“For me, a science-fiction buff, it’s almost like seeing the Enterprise being built,” says NASA's Chris Gunn. NASA had photographer Gunn capture nearly step in the process of building the James Webb Space Telescope for the space agency’s own records—“every single wrench turn, every single movement is documented.”
Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Facebook's CEO to Break Silence as Whatsapp Founder Tweets: 'It is time. #deletefacebook'.
Faceboook's missing-in-action CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, helped make Brian Acton a billionaire, but that hasn't stopped him from turning against Facebook. The co-founder of Whatsapp has taken to Twitter to urge everyone to delete their Facebook profiles tweeting: 'It is time. #deletefacebook'.
With a digital brain in place, scientists can test out current theories of cognition or explore the parameters that lead to a malfunctioning mind. As philosopher Dr. Nick Bostrom at the University of Oxford argues, simulating the human mind is perhaps one of the most promising (if laborious) ways to recreate—and surpass—human-level ingenuity.
About 70,000 years ago, at a time when modern humans were beginning to leave Africa and the Neanderthals still thrived, a small, reddish star approached our solar system entering the Oort Cloud and gravitationally disturbed comets and asteroids. Astronomers from the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge have verified that the movement of some of these objects is still marked by that stellar encounter.
“The Standard Model is very rigid,” says Marco Nardecchia, a theorist from Italy, “so the best way to break it is by precisely testing its predictions.” Physicists are pretty sure that something new is out there. Proving even a tiny deviation from the Standard Model could lead to a revolution in the field.
One of the Greatest Unsolved Mysteries: Scientists Close to Turning Light Into Matter --"Recreating the 1st 100 Seconds of the Universe"
“If we can demonstrate it now, we would be recreating a process that was important in the first 100 seconds of the universe and that is also seen in gamma ray bursts, which are the biggest explosions in the universe and one of physics’ greatest unsolved mysteries,” says physicist Stuart Mangles of Imperial College London.
Alien Worlds of TRAPPIST-1 --"We're Seeing for the 1st Time Earth-Sized Planets With Lots of Water or Ice"
"What we are seeing for the first time are Earth-sized planets that have a lot of water or ice on them," says Arizona State University astrophysicist, Steven Desch.
Scientists Identify a New Ocean Life Zone --"Only a Fraction of Habitable Ocean Space Has Been Explored"
"It's estimated that 95 percent of the livable space on our planet is in the ocean," said Carole Baldwin, curator of fishes at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and lead author of a new study and director of the Smithsonian's Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP). "Yet only a fraction of that space has been explored.
The Yellowstone supervolcano last erupted around 630,000 years ago, and scientists believe such eruptions were triggered by the influx of new magma into its large chamber. However, where previously scientists thought that process took place over thousands of years, recent evidence suggests the time scale is actually more like a few decades, according to the New York Times.
“People punish the machine more harshly for mistakes than they do humans,” says Cade Massey of the University of Pennsylvania.