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AI is discovering new alloys faster than humans ever could

A team of scientists at Northwestern University has used machine learning to discover a new version of an alloy called metallic glass, reports <i>Northwestern Now</i>. Metallic glass is lighter and stronger than steel and is more resistant to wear and corrosion, which is why it’s often used as a protective …

Artificial Intelligence

China is getting increasingly aggressive with Taiwan — but war would be disastrous for both sides

Tensions between the Peoples Republic of China and Taiwan have recently flared up as China held the largest show of naval force in its history this month and made new threats directed towards Taipei.<p>"We would like to reaffirm that we have strong determination, confidence and capability to destroy …

China

Could intelligent life have existed on Earth millions of years before humans?

Reptilian menaces called Silurians evolved on Earth before humankind — at least in the “Doctor Who” rendition of the universe. But, science fiction aside, how would we know if some advanced civilization existed on our home planet millions of years before brainy humans showed up?<p>This is a serious …

Natural Gas

The Storied History of the Spooky Physics Behind China's Teleportation Success

God does not play dice with the universe. He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the …

Quantum Mechanics

Silurian Hypothesis: What If Humans Aren't the First Civilization on Earth? - ExtremeTech

Silurian Hypothesis: What If Humans Aren’t the First Civilization on Earth?<p>By on April 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions …

Universe

North Korea Removes Major Obstacle to U.S. Negotiations, South Says

North Korea has dropped its demand that American troops be removed from South Korea as a condition for giving up its nuclear weapons, South Korea’s president said Thursday in presenting the idea to the United States.<p>President Moon Jae-in portrayed the proposal as a concession on the eve of talks …

North Korea

DARPA’s Launch Challenge offers $10M prize for short-notice, rapid-turnaround rocketry

Getting to space is already tough, but getting there on short notice and then doing it again a couple weeks later? That’s a big ask. Nevertheless, DARPA is asking it as part of its Launch Challenge, announced today at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado. Teams must take a payload to space with …

DARPA

Files released on 1974 'Welsh Roswell'

<b>A 1974 "UFO incident" which was dubbed the Welsh Roswell was dismissed as an earthquake and a meteor combining, offical files show.</b><p>There was a huge bang and a brilliant light over the Berwyn Mountains in north east Wales, and there were later claims a spaceship crash was concealed.<p>Comparisons were …

Paranormal

Trouble Detected in Infamous Dark Matter Signal

For 20 years, an experiment in Italy known as DAMA has detected an oscillating signal that could be coming from dark matter—the fog of invisible …

Dark Matter

Quantum time: Is this where the flow of existence comes from?

THE philosopher Augustine of Hippo once wrote that he felt he knew what time was, so long as no one asked him. Fast forward 16 centuries and the …

Physics

What if we're not Earth's first big civilization? - Futurity

Consider the Silurian Hypothesis: How do we really know there weren't previous industrial civilizations on Earth that rose and fell long before …

Universe

Why now doesn’t exist, and other strange facts about time

Time is relatively well-described in current physical theories – it’s just that those descriptions are perplexingly at odds both with each other and …

Physics

SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.<p>The Transit Exoplanet …

Space Exploration

KERA: THE STRANGEST UFO INCIDENT IN HISTORY

I<b>n a case that could serve as inspiration for a blockbuster film: A group of Japanese children had repeated encounters with a small UFO, and they</b> …

Paranormal

'Everything you see in sci-fi movies is going to happen,' says former Google X senior executive

With tech development accelerating at an exponential clip, the world's headed for science fiction to be made reality, according to the former chief …

Artificial Intelligence

Trump says unless NKorea summit 'fruitful' he'll pull out

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful."<p>Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along …

North Korea

10 UFO And Alien Encounters From America’s Early Years

The historical past of the “New World” of North America, from the arrival of the Pilgrims to the institution of what would develop into america, is …

North America

Astronauts are getting high-tech vests to protect against radiation

If humans are ever to venture into space on long-term missions, we have to find a way to protect from space radiation.<p>The high-energy particles and …

Space Exploration

U.K. wants to use Isaac Asimov style rules to protect us from rogue A.I.

Artificial intelligence may still be in its earliest stages, but it is still a future that may be creeping up on us faster than anyone would like. …

Artificial Intelligence

A Simple Tool to Start Making Decisions with the Help of AI

There is no shortage of hot takes regarding the significant impact that artificial intelligence (AI) is going to have on business in the near future. Much less has been written about how, exactly, companies should get started with it. In our research and in our book, we begin by distilling AI down …

Machine Learning

Russia is using private armed forces more and more — and it could bring major powers to the brink of conflict

Russian and Syrian troops carried out a ground assault on a military base in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, on February 7. However the base was occupied by US soldiers, and the attackers were beaten back by a US air strike. Around 100 Russians were ultimately killed. And yet, diplomatically speaking, almost …

War

We think we're the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of …

Climate Change

How the DNA Computer Program Makes You and Me

Can a set of simple instructions produce complex, three-dimensional living structures?<p>One of the miracles of nature is embryogenesis: the …

Genetics

Diamonds Buried Within Rare Meteorites Reveal Existence of "Lost Planet"

In 2008, astronomer Richard Kowalski looked into a telescope in Tucson, Arizona, and spotted an asteroid called 2008 TC3 barreling through the …

Earth Science

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

The mayor of Los Angeles confirmed earlier reports that SpaceX will build its largest rocket, the BFR, at the Port of Los Angeles. The company intends to build a manufacturing facility on an 18-acre site at Berth 240 and use waterways to transport the massive rocket. SpaceX says the BFR is simply …

Elon Musk

US hits major Chinese tech firm with export ban

The United States has cracked down on one of China's biggest tech companies, banning it from buying components from American firms.<p>The move Monday by the US Commerce Department against ZTE (ZTCOF), which sells smartphones and other telecommunications equipment around the world, comes amid a tense …

China

This remarkable spinal implant was created by an algorithm

This coral-like form is a spinal implant. Created by Californian medical company NuVasive, it is made from titanium and fits precisely between two …

3D Printing

Mud near this small Japanese island could change the global economy

<b>(CNN) —</b> A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change Japan's economic future. How huge? One economist called it a "game changer." The researchers who helped find it said it had "tremendous potential."<p>It's mud. A whole bunch of mud -- an estimated 16 million …

Rare Earth

Scientists May Use Lasers to Gauge if "Super-Earths" are Fit for Humans

So-called “super-Earths” are the exoplanet du jour, probably because they remind us so much of home. These worlds — which have a mass higher than …

Universe