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"We're Losing Control" --Chinese AI Program Defeats World Masters at Planet's Oldest Most Difficult Board Game

 

 

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"AlphaGo is not only a milestone in the quest of AI, but also an indication that IT now has entered a new era," said Fei-YueWang, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and secretary general of the Chinese Association of Automation. The computer's win signaled a significant evolution of information technology (IT) and artificial intelligence (AI), according Wang, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. As the result, IT is no longer information or industrial technology, the New IT is Intelligent Technology. The world has entered  the fifth era of intelligent technology.

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"Is Alpha Centuari's Proxima b Habitable?" --A Deep Look by Rory Barnes of NASA’s Virtual Planetary Lab

 

 

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If humanity is to survive beyond the lifetime of our Sun, we must leave our Solar System and travel to the stars. If Proxima b is habitable, then it might be an ideal place to move. Perhaps we have just discovered a future home for humanity! But in order to know for sure, we must make many more observations, run many more computer simulations, and, hopefully, send probes to perform the first direct reconnaissance of an exoplanet. The challenges are huge, but Proxima offers a bounty of possibilities that fills me with wonder. Whether habitable or not, Proxima b offers a new glimpse into how planets and life fit into our universe.

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NASA Discovers Most Distant Galaxy Cluster in the Cosmos --"Going Through an Amazing Growth Spurt"

 

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“This galaxy cluster isn’t just remarkable for its distance, it’s also going through an amazing growth spurt unlike any we’ve ever seen,” said Tao Wang of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) who led the NASA study.

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A Voyage to Alpha Centauri's Habitable Planet in the Year 3030 (VIDEO)

 

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Don't miss this! Join Polygon's Charlie Hall as he mans an expedition to Alpha Centauri in Elite Dangerous, while space expert, Loren Grush, joins him to discuss last week's announcement that astronomers using European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes in Chile and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri may ultimately prove to be a habitable planet could that harbor an advanced technological civilization.

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Berkeley SETI Challenges Yesterday's Reports of a "Strong Extraterrestrial Signal from the Constellation Hercules"

 

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Yesterday, we reported that an international team of astronomers detected signals coming from almost 100 light years away, that appeared to be a strong candidate for extraterrestrial contact, according to a document circulated by Alexander Panov, a theorectical physicist at Lomonosov Moscow State University --"a strong signal in the direction of HD164595, a planet system in the constellation Hercules was detected on May 15, using the RATAN-600 radio telescope (below) in the Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia."

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Groundbreaking Discovery of Proxima Centauri b --"Habitable-Zone Planet Orbiting Our Closest Star Evolved Very Differently Than Earth"



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The world’s attention is now on Proxima Centauri b, a possibly Earth-like planet orbiting the closest star, 4.22 light-years away. The planet’s orbit is just right to allow liquid water on its surface, needed for life. But could it in fact be habitable? If life is possible there, the planet evolved very differently than Earth, say researchers at the University of Washington-based Virtual Planetary Laboratory, where astronomers, geophysicists, climatologists, evolutionary biologists and others team to study how distant planets might host life.

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Planet Nine --"Could Spell Doom for Our Solar System"

 

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The solar system could be thrown into disaster when the sun dies if the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ exists, according to research from the University of Warwick. Physicist Dimitri Veras at the University of Warwick has discovered that the presence of Planet Nine could cause the elimination of at least one of the giant planets after the sun dies, hurling them out into interstellar space through a sort of ‘pinball’ effect.

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"Life's Cosmic Catalyst" --Meteorites Delivered the Backbone of DNA to Earth

 

 

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Where terrestrial life on Earth got its phosphorus has been a mystery. University of Arizona scientists have discovered that meteorites, particularly iron meteorites, may have been critical to the evolution of life on Earth. Their research shows that meteorites easily could have provided more phosphorus than naturally occurs on Earth — enough phosphorus to give rise to biomolecules which eventually assembled into living, replicating organisms.

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NASA Astronomers --"Baffled By Massive Age-Defying Star Deep in the Milky Way"

 

 

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For years, astronomers have puzzled over a massive star lodged deep in the Milky Way that shows conflicting signs of being extremely old and extremely young. Researchers initially classified the star as elderly, perhaps a red supergiant. But a new study by a NASA-led team of researchers suggests that the object, labeled IRAS 19312+1950, might be something quite different - a protostar, a star still in the making.

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Astronomers Detect Powerful Mystery Signal from Constellation Hercules --"Claim a Strong Possibility of Extraterrestrial Intelligence"



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An international team of astronomers has just detected signals coming from almost 100 light years away, and they believe the signal is a strong candidate for extraterrestrial contact, according to a document circulated by Alexander Panov, a theorectical physicist at Lomonosov Moscow State University: "a strong signal in the direction of HD164595, a planet system in the constellation Hercules was detected on May 15, using the RATAN-600 radio telescope (below)  in the Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia."

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