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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 
14 hours ago by gmisra
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 
14 hours ago 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 
14 hours ago by gmisra
‘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 
14 hours ago by gmisra
‘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 
14 hours ago by gmisra
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 
14 hours ago by gmisra
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 
14 hours ago by gmisra
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.
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articles  astronomy  astrophysics 
15 hours ago by gmisra
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 
15 hours ago by gmisra
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 
15 hours ago 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 
15 hours ago by gmisra
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 
15 hours ago 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 
15 hours ago 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 
15 hours ago by gmisra
The Factory That Ate Wisconsin | Dissent Magazine
Touted by Republicans as a case study in reviving U.S. manufacturing, Foxconn’s new factory in Wisconsin only reveals the failings of the GOP agenda. To defeat Scott Walker in November, Democrats will have to show there’s a better way to create good jobs.
articles  labor  wisconsin  foxconn 
15 hours ago by gmisra
How Real Estate Segregated America | Dissent Magazine
Real-estate interests have long wielded an outsized influence over national housing policy—to the detriment of African Americans.
articles  housing  race  History 
3 days ago by gmisra
How to stop data centres from gobbling up the world’s electricity
The energy-efficiency drive at the information factories that serve us Facebook, Google and Bitcoin.
articles  computers  electricity  energy 
27 days ago by gmisra
Plastic roads: India’s radical plan to bury its garbage beneath the streets | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
In India, roads made from shredded plastic are proving a popular solution to tackling waste and extreme weather
articles  india  environment  transportation  plastic 
27 days ago by gmisra
Chengdu Cool: The Rise of Sichuan’s Homegrown Hip Hop - Guernica
The city of Chengdu is raising China’s new generation of rappers. They are playful, provocative, and boldly assert a distinct regional sound that the public has not heard before. But under the tightening grip of the government censor, can Chengdu’s hip-hop artists keep their cool?
articles  music  China  hiphop 
27 days ago by gmisra
The Changing Sound of Baltimore - The New York Times
Young independent artists are writing the city’s present, and future, into their music.
articles  music  baltimore 
27 days ago by gmisra
John Chiara, and California’s Beauty and Terror - Guernica
As wildfires raged across California, the photographer’s surreal landscapes put my new home in perspective.
articles  Photography  california 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
Water filter inspired by Alan Turing passes first test
Membrane's structure predicted in mathematician's lone biology paper.
articles  water  math 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
It’s Time to Admit That Half-Measures Can’t Stop Climate Change
It’s Time to Admit That Half-Measures Can’t Stop Climate Change
articles  climate_change 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
Junot Díaz: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma | The New Yorker
I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone.
articles  writing 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code - Bloomberg
Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time.
articles  gambling  sports_betting  sports_analytics 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
Troubled Times for Alternatives to Einstein’s Theory of Gravity | Quanta Magazine
New observations of extreme astrophysical systems have “brutally and pitilessly murdered” attempts to replace Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
articles  astronomy  physics  science 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
How do we capture structure in relational data?
despite its prevalence, graph structure is often discarded when applying machine learning...
articles  graph_databases  machine_learning 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
Inside Amazon’s Fake Review Economy
A vast web of Amazon review fraud lives online, and it's designed to evade the company’s efforts to thwart it.
articles  amazon  internet  reviews  anonymity 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
How Vaccines Can Drive Pathogens to Evolve | Quanta Magazine
Just as antibiotics breed resistance in bacteria, vaccines can incite changes that enable diseases to escape their control. Researchers are working to head off the evolution of new threats.
articles  evolution  vaccines  Public_Health 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
Chasing Pluto, As Long As It Takes
All of this is now known thanks to New Horizons, a probe that launched in 2006 to complete the tour of the solar system. But for scientists in pursuit of Pluto’s secrets since the late 1980s, it was a long wait. The mission faced political hurdles, budget battles, technical challenges, and near-disaster even as it was days away from speeding past Pluto.
articles  solar_system 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect | Quanta Magazine
Judea Pearl, a pioneering figure in artificial intelligence, argues that AI has been stuck in a decades-long rut. His prescription for progress? Teach machines to understand the question why.
articles  causal_inference  brain 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
How Much Money Do You Need To Be Rich According to Bankers? - Bloomberg
In an era of hyper-wealth, economy-class rich starts at $25 million.
articles  economics  inequality  money 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
Crooked Letters
Inside the NCAA's years-long, twisting investigation into Mississippi football
articles  football  ncaa  corruption 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
J.R.’s Jook and the Authenticity Mirage
When a young white musician gets invited to a house-party, the musicians he plays with show him a slice of blues culture many people assumed had died.
articles  music  culture  History 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
Putting a New Stone on the Grave: Sjón Brings the Golem to Iceland
Sjón’s “CoDex 1962” is the fulfillment of a pact he made with the Maharal of Prague in the Old Jewish Cemetery almost three decades ago.
articles  books 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
On Waste Plastics at Sea, Maria-Luiza Pedrotti Finds Unique Microbial Multitudes | Quanta Magazine
Maria-Luiza Pedrotti is illuminating the unseen worlds of plastic-eating bacteria that teem in massive ocean garbage patches.
articles  plastic  oceans 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
The String Theory Landscape | Stanford News
The most recent update to the Big Bang theory, called the String Theory Landscape, arose out of elements of string theory and cosmic inflation. The theory’s inclusion of a multiverse and its denial of immutable physical laws has raised debates that continue to this day.
articles  physics 
4 weeks ago by gmisra
A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine | Quanta Magazine
Astronomers argue that there’s an undiscovered giant planet far beyond the orbit of Neptune. A newly discovered rocky body has added evidence to the circumstantial case for it.
articles  solar_system  astronomy  astrophysics 
5 weeks ago by gmisra
Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes | Quanta Magazine
Mathematicians have disproved the strong cosmic censorship conjecture. Their work answers one of the most important questions in the study of general relativity and changes the way we think about space-time.
articles  astrophysics  physics 
5 weeks ago by gmisra
A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers
How during a brutal, 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers failed the women soldiers who sacrificed everything to fight for a sovereign state for the Tamil minority.
articles  war  sri_lanka 
5 weeks ago by gmisra
Pusha-T Breaks Down Every Song on His New Album, Daytona | Pitchfork
The rapper talks about that Drake diss, that Harvey Weinstein line, and everything else you want to know about his Kanye West-produced LP.
articles  music 
5 weeks ago by gmisra
How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People
Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It Somebody had to foot the bill for Anna Delvey’s fabulous new life. The city was full of marks.
articles  fraud  newyork 
5 weeks ago by gmisra
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