Scientists Discover Similarities Between The Brain And The Universe

Scientists Discover Similarities Between The Brain And The Universe

A recent computer simulation has led scientists to believe that the universe behaves very much like a brain. Published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, the results of the simulation point to “undiscovered, fundamental laws” that dictate the development of both large and small networks, and draw a fairly direct parallel between the transmission of electrical signals …

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Exploring “A Slower Speed of Light”

Produced by MIT Game Lab, A Slower Speed of Light is an open-source “game prototype” that takes players on a (very) short tour of the relativistic nature of light. It’s more a demonstration than a game, though. Players are tasked with collecting floating spheres, and for each sphere they collect, the speed of light slows …

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Sandy Island on Google Maps

Google Maps Anomalies: The Lost Island

Researchers have just discovered that a small island in the South Pacific, visible on Google Maps and other charts, apparently doesn’t exist. It’s called Sandy Island, and (should be) situated northeast of Australia, off the west coast of New Caledonia. You can see it clearly on the Google Map image above, just a relatively small …

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Double Solar Eruption, All The Way ‘Cross The Sky!

The Sun unleashed what many are calling a “solar tsunami” on Friday, November 16, 2012, with two massive eruptions occurring within four hours. The action was caught by NASA’s space-bound Solar Dynamics Observatory. Luckily, the eruption wasn’t aimed at Earth, so we shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Yet. The Sun’s activity will reach it’s …

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See The Future

Ends Of The World: Time Traveling Tourists

There’s always a lot of speculation about what will happen when the first time machine is switched on. Most physicists, if they believe time travel is possible, suggest that its user will only be able to travel as far back in time as when the machine was first created and initialized. Like wormholes, or Kerr …

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Titan Supercomputer

Move Over Sequoia; Titan Is Here

I mentioned the Sequoia supercomputer last year, told you how it would best the world’s top 500 supercomputers combined. And you know what? It did, when in fired up in June. Here’s the thing, though: It’s already been surpassed by the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. For comparison, Titan is capable of 17.59 …

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Where's North From Here?

Google Maps Anomaly: The Poles

Well, that’s strange. Why doesn’t Google Maps show the North Pole? The answer’s actually pretty simple: Our Earth is round, and not effectively represented by a two-dimensional map. Google Maps uses a Mercator projection, flattening the Earth and stretching it horizontally and vertically, as do most 2D maps. Because of this, either pole invariably gets …

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Nitronic Rush

Distance: Race to the Beat of the Future

Flying cars? Check. Futuristic vistas? Check. Thumping, electronic soundtrack? Double check. Distance is a new project by Refract Studios, part of the team who created a nifty little futuristic racing game called Nitronic Rush. It’s actually the spiritual successor to Rush, with the same gravity-defying gameplay as its predecessor, and it looks to add a whole lot …

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Robotic Arms And The Future Of Human Augmentation

Nigel Auckland may have lost his arm a few years ago, but today he’s making history with an experimental robotic limb that he can manipulate using muscle twitches. “I feel like the Terminator.” – Nigel Auckland It’s called the bebionic3 myoelectric hand, and it’s pre-programmed with various movements; the robotic arm isn’t hooked into his …

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