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1/13/2020

popularmechanics.com

WindFloat Atlantic | The World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine

Unlike most offshore wind farm projects, this one floats.

Why we like it

Floating wind farms may offer another to sustainable energy production

1/12/2020

smithsonianmag.com

How These Nocturnal Moths Sparkle at Night

The nocturnal insect might flash its reflective spots at a potential mate

Why we like it

We're constantly discovering anew the complexity and beauty of nature.

1/12/2020

news.mit.edu

How strong is your knot?

MIT mathematicians and engineers have developed a mathematical model that predicts how stable a knot is, based on several key properties, including the number of crossings involved, and the direction in which the rope segments twist as the knot is pulled tight.

Why we like it

Math is essential in nearly every field of innovation, even tying a knot!

1/9/2020

weforum.org

New time-lapse video shows how fast the Arctic Ocean’s oldest sea ice is melting | World Economic Forum

The warmer temperatures are disturbing polar weather patterns, which could have dramatic consequences for the planet.

Why we like it

Climate change is explained graphically

1/8/2020

wired.com

Amazon Fires and the Horrifying Science of Deforestation | WIRED

At the core of Brazil's out-of-control fires in the Amazon is deforestation. Here's how human meddling fundamentally transforms a rainforest.

Why we like it

Helps understand deforestation in the Amazon

1/7/2020

fortune.com

Artificial Intelligence Is This Year's Hottest Job | Fortune

A.I. specialist is the fastest growing job in terms of number hires, at least according to LinkedIn.

Why we like it

Artificial intelligence will enhance and expand human capabilities

1/6/2020

theconversation.com

Curious Kids: Why do feet stink by the end of the day?

Sweaty feet and certain cheeses have something in common that makes them reek – can you guess what it is?

Why we like it

Explains a common problem for many school children and finding out the science behind it.

1/5/2020

theconversation.com

How do lithium-ion batteries work?

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry rewarded crucial advances in these small, powerful, easy to charge batteries.

Why we like it

Understanding lithium-ion batteries explains how technology is powered

1/4/2020

cnet.com

NASA drops insane map of 4,000 planets outside our solar system - CNET

In just a few decades, we've gone from knowing of no planets beyond the solar system to thousands. Here's how it happened.

Why we like it

Expanding our view of the solar system adds to our understanding of the expanse of the universe.

1/4/2020

theconversation.com

How do we know when a species at risk has recovered? It's not just a matter of numbers

Scientists have tracked endangered species for years. Now they're figuring out how to highlight animals and plants that have recovered – but what does that mean?

Why we like it

Endangered species can be recovered

1/4/2020

cnn.com

How AI is helping spot fires faster - CNN

As wildfire season raged in California this fall, a startup a few states away used artificial intelligence to pinpoint the location of blazes there within minutes — in some cases far faster than these fires might otherwise be noticed by firefighters or civilians.

Why we like it

AI can help spot and control wildfires

1/1/2020

phys.org

Move over Jules Verne: Scientists deploy ocean floats to peer into Earth's interior

The release of more than 50 floating sensors, called Mobile Earthquake Recording in Marine Areas by Independent Divers (MERMAIDs), is increasing the number of seismic stations around the planet. Scientists will use the floating array to clarify the picture of the massive mantel plume in the lower mantel lying below the South Pacific Ocean. This effort will also establish one of the most comprehensive overviews of seismic activity across the globe.

Why we like it

Ocean exploration offers great opportunity for science and geology in particular

12/31/2019

smithsonianmag.com

Treehoppers’ Bizarre, Wondrous Helmets Use Wing Genes to Grow

The elaborate structures, which are not actually wings, can resemble thorns, leaves, ants and more

Why we like it

Treehoppers are fascinating creatures with very interesting helmets

12/30/2019

sciencenewsforstudents.org

This robot catches jellyfish with a gentle ‘hug'

A soft robotic hand gently catches jellyfish by trapping the creatures within its silicone fingers.

Why we like it

Robots come in all sizes and shapes

12/29/2019

spectrum.ieee.org

Help Rescuers Find Missing Persons With Drones and Computer Vision

A new contest aims to help first responders leverage computer vision algorithms and drone imagery during a search

Why we like it

Drone technology can help save lives

12/28/2019

smithsonianmag.com

How Studying Bioluminescent Creatures Is Transforming Medical Science |Science

The natural light of insects and sea creatures can help doctors illuminate H.I.V. and even kill cancer cells

Why we like it

Studying natural can offer us solutions to many challenges

12/27/2019

phys.org

Scientists discover body's protection shield

Scientists have discovered a way to manipulate the body's own immune response to boost tissue repair. This discovery, made by University of Bristol researchers, could significantly benefit patients undergoing surgery by speeding recovery times and lowering the risk of complication.

