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Jun 13, 2024

The CRISPR Horizon: Envisioning the Future of Genomic Editing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Explore the transformative potential of CRISPR in medicine, agriculture, and beyond, and delve into the ethical debates surrounding this technology.

Jun 13, 2024

Data as the next challenge in atomistic machine learning

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

As machine learning models are becoming mainstream tools for molecular and materials research, there is an urgent need to improve the nature, quality, and accessibility of atomistic data. In turn, there are opportunities for a new generation of generally applicable datasets and distillable models.

Jun 13, 2024

Here’s Why We Might Live in a Multiverse

Posted by in categories: cosmology, quantum physics

Several branches of modern physics, including quantum theory and cosmology, suggest our universe may be just one of many.

By Sarah Scoles

Humans live in a universe; that is a fact. Up for debate, though, is whether that universe lives in a sea of other universes— a multiverse.

Jun 13, 2024

Quantum mechanics and the puzzle of human consciousness

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

Some scientists speculate that the strange happenings in this microscopic realm may hold the key to understanding consciousness. But scant evidence has left the majority skeptical.

That includes Christof Koch, Ph.D., meritorious investigator at the Allen Institute. As he wrote in his recent book, Then I am myself the world, “the brain is wet and warm, hardly conducive to subtle quantum interactions.”

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Jun 13, 2024

Crypto and Artificial Intelligence Could be a $20 Trillion Megatrend, Bitwise Says

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, economics, robotics/AI

AI and crypto combined could add a total of $20 trillion to the global economy by 2030, the report said. Bitwise notes that bitcoin miners have all the resources that AI firms need. Crypto and AI have the potential to intersect in other areas other than mining such as information validation and virtual assistants.

The two industries could add a collective $20 trillion to global GDP by 2030, the report said.

Jun 12, 2024

Scientists reconstruct ancient genomes of the two most deadly malaria parasites to identify origin and spread

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, military

In a study appearing in Nature, an international team of researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, reconstructed the evolutionary history and global spread of malaria over the past 5,500 years, identifying trade, warfare, and colonialism as major catalysts for its dispersal.

Jun 12, 2024

Earth’s ‘Great Oxidation Event’ was spread over 200 million years, according to recent geochemical discoveries

Posted by in category: chemistry

Scientists refer to this phenomenon as the Great Oxidation Event, or GOE for short. But the initial accumulation of O2 on Earth was not nearly as straightforward as that moniker suggests, according to new research led by a University of Utah geochemist.

This “event” lasted at least 200 million years. And tracking the accumulation of O2 in the oceans has been very difficult until now, said Chadlin Ostrander, an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics.

“Emerging data suggest that the initial rise of O2 in Earth’s atmosphere was dynamic, unfolding in fits-and-starts until perhaps 2.2. billion years ago,” said Ostrander, lead author on the study published June 12 in the journal Nature. “Our data validate this hypothesis, even going one step further by extending these dynamics to the ocean.”

Jun 12, 2024

New theory describes how waves carry information from surroundings

Posted by in category: futurism

Waves pick up information from their environment through which they propagate. A theory of information carried by waves has now been developed at TU Wien—with astonishing results that can be utilized for technical applications.

Jun 12, 2024

New theory links quantum geometry to electron-phonon coupling

Posted by in categories: materials, quantum physics

A new study published in Nature Physics introduces a theory of electron-phonon coupling that is affected by the quantum geometry of the electronic wavefunctions.

The movement of electrons in a lattice and their interactions with the lattice vibrations (or phonons) play a pivotal role in phenomena like superconductivity (resistance-free conductivity).

Electron-phonon coupling (EPC) is the interaction between free electrons and phonons, which are quasiparticles representing the vibrations of a crystal lattice. EPC leads to the formation of Cooper pairs (pairs of electrons), responsible for superconductivity in certain materials.

Jun 12, 2024

Study confirms the rotation of Earth’s inner core has slowed

Posted by in category: futurism

University of Southern California scientists have proven that the Earth’s inner core is backtracking—slowing down—in relation to the planet’s surface, as shown in new research published in Nature.

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