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February 15 2015

Automated method beats critics in picking great movies


Don't rely on the Academy Awards next month if you are seeking to know whether the movies deemed great today will survive the test of time.

According to a new Northwestern University study, the best predictor of a movie's significance is how often a movie is referenced by other movies. In other words, a movie's significance is decided by today's and tomorrow's film directors—not the critics.

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February 15 2015

Brain's GPS system influenced by shape of environment


Patterns created by the brain's grid cells, which are believed to guide navigation, are modified by the shape of the environment, according to UCL researchers. This means grid patterns aren't a universal metric for the brain's GPS system to measure distance, as previously thought.


Related: Reality is distorted in brain's maps

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February 15 2015

Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes


Despite the events depicted in The Imitation Game, Alan Turing did not invent the machine that cracked Germany’s codes during World War II—Poland did. But the brilliant mathematician did invent something never mentioned in the film: a mathematical tool for judging the reliability of information. His tool sped up the work of deciphering encoded messages using improved versions of the Polish machines.

Now researchers studying rhesus monkeys have found that the brain also uses this mathematical tool, not for decoding messages, but for piecing together unreliable evidence to make simple decisions.

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February 15 2015

Artificial Brain Edges Closer to Reality


Japanese researchers announced recently that they turned human embryonic stem cells into a three-dimensional structure similar to the cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for motor movements and receiving information from our senses.

Even though the structure didn't last very long, it's another small step in building an "artificial brain," a challenge that has teams of scientists across the globe working to construct living tissue, silicon circuits and computer algorithms together into something that can perform the same tasks as our own living gray matter.

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February 15 2015

Synthetic vaccine sought to finally eradicate polio


An international team of scientists is to try to develop a wholly artificial vaccine to combat polio.

The disease is very close to being eradicated, with only a few hundred cases now reported worldwide each year.

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February 15 2015

Arachnid Rapunzel: Researchers spin spider silk proteins into artificial silk


WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2015 -- Incredibly tough, slightly stretchy spider silk is a lightweight, biodegradable wonder material with numerous potential biomedical applications. But although humans have been colonizing relatively placid silkworms for thousands of years, harvesting silk from territorial and sometimes cannibalistic spiders has proven impractical. Instead, labs hoping to harness spider silk's mechanical properties are using its molecular structure as a template for their own biomimetic silks.

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February 15 2015

Scientists create contact lens that magnifies at blink of an eye


A contact lens that magnifies objects at the wink of an eye has been created by scientists to help people with impaired vision.

The lens contains an extremely thin telescope that is switched on when the wearer winks their right eye and returns to normal when they wink their left eye.

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February 15 2015

Tiny Lenses and Mirrors May Bring Concentrating Solar Power to the Rooftop


A new approach for concentrating photovoltaic systems gets rid of mechanical sun trackers, making this design a contender for sunny rooftops across the world, a recent report shows.

Current strategies for turning sunlight into electricity make trade-offs between performance, price and versatility. However, researchers will have to advance in all three areas to meet the Department of Energy's "SunShot" goal: cost parity with fossil fuels by 2020.


Related: Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities

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February 15 2015

On quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics


New research from UCL and the Universities of Gdansk, Singapore, and Delft has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental laws of nature. These new second laws are generally not noticeable except on very small scales, at which point, they become increasingly important.

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February 15 2015

New Particles Found at Large Hadron Collider


Two new particles made of exotic types of quarks have appeared inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland. The particles are never-before-seen species of baryons—a category of particles that also includes the familiar protons and neutrons inside atoms. The new baryons had been long predicted to exist, but their specific characteristics, such as their mass, were unknown until they were discovered in the flesh. The new measurements serve to confirm and refine the existing theory of subatomic particles and help pave the way for a deeper theory that could include even more exotic particles.

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February 15 2015

Heart of darkness: Scientists probe dark matter near Milky Way's core


Even though scientists have managed to quantify how much dark matter lurks in distant galaxies, astronomers have been hard-pressed to figure out how much of the mysterious stuff lies within our own.

But in a paper published in the journal Nature Physics, a team of researchers has managed to measure the amount of dark matter in the inner Milky Way, which could shed light on the structure and evolution of our galaxy, and perhaps of others as well.


Related: Camera seeks dark energy clues

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February 15 2015

What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon?


The idea of building a lunar outpost has long captured people's imaginations. But what would it really be like to live on the moon?

Space exploration has long focused on the moon, with Earth's satellite the setting for a number of significant missions. A 1959 Soviet spacecraft photographed the moon's far side for the first time, and in 1969, NASA landed people on the lunar surface for the first time.

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February 15 2015

The sun won't die for 5 billion years, so why do humans have only 1 billion years left on Earth?


In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.

The sun is currently classified as a "main sequence" star. This means that it is in the most stable part of its life, converting the hydrogen present in its core into helium.

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February 15 2015

Multiple-Star Birth Revealed in Stellar Nursery


Astronomers have have gotten their first good look at the beginnings of a quadruple-star system.

The discovery could lead to a better understanding of why some stars, such as our sun, are loners, while many others are born into systems with two, three, or more stars.

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February 15 2015

'Mirage Planets' May Complicate Search for Extraterrestrial Life


Some alien worlds might look like they're capable of hosting life as we know it on Earth, but in reality, these "mirage planets" might have burned away those chances for life, scientists think.

Thus, these mirage planets may make it more difficult for scientists to find genuine signs of extraterrestrial life if it exists elsewhere in the universe, new research shows.

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February 14 2015

UK Scientists: Aliens May Have Sent Space Seeds To Create Life On Earth


Scientists in the U.K. have examined a tiny metal circular object, and are suggesting it might be a micro-organism deliberately sent by extraterrestrials to create life on Earth.

The University of Buckingham reports that the minuscule metal globe was discovered by astrobiologist Milton Wainwright and a team of researchers who examined dust and minute matter gathered by a high-flying balloon in Earth's stratosphere.


Alt: Is this picture a 'seed' sent to Earth by aliens? Scientists discover mysterious organism

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February 14 2015

We’re Closer Than Ever to a Birth Control Pill for Men


For dudes who like to notch their belts or track miscellaneous pants-related data, the fact that men produce 1,500 sperm every second seems impressive. But that comes at a cost: babies. Women can choose among a wide variety of birth control methods, but options for men are limited to slip-ons or snips. For now.

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