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Facebook AI researcher slams 'irresponsible' reports about smart bot experiment
Artificial intelligence researchers in recent days have been speaking out against media reports that dramatize AI research that Facebook conducted. An academic paper that Facebook published in June describes...
A classic quantum test could reveal the limits of the human mind
A quantum test could tell us what minds are made ofDominic Lipinski/PABy Anil AnanthaswamyThe boundary between mind and matter could be tested using a new twist on a well-known experiment in quantum physics....
No sign of seasonal dark matter after four years of searching
Jpienaar13 CC-By-SA 4.0By Jennifer Ouellette Dark matter has just suffered another blow. Only one experiment claims to have seen signs of the mysterious stuff, and now the massive XENON100 experiment...
2D materials enhance a 3D world
In the past decade 2D materials have captured the fascination of a steadily increasing number of scientists. These materials, whose defining feature is having a thickness of only one to very few atoms,...
A step closer to Skynet? Google's AI builds its own encryption
Google researchers have run a very interesting experiment involving AIs communicating with each other and building their own form of encryption to do so.The Google Brain team (the mission of which is...
Quantum trick sees two things happen before and after each other
By Jacob Aron Looking both ways: it’s a question of quantum realities RTimages/Alamy Stock PhotoAlice sent a present to Bob. No wait, Bob sent the present to Alice. Actually… they kind of sent it to...
IceCube telescope in Antarctica rules out sterile neutrinos
Nothing to see hereErik Beiser/IceCube/NSFBy Jacob AronA particle ghost has been laid to rest. Physicists have spent decades hunting for “sterile neutrinos“, a forth flavour in addition to the three...
Our latest search for dark matter suggests we're looking in the wrong place
Deep underground, at the bottom of a mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, scientists have been working for three years on one of the most sensitive experiments ever conducted.They've been trying to...
Artificial dome world set for largest indoor weather experiment
Just add water: Biosphere 2’s big weathering experiment will soon get under wayLandscape Evolution ObservatoryBy Anna NowogrodzkiThis summer Biosphere 2, the glassed-in ecosystem in the Arizona desert,...
This is what it looks like when fire burns inside a spacecraft
Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo craft is released by the International Space Station.NASAThere are many hazards in spaceflight, but one of the greatest is a fire inside a spacecraft filled with oxygen. Therefore...
Space station departure sets stage for fire experiment
An Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship was released from the International Space Station early Tuesday, clearing the way for an on-board experiment to set off a relatively large fire inside the spacecraft to...
Artificial intelligence replaces physicists
Physicists are putting themselves out of a job, using artificial intelligence to run a complex experiment. The experiment created an extremely cold gas trapped in a laser beam, known as a Bose-Einstein...
An experiment seeks to make quantum physics visible to the naked eye
Predictions from quantum physics have been confirmed by countless experiments, but no one has yet detected the quantum physical effect of entanglement directly with the naked eye. This should now be possible...
NASA to light biggest man-made fire ever in space
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a fire broke out on a spaceship? That's what NASA scientists are hoping to figure out by developing a space flight experiment that will test how fire behaves...
NASA experiment: Setting a fire in space
March 17, 2016, 8:45 PM|NASA is planning to light a fire in space in order to study how it behaves and what safety precautions should be taken in case of future fires. Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer...
Nasa wants to start a fire in space to see what happens
What happens when a space station catches fire? No-one's quite sure, so Nasa is planning to conduct a slightly-scary experiment to find out.The Cygnus capsules that carry supplies to the International...
NASA Plans to Light Large Fire in Orbiting Spacecraft
In order to see how fire-resistant to make the new lightweight materials that will be used to build next-generation spacecraft, NASA plans to start a large fire in space. The test "is crucial for the safety...
NASA Will Start 'Large Fire' In Space Next Week
NASA is going to start a "large fire" in space to see how the flames spread in a microgravity environment. The test will happen on one of NASA's Cygnus supply vehicles after it undocks from the International...
NASA’s plan to light a fire in space
A Cygnus spacecraft approaching the International Space Station. Picture: NASA NASA has masterminded a plan to light a large scale blaze in space. The idea is to help ensure the fire safety of future spacecrafts...
