Weekly Science News

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

Weekly handpicked news from 10-Aug-2020 to 16-Aug-2020


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Digital Content on Track to Equal Half Earth’s Mass by 2245


Source: AIP Publishing LLC


As we use resources, such as coal, oil, natural gas, copper, silicon and aluminum, to power massive computer farms and process digital information, our technological progress is redistributing Earth’s matter from physical atoms to digital information — the fifth state of matter, alongside liquid, solid, gas and plasma.


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Quantum Researchers Create an Error-Correcting Cat


Source: Yale University


New device that combines the Schrödinger's cat concept of superposition with the ability to fix trickiest errors in a quantum computation. Yale physicists have developed an error-correcting cat — a new device that combines the Schrödinger’s cat concept of superposition (a physical system existing in two states at once) with the ability to fix some of the trickiest errors in a quantum computation.


Original written by: Jim Shelton

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Soldiers Could Teach Future Robots How to Outperform Humans


Source: U.S. Army Research Laboratory


Researchers designed an algorithm to allow autonomous ground vehicle to improve its existing navigation systems by watching a human drive. At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin, researchers designed an algorithm that allows an autonomous ground vehicle to improve its existing navigation systems by watching a human drive.


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ALMA Sees Most Distant Milky Way Look-Alike


Source: European Southern Observatory


Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a partner, have revealed an extremely distant and therefore very young galaxy that looks surprisingly like our Milky Way. The galaxy is so far away its light has taken more than 12 billion years to reach us: we see it as it was when the Universe was just 1.4 billion years old.


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Hubble Finds That Betelgeuse's Mysterious Dimming Is Due to a Traumatic Outburst


Source: NASA


Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are showing that the unexpected dimming of the supergiant star Betelgeuse was most likely caused by an immense amount of hot material ejected into space, forming a dust cloud that blocked starlight coming from Betelgeuse's surface. Hubble researchers suggest that the dust cloud formed when superhot plasma unleashed from an upwelling of a large convection cell on the star's surface passed through the hot atmosphere to the colder outer layers, where it cooled and formed dust grains.


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NTU Singapore Scientists Develop Artificial Intelligence System For High Precision Recognition of Hand Gestures


Source: Nanyang Technological University

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that recognises hand gestures by combining skin-like electronics with computer vision. The recognition of human hand gestures by AI systems has been a valuable development over the last decade and has been adopted in high-precision surgical robots, health monitoring equipment and in gaming systems.


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Versatile New Material Family Could Build Realistic Prosthetics, Futuristic Army Platforms


Source: Texas A&M Engineering Communications


Nature’s blueprint for the human limb is a carefully layered structure with stiff bone wrapped in layers of different soft tissue, like muscle and skin, all bound to each other perfectly. Achieving this kind of sophistication using synthetic materials to build biologically inspired robotic parts or multicomponent, complex machines has been an engineering challenge.


Original written by: Vandana Suresh and Dharmesh Patel

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