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.
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? Top 10 Patents for 2014 Closing out our year of reporting on innovations from all over the world, our Top 10 Patents of 2014 list picks up where we left off with our survey of the best patent applications published this past year. Today, we’re picking the best inventions for which corporations from the Companies We Follow series have actually earned patent rights from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Alternative energies, drones, robots, seawater desalination and the Internet of Things all make an appearance in today’s profile of the best inventions from the past year. It’s been a great 12 months for profiling innovations that are being filed with the USPTO.
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:
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. Rollerball Amerika 2015 Philip A. FarruggioPhilip A. Farruggio -- World News Trust Feb. 1, 2015 In 1964, Isaac Asimov Imagined the World in 2014 But he couldn't have known the consequences of the development he predicted—a planet whose climate is badly destabilized, whose inhabitants face mass extinctions in the years ahead. In August of 1964, just more than 50 years ago, author Isaac Asimov wrote a piece in The New York Times, pegged to that summer's World Fair. In the essay, Asimov imagines what the World Fair would be like in 2014—his future, our present. His notions were strange and wonderful (and conservative, as Matt Novak writes in a great run-down), in the way that dreams of the future from the point of view of the American mid-century tend to be. There will be electroluminescent walls for our windowless homes, levitating cars for our transportation, 3D cube televisions that will permit viewers to watch dance performances from all angles, and "Algae Bars" that taste like turkey and steak ("but," he adds, "there will be considerable psychological resistance to such an innovation"). What color will 2014 be on that map?
Essential Academic Writing Examples and Phrases! Content: Words and Phrases Used in Academic Writing In academic writing, there are certain words and phrases that are used consistently. If a student is able to become familiar with these words and phrases, their academic writing will certainly improve faster and their comprehension of academic texts will increase. 1989: Isaac Asimov on Climate Change January 6, 2011 Of all the books my parent’s shelves, the weighty, dog eared volume I remember turning to most as a young person was “The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Science”, by Isaac Asimov. For a generation, Asimov defined the rational approach, and a sense of the possibilities that reason and science might bring. His science fiction work is legendary, and a primary inspiration for many of the imaginary universes that permeate pop culture.
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... Could virtual reality change religion — and terrorize children? By Nathaniel Mott On February 16, 2015 Worship usually requires a large building with uncomfortable seating and the holy text of that particular religion’s choice. But a reverend in Florida believes virtual reality could be used to help other worshippers, such as those who live in remote areas or are otherwise unable to attend church and participate in prayer.
Isaac Asimov "The 'Threat' of Creationism," 1984 cientists thought it was settled. The universe, they had decided, is about 20 billion years old, and Earth itself is 4.5 billion years old. Simple forms of life came into being more than three billion years ago, having formed spontaneously from nonliving matter. They grew more complex through slow evolutionary processes and the first hominid ancestors of humanity appeared more than four million years ago. Homo sapians itself—the present human species, people like you and me—has walked the earth for at least 50,000 years. 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.
‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’ A scene from “Fifty Shades of Grey.” (YouTube) BOSTON—“Fifty Shades of Grey,” the book and the movie, is a celebration of the sadism that dominates nearly every aspect of American culture and lies at the core of pornography and global capitalism.