COGNITIVE BIASES

Despite our brain being the powerhouse behind all the advancements, it is far from perfect with the biases it exhibits

To err is human, and we can’t possibly evaluate every instance or event which eventually forms our thoughts and opinions about them. It is then that we rely on these irrational mental shortcuts to speed up our ability to make judgments — often leading to certain biases. …

An artist’s concept of one of the kinds of planets that are orbiting the star HD 3167 — Image Credit: NASA

WEIRD UNIVERSE

Astronomers are trying to make sense of how the inner planet’s orbit is perpendicular to the two outer planets

Discoveries like this make you think how weird and wonderful our Universe is — it also highlights the fact that there is so much more that we don’t know about it. Our current understanding of planetary formation continues to evolve as we make more observations like this one. …

SUPERCONDUCTIVE STATE OF MATTER

The unusual phenomenon could lead to a new type of superconductivity & revolutionary technologies like quantum sensors

Superconductors are best known for their conductive nature without any resistance. However, these exotic materials exhibit this property under a stringent set of conditions like ultracold temperatures. Use cases of these superconductors are extensive — from magnetic resonance imaging machines, mobile-phone towers & vastly efficient everyday electricity generation and transmission…

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SOCIALLY-AWARE ROBOTS

The new Machine Learning system enabled machines to understand what it meant to help or hinder one another

If the robots are to ever move out of their space of performing mundane & repetitive tasks and play a more constructive role in human society, they need to have some kind of ‘social conscience’. Although the concept of collaborative robots or cobots is nothing new, even the most sophisticated…

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WEEKLY BUSINESS ROUNDUP

The state of Financial markets & Economies, Weekly Charts, Business Trends & Statistics

Retail sales and earnings in the U.S came in strong this week, raising concerns that consumers are spending despite rising prices, risking even higher inflation. Stocks finished mixed Friday, as energy shares dragged down the S&P 500 index to a slight loss while strength in tech shares lifted the Nasdaq…

PROMISING DEPRESSION TREATMENT

In a promising study, almost 80% of patients with treatment-resistant depression experienced remission

Depression is one of the most perplexing neurological disorders that scientists have had a hard time decoding over the years. However, the relative success of deep brain stimulation techniques in the past decade has given hope that technology is not only making us understand the condition better but also finding…

Artist impression of the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua — Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESO, M. Kornmesser

DECODING OUMUAMUA

In a new study, Harvard researchers are now questioning the previous hypothesis of the interstellar visitor being a nitrogen iceberg

Discovered back in Oct. 2017 — ‘Oumuamua, the first-known interstellar object in our solar system continues to puzzle astronomers as they fail to come up with a unanimous scientific explanation. Researchers are still intrigued by its unusual shape and trajectory ever since it was spotted in the sky four years…

The four squares pictured each measure just 8.8 X 8.8 mm. They also used the laser-writing method to write the university logo and mark on the glass.— Image Credit: Yuhao Lei and Peter G. Kazansky, University of Southampton

DATA STORAGE FUTURE

Powered by a high-speed laser writing method, a silica glass disc can record & retrieve 10,000x more data than a Blu-ray disc

As we move to an increasingly digitized world, individuals and businesses are producing copious amounts of data on a daily basis. The insatiable appetite for the data brings with it the demand for long-lasting and more efficient forms of data storage with a high capacity. …

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WEEKLY BUSINESS ROUNDUP

The state of Financial markets & Economies, Weekly Charts, Business Trends & Statistics

Falling consumer sentiment and an all-time high in job “quits” didn’t deter investors from their bullish ways on Friday as U.S. equity markets bounced back from a mid-week sell-off. Nevertheless, that selling put an end to the recent record-setting streak, as the major averages ended the week lower, after five…

CYBERSECURITY BULLETIN

This Russian-speaking threat actor group includes the most prolific cyber mercenaries launching cyber attacks worldwide

Ransomware has become a huge headache for global organizations. Here in Canada alone recently, a local transit system & a provincial healthcare system came under attack. No country or sector is spared from these nefarious attacks. It has gotten so big that it has given rise to the emerging model…

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