Have you heard that rats are now driving cars? Rats in a research lab were taught to drive custom made cars in order to pick up their own food, something that, many have pointed out, many humans seem to struggle with today. It's leading scientists to believe that rats are much smarter than previously thought, which pretty much makes anyone who's been around rats say... duh.
Today I read that AI can now create a playlist for you that changes with your mood. You might think that sounds more nefarious than it is, since researchers just want your music to be able to pick you up after a long day. No. This is not something positive. I don't want a machine to know when I'm upset. I don't want a machine to "know" at all, yet that's the route we're traveling!
Lightning strikes aren't completely uncommon, but they're rare enough that most of us haven't really paid attention to the effects they have on trees. Maybe we've seen a broken one every now and then, or even a charred tree, but have you seen one with fire glowing in the inside?
If you had to pinpoint the weirdest weather events on Earth, which would you say are the most out of this world? Raining frogs is the strangest in my opinion, but I haven't even heard of some of the world's weirdest weather phenomena until today.
Are you at the point where you don't care if we colonize another planet or not? We know that only the rich people will be able to afford to go anyway (perhaps along with people they select as their slaves), and that doesn't sound like a world I even want to be part of. We're already in a world where the 1% runs everything, so why spread that across the universe? As exciting as space exploration is, part of me just doesn't want it to work for humans. We've had our run; let the octopus have a go of running things!
A study has shown that if our rovers are looking for life, they should look for a very specific type of rock. It's so interesting that rocks that are shaped like fettuccine noodles are shaped that way because they've encountered bacteria, which, of course, points toward life existing somewhere at some point!
When we were kids, I was fascinated with the various planets of our solar system, but I don't remember much focus on the weather patterns on each planet. That's why when my teen and I did a unit study on space and not only did I learn that, but that we have 13 planets, my mind was completely blown. We have such a constant news cycle that it's no wonder we miss so many important stories, like the fact that we have these planets.
AI has been rapidly accelerating human capabilities so quickly that many people--sometimes myself included!--think we might be living in a computer simulation. It's dizzyingly fast and sometimes overwhelming, but also incredibly exciting, especially when you hear news like this. Scientists are using artificial intelligence to decipher the noises that babies make!
It was only a matter of time before the Avengers inspired scientists to actually develop super suits to use in battle. To be fair, the military has always experimented with new ways to take down enemies, including more advanced uniforms, but now scientists are actually developing supersuits that aren't for flight, superhuman strength or invisibility, but the kind that can improve the lives of normal human beings.
Freaky news stories are always plentiful. Here are just a few recent stories...
Scientists found some incredible hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean and they are pretty incredible. I'm always amazed at what we can find in our own oceans. You have to see these pictures to believe them.