background preloader


Facebook Twitter

Computers Are Writing Novels: Read A Few Samples Here. Alan Turing was well ahead of his time in predicting the capabilities of AI.

Computers Are Writing Novels: Read A Few Samples Here

Wikimedia Commons Computers are writing novels — and getting better at it. It probably won't help your "robots are stealing our jobs" fear. And it casts doubt on the idea that creative professions are safer than the administrative or processing professions. (Don't tell Elon Musk.) Right now, in a play on a human literary contest, around a hundred people are writing computer programs that will write texts for them, the Verge says. The Verge explains the futuristic version was started by developer and artist Darius Kazemi, who encouraged creations made entirely by code.

A computer writes "True Love". Chardonneret élégant - Carduelis carduelis. Le Chardonneret élégant est une espèce volontiers grégaire en dehors de la période de reproduction.

Chardonneret élégant - Carduelis carduelis

Ce grégarisme survient dès l'émancipation des jeunes de la première nichée et se poursuivra jusqu'à la saison de reproduction de l'année suivante. On peut alors observer des groupes de plusieurs dizaines d'oiseaux voletant ensemble, se nourrissant ensemble dans les hautes herbes ou sur les arbres porteurs de graines. Certains fréquentent les postes de nourrissage urbains où ils ne dédaignent pas les graines de tournesol. Les déplacements de type migratoire ou erratiques se font en petits groupes assez denses. En revanche, dès le début du printemps, les groupes se disloquent et les couples déjà formés se choisissent un territoire de nidification. Asperitas, volutus, flumen… bienvenue aux nouveaux nuages.

Carpenter bee - Wikipedia. Carpenter bees are species in the genus Xylocopa of the subfamily Xylocopinae.

Carpenter bee - Wikipedia

The genus includes some 500 species in 31 subgenera.[1] Members of the related tribe Ceratinini sometimes are called "small carpenter bees". Hidden Figures: Kevin Costner on playing Al Harrison. The Real Story of 'Hidden Figures' and NASA's Women Computers. Katherine Johnson, the movie's protagonist, was something of a child prodigy.

The Real Story of 'Hidden Figures' and NASA's Women Computers

Hailing from the small West Virginian town of White Sulphur Springs, she graduated from high school at 14 and the historically black West Virginia State University at 18. In 1938, as a graduate student, she became one of three students—and the only woman—to desegregate West Virginia's state college. In 1953, Johnson was hired by NACA and, five years later, NACA became NASA thanks to the Space Act of 1958. Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish? On the grassy slope of a fjord near the southernmost tip of Greenland stand the ruins of a church built by Viking settlers more than a century before Columbus sailed to the Americas.

Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish?

The thick granite-block walls remain intact, as do the 20-foot-high gables. The wooden roof, rafters and doors collapsed and rotted away long ago. Now sheep come and go at will, munching wild thyme where devout Norse Christian converts once knelt in prayer. The Vikings called this fjord Hvalsey, which means “Whale Island” in Old Norse. It was here that Sigrid Bjornsdottir wed Thorstein Olafsson on Sunday, September 16, 1408. The Secret Lives of Matschie’s Tree-kangaroos. Matschie’s Tree-kangaroos are endangered by hunting and habitat loss, but Rainforest Trust’s partners are pioneering innovative research to better understand and protect these amazing animals.

The Secret Lives of Matschie’s Tree-kangaroos

Matschie's Tree-kangaroo. Photo by Bruce Beehler A group of Papua New Guinean men stare up into the rainforest canopy expectantly. Following their gaze high into the mossy branches, an animal that looks a little like a plush toy teddy bear looks down. La promesse de l'aube. La promesse de l'aube.

La promesse de l'aube

Is Iceland Really Green and Greenland Really Icy? A glance at the globe might make you wonder why Iceland seems oddly green, while Greenland is covered in ice.

Is Iceland Really Green and Greenland Really Icy?

There’s even an Internet meme about it. Schoolyard wisdom says this was intentional—Iceland’s Viking settlers thought the name would discourage oversettlement of their verdant island, while nobody cared if people tried to settle the ice-covered Greenland. But the truth is more complicated, and it has to do with both Norse custom and our shifting global climate. Youtube. Tarantula named after Johnny Cash is one of 14 new species. The man in black plays muse to the spider set.

Tarantula named after Johnny Cash is one of 14 new species

History through the eyes of the potato - Leo Bear-McGuinness. MIT Department of Physics. Area of Physics: Cosmology: Theory, Particle Cosmology Selected Awards and Honors 1989: National Academy of Sciences, Member 1992: American Physical Society, Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize 2001: Franklin Medal in Physics 2002: Dirac Medal 2004: Gruber Prize in Cosmology 2009: Isaac Newton medal, Institute of Physics 2012: Fundamental Physics Prize 2014: Kavli Prize in Astrophysics.

MIT Department of Physics

Fibonacci Sequence. The Fibonacci Sequence is the series of numbers: The next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. The 2 is found by adding the two numbers before it (1+1) The 3 is found by adding the two numbers before it (1+2), And the 5 is (2+3), and so on! Example: the next number in the sequence above is 21+34 = 55 It is that simple! Here is a longer list: Can you figure out the next few numbers? Makes A Spiral When we make squares with those widths, we get a nice spiral: Do you see how the squares fit neatly together?

Remarkable New Theory Says There's No Gravity, No Dark Matter, and Einstein Was Wrong. Gravity is something all of us are familiar with from our first childhood experiences. You drop something - it falls. And the way physicists have described gravity has also been pretty consistent - it’s considered one of the four main forces or “interactions” of nature and how it works has been described by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity all the way back in 1915. But Professor Erik Verlinde, an expert in string theory from the University of Amsterdam and the Delta Institute of Theoretical Physics, thinks that gravity is not a fundamental force of nature because it's not always there. Instead it’s “emergent” - coming into existence from changes in microscopic bits of information in the structure of spacetime. Verlinde first articulated this groundbreaking theory in his 2010 paper, which took on the laws of Newton and argued that gravity is “an entropic force caused by changes in the information associated with the positions of material bodies”.

Why Very Smart People Are Happiest Alone. In a just-published study about how our ancestral needs impact our modern feelings, researchers uncovered something that will surprise few among the highly intelligent. Why aren’t coyotes, dingoes and wolves treated like our dogs? Patterns of Life – Alan Turing and Morphogenesis (#4/5) Accelerating science. Official Website of Dr. Michio Kaku. Stephen Hawking - Home. Brian Greene Official Website.