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thenewenlightenmentage:

Cosmic ‘web’ seen for first time

The hidden tendrils of dark matter that underlie the visible Universe may have been traced out for the first time.

Cosmology theory predicts that galaxies are embedded in a cosmic web of “stuff”, most of which is dark matter.

Astronomers obtained the first direct images of a part of this network, by exploiting the fact that a luminous object called a quasar can act as a natural “cosmic flashlight”.

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ilovecharts:

The Planes In The Air

via Andy, from London.

thenewenlightenmentage:

Bluebrain | Year One

Henry Markram is attempting to reverse engineer an entire human brain, one neuron at a time. This piece is an introduction to director Noah Hutton’s 10-year film-in-the-making that will chronicle the development of The Blue Brain Project, a landmark endeavor in modern neuroscience.

Year 2: vimeo.com/28040230

Year 3: vimeo.com/51685540

Year 4: vimeo.com/52664485

Visit bluebrainfilm.com for more information.

skeptv:

ASTOUNDING: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + … = -1/12

via numberphile:

The sum of all natural numbers (from 1 to infinity) produces an “astounding” result.

Tony Padilla and Ed Copeland are physicists at the University of Nottingham.

Sum of Natural Numbers (second proof and extra footage)

Ed Copeland and Tony Padilla are physicists at the University of Nottingham.

via Numberphile.


thenewenlightenmentage:

"The Great Attractor" —Cosmic Flows of the Local Universe
This past June, an international team of researchers mapped the motions of structures of the local universe in greater detail than ever before. The maps are presented as a video, which provides a dynamic three-dimensional representation of the universe through the use of rotation, panning and zooming. The Cosmic Flows project has mapped visible and dark matter densities around the Milky Way galaxy up to a distance of 300 million light-years —from the Great Attractor and the Zone of Avoidance to massive galaxy clusters containing millions of elliptical and spiral galaxies.
The large-scale structure of the universe is a complex web of clusters, filaments, and voids. Large voids—relatively empty spaces—are bounded by filaments that form superclusters of galaxies, the largest structures in the universe. Our Milky Way galaxy lies in a supercluster of 100,000 galaxies.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

"The Great Attractor" —Cosmic Flows of the Local Universe

This past June, an international team of researchers mapped the motions of structures of the local universe in greater detail than ever before. The maps are presented as a video, which provides a dynamic three-dimensional representation of the universe through the use of rotation, panning and zooming. The Cosmic Flows project has mapped visible and dark matter densities around the Milky Way galaxy up to a distance of 300 million light-years —from the Great Attractor and the Zone of Avoidance to massive galaxy clusters containing millions of elliptical and spiral galaxies.

The large-scale structure of the universe is a complex web of clusters, filaments, and voids. Large voids—relatively empty spaces—are bounded by filaments that form superclusters of galaxies, the largest structures in the universe. Our Milky Way galaxy lies in a supercluster of 100,000 galaxies.

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scienceisbeauty:

WebGL Water. Funny, give it a try! And don’t forget to press “G” to toggle gravity.

thenewenlightenmentage:

Quantum reality more complex than previously thought

Imagine you order a delivery of several glass vases in different colors. Each vase is sent as a separate parcel. What would you think of the courier if the parcels arrive apparently undamaged, yet when you open them, it turns out that all the red vases are intact and all the green ones are smashed to pieces? Physicists from the University of Warsaw and the Gdansk University of Technology have demonstrated that when quantum information is transmitted, nature can be as whimsical as this crazy delivery man.

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