Month: October 2017

  • Drones flying overhead |

    ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS: Swarming drones could revolutionize everything from delivery to airstrikes.

    Inside a large, square room at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a swarm of small helicopter-like drones hums to life, and then rises together in perfect formation. They begin to dance a figure eight together, they form lines of higher- and lower-flying members, and then they settle to the floor and switch themselves off. They’re in…

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  • Forest Fire

    BURN NOTICE: New technology can tell us where forest fires are, and how they behave

    How do you study a forest on fire? When the heat has reached nearly 1500˚F, and there is no breathable oxygen, and the trees begin to explode, the center of the flames is an unsurvivable environment; it might as well be the surface of the sun.

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  • Internet access worldwide

    RESTRICTED ACCESS: Is access to the Internet a human right? Or is it something else?

    In the summer of 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning countries that intentionally disrupt their citizens’ access to the Internet. The resolution was a show of international solidarity on something everyone can agree is vital to the future of any nation. The Internet changes lives. As of 2016, the Internet…

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  • Researchers use AI to identify a new way mothers change voice when talking to babies

    Who’s a good scientist? You’re a good scientist! Yes you are! That’s what we say to the group of Princeton university neuroscientists that discovered a new feature of how mothers shift their voice when they speak to infants.  In a paper published today in the journal Current Biology, the team reports that mothers across 10 different…

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  • Technology, Science, Space & The Environment |

    Could the Google “Top stories” algorithm foment violence?

    A rumor that Antifa is planning a “Civil War to overthrow the US Government” on November 4th may be gaining traction thanks to Google’s “Top stories” feature.

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  • Understanding the science of pain, with the help of virtual reality

    PBS NewsHour segment, aired 10/4/17.

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