Facebook Shuts Down Robots After They Invent Their Own Language

Facebook shut down a pair of its artificial intelligence robots after they invented their own, creepy language. Researchers at Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research built a chatbot earlier this year that was meant to learn how to negotiate by mimicking human trading and bartering.  But when the social network paired two of the programs, nicknamed Alice and Bob, to trade against…Read more Facebook Shuts Down Robots After They Invent Their Own Language

Climate Change Happening Faster Than Expected

Earth could blow past a dangerous temperature threshold in less than a decade A dynamic in Earth's climate system called the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation has been in a cool phase, but new research suggests it may shift into a warm phase, which could provide a boost to global temperature rise. Space.com via seeker.com: Earth Could…Read more Climate Change Happening Faster Than Expected

American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

About three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests—including white oaks, sugar maples, and American hollies—have shifted their population center west since 1980. More than half of the species studied also moved northward during the same period. msn.com: American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why   See the featured image:  It's…Read more American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

history of the entire world, i guess

Miriam Kramer at Mashable•May 17, 2017 says..... Need a little refresher on your world history? A new 20-minute YouTube video is sure to be the cure for what ails you.  In the "history of the entire world, i guess" video blogger and musician Bill Wurtz explains how we got here using goofy jingles, bizarre graphics, and…Read more history of the entire world, i guess

Why Multitasking Harms Your Productivity

Researchers looked at what happens in the brain when the process of gathering information and absorbing it is interrupted. Multitasking may reduce your productivity, and now a new study shows that this may happen because multitasking interferes with certain types of brain activity. Source: Why Multitasking Harms Your Productivity

Rare ‘Dragon-Skin’ Ice Spotted During Antarctic Research Voyage

 Dragon skin occurs when strong winds continually lift surface ice, subsequently freezing the water below.  Credit: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies/University of Tasmania The ice formation is a sign of "darker chaos" in the planet's cryosphere, the researchers warn.   Source: Rare 'Dragon-Skin' Ice Spotted During Antarctic Research Voyage

10 Things – May 1 | News – NASA Solar System Exploration

10 Things: May 1 1 May 2017 (source: NASA) Our solar system is a jewel box filled with a glittering variety of beautiful worlds—and not all of them are planets. This week, we present 10 of our solar system's most marvelous moons. Source: 10 Things - May 1 | News - NASA Solar System Exploration