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May 14, 2019

Automated Logic Wins AHR Expo Innovation Award

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

ALC’s new OptiFlex virtual integrator has been named the winner of the AHR Expo Innovation award in the building automation category.

5:30 pm.

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May 14, 2019

Humans Genetically Engineered To Be Super Intelligent Could Have An IQ Of 1000

Posted by in category: genetics

Sky-high IQs are coming.

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May 14, 2019

ATLAS experiment sets strong constraints on supersymmetric dark matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Dark matter is an unknown type of matter present in the universe that could be of particle origin. One of the most complete theoretical frameworks that includes a dark matter candidate is supersymmetry. Many supersymmetric models predict the existence of a new stable, invisible particle called the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP), which has the right properties to be a dark matter particle.

The ATLAS Collaboration at CERN has recently reported two new results on searches for an LSP that exploited the experiment’s full Run 2 data sample taken at 13 TeV proton-proton collision energy. The analyses looked for the pair production of two heavy supersymmetric particles, each of which decays to observable Standard Model particles and an LSP in the detector.

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May 14, 2019

Half-life of xenon 124 is about 18 sextillion years

Posted by in category: futurism

A new finding puts the half-life of xenon 124 close to 18 sextillion years.

That’s 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

Existing theory predicts the isotope’s radioactive decay has a half-life that surpasses the age of the universe “by many orders of magnitude,” but no evidence of the process has appeared until now.

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May 14, 2019

What number comes after a Googolplex?

Posted by in category: futurism

A googolplex is 1010^100, where the exponents are solved from the right. The exponentiation symbol (^) means the number just to the left multiplied by the left number’s self the number just to the right number of times. If the left number is 10, that means 1 followed by the right number of zeros. That is 10googol=1010,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. So the answer to your question is a-googolplex-and-1=(1010^100)+1.

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May 14, 2019

Moss capable of removing arsenic from drinking water discovered

Posted by in category: sustainability

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A moss capable of removing arsenic from contaminated water has been discovered by researchers from Stockholm University. And it happens quickly — in just one hour, the arsenic level is so low that the water is no longer harmful for people to drink. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Pollution.

The aquatic moss Warnstofia fluitans, which grows in northern Sweden, has the ability to quickly absorb and adsorb arsenic from water. The discovery allows for an environmentally friendly way to purify water of arsenic. One possible scenario is to grow the moss in streams and other watercourses with high levels of arsenic.

Water in mining areas often contaminated

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May 14, 2019

Researchers successfully sent a simulated elementary particle back in time

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics

The results are fascinating and spur the imagination, but don’t start investing in flux capacitors yet. This experiment also shows us that sending even a simulated particle back in time requires serious outside manipulation. To create such an external force to manipulate even one physical particle’s quantum waves is well beyond our abilities.

“We demonstrate that time-reversing even ONE quantum particle is an unsurmountable task for nature alone,” study author Vinokur wrote to the New York Times in an email [emphasis original]. “The system comprising two particles is even more irreversible, let alone the eggs — comprising billions of particles — we break to prepare an omelet.”

A press release from the Department of Energy notes that for the “timeline required for [an external force] to spontaneously appear and properly manipulate the quantum waves” to appear in nature and unscramble an egg “would extend longer than that of the universe itself.” In other words, this technology remains bound to quantum computation. Subatomic spas that literally turn back the clock aren’t happening.

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May 14, 2019

Artificial intelligence is helping old video games look like new

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Modders are taking advantage of AI tools to update old graphics.

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May 14, 2019

Indeterminate nature: the resurgence of quantum biology

Posted by in categories: biological, quantum physics

A melding of biology and physics first suggested in the 1920s is enjoying a revival as evidence mounts. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

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May 14, 2019

Physicists invent flux capacitor, break time-reversal symmetry

Posted by in categories: futurism, quantum physics

In the popular movie franchise “Back to the Future”, an eccentric scientist creates a time machine that runs on a flux capacitor.

Now a group of actual physicists from Australia and Switzerland have proposed a device which uses the tunneling of around a capacitor, breaking time-reversal symmetry.

The research, published this week in Physical Review Letters, proposes a of electronic circulators, which are devices that control the direction in which microwave signals move.

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