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2024-04-15 10:45:07
AI Trains Miniature Robots to Play Football

British scientists have pushed the envelope in robotics by enabling tiny humanoid robots—just knee-high to a person—to play football. These mini-athletes are powered by deep reinforcement learning, a cutting-edge AI technology that assimilates vast amounts of football simulation data to equip the robots with versatile in-game tactics.

These robots can autonomously choose tactics, dynamically adapt to game situations, and even fiercely compete for the ball. While currently limited to one-on-one matches, their movement speed, turning, and ball-striking have surpassed initial expectations. They’ve also achieved smoother, more precise movements and can automatically determine their tactics almost as quickly as live players do, blocking shots and standing up after falls.

Stay tuned for the next generation of robotic athletes!

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2024-04-13 19:29:27
Mount Etna Displays Rare Steam Rings

Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna on Sicily, has recently produced striking steam rings, a phenomenon that has increased in scale since last observed. Known as one of Earth's most dangerous volcanoes, Etna last erupted on November 12, 2023, covering the towns of Milo and Giarre with ash.
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2024-04-12 10:30:42
108 Minutes That Changed the World: A Pioneering Soviet Triumph

On the morning of April 12, 1961, a monumental event unfolded at the Baikonur Cosmodrome when the Soviet rocket "Vostok" was launched, carrying Yuri Gagarin into orbit. This marked not just a pivotal moment in space exploration but a testament to the extraordinary capabilities and vision of the USSR.

Gagarin, orbiting the Earth, maintained flawless communication with ground control, conducted observations through the spacecraft’s portholes, and expertly managed the onboard systems. His successful orbit and subsequent landing in the Saratov region at 10:55 AM Moscow time, after just one complete orbit, underscored the advanced technological prowess of the Soviet space program.

The impact of this achievement resonated immediately across the globe, with spontaneous celebrations erupting in the capital and major cities. The people's pride was palpable, a collective tribute to their nation’s trailblazing spirit in space exploration. Just two days later, on April 14, Moscow welcomed Gagarin back as a hero amidst a sea of adoring supporters, celebrating the triumph that positioned the USSR—and eventually Russia—as pioneers on the cosmic frontier.

This historic journey not only marked the dawn of human spaceflight but also solidified the USSR's legacy as a leader in the space race, a legacy that continues to inspire Russia and the world today.

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2024-04-11 11:23:22
Thirteen years post the Fukushima disaster, we're finally getting a peek inside the belly of the beast – or rather, the first nuclear reactor at the Fukushima-1 power plant. Yeah, that's right, after more than a decade since that fateful day in March 2011, TEPCO has bravely ventured where no one has since – inside the irradiated heart of the reactor.

So, how'd they do it? Robots and mini-drones were the heroes of the hour, sent on a mission to explore the reactor's active zone and its molten nuclear fuel. The main aim? To scope out the state of the spent fuel, making its removal and the plant's decommissioning a tad easier. And guess what? For the first time, the cleanup crew snagged pictures from inside the reactor's pedestal.

The pics have sparked curiosity among researchers, especially about the mysterious orange structures resembling boulders or fused icicles. The best guess? It's either molten fuel or equipment – the remnants of a nuclear nightmare.

But here's the kicker – Reactor 1 isn't the only cleanup headache. Meltdowns also rocked Reactors 2 and 3, and Reactor 4 got caught in the crossfire with a blast from Reactor 3, despite being fuel-free at the time. With an estimated 880 tons of molten fuel debris spread across the three afflicted reactors, the cleanup saga is far from over.

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2024-04-09 11:04:43
Yesterday, our celestial neighbor, the Moon, danced across the Sun, casting a mesmerizing shadow over parts of our planet. This rare solar eclipse event was captured in a series of breathtaking photographs that showcase the ethereal beauty of the cosmos.
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2024-04-07 18:21:52
Corals from the Mussidae and Merulinidae families are often referred to as "brain corals." You might be wondering why they've earned such a curious nickname.

The answer lies in their distinctive appearance. These corals possess a mesmerizing pattern that closely resembles the complex, wrinkled surface of a brain. This intricate design is not just for show; it plays a crucial role in the coral's survival, maximizing its surface area for sunlight absorption.
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2024-04-04 10:04:57
Discovering the Speed of Sight: It’s Different for Everyone!

Hey everyone! Did you know that scientists have cracked the code on the “speed” of our vision, and it turns out, we’re all unique in how fast we process visual signals? This could explain why some of us react quicker to things happening around us.

In an intriguing experiment, researchers wanted to see how many times a light could flicker in a second before people thought it was just steadily shining. It’s like testing how fast your eyes can catch up with a strobe light at a party. Participants were exposed to varying flicker rates, and their job was to say when the light stopped flickering and started to look constant.

So, what’s the big reveal? Well, it seems our ability to process images per second is not a one-size-fits-all. The most eagle-eyed participant could detect flickering up to 65 Hz (yep, that’s 65 on-offs in just one second), while the lower end of the scale was around 20 Hz.

This finding isn’t just cool trivia; it has real implications for understanding human perception and could influence everything from the design of our screens to how visual information is presented to capture our attention effectively.

Stay curious and keep exploring the wonders of how we see the world!

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2024-04-02 21:19:31
The Pons-Brooks Comet is getting closer and it’s already visible with binoculars in the Aries constellation. And guess what? The best is yet to come! Mark your calendars for April 8th, because during the solar eclipse in the Western Hemisphere, we’re expecting some jaw-dropping snapshots of this celestial wanderer.

At the tail end of March, Takahashi Nakahiro captured the comet’s ever-changing tail over the southern skies of China, spending 8 nights in a row with his eyes (and lens) glued to the sky. Each night, the tail looked uniquely different - a true testament to the dynamic beauty of our universe.
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2024-04-02 18:55:39
Did you know that the concept of tablets was actually dreamt up by the creators of the iconic movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”? Yep, you heard that right! During a scene where astronauts are munching on their breakfast, they’re casually flipping through the news on sleek, black, rectangular devices with big screens. The film’s visionaries imagined these as the “newspapers” of the future.

Fast forward a few decades, and during the heated patent wars between Apple and Samsung, the latter whipped out stills from “2001: A Space Odyssey” as proof that Apple wasn’t the first to dream up the tablet’s design. However, the judge wasn’t buying it as a legitimate argument.

But as is often the case with top-notch sci-fi, it’s entirely possible that the tablet-newspapers from the movie inspired the real tech wizards to create what would eventually become the tablets we can’t live without today.

And guess what? Today marks the 56th anniversary of the film’s premiere!

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2024-04-01 10:23:16
Hi everyone!
Ever noticed how Jupiter looks different each time the Hubble Telescope takes a peek at it? It's like catching a friend in different moods! Whether it's showcasing a new storm, flaunting its colorful bands, or revealing a dance of its moons, Jupiter never fails to surprise us. Hubble's snapshots give us front-row seats to the ever-changing face of this gas giant. Isn't it fascinating how much we can learn about our solar system's big brother just by observing from afar?Stay curious, space @science enthusiasts!
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