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  • The race to quantum AI

    The race to quantum AI

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  • New study confirms that the future of data storage is in DNA

    New study confirms that the future of data storage is in DNA

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  • Left-handed molecules from outer space

    Left-handed molecules from outer space

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  • Seven earth-like planets discovered orbiting cool Trappist

    Seven earth-like planets discovered orbiting cool Trappist

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  • What would aliens look like?

    What would aliens look like?

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  • Blue jets studied from space station

    Blue jets studied from space station

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  • Fundamentally, the Universe is made of information

    Fundamentally, the Universe is made of information

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  • "What came before the Big Bang?" --Intriguing new theories on the origin of time

    "What came before the Big Bang?" --Intriguing new theories on the origin of time

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  • Early tipping-point alerts found in various systems

    Early tipping-point alerts found in various systems

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The LHC Just Discovered A New System of Five Particles

The LHC Just Discovered A New System of Five Particles

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex, is the most powerful particle accelerator ever built. It features a 27 kilometer (16 mile) ring made of superconducting magnets and accelerating structures built to boost the energy of particles in the chamber. In the accelerator, two high-energy particle beams are forced to collide from opposite directions at speeds close to the speed of light.
The race to quantum AI

The race to quantum AI

Quantum computing promises a radical transition to computers that are infinitely faster, solving problems that would require unattainable amounts of computing power today.
New study confirms that the future of data storage is in DNA

New study confirms that the future of data storage is in DNA

DNA is one of the most robust storage systems available, and the technology could be available to consumers in a little more than ten years.
Left-handed molecules from outer space

Left-handed molecules from outer space

Although most amino acids exist in both left and right handed forms, life on Earth is made of 'left handed' amino acids, almost exlusively. Meanwhile, all sugars characteristic of life on Earth are 'right-handed.' No one knows why this is the case.
Seven earth-like planets discovered orbiting cool Trappist

Seven earth-like planets discovered orbiting cool Trappist

Scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA have announced a remarkable new discovery: An entire system of Earth-sized planets. Moreover, according to density measurements of the planets the six innermost are Earth-like rocky worlds, three of which lie in the star’s habitable zone.
What would aliens look like?

What would aliens look like?

Hollywood has given us its fair share of humanoid aliens over the years.
Blue jets studied from space station

Blue jets studied from space station

For years, scientists have been piecing together evidence of peculiar phenomena known as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves – exotic types of electrical discharges that emanate from thunderstorms.
Fundamentally, the Universe is made of information

Fundamentally, the Universe is made of information

Or at least, that’s the idea more and more theorists are pursuing as they search for better descriptions of the laws that govern our Universe. Could particles, energy, space and time, even the entire multiverse, really be just a bunch of bits?
"What came before the Big Bang?" --Intriguing new theories on the origin of time

"What came before the Big Bang?" --Intriguing new theories on the origin of time

The answers can be traced to the moment of the Big Bang — or possibly before, discussed below by rock-star theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, at the California Institute of Technology. His research involves theoretical physics and astrophysics, focusing on issues in cosmology, field theory, and gravitation.
Early tipping-point alerts found in various systems

Early tipping-point alerts found in various systems

Many complex dynamical systems have critical thresholds—so-called tipping points—at which the system shifts abruptly from one state to another
Could time have multiple dimensions?

Could time have multiple dimensions?

Time flies - but not if you're a fly. Flies avoid being swatted in just the same way Keanu Reeves dodges flying bullets in the movie The Matrix – by watching time pass slowly.
China and Egypt

China and Egypt

In the past year, Sun Weidong, a highly decorated geochemist, has ignited a passionate online debate with claims that the founders of Chinese civilization were not in any sense Chinese but actually migrants from Egypt.
Discovery of quantum vibrations inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness

Discovery of quantum vibrations inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness

The recent discovery of quantum vibrations inside neurons in the brain supports a controversial theory of consciousness. If correct, it might lead to new treatments for many different conditions, it is claimed in a new review of the evidence by Hameroff and Penrose (2013).
The entropy of consciousness

The entropy of consciousness

"Entropy is the normal state of consciousness - a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable." - (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
Strange numbers found in particle collisions

Strange numbers found in particle collisions

An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure mathematics.
The oldest human DNA sequences

The oldest human DNA sequences

The Sima de los Huesos, or the Pit of Bones, is a cave site in the Sierra de Atapuerca of northern Spain, dated to around 430,000 years ago. It preserves a large collection of fossils attributed to an enigmatic species — the Sima de los Huesos hominin.
Smart robots are watching you

Smart robots are watching you

A first batch of ten intelligent robots have started to work as customs officers at three ports in the cities of Zhuhai and Zhongshan in Southern China's Guangdong province.
Alien hunters have 234 stars in sight

Alien hunters have 234 stars in sight

Astronomers have discovered 234 mysterious signals from stars that could be different alien species trying to talk to us.
Let Free Will be

Let Free Will be

We’ve all seen them, those colorful images that show how our brains 'light up' when we’re in love, playing a video game, craving chocolate, etc.
There are 10 times more galaxies than we thought

There are 10 times more galaxies than we thought

The universe suddenly looks a lot more crowded, thanks to a deep-sky census assembled from surveys taken by NASA 's Hubble Space Telescope, Nasa Kepler telescope and other observatories.
Home smart home

