By Craig Hlavaty Published 10:36 am CDT, Thursday, October 4, 2018 PHOTOS: The biggest companies in Houston This week the Houston Astros were including along with the likes of Apple and Nintendo as one of the 50 most genius companies in the world. >>>See who ranks high in Houston... less PHOTOS: The biggest companies in Houston This week the Houston Astros were including along with the likes of Apple and Nintendo as one of the 50 most genius companies in the world. >>>See who ranks ... more Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Phillips 662017 rank: No. 34. Revenue: $72.396 B Phillips 66 2017 rank: No. 34. Revenue: $72.396 B Photo: Houston Chronicle Sysco Corp. 2017 rank: 57. Revenue: $50.367 B Sysco Corp. 2017 rank: 57. Revenue: $50.367 B … [Read more...] about Genius! TIME magazine names Houston Astros among genius companies
There's a lot of junk on the internet, but the web is still a wonderful place to share and discover knowledge. For science enthusiasts and news connoisseurs who don't want to waste time searching out the most interesting and legit conveyors of this knowledge, Live Science editors and reporters put together a list of the science sites that we love to read. Check it out. If there's a site you think deserves to be on this list, please email us. (The following list is arranged alphabetically, and not by any ranking system.) Ars Technica Ars Technica offers brainy, geeky coverage of technology and science and how it intersects with our everyday lives, whether we want it to or not. The site's name, derived from the Latin for "the art of technology," reflects a perspective and a voice that is not only steeped in an appreciation of science and tech innovation, but which also deeply considers how the use of technology informs and changes human culture — and how culture and technology in … [Read more...] about The Science Websites That We Read Every Day
“We don’t have much ground truth in biology.” According to Barbara Engelhardt, a computer scientist at Princeton University, that’s just one of the many challenges that researchers face when trying to prime traditional machine-learning methods to analyze genomic data. Techniques in artificial intelligence and machine learning are dramatically altering the landscape of biological research, but Engelhardt doesn’t think those “black box” approaches are enough to provide the insights necessary for understanding, diagnosing and treating disease. Instead, she’s been developing new statistical tools that search for expected biological patterns to map out the genome’s real but elusive “ground truth.” Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research … [Read more...] about Can Machine Learning Find Medical Meaning in a Mess of Genes?
Our current understanding of gravity is based on Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity—a dated concept belonging to the realm of classical physics. Modern scientists, however, are still struggling to quantize gravity—that is, describe it according to the principles of quantum mechanics. This 83-year search is believed by many to be the deepest question in physics. “Even a few years ago it was a generic consensus that, most likely, it’s not even conceivably possible to measure quantization of the gravitational field in any way,” Igor Pikovski, a theoretical physicist at Harvard University, told Quanta Magazine. But a pair of papers published late last year in Physical Review Letters may change that. Penned by two teams of international researchers, the studies propose a tabletop experiment to confirm gravity is a quantum force, without detecting a graviton. The feeblest of the forces, gravity comprises quantized particles, or gravitons, … [Read more...] about Physicists To Test Whether Gravity is a Quantum Force
If you want to understand the personality of a material, study its electrons. Table salt forms cubic crystals because its atoms share electrons in that configuration; silver shines because its electrons absorb visible light and reradiate it back. Electron behavior causes nearly all material properties: hardness, conductivity, melting temperature. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. Of late, physicists are intrigued by the way huge numbers of electrons can display collective quantum-mechanical behavior. In some materials, a trillion trillion electrons within a crystal can act as a unit, like fire ants clumping into a single mass to survive a flood. Physicists want to understand this collective behavior because of the … [Read more...] about Elusive Higgs-Like State Created in Exotic Materials