Quantum computing: the power to think outside the box

Quantum computing: the power to think outside the box

As a keen player of the board game Go, Mark Griswold was enthralled by the 2016 contest between the world’s top player and a computer — a milestone in the history of artificial intelligence. He still recalls move 102 in the opening game with awe. The computer, developed by the Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind, placed a […]

CERN's Pioneering Mini-accelerator Passes First Test

CERN's Pioneering Mini-accelerator Passes First Test

An experiment at CERN has demonstrated a new way of accelerating electrons to high energies—one that could dramatically shrink the size of future particle accelerators and lower their costs. The technique is the latest entrant in a hot race to develop a technology called plasma wakefield acceleration. The method uses waves in plasma, a soup of ionized […]

Government's reef monitoring stalled during crisis bleaching event as funds dried up

Government's reef monitoring stalled during crisis bleaching event as funds dried up

The Australian government-funded Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority drastically scaled back surveys of coral bleaching in the middle of an unprecedented two-year marine heatwave, as its monitoring program almost ran out of money. The authority’s field management program conducted more than 660 in-water surveys of reefs in 2016, during the first of two consecutive […]

Vast auroras dance over Saturn's north pole in stunning new photos

Vast auroras dance over Saturn's north pole in stunning new photos

Things are different on Saturn, which has an atmosphere composed mostly of hydrogen. When hydrogen molecules interact with particles in the solar wind, they produce ultraviolet light, which can’t be seen by the naked eye or by ground-based telescopes because Earth’s atmosphere blocks out most UV light. But Hubble can “see” ultraviolet light, and the […]

Pressure core of NASA's Orion spacecraft delivered to Kennedy Space Center

Pressure core of NASA's Orion spacecraft delivered to Kennedy Space Center

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Pressure core of NASA’s Orion spacecraft delivered to Kennedy Space Center After months of work in New Orleans, the core of NASA’s Orion spacecraft slated to take astronauts around the moon arrived at Kennedy Space Center. Post to Facebook Sent! A link […]

NASA's Opportunity rover to get some sun as Mars dust storm wanes

NASA's Opportunity rover to get some sun as Mars dust storm wanes

NASA/JPL The plight of NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover since a massive dust storm encircled Mars on June 10 has captured the attention of stargazers everywhere. Questions abound about the rover’s status and whether or not it can wake from its slumber since the Martian skies darkened with dust. A lack of sunlight meant the solar-powered […]

NASA Mars rover UPDATE: NASA unsure if Opportunity will survive dust storm

NASA Mars rover UPDATE: NASA unsure if Opportunity will survive dust storm

The Martian rover has been silent for close to three months now after the robot was powered down to weather the storm. More than 80 days ago NASA’s scientists put Opportunity to sleep in a bid to conserve its solar-powered batteries. The Martian sandstorm has grown beyond control since it first began brewing in May […]

Hidden figures: Katherine Johnson clocks 100, honoured with life-size statue

Hidden figures: Katherine Johnson clocks 100, honoured with life-size statue

Things We Saw Today: Happy 100th Birthday to NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson! Just a day before, she sat with hundreds of friends, family members and fans at West Virginia State University in Institute to celebrate with the unveiling of a statue and a scholarship dedicated in her honor. The institution said that the scholarship of […]

Apollo space memorabilia to be auctioned in Derbyshire

Apollo space memorabilia to be auctioned in Derbyshire

Image copyright PA Image caption A Mercury capsule helmet and umbilical head wire, which is part of the collection Rare space exploration memorabilia, including items from Nasa’s Apollo missions, are being sold at auction. Spaceflight writer Phill Parker is selling his lifelong collection, which consists of nearly 200 lots. It includes an astronaut’s drink tube […]

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