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GEOPHYSICS
 

Continents of the Underworld Come Into Focus

By JOSHUA SOKOL

Giant blobs nestled deep in the Earth may influence everything from the structure of island chains to mass-extinction events.

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GEOPHYSICS(2019)
 

Artificial Intelligence Takes On Earthquake Prediction

By ASHLEY SMART 

A team of geophysicists has applied a machine learning algorithm to quakes in the Pacific Northwest.

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Abstract cubist images of ocean in space.

GEOPHYSICS(2018)
 

The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans

By MARCUS WOO 

Water-bearing minerals reveal that Earth’s mantle could hold more water than all its oceans. Researchers now ask: Where did it all come from? 

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Artist's conception of a futuristic lung scan.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
 

An Idea From Physics Helps AI See in Higher Dimensions

By JOHN PAVLUS

A new machine learning approach based on the notion that all perspectives are equally valid is helping computers detect features on curved and higher-dimensional surfaces.

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WIRED TO LEARN(2017)
 

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

By JOHN PAVLUS

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Micrograph of bacteriophage attached to bacterial membrane.

ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

Biodiversity Alters Strategies of Bacterial Evolution

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

In evolution, context is everything: Bacteria with neighbors evolve to rebuff viruses in a different way.

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Artist's conception of bacteriophages clustered on a bacterium.

MICROBIOLOGY(2018)

 

‘Broadband’ Networks of Viruses May Help Bacteria Evolve Faster

By JONATHAN LAMBERT

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

Unscrambled Eggs: Self-Organization Restores Cells’ Order

By WYNNE PARRY

To scientists’ surprise, blended mixtures of cytoplasm can reorganize themselves into cell-like compartments with working structural components.

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INFORMATION THEORY(2017)
 

How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder

By PHILIP BALL

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Measuring a hole in trousers to determine what patch will cover it.

QUANTIZED ACADEMY
 

How Simple Math Can Cover Even the Most Complex Holes

By PATRICK HONNER

No one knows how to find the smallest shape that can cover all other shapes of a certain width. But high school geometry is getting us closer to an answer.

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GEOMETRY(2018)
 

Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover

By KEVIN HARTNETT

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