SCIENCE - TECHNOLOGY - NATURE
COULD A SPACECRAFT FLY TO THE SUN?
Humans have sent spacecraft to the moon, the red planet Mars and even distant interstellar space, but could we send a spaceship to the scorching sun?
The answer is yes, and it's happening soon.
In 2018, NASA plans to launch the Solar Probe Plus mission to the sun.
TWO NEW NASA INSTITUTES WILL PREPARE US TO LIVE AWAY FROM EARTH
NASA has decided to fund two Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to help prepare humanity to colonize other parts of the universe. Experts like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking agree that humanity must venture to live outside of our planet.
SEA ICE HITS RECORD LOWS AT BOTH POLES
Arctic temperatures have finally started to cool off after yet another
winter heat wave
stunted sea ice growth over the weekend.
FACTS ABOUT BROMINE
Smelly element No. 35, bromine, is a fairly abundant element but has a rare property: it is the only nonmetal to exist in liquid form at room temperature, and one of only two elements (the other being mercury) that is liquid at room temperature and pressure.
NEW MATERIALS CONDUCT ELECTRICITY AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT
Researchers have developed two-dimensional material with breakthrough electric and magnetic properties. These have the potential to make quantum computers work in more regular conditions.
"AI BRAIN SCANS" REVEAL HOW SYNTHETIC INTELLIGENCE THINK
Graphcore has produce a series of images that show what it looks like when its development chip runs various AI software, such as Microsoft Research's ResNet-34 architecture. Looking at these images is similar to looking at a scan from a brain to see how it works as both processes involve connections between different parts of a system.
SEE WHAT PAST GENERATIONS THOUGHT TODAY'S CITIES WOULD LOOK LIKE
These images depict how people in the past expected Los Angeles and other cities to look in the future, with some envisioning sunken roads and others predicting towering skyscrapers. While some predictions aren't too far off, others illustrate worlds that look very different from the ones we currently inhabit.
MIT'S SUPER-THIN WIRES ARE LEADING TO A NEW AGE IN BRAIN IMPLANTS
Researchers have developed fibers roughly 200 micrometers across that mimic the flexibility of brain tissue and can be used to manipulate electrical, chemical, or optical signals. Previous devices were specialized, so these small, all-in-one fibers could allow us to do more in neuroscience research, which could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments and BCIs.
TECH EXPERT WARNS THAT AI COULD BECOME "A FASCIST'S DREAM"
Are the goals of AI and the fascist movement are similar?
A NEW QUANTUM PROBE LETS US SEE ELECTRON FLOW
Researchers from the University of Melbourne's Center for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology have developed a new quantum imaging technique that's capable of probing electron movement in nanoscale electronic materials, such as graphene.