Tag: Science

What can psychopaths teach us about AI?

What happens when machines learn to manipulate us by faking our emotions? Judging by the rate at which researchers are developing human-like AI agents, we’re about to find out. Researchers around the world are trying to create more human-like AI. By definition, they’re developing artificial psychopaths. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there’s nothing […]

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New York judge bans dozens of unvaccinated students from attending classes

Parents of unvaccinated kids in New York were forced to rethink their decision to skirt public health practices this week when a judge banned 50 children from attending Green Meadow Waldorf School. The private school is located in Rockland County, New York, which CBS News reports has already tallied 146 confirmed cases of measles this […]

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Nobel-Winning Physicist Wolfgang Pauli on Science, Spirit, and Our Search for Meaning

“The fact that religions through the ages have spoken in images, parables, and paradoxes means simply that there are no other ways of grasping the reality to which they refer,” physicist and quantum mechanics pioneer Niels Bohr observed while contemplating the nature of reality five years after he received the Nobel Prize, adding: “But that […]

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Study: White People Responsible for Blacks’ and Latinos’ Higher Exposure to Pollution

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that white people contribute more to pollution than black and Latino people, but the latter suffer from it more than the white polluters. “The air that Americans breathe isn’t equal,” USA Today says in its report on the study.  “Blacks and Hispanics disproportionately […]

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Trailblazing 18th-Century Artist Sarah Stone’s Stunning Natural History Paintings of Exotic, Endangered, and Extinct Species

A century before Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter revolutionized mycology with her groundbreaking studies and illustrations of mushrooms, which she was banned from presenting at London’s Linnaean Society on account of her gender, another Englishwoman of uncommon acumen overrode the limitations of her time and place to become one of the most esteemed natural history […]

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Mozilla releases Iodide, an open source browser tool for publishing dynamic data science

Mozilla wants to make it easier to create, view, and replicate data visualizations on the web, and toward that end, it today unveiled Iodide, an “experimental tool” meant to help scientists and engineers write and share interactive documents using an iterative workflow. It’s currently in alpha, and available from Github […]

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Paleontologists found a new species of dinosaur, and it’s just a little fella

Finding the scant remains of dinosaurs that roamed the Earth tens of millions of years ago obviously isn’t easy. Finding the remains of entirely new dinosaurs that nobody even knew existed? That’s even harder still, but researchers in Victoria, Australia did just that, and the newly documented herbivore would probably have been pretty adorable to […]

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These Truths: Jill Lepore on How the Shift from Mythology to Science Shaped the Early Dream of Democracy

“Between those happenings that prefigure it / And those that happen in its anamnesis / Occurs the Event, but that no human wit / Can recognize until all happening ceases,” W.H. Auden wrote in considering the selective set of remembrances and interpretations we call history. The trouble with the universe, of course, is that happening […]

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Tennessee and Georgia State Houses Pass Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bans

The state Houses in Georgia and Tennessee have passed measures that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — usually six or seven weeks into pregnancy. In Atlanta, Georgia, the legislation passed Thursday night, 93-73, but not without significant debate and tension. Some Democrats made a point of walking out before […]

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Cancer-targeting compound could be a breakthrough in treating brain tumors

A new compound discovered by scientists at Scripps Research may prove to be a powerful weapon in the fight against one of the most aggressive and deadly types of cancer. Just like the cancer it fights, the compound is incredibly strong, selectively targeting the cells that allow glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) to rapidly take over the […]

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War-torn Mozambique is giving scientists a unique opportunity to study an ecosystem in peril

Widespread carnivore extinction is a concern in many parts of the world. Many big game predators are prized by hunters and poachers alike, often leading to illegal hunts and dramatically reduced populations. Scientists and researchers leading conservation efforts know that pushing a dominate species to extinction will devastate the food chain, but they’d rather not […]

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Running Bob Ross through Google’s DeepDream is just as terrifying as you’d imagine

When it comes to creepy AI-powered software, Google’s DeepDream is hard to beat. Born from an initiative to classify and categorize images, the software is a curiosity for many thanks to its ability to turn images into bizarre, hallucinogenic visuals that appear to melt into each other. The software gained popularity a number of years […]

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