Emotional support peacocks. Emotional support snakes. Emotional support hamsters. People have been bringing all sorts of “support animals” into public places recently, arguing the creatures should be allowed to fly on planes and come into offices or restaurants because they serve a mental-health purpose.   But what does an emotional support pet actually do, and…
March 05, 2018
In recent months, researchers at OpenAI have been focusing on developing artificial intelligence (AI) that learns better. Their machine learning algorithms are now capable of training themselves, so to speak, thanks to the reinforcement learning methods of their OpenAI Baselines.   Now, a new algorithm lets their AI learn from its own mistakes, almost as human beings…
March 04, 2018
Elon Musk is known for his smart, personable approach to social media. Whether he’sresponding to complaints from Tesla customers, making jokes, or attacking his critics, Musk comes across as a real person on Twitter and Instagram, which is a rarity among Fortune 500 executives.   On Friday, Musk posted a photo of himself on Instagram with one of the boring…
March 04, 2018
Quantum physics just beat classical physics again. A single quantum particle can send a two-way signal, scientists have discovered – something that’s impossible in classical physics. That means a particle can essentially send messages to itself thanks to the whacky state of uncertainty known as superposition.   Superposition states that one particle can occupy two…
March 03, 2018
Look up tonight, and you’ll see a rare sight: a ‘Worm Moon’. It’s happening only twice this year. There’ll be one today at 7:51pm ET and one on March 31 at 9:42pm ET. Yes, those dates line up perfectly with the full moons this month – that’s because a Worm Moon is just a term…
March 02, 2018
Since humans started to think about the impacts of their industry on the planet, they tried to repair some of the worst damages they caused, restoring ecosystems or reintroducing species that may otherwise have gone extinct.   Now, a new study suggests that while many ecosystems do make progress toward recovery thanks to human intervention,…
March 01, 2018