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Dec 22, 2021

Raspberry Pi computers head to International Space Station

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The credit card-sized devices will allow school pupil to programme code for the astronauts.

Dec 21, 2021

A Box of Cash, a Secret Donor and a Big Lift for Some N.Y.C. Students

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A box full of $50 and $100 bills, totaling $180,000, was sent to the physics department at City College of New York. An enclosed note from the mysterious donor asked the school to use the cash to fund scholarships for needy students.


When a City College physics professor opened an ordinary box that had been sitting in the mailroom, he was startled by its contents.

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Dec 20, 2021

Why Is December 21 The Shortest Day Of The Year?

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The empirical fact of short winter days and long winter nights has been known essentially forever, and has driven enormous amounts of human activity including the construction of monuments like the passage tomb at Newgrange that I keep banging on about in previous posts about timekeeping. The correct explanation of the phenomenon has only been understood for around 400 years, dating back to Johannes Kepler’s description of the orbits of the planets.

The change in the relative length of days and nights is due to a combination of the motion of the Earth about the Sun, and the rotation of the Earth on its axis. Specifically, it happens because the Earth’s axis is tilted by about 23 degrees relative to the axis of its orbit. And because angular momentum is conserved, that axis stays pointing in the same direction through the whole orbit, in the same way that a gyroscope on a gimbal mount will remain pointed in the same direction in space as it’s moved around.

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Dec 20, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Ogeer — Advancing Veterinary Care With Predictive Diagnostics And One Health Principles

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, education, health, robotics/AI

Advancing Veterinary Care With Predictive Diagnostics, AI & One Health Principles — Dr. Jennifer Ogeer, DVM, Antech Diagnostics, Mars Petcare, Mars Inc.


Dr. Jennifer Ogeer, DVM, MSC, MBA is Vice President of Medical Science & Innovation at Antech Diagnostics (https://www.antechdiagnostics.com/), one of the world’s largest reference laboratory networks, and a unit of Mars Veterinary Health (https://www.marsveterinary.com/).

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Dec 19, 2021

Characters for good, created by artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

MIT Media Lab researchers offer positive use cases of AI-generated synthetic characters for education and well-being. A new paper provides an open-source, easy-to-use pipeline that combines AI-generated models to create synthetic characters with facial gestures, voice, and motion.

Dec 18, 2021

Researchers Teach Human Brain Cells in a Dish to Play “Pong”

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, education, neuroscience

Scientists have successfully taught a collection of human brain cells in a petri dish how to play the video game “Pong” — kind of.

Researchers at the biotechnology startup Cortical Labs have created “ mini-brains ” consisting of 800,000 to one million living human brain cells in a petri dish, New Scientist reports. The cells are placed on top of a microelectrode array that analyzes the neural activity.

We think it’s fair to call them cyborg brains, Brett Kagan, chief scientific officer at Cortical Labs and research lead of the project, told New Scientist.

Dec 17, 2021

New details of torture, cover-ups in China’s internment camps revealed in Amnesty International report

Posted by in categories: education, government

Chinese officials spent days burning documents after government information leaked to global media exposed conditions in the camps.

Dec 16, 2021

In the Age of AI (full film) | FRONTLINE

Posted by in categories: education, employment, robotics/AI, surveillance

A documentary exploring how artificial intelligence is changing life as we know it — from jobs to privacy to a growing rivalry between the U.S. and China.

FRONTLINE investigates the promise and perils of AI and automation, tracing a new industrial revolution that will reshape and disrupt our world, and allow the emergence of a surveillance society.

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Dec 16, 2021

Split-Brains, Consciousness and Combining Minds | Waking Cosmos Documentary

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One of the reasons branching identity is being accepted more seriously these days.


Beginning in the 1950s, experiments with split-brain patients revealed that consciousness could be divided between the two hemispheres of the brain. A surprising implication was that if consciousness could be divided, then it could also be combined. Evidence of this came in 2006, when conjoined twins Krista and Tatiana Hogan were born. The Hogan sisters were born with their brains connected by a thalamic bridge, which allowed a unique mental connection between them. We explore this surprising mental connection, and the possibility that we may one day connect our own minds with other conscious beings, together with what this might mean for our concept of self, identity, and the future of mind.

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Dec 15, 2021

2021 Is the Year of Linux on the Desktop

Posted by in categories: computing, education

No, really. Walk into any school now, and you’ll see millions of Linux machines. They’re called Chromebooks. For a free project launched 30 years ago today by one man in his spare time, it’s an amazing feat.

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