Category: Humans

  • Faster than light… So?

    Faster than light… So?

    Faster-than-light speeds could be why gamma-ray bursts seem to go backwards in time. (1) Amazing. Isn’t it? But wait a minute. If gamma rays can do that, then why are we so keen on doing the same? And what is more… Why are we so keen on doing something that common matter can do? Do […]

  • Chairs into tables…

    Chairs into tables…

    Turning a chair into a table, or vice versa, might sound like somewhat of a magic trick. In this case, zero magic is involved, just plenty of complex geometry and machine learning. Called LOGAN, the deep neural network, i.e., a machine of sorts, can learn to transform the shapes of two different objects, for example, […]

  • Massive filaments fuel the growth of galaxies and supermassive black holes

    Massive filaments fuel the growth of galaxies and supermassive black holes

    Based on direct observations researchers have discovered massive filaments between galaxies in a proto-cluster, extending over more than 1 million parsecs and providing the fuel for intense formation of stars and the growth of super massive black holes within the proto-cluster. (1) A filament fit for space: Silk is proven to thrive in outer space […]

  • Seeing what cannot be seen…

    Seeing what cannot be seen…

    Identifying geological features in a densely vegetated, steep, and rough terrain can be almost impossible. Imagery like LiDAR can help researchers see through the tree cover, but subtle landforms can often be missed by the human eye. A team of scientists has tapped into the power of machine learning to identify hidden geologic features. Specifically, […]

  • Building on faults…

    Building on faults…

    The ancient Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu is considered one of humanity’s greatest architectural achievements. Built in a remote Andean setting atop a narrow ridge high above a precipitous river canyon, the site is renowned for its perfect integration with the spectacular landscape. But the sanctuary’s location has long puzzled scientists: Why did the Incas […]