Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrels are also capable of changing course mid-jump and making split-second decisions about how far to leap depending on the strength of a branch.At least, that’s what former University of California Berkeley researcher Nathaniel Hunt and a team found after years of studying fox squirrels near campus.

7 Underrated Creepy Creatures

7 Underrated Creepy Creatures

In that spirit, I present a few overlooked creatures that might cause your heart to skip a beat…because of their bites, or their eating habits, or just their eerie calls in the night.

Meet the Voice Actress Behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Meet the Voice Actress Behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits

When the cofounders of video game developer Ember Labs asked Ayu Larassanti to read for the part of Kena, the main character in their upcoming game Kena: Bridge of Spirits, she was surprised.

Quantum Mischief Rewrites the Laws of Cause and Effect

Quantum Mischief Rewrites the Laws of Cause and Effect

That’s changing as physicists contemplate the new quantum switch experiments, as well as related thought experiments in which Alice and Bob face causal indefiniteness created by the quantum nature of gravity.Lucien Hardy originated the study of indefinite causality as a route to understanding the quantum nature of gravity.

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

The Facebook algorithm, called Seer (for SElf-supERvised), fed on more than a billion images scraped from Instagram , deciding for itself which objects look alike.LeCun says self-supervised learning could have many useful applications, for instance learning to read medical images without the need for labeling so many scans and x-rays.

These Doctors Are Using AI to Screen for Breast Cancer

These Doctors Are Using AI to Screen for Breast Cancer

When Covid came to Massachusetts, it forced Constance Lehman to change how Massachusetts General Hospital screens women for breast cancer.Lehman says the AI approach has helped identify a number of women who, when persuaded to come in for routine screening, turn out to have early signs of cancer.

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

Weekly reports from the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia office show that North Korean samples from PCR tests are being processed in 15 laboratories but all of these have come back negative.The newspaper reported a defector who had returned to the country from South Korea was “suspected” to have Covid-19.

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Our History A New Kind of Conservation Jenkins developed and continually refined a data driven approach to prioritize and protect the rarest locations of plants and animals and the best examples of natural communities.

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

My husband and I have been playing this preposterously frustrating game every evening because … well, we don’t have too much else to do right now.At its heart, it’s a Daddy Game .It’s funny that Geralt’s horse Roach keeps getting stuck in improbable places.

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Not putting drug users in jail for possession, Seaman says, will reduce their likelihood of going through withdrawal and then overdosing when they get out.

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and vaccine trials are halted, the US forges ahead with its decentralized response, and new revelations about American society and institutions underscore the deadly toll of the virus.

How to be hands-off in a hands-on job

How to be hands-off in a hands-on job

With COVID-19 having put a stop to all Pacific travel for now, NIWA field staff have had to work out how to carry out their jobs without actually being there, making mastering the art of delivering training and support via video call an essential skill.

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The first, long championed by China, is net nationalism, which makes the State the predominant authority over all things internet, and at bottom sees the network as nothing more than an instrument of state power.

Direct Action Everywhere Uses VR to Take Viewers Inside Factory Farms

Direct Action Everywhere Uses VR to Take Viewers Inside Factory Farms

Hsiung wanted Greenberg to experience, in 360 degrees, “Operation Deathstar"—the name Hsiung and his animal rights group, Direct Action Everywhere, assigned one of their most ambitious projects to date.

Vantablack? Meh. Meet the Ultra-Black Vantafish

Vantablack? Meh. Meet the Ultra-Black Vantafish

The species evolved it independently, so they have slightly different ways of going about absorbing light; their melanosomes are arranged differently in the skin.And get this: The researchers found some species had ultra-black gut linings, likely to keep them from glowing like lanterns when they eat bioluminescent prey.

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

Brands that make them—Epoque Evolution, Veilance, Rhone, and others—are deploying high-tech hybrid fabrics, innovative production techniques, and a hyper-flexible approach to assembling a wardrobe, in which a few garments perform multiple roles.“The comfort factor and more fluid approach to work and leisure have all played their role.

The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console

The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console

(Once, in 2017, when Sony accidentally turned on Fortnite cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Spencer tweeted, “I would have liked to see them leave it on.”) You were a PlayStation person and you meandered around their walled garden, where you played the games exclusive to the PlayStation console.

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A chatbot developed by artificial intelligence researchers at shows that combining a huge amount of training data with a little artificial empathy, personality, and general knowledge can go some way toward fostering the illusion of good chitchat.

The Magical Thinking of the White House's New Covid-19 Plan

The Magical Thinking of the White House's New Covid-19 Plan

The White House on Thursday introduced what President Donald Trump called a “phased and deliberate approach” to lifting social-distancing requirements intended to slow the spread of the pandemic disease Covid-19 in the United States.

What Is a Quarantine?

What Is a Quarantine?

“I have grave doubts about that,” says Lawrence Gostin, director of Georgetown’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law. Yes, new cases have gone down in China, but they’ve also gone down in South Korea, which didn't lock down whole cities.

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

The Air Force is getting into flying cars .The federal government has taken a hands-off approach to self-driving cars—but it stepped in to halt passenger trips on a model of autonomous shuttle.

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

28 February 2020, Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits.

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

The NTSB found that the automaker bears some responsibility for the crash and should restrict the use of its Autopilot feature and better detect when drivers are paying attention; however, the agency also criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hands-off approach to regulating new vehicle technologies like Autopilot, saying that it had overlooked risks of advanced driver-assistance features.

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

The Trump administration Wednesday reaffirmed its policy to maintain a light touch in regulating self-driving vehicles , with a new document that is long on promoting the industry and silent on rules governing testing or operating the vehicles.

OnePlus Shows Off a Phone With a Disappearing Rear Camera

OnePlus Shows Off a Phone With a Disappearing Rear Camera

The difference is in the electrochromic glass on the Concept One. It effectively shrouds the camera from plain sight, so that the phone appears lens-less when the camera app isn’t open.

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

“We need to make sure that it's easy to use a machine learning algorithm responsibly, to avoid unsafe or unfair behavior,” says Philip Thomas, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who also worked on the project.

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Moreover, very little of the IRA’s spending was on traditional political advertising: The Senate report notes that only about 5 percent of the Russian ads users saw prior to the presidential election actually referenced Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump directly.

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.

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

To visit when speakers drown out aerospace-y sounds, when stage lights blind you to the aircraft that might be hovering above, when there are so many eyes that the Air Force would be crazy to test anything actually advanced—it kind of makes a trip to Area 51 not very much like a trip to Area 51.When my alarm goes off in the middle of the night, I can see headlights on Back Gate Road.

Exxon, J&J, P&G, Others United on Carbon Tax Plan

Exxon, J&J, P&G, Others United on Carbon Tax Plan

The more detailed blueprint set to be unveiled Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council calls for a $40 tax to be levied on each ton of carbon dioxide, with the fee increasing at least 5% every year and proceeds rebated to American consumers.