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Theoretical physics: The origins of space and time

Theoretical physics: The origins of space and time | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Many researchers believe that physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behaviour of space and time, but where these entities come from.
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Detection of mini black holes at the LHC could indicate parallel universes in extra dimensions

Detection of mini black holes at the LHC could indicate parallel universes in extra dimensions | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—The possibility that other universes exist beyond our own universe is tantalizing, but seems nearly impossible to test. Now a group of physicists has suggested that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest particle collider in the world, may be able to uncover the existence of parallel ...
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Confirming Einstein, scientists find 'spacetime foam' not slowing down photons from faraway gamma-ray burst (Update)

Confirming Einstein, scientists find 'spacetime foam' not slowing down photons from faraway gamma-ray burst  (Update) | The virtual life | Scoop.it
One hundred years after Albert Einstein formulated the general theory of relativity, an international team has proposed another experimental proof. In a paper published today in Nature Physics, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Open University of Israel, Sapienza University of ...
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Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness

Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Vanderbilt University researchers took a significant step toward answering longstanding questions about the origins of consciousness with a recent discovery of global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness.
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Traveling without moving: Quantum communication scheme transfers quantum states without transmitting physical particles

Traveling without moving: Quantum communication scheme transfers quantum states without transmitting physical particles | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—While Einstein considered quantum entanglement as 'spooky action at a distance,' and those who fully accept entanglement acknowledge it to be counterintuitive, current entanglement-based quantum communication schemes for transferring an unknown quantum state from one place to another require ...
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The Future Of Voice-Activated AI Sounds Awesome

The Future Of Voice-Activated AI Sounds Awesome | The virtual life | Scoop.it
For decades science fiction movies have been imagining the future as one where humans talk to machines just as naturally as they speak to family and friends...
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Researchers develop the first-ever quantum device that detects and corrects its own errors

Researchers develop the first-ever quantum device that detects and corrects its own errors | The virtual life | Scoop.it
When scientists develop a full quantum computer, the world of computing will undergo a revolution of sophistication, speed and energy efficiency that will make even our beefiest conventional machines seem like Stone Age clunkers by comparison.
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The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.
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The Wrong Objections to the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics | Sean Carroll

The Wrong Objections to the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics | Sean Carroll | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Quantum parallelism and scientific realism | OUPblog

Quantum parallelism and scientific realism | OUPblog | The virtual life | Scoop.it
By Paul Cockshott The philosopher Althusser said that philosophy represents ideology, in particular religious ideology to science, and science to ideology. As science extended its field of explanation, a series of 'reprise’ operations were carried out by philosophers to either make the findings of science acceptable to religion or to cast doubt on the relative trustworthiness of science compared to the teachings of the church.
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Why AI?

Why AI? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
I have come to believe that the reason is that AI engages some of our deepest existential hopes and fears and forces us to look at ourselves in novel, unsettling ways. Even though the ways in which we are forced to face our humanity are new, the issu...
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A New Mathematical Proof Shows How Some Spaces Can't Always Be Divided

A New Mathematical Proof Shows How Some Spaces Can't Always Be Divided | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The mathematics of leftovers.
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NASA-Microsoft augmented-reality system allows scientists to ‘work on Mars’ | KurzweilAI

NASA-Microsoft augmented-reality system allows scientists to ‘work on Mars’ | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A screen shot from OnSight, a software tool developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in collaboration with Microsoft. OnSight uses real rover data to
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Beyond Nuclear - Japan - TEPCO admits Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 core completely melted down

Beyond Nuclear - Japan - TEPCO admits Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 core completely melted down | The virtual life | Scoop.it
News sources report that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has concluded --as already widely s...
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Some genes 'foreign' in origin and not from our ancestors

Some genes 'foreign' in origin and not from our ancestors | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Many animals, including humans, acquired essential 'foreign' genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times, according to new research. The study challenges conventional views that animal evolution relies solely on genes passed down through ancestral lines, suggesting that, at least in some lineages, the process is still ongoing.
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Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum

Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Study explains how three essential molecules could have formed simultaneously
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What Happens Inside the Quantum Wave Function? | Sean Carroll

What Happens Inside the Quantum Wave Function? | Sean Carroll | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Apmel's insight:

And the answer is: NOTHING

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Why does time always run forwards and never backwards?

Why does time always run forwards and never backwards? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Why is it you can break an egg, but not make the pieces spring back together again? To find out, we have to go back to the birth of the universe
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The Origin of Life And The Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

The Origin of Life And The Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality - The Physics arXiv Blog - Medium
Quantum criticality must have played a crucial role in the origin of life say researchers who have found its hidden signature in a wide…
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Pennies reveal new insights on the nature of randomness

Pennies reveal new insights on the nature of randomness | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The concept of randomness appears across scientific disciplines, from materials science to molecular biology. Now, theoretical chemists at Princeton have challenged traditional interpretations of randomness by computationally generating random and mechanically rigid arrangements of two-dimensional hard ...
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The Believers

The Believers | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The hidden story behind the code that runs our lives.
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In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory | Quanta Magazine

In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
physics, mathematics, string theory, quantum gravity, theory of everything, M-theory, AdS/CFT correspondence, Michael Green, John Schwarz, Brian Greene, Tom
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Human Face Recognition Found In Neural Network Based On Monkey Brains | MIT Technology Review

Human Face Recognition Found In Neural Network Based On Monkey Brains | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A neural network that simulates the way monkeys recognise faces produces many of the idiosyncratic behaviours found in humans, says computer scientists.
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Daden Limited :: Daden Chatbot Significantly Passes Modified Turing Test in a Virtual World

Daden Limited :: Daden Chatbot Significantly Passes Modified Turing Test in a Virtual World | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed

Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Ever since Einstein proposed his special theory of relativity in 1905, physics and cosmology have been based on the assumption that space looks the same in all directions -- that it's not squeezed in one direction relative to another. A new experiment by physicists used partially entangled atoms -- identical to the qubits in a quantum computer -- to demonstrate more precisely than ever before that this is true: to one part in a billion billion.
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Living In A Virtual World (Philip Rosedale) - Exponential Finance 2014 - YouTube

As we saw with the $2B acquisition of Oculus Rift, virtual reality (VR) is big business. In this session, Philip Rosedale, one of the pioneers of VR, as well...
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