Nanotechnology (in this case shaping nickel into tiny hollow spheres) enables a new, cheaper, and more scalable way to split water into hydrogen and oxygen - one of the keys to unlocking new energy systems. Something to pay attention to if you’re interested in not burning stuff for fuel.
It seems like the title of an onion article, but it’s actually very serious. A study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that hurricanes with feminine names killed significantly more people than hurricanes with masculine names. The authors looked at several decades of hurricane deaths (excluding extreme outliers like Katrina and Audrey) and posed a question:
Do people judge hurricane risks in the context of gender-based expectations?
According to their study, the answer is a big yes.
Laboratory experiments indicate that this is because hurricane names lead to gender-based expectations about severity and this, in turn, guides respondents’ preparedness to take protective action.
In other words, because of some deep-seated perceptions of gender, people are less afraid of hurricanes with feminine names. And that means they are less likely to evacuate.
I thought it was just a statistical fact, but apparently the naming affects the damage because it influences the preparedness. Humans can be really dumb sometimes.
Intelligence should be viewed as a physical process that tries to maximize future freedom of action and avoid constraints in its own future.
Nanotechnology lets us innovate on mechanical tactics against cancer, instead of more horrible chemical solutions. This is encouraging.
Every cubic foot of Martian soil contains 2 pints of water! Amazing! The rovers continue to impress.
Molecules of light. It sounds like this could be very useful / entertaining someday.
They’re using algorithms to predict which criminals will commit crimes again when they are paroled. The number of variables doesn’t look that complicated - it’s the data analysis that identified the indicators in the first place that is impressive.
Now this seems like an extreme way for a computer to determine priorities - deciding if your brain is thinking too much to receive calls, notifications, etc. Someday though, this will probably seem normal, although maybe our computers will learn better ways to gauge our stress level.
It’s a small study, but it’s a good read for parents. The interesting thing is how parents talk about different scientific topics differently to children of different ages and genders. Double standards start early. Most importantly, instilling a scientific thought process needs to start early too.
Gorgeous and informative data visualizations!