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Dark Energy Researchers Discover Nearly 21,000 New Galaxies

By Jason Freely / a couple of weeks ago

Spotted Astronomers working on a massive attempt to finally uncover the secrets of dark energy made a surprising discovery along the way. While they were mapping the universe as part of the Dark Energy Survey, an international team of researchers spotted nearly 21,000 extremely-dim galaxies hiding in plain sight, according to Phys.org. The distant objects, […]

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New Algorithm Is a Lot Like the “Enhance!” Feature In “CSI”

By Jason Freely / 3 weeks ago

Enhance! Researchers at Duke University have developed an algorithm that can upsample a detailed computer-generated portrait of a human face from a heavily pixelated version. It’s strikingly similar to the much-memed “Enhance!” tool from TV crime dramas like “CSI,” which can seemingly pull information out of thin air. The researchers’ AI, dubbed PULSE (Self-Supervised Photo […]

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Scientists Claim to Have Recreated Earth’s First Life

By Jason Freely / 3 weeks ago

Playing God A team of scientists believe that they’ve recreated the biochemical processes that gave rise to the earliest forms of life on Earth. Researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen recreated the harsh conditions deep within the Earth’s crust as it existed some 3.8 billion years ago, which is where they suspect life began. Under […]

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A 2010 Scientific Paper Predicted That 2020 Would Be a Shitshow

By Jason Freely / 3 weeks ago

Paging Nostradamus The year 2020 has heralded a seemingly endless onslaught of political, economic, and societal chaos. But surprisingly, one scientist predicted our particularly hellish year a full decade ago. University of Connecticut researcher Peter Turchin published an article in the journal Nature, back in 2010, in which he predicted that social and economic turmoil […]

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Three COVID-19 Vaccines Are Ready For Final Stage of Testing

By Jason Freely / 3 weeks ago

Over the course of the summer, the federal government plans to fund three phase III clinical trials for experimental coronavirus vaccines. Each of the three vaccines will undergo this final phase of testing on about 30,000 human participants, The Wall Street Journal reports, half of whom will receive a vaccine injection and the other half […]

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This Madlad Wants to Build a Particle Collider on the Moon

By Jason Freely / 3 weeks ago

Outsourcing Building particle accelerators and setting up the conditions for high-energy experiments is notoriously tricky, but one physicist has an unusual solution:  outsource the whole process to the Moon. Nikolai Zaitsev, a high energy physics Ph.D. who now owns the financial consulting firm Innovaest, argues that the Moon has many of the ideal conditions for […]

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Astronomers Record Signal Coming From Deep Space Every 157 Days

By Jason Freely / 4 weeks ago

A team of astronomers have discovered a new “fast radio burst” (FRB) signal, Space.com reports — mysterious flashes of millisecond-wave energy, coming from distance space, that repeat every 157 days. The signal, dubbed FRB 121102, flares up for a 90 day period and then goes silent for another 67 days, as detailed in a paper about […]

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Scientists Fight Plan to Release Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes in TX, FL

By Jason Freely / 4 weeks ago

Fly, Pretties! Over the next two years, the biotech company Oxitec plans to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and Texas in an attempt to stop the spread of diseases like dengue and Zika. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already approved the plan — but a group of biologists, ecologists, bioethicists, […]

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