Stefan Stauffer

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Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

Philosophy

Tesla's new rooftop solar panels don’t look like solar panels

Part of a grand vision for a solar-filled future<p>Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is giving solar-powered homes a serious uplift. Last Friday night in Los Angeles, the ever-radical tech bigwig revealed the company’s latest project: its own line of sleek “rooftop solar tiles,” along with complementary …

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8 Simple Tips For Travelling With Your Partner

It’s been said that you don’t truly know someone until you travel together. A two-month backpacking trip with your girlfriend may sound like a good …

Eco-Friendly Botanical Wall Art Brings the Self-Sustaining Beauty of Nature Indoors

Designer Erin Kinsey is something of a moss boss. Her handcrafted botanical artwork transforms one's living space by bringing the beauty of the outdoors, inside. Combining a dual passion for design and nature, she has established a company named Artisan Moss which offers one-of-a-kind plant wall …

Wall Art

Meet 8 of America's most underrated national parks that you just have to visit

Congaree National Park is actually a floodplain, which means it floods about 10 times a year. The waters that sweep in from the Congaree and Wateree …

National Parks

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

A Major Mystery About Earth's Magnetic Field Has Just Been Solved

For the first time, physicists have observed a mysterious process called magnetic reconnection—wherein opposing magnetic field lines join up, …

Functional human hearts regenerated from skin cells

The day that heart transplant patients no longer need to wait for a donor match just got a little closer. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully grown functional heart tissue from stem cells created from skin cells. Their paper has been published in the journal …

Alzheimer's could be treated with lab grown neural networks

Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS could be treated with the help of a new, lab-grown, neural network.<p>A team from …

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells

It’s the closest we've come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab<p>Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and …

General Hospital

This teenage photographer shoots the natural beauty of one of the world’s densest cities

Kelvin Yuen, a 19-year-old university student from Hong Kong, first picked up a camera seriously in 2014, and has been taking photos of the city in his free time ever since. But unlike many photographers who shoot Hong Kong’s manmade attributes like skyscrapers and trams, or the city’s seven …

Hong Kong

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

Should we solar panel the Sahara desert?

<b>Could one solution to climate change be to harvest the power of sunlight where it shines brightest on the planet? Should we solar panel the Sahara desert?</b><p>Four experts discuss the radical proposal with the BBC World Service Inquiry programme.<p>Gerhard Knies: Scientifically sound and economically viable<p>…

Renewable Energy

7 Fitness Trends to Try in 2016

With 2016 on the horizon, that means another 365 days to get your sweat on (minus a few rest and recovery days, of course). Curious what trends are …

4 strategies for remembering everything you learn

1/<p>Force yourself to recall.<p>benjamingolub/flickr<p>The least-fun part of effective learning is that it's hard. In fact, the " Make It Stick " authors …

US keeps wraps on new commando force for Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commando force that President Barack Obama is dispatching to Iraq to conduct clandestine raids against the Islamic State group …

National Security

San Francisco police chief urges stun gun use after shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is one of only two of the nation's largest cities in the country that do not equip officers with stun guns, a …

7 half-pound mutts become first test-tube puppies in world

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A team of veterinarians, scientists and lab workers gathered around a surrogate hound and watched her give birth to seven half-pound puppies, the first dogs ever conceived in a test tube.<p>"We each took a puppy and rubbed it with a little towel and when it started to squiggle and …

Drinking Milk Is Linked to Parkinson’s Disease: Study

Studies have found a connection between the consumption of dairy products and a higher risk of developing Parkinson disease, the neurodegenerative …

California nuclear reactors face uncertain future

Six years ago, the company that owns California's last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state's green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity …

First Direct Evidence That ADHD is a Genetic Disorder Found

Neuroscience researchers from Cardiff University have found the first direct evidence that ADHD is a genetic disorder. The research found that of the …

These 15 sci-fi books actually predicted the future

That's the question these 15 books force readers to ask themselves as they read about computer hackers, bionic limbs, and iPads, all thought up by authors decades and sometimes centuries before the inventions were created.<p>Inspired by this infographic of seemingly precognitive sci-fi books, we've …

Science Fiction

The one thing that could make or break solar energy

I'm not talking about subsidies, like the US' Business Energy Investment Tax Credit, but rather ways the solar industry gets access to the grid, particularly for very small projects.<p>But as the solar industry grows to become a larger piece of the electric industry, it puts a strain on utilities that …

Solar Power

You can now purchase Fossil’s Q Founder smartwatch for $295

First announced back in October, Fossil’s very first Android Wear-powered smartwatch, the Q Founder, was set to make its way to store shelves sometime “this holiday season.” Details regarding the watch’s availability have been pretty scarce since its launch, but thankfully that’s changing today. …

How to make sure your green home upgrades pay off

Investing in making your home more energy efficient can help the environment, lower your utility bills and possibly help you fetch a higher sale price.<p>But homeowners considering a green remodel should also weigh how long it will take for the improvements to reap savings. Some pricey features, like …

How Shooting Street Improves Your Wedding Photos

As a wedding photographer it’s imperative that you provide images that your couples will love, but it’s equally necessary to stay inspired and shoot …

Ultra-light and portable Flite tent lets you camp in the trees

Why camp on the cold, hard ground when you could sleep in the air among the trees? Tentsile, famous for their “portable treehouses” that offer …

Backpacking

On eve of Paris climate summit, Britain pulls the plug on renewables

By Griff Witte<p>, Bureau chief<p><b>POWER PLAY | Cheap electricity, a changing climate</b> <i>This is part of a series exploring how the world’s hunger for cheap electricity is complicating efforts to combat climate change.</i><p>LONDON — After standing dormant for 34 years, the Bankside Power Station was reborn last …