• What Is The Dark Web?
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    What Is The Dark Web?

    Facebook recently unveiled a second URL for their site that can only be accessed through TOR, which is a software that allows users to log-in anonymously from nearly anywhere on the planet – even in countries where Facebook is heavily monitored or blocked. This makes Facebook the first major web company to offer a platform on the dark web. So, what is the dark web and why did Facebook join it? First off, it’s important to understand that the internet is vast and constantly growing, and the majority of our daily usage only scratches the surface. Google, Yahoo, and other search engines only show about 4% of the data available…

  • Review: Elac Discovery DS-S101-G audio server/streamer
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    Review: Elac Discovery DS-S101-G audio server/streamer

    A streaming server for slightly over a grant that does up to eight streams, manufactured by a loudspeaker company that throws in a life time Roon subscription. Has the world turned mad? Elac is a 90 year old German company that now has fresh blood streaming through the vanes in the form of new management and two key persons from TAD/Pioneer: the internationally acclaimed loudspeaker designer Andrew Jones and Vice President of Product Development Chris Walker. They introduced the Discovery server/streamer with the promise that the Discovery sub brand will bring many more networked products: a wifi amplifier that has a line input and a network input, a range of…

  • Goodbye Silicon! Your Next Computer Chip Could Be Made of Gallium Oxide
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    Goodbye Silicon! Your Next Computer Chip Could Be Made of Gallium Oxide

    Sending astronauts to space used to take a computer the size of a washing machine. Now? That same computational might can be packed into something as small as an iPad! But as we aim for smaller devices, we’re hitting a threshold…our current materials and techniques may not allow us to continue to progress at this pace. Because of this we’re being pushed in new and exciting directions, like innovating the very stuff computers are made of: goodbye silicon, hello gallium oxide. Traditionally, computer chips have been made out of silicon–hence the name ‘silicon valley’. A computer chip transistor needs to be conductive, because it needs to be able to pass…

  • Scientists Claim They Made Time Go Backwards…But Did They?
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    Scientists Claim They Made Time Go Backwards…But Did They?

    Time travel to the past is basically impossible without breaking some laws of physics and acquiring plutonium from some Libyans. But time travel to the future is easy, we’re all doing it right now. So why does time go forward and not back? The idea that time only flows in one direction is called the Arrow of Time. But odd as it sounds, there’s nothing in the equations that describes the laws of physics that says it has to be this way. The equations CAN tell you what will happen in the future or what took place in the past based on what’s going on in the present, but they…

  • LHC Computing
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    LHC Computing

    If you’ve watched a video or two of mine, by now, you’ll have recognized that I am a physicist. And not just any kind of physicist. I’m a particle physicist, which means that I get all excited about quarks and leptons and big, monster particle accelerators. I mean- this stuff is totally cool. By processing an enormous amount of data taken by the LHC, my colleagues and I can learn a great deal about the laws that govern the universe. That phrase “processing the data” is not something easily accomplished. To do that requires tremendous computer resources and that’s the point of today’s video. So how much data are we…

  • Are Those Your Lips or Feet? How Your Brain Rewires Itself After Amputation
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    Are Those Your Lips or Feet? How Your Brain Rewires Itself After Amputation

    Even though it looks like a random, bumpy mess, your brain is incredibly organized. Your brain has its own version of google maps for navigating the world around it — but just how flexible are these maps to changes? Every sound you can hear or touch you can feel is because neurons in a specific part of your brain are firing. Our brains are organized “topographically”so that we can keep track of where things are happening, … that means we can tell the difference between a touch on the arm or a touch on the face. By observing people’s brains in different imaging machines, neuroscientists have largely mapped out touch,…

  • How Did Science Get Neanderthals So Wrong?
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    How Did Science Get Neanderthals So Wrong?

    Let’s be real, guys, Neanderthals get a bad rap. We think of them as primitive and less developed than us humans with our smooth brow bones and tall posture. But the field of hominid development has been telling us for some time now that this is probably pretty far from the truth. And new research tells us that Neanderthals could have been…just as sophisticated as humans! Why have we been wrong for so long? A lot of our prejudices about neanderthals come from our somewhat mistaken interpretation of the fossil record. When the first neanderthal skeleton was recorded by scientists in the mid 1800s, the conclusion they came to was…

  • Neuromorphic Computing Is a Big Deal for A.I., But What Is It?
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    Neuromorphic Computing Is a Big Deal for A.I., But What Is It?

    We often talk about how traditional computing is reaching its limit–there’s a threshold we can’t move past without making some seriously big changes to the way we structure computers. One of those exciting ways is by making physical computers a little more like human brains. We introduced this concept in more detail here, but a quick recap: this kind of computing is called neuromorphic computing, which means designing and engineering computer chips that use the same physics of computation used by our own nervous system. This is different from an artificial neural network , which is a program run on a normal computer that mimics the logic of how a…

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    We’re Using Stem Cells to Reverse Baldness and It’s Actually Working

    Some very hairy mice are bringing us another step closer to un-LOCKing a way to regenerate a full head of hair. Did somebody say a pun?! About 50% of men and 25% of women experience at least partial hair loss by the age of 50, whether due to age, medical treatments, or disease. Current options for those looking to reverse this loss include things like medications that may slow hair loss and transplants from hair follicles elsewhere on the body. But neither have the often desired effect of restoring a thick and full volume of hair. Researchers have been optimizing techniques for culturing “hair follicle germs” in a dish for…

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    The Dark Energy Survey Revealed New Origins of Stars in Our Galaxy

    For years now, astronomers have been looking at the sky to try and find dark energy — energy that mathematically should exist, but that we’re not sure how to detect, or where to find. To detect the undetectable, scientists build increasingly sensitive telescopes and point them at the sky to do a survey. And one of those had an unexpected side-effect… The Milky Way has billions of stars, the Dark Energy Survey just uncovered a bunch of them weren’t born here. Instead, they migrated to our shores and are now living their lives as productive members of our galactic society! We know this because in the hunt for dark energy,…