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100 Years After Debussy’s Death, He Remains the First ‘Modern’ Composer

When I strike a chord on the piano, more is heard than those notes alone. The other strings vibrate with sympathetic overtones, forming a halo over every note. Claude Debussy, who died a hundred years ago, was perhaps the first composer to write with this quality specifically in mind, to …

Piano

datas-frame – Scalable Machine Learning (Part 2): Partial Fit

<i>This work is supported by Anaconda, Inc. and the Data Driven Discovery Initiative from the Moore Foundation.</i><p>This is part two of my series on scalable …

'Self learning' Intel chips glimpsed, Nvidia emits blueprints, AMD and Tesla rumors, and more

<b>Roundup</b> A quick guide to this week's revealsHere's your weekly dose of key announcements in the world of artificial intelligence. The flurry of …

Machine Learning

BBC - Culture - Why Middlemarch is the greatest British novel

George Eliot’s sprawling tale of provincial life has triumphed in BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest British novels as voted by the rest of the world. Michael Gorra explains why.<p>O, let me count the reasons! And I’ll begin with a character who makes me think this long book isn’t nearly long enough: …

Google built an AI that will play piano duets with you

A new experiment from the Californian technology giant lets you play musical duets with a piano-playing AI.<p>The project, called "A.I. DUET," uses neural network technology to learn how to play the instrument in response to the user's input.<p>You just play a tune — as simple or complex as you want — …

Why palaeontologists are aflutter over new fossil feather finds

Hello everyone, and welcome to a new episode of News from the World of Old Feathers. Sit back and relax, because my, my, we have some new ground to cover.<p>Colourful feathers are relevant to numerous aspects of avian biology, including sexual selection, camouflage and communication. For a long time, …

Paleontology

5 tricks to free up space on your Android phone

Is your microSD card not enough? Here are some quick ways to reclaim storage space.<p>It doesn't matter if your Android phone has expandable storage via a microSD card -- you fill up whatever space you're given, whether it's 32GB or 200GB. Here are some easy ways to free up storage on your Android …

Apps

Organisms Might Be Quantum Machines

Few of us really understand the weird world of quantum physics – but our bodies might take advantage of quantum properties. If there’s any subject …

The R.Pi IoT Shield adds IoT connectivity to your DIY project

Of all the things in this great green world which we desire, the most important is connection. That’s why the R.Pi IoT family is pretty cool. Built by the team that brought us TinyLab, these clever GPRS, GPS, XBee and LTE shields allow tinkerers to add wireless connectivity to their projects.<p>The …

A Google Maps for the Human Body

A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas—a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.<p>Earlier this year, Steve McCarroll announced that his team had discovered the gene that most powerfully drives our risk of schizophrenia. Known as …

The Week Science Got Hacked

One of the key means for getting the word out about the latest scientific research (along with archives going back two decades) across a wide array of disciplines has been offline much of this week after being attacked by hackers on September 9.<p>Odds are you’ve never heard of a little website called …

Science

What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?

Claims that the “the science isn’t settled” with regard to climate change are symptomatic of a large body of ignorance about how science works.<p>So …

Visualizing the Warmest August in 136 Years : Earth Matters : Blogs

August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its ability to fill in some of the gaps in our scientific knowledge is mentioned everywhere from …

Most Scientific Findings Are Wrong or Useless

"Science, the pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble." So begins "Saving Science," an incisive and deeply …

Clinical Trials

Light at the end of the tunnel for chronic pain

A German professor is developing light therapy to regulate sleep and treat chronic pain<p>Doctors in Germany may be about to shed a little light on treating chronic pain. Prof Thomas Tolle, a pain specialist in Munich, is beginning a trial using specially designed overhead lighting that imitates a …

FDA approves swallowable 'PillCam' after almost a decade (video)

It's been about <i>nine years</i> since we last heard from from Given Imaging, but the FDA has finally granted a version of the firm's minuscule snapshooter its blessing. Not everyone has an easy time undergoing traditional colonoscopy procedures (due to drug allergies, for example), which is where the …

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is epigenetics, and why is it so important?<p>Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects …

Light Table wants to give you coding superpowers

Chris Granger is a computer programmer who thinks programming kinda sucks. It's too complicated and too esoteric and too sprawling. But he hopes that …

Acer’s new tablet is a low-cost Android alternative to the iPad mini

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Acer<p>If you like the iPad mini(s appl), but wish it only cost half the price and ran Android(s goog), Acer has just the …

Urgent steps needed to save critically endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart

A wildlife specialist says a critically endangered tiny marsupial only found on South Australia's Kangaroo Island could soon become extinct if urgent …