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Fusion Breakthrough Puts Us One Step Closer to Limitless Clean Energy

Taking It Slow<p>Scientists consider nuclear fusion the “holy grail” of energy production for good reason. Not only could it provide a virtually …

Energy

Uranus Is Even Freakier Than We Thought

If David Lynch designed a planet, it would be Uranus. Much like every episode of <i>Twin Peaks: The Return</i>, Uranus is fiercely unique and weirdly …

Astronomy

Melting and cracking – is Antarctica falling apart?

Although fracturing and surface melting on the Larsen C ice shelf might sound like indicators of climate change, these processes are natural<p>Antarctica boasts a great many superlatives: it is the driest continent, the coldest, the remotest, the windiest and the highest on average. Right now, during …

Climate Change

The Eerie Alignment of Ancient Giant Galaxies

New research using Hubble shows these massive, bright objects aligned with their surroundings as far back as 10 billion years ago.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope is the closest thing humanity has to a time machine. It captures light that left galaxies billions of years ago, photographing the cosmos as …

Universe

This disturbing map reveals how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live in

Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.<p>On a more local level, experts …

Climate Change

Vinod Khosla predicts AI will replace human oncologists

While much of the conversation around AI and jobs is focused on widespread job losses in sectors like trucking, venture capitalist and Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla thinks that there’s a high-paying job on the chopping block: oncology.<p>“I can’t imagine why a human oncologist would add …

MIT Sloan

New idea: Variable rate harvesting

The idea of using variable-rate tech has been growing over the past decade for planting, fertility and spraying, but what about harvest? That's the …

Engineering

Google advances AI with ‘one model to learn them all’

Google quietly released an academic paper that could provide a blueprint for the future of machine learning. Called “One Model to Learn Them All,” it lays out a template for how to create a single machine learning model that can address multiple tasks well.<p>The MultiModel, as the Google researchers …

Machine Learning

DNA Replication Has Been Filmed For The First Time, And It's Not What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in a world-first, researchers have recorded …

DNA

Tesla is changing the electric grid

From CNET Magazine: The next power plant could be that giant battery in your garage.<p>There's a good chance flipping on the light switch 10 years from now will feel just as ordinary as it did for your parents and grandparents.<p>But behind the scenes, a radically different system for sending electrons …

Energy

An Australian AI can predict when you’ll die with 70 percent accuracy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>How long you have left to live is determined by a whole range of factors and scientists in Australia are trying to work …

This Scientist Has Come Up With A Mathematical Model For A Time Machine

After some serious number crunching, a UBC researcher has come up with a mathematical model for a viable time machine.<p>Ben Tippett, a mathematics and …

Physics

A Facebook AI Unexpectedly Created Its Own Unique Language

The Future of Language<p>A recent Facebook report on the way chatbots converse with each other has given the world a glimpse into the future of language.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk wants to link computers to our brains to prevent an existential threat to humanity

Elon Musk is a busy guy.<p>He's developing electric vehicles, self-driving cars, tunnel-boring infrastructure technology, and re-usable rockets (with the goal of getting humans to Mars).<p>Given Musk's ambitiousness, it's not totally surprising that he is also launching a company that will look into ways …

Singularity

Is It So Bad If the World Gets A Little Hotter? Uh, Yeah

Many of us share some dim apprehension that the world is flying out of control, that the center cannot hold. Raging wildfires, once-in-1,000-year …

Climate Change

Elon Musk publishes 15-page manifesto outlining how to get humanity to Mars

Last year, billionaire SpaceX founder and space-fan Elon Musk delivered an expansive, hour-long presentation, outlining his ambitious plan to get …

Elon Musk

The demand and dilemma of sustainable food products

The food giants want it on their labels, and in the annual reports and other information they send to their investors. PepsiCo, Walmart, General …

Agriculture

Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

Philosophy

The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse

New research suggests that the human brain is almost beyond comprehension because it doesn’t process the world in two dimensions or even three. No, …

These Ultra-Stable, Printable Solar Cells Can Last For More Than 10,000 Hours

The next big thing in solar.<p>A team of scientists has created a low cost, fully printable solar cell that has remained stable in real world conditions …

Clean Energy

Imagining A Dying Milky Way, How Death Of The Milky Way Look Like?

Every galaxy has a life cycle, though unimaginably long, even the Milky Way, which has already existed in it’s current state for billions of years. …

Universe

A Vision for Making Deep Learning Simple

Try this notebook on DatabricksWhen MapReduce was introduced 15 years ago, it showed the world a glimpse into the future. For the first time, …

Deep Learning

Three nations plan 500% increase in global offshore wind

<b>When governments put their minds to it, big things can happen.</b><p>Offshore wind advocates cheered recently at news that a German wind farm is going to be …

Climate

Hubble sees dancing brown dwarfs caught in cosmic waltz

It's a real-life "Dancing with the Stars." The Hubble Space Telescope has followed the movements of two "failed stars" in a nearby system.<p>Bigger than a gas giant planet like Jupiter. Smaller than a star. A brown dwarf, sometimes called a "failed star," occupies an interesting middle ground between …

Astronomy

Scientists Have Created The Largest Ever Virtual Universe Inside a Supercomputer

This thing is bananas.<p>As well as studying what we can observe today, scientists rely on simulations to understand more about the past and future of …

Astronomers just achieved something Einstein said was impossible

Albert Einstein himself believed it couldn't be done.<p>A few decades after he published his theory of general relativity, a colleague asked the famous physicist whether the concept could be used to calculate the weight of a star. Theoretically, yes, was his reply. If one star passed in front of …

Universe

Jupiter is oldest planet in solar system, ancient meteorites show

Jupiter formed in a geologic blink. Its rocky core coalesced less than a million years after the beginning of our solar system, scientists reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Within another 2 million or 3 million years, that core grew to 50 times the mass of …

Universe

Hubble Hits Jackpot: Images Capture Ultrabright Galaxies via Cosmic Magnification

A glittering jackpot of ultrabright galaxies bursting with star formation has been revealed in a series of stunning images taken by the Hubble Space …

Galaxies