Category: Science

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Earliest Black Hole Gives Rare Glimpse of Ancient Universe

Earliest Black Hole Gives Rare Glimpse of Ancient Universe

Astronomers have at least two gnawing questions about the first billion years of the universe, an era steeped in literal fog and figurative mystery. T ...
DeepMind AI needs mere 4 hours of self-training to become a chess overlord

DeepMind AI needs mere 4 hours of self-training to become a chess overlord

Enlarge / We'd like to imagine AlphaZero playing its chess within a 1980s' style BBS system.Chris Wilkinson We last heard from DeepMin ...
A Hidden Supercluster Could Solve the Mystery of the Milky Way

A Hidden Supercluster Could Solve the Mystery of the Milky Way

Glance at the night sky from a clear vantage point, and the thick band of the Milky Way will slash across the sky. But the stars and dust that paint o ...
Seeing the Beautiful Intelligence of Microbes

Seeing the Beautiful Intelligence of Microbes

Intelligence is not a quality to attribute lightly to microbes. There is no reason to think that bacteria, slime molds and similar single-cell forms o ...
Galactic Glow, Thought to Be Dark Matter, Now Hints at Hidden Pulsars

Galactic Glow, Thought to Be Dark Matter, Now Hints at Hidden Pulsars

In 2009, Dan Hooper and his colleagues found a glow coming from the center of our galaxy that no one had ever noticed before. After analyzing publicly ...
Google charted air pollution street by street in parts of California

Google charted air pollution street by street in parts of California

Google Street View cars have driven 100,000 miles in 4,000 hours to collect data on how levels of pollution differ from street to street in parts o ...
Liquid metal transistor could pave the way for self-repairing electronics

Liquid metal transistor could pave the way for self-repairing electronics

With the development of a brand-new alloy that can exist as a liquid metal at room temperature, engineers at the Carnegie Mellon University have manag ...
Cost of wind keeps dropping, and there’s little coal, nuclear can do to stop it

Cost of wind keeps dropping, and there’s little coal, nuclear can do to stop it

Enlarge / A battery installation built by BYD in 2015 in LaSalle County, Illinois.BYDThough a lot has changed since 2016, not much ...
How to Build a Robot That Won’t Take Over the World

How to Build a Robot That Won’t Take Over the World

Isaac Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics—constraints on the behavior of androids and automatons meant to ensure the safety of humans—were also fam ...
Scientists building a huge new telescope have reached a critical phase

Scientists building a huge new telescope have reached a critical phase

Huge telescopes dot mountainsides around the world.  From Hawaii to Chile, scientists seek out the perfect site with fair weather and dark, clear skie ...
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