Futuromics, Science and Physics

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Scientists detect a quantum crystal of electrons and “watch” it melt

For the first time, MIT physicists have observed a highly ordered crystal of electrons in a semiconducting material and documented its melting, much …

Quantum Mechanics

An Accelerating River of Molten Iron Has Been Discovered Under Alaska and Siberia

Almost as hot as the surface of the Sun.<p>A fast-flowing river of molten iron has been found surging under Alaska and Siberia, some 3,000 km (1,864 …

Siberia

Astronomers Just Released the Largest Digital Survey of the Visible Universe

Hope you've been saving your bandwidth.<p>Scientists have made the largest ever survey of the night sky publicly available, sharing an epic data set of …

Space

3 Bets Illumina Is Making for the Long Term

<b>Illumina</b> (NASDAQ: ILMN) may be the undisputed leader of the gene-sequencing market, but company management doesn't take its dominance for granted. In the last 16 months, the company has made three large bets that are intended to sow seeds for growth long into the future. Let's look at where each of …

DNA

Trump Is Ushering in a Dark Age of Ideology-Driven Science

<b>By Paul N. Edwards, University of Michigan</b><p>President-elect Trump has called global warming “bullshit” and a “Chinese hoax.” He has promised to …

No trace of dark matter in gamma-ray background

As millions on Earth enjoy a spectacular view of a supermoon on Dec. 14, a NASA-funded research team is reviewing the results of recent laboratory …

Dark Matter

Japan Is Going to Mine the Moon for Rocket Fuel

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Friday that it will begin working with a private lunar robotics exploration company to …

Space

The world's fish are vanishing far faster than previously thought

We’re exhausting the oceans of fish far faster than scientists thought. A new book, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries, makes the startling claim that …

Climate Change

21 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2016

2016 may have been a terrible year in many ways, but there was still some undeniable good to come out of the past 12 months.<p>For proof, look no further than the year's most impactful innovations, offering solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.<p>From a futuristic bus that glides over …

Innovation

Chatbots are the DOS of AI

Have you ever had a conversation like this?<p>Me: I’d like to order a pizza<br>Chatbot: What kind would you like?<br>Me: What toppings do you have?<br>Chatbot: I have pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, ham, pineapple, mushrooms, peppers. Would you like to hear more?<br>Me: Yes<br>Chatbot: I also have ground beef, …

Chatbots

NASA scientist: Earth is overdue for a dinosaur-killing asteroid strike, and we're woefully unprepared

A NASA scientist has warned that if a gigantic asteroid heads towards our planet, there's pretty much nothing we can do about it.<p>At the annual meeting of American Geophysical Union last week, the Guardian reports that Dr Joseph Nuth, a researcher with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said that …

Space

The UN Will Finally Decide In 2017 If Armies Can Use 'Killer Robots'

Government are said to be one step closer to a ban.<p>The UN is set to tackle the issue of killer robots amid concerns from Silicon Valley leaders and human rights organisations over the threat they pose to humanity.<p>Delegates representing 123 nations at the Convention on Conventional Weapons have …

Computer Science

This Startup Uses A Particle Accelerator To Make Solar Panels Much, Much Cheaper

The process makes them cheaper and more efficient—and could hasten the end of coal.<p>The cost of solar panels is dropping exponentially, and solar power is now 80% cheaper than it was in 2010. A new startup plans to make it even more of a threat to fossil fuels, while also making panels much more …

Startups

Jarvis is real! Mark Zuckerberg has spent 2016 building an Iron Man-style AI that controls his life

Zuckerberg's Jarvis uses several AI techniques, including natural language processing, speech and face recognition, and reinforcement learning<p>Mark Zuckerberg has ended 2016 having completed his personal challenge to build a Jarvis-style AI to run his home.<p>He announced at the start of the year that …

Mark Zuckerberg

Astronomers discover Jupiter-like planet surrounded by clouds of rubies and sapphires

