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Sunday, August 19, 2018
big data
Data science is currently among the hottest fields of study and its practitioners are in high demandFor many, the 21st century buzzword “Big Data” conjures up fears of “Big Brother,” the personified surveillance state of 1984. Many of us have grown utterly dependent upon digital technologies that feed “the cloud” with a constant stream of our personal data –...
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multilingual children
Do multilingual children have an advantage? Perhaps; but the ability to learn languages may be inborn. Either way, stakes are high and consensus is rareToday’s world has become “hyper-diverse,” with 244 million migrants worldwide in 2015 qualifying as the fifth largest “country” on earth.Through globalization and mobility, cultures mix, and not just in the neighborhood. Often it’s right at...
rodent vr
Virtual reality is only for tech enthusiasts? Get ready to see fish, mice and fruit flies join the VR craze with scientists from Austria and GermanyFor generations, scientists and sci-fi fans have inspired each other to (boldly) go where no one has gone before to better understand the world around them. Now, real-world science has taken another page right out of...
A new way of documenting species digitally – cybertaxonomy – allows more intricate research and the images can be shared all over the worldThe new guy, Ommatoiulus avatar (or O. avatar for short), is a tiny species of European millipede, just two to three centimeters in length, identified this summer by a team of Austrian and Danish scientists. The...
A new way of documenting species digitally allows more intricate research and the images can be shared all over the worldThe new guy, Ommatoiulus avatar (or O. avatar for short), is a tiny species of European millipede, just two to three centimeters in length, identified this summer by a team of Austrian and Danish scientists. The authors of the...
genetic modification
Fertility specialists have made a breakthrough that could eradicate a rare deadly disease. So why isn’t the world celebrating?After several miscarriages and the deaths of two children at an early age, a Jordanian woman finally gave birth to a healthy boy this summer. A cause for private celebration? Undoubtedly. But this boy has already made headlines around the world.The...
emotion nostalgia
Science is coming to grips with a complex emotion that was once dismissed as sentimental or downright pathological.It was a way to survive: “We used our memories to temporarily alter our perception of the state we were in. It was not a solution. But the temporary change in perception allowed you to persevere just a bit longer,” a concentration...
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