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The Physics Principle That Inspired Modern AI Art

Diffusion models generate incredible images by learning to reverse the process that, among other things, causes ink to spread through water. Ask DALL·E 2, an image generation system created by OpenAI, to paint a picture […]

How Music Casts Its Spell on Us

“Music so readily transports us from the present to the past, or from what is actual to what is possible.” “Music,” the trailblazing composer Julia Perry wrote, “has a unifying effect on the peoples of […]

This British Zoologist Wants to Reinvent Color

Andrew Parker has produced some of the brightest hues in the world. So, what’s his secret? Andrew Parker, an English inventor, artist and zoologist at the University of Oxford, thinks color is not a thing. […]

The Year in Space 2022

With beginnings, endings, and new discoveries, space was a busy place in 2022. New Atlas looks back at the best space stories of the past 12 months. Once in full operation, the James Webb Space […]

A Bold Effort to Cure HIV – Using Crispr

An experiment tests whether the gene-editing technology can stop the virus from replicating, which would ultimately wipe out the infection. In July, an HIV-positive man became the first volunteer in a clinical trial aimed at […]

The Genealogy of Chinese Cybernetics

Proposed by Qian Xuesen in the ‘90s as a new scientific discipline, the “meta-synthetic approach” to study the “open complex giant system” still exerts influence over thinking on high-tech social management, smart cities, and state […]

Eavesdropping on the Brain With 10,000 Electrodes

Thanks to advances in neuroscience and microelectronics engineering, we finally have a tool that will let us begin to reverse engineer the wonders of the brain. People often think of technology as applied science, but […]

How to Make the Universe Think for Us

Physicists are building neural networks out of vibrations, voltages and lasers, arguing that the future of computing lies in exploiting the universe’s complex physical behaviors. When it comes to conventional machine learning, computer scientists have […]

The Incredible Life of Maria Sibylla Merian

In the jungle of Suriname, the German-born Swiss naturalist, entomologist and botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian discovered insect metamorphosis. This animation celebrates her many notable contributions to the natural sciences in an age when such […]

Turning Back the Clock

Imagine if we could turn back the clock on age-related illnesses by reprogramming our cells to be younger? In a recent Nature Aging paper, Genentech and Salk Institute scientists show that cellular reprogramming techniques safely […]

Researchers Use Algae to Power a Computer for Months

The experiment suggests that cyanobacteria ‘batteries’ using sunlight and water could run small devices. Researchers have discovered how to use cyanobacteria—commonly called blue-green algae—to continuously power a microprocessor for a span of more than six […]

James Webb Teams Successfully Align Mirror

On March 16, NASA announced that one of the most critical steps in the commissioning process had been completed — the alignment of all 18 individual mirrors on James Webb’s primary mirror. Meanwhile, as optics […]