Complexity Science

By Jacob F Davis | Observing Complex and emergent phenomena in science, society, and art. A companion to "Complexity Economics" on Flipboard. A project of Economplex.org.

Google's new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

Just how does machine learning work? You’ve probably read a primer or two on the subject, but often the best way to understand a thing is to try it out for yourself. With that in mind, check out this little in-browser experiment from Google named Teachable Machine. It’s a perfect two-minute summary …

Machine Learning

Researchers find "executioner protein" that causes cancer cells to self-destruct without hurting healthy cells

Killing Cancer with Apoptosis<p>Albert Einstein College of Medicine scientists have induced cancer cells to commit suicide with a new compound that …

Chemical Compound That Gives Poop Its Stink Extends Healthy Lifespan in Animals

Indole, an organic chemical compound that’s found in our gut and contributes to the smell of poop, increases the healthy lifespan of worms, flies, …

Longevity

Scientists create telepathic AI that can decode brain waves, read and predict your movements

The AI could reportedly be used to improve communication possibilities in severely paralysed people.<p>A team from the University of Freiburg in Germany …

Virus reprograms ocean plankton

A virus which infects ocean plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients - potentially changing how carbon is stored in …

Biology

New superbug-fighting antibiotics found in human breast milk

With the rise of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," the pressure is on for scientists to develop new molecules, materials and methods to keep us from …

Microbiology

A Brief Explanation of Evolution

The Theory of Evolution is a scientific theory that essentially states species change over time. There are many different ways species change, but …

Evolution

How Bugs and Other Critters are Saving Vineyards

Sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices are using insects and animals in innovative ways to shape their vineyards and care for the …

Scientists develop a novel algorithm inspired by bee colonies to help dismantling criminal social networks

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) have designed an algorithm, inspired by the intelligent and social behavior of bee colonies, which …

Bees

Scientists Have Found a New Way to Get Cancer Cells to Self-Destruct

Set proteins to "kill".<p>A newly discovered mechanism causes cancerous cells to kill themselves off, and researchers say it could be particularly …

Scientists Find That Mosquito Flight Is Unlike Anything Else

We all know the bloodcurdling sound of a bloodsucking mosquito that has made its way into our general vicinity. It’s a distinct buzz that immediately …

An Exploration of the Human Brain: Charlie Rose

February 13th, 2017, 9:29 AM UTC<p>Tonight, we continue on our exploration of the human brain with the look at the relationship between childhood …

The Brain

Harnessing electricity-generating bacteria to clean up drinking water

The bacteria <i>Shewanella oneidensis</i> is a heavy metal fan. Its taste for iron, lead and mercury make it useful for cleaning water of these contaminants, …

Biology

NASA releases first results from 'Year In Space' twin study

The first results from NASA’s Year in Space brothers are in, and show glimpses of how stressful a trip to Mars could be for the human body.<p>Astronaut …

NASA

Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

The crystals' patterns repeat not in space, but in time.<p>Crystals are structures in which a pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. Now, two teams of researchers have figured out that crystals' repeating patterns can also exist through time. These "time crystals," detailed in a new paper in …

Physics

The Strange Beauty Of Bioluminescent Fish

The new book Fire in the Sea brings one eccentric marine biologist's paintings out of obscurity.<p>David McKee, a retired biology professor from Texas A&M University, never got the chance to talk to Henry Compton about his art. Compton, an eccentric marine biologist and local fishing pier manager, …

The large-bodied earthworm. (Photo: hoppy4840) https://t.co/ECryaVba5X

The weird mating habits of daddy longlegs

COLUMBIA, Mo. — If you find a daddy longlegs in your house, don’t be scared. “Daddy longlegs are actually pretty docile animals when it comes to …

Insects

How a robot wrote for Engadget

John McCarthy, the late computer scientist who first coined the term "artificial intelligence," famously said: "As soon as it works, no one calls it AI any more." What was once cutting-edge AI is now considered standard behavior for computers. As I write this, my computer is continuously performing …

Machine Learning

The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head

What would happen if it actually works?<p>Like a little white Lazarus with red eyes, the paralyzed mouse was walking again.<p>A few days earlier, the mouse had been sprawled on an operating table while two Chinese graduate students peered through a microscope and operated on its spine. With a tiny pair …

IBM's Watson AI saved a woman from leukemia

IBM's Watson has done everything from winning at <i>Jeopardy</i> to cooking exotic meals, but it appears to have accomplished its greatest feat yet: saving a life. University of Tokyo doctors report that the artificial intelligence diagnosed a 60-year-old woman's rare form of leukemia that had been …

Artificial Intelligence

Why do we wake up stiff in the mornings? Scientists discover the answer

Scientists have discovered why we wake up stiff in the morning - because our body's natural ibuprofen has not kicked in yet.<p>Researchers revealed the reason our limbs can feel rigid and achy when we rise is because the body's biological clock suppresses anti-inflammatory proteins during sleep.<p>When …

Biology

Eight-spotted crab spiders hide in flowers, killing & eating bees when they come to get pollen. (Photo: Nicky Bay) https://t.co/QPfQVq8nLb

Queen J.K. Rowling had the best response to scientists questioning female orgasm

We all know that J.K. Rowling is an actual queen. The <i></i>51-year-old is not only responsible for one of the biggest book series and movie franchises of …

J. K. Rowling

Scientists shed light on an evolutionary mystery: The origins of the female orgasm

Female orgasm seems to be a happy afterthought of our evolutionary past when it helped stimulate ovulation, a new study of mammals shows.<p>The role of …

Biology

DNA Double Helix Ladies' Fit and Flare Dress

How You Like 'Dem Base Pairs?<p>Flattering v-neck dress must be pulled over head<br>• Dress has pockets!<br>• Preshrunk and machine washable<p>A person's good looks …

DNA

Io's Entire Atmosphere Freezes And Collapses

On a semi-regular basis<p>Imagine what would happen if our atmosphere froze solid, contracting and collapsing on the ground. It would likely be enough of a catastrophe to end life on this planet. On Jupiter's moon Io, it's just your average Tuesday night.<p>In a paper published today in the <i>Journal of</i> …