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Virality Prediction and Community Structure in Social Networks

Virality Prediction and Community Structure in Social Networks | The virtual life | Scoop.it
How does network structure affect diffusion? Recent studies suggest that the answer depends on the type of contagion. Complex contagions, unlike infectious diseases (simple contagions), are affected by social reinforcement and homophily.

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Theory of everything? How spacetime is built by quantum entanglement

Theory of everything? How spacetime is built by quantum entanglement | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Physicists and mathematicians have made a significant step toward unifying general relativity and quantum mechanics by explaining how spacetime emerges from quantum entanglement in a more fundamental theory.
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Why Aren't The Aliens Here Already?

Why Aren't The Aliens Here Already? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
If we learned we're the only ones looking into the night sky, it'd be impossibly lonely. But it might also mean there's something holding all beings from a higher state, which may spell our doom too.
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Juvenile plasticity returned to adult mice brains

Juvenile plasticity returned to adult mice brains | The virtual life | Scoop.it
In 2013, researchers from Yale University reported the discovery of a molecular switch that enabled the rigid brains of adult mice to return to the high levels of plasticity found in juvenile brains. Now a team at UC Irvine has achieved similar results using a different approach.
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3D reconstruction of neuronal networks uncovers hidden organizational principles of sensory cortex | KurzweilAI

3D reconstruction of neuronal networks uncovers hidden organizational principles of sensory cortex | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
3D reconstruction of individual cortical neurons in rats. Top: Examples of neuron reconstructions for each of the 10 major cell types of the vibrissal
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Making Sense of the Chemistry That Led to Life on Earth

Making Sense of the Chemistry That Led to Life on Earth | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Researchers are nearing a better understanding of the chemical reactions that created life on the young planet.
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Natural SUSY’s last stand

Natural SUSY’s last stand | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Either Supersymmetry will be found in the next years of research at the Large Hadron Collider, or it isn’t exactly what theorists hoped it was.
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Neurons constantly rewrite their DNA to store information | KurzweilAI

Neurons constantly rewrite their DNA to store information | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Images of mouse neurons from the hippocampal region of the brain. Levels of the protein GluR1 (orange), a receptor for chemical messengers in synapses, are
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Dark Matter May Feel a “Dark Force” That the Rest of the Universe Does Not

Dark Matter May Feel a “Dark Force” That the Rest of the Universe Does Not | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Astronomers watching galaxies collide found evidence of nongravitational forces that could suggest dark matter interacts with itself
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AMS results create cosmic ray puzzle

AMS results create cosmic ray puzzle | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment defy our current understanding of cosmic rays.
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Biologists Confirm God Evolved From Chimpanzee Deity

Biologists Confirm God Evolved From Chimpanzee Deity | The virtual life | Scoop.it
BERKELEY, CA—Challenging long-held views on the origins of divinity, biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, presented findings Thursday that confirm God, the Almighty Creator of the Universe, evolved from an ancient chimpanzee deity. ...
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Donuts, math, and superdense teleportation of quantum information

Donuts, math, and superdense teleportation of quantum information | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Putting a hole in the center of the donut—a mid-nineteenth-century invention—allows the deep-fried pastry to cook evenly, inside and out. As it turns out, the hole in the center of the donut also holds answers for a type of more efficient and reliable quantum information teleportation, a critical ...
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Experiment confirms quantum theory weirdness

Experiment confirms quantum theory weirdness | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The bizarre nature of reality as laid out by quantum theory has survived another test, with scientists performing a famous experiment and proving that reality does not exist until it is measured. Physicists have conducted John Wheeler's delayed-choice thought experiment, which involves a moving object that is given the choice to act like a particle or a wave. The group reversed Wheeler's original experiment, and used helium atoms scattered by light.
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Dynamically reprogramming matter | KurzweilAI

Dynamically reprogramming matter | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Various types of reprogramming DNA strands can be used to selectively trigger transformations to radically different phases (configurations) of the initial
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Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations | MIT Technology Review

Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The way creatures evolve in a quantum environment throws new light on the nature of life.
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Saturn's moon Enceladus has curtains of water vapor erupting from its surface

They could make the search for life a little bit easier.
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New Centimeter-Accurate GPS System Could Transform Virtual Reality and Mobile Devices

New Centimeter-Accurate GPS System Could Transform Virtual Reality and Mobile Devices | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin have developed a centimeter-accurate GPS positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation on virtual reality headsets, cellphones and other technologies.  The breakthrough by Assistant Professor Todd Humphreys and his team is a software-defined GPS receiver that can extract centimeter accuracies from the inexpensive antennas found in mobile devices.
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A Surprise for Evolution in Giant Tree of Life | Quanta Magazine

A Surprise for Evolution in Giant Tree of Life |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The largest evolutionary tree ever compiled leads researchers to conclude that chance mutation — not natural selection — drives the development of new species.
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Demonstration of a quantum error detection code using a square lattice of four superconducting qubits : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group

Demonstration of a quantum error detection code using a square lattice of four superconducting qubits : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Supervoid: Scientists just discovered an unexplained hole in the universe

Supervoid: Scientists just discovered an unexplained hole in the universe | The virtual life | Scoop.it
But it's just empty space. This supervoid is 1.8 billion light years across (the distance light can travel in a year). It would normally be expected to contain around 10,000 galaxies. It was picked...
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Alien Supercivilizations Absent from 100,000 Nearby Galaxies

Alien Supercivilizations Absent from 100,000 Nearby Galaxies | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The most far-seeing search ever performed for “Dyson spheres” and other artifacts of “astroengineering” comes up empty. Where is everybody?
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Graphics in reverse

Graphics in reverse | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Probabilistic programming does in 50 lines of code what used to take thousands.
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Thought-Controlled Genes Could Someday Help Us Heal

Thought-Controlled Genes Could Someday Help Us Heal | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Scientists combined a brain–computer interface with an optogenetic switch to create the first-ever brain–gene interface
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