February 2016

Autonomous Cars Will Learn From Those They'll Ultimately Replace - The Driver

Four door sedan on a local roadway

A team of researchers from Cornell University has been developing a new system in which cameras focus on the driver in order to understand what they're doing, and to help to predict their actions. This will help autonomous vehicles "work out how they should behave, too," an article in Gizmodo stated. 

"Bubbles" in Magma May be Early Warning Sign of Volcanic Eruptions

Volcano erupting in the distance

Volcanoes erupt all the time - but determining when that's going to happen is anything but an exact science. However, a new study published in Nature Geoscience describes what a team of researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Durham believe may be responsible for triggering the most dangerous and unpredictable eruptions.

Discovery of Gravitational Waves Fulfills Last Prediction of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

Black hole

On Thursday, February 11 a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The waves came from two black holes circling each other, coming closer and closer together, and ultimately colliding. The team of scientists was able to collect a faint rising tone, which physicists say is the first direct evidence of gravitational waves.