The universe works like a huge human brain, discover scientists

A new study found similarities between the human brain and the cosmic network of galaxies.

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  • A new study finds similarities between the structures and processes of the human brain and the cosmic web.
  • The research was carried out by an astrophysicist and a neurosurgeon.
  • The two systems are vastly different in size but resemble each other in several key areas.
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Astrophysicists reconstruct the Milky Way's family tree

A team of astrophysicists used AI to figure out which clusters of stars merged to become our galaxy.

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  • Scientists use artificial intelligence to reconstruct the globular clusters that merged to form our Milky Way galaxy.
  • The researchers ran simulations on a neural network to discover the history and details about our galactic ancestors.
  • They found that a collision with a previous galaxy called "Kraken" was so powerful it transformed the Milky Way.
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New Hubble images add to the dark matter puzzle

The images and our best computer models don't agree.

  • Scientists can detect the gravitational effects of invisible dark matter.
  • Dark matter causes visual distortions of what's behind it.
  • The greater the distortion, the greater the amount of dark matter. Maybe.
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    Space travel could create language unintelligible to people on Earth

    A new study looks at what would happen to human language on a long journey to other star systems.

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    • Researchers proposes that language could change dramatically on long space voyages.
    • Spacefaring people might lose the ability to understand the people of Earth.
    • This scenario is of particular concern for potential "generation ships."
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    We Are “Extragalactic Immigrants” from Faraway Galaxies, Discover Astrophysicists

    Northwestern University researchers discover the unexpected origins of half the atoms in our bodies.

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