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Dec 24, 2019

Samsung is teasing some kind of new artificial intelligence called NEON

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

More details to come at CES 2020.

Dec 24, 2019

A Real-Life Deluminator for Spotting Exoplanets

Posted by in category: space

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Supriya Chakrabarti, Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Perhaps you remember the opening scene of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” that took place on Privet Drive. A bearded man pulled a mysterious device, called a deluminator, from his dark robe and one by one the lights from the street lamps flew into it.

Dec 24, 2019

Brazil to create national artificial intelligence strategy

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The plan aims to use AI to boost competitiveness and productivity and address issues such as social inequality.

Dec 24, 2019

Brain discovery upends ideas about attention

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Researchers have found a new area of the brain involved with selective attention, our ability to focus on one thing at a time in a chaotic world.

Dec 24, 2019

First chip-to-chip quantum teleportation harnessing silicon photonic chip fabrication

Posted by in categories: internet, particle physics, quantum physics, supercomputing

The development of technologies which can process information based on the laws of quantum physics are predicted to have profound impacts on modern society.

For example, quantum computers may hold the key to solving problems that are too complex for today’s most powerful supercomputers, and a quantum internet could ultimately protect the worlds information from malicious attacks.

However, these technologies all rely on “,” which is typically encoded in single quantum particles that are extremely difficult to control and measure.

Dec 24, 2019

Incredible sights from space as astronauts celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah

Posted by in category: space

Astronauts may be far from home, but they still celebrate the holidays.

Residents of the International Space Station posted an incredible photo and video for the holidays, celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas far above the world.

Astronaut Jessica Meir posted a stunning picture from the station’s cupola, the small, panoramic, ESA-built observatory module of the station. It allows for observation of activities like spacewalks and shuttle approaches, but also provides the perfect place to celebrate Hanukkah.

Dec 24, 2019

Russia ‘successfully tests’ its unplugged internet

Posted by in category: internet

Russia’s alternative to the global internet would cut its citizens off from some foreign services.

Dec 24, 2019

Japan Proposes Releasing Fukushima Water Into Environment

Posted by in category: futurism

The proposal comes almost ten years after the nuclear meltdown at the plant.

Dec 24, 2019

SpaceX achieves key safety milestone for crewed flight with 10th parachute test

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

SpaceX is closing out the year with an achievement that should help it keep on track to fly astronauts on board one of its spacecraft next year. The Elon Musk-led space company finished its tenth consecutive successful parachute system test yesterday, an important safety system milestone that should be a good indication that the latest design is just about ready for use with astronauts on board.

The parachute system is what’s used to slow the descent of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon commercial astronaut spacecraft on its return trip to Earth, once it enters the atmosphere. The current design is the third major iteration of SpaceX’s parachute for Crew Dragon, featuring upgraded materials and improved stitching for the best possible reliability and durability during flight.

Yesterday the team completed the 10th successful multi-chute test in a row of Crew Dragon’s upgraded Mark 3 parachute design – one step closer to safely launching and landing @NASA astronauts

Dec 24, 2019

Do Black Holes Create New Universes?

Posted by in categories: alien life, physics

||The formation of a black hole triggers the formation of a new Universe||

How the heck would it do that? A black hole is nothing but intense gravity. How could it create anything, least of all a brand new Universe? Also assumes that each Universe is governed by the same regularities so that black hole formation is possible. But if the regularities (“laws”) are the same, then the fundamental constants will be the same!

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