Tech that stands the test of time (pictures) - CNET
Set up in 1927 by Thomas Parnel at the University of Queensland, the Pitch Drop Experiment is one of the world's longest-running experiments. The aim is to measure the flow of pitch, which looks like...
It’s actually easy to force people to be evil
If the military forces you to destroy an alien species in space, your brain won't process it the same way it would if you chose to destroy the aliens of your own free will.Ender's GameWe've known for...
Quantum processes control accurately to several attoseconds
The speed of chemical, physical and biological processes is extremely high, atomic bonds are broken and restored within femtoseconds (one millionth of one billionth of a second). The Egyptian-American...
Quantum weirdness may hide an orderly reality after all
Tim Claxton / Alamy Stock Photo Often brushed aside like a forgotten stepchild, a 64-year-old theory of quantum mechanics may now share the stage with its more well-regarded siblings. If it holds up,...
The Experiment That Will Allow Humans to “See” Quantum Entanglement
Entanglement is the strange phenomenon in which two quantum particles become so deeply linked that they share the same existence. When this happens, a measurement on one particle immediately influences...
Study finds that sleep deprivation leads to false confessions
flickr user: Pieter Bas ElskampA paper in Monday's issue of PNAS reports that sleep-deprived people are up to 4.5 times more likely to sign a false confession. There’s an important weakness in the experiment,...
Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment
GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power. Following...
Do impulsive people have less free will than the rest of us?
Don’t blame impulsive people for their poor decisions. It’s not necessarily their fault. Impulsivity could result from not having enough time to veto our own actions. At least that is the implication...
Wield your phone as a lightsaber with Google's latest Chrome experiment
As if the hype train wasn't at its limit, Google is making the lightsaber accessible to those of us who don't have the good or bad fortune to be a Jedi or a Sith lord. In partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm,...
Engineers complete experiment onboard ESA sounding rocket
An experiment investigating how metals change from liquid to solid in microgravity has successfully taken place onboard a European Space Agency (ESA) sounding rocket. University College Dublin researchers...
Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones
Farewell Firefox OS smartphones. Mozilla today announced an end to its smartphone experiment, and said that it would stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones. It will continue to experiment...
ESA's LISA Pathfinder experiment launches to explore Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity
ESA's LISA Pathfinder experiment has successfully launched atop a Vega rocket from the agency's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and completed initial maneuvers required to place the probe in a low,...
Experiment suggests friction at root of shear force thickening
(Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from Cornell University in the U.S. and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. believes they may have settled the debate on the cause of shear force thickening...
WITCH hunt nearing end at CERN
At this time of year pictures of witches astride broomsticks are everywhere but there’s one place at CERN this image is seen year round – the WITCH experiment. Credit: Samuel Morier-Genoud/CERN This Halloween,...
Russia’s bizarre all-female experiment
The all-female crew are going to be locked up for eight days. Picture: Facebook. SIX Russian women have clambered into a mock spaceship to begin a unique experiment testing how an all-female crew would...
May the fifth force be with you
Discovering possible new forces in nature is no mean task. The discovery of gravity linked to Newton's arguably apocryphal apple experiment has remained anchored in popular culture. In January 1986, Ephraim...
Experiment tests Einstein's 'God does not play dice' with quantum 'dice'
Random number generators played a critical role in an historic experiment. The experiment gives the strongest refutation to date of Albert Einstein's principle of 'local realism,' which says that the universe...
MacGyver this! New DYI experiment shows students the physics of climate change
Dr Stephen Hughes and Darren Pearce have developed a new experiment that uses Archimedes' principle to demonstrate that oceans expand as they heat up, causing sea levels to rise, even without factoring...
Team links two human brains for question-and-answer experiment
Researchers used a brain-to-brain interface they developed to allow pairs of participants to play a '20 question' style game by transmitting signals from one brain to another over the Internet. Their experiment...
Spooky staredown by YouTubers Rhett & Link tests face-morphing theory
Enlarge Image"Good Mythical Morning" host Rhett McLaughlin stares into a mirror in dim lighting. What will he see staring back? Video screenshot by Danny Gallagher/CNET Remember at camp or a friend's slumber...
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