NASA uses Google’s artificial intelligence to discover the 8th planet in a distant solar system

December 14, 2017 by  
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Today NASA announced that its Kepler telescope, with the help of Google AI, has discovered the 8th planet in a distant planetary system. The solar system Kepler 90 now ties our own solar system for having the most known planets. The groundbreaking discovery confirms that artificial intelligence can assist astronomers in identifying patterns in space that may be too challenging for humans. The Kepler Space Telescope launched in 2009, and since then it has discovered 2,337 exoplanets, many of which could be possible candidates for hosting life. The most exciting discovery, made in 2015, was that of Kepler-425b, the first Earth-sized planet to be discovered in a habitable zone around a star. Building upon human research, NASA utilized Google’s neural network – a sort of artificial intelligence – to make the discovery. Essentially, the system was taught to differentiate between similar but different patterns, expanding its capability and learning over time. Now, the AI has learned enough to identify subtle differences in space to detect weak signals that humans had failed to detect. This led to the discovery of the planet Kepler 90I, which researchers hadn’t noticed after searching the area. NASA says that human researchers may have eventually identified the planet, but the AI made that process much faster and more efficient. Related: Kepler data reveals 20 potentially habitable worlds 90I is a small, probably rocky planet tucked in the middle of the Kepler 90 solar system. It likely has a thin atmosphere and isn’t very hospitable to life. While Kepler 90 appears to be similar in many ways to our own solar system, it also has some distinct differences: the planets cluster close to the sun, rather than being spread out. It is also possible that this solar system may have more planets that we haven’t identified yet. + NASA

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Studying sustainable business strategies: Fiona Wilson

August 21, 2012 by  
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Listen to a researcher reflect on what she has discovered about creating social value through the marketplace.

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Greenland Ice Sheet Melting Not Stopped By New Snowfall – Ties For Record Ice Loss

October 24, 2011 by  
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Destination Arctic Circle / CC BY-ND 2.0 Some new insight into how the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting in response to climate change, from the City College of New York: Research from CCNY’s Cryospheric Processes Laboratory has discovered that extreme melting of the ice sheet can continue even when the region doesn’t experience record-high temperatures — all that is required is warmer temperature… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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India Will Install 3,000 MW Wind Power This Year, Up 39% From 2010

October 24, 2011 by  
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Land Rover Our Planet / CC BY-ND 2.0 India’s making some good progress in wind power : According the HSBC Global Research (via Business Standard ), India is on track to install 2,984 MW of new wind power in 2011 — … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Solar Charger Tweets How Much Energy You’re Gathering From The Sun

October 24, 2011 by  
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© Changers.com Solar chargers are handy enough. They give you an extra power boost for your gadgets on sunny days. But hummm… what could make solar chargers even more interesting? How about if they tweet out how much energy you’re gathering so that you can boast to your friends how awesome you are? … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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E. Coli Could Replace Petroleum in Plastic Production

September 21, 2010 by  
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A biotechnology company based in Boulder, Colorado has discovered a way to engineer E. coli to convert sugar into acrylic acid – a major component in paints, diapers and adhesives – in place of petroleum.  This new process produces 75 percent less CO2 emissions than the petroleum-based process . OPX Biotechnologies is a start-up company that is engineering bacteria to make industrial chemicals and renewable fuels.  This new E.

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Cactus Gum Can Purify Water Cheaply and Effectively

April 27, 2010 by  
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Counterintuitive as it may seem, cacti might be the key to cheap and easy water purification. Assistant Professor Norma Alcantar at the University of South Florida in Tampa has discovered that when mucilage (a type of gum used to store water) from the prickly pear cactus is mixed with water that contains high levels of sediment or the bacterium Bacillus cereus , both the bacteria and the sediment sink to the bottom. The mucilage, in other words, acts as a cheap and effective natural filter, which could be employed by millions of people in developing nations to produce clean water.

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Sale of Lexus GX 460 Suspended, Highlighting Inherent Problem with Big SUVs

April 14, 2010 by  
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Photo: Wikipedia , CC Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, has suspended the sale of its GX 460 SUV mastodon (Curb weight: 5,305 lbs). The reason

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Route of 13,000 Year Old Mini Ice Age Inducing Mega-Flood Determined

April 1, 2010 by  
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Barefoot Running is the New Treat for Your Feet

January 28, 2010 by  
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Image from theleoafricanus.com : Zola Budd Barefoot It sounds counter-intuitive to say the least, but a team of scientists has discovered that running barefoot is better for your feet. What! The researchers found that runners who have trained barefoot tend to strike the ground with the ball or mid-foot, rather than their heel. Whereas runners wearing cushioned running shoes tended to hit the ground with their he…

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