguishing features of this …

Apple has been categorizing all your ‘brassiere’ photos for over a year now

A tweet by user ellieeewbu today revealed that searching “brassiere” in the Photos app on iPhones categorizes photos featuring bras automatically into a group. Women have been responding to the tweet posting screenshots with similar results. Most searches show photos of lingerie, bikinis, bare …

Machine Learning

Deborah Friedell: The Rorschach Test

Psychologists who swear by the Rorschach often say they came to it only after initial scepticism, and they have the zeal of converts. Their stories …

Psychology

Voltage-driven liquid metal fractals

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that gallium indium (EGaIn), a liquid metal with one of the highest surface tensions, can …

The House by Simon Lelic review – a tale of two storeys

This creepy story of a couple moving into their first home packs in the chills as twin narratives entwine and pull apart<p>Houses play important parts in some of the very best scary stories, whether it’s the immortal genius of Shirley Jackson’s <i>The Haunting of Hill House</i> (“silence lay steadily against …

Architecture

Growing Up, East of Europe

IT’S HARD TO MISS the similarities between Cristian Mungiu’s <i>Graduation</i> (2016) and his breakout film <i>4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days</i> (2007). Both films …

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin review – haunting and terrifying

This devastating debut novel about maternal sacrifice, eco-fear and supernatural goings-on demands an instant second reading<p>A young woman lies in a hospital bed with just hours left to live. Next to her, a boy urges her to remember what has brought her there in a riveting novel that is as …