Nebula flyover, 3D universe, quantum teleportation, IBM mines holiday snaps, AI Ebola hunt, Syrian war seeds, ancient skills


Totally spectacular flyover through the Veil Nebula — The Hubble Space Telescope took a new image of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant from a star that exploded 8000 years ago, and made this truly spectacular flyover visualisation of the beautiful ripple in space that you can see above. In the 3D visualization, red is sulfur, green is hydrogen and blue is oxygen.
~ Hey, oxygen.

Radio burst to map the universe in 3D — Using redshifts, fast radio bursts and state of the art technology, researchers at University of British Columbia have proposed a new method of calculating distance between celestial objects, and mapping the cosmos in 3D.
~ Here be dragons.

Physicists smash Quantum Teleportation record with 102 kilometre fibre jump — A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology has broken the distance record for quantum teleportation down optical fibre, showing they’re able to transfer quantum information over 102 kilometres.
~ And now, for something really useful …

IBM supercomputer analysing holiday snaps — IBM’s Jeopardy-winning supercomputer Watson is now a suite of cloud-based services that developers can use to add cognitive capabilities to applications, and one of its powers is visual analysis. Visual Insights analyses images and videos posted to services like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, then looks for patterns and trends in what people have been posting.
~ And the privacy implications?

AI hunts Ebola animals — Outbreaks of infectious diseases like Ebola follow a depressing pattern: people start to get sick, public health authorities find out, and an all-out scramble begins to determine where the disease started and how it’s spreading. Barbara Han, a code-writing ecologist, hopes her artificial intelligence algorithms will put an end to that reactive model.
~ We wish success. 

New technique finds all known human viruses in your blood — Ian Lipkin, a virus hunter from Columbia University, recently received a blood sample from colleagues at the National Institutes of Health. In the sample, he found dengue virus – but the team wasn’t looking for dengue virus.
~ House will be out of a job. 

Seed vault gets its first withdrawal thanks to Syrian civil war — The Arctic Svalbard Seed Vault is designed to safeguard the seeds of 820,619 plants in the event of massive environmental catastrophe, disease, a nuclear war, or an asteroid impact. Sadly, the ongoing civil war in Syria has caused the first-ever withdrawal of its precious contents.
~ The seeds were requested by researchers in the Middle East to replace seeds in a gene bank near the Syrian city of Aleppo damaged by the war.

Essential survival skills we’ve lost from our ancient ancestors — The basic structure of the human brain has remained essentially unaltered for tens of thousands of years, but the information processed within it has changed dramatically over time. Today, we require an entirely new set of skills to get by, but at the expense of our ancient know-how. Here are some essential skills used by our ancestors to survive, but which we’ve now forgotten.
~ Don’t upset other tribe members, check. Run down Wooly Mammoth, mmm, not so much.