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Sep 24, 2023

Simulation: The Great Escape — Official Trailer

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Sep 24, 2023

Should we rethink our legal definition of a human embryo?

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Scientists can now create realistic human embryo models in the lab, leading some to suggest that we rethink how we legally define an embryo.

Sep 24, 2023

A to-go lid from a cup holds the secret to creating a safer drone wing

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The domes can be placed upside down, or in different directions. The purpose of these dome shaped designs is to give the drone a way to consider what dangerous conditions are like and react quickly to them.

Sep 24, 2023

Thinner Than the Photon Itself — Scientists Invent Smallest Known Way To Guide Light

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Channeling light from one location to another is the backbone of our modern world. Across deep oceans and vast continents, fiber optic cables transport light containing data ranging from YouTube clips to banking transmissions—all within fibers as thin as a strand of hair.

University of Chicago Prof. Jiwoong Park, however, wondered what would happen if you made even thinner and flatter strands—in effect, so thin that they’re actually 2D instead of 3D. What would happen to the light?

Through a series of innovative experiments, he and his team found that a sheet of glass crystal just a few atoms thick could trap and carry light. Not only that, but it was surprisingly efficient and could travel relatively long distances—up to a centimeter, which is very far in the world of light-based computing.

Sep 24, 2023

Rollout of driverless cabs in select U.S. cities raises safety questions

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Ali Rogin:

With the cost of owning a car out of reach for many today ride sharing gives commuters an alternative. And a handful of U.S. cities, self-driving taxis are getting the green light to pick up passengers. Several companies including Waymo Cruise and Motional are touting driverless taxis as the way of the future.

But the rollout of these robo cabs has hit some speed bumps. Not everyone is comfortable with autonomous cars on the road. And major technical questions remain. Aarian Marshall is a staff writer for WIRED, and she covers transportation. Aarian, thank you so much for joining us.

Sep 24, 2023

Cracking the Nucleolar Code: MIT Unravels Evolutionary Secrets of the Nucleolus

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A single protein can self-assemble to build the scaffold for a biomolecular condensate that makes up a key nucleolar compartment.

Inside all living cells, loosely formed assemblies known as biomolecular condensates perform many critical functions. However, it is not well understood how proteins and other biomolecules come together to form these assemblies within cells.


Sep 24, 2023

Experts say we’re decades from fully autonomous cars. Here’s why

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While many new cars are equipped to assist drivers at the wheel, experts say we’re a long way from seeing cars capable of fully automated driving.

Sep 24, 2023

Episode 33: James Ladyman on Reality, Metaphysics, and Complexity

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Sep 24, 2023

Is physical reality a hoax | Peter Atkins, James Ladyman, Joanna Kavenna

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Peter Atkins, James Ladyman, and Joanna Kavenna argue over the existence of physical reality.

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Sep 24, 2023

Historic OSIRIS-REx asteroid samples successfully return to Earth

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In the morning hours of Sept. 24, a small capsule containing surface samples from asteroid 101,955 Bennu careened into Earth’s atmosphere after a seven-year journey through space. The landing of this sample capsule is the culmination of NASA’s historic Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) asteroid sample return mission, which is now the first American mission to return samples from an asteroid.

The sample return capsule (SRC) landed within a 14 by 58-kilometer ellipse at a Department of Defense property at the Utah Test and Training Range and Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Touchdown of the SRC occurred at 8:52 AM MDT (14:52 UTC) — three minutes earlier than planned. Low winds and dry weather was present at Dugway during the landing — optimal conditions for the return and recovery of the SRC.

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