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Apple Publishes Its First Artificial Intelligence Paper in Bid to Hire Top Researchers

After announcing its intention to publish artificial intelligence research at the start of the month, the usually secretive Apple has done so exactly. Its first public paper, submitted late last week, revolves around an algorithm learning to recognise images that are generated by a computer, as opposed to existing ones …

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Venus-Like Planet Found 39 Light Years Away

Astronomers have discovered a new Venus-like rocky exoplanet 39 light years away, which may be cool enough to potentially host an atmosphere. If it does, it is close enough that we could study that atmosphere in detail with the Hubble Space Telescope and future observatories like the Giant Magellan Telescope, …

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Astronomers Measure ‘Heartbeats’ of Distant Stars

Offering a new way of determining a galaxy’s age, astronomers have detected thousands of stellar “pulses” – regular up and down changes in brightness – in a distant galaxy. The team studied the elliptical galaxy M87, located 53 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. “We tend to think …

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Smart Glasses to Help Treat ‘Lazy Eye’ in Children

New programmable electronic glasses can help improve vision in children just as well as the more traditional treatment using eye patches, according to results from the first US trial of the device. This “digital patch” is the first new effective treatment for lazy eye in half a century, researchers from …

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ISS Astronaut Scott Kelly Tweets Images of South India

US astronaut Scott Kelly has tweeted a stunning picture of South India at night from space. Kelly, who is the longest resident on the International Space Station (ISS), on November 15 uploaded a picture of South India at night on micro-blogging site Twitter, The TeCake news website reported. Kelly has …

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US Startup Challenges Japan to Giant Robot Battle

They’ve been popularized in movies, television and video games, but giant fighting robots still haven’t left the realm of science fiction. That will soon change. Megabots Inc., an Oakland, California-based startup, has built a 15-foot mechanical gladiator called the Mark II and challenged a Japanese firm to an international battle …

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Astronomers Measure Wind Speeds of 8,690Kmph on Exoplanet

An exoplanet located about 63 light-years away has winds reaching a staggering 8,690kmph, around 20 times faster than ever recorded on Earth, according to the first ever weather map of a planet outside our solar system. The finding by researchers at University of Warwick in the UK is the first …

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World’s First ‘Porous’ Liquid Can Filter Carbon Emissions

In a breakthrough, scientists have developed the world’s first ‘porous’ liquid that can potentially be used to capture harmful carbon emissions to prevent them from entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast in UK, along with colleagues at the University of Liverpool and other, international partners, invented the …

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Drug That Could Limit Spread of Deadly Brain Tumours

Researchers have identified a drug that works to limit the spread of glioblastoma — the most common primary tumour of the brain and central nervous system which is also regarded as one of the most aggressive of all cancers. The drug propentofylline or PPF, targets a protein called TROY. It …

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Hoping to Find Life on Other Planets, Astronomers Start on Giant Chile Telescope

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet put hammer to stone on an Andean mountaintop on Wednesday evening to mark the start of construction for one of the world’s most advanced telescopes, an instrument that may help shed light on the possibility of life on distant planets. The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), scheduled …

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