Home smart home

The so called smart-home has been gaining a lot of attention lately. Almost all the world’s major tech companies have announced plans and technologies to make the smart home the next big thing.
Secret life of crows

Secret life of crows

Crows have a reasoning ability rivalling that of a human seven-year-old. They can recognise faces, use tools – even drop nuts on a road to crack, then pick them up with the safety of pedestrian lights.
Gaia mapping the Milky Way

Gaia mapping the Milky Way

The most detailed 3D map yet of a billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy was released last week on September 14, along with a sneak peek at brand-new data on millions of stars collected by ESA's Gaia spacecraft.
Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

In common parlance, the word ‘soul’ pops up everywhere. We may speak of a vast, soulless corporation or describe an athlete as the ‘heart and soul’ of his team.
You gave clues to your personality before you could talk

You gave clues to your personality before you could talk

Your personality has been sculpted by many hands. Your genes, your friends, the schools you attended, plus many other factors, will all have played a part in making you the person you are today. But when exactly did your own distinct character first begin to take shape?
‘Alien cliques’ may be keeping Earth isolated

‘Alien cliques’ may be keeping Earth isolated

If the idea really is true that aliens are deliberately preventing humans from contacting them, then extraterrestrial civilizations most likely formed a number of cliques rather than a pan-galactic government.
Is the Universe actually a giant quantum computer?

Is the Universe actually a giant quantum computer?

According to MIT professor Seth Lloyd, the answer is yes.
Plate tectonics complicate search for habitable planets

Plate tectonics complicate search for habitable planets

"What we take for granted on this planet, such as oceans and continents, would not exist if the internal temperature of Earth had not been in a certain range, and this means that the beginning of Earth's history cannot be too hot or too cold. This would mean that many planets in the 'Goldilocks zone' may not be habitable after all."
China makes quantum leap with Mozi satellite

China makes quantum leap with Mozi satellite

A day after its launch, world's first quantum communication satellite has sent 202 MB of good quality data to the China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station (RSGS), located near Beijing.
Extreme survival: microbes and water bears

Extreme survival: microbes and water bears

A newly discovered microbe may help identify if there is life on other frozen moons or planets. Marinomonas Primoryensis was found in Ace Lake, Antarctica, having attached itself to ice by a kind of grappling hook made of large antifreeze proteins.
The shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brains

The shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brains

Socrates started what may have been the first technology scare. In the "Phaedrus," he lamented the invention of books, which “create forgetfulness” in the soul. Instead of remembering for themselves, Socrates warned, new readers were blindly trusting in “external written characters.”
Evidence found for China's Great Flood

Evidence found for China's Great Flood

A great flood at the dawn of Chinese civilization, around 2,000 BC, was said to have swept away settlements, the water rising so high that it overran hills, mountains and even heaven itself.
Humanity may not need a warp drive to go interstellar

Humanity may not need a warp drive to go interstellar

The field equations of Einstein’s General Relativity theory say that faster-than-light (FTL) travel is possible, so a handful of researchers are working to see whether a Star Trek-style warp drive, or perhaps a kind of artificial wormhole, could be created through our technology.
We want Moore —but the law is reaching its limits

We want Moore —but the law is reaching its limits

In 1965, Gordon Moore, who later founded Intel Corporation, wrote an essay for Electronics Magazine. In it, he made the observation that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every year or so and accordingly, computing power increases exponentially. In this way he did the impossible —predict the future, up to the smartwatch that came 50 years later
We might live in a virtual universe —but does it really matter?

We might live in a virtual universe —but does it really matter?

Our world could be a clever computer simulation that creates the impression of living in a real world. Elon Musk brought up this topic a few weeks ago. Truth be told — he is probably right. However, there is a very important point missing in this whole “real vs. fake” discussion: It actually makes no difference. But first...why might our world be a simulation?
Life on Earth could be billions of years too early

Life on Earth could be billions of years too early

One day, aliens may stumble on the charred remains of earth and understand that we were here, ancient aliens they never got to meet
Moon Express approved for private lunar landing in 2017, a space first

Moon Express approved for private lunar landing in 2017, a space first

Spaceflight venture Moon Express wants to be the first private company ever to land on the Moon in 2017 — and now the company has been granted approval by the United States government to launch to the lunar surface.
Crimes in space: whose law will we use?

Crimes in space: whose law will we use?

It sounds like the plot of a bad science-fiction movie: a crew member decides to do something evil just for the sake of money, or fame, or for a cause. It's not something that we've seen in space -- but that may be just because of the high level of scrutiny that goes into astronaut selection, a new article argues.
Theory of a monkey mind

Theory of a monkey mind

It is often said that the way humans make and use tools is perhaps what sets our species apart more than anything else. Now, two psychologists argue that the one thing apes and monkeys really miss, is a concept of information that’s untrue or different from what they already know.
This team hopes to find "another Earth" around Alpha Centauri

This team hopes to find "another Earth" around Alpha Centauri

A new group of scientists is embarking on what could be the biggest scientific discovery of all time — to capture an image of another habitable planet.
The evolution of Homo Digitalis

The evolution of Homo Digitalis

In Earth's evolutionary history, existing species have been taken over by other species or have died out over time. The question is: what will happen to our own species, Homo Sapiens? Obviously, we won't live in our current form forever, but who or what might become our successor?

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