The Iguana Invasion

The Iguana Invasion

Photo © Lisa Ballard A green iguana is not exactly Godzilla, but at least in Florida, people are still preparing their defenses.An herbivore that eats an occasional cricket or tree snail, the green iguana is now consuming large quantities of native Florida flora, like the nickerbean, a plant that the rare Miami blue butterfly relies on.

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

One of the most remarkable ideas in this theoretical framework is that the definite properties of objects that we associate with classical physics—position and speed, say—are selected from a menu of quantum possibilities in a process loosely analogous to natural selection in evolution: The properties that survive are in some sense the “fittest.” As in natural selection, the survivors are those that make the most copies of themselves.

My Search for a Boyhood Friend Led to a Dark Discovery

My Search for a Boyhood Friend Led to a Dark Discovery

Petey came over, and I said, “Let's fill this with treasure and bury it.” We decided to leave it in the ground for 10 years and dig it up when we were 18.

How the Atari 2600 Led Videogaming's Home Invasion

How the Atari 2600 Led Videogaming's Home Invasion

How the Atari 2600 Led Videogaming's Home Invasion. Atari's console wasn't the first to commandeer TV screens, but in the late '70s the VCS skyrocketed in popularity because it was so versatile. The company let outside publishers build games for the VCS too.

Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

After all, a frequent concern of Wikipedia editors is that articles are too short and too thinly sourced, and Sussman is doing his part to reduce that problem.

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

Elliot checked the user histories of the people sharing the suspicious links. Because it didn’t seem like the company was doing anything, he wrote up a public post with links to all of the accounts he’d found.

The Life-Threatening Consequences of Overhyping AI

The Life-Threatening Consequences of Overhyping AI

The Life-Threatening Consequences of Overhyping AI On February 11, The New York Times published a story with the headline “AI Shows Promise Assisting Physicians .” While the article focused on a scientific paper showing how an artificial intelligence system could help doctors diagnose certain conditions, it missed a key part of the AI story: Accuracy does not equal impact.

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter Stay safe, warm, stylish, and caffeinated as you Bird. 3. Mission Workshop Bomber It gets chilly scooting along at 15 mph. Bell Clinch Cup Holder No matter your travel mode of choice, morning caffeine is a must.

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

The phenomenon is due to a shrinking “useful field of view,” the feature of visual attention that helps us recognize at a glance what’s important to focus on. Studies show that kids have a similarly limited field of view, hindering their ability to register the complete visual world around them.

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

News spread on Tuesday that Lyndon LaRouche, the dogged global conspiracy theorist and fringe United States presidential candidate, died at age 96 . A couple years back, this question of the internet’s empowering conspiracy believers centered on an emerging community of self-identified “targeted individuals.”.

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools

Wikipedia’s blog post announcing Google’s new investment makes this strategy fairly clear, noting that the company also provided Project Tiger with “insights into popular search topics on Google for which no or limited local language content exists on Wikipedia.” Google is also providing Wikipedia free access to its Custom Search API and its Cloud Vision API , which will help the encyclopedia’s volunteer editors more easily cite the facts they use.

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Autodesk’s app converts the photo into a digital line drawing. Add layers using all the brushes, rulers, shapes, and curve tools you’d expect from the makers of AutoCAD. You get tools for drawing, inking, and coloring, and the app even helps with the tricky part: lettering.

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

1. Pay for Play The average esports scholarship student receives $4,800 in tuition awards a year, according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports—but some can receive up to half off tuition.

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

X-Tronic 3020-XTS Soldering Station Use this 75-watt soldering iron to forge solid electronic connections. The onboard Wi-Fi module will let you (or an automated web service like IFTTT) send your bot commands from afar.

The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

Related Stories To detect it, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics developed a 17-inch glass ball, which physicist Paul de Jong calls an "insect eye." It contains 31 photomultiplier tubes that amplify the signals of electrons released by photons, helping scientists reconstruct the direction of the original particle that produced the light—illuminating not only neutrinos, but also black holes, supernova, and other mysteries of space.

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature Cohl Furey, a mathematical physicist at the University of Cambridge, is finding links between the Standard Model of particle physics and the octonions, numbers whose multiplication rules are encoded in a triangular diagram called the Fano plane.

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

“In the early 21st century, perhaps the most important artistic genre is science fiction … [It shapes] how people understand the most important technological, social, and economic developments of our time.” —Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyHalf of being human, give or take, is the work we do.

The DIY Tinkerers Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

The DIY Tinkerers Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

“High school students can now do things that the best researchers in the world could not have done a few years ago,” says Andrew Ng, an AI researcher and entrepreneur who has led big projects at Google and China’s Baidu.The A.I. IssueClive ThompsonHow to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common SenseJessi HempelFei-Fei Li's Quest to Make AI Better for HumanityShaun RavivThe Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AIPeople like Ng have big hopes for the amateur AI explosion: They want it to spread the technology’s potential far from Silicon Valley, physically and culturally, to see what happens when tech outsiders “train” neural networks according to their own priorities and ways of seeing the world.

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

On the French version of the website The Conversation, climate change specialist Christian de Perthuis recently applauded the introduction of the carbon tax in France in 2014 and its gradual increase.

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

The free Noise app wirelessly connects you to hundreds of tones, and the Seaboard pairs with the other modules in the Blocks family of touch-sensitive sound shapers.$300Buy Now5.

News Clip Linked Coal to Climate Change — 106 Years Ago Today

News Clip Linked Coal to Climate Change — 106 Years Ago Today

A note published in a New Zealand paper 106 years ago today (Aug. 14) predicted the Earth's temperature would rise because of 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide produced by coal consumption.