2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e first drive review: Efficient stability

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e first drive review: Efficient stability

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2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e first drive review: Efficient stability People are quick to make fun of the Toyota Prius, and I understand why: It looks kind of weird, and its earliest adopters were maybe a bit too smug. But people capable of…

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Scientists brew lava and blow it up to better understand volcanoes

Scientists brew lava and blow it up to better understand volcanoes

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Scientists brew lava and blow it up to better understand volcanoes What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with humanmade lava are helping to answer this important question. By cooking up 10-gallon batches of molten rock and injecting them with…

One’s Smart Piano helped me play, but not understand

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One’s Smart Piano helped me play, but not understand As a kid, I was given a book about a famous doctor who may or may not have been Albert Schweitzer. The first chapter is how he, as a young boy, learned the…

Ohio Becomes The First State To Allow Taxpayers To Pay Tax Bills Using Cryptocurrency

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Ohio Becomes The First State To Allow Taxpayers To Pay Tax Bills Using Cryptocurrency Getty By now, most taxpayers understand that there are tax consequences associated with cryptocurrency, but ironically, until recently you couldn’t pay those taxes using cryptocurrency. That’s about to…

Strange interstellar object ‘Oumuamua is tiny and very reflective

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Strange interstellar object ‘Oumuamua is tiny and very reflective European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser After no small amount of mystery, we’re starting to understand more about ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to visit the Solar System. A newly published study…

Trying to understand cells’ interior design: Scientists suggest DNA flexibility plays a role in forming membrane-less organelles

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Trying to understand cells’ interior design: Scientists suggest DNA flexibility plays a role in forming membrane-less organelles How do you imagine the interior of our cells? Often compared to tiny factories, cells found smart and sophisticated ways to organize their ‘interior’. Most…

New technique to understand biology at the nanoscale: Applications include detecting infectiousness of HIV virus

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New technique to understand biology at the nanoscale: Applications include detecting infectiousness of HIV virus Washington State University researchers for the first time have shown that they can use electrical fields to gain valuable information about the tiny, floating vesicles that move…

Earth’s inner core is solid, ‘J waves’ suggest

Earth’s inner core is solid, ‘J waves’ suggest

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Earth’s inner core is solid, ‘J waves’ suggest A new study by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) could help us understand how our planet was formed. Associate Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić and PhD Scholar Than-Son Phạm are confident they now have…

Artificial intelligence aids automatic monitoring of single molecules in cells

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Artificial intelligence aids automatic monitoring of single molecules in cells To understand the mechanisms by which molecules act in cells, or the effects of drugs on them, it would be ideal to be able to track individual molecules, including where in the…

Males have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of kids: New study seeks to understand why male mountain gorillas do something unusual for a mammal

Males have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of kids: New study seeks to understand why male mountain gorillas do something unusual for a mammal

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Males have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of kids: New study seeks to understand why male mountain gorillas do something unusual for a mammal Males have greater reproductive success if they spend more time taking care of…

Lab-grown eyes explain how a baby’s vision develops in the womb

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Lab-grown eyes explain how a baby’s vision develops in the womb Researchers at John Hopkins have grown artificial eye parts to better understand how we develop color vision. Though they don’t look like eyeballs, the “organoid” retinas built from stem cells grow…

Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy?

Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy?

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Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy? It’s possible they could be vastly more efficient, but for that to happen, we need a better understand of the thermodynamics of computing — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Continue reading . . . {authorlink} http://rss.sciam.com/sciam/technology

If Amazon wants Alexa everywhere, it needs better language support

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If Amazon wants Alexa everywhere, it needs better language support I can’t profess to fully understand all of the complexities of localizing services for various languages, nuances, accents and dialects — let alone where voice recognition is concerned. However, with Amazon’s Alexa…

Physicists train robotic gliders to soar like birds

Physicists train robotic gliders to soar like birds

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Physicists train robotic gliders to soar like birds Scientists know that upward currents of warm air assist birds in flight. To understand how birds find and navigate these thermal plumes, researchers used reinforcement learning to train gliders to autonomously navigate atmospheric thermals….

AI can identify objects based on verbal descriptions

AI can identify objects based on verbal descriptions

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AI can identify objects based on verbal descriptions Modern speech recognition is clunky and often requires massive amounts of annotations and transcriptions to help understand what you’re referencing. There might, however, be a more natural way: teaching the algorithms to recognize things…