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Aug 17, 2022

“More is different”: why reductionism fails at higher levels of complexity

Posted by in category: futurism

We cannot deduce laws about a higher level of complexity by starting with a lower level of complexity. Here, reductionism meets a brick wall.

Aug 17, 2022

2D boundaries could create electricity

Posted by in categories: energy, materials

There’s still plenty of room at the bottom to generate piezoelectricity. Engineers at Rice University and their colleagues are showing the way.

A new study describes the discovery of piezoelectricity—the phenomenon by which mechanical energy turns into —across phase boundaries of two-dimensional materials.

The work led by Rice materials scientists Pulickel Ajayan and Hanyu Zhu and their colleagues at Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering, the University of Southern California, the University of Houston, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Research Laboratory and Pennsylvania State University appears in Advanced Materials.

Aug 17, 2022

Scientists Want to Block Out the Sun. Should We? Is it Even Possible?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Iron could massively boost ocean algae populations.

Scientists suggest we could fertilize the world’s oceans with iron to fight climate change. Iron would lead to phytoplankton blooms, which would help to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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Aug 17, 2022

Nuclear War Would Cause a Global Famine and Kill Billions, Rutgers-Led Study Finds

Posted by in categories: climatology, existential risks, military

We might all starve.

Researchers from Rutgers University calculated the possible effects of nuclear wars. The result shows that a nuclear war between countries such as Russia and USA could kill billions and cause starvation within two years.

It also demonstrates that large deficits would arise in imports due to the depletion of crops.

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Aug 17, 2022

Tasmanian tiger: Scientists hope to revive marsupial from extinction

Posted by in category: existential risks

Experts behind the project claim the technology for “de-extinction” already exists, but others are sceptical.

Aug 17, 2022

Watch NASA’s massive new rocket crawl toward its first launch

Posted by in category: space

The Space Launch System will start rolling out to its launchpad a few days ahead of schedule. It is headed to space for the first time as early as August 29th.

Aug 17, 2022

Holographic Conversational Video Experience allows you to communicate with deceased relatives

Posted by in categories: holograms, robotics/AI

The company StoryLife developed technology Holographic Conversational Video Experience that allows you to communicate with holograms of deceased relatives.

What we know

A U.S. startup has learned how to create a digital clone of a person before they die. It uses two dozen synchronized cameras to do so. They record answers to questions and then the resulting material is used to train artificial intelligence.

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Aug 16, 2022

Plasma reactors could create oxygen on Mars

Posted by in category: space

Approach splits atmospheric carbon dioxide, but still has kinks to work out.

Aug 16, 2022

The problem with our cybersecurity problem

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

We’ve got a cybersecurity problem, but it’s not the one we think we have. The problem is how we think about cybersecurity problems.


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The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.

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Aug 16, 2022

Breaking: Scientists Have Reversed Time with a Quantum Computer

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Scientists have reversed the direction of time with a quantum computer.

The breakthrough study seems to contradict basic laws of physics and could alter our understanding of the processes governing the universe.

In a development that also represents a major advance in our understanding of quantum computers, by using electrons and the strange world of quantum mechanics, researchers were able to turn back time in an experiment that is the equivalent of causing a broken rack of pool balls to go back into place.

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