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May 20, 2024

If we consider the spacetime of the universe to be four-dimensional, does the Big Bang lie in its center?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Apologies for the (hopefully now somewhat less) clickbait-y title. Now, of course, I know that the Big Bang did not happen at any point connected to a single point in our current $3$-dimensional observable universe by a one-dimensional causal curve. I also know that at any point in the universe, all other points seem to be moving away from that point. However, according to our current understanding of physics, the universe is (at least) $4$-dimensional. Just like how in the classical “balloon” analogy for an expanding universe, the points do in fact all move away from a common point on the interior of the balloon, all spacetime points do move away from the Big Bang, or at least some kind of cosmological horizon which surrounds it — this is how I understand going forward in time, at least. Does it make sense to think of this as a sort of “center” for the full, $4$-dimensional spacetime? Or are there further subtleties to this situation?

May 20, 2024

Dozens of stars show signs of hosting advanced alien civilisations

Posted by in categories: energy, space

I don’t subscribe but if you do, you’ll get more but the short summary kinda gives a general idea. Astronomers spotted 60 stars with potential Dyson sphered around them but it isn’t 100% verifiable. It could be a simpler explanation they say.

Sufficiently advanced aliens would be able to capture vast quantities of energy from their star using a massive structure called a Dyson sphere. Such a device would give off an infrared heat signature — and astronomers have just spotted 60 stars that seem to match.

By Jonathan O’Callaghan

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May 19, 2024

Quantifying Qudits: New Measurements Provide a Glimpse of the Quantum Future

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Watch out qubits!

Scientists successfully measure high-dimensional qudits, cousins to quantum computing qubits.

May 19, 2024


Posted by in category: futurism

Elliott Sober an argument against reductionism.

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May 19, 2024

Our brains trick us into thinking consciousness can reside outside the body, new Northeastern research proves

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Iris Berent argues that the debate stems from the delusional biases in the way humans think about the separation of body and mind.

May 19, 2024

Elon Musk debuts Starlink satellite internet service in Indonesia

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, health, internet, satellites

Elon Musk traveled to Bali this weekend to officially launch Starlink, the SpaceX satellite internet service, in Indonesia this Sunday.

At a launch event with ministers in a health clinic in Indonesia, Musk stressed the significance of providing internet access to far-reaching corners of the vast archipelago, comprised of 17,000 islands across three time zones.

May 19, 2024

Using DNA origami, researchers create diamond lattice for future semiconductors of visible light

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

The shimmering of butterfly wings in bright colors does not emerge from pigments. Rather, photonic crystals are responsible for the play of colors. Their periodic nanostructure allows light at certain wavelengths to pass through while reflecting other wavelengths. This causes the wing scales, which are in fact transparent, to appear so magnificently colored.

May 19, 2024

Tower Two Breaks Ground! Starbase Flyover Update 41

Posted by in category: futurism

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May 19, 2024

Biohybrid robotic hand may help unravel complex sensation of touch

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Brain-machine interfaces are devices that enable direct communication between a brain’s electrical activity and an external device such as a computer or a robotic limb that allows people to control machines using their thoughts.

May 19, 2024

Scientists move closer to connecting cities with quantum internet

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics

Experiments in Netherlands, China, and US demonstrate how qubits can be stored in ‘quantum memory’ and transmitted via fiber optics.

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