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Scientists discover cosmic factory for making building blocks of life

Scientists discover cosmic factory for making building blocks of life | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a 'cosmic factory' for producing the building blocks of life, amino acids, in research published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.
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How an AI Algorithm Learned to Write Political Speeches | MIT Technology Review

How an AI Algorithm Learned to Write Political Speeches | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Political speeches are often written for politicians by trusted aides and confidantes. Could an AI algorithm do as well?
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The newest prime number is more than 22 million digits long

The newest prime number is more than 22 million digits long | The virtual life | Scoop.it
With the right software, anyone can find the next prime number.
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That Weird Star That Doesn’t Have Alien Megastructures Around It? It Keeps Getting Weirder.

That Weird Star That Doesn’t Have Alien Megastructures Around It? It Keeps Getting Weirder. | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A star that made headlines due to weird brightness dips - leading to speculations of aliens building structures around it - is even weirder than we tho ...
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The First International Beauty Contest Judged by Artificial Intelligence

The First International Beauty Contest Judged by Artificial Intelligence | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Welcome to Beauty.AI, the first beauty contest judged by an all-robot jury. Robots and humans are welcome to join
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Nearby star hosts closest alien planet in the ‘habitable zone’ | KurzweilAI

Nearby star hosts closest alien planet in the ‘habitable zone’ | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
  A simulation of the orbital configuration of the Wolf 1061 system. Wolf 1061 is an inactive red dwarf star, smaller and cooler than our sun, 14 light
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Paradox at the heart of mathematics makes physics problem unanswerable

Paradox at the heart of mathematics makes physics problem unanswerable | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Gödel’s incompleteness theorems are connected to unsolvable calculations in quantum physics.
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Baby Galaxies Found Swaddled in Dark Matter Knot : DNews

Baby Galaxies Found Swaddled in Dark Matter Knot : DNews | The virtual life | Scoop.it
In new observations, an extremely concentrated knot of ancient galaxies undergoing energetic star formation at the dawn of our universe has been spied embedded in a knot of dark matter.
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Physicists plan a miniaturized particle accelerator prototype in five years | KurzweilAI

Physicists plan a miniaturized particle accelerator prototype in five years | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Three “accelerators on a chip” made of silicon. A shoebox-sized particle accelerator would use a series of these to boost the energy of electrons. (SLAC
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Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns | MIT Technology Review

Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Biologists have long puzzled over why neurons have thousands of synapses. Now neuroscientists have shown they are crucial not just for recognizing patterns but for learning the sequence in which they appear.
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Mathematician claims breakthrough in complexity theory

Mathematician claims breakthrough in complexity theory | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New algorithm compares networks in fewer steps than previously thought possible
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Researchers take two big steps toward quantum computing

Researchers take two big steps toward quantum computing | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—"Spooky action at a distance," Einstein's famous, dismissive characterization of quantum entanglement, has long been established as a physical phenomenon, and researchers are keen to develop practical applications for entanglement including communication, encryption, and computing.
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Is dark matter subatomic particles, a superfluid, or both? — Sabine Hossenfelder — Aeon Essays

Quantum effects are not just subatomic: they can be expressed across galaxies, and solve the puzzle of dark matter
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Large-scale conspiracies would quickly reveal themselves, Oxford researchers show

Large-scale conspiracies would quickly reveal themselves, Oxford researchers show | The virtual life | Scoop.it
If you’re thinking of creating a massive conspiracy, you may be better scaling back your plans, according to an Oxford University researcher. While we can all keep a secret, a study by Dr David Rob…
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Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought | KurzweilAI

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
In a computational reconstruction of brain tissue in the hippocampus, Salk and UT-Austin scientists found the unusual occurrence of two synapses from the axon
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Man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997, study finds

Man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997, study finds | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a new study says.
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Life and Rocks May Have Co-Evolved on Earth

Life and Rocks May Have Co-Evolved on Earth | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A Carnegie geologist makes the case that minerals have evolved over time and may have helped spark life
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Genetic ‘intelligence networks’ discovered in the brain | KurzweilAI

Genetic ‘intelligence networks’ discovered in the brain | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Color-coded heatmap of gradient of expression of the M1 gene network, spanning fetal development to late adulthood and expressed in distinct cortical regions
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The Physical Origin of Universal Computing

The Physical Origin of Universal Computing | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The physical nature of computers might reveal deep truths about their uniquely powerful abstract abilities
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Electronic plants developed at Linköping University

Electronic plants developed at Linköping University | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have created analog and digital electronics circuits inside living plants. The group at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, under the leadership of Professor Magnus Berggren, have used the vascular system of living roses to build key components of electronic circuits.
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Supercomputing the strange difference between matter and antimatter

Supercomputing the strange difference between matter and antimatter | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An international team of physicists including theorists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has published the first calculation of direct "CP" symmetry violation—how the behavior of subatomic particles (in this case, the decay of kaons) differs when matter is swapped out for antimatter. Should the prediction represented by this calculation not match experimental results, it would be conclusive evidence of new, unknown phenomena that lie outside of the Standa
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How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains | Quanta Magazine

How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Scientists have begun to identify the symphony of biological triggers that powered the extraordinary expansion of the human brain.
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Quantum Game Beats Classical Odds—Thermodynamics Implications

Quantum Game Beats Classical Odds—Thermodynamics Implications | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A quantum game is described making use of coins embodied as entangled Fermions in a potential energy well. It is shown that the odds are affected by the Pauli Exclusion Principle. They depend on the elevation in the energy well where the coins are selected, ranging from being a certainty of winning at the bottom of the well to being near classical at the top. These odds differ markedly from those in a classical game in which they are independent of elevation. The thermodynamics counterpart of th
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Wouldn’t you like to know what’s going on in my mind?

Wouldn’t you like to know what’s going on in my mind? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
I suppose most theoretical physicists who (like me) are comfortably past the age of 60 worry about their susceptibility to “crazy-old-guy syndrome.” (Sorry for the sexism, but all the victims of th...
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