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A New Theory to Explain the Higgs Mass | Quanta Magazine

A New Theory to Explain the Higgs Mass |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Three physicists have proposed a new solution to one of the deepest mysteries in particle physics: why the Higgs boson has such a tiny mass.
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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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Scientists recover ‘lost’ memories using brain stimulation by blue light | KurzweilAI

Scientists recover ‘lost’ memories using brain stimulation by blue light | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT) MIT researchers have found they were able to reactivate memories in mice that could not otherwise be retrieved, using
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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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