Animals to be formally recognised as sentient beings in domestic law

Intr Government introduces Bill to formally recognise animals as sentient beings Animal Sentience Committee will put animal sentience at heart of government policy Bill introduced as part of government’s first of a kind Action Plan for Animal Welfare Vertebrate animals will … Continued

Investigating the Glue That Binds the Brain

The brain’s neurons tend to get most of the scientific attention, but a set of cells around them called astrocytes – literally, star-shaped cells – are increasingly being viewed as crucial players in guiding a brain to become properly organized. … Continued

Here’s what happened when AI and humans met in a strawberry growing contest

Do they really need a human touch? By Victoria Masterson In Pinduoduo’s Smart Agriculture Competition, four technology teams competed with traditional farmers over four months to grow strawberries. Data analysis, intelligent sensors and greenhouse automation helped the scientists win. Fourth Industrial … Continued

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

Quantum computers should soon be able to beat classical computers at certain basic tasks. But before they’re truly powerful, researchers have to overcome a number of fundamental roadblocks. After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing … Continued

The human brain builds structures in 11 dimensions, discover scientists

Groundbreaking research finds that the human brain creates multi-dimensional neural structures. The brain continues to surprise us with its magnificent complexity. Groundbreaking research that combines neuroscience with math tells us that our brain creates neural structures with up to 11 dimensions when … Continued

Scientists stored “The Wizard of Oz” on a strand of DNA

The intricate arrangement of base pairs in our DNA encodes just about everything about us. Now, DNA contains the entirety of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” as well. A team of University of Texas Austin scientists just vastly improved the … Continued

The Trouble With Climate Scenarios Is Everyone Has Their Own

Climate change scenarios are everywhere. These data-driven exercises in mapping out multiple visions of a warmer future appear in corporate sustainability reports, investment portfolio analyses, and consultancy offerings. Scenario analysis can be a great way of structuring one’s thinking about … Continued

Your money’s no good here

Maricá, near Rio de Janeiro, is using its own digital currency to fund one of the world’s largest basic income programs. Moacir Conceição Ramos used to work on private yachts off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Before the pandemic, … Continued

What is a futurist?

What is a futurist? What is this strange profession that dabbles in the future? It is 2am on a Wednesday morning. Rob, who is the CEO of a medium-sized tour operator based in California, is awake and incredibly worried. A … Continued

When Humans Are Sheltered in Place, Wild Animals Will Play

Goats in Wales; coyotes in San Francisco; rats, rats, everywhere: With much of the world staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, animals have ventured out where normally the presence of people would keep them away. Under the … Continued

Anti-solar panels can generate electricity at night

In order to develop solar panels that generate electricity at night, you just need them to operate in the exact opposite way solar panels work during the day. One of the problems with solar panels is that they don’t generate … Continued