While we earthlings are being subjected to rain filled with potentially carcinogenic toxins, it looks like it’s raining rubies and sapphires on other …

Space

Physicists Have Observed the Light Spectrum of Antimatter for First Time

Putting Einstein's special relativity to the test.<p>After two decades of trying, physicists at CERN have reported the first ever measurement of the …

Science

Why we are still light years away from full artificial intelligence

The future is here… or is it?<p>With so many articles proliferating the media space on how humans are at the cusp of full AI (artificial intelligence), it’s no wonder that we believe that the future — which is full of robots and drones and self-driven vehicles, as well as diminishing human control …

Welcome to the Universe: Neil deGrasse Tyson on space and other unknowns

Can we afford a no-holds-barred approach to scientific research? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells DW why, when it comes to space, or any unknown, we should "just do it all."<p><i>DW: You've just published a new book, "Welcome to the Universe" with co-authors J. Richard Gott and Michael Strauss.</i> …

Space

Did ‘dark stars’ help form the Universe?

Our vast Universe may have been formed with help of dark matter particles we haven’t been able to observe. The hunt is on to prove they, and the “dark stars” they created, exist.<p>Think of everything we know that exists in the Universe – the huge cosmic furnaces like our Sun. The gas giants that …

Dark Matter

Was Einstein wrong? Controversial theory claims the speed of light is not a constant

Not only does the paper say Einstein's speed of light theory is incorrect, it describes - for the first time - how it could be tested<p>A potentially divisive theory suggests Einstein may have been wrong to say the speed of light is a constant – and the claims could soon be tested with a new …

Vanadium-Flow Batteries: The Energy Storage Breakthrough We've Needed

I have been a scientist in the field of the earth and environmental sciences for 33 years, specializing in geologic disposal of nuclear waste, energy-related research, planetary surface processes, radiobiology and shielding for space colonies, subsurface transport and environmental clean-up of …

Batteries

Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. Turn on, tune in, and drop …

"Brightest Supernova Ever" Turns Out to Be a Star Ripped Apart by a Supermassive Black Hole

The event was originally classified as the largest supernova ever documented, but it turns out that it was something even more volatile.<p>Last year, light from an incredibly violent and luminous explosion in a galaxy some 3.8 billion light-years away finally reached us here on Earth. The event, named …

Neural networks breakthrough sees computer start to think like a human for the first time

Finnish computer scientists have found a way to train neural networks to think more like the human brain.<p>Computer scientists in Finland have made a …

In five years, machine learning will be a part of every doctor’s job, Vic Gundotra says

Gundotra, a longtime Microsoft and Google executive, is now the CEO of AliveCor, a mobile health-tech startup.<p>When Vic Gundotra left Google in 2014, he thought he might retire, forever. But a lingering interest in wearable technology and machine learning led him to AliveCor, which lets users …

Computer Science

The Secret Magic of Dividing by Zero

It can be done! With calculus, anything is possible.<p>Never divide by zero. We were all taught this in school, and in most everyday situations, it's good advice. It rarely makes sense to divide anything by zero, and if you try to ask Siri to do it, she will say you have no friends.<p>But why exactly is …

The next big leap in space travel will use hypersonic planes

Scramjets capable of flying at Mach 15 will make it easier and cheaper to send spacecraft and people into orbit, says hypersonics expert Michael Smart.<p>Sending satellites, spacecraft and humans into space is an expensive business. If humanity wants to venture further across the Solar System, we need …

Space

MIT's AI figured out how humans recognize faces

The system came up with the technique by itself, after being trained on a battery of sample images.<p>It appears machines may already be catching up to humans, at least in the world of computational biology. A team of researchers at the MIT-based Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) found that …

Computer Science

Artificial intelligence could one day make us feel awkward

Psychologist Alex Gillespie asks what will happen when artificial intelligence leads machines to start forming their own opinions.<p>Most of us feel at least a pang of guilt after snacking on a decadent treat between meals, but what if every time you opened your fridge it judged you?<p>This is exactly …

Computer Science