Tag: Science


Boeing beats quarterly expectations and plans to stay the course in 2017

The Boeing Co. which has its corporate headquarters in Chicago. (Boeing Photo) The Boeing Co. reported quarterly revenue that went beyond what analysts were expecting, and the company’s CEO said he expected new airplane orders to come in at a “moderated but healthy pace” over the next year. Fourth-quarter revenue was $23.3 billion, which translated to…


Study links infant diarrhea to telomere shortening and troubles later in life

Telomeres, highlighted in green, serve as protective DNA caps for the cell’s chromosomes. (Illustration courtesy of BioViva USA) Frequent bouts of diarrhea can be bad news for babies, even decades later: A new study has found a correlation between childhood infections and significant shortening of telomeres, a phenomenon that’s linked to the cellular aging process. The findings,…


Scientists use Microsoft Bands and Bing to link lack of sleep to cognitive impairment

A study based on data from 30,000 users of Microsoft Bands confirms that sleep deprivation leads to reduced cognitive performance, at least when using the Bing search engine. (Bigstock Photo) It may not be surprising that lack of sleep leaves you less sharp, but researchers have now quantified the effect with a surprisingly large sample:…


Bad-ass Badlands: National park’s climate tweets pop up, then go poof

Badlands National Park tweeted the inconvenient truth about climate change today, despite the Trump administration’s crackdown on environmental outreach. And the Twittersphere went wild. The South Dakota park’s staff typically focuses its Twitter account on bighorn sheep and the like, but at least one of the account’s keepers delved into atmospheric carbon dioxide readings: The tweetstorm…


Bots_alive kit imbues toy robots with charming, lifelike AI

 There will be no shortage at Toy Fair next month of robots and gadgets promising artificial intelligence — and generally falling short. But a more modest approach from an actual AI researcher has produced a clever and accessible way to create lifelike behavior through a simple and elegant modification of a popular existing robot. Read…


The Badlands Twitter account is the ultimate climate rebel

In this age of “alternative facts ,” a new guardian of truth has emerged: the people behind National Park Service Twitter accounts.  The Twitter account for Badlands National Park in South Dakota fired off tweets about climate change on Tuesday amid gag orders levied on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency that…

Culture & Gaming

Why It Matters That Human Poker Pros Are Getting Trounced By an AI

We’re at the halfway point of the epic 20-day, 150,000-hand “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” Texas Hold’em Poker tournament , and a machine named Libratus is trouncing a quartet of professional human players. Should the machine maintain its substantial lead—currently at $701,242—it will be considered a major… Read more… Read full post on Gizmodo.com


Climate skeptics from Washington state added to Trump’s EPA transition team

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two veterans of the Washington state Senate have been added to President Donald Trump’s “landing team” for the Environmental Protection Agency — a team that’s virtually certain to take aim at EPA-funded research. State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and former state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, were among 10 members named to…


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires Meta, promises free AI search tool for scientists

Meta says its search tool traces connections involving 17 million researchers. (Meta via YouTube) The multibillion-dollar Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced its first acquisition today: a startup called Meta that is developing an artificial intelligence program for searching through scientific studies. “We will be working to make Meta even more powerful and useful to the scientific community,…

Start Ups

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires and will free up science search engine Meta

 Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s $45 billion philanthropy organization is making its first acquisition in order to make it easier for scientists to search, read and tie together more than 26 million science research papers. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is acquiring Meta, an AI-powered research search engine startup, and will make its tool free to…