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'Shrinkflation' - are companies shrinking our food items? Robots are getting more like us and famous scientists are concerned. If 1984’s cautionary tale, The Terminator, is anything to go by, humanity should be wary of any more advances in robotics or artificial intelligence. Elon Musk recently pledged $10 million to keep artificial intelligence from running amok, and physicist Stephen Hawking told the BBC in December: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

Musk and Hawking are backed by other scientists, professors, and security analysts who are worried about the rise of artificial intelligence that doesn’t do what humans ask. Even so, scientists continue to research more human-like robots, with more human-like intelligence and thought processes. Here are a few examples from just this month: Free-roaming robots Google-owned Boston Dynamics showed off a new version of its ATLAS robot that it’s building with DARPA. Dancing robots Tokyo University showed off something far more adorable—an army of 100 synchronized dancing robots. Secretary robots Learning robots.

Sleep and the Teenage Brain. By Maria Popova How a seemingly simple change can have a profound effect on everything from academic performance to bullying. “Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,” Debbie Millman asserted in her advice on breaking through your creative block. “Sleep deprivation will profoundly affect your creativity, your productivity, and your decision-making,” Arianna Huffington cautioned graduating seniors in her Smith College commencement address on redefining success. And yet, as German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg argued in his fantastic Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired — one of the best science books of 2012, and undoubtedly among the best you’ll ever read — teenagers have already endured years of institutionally inflicted sleep deprivation by the time they get to college: there is a tragic disconnect between teens’ circadian givens and our social expectations of them, encapsulated in what is known as the disco hypothesis.

Donating = Loving. The Creativity Pill - James Hamblin. Health People taking dopamine for Parkinson's disease sometimes begin to generate a lot of artwork. New research differentiates their expressiveness from obsessive or impulsive tendencies. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Neurologist Rivka Inzelberg recently noticed that her patients with Parkinson’s disease seemed to be authoring more novels than older people tend to author. Looking closer, poems and paintings also seemed to be pouring out of afflicted patients, in a relative sense—specifically those treated with a synthetic dopamine-precursor pill, levodopa (L-DOPA). So Inzelberg, a professor at Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, asked around. Development of uncontrollable artistic urges has been documented in medical case studies.

So Inzelberg’s current study tested for symptoms of impulse control disorder, as well as creativity—which it did in a variety of ways. She laughed. 5 Ways Your Brain Is Messing With Your Head. We accept on a regular basis the premise that our minds are being screwed with. Advertisers, politicians, magicians; we accept that they know the tricks to pull the wool over our eyes. But as it turns out, the ways in which your head is being truly and royally messed with the most, are coming from inside. Please be advised that your brain does not want you reading the following list, and may kill you to protect its secrets. These include... #5. What is it? It's your inability to notice changes that happen right in front of you, even if they're hugely obvious... as long as you don't see the actual change take place. Um, What? Consider Alfonso Ribeiro.

Now, if suddenly that image of Carlton blinked and changed to a different image, you'd notice it. In fact, if the entire text of this article--and the whole color and layout of this website--changed while you were gone, you probably wouldn't notice. A scientist named George McConkie started working on this in the 70s. . #4. Your brain. #3. Science. Beijing's Black Market Egg Trade Targets College Girls.

Future transport: 10 inventions that will supercharge your journey. Visit to the World's Fair of 2014 Isaac Asimovin vuonna 1964 kirjoittama ennustus vuodelle 2014. Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years. Interactive Infographic - 13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics. How Languages and Genes Evolve Together. As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic lines.

It’s an intuitive theory, but difficult to prove. That is, until researchers decided to match large collections of geographic, linguistic, and genetic data on hundreds of human populations worldwide. A new study (PDF), published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, quantifies the complicated relationship between these three factors. This map shows a broad picture of the geographic spread of alleles and phonemes, according to the study’s findings. Creanza et. al. The scale of the research is impressive. These data have been available for some time, but never examined in the same place. Here’s a more specific picture of what the results show. This geographic relationship is no doubt compelling.

Hands-on with Pepper the 'friendly robot' in Japan. Ford Model T - 100 Years Later. Lectures: Kaku. The Physics of Everything. MICHIO KAKU, Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at CUNY Lesson Overview What if we could find one single equation that explains every force in the universe? Professor Michio Kaku explores how physics could potentially shrink the science of the big bang into an equation as small as e=mc2. In a profoundly informative and deeply optimistic discussion, Professor Kaku delivers a glimpse of where science will take us in the next hundred years, as warp drives, teleportation, inter-dimensional wormholes, and even time travel converge with our scientific understanding of physical reality. How did Halley's Comet manage to start the British Empire in 1066 and lead to the most important publication in human history in 1682? Readings Course Pack: Michio Kaku, Hyperspace. Discussion Questions (1.

. ) (2. . ) (3.) Explicit cookie consent. 15 English Phrases for the Doctor’s Office. Phrases a doctor might say: “We’ll need to run some tests.” Tests are used to help diagnose (identify) the health problem. Some common tests are a blood test and a urine test. There are also scans such as an ultrasound (used for seeing internal organs; often used for pregnant women to see the baby) and X-rays (used for seeing the bones). Blood samples ready for testing “The transplant was a success. A transplant is when one person (the donor) gives an organ to another person (the recipient). If there are complications during surgery, it means that things went wrong or unexpected things happened to make it more difficult.

“I’d like to keep you here overnight for observation.” The doctor will say this if it’s necessary for you to stay in the hospital for a little while, so that the doctors and nurses can observe you and make sure you are OK. Monitoring vital signs “We haven’t made a diagnosis yet, but we’ve ruled out cancer.” A diagnosis is the identification of the specific health problem.