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Scientific genius of Leonardo da Vinci celebrated in new exhibition

Artist’s fascination with engineering and the natural world explored through mechanical drawings and models of inventions from flying machines to looms<p>Sketched across the pages of his notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci drew the machines of the future. He pencilled flying airships and helicopters hundreds …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Scientists predict human thought in real time, nearly every time

Neuroscientists from the University of Washington have decoded brain signals in real-time and with astounding accuracy, as revealed in a recent study published in <i>PLOS Computational Biology</i>. Researchers attached electrodes to the temporal lobes of seven epilepsy patients for roughly one week -- the …

IBM Watson Head Mike Rhodin On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Perhaps nothing signaled the arrival of artificial intelligence quite like January 14, 2011, when IBM Watson defeated two legendary Jeopardy! champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. At last, the computers were smarter than us. Since then, Watson has developed into a growth engine for IBM.<p>For just …

Cognitive Computing

Quantum knots are real

The very first experimental observations of knots in quantum matter have just been reported. The scientists created knotted solitary waves, or knot …

MIT Drones Dance Their Way Around Obstacles

Looking at the open spaces<p>Drones are stupid. This isn’t a subjective judgement; without the hands of a canny pilot, most flying quadcopters or remotely controlled planes will crash into obstacles in their path, like the world’s largest, clumsiest insects. That’s fine for casual flight in open …

A Surprising Tool for Saving the Whales: Facial Recognition Software

Christin Khan spends a lot of her time in the air photographing whales from above. But it can be hard to tell who’s who in those candid ocean …

Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

Weird

Researchers Are Figuring Out How Our Brains Cope With So Much Data

Humans are the best machines.<p>The human brain is a wonderful thing. Consider the way it can recognise faces and objects despite a multitude of …

The Brain

11 Strange Habits of Geniuses

Genius and eccentricity often go hand-in-hand. Here’s a sampling of strange habits practiced by some of history’s most respected artists, writers, …

Literature

How to charge your cell phone battery in less than a minute

Is it possible to charge your phone from 0% to 100% in less than a minute? Yes. I just saw it happen.<p>But you'll need to put a special battery in your phone, drill holes through the case directly into the battery, put copper connectors in the holes and get a specialized 200 Watt charger.<p>Or you could …

Gear & Gadgets

How brain research is helping machines learn like humans

<i>This article is published in collaboration with MIT News.</i><p>Object-recognition systems are beginning to get pretty good — and in the case of Facebook’s …

Hands-on with the crazy projects from Samsung's secret lab

Just like most major companies, Samsung now has a secret incubation lab of its very own, dubbed Creative Lab. Last week the company revealed it'd be showing off its first batch of projects here at CES, so we hustled over to check them out as soon as we could. Samsung had three concepts on the …

Physicists Are Closing In On an Elusive State of Metallic Hydrogen

Hydrogen, that most simple of elements, is a gas—at least at the typical temperatures and pressures found here on Earth. But many scientists believe …

Building an Emotional Artificial Brain — The Beginning.

In October last year I finally got my long awaited PhD degree. My research topic was Sentiment Analysis (SA), a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence …

5 Predictions for Trends in Data, Analytics and Machine Learning in 2016

<b>The first prediction is that data and analytics will continue to grow at an astounding pace and with increased velocity</b><p>This is no big surprise as all …

Edge.org

Over the past few years, a raft of classic challenges in artificial intelligence which had stood unsolved for decades were conquered, almost without …

Why Does Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold Water?

Yep, it's true - and the chemistry is fascinating.<p>Lots of you in the Northern Hemisphere will be in the middle of yet another winter, and some might …

Scientists Have Figured Out The Crazy Physics Behind a Bursting Balloon

So cool.<p>If you look hard enough, you can find some amazing science behind almost everything in our world - and a bursting balloon is certainly on …

The Beauty of Mathematics

In this short film, we see three panels. At left, an equation or set of data. In the center, a diagram visualizing the left panel. At right, video …

The Beauty of Eintein's General Theory of Relativity

Physics is so beautiful.<p><i>This article was written by Margaret</i> <i>Wertheim from the University of Melbourne. It was originally published by The</i> …

Scientists are on the cusp of these 15 discoveries that will transform the world

Technological innovation happens at an exponential rate.<p>Our smartphones are more powerful computers than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon used. Many …

Why Not: A Sorting Algorithm Based on the Fake-Theory of Intelligent Design

What computer science textbooks don't want you to know.<p>Sorting algorithms are among the most fundamental algorithms in computer science. Sorting is at the very heart of data or even just information in general. Search algorithms usually grow from sorting algorithms, for one thing, and that's about …

How Microsoft beat Google at understanding images with machine learning

Elon Musk is only the latest investor in artificial intelligence, helping to fund a big-name roster of researchers who promise to change the field. …

Fuzzy Speciation in Genetic Algorithms using k-d Trees

<i>You would need to know the basics of Genetic Algorithms to understand this post. AI Junkie’s tutorial is a good place to get to upto speed. You would</i> …

Algorithms

Holograms, wormholes & parallel worlds: Best theories about the universe in 2015

What is the universe? Is it a massive wormhole? Are we living in just one of many universes? Is everything actually just a 2D hologram? No one really …

You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life

Table of Contents<p>Introduction xi<p>Part 1 A Sense of Self<p>Chapter 1 You Are Not Your Brain 3<p>Chapter 2 Using Your Mind to Change Your Brain: The Power of …

What Are Quantum Gravity’s Alternatives To String Theory?

If there is a quantum theory of gravity, is String Theory the only game in town?<p><i>“I just think too many nice things have happened in string theory for</i> …

5 things you should know about the plan to open source artificial intelligence

Arguably, the open source movement — the idea that a group of technologists freely contributing their own work and commenting on the work of others, can create a final product that is comparable with anything that a commercial enterprise might create — has been one of the great innovation catalysts …

Artificial Intelligence

How to get rich in tech, guaranteed

<i>Startup L. Jackson is an anonymous blogger who writes about startups and Silicon Valley. This post originally appeared on his blog and is republished here with permission.</i><p>This week's NYT article on how employees sometimes lose out is a great read. Employees who like that might also like [Homebrew …