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Can we really teach computers what 'truth' means?

Can we really teach computers what 'truth' means? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The term artificial intelligence was coined in 1955 by a computer scientist named John McCarthy. Early on, McCarthy enunciated his key aim as the systematization of common sense knowledge. This has proven very difficult, primarily because it is difficult to encode, in a systematic fashion, what it means to say something is true.

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Dinosaurs shrank to evolve into birds over 50m years

Dinosaurs shrank to evolve into birds over 50m years | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Theropods underwent 12 stages of miniaturisation – from 163kg beasts to becoming the first birds on Earth, study finds.

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The critical question we're not asking about the Ebola outbreak

The critical question we're not asking about the Ebola outbreak | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How can we thwart such deadly outbreaks in the first place?

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Save the tiger: the day America's love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

Save the tiger: the day America's love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath | Gavagai | Scoop.it

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable.

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Two degrees: how the world failed on climate change

Two degrees: how the world failed on climate change | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For 20 years, climate policy has centered around one goal: making sure we don't get more than 2°C of global warming. That goal is looking increasingly delusional.

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​Recreation of Richard III's skeleton shows why he was called an imp

​Recreation of Richard III's skeleton shows why he was called an imp | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Tourists visiting the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester can gaze into the empty grave where the king's skeleton was discovered in 2012. His actual bones are being reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. But a 3D-printed replica is there, revealing details such as the late monarch's twisted spine and mortal wounds.

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Space junk is becoming a serious security threat

Space junk is becoming a serious security threat | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Theresa Hitchens wants to make the world safer. She's director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research, but one of her biggest concerns floats above national boundaries. She told io9 about the growing dangers of orbital space debris, and the obstacles standing in the way of cleaning it up.

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Previously uncontacted tribe have contracted influenza

Previously uncontacted tribe have contracted influenza | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) confirmed that an Amazonian tribe that had never before had contact with the outside world had made voluntary contact; a rare event that is usually brought on by threats of violence. Rather than be excited to learn more about the group’s ways and customs, anthropologists have been fearful that the tribe would be exposed to diseases for which they have no immunity.

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Palestine 1896

First film footage taken in Palestine (Lumier Bros.). Extracted from 'Palestine: Story of a Land', by Simone Bitton.

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How gravity makes things fall

A new demonstration of gravity, featuring the 'Spacetime Stretcher', built mostly out of materials from my garage and the hardware store.

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Driven by ocean heat, world sets mark for hottest June

Driven by ocean heat, world sets mark for hottest June | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Oceans were the hottest they've ever been this June, leading to a month of record heat globally.

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Sayed Kashua: why I have to leave Israel

Sayed Kashua: why I have to leave Israel | Gavagai | Scoop.it
The Arab-Israeli author moved to Jerusalem as a child and has devoted his life to telling Israelis the Palestinian story. But last week he decided to emigrate with his family to the US.
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July 20, 1969: one giant leap for mankind

July 20, 1969: one giant leap for mankind | Gavagai | Scoop.it

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins left Earth for a trip into space and into history.

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Scientists get first look inside mysterious Siberian crater

Scientists get first look inside mysterious Siberian crater | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Russian scientists got their first look inside the mysterious crater in Yamal, Siberia on Wednesday, July 16, while the Siberian Times took a helicopter ride to get another look down into the hole.

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Scientists create transparent mouse complete with see-through organs

Scientists create transparent mouse complete with see-through organs | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scientists have created see-through mice complete with transparent organs, in a new technique that could pave the way to a new generation of therapies for conditions ranging from autism to chronic pain.

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Simulating Jupiter's huge, crazy magnetic field

Simulating Jupiter's huge, crazy magnetic field | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Everything’s bigger about Jupiter. Along with being the solar system’s largest planet, the gas giant also generates an extremely convoluted magnetic field 18,000 times more powerful than our own. Jupiter’s magnetic field extends more than 4 million miles from its surface.

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What you need to know about the Ebola virus

What you need to know about the Ebola virus | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Ebola virus has been all over the news for the past several days, but what exactly is this dangerous disease that is killing so many people?

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Richard Dawkins, what on Earth happened to you?

Richard Dawkins, what on Earth happened to you? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Eleanor Robertson: Dawkins in 2014 is a man so convinced that he possesses God-like powers of omniscience that he can’t understand why everyone is angry at him for pointing out the obvious.

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Historic: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

Historic: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast'.

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One of the most common experiments in psychology might be horribly flawed

One of the most common experiments in psychology might be horribly flawed | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A trolley is careening toward an unsuspecting group of workers. You have the power to derail the trolley onto a track with just one worker. Do you do it? It might not matter.

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Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK's poultry industry

Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK's poultry industry | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'Two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in the UK is contaminated with campylobacter, a nasty bug that affects about 280,000 people a year. We investigate why.

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Looking back from Apollo 11

Looking back from Apollo 11 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Transcripts from the flight to the Moon capture some of the wonder and novelty of looking back at Earth.

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A youth-PTSD catastrophe is brewing in Gaza

A youth-PTSD catastrophe is brewing in Gaza | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It will affect both Gaza and its neighbors, Israel and Egypt.

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The conscientiousness of kidspeak

The conscientiousness of kidspeak | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The language of adolescents is an instance of compression in balance with concision. What sounds limited to the outsider is as nuanced as Henry James.

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10 surprising secrets from Apollo 11's historic Moon landing

10 surprising secrets from Apollo 11's historic Moon landing | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Today we mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which was the first time humans stepped out for a moon walk.

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The underused brain? It's all in the mind

The underused brain? It's all in the mind | Gavagai | Scoop.it

People like to believe the myth so they can blame their shortcomings on supposed useless parts of their own brain, claims academic.

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