Bookmarks (622)

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    Why AI Lags Behind the Human Brain in Computational Power - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

     pspn / ShutterstockRecent advances have made deep neural networks the leading paradigm of artificial intelligence. One...

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    Everyday Noises Are Making Our Brains Noisier - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    Take a walk on a busy avenue and you hear either traffic whizzing by or creeping...

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    Your Brain Is Like Beethoven - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    Prior to the rise of urban culture, the sounds of clucking hens must have been among...

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    Neuroscience’s Existential Crisis - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    On a chilly evening last fall, I stared into nothingness out of the floor-to-ceiling windows in...

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    The Accident That Led to Machines That Can See - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    For something so effortless and automatic, vision is a tough job for the brain. It’s remarkable...

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    How Tycoons Created the Dinosaur - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    The dinosaur is a chimera. Some parts of this complex assemblage are the result of biological...

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    One of the Most Egregious Ripoffs in the History of Science - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    James Watson once said his road to the 1962 Nobel Prize began in Naples, Italy. At...

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    Weird Dreams Train Our Brains to Be Better Learners - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Neural networks need to “dream” of weird, senseless examples to learn well. Maybe we do, too.Photo...

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    The Disneyfication of Atomic Power - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    John Jay Hopkins’s visit to Japan in 1955, as an informal emissary of “Atoms for Peace,”...

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    The Safety Belt of Our Solar System - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    David McComas has a favorite “astrosphere,” the environment created by a star’s stellar wind as it...

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    Order Flocking Out of Chaos - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    At first, they trickle in: one bird here, a few birds there. Then, at dusk’s cue,...

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    The Math of the Amazing Sandpile - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    Remember domino theory? One country going Communist was supposed to topple the next, and then the...

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    Nature’s Fear Factor - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    When Mozambique’s civil war ended in 1992, more than 1 million people had lost their lives....

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    How to Build a Society for All to Enjoy - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    Structuresstructure (noun): the arrangement of or relation between the parts of something complex; the organization of...

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    The Rise of RNA Therapeutics - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    Most American newborns will arrive home from the hospital and start hitting their developmental milestones, to...

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    The Witness Is a Whale - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    In their film, The Witness Is a Whale, filmmakers Nick and Cheryl Dean take us on...

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    David Attenborough’s Life in Color - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    The natural world is a feast of color and pattern, but what is it all for?...

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    Looking for Life on Mars - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    Terri Randall’s hope when she makes films about space exploration—like Chasing Pluto, for example, or Death...

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    The Hidden Link Between “Genetic Nurture” and Educational Achievement - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    The genes that shape how educated you eventually become don’t necessarily have to be passed on...

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    The Neurologist Who Diagnoses Psychosomatics - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    Our brains can play the worst tricks on us. They are always looking to explain and...

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    Ian and the Limits of Rationality - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    Setting: Chesterfield High, an unusual school in the suburbs of Ohio.The teacher writes on the board:2,...

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    Why These Children Fell into Endless Sleep - Issue 107: The Edge - Nautilus

    I had barely stepped foot over the threshold and I already felt claustrophobic. I wanted to...

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    Where Aliens Could Be Watching Us - Issue 106: Intelligent Life - Nautilus

    Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? They could be. And I’m not talking...

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    What Is Life? - Issue 106: Intelligent Life - Nautilus

    Let me tell you what it’s like to be an astrobiologist.I painted a white picket fence...

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    Existential Comfort Without God - Issue 106: Intelligent Life - Nautilus

    Last month, Harvard University named a new Chief Chaplain: Greg Epstein, an atheist. As reported in...

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    The Problem with Depression Doping - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    If we medically insulate, or precipitously shield, emerging adults from introspection and struggle, from the work...

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    The Man Who Seduced the World with Whale Songs - Issue 105: Whale Songs - Nautilus

    It’s been more than 50 years since biologist Roger Payne brought whale song into the lives...

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    No Species Is an Island - Issue 105: Whale Songs - Nautilus

    The following is adapted from a speech Roger Payne gave at this year’s Interspecies Internet conference....

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    The Whale Who Will Come Soon - Issue 105: Whale Songs - Nautilus

    The beachfront narrows to an ocherous ribbon, belted by blue, above and below. After a while,...

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    The Hard Problem of Consciousness Has an Easy Part We Can Solve - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Our General Resonance Theory of consciousness, a framework with a panpsychist foundation, may, at least in...

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    We Have to Talk About Doubt - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    What is the role of reasonable doubt in advancing science? And how should we contrast scientific...

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    My Personal Quest to Study Supernovae on Mars - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    I walked out of the airlock onto the blood-red Martian surface. My mind was crystal clear...

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    The Universe Has Already Made Almost All the Stars It Will Ever Make - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    Our human world is soaked in light. For starters there are the 100,000 trillion photons arriving...

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    Here’s Where Our Minds Sharpen in Old Age - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    There are ways we get smarter with age, even in the domain of fluid intelligence.Photo Illustration...

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    The Electromagnetic Force of Fridge Magnets - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    Science is not just something we do at school or professionals undertake in labs. It is...

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    How I Escaped My Troubles Through Science - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    “Occasionally, when Ammu listened to songs that she loved on the radio, something stirred inside her....

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    The Ecology of Good Weed - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    In high school, Daniel Stein built a solar-powered car and drove it across the country. “I...

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    Why You May Have More Friends Than Your Friends Do - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    What should you do if you are worried about your popularity? Relax. Despite what Facebook tells...

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    The Economic Case for Vaccine Passports - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Requiring vaccine passports would not violate any individual rights that a well-ordered society would choose to...

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    The Math That Says Egalitarianism Is Possible - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    Last month, having returned to Earth aboard his Blue Origin spacecraft, Jeffrey Bezos, the chairman of...

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    Nature’s Antifreeze - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    The idea of cryogenically freezing a person to preserve their body until many years into the...

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    Twilight of the Nautilus - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    We were all very tired. My crew and I had been tracking nautiluses off tiny Ndrova...

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    Why Your Sleeping Brain Replays New Rewarding Experiences - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    It turned out that, yes, the participants’ brains revealed they were doing a kind of “neural...

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    What’s Fueling Today’s Extreme Fires - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    As I write this at the end of July, 79 wildfires are burning across 12 states...

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    Why Do We Have to Die? - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    Epidemics have a way of making one wonder about death. To put it plainly, in the...

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    The Natural Harmony of Faces - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    Researching my upcoming book on film, Suddenly Something Clicked, I was struck by something that had not...

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    Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Panpsychists look at the many rungs on the complexity ladder of nature and see no obvious...

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    What Misspellings Reveal About Cultural Evolution - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Stable cultural forms do not have to result from close replication; they can emerge continuously out...

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    The Fine Line Between Reality and Imaginary - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    We all live in two worlds: a world outside of ourselves containing things that others can...

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    Life Always Wins. Follow Me - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    Japanese cuisine is so varied and refined that it’s hard to happen upon something unpleasant to...