Why we like it

Understanding our immune protective shield is important for medicine and staying healthy.

12/26/2019

popularmechanics.com

Listen to Solar Storms Hit Earth's Magnetic Field

When Earth’s magnetic field is struck by solar storms, it releases a series of high frequency waves that form a haunting tune. Listen here.

Why we like it

The sound produced by the earth's magnetic field is an interesting phenomena and actually sounds like a tune.

12/25/2019

sciencemag.org

French playwright Molière did indeed write his own masterpieces, computer science suggests

Linguistic analysis distinguishes Molière’s writing from suspected ghostwriter’s

Why we like it

A unique way computer science was used to reveal the truth behind the classic playwright!

12/24/2019

fortune.com

Types of Jobs Artificial Intelligence Will Eliminate By 2030

Forrester projects that artificial intelligence will severely impact jobs like cubicle workers, location-based workers, and loan processors.

Why we like it

What jobs will be available in 10 years? AI technology may provide clues.

12/23/2019

forbes.com

Can Synthetic Biology Inspire The Next Wave Of AI?

Computers can beat humans at sophisticated tasks like the game Go, but can they also drive a car, speak languages, play soccer, and perform a myriad of other tasks like humans? Here’s what AI can learn from biology.

Why we like it

Reverse engineering inspires innovation and possibly the next form of AI

12/22/2019

phys.org

Scientists find a place on Earth where there is no life

Living beings, especially microorganisms, have a surprising ability to adapt to the most extreme environments on Earth, but there are still places where they cannot live.

Why we like it

It's interesting to study life can be preserved but also what limits it

12/21/2019

reuters.com

'Possibility of life': scientists map Saturn's exotic moon Titan

Scientists on Monday unveiled the first global geological map of Saturn's moon Titan including vast plains and dunes of frozen organic material and lakes of liquid methane, illuminating an exotic world considered a strong candidate in the search for life beyond Earth.

Why we like it

Space exploration is fascinating and holds tremendous possibility

12/20/2019

smithsonianmag.com

Helping Delivery Robots Find Your Front Door |Innovation

With a new navigation system from MIT, robots can decipher common landscape features, even in an unfamiliar environment

Why we like it

Delivery robots may be a solution for the 'last mile' of delivery

12/19/2019

technologyreview.com

Alphabet X’s “Everyday Robot” project is making machines that learn as they go

The news: Alphabet X, the company’s early research and development division, has unveiled the Everyday Robot project, whose aim is to develop a “general-purpose learning robot.

Why we like it

Robots can improve our lives in many ways and this article demonstrates how

12/18/2019

forbes.com

Four Ways Synthetic Biology Can Help LEGO Bricks Go Green

The makers of LEGO bricks have committed to going sustainable by 2030. Is synthetic biology the right tool for manufacturing 19 million bioplastic LEGO bricks each year?

Why we like it

Green technology is a step forward toward a sustainable future

12/17/2019

spectrum.ieee.org

Self-Driving Cars Learn About Road Hazards Through Augmented Reality

Adding simulated vehicles to closed-course testing can train robocars to handle even the most unlikely scenarios

Why we like it

Combining emerging technologies can lead to large advancements: this is a combination of AI and augmented reality.

12/16/2019

forbes.com

What Exactly Is Machine Intelligence?

Is the term Machine Intelligence going to take over the terms Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning? This question was originally answered on Quora by Max Simkoff.

Why we like it

Machine learning is a term that is used a lot lately, but few can define it.

12/16/2019

popularmechanics.com

Boston Dynamics Robot

Boston Dynamics, known for its creepy looking robot dog called Spot, has leased its product to a Massachusetts police force. Some people are upset.

Why we like it

Great to see robots used for a great practical purpose

12/16/2019

forbes.com

Understanding AI Could Hold Up A Mirror To How We Think

In a recent paper in Minds and Machines, David Watson summarizes three ways that supervised learning methods can make predictions in similar ways to the human mind.

Why we like it

Understanding AI may help us understand better how we think.