PR Newswire: Up to the Challenge? New American Academy of Actuaries Web App Puts You in Charge of Fixing Social Security Financing (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Up to the Challenge? New American Academy of Actuaries Web App Puts You in Charge of Fixing Social Security Financing (PRESS RELEASE). “A new ‘Social Security Challenge’ web app published by the nonpartisan American Academy of Actuaries at actuary.org/socialsecurity immerses users in an animated virtual trek where they endeavor to solve one of the most consequential public policy challenges of our time: how to address the financing shortfall that could lead to future 20% cuts in payable Social Security benefits.”

Black Enterprise: Database Makes Black Women With Ph.D.s In Physics More Discoverable

New-to-me, from Black Enterprise: Database Makes Black Women With Ph.D.s In Physics More Discoverable. “Out of the 2,000 physics Ph.D.s that are awarded in the U.S. each year, less than 0.5% of those are reportedly given to women of African descent. Doctor of Cosmology and University of New Hampshire professor, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, is tackling the lack of representation in scientific research through Cite Black Women+ in Physics and Astronomy Bibliography, a database that lists professional publications by Black women who hold Ph.D.s in physics-related disciplines.”

WIRED: You Can Use This Silly Game to Do Some Serious Physics

WIRED: You Can Use This Silly Game to Do Some Serious Physics. “The game works like this: You start off with a rocket on a very small planet. Click on the rocket to start, then you can use the arrows on your keyboard to turn on the thruster, rotate the spacecraft, and find other planets and a few fun things that are mostly inside What If jokes. That’s it. That’s the game. It’s silly and fun, and I love it. But it turns out that you can use even a simple game to explore some key concepts in physics.”

Phys .org: Researchers use quantum mechanics to see objects without looking at them

Phys .org: Researchers use quantum mechanics to see objects without looking at them . “Imagine that you have a camera cartridge that might contain a roll of photographic film. The roll is so sensitive that coming into contact with even a single photon would destroy it. With our everyday classical means there is no way there’s no way to know whether there’s film in the cartridge, but in the quantum world it can be done.”

Quanta Magazine: Crucial Computer Program for Particle Physics at Risk of Obsolescence

Quanta Magazine: Crucial Computer Program for Particle Physics at Risk of Obsolescence. “Developed by the Dutch particle physicist Jos Vermaseren, FORM is a key part of the infrastructure of particle physics, necessary for the hardest calculations. However, as with surprisingly many essential pieces of digital infrastructure, FORM’s maintenance rests largely on one person: Vermaseren himself. And at 73, Vermaseren has begun to step back from FORM development. Due to the incentive structure of academia, which prizes published papers, not software tools, no successor has emerged. If the situation does not change, particle physics may be forced to slow down dramatically.”

Lifehacker: Someone Built a 4D Minecraft Clone

Lifehacker: Someone Built a 4D Minecraft Clone. “Video games usually come in one of two dimensions: You have your 2D side scrollers, or, more commonly, your typical 3D adventures. Rarely do you see a game that pushes beyond these dimensions, since, you know, we live in the third dimension. Why, then, does a Minecraft clone exist in 4D?” There is a video in the article that really helps it make sense.

NASA: NASA Selects 5 Proposals to Provide New Insights from Openly Available Data in the Physical Sciences Informatics System

NASA: NASA Selects 5 Proposals to Provide New Insights from Openly Available Data in the Physical Sciences Informatics System. “Researchers will investigate important problems with existing data from NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system. The online database contains data from completed physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station, Space Shuttle flights, free flying spacecraft, commercial cargo flights to and from the space station, or from related ground-based studies.”

University of California, Riverside: Using physics to explain the transmission effects of different SARS-CoV-2 mutations

University of California, Riverside: Using physics to explain the transmission effects of different SARS-CoV-2 mutations. “During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, multiple new and more transmissible variants of the virus have emerged. Understanding how specific mutations affect SARS-CoV-2 transmission could help us to better understand the biology of the virus and to control outbreaks. This, however, is a challenging task, said John Barton, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, who is presenting results from his research titled ‘Inferring the Effects of Mutations on SARS-CoV-2 Transmission From Genomic Surveillance Data’ at the American Physical Society’s March Meeting.”

IOP Publishing: ResearchGate and IOP Publishing partner to increase the visibility of academic content

IOP Publishing: ResearchGate and IOP Publishing partner to increase the visibility of academic content. IOP Publishing is the publishing arm of the Institute of Physics. “ResearchGate and IOP Publishing (IOPP) today announce a new collaboration agreement to explore ways to support the scientific community through syndication of IOPP peer reviewed scholarly content on ResearchGate’s platform…. The agreement – which marks the first time a physics society publisher has made its content available on the platform – will initially run for 12 months. Over 36,000 full text articles will be uploaded from open-access (OA) journals Environmental Research Letters, Materials Research Express and New Journal of Physics and hybrid journals Biomedical Materials, Classical Quantum Gravity, Physica Scripta and J Phys B.”

VentureBeat: What 1000-X faster simulation means for digital twins

I’m seeing the term “digital twin” a lot, so I went looking for a good explainer article. This particular article focuses more physics, but I’ve seen the digital twin concept used for optimizing a ski resort’s busy season and improve business and manufacturing processes. VentureBeat: What 1000-X faster simulation means for digital twins. “A digital twin is a virtual representation of an object or system that spans its lifecycle, is updated from real-time data, and uses simulation, machine learning, and reasoning to help decision-making. Connected sensors on the physical asset collect data that can be mapped onto the virtual model.”

The Next Web: Research indicates the whole universe could be a giant neural network

The Next Web: Research indicates the whole universe could be a giant neural network. “Vitaly Vanchurin, a professor of physics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, published an incredible paper last August entitled ‘The World as a Neural Network’ on the arXiv pre-print server. It managed to slide past our notice until today when Futurism’s Victor Tangermann published an interview with Vanchurin discussing the paper.”

Stanford University: Stanford physicists help create time crystals with quantum computers

Stanford University: Stanford physicists help create time crystals with quantum computers. “Just as a crystal’s structure repeats in space, a time crystal repeats in time and, importantly, does so infinitely and without any further input of energy – like a clock that runs forever without any batteries. The quest to realize this phase of matter has been a longstanding challenge in theory and experiment – one that has now finally come to fruition.”