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AlphaGo Movie

AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Cambridge, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of DeepMind, to Seoul, where a legendary Go master faces an unproven AI challenger. As the drama unfolds, questions emerge: What can … Continue reading

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Lewis Hamilton was ‘weird’ as a team-mate, says Jenson Button

Great article on the BBC website today for those of us F1 fans. – Jim Deskarati Jenson Button says he found fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton “a bit weird” when they were team-mates at McLaren. In his new autobiography, Life at … Continue reading

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Aluminium Cans Recycling Process

 

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Here Are The Top 10 Most Unnecessary Medical Treatments, According to Scientists

A recent literature study on medical care in the US has put forward ten diagnostic procedures and treatments that were overused in 2016, with the intention of highlighting ways that the medical system could be made more effective and more … Continue reading

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk updates Mars plans

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Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Discover how Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style. ‘Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites’ opens on 2 October.

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Blue Planet II : The Prequel

This world-exclusive introduction to the show is narrated by series presenter Sir David Attenborough and set to an exclusive track developed by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead. The prequel features an array of some of the most awe-inspiring shots and highlights … Continue reading

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The Headington Shark

The Headington Shark (proper name Untitled 1986) is a rooftop sculpture located at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford, England, depicting a large shark embedded head-first in the roof of a house. The shark first appeared on 9 August 1986. … Continue reading

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60 perfectly preserved shipwrecks over 2,400 years old have been found in the Black Sea

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Engineers 3-D print high-strength aluminum, solve ages-old welding problem using nanoparticles

HRL Laboratories has made a breakthrough in metallurgy with the announcement that researchers at the famous facility have developed a technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys—including types Al7075 and Al6061—that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant … Continue reading

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How to move large blocks

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NASA’s Cassini Finally Faces Its Fiery Doom

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Flexible organic batteries could fit pacemakers

Thanks to Jacki Thomas for suggesting this post. A new kind of flexible “organic battery” could provide a more comfortable alternative to people fitted with pacemakers, say researchers. Currently, heart devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators are powered by rigid … Continue reading

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China’s Building a Full-Sized Titanic Replica

Zhang Zhi | Getty Images The sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate a surprising number of people. Soon, the first full-size replica of the ocean liner will allow delighted tourists to relive the ill-fated ship’s maiden voyage, right down … Continue reading

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New device accurately identifies cancer in seconds

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The Most Common Misconceptions

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First-ever evidence of strange bouncing light particles has been caught in the LHC

Light is pretty awesome. It’s made of subatomic particles called photons, which also behave like waves. It’s been demonstrated to act like both a particle and a wave simultaneously. Photons can be entangled at a distance. They reflect, refract and … Continue reading

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Monster X-ray laser offers glimpse into nano-world

The world’s most powerful X-ray laser opened Friday in Germany, promising to shed new light onto very small things by letting scientists penetrate the inner workings of atoms, viruses and chemical reactions. The mega-project generates extremely intense laser flashes, at … Continue reading

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‘Simple’ chess puzzle holds key to $1m prize

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have thrown down the gauntlet to computer programmers to find a solution to a “simple” chess puzzle which could, in fact, take thousands of years to solve and net a $1m prize. Computer … Continue reading

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Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent person during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to – the inspiration for Deskarati – the … Continue reading

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