Scientists discovered a way to read information directly from black holes

Scientists discovered a way to read information directly from black holes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The physics behind Quantum Mechanics mean scientists have discovered a way to read information directly from within blackholes, which is just awesome.   Black holes are gravitational monsters, squeezing gas and dust down to a microscopic point like great cosmic trash compactors, and they’re getting...

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Star Trek like Replicator manufacturing tech unveiled for first time

Star Trek like Replicator manufacturing tech unveiled for first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we manufacture products today is wasteful and unsustainable, so we’re developing new ways to make the things we love.   Recently I wrote an article about a new form of 3D Printing, called 3D Holographic Printing, printing with light not conventional materials, that...

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Stuntmen face the last act as technology comes to replace them

Stuntmen face the last act as technology comes to replace them

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are increasingly few areas of work and society that technology isn’t influencing, and even stuntmen aren’t immune.   A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system has been used to create computer animated stuntmen that could make action movies cooler than before. Researchers at University of...

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A teenagers revolutionary algorithm busted quantum computings greatest promise

A teenagers revolutionary algorithm busted quantum computings greatest promise

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers promise amazing performance gains over classical computers, but a new algorithm just put the ball back in the classical computer’s court.   A teenager from Texas has single handedly taken one of the biggest advances promised by the first generation of quantum computers...

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Scientists achieve world first by following a thought through the human brain

Scientists achieve world first by following a thought through the human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we are ever going to unravel the mysteries of the mind, and help find new treatments for cognitive diseases, we first have to understand how the brain works.   A study using epilepsy patients undergoing surgery has given neuroscientists an opportunity to track in...

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Editing living memories demonstrated for the first time

Editing living memories demonstrated for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We all have memories we’d like to change, keep, or even, perhaps, edit, embellish, or erase, and now the technology to do all of these and more, including correcting blindness and reversing dementia, has just been demonstrated in living subjects.   Recently scientists transferred memories...

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Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making sure countries subject to nuclear disarmament treaties are actually decommissioning real, not fake, nuclear weapons has always posed a problem, this breakthrough will no longer let the fakers get away with it.   In past negotiations aimed at reducing the arsenals of the world’s...

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Suspicious nuclear power plants can now be monitored remotely using WATCHMAN

Suspicious nuclear power plants can now be monitored remotely using WATCHMAN

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now it’s only been possible to assess the status of a sovereign states nuclear power program by physically inspecting the site, which is sometimes difficult, but now it can be done remotely from thousands of miles away.   A consortium led by UK...

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UC Berkeley’s atom thin display paves the way for truly invisible displays

UC Berkeley’s atom thin display paves the way for truly invisible displays

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We’re traditionally used to displays being bulky and stiff, but increasingly scientists are finding new ways to create new types of displays that break the status quo, and which will open up millions of new use cases, from health monitoring to way beyond.   We’ll...

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MIT’s new AI is helping scientists design new, futuristic materials

MIT’s new AI is helping scientists design new, futuristic materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials are a fundamental building block  of everything in existence today, whether it’s cells, our power plants or our smartphones and devices, now researchers have built an AI to help them automate the discovery of new materials and it could revolutionise everything.   Over the...

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Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed

Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are now as fast and accurate as human workers when it comes to identifying and picking goods from warehouse bins and shelves, and that’s a problem if that’s your job.   Buried deep within a building in Somerville, Massachusetts, a robot arm spends all...

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Researchers use brain scanning tech to stream movies from peoples brains

Researchers use brain scanning tech to stream movies from peoples brains

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is one of the most complicated objects in the universe but now scientists are managing to decode it to stream our dreams, emotions and thoughts.   Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scanners are an intriguing technology. After all, how many other technologies can...

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Google’s AI’s are learning how to build new AI’s

Google’s AI’s are learning how to build new AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Logically speaking getting AI’s to build AI’s makes sense, but as AI’s continue to proliferate and be woven into the digital fabric of our society it opens up a dangerous pandoras box.   As many companies, large and small will tell you, creating a good artificial...

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Entrepreneurs think blockchain is the future of cloud computing and HPC

Entrepreneurs think blockchain is the future of cloud computing and HPC

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything changes, whether we call it disruption or something else, but as the world becomes increasingly distributed, as the plumbing of the internet continues to change, we can now see a way to disintermediate the giant cloud providers, build global supercomputers and move to the...

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The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many big moonshots fail not because of the technology but because of the lack of coordination and for, perhaps the first time ever, we now have both thanks to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative   A while ago I wrote an article about how, given all...

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Photosynthesis breakthrough crams millions of years of plant evolution into months

Photosynthesis breakthrough crams millions of years of plant evolution into months

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have used gene editing to turn off specific plant genes to boost plant growth by 15%, if transplanted into rice, maize and wheat this could help reduce famine and hunger in the world without the need to use extra fertilisers or chemicals.   Scientists...

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Stephen Hawking says creating AI is the biggest event of our civilisation

Stephen Hawking says creating AI is the biggest event of our civilisation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence can do great good, or great evil.   Speaking at the launch of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), a new artificial intelligence (AI) think tank based in Cambridge, that aims to help shape how AI is developed, used and...

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Berkeley Lab team pushes the limits to build a 1nm transistor

Berkeley Lab team pushes the limits to build a 1nm transistor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Berkeley Lab breakthrough might help to reboot Moores Law.   Transistor size is an important part of improving the price-performance of today’s computer systems – the smaller your transistors, the more you can fit on a chip and the faster and more efficient your processor can be. Accomplishing...

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