Some Computer Scientists recently claimed that by 2045 robots and automation will drop global employment from 60 to 50% having a dramatic yet still unpredictable impact on world economies and apparently the concept of leisure-time itself.
Physicists (who are also now astronomers) have announced the direct discovery of gravitational waves produced by colliding black holes and predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago.
“We have detected gravitational waves. We did it,”
– David Reitze, executive director of LIGO at a press conference in Washington.
Astronomers may have actually found a huge new planet in our solar system.
Yes, process that for a moment. I’m not talking about another new exoplanet, I’m talking about IN OUR solar system. And it’s not some rinky dink dwarf planet or even a decent-sized rocky planet like the Earth or Venus. Estimates put its heft at 10 earth-masses meaning it could be a gas giant on the scale of Neptune itself.
What you see here is a gorgeous composite image of the planet Venus.
Please Note: Venus doesn’t really look like this
I wanted to get that out of the was early because I hate finding out at the end of an article that an object in a beautiful scientific image wouldn’t look that way at all in real life.
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC, has announced final confirmation of 4 new chemical elements which will complete the 7th row or period of the periodic table.
These elements have been discovered the past dozen years or so but now they have finally been verified and the only hurdle remaining is to name these little buggers. In the meantime, we still need a way to refer to them and this is what they have been and will be called until then:
It looks like the most voracious beasts of the universe, supermassive black holes, may have an upper limit to their appetites. Calculations show that beyond 50 billion solar masses, they go on a permanent hunger strike because their buffet table disappears.
UCLA led scientists have transformed magnesium into one of the strongest metals by successfully infusing it with ceramic nanoparticles When you think of load-bearing or structural metals (assuming you do at all) you probably think of aluminum and titanium which are both lightweight and strong and therefore ideal for this task. Not many people are
What you see here is one of the most beautiful phenomena in nature, iridescence.
Iridescence is an optical phenomenon that is also often called thin-film-interference. It is most often seen in the man-made and iconic parking lot puddle. The oil on the water is so thin it reflects light from both its top surface and bottom. That tiny tiny extra distance that the latter light travels before it reflects towards your eyes causes it to be out of phase with the top-reflecting light. As this light interferes with itself, the colors implicit in the white light reveal themselves to glorious effect.
Two research teams each claim they potentially made discoveries of perhaps huge super-earth planets possibly near the edge of our solar system……maybe. If you read that carefully you may get a vague sense that the jury is still out about exactly what the astronomers have detected. This research was recently posted on the (in)famous arXiv