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Feb 4, 2019

Listening for #marsquakes is serious business!

Posted by in category: business

Now with its cover in place, our NASA InSight lander will collect accurate data despite wind and temperature changes on the Red Planet: https://go.nasa.gov/2St6gUj

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Feb 4, 2019

Canadian cryptocurrency fund boss Gerald Cotten died – and US$190million of his investors’ money may be encrypted forever

Posted by in categories: cosmology, cryptocurrencies, economics, encryption

US$190 million in investors’ money has been locked since Cotten died in December. His widow says she doesn’t know his passwords.


About US$190 million in cryptocurrency has been locked away in a online black hole after the founder of a currency exchange died, apparently taking his encrypted access to their money with him.

Investors in QuadrigaCX, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, have been unable to access their funds since its founder, Gerald Cotten, died last year.

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Feb 4, 2019

China Built an AI to Detect Corruption and Officials Shut it Down

Posted by in categories: information science, mobile phones, robotics/AI

AI may quickly point out a corrupt official, but it is not very good at explaining the process it has gone through to reach such a conclusion.


“We just use the machine’s result as reference,” Zhang Yi, an official in a province that’s still using the software, told the SCMP. “We need to check and verify its validity. The machine cannot pick up the phone and call the person with a problem. The final decision is always made by humans.”

Algorithmic Justice

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Feb 4, 2019

This Israeli company will soon launch the world’s first private Moon

Posted by in category: space

Spawned from the Google Lunar X Prize competition, the privately funded SpaceIL organization plans to shoot for the Moon in the next month.

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Feb 4, 2019

Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

What actually occurs in a superposition—the strange condition in which entities seem to be in two or more places or states at the same? This is the root question in quantum mechanics, and the answer was unknown until now. In a new research paper, a joint team of researchers from Israel and Japan, has described a novel experiment that could finally shed light on the true nature of this puzzling phenomenon.

The researchers estimate that their experiment, that can be carried out within a few months, could possibly allow scientists a sneak peek at where an object like a particle of light i.e. a photon will actually be when it is positioned in a superposition. And as per their predictions, the answer can be even stranger and more baffling than “two places at once.”

The characteristic occurrence of a superposition involves firing photons at two parallel slits into a barrier. One fundamental aspect of quantum mechanics is that the tiny particles can behave like waves, so that those passing through one slit “interfere” with those passing through the other. These wavy ripples either boost or cancel one another to create a new characteristic pattern on a detector screen. The oddest fact is that this interference occurs even if only a single particle is fired at a time. The particle seems to somehow pass through both slits simultaneously and displays interference with itself. This is a true superposition.

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Feb 4, 2019

Scientists Prepare for Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moon Europa

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA’s Europa Clipper mission is on track to launch as soon as 2023, but the team has a lot to do before then.

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Feb 4, 2019

Mexican company converts avocado pits into completely biodegradable plastic

Posted by in category: materials

When you think of Mexico, you think of tequila and guacamole, says Scott Munguia. If he has his way, you might also be thinking of something else made from the avocado: plastic made from the seed.

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Feb 4, 2019

Scientists may have found a way to cure type 1 diabetes with stem cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Stem cell research may be controversial but it’s showing incredible promise in treating a number of long-incurable diseases. The latest target for scientists working with stem cells is type 1 diabetes, and a new study reveals that it’s possible to convert stem cells into cells capable of producing insulin, potentially opening the door to a cure.

The goal which the scientists are rapidly working towards is to be able to replace insulin-producing cells in individuals who have type 1 diabetes. In diabetes patients those cells are often destroyed when the person is young, requiring that they monitor their blood sugar levels and take insulin to manage the disease.

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Feb 4, 2019

An Eradicated Disease Popped Up at the Detroit Auto Show

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New cars, retro disease.

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Feb 4, 2019

Preschool Teacher with Brain Tumor Who Was Given a Week to Live Is Now Thriving

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Thanks to a new clinical drug trial, Amanda Thomas’s brain tumor is shrinking.

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