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Oct 26, 2018

Breathtaking video captures meteor exploding in night sky: It’s ‘a once-in-a-lifetime thing’

Posted by in category: futurism

A man in the U.K. managed to capture photos and video of a lifetime, documenting the exact moment when a meteor exploded and then disintegrated above a castle.

The images and video were caught during the Orionid meteor shower on Saturday, Oct. 20, SWNS reports. 44-year-old Nick Jackson was heading to take images of Clun Castle in Shropshire when the celestial object made its debut.

Mid-way during the shoot, Jackson saw the giant meteor behind the castle and said: “I immediately thought, ‘I hope that was caught in the frame.’”

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Oct 26, 2018

Image of Earth is captured 27 million miles from our planet

Posted by in category: futurism

Wow! Earth looks stunning even from 27 MILLION miles away! 🤩.

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Oct 26, 2018

Physicists demonstrate magnetometer that uses quantum effects and machine learning

Posted by in categories: cosmology, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Aalto University in Finland, and ETH Zurich have demonstrated a prototype device that uses quantum effects and machine learning to measure magnetic fields more accurately than its classical analogues. Such measurements are needed to seek mineral deposits, discover distant astronomical objects, diagnose brain disorders, and create better radars.

“When you study nature, whether you investigate the human brain or a supernova explosion, you always deal with some sort of electromagnetic signals,” explains Andrey Lebedev, a co-author of the paper describing the new device in npj Quantum Information. “So measuring magnetic fields is necessary across diverse areas of science and technology, and one would want to do this as accurately as possible.”

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Oct 26, 2018

The ‘Best Illusion of the Year’ Will Make You Mistrust Your Brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Every year, various members of the illusion community—which is made up of scientists, neurologists, researchers, and even artists—get together to decide which of their recently created mind-melters deserves the honor of Best Illusion of the Year. This year, Japan’s Kokichi Sugihara claimed the top prize with a deceptively simple illusion that plays with how our mind perceives 3D objects.

This isn’t the first time Kokichi Sugihara, a mathematician at Meiji University in Japan, has won the Best Illusion of the Year honor. Nor is it the first time his fantastic illusions have shown up on Gizmodo. Triply Ambiguous Object, his latest award-winning creation, appears to be a simple 3D structure, with a tiny flag mounted on one of its many corners.

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Oct 26, 2018

MIT reveals who self-driving cars should kill: The cat, the elderly, or the baby?

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The results of the poll are in.

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Oct 26, 2018

Uranus will be visible all over the UK tonight

Posted by in category: space

Not in the Philippines?

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Oct 26, 2018

Optics Breakthrough That Makes the Internet 100X Faster May Save the Web

Posted by in categories: innovation, internet

A new component makes existing fiber optic cables 100 times faster.

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Oct 26, 2018

The Best 3 Plants for Keeping Your Brain Young, According to Science

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience, science

They pack a powerful health wallop, but they’re tasty, too.

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Oct 26, 2018

A man who received a stem cell transplant for multiple sclerosis can walk and dance again after suffering from the disease for a decade

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A man who relied on a wheelchair for 10 years was able to walk and dance after receiving his stem cell transplant.

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Oct 26, 2018

The Main Suspect Behind an Ominous Spike in a Polio-Like Illness

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A common virus seems to be behind a puzzling condition that’s paralyzing children, but uncertainties remain.

A s the summer of 2014 gave way to fall, Kevin Messacar, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, started seeing a wave of children with inexplicable paralysis. All of them shared the same story. One day, they had a cold. The next, they couldn’t move an arm or a leg. In some children, the paralysis was relatively mild, but others had to be supported with ventilators and feeding tubes after they stopped being able to breathe or swallow on their own.

The condition looked remarkably like polio—the viral disease that is on the verge of being eradicated worldwide. But none of the kids tested positive for poliovirus. Instead, their condition was given a new name: acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. That year, 120 people, mostly young children, developed the condition across 34 states. The cases peaked in September and then rapidly tailed off.

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