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Apr 21, 2018

How Music Generated

Posted by in categories: information science, internet, media & arts, robotics/AI

There is an enduring fear in the music industry that artificial intelligence will replace the artists we love, and end creativity as we know it.

As ridiculous as this claim may be, it’s grounded in concrete evidence. Last December, an AI-composed song populated several New Music Friday playlists on Spotify, with full support from Spotify execs. An entire startup ecosystem is emerging around services that give artists automated songwriting recommendations, or enable the average internet user to generate customized instrumental tracks at the click of a button.

But AI’s long-term impact on music creation isn’t so cut and dried. In fact, if we as an industry are already thinking so reductively and pessimistically about AI from the beginning, we’re sealing our own fates as slaves to the algorithm. Instead, if we take the long view on how technological innovation has made it progressively easier for artists to realize their creative visions, we can see AI’s genuine potential as a powerful tool and partner, rather than as a threat.

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Apr 20, 2018

Holographic sails fixes last technical issues for interstellar laser pushed sails

Posted by in category: space travel

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Apr 20, 2018

UK man’s super-gonorrhoea cured — but now two Australians have it

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, sex

A UK man who caught what was dubbed the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured, Public Health England (PHE) said — but two similar cases have been reported in Australia.

The unidentified heterosexual man, who had a partner in the UK, picked up the infection having sex with another woman in South-East Asia, PHE said.

Health officials said it was the first time the infection could not be cured with the regular treatment — a combination of antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone.

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Apr 20, 2018

The Yellowstone supervolcano is a disaster waiting to happen

Posted by in category: futurism

Scientists have new insight into the restless magma chambers underlying Yellowstone National Park.

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Apr 20, 2018

Kepler Telescope Finds Ten More Possibly Life Supporting Planets

Posted by in category: alien life

The planets are rocky and 1.75 times the size of Earth, and are being referred to as ‘super-Earths’ or ‘mini-Neptunes’.

Kepler Telescope Finds Ten More Possibly Life Supporting Planets

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Apr 20, 2018

University of Central Florida planetary scientist highlights CubeSat progress

Posted by in category: futurism

ORLANDO, Fla.—Adrienne Dove, a University of Central Florida (UCF) planetary scientist, physicist, and associate professor, capped off the university’s 2018 Distinguished Speaker series with a talk about CubeSats and UCF’s involvement with CubeSat-based science missions.

Highlights of a growing program

Dove began her talk detailing some of the key activities of the university’s Physics Department.

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Apr 20, 2018

27-Million-Year-Old Fossil Found In New Zealand Helps Identify World’s Oldest Known Baleen Whale

Posted by in category: evolution

Ignored for 30 years after its discovery, this archaic baleen whale finally gets a place in the spotlight.

A whale fossil unearthed three decades ago in New Zealand’s South Canterbury district has led to an unexpected find that rewrites the history of whale evolution, National Geographic reports.

The fossil dates back 27 million years ago and was identified as a previously unknown genus of baleen whale.

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Apr 20, 2018

Taking the Pulse of Greenhouse Gases

Posted by in category: transportation

It can happen in a flash — airborne science, that is.

Two hundred microseconds, to be exact. With lasers shot from the belly of a King Air B200 aircraft.

That’s right, scientists are shooting lasers at atmospheric gases — not to zap them out of existence, but to measure them.

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Apr 20, 2018

Jim Bridenstine Confirmed as New Head of NASA

Posted by in category: space

The Senate just made a non-scientist head of NASA.

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Apr 20, 2018

Ultra-Cold Atoms Recreate the Expanding Universe in Tabletop Experiment

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

Eerie similarities unite vastly different scientific ideas in sometimes utterly surprising ways. One of these similarities may have allowed scientists to recreate the expanding universe—on a countertop.

Researchers accomplished their feat using Bose-Einstein condensates, which are collections of certain atoms held to the near coldest-possible temperatures. Bose-Einstein condensates let scientists see teeny quantum mechanical effects on a much larger scale, and have been used to do lots and lots of wild physics. These scientists hope they can use its quirks to model the behavior of the far grander cosmos.

“It’s hard to test theories of cosmology,” study author Gretchen Campbell, from the University of Maryland’s Joint Quantum Institute, told Gizmodo. “Maybe we can actually find a way to study some cosmological models on the laboratory scale.”

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