News from the Deep

 

Studying the stars with machine learning

Symmetry Magazine, Evelyn Lamb

Kevin Schawinski had a problem.

In 2007 he was an astrophysicist at Oxford University and hard at work reviewing seven years’ worth of photographs from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey—images of more than 900,000 galaxies. He spent his days looking at image after image, …

 

AI Makes Inroads in Physics

APS News, Sophia Chen

Deep neural network imageThese days, artificial intelligence (AI) drives many aspects of our lives. It powers Google and Facebook, and it’s even found a foothold in medicine to help doctors make diagnoses. But despite its budding ubiquity everywhere else, AI has been a hard sell in physics.

 

Using AI to Find a Cosmic Looking Glass

The Atlantic, Joshua Sokol

 A Hubble Telescope image that includes a red, disk-shaped galaxy seen through a gravitational lens in the upper right corner.

The automation of astronomy has only just begun—and there’s no telling where it will end.