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Jun 20, 2019

In Hawaii, Construction to Begin on Disputed Telescope Project

Posted by in category: space

Work on the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, bitterly opposed by Hawaiian activists, may soon be underway.

Jun 20, 2019

New technique makes it possible to see around corners

Posted by in category: electronics

Computer vision researchers report using special light sources and sensors to see around corners or through gauzy filters, letting them reconstruct the shapes of unseen objects.

Jun 20, 2019

Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Though serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin have been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. New research at Caltech, published in the April 9 issue of the journal Cell, shows that certain bacteria in the gut are important for the production of peripheral serotonin.

Jun 20, 2019

India Plans To Launch Its Own Space Station By 2030

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Jun 20, 2019

Researchers develop ‘vaccine’ against attacks on machine learning

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI

Researchers from CSIRO’s Data61, the data and digital specialist arm of Australia’s national science agency, have developed a world-first set of techniques to effectively ‘vaccinate’ algorithms against adversarial attacks, a significant advancement in machine learning research.

Jun 20, 2019

Serotonin linked to somatic awareness, a condition long thought to be imaginary

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

International team spearheaded by researchers at McGill University has discovered a biological mechanism that could explain heightened somatic awareness, a condition where patients experience physical discomforts for which there is no physiological explanation.

Jun 20, 2019

Walmart is using AI-powered cameras to prevent theft at checkout lanes

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The system tracks and alarms when items move past the register without being scanned.

Jun 20, 2019

Mimicking black hole event horizons in atomic and solid-state systems

Posted by in category: cosmology

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Holographic quantum matter exhibits an intriguing connection between quantum black holes and more conventional (albeit strongly interacting) quantum many-body systems. This connection is manifested in the study of their thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and many-body quantum chaos. In this Review, we discuss these connections, focusing on the most promising example of holographic quantum systems to date – the family of Sachdev–Ye–Kitaev (SYK) models. The SYK models are simple quantum mechanical models that have the potential to holographically realize quantum black holes. We examine various proposals for the experimental realizations of SYK models, including ultracold gases, graphene flakes, semiconductor quantum wires and 3D topological insulators. These approaches offer the exciting prospect of accessing black hole physics and thus addressing many important questions regarding quantum gravity in the laboratory.

Jun 20, 2019

Scientists 3D-print biological tissue without using scaffolds

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biological

Though it may be hard to believe that there is already an “established” method of doing something such as 3D-printing biological tissue, there does indeed seem to be one. It utilizes microscale scaffolds – which a newly-developed technique does away with the need for.

Jun 20, 2019

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin fires up moon landing engine in successful first test

Posted by in category: space travel

It’s sound and fury signifying a step toward landing on the lunar surface.