The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Tech & Science Now’s your chance to discover a new planet (with Google’s help)

06:25  13 march  2018
06:25  13 march  2018 Source:

Scientists discover secret 'supercolony' of penguins in Antarctica

  Scientists discover secret 'supercolony' of penguins in Antarctica Scientists had previously feared that the Adélie penguins' numbers had been in decline because of climate changeNumbering more than 1.5 million birds, they were first noticed “when great patches of their poo, or guano, showed up in pictures taken from space,” says the BBC.

Now Google is giving you a chance to take a peek. Scientists just discovered a multi- planet system using the crowdsourcing approach in January. Other data sets are increasingly becoming more accessible as the search for exoplanets continues.

Armchair astronomers are being given the chance to discover their own planet using NASA satellite data, thanks to a new website. Planethunters is the latest of Dr Lintott’ s Zooniverse projects that get ordinary people to help carry out • Discover space for yourself and do fun science with a telescope.

a star in the background: <div class=


The Kepler-90 system.

NASA/Wendy Stenzel

" src="/upload/images/real/2018/03/13/a-star-in-the-background-div-class-field-title-style-font-family-lyon-helvetica-serif-font-size-18px_902521_.jpg?content=1" /> © NASA/Wendy Stenzel


The Kepler-90 system.

NASA/Wendy Stenzel

In December, Google and NASA researchers announced they’d found two new exoplanets using a neural network.

Now, the code used to make the discovery has been released for free.

“We hope this release will prove a useful starting point for developing similar models for other NASA missions, like K2 (Kepler’s second mission) and the upcoming Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission,” Chris Shallue, a Senior Software Engineer at Google, wrote on the company's Research Blog.

Researchers can now use (and adapt) the computer code to look for new worlds hidden in the vast reams of data gathered by the Kepler space telescope.

Google is now integrated into the iMessage apps drawer

  Google is now integrated into the iMessage apps drawer Google has announced that its app for iOS is introducing several new changes today.&nbsp;For starters, the Google app for iOS now supports an iMessage extension that lets users search for and share things like videos, businesses, and more when messaging others. In the example below, icons like “Food” or “Nearby” can be tapped to discover and then share locations directly within iMessage. To the right of the search bar is a dedicated button which switches things into GIF Search mode. If you already have the Google app, as long as you’re updated to the newest version, it should automatically appear in the iMessage apps drawer.

Astronomers are giving everyone the chance to discover a planet over the internet. They want the public to help in the search for new worlds orbiting distant stars.Participants do not need a telescope. Stars with three planets instead of two?

Help analyse the stars to track exoplanets and claim the reward of planet 'Jonathan'. Planet John Smith. Once we've found a nice planet like this one but with perhaps a bit less rain and slightly lower gravity now everyone' s so fat, the plan is to Because really, who doesn’t want to discover a planet ?"

The Kepler mission—and its successor, K2—hunt for exoplanets by looking for twinkles in the sky. When a planet passes between a star and a telescope, it creates a tell-tale temporary dimming. Between 2009 and 2013, when the Kepler mission ended, the telescope continuously watched about 150,000 stars, staring resolutely at a single patch of sky.

NASA transit gif

Researchers have confirmed the existence of 2,342 exoplanets using Kepler data, but there’s still a lot to go through. On the github page for the Google code, the researchers note that there are over three million files (one terrabyte) of Kepler data, which can take up to a week to download completely. It’s easier to look at the data in smaller chunks, which is how the Google team found the two exoplanets in the first place.

Google Maps lets businesses promote themselves as women-led

  Google Maps lets businesses promote themselves as women-led <p>Businesses can now describe themselves in Google Maps listings as being owned, led or founded by women, the Alphabet Inc unit announced Wednesday.</p>The feature would roll out this week in celebration of International Women’s Day, on March 8, Google said in a blog post.

“We used machine learning to help identify planets that were missed by previous searches of the Kepler data,” Christopher Shallue, a senior software engineer with Google ’ s research team Google AI, said during a Dec. Kepler Scientists Discover Almost 100 New Exoplanets.

And now researchers want the help of citizen scientists to discover if Planet 9 is real or not. He was able to automatically look at 5 percent of the WISE catalog, but he wasn’t able to find any new objects.

Automated software looks for those dips in light that might indicate a swiftly passing planet, which narrows down the data pool considerably. But astronomers still have to manually check that data to confirm the existence of a planet. Understandably, they focus on the most likely candidates, which leaves a lot of data unexamined. That’s where the neural network developed by Google comes in, taking another look at signals the automated software might have missed, and flagging likely candidates.

The Google program isn’t perfect. It can still mistake binary stars or other stellar phenomena for planets, and it is still being developed.

A similar approach has already been used for a while, but instead of using a machine brain, researchers turned to human brains all over the world, releasing Kepler data to projects like Exoplanet Explorers and Planet Hunters which let citizen scientists look through data and flag potential planets for astronomers to look at more closely.

Google hints at a rebranding for Android Wear

  Google hints at a rebranding for Android Wear Android Wear might be on the cusp of a Google Pay-style rebranding.&nbsp;There's no formal explanation for the new badging at this point, but it's not hard to imagine why Google might use the Wear OS label. As with Google Pay, the company may want to avoid using the Android label on a product that isn't strictly limited to Android devices. You can use Android Wear watches with iPhones, after all.

Researchers have discovered many more planets outside our solar system with the help of the Kepler spacecraft. Scientists now believe there may be at least one planet Strange ancient spider with tail discovered by scientists. Researchers say new vaccine eliminates cancer in mice. More Science.

Kepler-90i the eighth planet known (so far) to orbit this star and this means the Kepler-90 system is now tied with the solar system for greatest number of planets around a single star. Google Home Mini - The Best New Features! - Duration: 6:36.

Scientists just discovered a multi-planet system using the crowdsourcing approach in January.

Other data sets are increasingly becoming more accessible as the search for exoplanets continues. Earlier this year a group of universities released a large dataset of stars accumulated over 20 years by the ground-based W.M. Keck Observatory, which is also looking for exoplanets.

Whether you're satisfied hearing about exoplanet discoveries after the fact, or you’d like to try your brain (or your computer’s) at discovering one for yourself, the search for exoplanets is only getting bigger. Things are likely to ramp up even more after next month's launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) which will look at 200,000 bright stars near our sun to see which might be similar to our own solar system.

What unknown worlds might be hiding near nearby stars? We’ll never know until we take a look.

You can finally send money to your contacts by asking Google Assistant .
Google is rolling out the ability to send peer-to-peer payments with Google Assistant. Starting today (only in the US), iPhone and Android users can say something like “Send Lauren $2,” and Assistant will take you through the steps to send the money via Google Pay. Your recipient will also need to set up Google Pay to receive the funds.In January of this year, Google finally ended the Google Wallet / Android Pay confusion by merging them into the Google Pay system. Although, the confusion still exists: for the next few months, there will still be a separate “Google Pay Send” app for peer-to-peer payments.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!