Posts in: Physical Science

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Can computers forecast avalanches better than humans digging holes?

Can computers forecast avalanches better than humans digging holes?

In the world of avalanche forecasting, manual methods are state of the art. But meteorologists are honing a computer model for the job

By | Posted January 24, 2018

Size isn’t the only thing that matters during an earthquake

Size isn’t the only thing that matters during an earthquake

A tale of two identical earthquakes

By | Posted December 18, 2017

We’re flushing energy down the toilet

We’re flushing energy down the toilet

But engineers are trying to reclaim it downstream

By | Posted December 15, 2017

Let's talk about the latest godawful cybersecurity plan

Let’s talk about the latest godawful cybersecurity plan

A federal “hack-back” bill is in the news again. It might be good for vigilantes, but it’s definitely bad for the rest of us

By | Posted December 4, 2017

The layers of the sun

Tiny solar flares may explain the sun’s ridiculously hot atmosphere

New evidence suggests tiny solar flares heat the sun’s atmosphere to thousands of times the temperature of its surface.

By | Posted October 30, 2017

Cassini was a heart-breaker

Cassini was a heart-breaker

Social media made us love—and mourn—a space robot

By | Posted October 23, 2017

Space travel disclaimer: You might die from cancer

Space travel disclaimer: You might die from cancer

Enthusiasm to send people to Mars may dampen knowing the health risks of exposure to space radiation — something we still don’t know how to fix

By | Posted October 16, 2017

Artificial intelligence pioneers need to stop obsessing over themselves

Artificial intelligence pioneers need to stop obsessing over themselves

Mimicking the human brain will only hinder the pursuit of true artificial intelligence, says Facebook’s director of AI research.

By | Posted September 18, 2017

What the heck is carbon dating?

What the heck is carbon dating?

A primer on paleontologists’ favorite time-stamping technique

By | Posted July 31, 2017

A computer’s addled memory

A computer’s addled memory

Cosmic radiation can cause laptop failures and more

By | Posted July 17, 2017

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