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New Gigantic Telescopes Will Crack the Secrets of the Skies | Wired Science | Wired.com

New Gigantic Telescopes Will Crack the Secrets of the Skies | Wired Science | Wired.com | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
From the properties of dark matter to how the universe took shape shortly after the Big Bang, some of the universe’s oldest and best-kept secrets could soon be exposed as construction moves forward on three “extremely large telescopes,” each with...
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Time's Arrow Traced to Quantum Source - Quanta Magazine

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The tendency of coffee — and everything else — to reach equilibrium is “very intuitive,” said Nicolas Brunner, a quantum physicist at the University of Geneva.
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The 17 Equations That Changed The Course Of History

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From Ian Stewart's book, these 17 math equations changed the course of human history.

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Pocket : Top 10 things you might not know about our solar system

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Raffi Khatchadourian: Can an Audacious Plan to Create a New Energy Resource Help Save the Planet?

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No one knows ITER’s true cost, which may be incalculable, but estimates have been rising steadily, and a conservative figure rests at twenty billion dollars, a sum which makes ITER the most expensive scientific instrument on Earth. But if it is truly possible to bottle up a star, and to do so economically, the technology could solve the world’s energy problems for the next thirty million years, and help save the planet from environmental catastrophe. Thirty-five countries, representing more than half the world’s population, are invested in the project, which is so complex to finance that it requires its own currency: the ITER Unit of Account.

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Physicists are building an NSA-proof internet

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The next generation web — far more secure than today’s — is on the way. Here’s how it works.
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How I Narrowed Down The Location Of Malaysia Air Using "Monte Carlo" Data Models

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Using geostationary satellite location and a basic knowledge of 777 specs, can we predict the likely locations of MH370?

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A quantum leap with computers

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Quantum computers — a futuristic vision of ultra-fast processors powered by particle physics — sound almost like science fiction.
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Spectacular cosmic discovery hailed

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RAMS management of railway systems - eTheses Repository

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60,000 miles up: Space elevator could be built by 2035, new study says

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Imagine a ribbon roughly one hundred million times as long as it is wide. If it were a meter long, it would be 10 nanometers wide, or just a few times thicker than a DNA double helix. Scaled up to the length of a football field, it would still be less than a micrometer across — smaller than a red blood cell. Would you trust your life to that thread? What about a tether 100,000 kilometers long, one stretching from the surface of the Earth to well past geostationary orbit (GEO, 22,236 miles up), but which was still somehow narrower than your own wingspan?

The idea of climbing such a ribbon with just your body weight sounds precarious enough, but the ribbon predicted by a new report from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will be able to carry up to seven 20-ton payloads at once. It will serve as a tether stretching far beyond geostationary (aka geosynchronous) orbit and held taught by an anchor of roughly two million kilograms. Sending payloads up this backbone could fundamentally change the human relationship with space — every climber sent up the tether could match the space shuttle in capacity, allowing up to a “launch” every couple of days.


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Think I will pass on this

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Science fiction may be coming true.

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Hundreds of challenges remain to be solved but as even NASA struggles to maintain an edge, the pay-off of a Space Elevator has never been clearer. The original idea of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky which Arthur C. Clarke turned into a novel could be the revolution space exploration needs.

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When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

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Companies are developing software to analyze our fleeting facial expressions and to get at the emotions behind them.

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Researchers detect water in planet outside our solar system - Penn State News

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Forbes Researchers detect water in planet outside our solar system Penn State News Chad Bender, a research associate in the Penn State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and a co-author of the paper, said "Planets like tau Boötes b, which are...
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Moon Lasers Are Creating the Galaxy’s Fastest Internet

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Want this article to load more quickly? Read it in space.

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Now You Can Build Google’s $1M Artificial Brain on the Cheap | Enterprise | WIRED

Now You Can Build Google’s $1M Artificial Brain on the Cheap | Enterprise | WIRED | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Andrew Ng wants to bring deep learning -- an emerging computer science field that seeks to mimic the human brain with hardware and software -- into the DIY era. ("Low-cost" neural nets on gpus.

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Pocket : Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

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Critical phase in missing matter hunt

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Will Living on Mars Drive Us Crazy?

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Six humans are in Hawaii, testing the psychological effects of life on another planet.
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The Universe and More: Einstein Dollars™

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Get your kids excited about physics! The Universe and More is your source for educational games that are actually fun!
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Swarming in Biological and Related Systems

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In the last 15 years, the collective motion of large numbers of self-propelled objects has become an increasingly active area of research. The examples of such collective motion abound: flocks of birds, schools of fish, swarms of insects, herds of animals etc. Swarming of living creatures is believed to be critical for the population survival under harsh conditions. The ability of motile microorganisms to communicate and coordinate their motion leads to the remarkably complex self-organized structures found in bacterial biofilms. Active intracellular transport of biological molecules within the cytoskeleton has a profound effect on the cell cycle, signaling and motility. In recent years, significant progress has also been achieved in the design of synthetic self-propelled particles. Their collective motion has many advantages for performing specific robotic tasks, such as collective cargo delivery or harvesting the mechanical energy of chaotic motion.

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In this focus issue we have tried to assemble papers from leading experts which we hope will provide a current snapshot of this young and rapidly expanding field of research. They cover both theoretical and experimental investigations of the dynamics of active matter on different spatial and temporal scales.

 

Focus on Swarming in Biological and Related Systems
Lev Tsimring, Hugues Chate, Igor Aronson

2014 New J. Phys. 16

http://iopscience.iop.org/1367-2630/focus/Focus%20on%20Swarming%20in%20Biological%20and%20Related%20Systems


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Judith Hackitt's 'Risk Assessment' - A star in the making

I read with delight recently about a young man who had apparently created nuclear fusion in a classroom in Lancashire.
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Pocket : Systems Past: the only 8 software innovations we actually use

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25 things you might not know about the web on its 25th birthday

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John Naughton: It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. We examine how the web has transformed our lives for good and ill

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Case for Dark Matter Signal Strengthens | Simons Foundation

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A new analysis strengthens the case that gamma rays emanating from the center of the Milky Way come from dark matter particles known as WIMPs.
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Check your privilege with an antimatter beam

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Jon Butterworth: The CERN ASACUSA experiment has made an antimatter beam. It will not be used as a disintegrating death ray, but to study symmetries and invariants. This is much more interesting, and at the heart of how science tells us about our place in the universe
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Quantum Mechanics May Be Proven by Distant Quasars - The Escapist

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MIT News Quantum Mechanics May Be Proven by Distant Quasars The Escapist MIT researchers have proposed an experiment involving the observation of distant quasars that could close a final loophole and prove our universe is governed by quantum...

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More about the proposal to use distant quasars as the trigger for detector settings in an EPR-Bell experiment; to close the loophole that there could be some hidden mechanism that influences the choice of detector settings.