Category: Space

On Earth, a new record of cold

Researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado (Boulder) have uncovered new mechanisms for the formation of areas with very low temperatures in Antarctica. All of them are located on the East Antarctic plateau, they are of small size and form in the form of spots. And as for the cold, the …

NASA can’t yet rule out that it didn’t ‘taste’ organic compounds from alien life on one of Saturn’s moons

By Dave Mosher Two years before NASA destroyed its Cassini spacecraft in the clouds of Saturn, the space agency flew the robot through geysers of ice blasting out of the planet’s moon Enceladus. The plumes come from a giant saltwater ocean hidden beneath the moon’s icy crust. The water seeps through cracks at Enceladus’ south pole, …

Best friends have exceptionally similar brain activity, suggesting relationships rely on how we ‘process the world’

Dating sites would be well-advised to add “brain activity” as a compatibility criterion, according to a study released on Tuesday showing that close friends have eerily comparable neural responses to life experiences. “Our results suggest that friends process the world around them in exceptionally similar ways,” said lead author Carolyn Parkinson, director of the Computational Social …

The tale of murkiness that is the Lok Ma Chau Loop

Of the HK$50 billion budgeted HK$20 billion will be earmarked for the first ­ phase of the Hong Kong Shenzhen Innovation ­ and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop, for infrastructure and initial operation and start-up costs. SCMP, March 1 Let’s put some things in perspective here. That HK$50 billion that our financial secretary …

Ping An Technology is leveraging AI music to boost stickiness of its financial products

Is nothing safe from the reach of the machines? After replacing humans at repetitive tasks, beating them at games of skill, artificial intelligence is now making inroads into the arguably the last frontier: the creative arts.  Ping An Technology, a subsidiary of China’s second-largest life insurance company, has developed an award-winning computer algorithm that can generate …

Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper two weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

By Kieran Corcoran Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just two weeks before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe. Hawking, who passed away aged 76, was co-author to a mathematical paper which seeks proof of the “multiverse” theory, which posits the existence of many universes other than our …