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COSMOS issue 49: Quantum Information

COSMOS issue 49: Quantum Information | The virtual life | Scoop.it
For scientists in the field of quantum information, the swirling chaos of space and the delicate intricacies of life are nothing more than a game.
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When parallel worlds collide, quantum mechanics is born

When parallel worlds collide, quantum mechanics is born | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Parallel universes – worlds where the dinosaur-killing asteroid never hit, or where Australia was colonised by the Portuguese – are a staple of science fiction. But are they real?
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Rage Against The Machines

Rage Against The Machines | The virtual life | Scoop.it
This is an excerpted chapter from "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't" by Nate Silver, editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight. The book was published in September 2...
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The pluralist perspective on the axiom of constructibility, MidWest PhilMath Workshop, Notre Dame, October 2014

The pluralist perspective on the axiom of constructibility, MidWest PhilMath Workshop, Notre Dame, October 2014 | The virtual life | Scoop.it
This will be a featured talk at the Midwest PhilMath Workshop 15, held at Notre Dame University October 18-19, 2014.  W. Hugh Woodin and I will each give one-hour talks in a session on Perspectives...
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New Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter

New Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Researchers see signature of “Majorana particles” inside superconducting iron
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Ten Questions for the Philosophy of Cosmology

Ten Questions for the Philosophy of Cosmology | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Last week I spent an enjoyable few days in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, for a conference on the Philosophy of Cosmology. The slides for all the talks are now online; videos aren't up yet, b...
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New molecule found in space suggests life origins | KurzweilAI

New molecule found in space suggests life origins | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Dust and molecules in the central region of our Galaxy: The background image shows the dust emission in a combination of data obtained with the APEX telescope
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Could ‘solid’ light compute previously unsolvable problems? | KurzweilAI

Could ‘solid’ light compute previously unsolvable problems? | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Oscillations of photons create an image of frozen light. At first, photons in the experiment flow easily between two superconducting sites, producing the large
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Researcher advances a new model for a cosmological enigma—dark matter

Researcher advances a new model for a cosmological enigma—dark matter | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Astrophysicists believe that about 80 percent of the substance of our universe is made up of mysterious 'dark matter' that can't be perceived by human senses or scientific instruments.
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Astronauts Just Found Life In Outer Space – Scientists Ponder How It’s Possible

Astronauts Just Found Life In Outer Space – Scientists Ponder How It’s Possible | The virtual life | Scoop.it
In what is a cool mainstream find, Russian cosmonauts have discovered LIFE clinging to the outside of the International Space Station. This is the first time living organisms have been found on the space station and scientists are not sure how it got there. The Creatures The creatures were found during a space walk to […]
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At Multiverse Impasse, a New Theory of Scale | Quanta Magazine

At Multiverse Impasse, a New Theory of Scale |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Physicists have begun to explore the idea that mass and length may not be fundamental properties of nature. The hypothesis could help to avoid the conclusion that our world is just a weird bubble in an endlessly foaming multiverse.
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"We Are Like Fish Who Finally Realized We Were Living In Water," Nobel Physicist Frank Wilczek - Atom Ecology

"We Are Like Fish Who Finally Realized We Were Living In Water," Nobel Physicist Frank Wilczek - Atom Ecology | The virtual life | Scoop.it
"Empty Space" is the environment of physical reality, it has the same properties everywhere and every when! It is 70% of the Universe's mass. Wilczek
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Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review

Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.
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Second Life Creator Philip Rosedale Is Building a Virtual World Where Your Avatar Mirrors Your Facial Expressions | MIT Technology Review

Second Life Creator Philip Rosedale Is Building a Virtual World Where Your Avatar Mirrors Your Facial Expressions | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The inventor of Second Life has spent 15 years chasing the dream of living in virtual space. Can his new company finally give virtual worlds mass-market appeal?
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Scientist creates lifelike cells out of metal

Researcher says he has created living cells made of metal instead of carbon — and they may be evolving.
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Quantum robots will be more creative, faster, smarter, say researchers | KurzweilAI

Quantum robots will be more creative, faster, smarter, say researchers | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
European researchers suggest using creative quantum robots to accelerate machine learning (credit: SINC) Quantum computing should be applied to robots,
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Physics Titan Edward Witten Still Thinks String Theory “on the Right Track” | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network

Physics Titan Edward Witten Still Thinks String Theory “on the Right Track” | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Geneticists solve 40-year-old dilemma to explain why duplicate genes remain in the genome

Geneticists solve 40-year-old dilemma to explain why duplicate genes remain in the genome | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Geneticists at Trinity College Dublin have made a major breakthrough with important implications for understanding the evolution of genomes in a variety of organisms.
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Weak Nuclear Force Shown to Give Asymmetry to Biochemistry of Life

Weak Nuclear Force Shown to Give Asymmetry to Biochemistry of Life | The virtual life | Scoop.it
"Left-handed" electrons have been found to destroy certain organic molecules faster than their mirror versions
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God Particle could destroy universe, according to Hawking

God Particle could destroy universe, according to Hawking | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The Higgs Boson particle was discovered in 2012 in CERN's Large Hadron Collider
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Symbolic regression of generative network models : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

Symbolic regression of generative network models : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Networks are a powerful abstraction with applicability to a variety of scientific fields. Models explaining their morphology and growth processes permit a wide range of phenomena to be more systematically analysed and understood. At the same time, creating such models is often challenging and requires insights that may be counter-intuitive. Yet there currently exists no general method to arrive at better models. We have developed an approach to automatically detect realistic decentralised network growth models from empirical data, employing a machine learning technique inspired by natural selection and defining a unified formalism to describe such models as computer programs. As the proposed method is completely general and does not assume any pre-existing models, it can be applied “out of the box” to any given network. To validate our approach empirically, we systematically rediscover pre-defined growth laws underlying several canonical network generation models and credible laws for diverse real-world networks. We were able to find programs that are simple enough to lead to an actual understanding of the mechanisms proposed, namely for a simple brain and a social network.
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Science as Salvation? | The Nation

Science as Salvation? | The Nation | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Marcelo Gleiser wants to heal the rift between humanists and scientists by deflating scientific dreams of establishing final truths.
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"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects

"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects | The virtual life | Scoop.it
In a physics first, quantum entanglement of two-colored laser beams created pictures of otherwise unseeable objects, experimenters report.
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‘Robo Brain’ will teach robots everything from the Internet | KurzweilAI

‘Robo Brain’ will teach robots everything from the Internet | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Robo Brain logo (credit: Saxena Lab) Robo Brain is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million
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