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Art And Artificial Intelligence: An Odd Couple?
This past Thursday I held a public lecture, together with my long-time friend Ivan Bianchi, on the topic of Art and Artificial Intelligence. The event was organized by the "Galileo Festival" in Padova, for the Week of Innovation.Ivan is a professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Padova ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
A Mentor's Pentalogue
I believe oceans of ink were spent, ever since pens were a thing, writing on the mentor-student relationship, its do's and don'ts, and the consequences of deviations from proper practice. And rightly so, as the balancing act required for a proper, effective teaching action is entirely non trivial ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
A Nobel To A Friend
I very much would like to write about the Nobel prize in physics here today, but I realize I cannot really pay a good service to the three winners, nor to my readers, on that topic. The reason is, quite bluntly, that I am not qualified to do that without harming my self-respect. Also, I never knew ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
The Science Surprise When OSIRIS-REx Reached Asteroid Bennu
Telescopes and inference told scientists that the asteroid Bennu was covered in large swaths of fine regolith, smaller than a few centimeters. What they found when OSIRIS-REx arrived at Bennu was something else: A surface covered in boulders. The surprise lack of fine regolith became even more ...
By News Staff
What Would The Effects Be Of A Major Solar Storm? Short Term Local Power Cuts For Hours - Not Widespread Blackout For Months
From time to time we get larger solar storms. One of the last major ones was the one in March 1989 geomagnetic storm which caused a nine hour power cut in Quebec. That happened because they weren’t prepared for it. Modern power supplies are hardened against this, making such events much less ...
By Robert Walker
No COP26 Would NOT Fail If USA Removes Climate Measures From Reconciliation Bill - COP26 And Paris Agreement Is Already A Succes
This is for people who worry that the Democrats in the USA will never come to agreement on their climate policies. It’s tough work for them, because they have to get agreement of 50 senators, even one abstention and they will lose the vote. IMHO this is also a strength- the bill is getting ...
By Robert Walker
How To Motivate Your Self, And Others To Act On Climate Change, Biodiversity Or Anything Else - Tips From Psychology
How to motivate your self, and others to act on climate change, biodiversity or anything else - tips from psychology This talk may help you if you are thinking about how to motivate both yourself and others, and also governments, to act on climate change, biodiversity loss or indeed anything ...
By Robert Walker
Banning Financing For Fossil Fuel Projects In Africa Increases Inequity
Today’s global energy inequities are staggering.Video gamers in California consume more electricity than entire nations. The average Tanzanian used only one-sixth the electricity consumed by a typical American refrigerator in 2014.Globally, the top 10% of countries consume 20 times more energy ...
By The Conversation
Will Climate Change Also Change The Taste Of Coffee?
Did french fries taste better when they were cooked in fat? How about Coca-Cola when it was made with cane sugar or Fritos when they were salty?People will insist they can tell the difference and they probably can, but sales show that different is not worse. Today, adults are nostalgic about the ...
By News Staff
Do Mennonite Kids Have Fewer Allergies? If So, Pathogens In Breast Milk May Be Why
It used to be that allergies were somewhat rare but if you go to an allergist today, you are almost certain to be declared allergic, or at least sensitive, to something. How much of that is actual biological change versus how much is that the country that purchases 85% of the world's prescription ...
By News Staff
Anthrax Just Killed 3 Cheetahs And A Zebra In The Namib Desert
In 2019, three free-ranging cheetahs in the Namib Desert died within 24 hours of each other. Scholars set out to determine why.On October 5th 2019, the carcass of a GPS-collared cheetah in the Namib desert was found dead from the air. After they went in on foot to investigate, two other cheetahs ...
By News Staff
Atomic Force Microscopy May Lead To Detecting Dementia In The Blood
For a pilot study, a team examined blood samples from 50 patients and 16 healthy subjects. Using atomic force microscopy technology, they analyzed the surface of around 1000 red blood cells per person without knowing anything about their state of health. They were able to detect the presence ...
