The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence
Reminds me of some other science paper which said that no machine can ever be conscious.
Perhaps they were right. I don't think anyone's ever proved humans are conscious either, except by defining it that way.
Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?
Anway, tripling a small number is still a small number. Whether the numbers are small is impossible to judge from the summary.. or the article.
A Look at Smart Gun Technology
To solve this, though, we don't need smart guns, we need smart gun owners.
Good luck with that. While your impractal solution fails to be implemented, the rest of us would prefer to have one in place that saves lives.
We can agree that the problem is people. That doesn't mean that the workable solution involves fixing those people.
Virtual Reality: Purpose Beyond Gaming
Flight simulators. Of course, we've been using VR for these for decades, so it's not exactly news..
It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom
Science education at the primary level has long emphasized the products of science, with little regard for the process. Science teachers are a product of this system as much as everyone else. Most of them just aren't equipped to draw a distinction between science and pseudoscience.
Mumbling something about falsifiability isn't going to fly without motivating it and showing evidence, whether or not they have internalized those concepts themselves. Holding them to higher standards won't help, as there aren't enough qualified individuals to go around, unless some sort of mass teaching approach becomes the norm, and it's hard to see that working well with kids.
This is not an educational problem. It's a cultural problem, and it needs a broader approch.
NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space
Nobod's suggesting we send colonists! Well, nobody serious.
We've sent a lot of probes to Mars in the last couple of decades, a number of which soft-landed. A mission to take astronaust to Martian orbit could be done in a few years, with proper funding. A more likely scenario is landing and getting back, that would take a couple of decades to plan and develop, but it isn't really that far fetched.
Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did
Pneumonic plague being transmitted by air isn't news. It's a form of the disease that gets into your lungs, after all. Also, the primary vector isn't rats at all, but fleas, which often go directly from person to person.
The article's credibility is not helped at all when it mentions the plague virus, when it is actually caused by a bacterium.
$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow
Ok, you can't send em back, and the gov't says they aren't legal here. Why not a third destination?
Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?
simple, just use the existing, tried 'n true APIs until the new ones are vetted. I hack on my brain all the time. All the sane kids are doing it!
US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances
Who watches the watchers watching the watchers watching the watchers?
Sniffing Out Cancer With Electronic Noses
Some treatment, maybe, possibly harmful, but not chemotherapy. That stuff is saved for the real hard cases, not dubious initial diagnoses. There's a lot of ambiguity and overreaction in medicine, but I don't think much of it is here.
US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index
haven't you ever spent time going over product reviews loaded with benchmark charts? small variations mean very little, but when there are closely spaced items, it can really mix up the rankings. Learn some math, people!
Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
1) physical sciences are based on measurements. all the fancy theory follows from these!
2) measurements are numbers.
CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC
Made to order for a 40 TeV collider! Halfway to 100 TeV, triple the energy of LHC! Save billions in construction!
Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"
Not every 70th part is the same. Not homogenous. There's different stuff on the surface, probably a couple layers, and then there's the germ of the seed vs the bulk which is food for the germinating plant, and so on.
First Global Map Outside the Solar System
The large scale structure seems to stretch between the poles, at fairly constant longitude, rather than around the axis at fairly constant latitude, like every other atmosphere we've encountered. Is there some reason they are really that way, or is it some artifact of the data gathering and rerduction?
Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles
You should be thanking Alan Guth and the Gods of Inflation they didn't find actual monopoles. Those things are terrifying beasts! They eat protons like it's going out of style!
A Thermodynamics Theory of the Origins of Life
his light? But the Cosmic Mother was female, everybody knows that!
Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users
You dinosaur! Trendy kids these days use ytalk!
Ask Slashdot: DIY Computational Neuroscience?
It's open source, and integrates with Python and the whole SciPy suite. I'm not a neuroscientist, but I work in one's lab. I haven't used the software extensively, but it's installed on a Linux VM wasiting for some love while we work on other things.
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