What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

When researchers following in the boots of biologist Joseph Grinnell, who a century ago created a pioneering survey of California wildlife, began sampling birds and small mammals in the Mojave Desert, they expected the harsh conditions would magnify population changes driven by the climate crisis.

Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

The Cybertruck presents a golden opportunity to pioneer technologies that eliminate residual emissions from automotive manufacturing.The most obvious way to achieve this is through designing cars to be part of a so-called circular economy–wherein products are reused and recycled, rather than thrown away.

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Photograph: NASA/JPLNASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter studied the planet for over a decade and while it was there, it captured this stunning photo.Photograph: NASAMost terrestrial planets have channels like the ones we see here: On Earth they are mostly formed by water, on Mars by lava flows.

The Inventors Hall of Fame Honors Pioneering Brainiacs

The Inventors Hall of Fame Honors Pioneering Brainiacs

Taking the stage for Tuesday's announcement and panel discussion were Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO director Andrei Iancu, National Inventors Hall of Fame executive vice president Rini Paiva, and two inductees for the class of 2020: Mick Mountz and Raffaello D'Andrea, cofounders of the robotics company Kiva, which is now owned by Amazon and whose robots are used to sort ecommerce orders.

How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong

How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong

One of the top geneticists in the country, Neale and his colleagues at the Broad Institute, a pioneering biotech hub in Boston, had a decade earlier developed software that made it much easier for scientists to study the vast amounts of genetic data that were beginning to flood in.

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

Stanley is a pioneer in a field of artificial intelligence called neuroevolution, which co-opts the principles of biological evolution to design smarter algorithms.One day Stanley spotted something resembling an alien face on the site and began evolving it, selecting a child and grandchild and so on.

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

In March, Yoshua Bengio received a share of the Turing Award, the highest accolade in computer science, for contributions to the development of deep learning—the technique that triggered a renaissance in artificial intelligence , leading to advances in self-driving cars , real-time speech translation , and facial recognition .Now, Bengio says deep learning needs to be fixed.

Space Photos of the Week: Oh Pioneers!

Space Photos of the Week: Oh Pioneers!

Not only were they the first spacecraft to visit the asteroid belt, Jupiter, and Saturn; they even carried with them a plaque that carried a message on behalf of all humankind.

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Since then, tens of thousands of people from around the globe have entered Pioneer’s eponymous tournament—a convoluted, semi-anonymous online competition that uses software and game mechanics like points, quests, and leaderboards to quantify participants’ real-world productivity and incentivize behaviors Gross and his team believe are key to success.

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

In 1990, the state tightened its standards again, and added a new component: Its Low-Emission Vehicle program required that automakers sell some zero-emission vehicles, as in battery and fuel-cell electric cars.

An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

It has been three years since Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard completed an around-the-world journey in Solar Impulse 2 , the sun-powered plane that could stay aloft for days at a time.

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

Everybody says, “This is a smart idea, but we're not actually going to be able to design computers this way.” Explain why you persisted and why you were so confident that you had found something important. And on small data sets, other methods, like things called support vector machines worked a little bit better.