By News Staff
Yet Another Over-Hyped Study Alleging Phthalates As The Cause Of All Human Misery
I’ve written in the past about the tendency of some researchers to compensate for weak study design or small sample size by over-hyping their research findings, particularly with the news media. Unfortunately, we seem to have another case in point with a recent publication, entitled ...
By Gregory Bond
Telemedicine: Remote Aid And Social Distancing
In the wake of the pandemic crisis, many services had to go online or change to the home office. Classes, conferences, and meetings moved to the internet, with laptops and mobile devices. If co-workers can meet online, why can't you see your doctor in the same way?Telecommunication technology is ...
By Anton Lucanus
Merck Invented Nobel Prize-Winning Ivermectin 30 Years Ago, They're Not Telling You To Take It For COVID-19 Now
Ivermectin is an over 30-year-old wonder drug that treats life- and sight-threatening parasitic infections. Its lasting influence on global health has been so profound that two of the key researchers in its discovery and development won the Nobel Prize in 2015.I’ve been an infectious disease ...
By The Conversation
White Patients Significantly Less Likely To Be Sent To A Skilled Nursing Facility After Surgery
Even if insurance and household incomes are similar, white people are more likely than people of color to be sent home after surgery rather than to a skilled nursing facility. People of color are also more likely to stay in long-term care or get care at home, according to results presented at the ...
By News Staff
We Were Wrong About Daniel Craig As James Bond, Maybe We Were Wrong About His Stress Relief Also
When Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond, he took a lot of criticism. I will be honest, I was among the critics. I have read every book, seen all the films, I wear both Charvet and Turnbull  &  Asser shirts for no other reason than they were in the books (the French brand ...
By Hank Campbell
Does Biden's OSHA Mandate Violate The Nuremberg Code?
President Biden is using his Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency to mandate vaccines for companies - by saying they need it to protect workers' safety.The administration has been a fan of executive orders, where possible, and then regulatory fiat where not. Whenever possible ...
By Hank Campbell
Gallop: Both Republicans And Democrats Are Wildly Overstating Risks From COVID-19
There is no question that COVID-19 is the worst pandemic of my lifetime. It has led to greater absolute US deaths than the Asian Flu of 1957 and the Spanish Flu of 1918, though obviously we are 2X and 3X the population, respectively, of those pandemics so in relative terms they remain way ahead ...
By Hank Campbell
Like Western Civilization? Thank Dairy Farming
Not a lot is truly known about the cultural world of early mankind but one thing is settled; when food insecurity dropped and it became more affordable, in terms of time or money, culture flourished and expansion began.Domestication of animals and farming took humans out of foraging and secured ...
By Hank Campbell
Prop Guns And Movie Sets: We Are Filmmakers Who Work With Firearms And This Is What Is Important For Safety
In a horrendous accident, a cinematographer has died and a director has been injured after Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun while filming in New Mexico.When shooting a film with guns, there are many choices to make: each prop needs to be appropriate for the character, and appropriate for the scene ...
By The Conversation
Science Journalists Are Optimistic About Their Field
Recent survey results by SciDev.Net/CABI reveal that the majority of science journalists (633 respondents from 77 countries) believe that the field is not consolidating the way some other mainstream/legacy journalism specialties are.Only 27 percent believe that ‘science journalism is a dying ...
By Hank Campbell
How Exascale Computers Can Verify The Universe
Proving the universe seems like a gargantuan task, but we might have a chance to do so with exascale computers. As the National Academy of Sciences notes, the future of computing may be in exascale computers, with the capability of doing one quintillion operations per second. The US Department ...
By Mark Pierce
Facial Recognition Is Finally Raising Questions About Government Accountability
For most of this century, anyone in London has been photographed and filmed an average of 300 times each day. Their reasoning to start such intrusive scrutiny was that England, Wales, and Scotland led the developed world in crime, and a tourist attraction like London needed extra monitoring.A new ...
By Hank Campbell
MicroBooNE did not find the sterile neutrino which it was designed to instead it found the absence...  more »
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