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Jul 18, 2015

Discovery Of Massless Weyl Fermion Particle Could Revolutionize Electronics

Posted by in categories: electronics, particle physics

Two separate teams of researchers have found evidence for a theorized type of massless particle known as a “Weyl fermion.” The discovery was made by scientists at Princeton University in New Jersey and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and could herald a whole new age of better electronics.

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Jul 18, 2015

Massless particle discovered 85 years after it was theorized

Posted by in category: particle physics

Researchers have discovered a massless particle, which was first theorized 85 years ago and thought to be a building block for other subatomic particles.

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Jul 18, 2015

Physicists confirm rare pentaquarks discovery

Posted by in category: particle physics

Researchers have confirmed the existence of two pentaquark states, rare subatomic particles made up of five quarks.

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Jul 18, 2015

Algorithms Based on Brains Make For Better Networks

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, neuroscience

Researchers take inspiration from the developing brain to create improved computer algorithms.

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Jul 18, 2015

NASA just found something big hiding out behind Pluto

Posted by in category: space

NASA and the team behind its New Horizons spacecraft announced today that Pluto — the dwarf planet — has a giant tail.

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Jul 18, 2015

Japan opens world’s first robot hotel

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

At the 5-star Henn-na Hotel in Japan, robots welcome guests at reception, carry their bags and even do the cleaning.

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Jul 18, 2015

After 85-year search, massless particle with promise for next-generation electronics found

Posted by in categories: electronics, particle physics

Scientists have discovered Weyl fermions, elusive massless particles theorized 85 years ago that could give rise to faster and more efficient electronics because of their unusual ability to behave as matter and antimatter inside a crystal.

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Jul 18, 2015

Monkey ‘brain net’ raises prospect of human brain-to-brain connection

Posted by in category: neuroscience

In two separate experiments, scientists have formed a network from the brains of monkeys and rats, allowing them to co-operate and learn as a “superbrain”.

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Jul 18, 2015

Robots pass ‘wise-men puzzle’ to show a degree of self-awareness

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A trio of Nao robots has passed a modified version of the “wise man puzzle” and in so doing have taken another step towards demonstrating self-awareness in robotics. The feat was demonstrated at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York to the press prior to a presentation to be given at next month’s RO-MAN conference in Kobe, Japan.

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Jul 18, 2015

The $100 Million Content Farm That’s Killing the Internet — Charles Buzz | Motherboard

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“This week, the viral aggregator ViralNova was acquired for $100 million dollars. Meanwhile, the Pitchfork spin-off film criticism site The Dissolve ceased operations with an internet_meaningful blogpost entitled “The End.” The divergence between the missions and lifecycles of these two media projects that both launched in 2013 leave me wondering, “WTF is value?” It is certainly not creating #niche content for ‘intelligent audiences.’ Over the past two years, we’ve learned that there isn’t any actual monetizable ‘cultural value’ in building a content farm with an authoritative voice or domination of a niche area. Instead, it is more important to chase quantifiable human metrics by shoving lowbrow content in front of Facebook users. This is exactly what ViralNova has done better than most content farms–it figured out the current system and #growth_hacked the hell out of it.” Read more