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New AI Strategy Mimics How Brains Learn to Smell | Quanta Magazine
Machine learning techniques are commonly based on how the visual system processes information. To beat their limitations, scientists are drawing inspiration from the sense of smell.
articles  machine_learning 
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A Short History of the Missing Universe | Quanta Magazine
Astronomers have known where the universe’s missing matter has been hiding for the past 20 years. So why did it take so long to find it?
articles  astrophysics  physics 
yesterday by gmisra
‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter | Quanta Magazine
A new theory proposes that the quantum properties of an object extend into an “atmosphere” that surrounds the material.
articles  quantam_mechanics  physics 
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‘Traffic Jams’ of Cells Help to Sculpt Embryos | Quanta Magazine
By measuring mechanical forces inside an embryo for the first time, researchers have shown how a physical “jamming” mechanism assists development.
health  genetics  articles 
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‘The Very Top Guy in the Stasi was Personally Involved in Figuring Out How to Destroy Punk.’
Author Tim Mohr talks about East Germany’s dissident punk rock scene, and its role in bringing down the Berlin Wall in 1989 — the story behind his remarkable new book, ‘Burning Down The Haus.’
articles  music  History  germany 
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James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo Win Nobel Prize for Cancer Immunotherapy | Quanta Magazine
James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing ways to unleash the immune system more effectively against cancers.
articles  genetics  health 
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Donna Strickland, Gerard Mourou and Arthur Ashkin Win Physics Nobel | Quanta Magazine
Three researchers shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for advances in laser physics. The winners include a woman for the first time in 55 years.
articles  lasers 
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Planets Found to Be Larger Than the Disks They Come From | Quanta Magazine
Like a car that’s twice as heavy as the steel that went into it, exoplanets are far more massive than the material that they're built out of. The new finding is challenging established theories of how planets come to be.
articles  astronomy  astrophysics 
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Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification Problem | Quanta Magazine
Urmila Mahadev spent eight years in graduate school solving one of the most basic questions in quantum computation: How do you know whether a quantum computer has done anything quantum at all?
articles  quantum_computing 
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Elusive Origin of Stellar Geysers Revealed by 3-D Simulations – Simons Foundation
Supersize eruptions of some of the biggest, brightest stars in the universe result from clumps of helium-rich material launched spaceward by intense light, simulations suggest
articles  astrophysics 
yesterday by gmisra
I Wish I Could Leave It at That - Guernica
Roxane Gay’s memoir is a testament to her skill with empathetic connection.
articles  books  mental_health  health 
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Interstellar Comet ’Oumuamua Might Not Actually Be a Comet | Quanta Magazine
The mystery of ’Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever observed, continues to deepen. A new analysis argues that if it were a comet, it would have broken apart as it passed near the sun.
articles  aliens  space  solar_system 
yesterday by gmisra
How I Learned to Love Bonsai · The Walrus
When my amateur attempts at the art weren’t working, I went to YouTube star Nigel Saunders
articles  bonsai  gardening 
yesterday by gmisra
We are bombarded by thousands of diverse species and chemicals | News Center | Stanford Medicine
Stanford scientists have measured the human “exposome,” or the particulates, chemicals and microbes that individually swaddle us all, in unprecedented detail.
articles  environment  exposome 
yesterday by gmisra

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