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Jan 18, 2024

Peering Into the Abyss: The Cutting-Edge Science of Black Hole Illumination

Posted by in categories: cosmology, science

New discoveries in Tidal Disruption Events enhance our understanding of supermassive black holes and their properties.

A new study by Hebrew University is a significant breakthrough in understanding Tidal Disruption Events (TDEs) involving supermassive black holes. The new simulations, for the first time ever, accurately replicate the entire sequence of a TDE from stellar disruption to the peak luminosity of the resulting flare. This study has unveiled a previously unknown type of shockwave within TDEs, settling a longstanding debate about the energy source of the brightest phases in these events. It confirms that shock dissipation powers the brightest weeks of a TDE flare, opening doors for future studies to utilize TDE observations as a means to measure essential properties of black holes and potentially test Einstein’s predictions in extreme gravitational environments.

The mysteries of supermassive black holes have long captivated astronomers, offering a glimpse into the deepest corners of our universe. Now, a new study led by Dr. Elad Steinberg and Dr. Nicholas C. Stone at the Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University, sheds new light on these enigmatic cosmic entities.

Jan 15, 2024

With Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Mind Has Become an Experimental Science

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, science, transportation

Time to move philosophers into the lab. AI is making theories of consciousness testable.

Jan 5, 2024

The AI–quantum computing mash-up: will it revolutionize science?

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI, science

Scientists are exploring the potential of quantum machine learning. But whether there are useful applications for the fusion of artificial intelligence and quantum computing is unclear.

Jan 5, 2024

South Dakota Proposes Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, science, security

Governor Kristi Noem has proposed a $6 million investment in a new Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology (C-QIST) in her recommended budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

According to details from the proposed budget, the center, a collaborative effort between Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota, aims to position the state as a leader in this emerging field with the potential to revolutionize everything from national security to healthcare.

The governor mentioned the potential of quantum computers to solve intractable problems as a reason for pursuing a quantum computing center, according to South Dakota Searchlight.

Jan 4, 2024

10x Stronger Than Kevlar: Amorphous Silicon Carbide Could Revolutionize Material Science

Posted by in categories: computing, science

A material that doesn’t just rival the strength of diamonds and graphene, but boasts a yield strength 10 times greater than Kevlar, renowned for its use in bulletproof vests.

Researchers at Delft University of Technology, led by assistant professor Richard Norte, have unveiled a remarkable new material with the potential to impact the world of material science: amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC).

Beyond its exceptional strength, this material demonstrates mechanical properties crucial for vibration isolation on a microchip. Amorphous silicon carbide is therefore particularly suitable for making ultra-sensitive microchip sensors.

Jan 4, 2024

Are autonomous labs the future of science?

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, science, transportation

Self-driving labs can perform experiments thousands of times faster than a human and they don’t need to sleep. That means more science in less time, but many questions remain, says Alex Wilkins

By Alex Wilkins

Jan 1, 2024

Thanks to AI, you don’t need a computer science degree to get a job in tech, IBM AI chief says

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI, science

According to Candy, the rise of AI would instead put a premium on soft skills like critical and creative thinking.

“Questioning, creativity skills, and innovation are going to be hugely important because I think AI’s going to free up more capacity for creative thought processes,” he told Fortune earlier.

It’s not just jobs in tech, though. Candy said that advances in AI image-generation technology could also affect those working in the arts.

Dec 28, 2023

The Attribute of Light Science Still Can’t Explain

Posted by in categories: science, space

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Dec 26, 2023

How can we construct a science of consciousness?

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, science

This chapter gives an overview of the projects facing a science of consciousness. Such a science must integrate third-person data about behavior and brain processes with first-person data about conscious experience. Empirical projects for integrating these data include those of contrasting conscious and unconscious processes, investigating the contents of consciousness, finding neural correlates of consciousness, and eventually inferring underlying principles connecting consciousness with physical processes. These projects are discussed with reference to current experimental research on consciousness. Some obstacles that a science of consciousness faces are also discussed.

Dec 24, 2023

The Mystery of the Paulding Light: Unveiled by Science

Posted by in categories: engineering, science, space

The Paulding Light, a perplexing glow in the Michigan sky, has fueled folklore with its eerie nightly appearances since the 1960s. What was once thought to be a ghostly signal has turned into a case study for scientific inquiry. A team of Michigan Tech students, led by Jeremy Bos, a PhD candidate in electrical engineering, undertook a methodical investigation to expose the truth behind the spectral luminance that intrigued both locals and visitors in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Their rigorous scientific approach involved telescopes, spectrographs, and atmospheric modeling, which demystified the paranormal claims. By observing the phenomenon through a telescope, the researchers identified the lights as nothing more than the headlights and taillights of vehicles on a distant stretch of US Highway 45. This was further supported by spectral analysis, confirming the automotive origin of the lights. The team’s findings pointed to atmospheric conditions and the geography of the Paulding area, which caused the vehicle lights to refract and create the illusion of the unexplained Paulding Light.

Despite the logical explanations provided by these dedicated students, the Paulding Light’s allure remains undiminished. The legend continues to attract those drawn to the supernatural, demonstrating the human fascination with mystery over the mundane. The Paulding Light stands as a symbol of our enduring attraction to the unexplained, a reminder that sometimes, even when the truth is revealed, the legend never dies.

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