Science

Roll Over, Pythagoras: the “Holy Grail” of Math May Have Been Found

The so-called "holy grail" of mathematics may have just been found. Shinichi Mochizuki, a professor at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Kyoto University, released a 500-page proof of the abc conjecture in number theory which involves the relationship between prime numbers, which I will attempt to describe as succinctly as possible below. A lot of open theory… Continue reading Roll Over, Pythagoras: the “Holy Grail” of Math May Have Been Found

Science

CERN scientists may have set new man-made heat record: 9.9 trillion degrees Fahrenheit

Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider may have generated the hottest temperatures ever made by human beings, beating the previous record over a trillion degrees Celsius, reports Nature. Although the energy measurement has not yet been officially converted into degrees, the team announced its findings at this week's Quark Matter 2012 in Washington, DC. According… Continue reading CERN scientists may have set new man-made heat record: 9.9 trillion degrees Fahrenheit

Psych, Science

Simple mathematical computations underlie brain circuits

The brain has billions of neurons, arranged in complex circuits that allow us to perceive the world, control our movements and make decisions. Deciphering those circuits is critical to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurological disorders. MIT neuroscientists have now taken a major step toward that goal. In a new… Continue reading Simple mathematical computations underlie brain circuits

Science, Space

Search for Life Shapes Future Mars Missions

As NASA’s Curiosity rover prepares to get its wheels in motion on Mars, the space agency is set to issue a new look at where exploration of the Red Planet could go in the years and decades to come – based on the theme "Seeking the Signs of Life." The report, stemming from a Concepts… Continue reading Search for Life Shapes Future Mars Missions

Psych, Science

Intimations of Immortality—and $5-Million to Study Them – Research

Millions of people fervently believe in an afterlife. John Martin Fischer, a philosopher at the University of California at Riverside, is not one of them. But Mr. Fischer does see the subject as ripe for academic research, and on Tuesday the John Templeton Foundation awarded him a windfall to make that happen—$5-million for a multidisciplinary… Continue reading Intimations of Immortality—and $5-Million to Study Them – Research

Science, Space

Alien Solar System Looks a Lot Like Our Own

Astronomers have discovered an alien solar system whose planets are arranged much like those in our own solar system, a find that suggests most planetary systems start out looking the same, scientists say. Researchers studying the star system Kepler-30, which is 10,000 light-years from Earth, found that its three known worlds all orbit in the… Continue reading Alien Solar System Looks a Lot Like Our Own

Computer, Hardware, Science, Technology

Nanoscale ion microtrap array for quantum information processing

A groundbreaking new device from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory NPL could help to usher in the long-awaited era of quantum computers.Researchers at NPL have demonstrated for the first time a monolithic 3D ion microtrap array that could be scaled up to handle several tens of ion-based quantum bits qubits.An ion trap is a combination of electric or… Continue reading Nanoscale ion microtrap array for quantum information processing

Science, Technology

Researchers Build First Complete Computer Model of an Entire Organism

To conduct experiments, researchers can change a variable in an organism and watch the results unfold. But life is messy, and its difficult to understand the underlying processes that explain the data. Digitizing the process could help, and now were starting small: researchers have successfully made a computer model of Mycoplasma genitalium, the worlds tiniest… Continue reading Researchers Build First Complete Computer Model of an Entire Organism

Science, Space, Technology

Mustafa’s Space Drive: An Egyptian Student’s Quantum Physics Invention

Remember the name, because you might see it again: Aisha Mustafa, a 19-year-old Egyptian physics student, patented a new type of propulsion system for spacecraft that uses cutting edge quantum physics instead of thrusters. First, a little background: One of the strange quantum facts at work in Mustafa's engine idea is that there's no such thing as… Continue reading Mustafa’s Space Drive: An Egyptian Student’s Quantum Physics Invention