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Black Holes Finally Proven Mathematically Stable

By STEVE NADIS

The solutions to Einstein’s equations that describe a spinning black hole won’t blow up, even when poked or prodded.

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BIOPHYSICS

 

New Math Reveals How Birds Mastered Flight

By YASEMIN SAPLAKOGLU

Partnerships between engineers and biologists have begun to reveal how birds evolved their superb maneuverability.

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Related: 
A Thermodynamic Answer
to Why Birds Migrate

by Jordana Cepelewicz (2018)

THEORETICAL PHYSICS

 

Particle Physicists Puzzle Over a New Duality

By KATIE McCORMICK

A hidden link has been found between two seemingly unrelated particle collision outcomes, hinting at deeper connections.

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Related: 
Newly Measured Particle Seems Heavy
Enough to Break Known Physics

by Charlie Wood

Q&A

 

The Computer Scientist Challenging AI to Learn Like We Do

By ALLISON WHITTEN

Christopher Kanan is building algorithms that can continuously learn over time — the way we do.

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Related: 
Common Sense Comes
Closer to Computers

by John Pavlus (2020)

QUANTA SCIENCE PODCAST

 

Deep Learning Poised to ‘Blow Up’ Famed Fluid Equations

Podcast hosted by SUSAN VALOT;
Story by JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

For centuries, mathematicians have tried to prove that Euler’s fluid equations can produce nonsensical answers. A new approach to machine learning has researchers betting that “blowup” is near.

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Around the Web

Volcanoes’ Harmful Vaping
Scientists have now determined that the underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga earlier this year delivered an astonishing 160,900 tons of water vapor to the stratosphere — water vapor that could intensify global warming for years to come, reports Harry Baker for Live Science. This year’s Tonga eruption also cracked open some mysteries about Earth’s past volcanic events. Back in 1883, a volcano on the island of Krakatoa erupted and caused worldwide tsunamis — just as the recent Tonga eruption did. This time, however, geophysicists were finally able to learn how volcanic eruptions cause tsunamis on that global scale, as Robin George Andrews reported for Quanta.

You Are Not the Supreme
In 2019, Google announced that they had achieved quantum supremacy with a calculation that no ordinary computer could match. Researchers in China have now shown that an ordinary computer can do it within hours, reports Adrian Cho for Science. Google’s claim was controversial from the start. Researchers at IBM and others rejected that Google had proved true quantum supremacy, as Kevin Hartnett covered for Quanta in 2019.
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