The University of California's Fig. 1 YouTube series takes on the question of "Why Science Needs Art," breaking it down in less than a minute. Right brain, meet left brain!
Philosopher Nick Bostrom's famous Simulation Argument suggests it's highly probable that we live inside a supercomputer. But one philosopher takes this hypothesis to task, arguing in a new paper that there are other post-human scenarios that need to be taken into account.
After modeling the exceptionally well-preserved remains of a 410 million-year-old arachnid, researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK used an open-source computer graphics program to bring the extinct predator back to virtual life.
You're looking at the first ever 3-D model of a supernova entering into the initial phase of its cataclysmic death throes. This is part of a new computer simulation that's radically changing our notions of what happens inside stars just before they explode.
We were once toddlers before. We've gotten drunk as recent as a few days ago. We maybe got too sore from working out. And we're not always perfectly balanced. We know how awkward it can be sometimes to just... walk. It's okay! It's not always as easy as it looks! Look, even computer simulations tasked to figure out…
We're still decades — if not centuries — away from being able to transfer a mind to a supercomputer. It's a fantastic future prospect that makes some people incredibly squeamish. But there are considerable benefits to living a digital life. Here's why you should seriously consider uploading.
Using some of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet, the fine folks at Argonne National Lab have constructed a virtual model of the universe that tracks 1.1 trillion particles as they expand and bind. The achievement is four times larger than previous simulations.
Drug testing is a time consuming, expensive, and at times dangerous proposition. But a new set of computer models has successfully predicted the negative side effects of hundreds of current drugs, a development that could see more efficient development of pharmaceuticals - and without the risks of testing on human…