Humans 'sole culprits' in US parrot extinction

A study of North America's only native parrot confirms its disappearance was down to humans alone.

By Paul Rincon | Dec. 13, 2019 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: evolution wildlife animals genetics dna united-states hunting genome catalonia spain extinction birds

Climate change: Stalemate at UN talks as splits re-appear

Talks in Madrid enter their final day with serious divisions between large emitting countries and small island states

By Matt McGrath | Dec. 12, 2019 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: uk-climate-change-protests

The place where dead eagles are given a new life

Colorado's National Eagle Repository is the only one of its kind in the world.

By Dhruti Shah | Dec. 12, 2019 | bbcnews
~9 mins   

Tags: wildlife nature eagles birds-of-prey wildlife-conservation birds colorado native-americans

Aerial view of forest chemistry adds to climate fallout models

Aerial maps of tropical forests that show the chemistry of the canopy could shed light on how forests will react to climate change.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon climate-change forests plants trees

Older blood is just as good for kids needing transfusion

For critically ill children who need blood transfusions, the risk of organ failure or death is the same with fresh or older blood.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine blood childrens-health hospitals sickle-cell-disease

How to train computers faster for ‘extreme’ datasets

A new machine learning method is a faster way to train computers for extreme classification problems, like sorting the millions of products on Amazon.

Mike Williams-Rice | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology internet machine-learning

Differences between deep neural networks and human perception

Stimuli that sound or look like gibberish to humans are indistinguishable from naturalistic stimuli to deep networks.

Kenneth I. Blum | Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences | Dec. 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: brain-and-cognitive-sciences center-for-brains-minds-and-machines mcgovern-institute research machine-learning artificial-intelligence school-of-science neuroscience

How vitamin A plays a role in monarch migration

"...our work in the monarch could have implications for better understanding seasonal changes in the human brain that could lead to ailments such as seasonal depression."

Shana Hutchins-Texas A&M | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology butterflies circadian-rhythms genes insects light migration

Depression may slow young people’s recovery after hip surgery

New resarch suggests doctors need to check young patients who have had surgery for depression and anxiety, which can have a negative effect on recovery.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine anxiety depression pain surgery

Things are looking dire for Gulf Coast coral reefs

"The best-case scenario is that we have rapid and widespread reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the near term, the next 20 years. The corals in the Gulf of Mexico are hardy."

Mike Williams-Rice | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change conservation corals gulf-of-mexico oceans

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