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Drones

Singularity Watch: Two Chatty AI In Love

Hilarious, creepy, still better than Twilight<p>Thanks to a savvy tech user, two modified Google Homes have been chatting intensely for several days, …

Singularity

New Research on Plant Intelligence May Forever Change How You Think about Plants

The Intelligent Plant. That is the title of a recent article in The New Yorker — and new research is showing that plants have astounding abilities to …

“An insult to life itself”: Hayao Miyazaki critiques an animation made by artificial intelligence

When shown an animation generated by artificial intelligence, famed animator Hayao Miyazaki was not impressed.<p>“I strongly feel that this is an insult to life itself,” said the man behind movies like <i>Spirited Away</i> and <i>My Neighbor Totoro</i>, who was shown an AI-generated animation of a human-like being …

Artificial Intelligence

MIT's AI figured out how humans recognize faces

It appears machines may already be catching up to humans, at least in the world of computational biology. A team of researchers at the MIT-based Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) found that the system they designed to recognize faces had spontaneously come up with a step that can …

Roomba inventor unveils a robot for weeding

The adorable gardening robot will hit yards this summer<p>When robots take over the world, at least they’ll keep our yards tidy. Inventor Joe Jones—creator of the Roomba—is poised to launch a waterproof, solar-powered gardening robot in the summer of 2017 through his new startup, Franklin …

Finish him! AI can now play Mortal Kombat better than you

Games provide an ideal training platform for artificial intelligence. Systems developed by Google have been able to master 49 Atari games, solved</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists reconstruct largest ever family tree of major flowering plant group

Scientists have developed the largest ever family tree of a major group of flowering plants called monocots, which could help protect their diversity.<p>…

Ecology

Oh Good, MIT Made an AI Nightmare Machine

If Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking’s foreboding pronouncements about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence don’t have you spooked enough, MIT has …

Google's 'DeepMind' AI platform can now learn without human input

DeepMind is now capable of teaching itself based on information it already possesses.<p>In a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — uses the existing data storage capacity of conventional computers while pairing it …

Give a 3D printer artificial intelligence, and this is what you’ll get

A London-based startup has combined some of today’s most disruptive technologies in a bid to change the way we’ll build the future. By retrofitting …

3D Printing

What Synthetic Biology Is Doing to Our Houseplants

A genetically modified moss that pumps out patchouli fragrance is in the works.<p>The houseplants of tomorrow could glow fluorescent green, scent our homes with a patchouli fragrance, and mop hazardous gases from the air—all part of a future in which synthetic biology makes our everyday lives easier …

Plants

Which Houseplants Should You Pick To Clean Indoor Air? It Depends On Chemistry

Sorry IKEA. The humble houseplant gets my nod for the ultimate in multitasking decor. Houseplants not only provide a pop of color and add to a room’s ambiance, they also remove traces of harmful pollutants, such as formaldehyde, from indoor air. NASA demonstrated some plants’ air purifying …

Plants

SO? architecture suspends interactive sky garden in istanbul

<b>SO? architecture suspends interactive sky garden in istanbul’s ortaköy square</b><br>all images by yerçekim<p><b>in the center of istanbul’s bustling ortaköy</b> …

These Root Bridges In Northern India Aren’t Built – They’re Grown

In the dense tropical forest of the Northeast Indian state, Meghalaya, you can find some amazing man-made natural wonders known as living root …

Harvard scientists created a 'bionic leaf' that's better at converting the sun's energy than real plants

Researchers at Harvard University have created a system that allows them to store the energy of the sun, converting solar energy into chemical energy using a hybrid mechanism of inorganic chemistry and living organisms.<p>Comparing their invention with the natural process of photosynthesis, they refer …

Clean Energy

Scientists have isolated a plant enzyme that could be the key to mass-produced biofuels

Researchers are looking for a way to manufacture an environmentally friendly fuel, and they have turned to an unusual source: Botryococcus braunii, a …

Nature Communications

All-weather solar cell design generates electricity come rain or shine

Numerous research efforts have already demonstrated the potential for graphene to improve the efficiency of solar cells. Now a team of researchers in …

The First Space Flower Bloomed Decades Ago, Not This Week

This week was full of lessons. Lesson One: Never trust an astronaut. Lesson Two: Everyone loves flowers. Lesson Three: We’ve grown a <i>lot</i> of plants in …

5 Super-Fast Indoor Vegetables You Can Grow In About A Month

Image source: Wikimedia<p>Winter gardening is good for the mind. It keeps us thinking and learning new things, which helps our brains stay alert, …

Micro-gravity gardening: first flower blooms in space

Major Tim Peake has demonstrated his green fingers, coaxing a wilting zinnia flower into bloom on board the International Space Station<p>Britain is known as a nation of gardeners, so it seems appropriate that the first flower in space was coaxed into bloom by Major Tim Peake.<p>The UK’s first official …

Researchers accidently find industrial waste, orange peel material sucks mercury out of water

Researchers at Flinders University have accidentally discovered a way to remove mercury from water using a material made from industrial waste and …

Pollution

Pomegranate Houseplants – How To Grow Pomegranates Inside

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener<p>If you think that pomegranate trees are exotic specimens that require a specialized environment …

7 Homes That Are All About the Roof

Sometimes the best part of a house is hidden at the tippy top.<p>Sometimes the best part of a house is hidden at the tippy top.

Edyn Garden Sensor

Have you heard the hype around the Edyn Garden Sensor? It’s now available to purchase, and those of us with gardens are pretty damn excited. The Edyn …

Home Depot

Herd of Fluorescent Green Bunnies Born

Garden Tech: Botany and Plant ID Apps for Citizen Scientists

Ever since I wrote about the impact that Thoreau’s carefully curated notebooks have made on modern phenology research, I’ve been preoccupied with the …

15 Tiny Outdoor Garden Ideas for the Urban Dweller

Whether you’re desperately trying to keep a basil plant alive or you want to try your hand at creating a salad garden, living small can cramp your green dreams. Few things are more satisfying than growing your own food, but that can be hard to accomplish with a teeny yard or patio. What to do? Here …

Landscaping

Surrealist Sculptures by Ellen Jewett Merge Plant and Animal Life | Colossal

<p>Artist Ellen Jewett refers to her sculptural work as “natural history surrealist sculpture,” a blend of plants, animals, and occasionally human-made …

A Compound From Plants Could Replace Bitumen to Make Roads Greener

Construction teams around the world rely on bitumen—an incredibly sticky by-product of crude oil production—as the main binding agent for asphalt. …