Not Your Grandpa’s Lazy Matter
Physicists at Brandeis University are excited about active matter, which will allow for typically inanimate objects to propel themselves by converting internal energy to mechanical energy. This is according to a podcast delivered by Brandeis University. The physicist Seth Fraden states that it is not unlike Flubber, from the eponymous movie, which bounces higher and higher on its own accord. Other examples that Fraden provides are “muscle shirts” that could provide the wearer with greater strength through the energy in the fabric itself, or “self pumping” liquids that can propel themselves through pipes with the right materials added.
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Hired by an AI
Tech companies are developing AI algorithms that can assess candidates for a job. They do this by pulling profile data from social platforms, like LinkedIn and Twitter, and establish data points around characteristics like “learning ability” and “willingness to give it their all”. This technology is well-suited for short-listing piles upon piles of job applications, as well as candidate selection for routine jobs in banking, retail, and call centers. The AI are not yet adept at assessing softer skills like culture fit, although tech firms are attempting to crack this as well.
The Universe Won’t Slow Down!
The universe may be expanding faster than we thought. This is according to scientists who have just began using supermassive black holes from just after the Big Bang to measure the expansion rate, as opposed to background microwave radiation used previously. The black holes are surrounded by Quasars that emit X-ray and UV light, and the scientists have been able to use the relative distances of ver 1500 quasars to calculate the new expansion rate. This may mean that dark matter, the still yet-to-be-understood cause of universe expansion, may be getting stronger. An entirely new field of physics may be necessary to confirm or deny this though.
Let’s Get You Out of Those Wet Genes and Into a Dry Martini
New research from Rutgers University suggests that heavy drinking may change the function of genes to fuel further addiction. They’ve associated the change in two significant genes to binge drinking in adults. The study indicates that heavy drinking caused an epigenetic change in the genes, essentially altering the expression of the two genes so that it occurred less often. Previous studies have already linked a decrease in expression of the Per2 gene with an increase in alcohol craving.
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