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Bizarre ‘Bone’ Asteroid Is Even Weirder Than We Imagined

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Astronomers have captured the best images yet of Kleopatra, a 168-mile-long asteroid nicknamed the “dog-bone” on account of its unusual shape. The latest observations are offering fresh insights into the object’s shape and precarious spin and how its moons likely came into existence.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/bizarre-bone-asteroid-is-even-weirder-than-we-imagined-1847638453
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The Article Was Written/Published By: George Dvorsky

How Do We Know How Old Fossils Are?

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Paleolithic hunters built mammoth traps in what is now Mexico some 14,700 years ago. An unknown sea creature left footprints in sand some 550 million years ago, making them the oldest known footprints on Earth. The mysterious Denisovan humans reached southeast Asia 160,000 years ago, as evidenced by a jawbone found on…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/how-do-we-know-how-old-fossils-are-1847550187
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The Article Was Written/Published By: George Dvorsky

Swiss university claims it broke the record for Pi calculation

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Most people know the value of Pi as 3.1416, but it’s gotten longer and longer over the years as researchers try to find its most accurate calculation. A team from the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden in Switzerland now claims it has broken the world record for computing for the mathematical constant: It said it has calculated for 62.8 trillion digits of Pi. The current record holder, Timothy Mullican, calculated up to 50 trillion digits and was recognized for his work last year. 

According to the Swiss university, its team took 108 days and 9 hours to compute for the new value. That’s 3.5 times faster than Mullican’s efforts and almost twice as fast as the record Google set in 2019. A couple of years ago, Emma Haruka Iwao and her colleagues used the power of 25 Google Cloud virtual machines to calculate for 31,415,926,535,897 digits of Pi within 121 days. 

The Swiss team, as The Register explains, used a rig powered by two 32-core AMD Epyc 7542 processors with 1 TB of RAM and a program called y-Cruncher. Its setup had 38 hard drives with 16 TB of storage space each, 34 of which were used for the process while four were used to store the new value of Pi. The team didn’t use SSDs, even though their speed would’ve made the process quicker, because the large number of write cycles needed for Pi calculation would’ve resulted in high wear and tear on the SSDs, which aren’t cheap. That wouldn’t have worked, since the university wanted to demonstrate that it’s possible to carry out an extremely memory-intensive calculation with limited budget and resources. Guinness has yet to confirm the new record, but after it does, the university plans to publish the new and expanded value of Pi. 

Source: https://www.engadget.com/swiss-university-world-record-pi-calculation-122534717.html?src=rss
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Mariella Moon

CERN researchers discover an exotic particle with a long life

Researchers from the LHCb experiment at CERN recently presented a new discovery at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics. The team discovered a new particle they labeled as TCC+, which is a tetraquark. A tetraquark is an exotic hadron that contains two quarks and two antiquarks. The particle is the longest-lived exotic matter particle ever discovered and … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/cern-researchers-discover-an-exotic-particle-with-a-long-life-02684854/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Shane McGlaun

Underground ‘Lakes’ on Mars May Just Be Big Globs of Clay

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Recent hubbub about subsurface lakes detected on Mars has a new twist, as new research argues that the underground structures aren’t lakes at all. The researchers behind the study say that, rather than liquid water, the Martian south pole contains smectites, a class of clays that have been misinterpreted in the data.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/underground-lakes-on-mars-may-just-be-big-globs-of-clay-1847394125
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Isaac Schultz

Dinosaur killer asteroid research says source in solar system

It would appear that we’re a bit closer to the source of the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs on Earth. Researchers from Southwest Research Institute published a paper this week with research on material samples harvested from the crater dated back to the event that changed the course of life on Earth. Perhaps most surprising among the details shared … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/dinosaur-killer-asteroid-research-says-source-in-solar-system-29684584/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Chris Burns

Scientists decipher how Romanesco broccoli gets its freaky fractal shape

Romanesco broccoli (aka Romanesco cauliflower) is a quite strange (albeit tasty) vegetable that looks otherwordly in its freaky fractal formations. Every bud is self-similar, resulting in a logarithmic spiral. Now, researchers at the French National Centre for Scientific Research have determined that the natural (approximate) fractal nature occurs because each bud is a failed flower that becomes a shoot that produces a new flower that fails and so on. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/07/12/scientists-decipher-how-romanesco-broccoli-gets-its-freaky-fractal-shape.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scientists-decipher-how-romanesco-broccoli-gets-its-freaky-fractal-shape
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The Article Was Written/Published By: David Pescovitz

The 7 Weirdest Things About Venus, Hell Planet

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It’s been nearly 30 years since a NASA spacecraft went to Venus, a yellowish planet 67 million miles from the Sun and 141 million miles from us. Venus is often thought of as a sibling planet to Earth, both being rocky worlds close enough to the Sun to bask in its heat. And yet, at some point in their histories, the…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/the-7-weirdest-things-about-venus-hell-planet-1847169040
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Isaac Schultz

First Quantum Microscope Reveals Previously-Unseen Cell Structures

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Researchers at the University of Queensland have developed the first quantum microscope, a major leap from existing technology that will allow us to observe previously unseen biological structures. Scientists say it could pave the way for improvements in machines, medicine, and just about every other industry.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/87758/first-quantum-microscope-reveals-previously-unseen-cell-structures/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Andrew Heinzman

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