Scientists have discovered a new state of physical matter in which atoms can exist as both solid and liquid simultaneously.
Applying high pressures and temperatures to potassium — a simple metal – creates a state in which most of the element’s atoms form a solid lattice structure, the findings show. However, the structure also contains a second set of potassium atoms that are in a fluid arrangement.
Under the right conditions, over half a dozen elements – including sodium and bismuth – are thought to be capable of existing in the newly discovered state, researchers say. (1)
Researchers estimate that only 3 to 4
percent of recorded fossil locations from across the globe are currently
accounted for in published scientific literature. Quantifying ‘dark data’ in
fossil collections is a call to arms; heralds a digital revolution. (1)
Scientists at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology have truly created a monster. A team of researchers who
specialize in the darker side of artificial intelligence made news for their
latest creation: “Norman”, a machine-learning bot that “sees death in whatever
image it looks at”, its creators told HuffPost.
Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian and
Iyad Rahwan wanted to prove that an artificial intelligence algorithm would be
influenced by the kind of content fed to it. So they made Norman, named for
“Psycho” character Norman Bates, and had it read image captions from a Reddit
forum that features disturbing footage of people dying.
The team then showed Norman randomly
generated inkblots and compared the way it captioned the images to the captions
created by a standard AI. For instance, where a standard AI sees, “A black and
white photo of a small bird,” Norman sees, “Man gets pulled into dough machine”.
Seeing life everywhere. Trained to
ignore death. Wondering why and how we came to be. Questioning everything
regarding our being.
And yet, the questions we ask hold the
key to our prejudice. And as all other questions, already contain the answers
we secretly wish for.
Audacious humans dancing on a bed of
Too busy to see that what they see is
the key to what you don’t see…
A groundbreaking experiment in physics
has for the first time provided a precise measurement of a force between
electrons and protons called the weak nuclear force. The value 0.0719 (give or
take 0.0045) won’t mean much to most of us, but the way they did it makes way
for some exciting possibilities for pushing physics beyond the scope of the
Standard Model. (1)
We want to measure things in order to
believe them. But it is only the truly blessed who believe things without
The cosmos is not in numbers.
The essence of the cosmos lies in the
irrationality of the numbers’ existence itself. Nothing in the universe is
measurable, besides the things which do not belong in it. Only ghosts need
tangible “data” for them to exist. Everything else just Is…
Look at π. It does not exist.
And yet, it governs everything…
A man draws circles on the ground.
He will never be able to measure its
When during 2017 scientists recorded a rippling in space-time, followed within two seconds by an associated burst of light observed by dozens of telescopes around the globe, they had witnessed, for the first time, the explosive collision and merger of two neutron stars. The neutron star merger created gravitational waves – a squiggly distortion in the fabric of space and time, that traveled about 130 million light-years through space, and arrived at Earth at almost the same instant as the high-energy light that jetted out from this merger.
The intense cosmological event observed on Aug. 17, 2017 also had other reverberations here on Earth: It ruled out a class of dark energy theories that modify gravity and challenged a large class of theories.
According to the researchers, “The simplest theories have survived”. “It’s really about the timing”, as mentioned in this study, which was published Dec. 18, 2017 in the journal Physical Review Letters.
A 100-year-old “cosmological constant” theory introduced by Albert Einstein in relation to his work on general relativity and some other theories derived from this model remain as viable contenders because they propose that dark energy is a constant in both space and time: Gravitational waves and light waves are affected in the same way by dark energy, and thus travel at the same rate through space.
“The favorite explanation is this cosmological constant […] That’s as simple as it’s going to get”, researchers explain. There are some complicated and exotic theories that also hold up to the test presented by the star-merger measurements. Massive gravity, for example (a theory of gravity that assigns a mass to a hypothetical elementary particle called a graviton) still holds a sliver of possibility if the graviton has a very slight mass.
Some other theories, though, which held that the arrival of gravitational waves would be separated in time from the arriving light signature of the star merger by far longer periods – stretching up to millions of years – don’t explain what was seen and must be modified or scrapped. (1)
The simpler the better.
It looks logical.
But it is also scary.
All this science and theories, discarded from an axiomatic definition of a “constant”; which was thought up by a genius in a flash of intuition without giving any valid logical or scientific explanation for its existence…
The universe is not here for us to understand it.
Monkeys try to understand.
Giraffes try to understand.
Worms try to understand.
We are here to shape the cosmos. To bend it under our own will.
Think of something. Define it as constant. It is now true.
Your whole universe can be and will be built around it!