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A classical concert at the Barbican shows how AI interprets a recital

Me, 03/07/2019 - 19:00
Sight Machine, an AI project at the Barbican, shows how the algorithms used in techniques like facial detection capture the performance of a string quartet

Wetland conservation is a key part of saving Earth’s ecosystems

Me, 03/07/2019 - 19:00
The importance of wetland conservation is highlighted by a new book, Wading Right In, which says that our most fertile ecosystems disappear three times faster than our forests

Why cat people and dog people's personalities match those of their pet

Me, 03/07/2019 - 19:00
People's personalities often have more in common with their dog or cat than their friends, and now we know why owners and their animals are such a purr-fect match

Ancient Earth reveals terrifying consequences of future global warming

Me, 03/07/2019 - 19:00
Lessons from the deep past reveal that human-induced warming could create more extreme conditions than Earth has ever experienced

Is organic food better for you? Here's the truth about the benefits

Me, 03/07/2019 - 19:00
Claims about the health benefits of organic foods are often linked to their higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants. Is organic food really better for you? James Wong investigates

Electronics projects for beginners: Make a robot biscuit butler

Me, 03/07/2019 - 19:00
Take a BBC micro:bit, add a motor, a chassis and some infrared sensors and then put your feet up with a nice cup of tea: your biscuits will be on their way shortly

Every single neuron in an animal mapped out for the first time

Me, 03/07/2019 - 19:00
A complete map of all the neurons and their connections in both sexes of an animal – a tiny worm – has been described for the first time

Known unknowns: How to communicate certainly in an uncertain world

Me, 03/07/2019 - 19:00
From the speed of global warming to the likelihood of developing cancer, we must grasp uncertainty to understand the world. Here’s how to know your unknowns

Unprecedented Arctic megafires are releasing a huge amount of CO2

Me, 03/07/2019 - 17:48
Dozens of wildfires are burning across the Arctic circle and have released as much CO2 in just one month as Sweden’s total annual emissions

Google has made a virtual soccer pitch to train AIs to play football

Me, 03/07/2019 - 17:03
Google has created a virtual soccer training pitch for AIs to use to learn how to play football. The AIs will need to learn short-term control and high-level strategies

Your boss could use your smartwatch to check your productivity levels

Me, 03/07/2019 - 16:45
AI can predict people’s performance levels at work based on data from their electronic devices. However, there are concerns about how the tech could be used

Your smartwatch could check if you are being productive enough

Me, 03/07/2019 - 16:45
AIs don't think like children, but if they made a common assumption that children use whilst learning a language they would become better faster

Packaging-free shops may tackle plastic but risk increasing food waste

Me, 03/07/2019 - 16:00
Shops that let you bring your own containers aim to tackle the plastic packaging scourge, but they may not be the perfect solution

Seals remember what they just did – but only for about 18 seconds

Me, 03/07/2019 - 15:55
Seals and sea lions can repeat their last action on command, as long as they are asked to do so within 18 seconds , hinting at a degree of self-awareness

A solar panel that unfolds in sunlight could power spacecraft

Me, 03/07/2019 - 14:00
Special polymers that expand when heated allow a solar panel to unfurl when it is exposed to sunlight, which could be useful for solar-powered spacecraft

The time paradox: How your brain creates the fourth dimension

Me, 03/07/2019 - 13:00
We all feel the passing of time, but nothing in physics suggests it is a fundamental property of the universe. So where does our sense of time’s flow come from?

A total solar eclipse just passed over Chile and Argentina

Me, 03/07/2019 - 11:18
On 2 July, the moon blocked out the sun over areas of Chile and Argentina in the first solar eclipse since the one that passed over the US in 2017

Japan's return to commercial whaling has no economic or cultural case

Ma, 02/07/2019 - 18:14
The decision by Japan to resume commercial whaling should be condemned – if not for its uncertain effect on whales, then for its contempt for international agreements

A tiny jellyfish robot could swim inside the bladder to deliver drugs

Ma, 02/07/2019 - 17:00
A tiny jellyfish-like robot could be used to deliver drugs in the body. It is only 3 millimeters across and is controlled by magnetic fields

Have mice really been cured of HIV using CRISPR gene editing?

Ma, 02/07/2019 - 17:00
Some mice receiving a therapy that includes CRISPR gene editing appear to have been cured of HIV, but safety concerns must be overcome before human trials