Monarch butterflies' spectacular migration is at risk – an ambitious new plan aims to help save it

Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?

D. André Green II, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: conservation insects migration wildlife-conservation pollinators trump-administration endangered-species habitat butterflies endangered-species-act

The four most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system

The clouds of Venus may harbour alien life. But where else?

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar-system life mars earth alien-life jupiter saturn venus titan cassini enceladus europa

Don't write off government algorithms – responsible AI can produce real benefits

Despite the exams algorithm fiasco, UK government bodies are making positive uses of the technology.

Allison Gardner, Lecturer in Computer Science/Co-founder Women Leading in AI, Keele University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence algorithm hail smart-cities

Citizens' assembly: what we've learned about the kind of climate action the public wants to see

Ordinary British people proposed bolder climate measures than anything politicians have so far dared to suggest.

Graham Smith, Professor of Politics, University of Westminster • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change extinction-rebellion net-zero-emissions-2050 citizens-assemblies

Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water

Scientists find oceanic heat has overtaken atmospheric heat as the main cause of melting.

Tom Rippeth, Professor of Physical Oceanography, Bangor University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change climate-science sea-ice arctic-ice arctic-ocean

GPT-3: new AI can write like a human but don't mistake that for thinking – neuroscientist

Elon Musk's OpenAI has developed software that can produce human-like writing. Don't mistake that for true intelligence.

Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience artificial-intelligence language writing

Good nutrition can contribute to keeping COVID-19 and other diseases away

Many of us don't get an adequate amount of nutrients.

Grayson Jaggers, Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  diet  covid-19  coronavirus  obesity  immune-system  food  nutrition  junk-food

AI called GPT-3 can write like a human but don't mistake that for thinking – neuroscientist

Elon Musk's OpenAI has developed software that can produce human-like writing. Don't mistake that for true intelligence.

Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience artificial-intelligence language writing

AI called GPT-3 can now write like a human without thinking like one

Elon Musk's OpenAI has developed software that can produce human-like writing. Don't mistake that for true intelligence.

Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience artificial-intelligence language writing

The ocean is swimming in plastic and it's getting worse – we need connected global policies now

What groups like the G20 can do to help fix the problem.

Keiron Philip Roberts, Research Fellow in Clean Carbon Technologies and Resource Management, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: plastic plastic-pollution marine-plastic-litter g20

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