Thursday, June 13, 2024

Frozen Embryos

"How Can You Part With the Embryo That Could Have Been Your Child?"

Deciding what to do with the leftovers can be surprisingly emotional and morally thorny; even those who are not religious or who support reproductive autonomy might still feel a sense of responsibility for their embryos. 

So some patients are turning to a lesser-known alternative: a method called "compassionate transfer." The procedure is essentially an elaborate form of medical make-believe, in which clinicians place a spare embryo in a patient's body at a time in her menstrual cycle when she is unlikely to get pregnant. It mimics the steps of a traditional embryo transfer, but here, it's designed to fail; the embryo will naturally flush out.

Hiding Likes On Twitter/X

"X is about to start hiding all likes"

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

AI Antibiotic Generation

"AI used to predict potential new antibiotics in groundbreaking study"

Bronze Age Armor Reviewed

"Have Wine for Breakfast, Put On a 51-Pound Suit and Get to the Battlefield"

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Robot Cube Record

"Watch a 6-axis motor solve a Rubik's Cube in less than a third of a second". (Via H.R.)

Good Court Decision In Libel Case

If you falsely accuse someone of murder based only on "tarot readings" and "psychic intuition", you can be held liable for libel. A good court decision.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Updated Drake Equation

"Updated Formula on Alien Intelligence Suggests We Really Are Alone in the Galaxy"

Planetary scientists Robert Stern from the University of Texas at Dallas and Taras Gerya from ETH-Zurich, the two co-authors on the study, suggest that the presence of both continents and oceans, along with long-term plate tectonics, is critical for the emergence of advanced civilizations. They consequently propose the addition of two factors into the equation: the fraction of habitable planets with significant continents and oceans and the fraction of those planets with plate tectonics operating for at least 500 million years. This adjustment, however, significantly reduces the value of N in the Drake Equation.

(Via Marginal Revolution.)

AI Weather Forecasting

"No physics? No problem. AI weather forecasting is already making huge strides." (Via H.R.)

Friday, June 07, 2024

Welcome To The Adult World

Today's adult life lesson.

Trusting AI In Medicine

"Technology and the Future of Healthcare". One eye-opening statistic:

64% of respondents said they would trust a diagnosis made by AI over a human doctor. This percentage grows even more with Gen Z, with four out of five in this generation stating they’d trust AI over a physician. This result indicates a significant shift in public perception and trust toward technology.
(Gen Z is defined as born between 1997-2012.)

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Running Math

Running math.


Shire Economics

"The Moral Economy of the Shire"

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Diverging Diamond Interchanges

"When driving on the wrong side of the road is the right way to speed up traffic"

AI Headphones

"AI headphones let wearer listen to a single person in a crowd, by looking at them just once". (Via J.Z.)

Engineers have developed an artificial intelligence system that lets someone wearing headphones look at a person speaking for three to five seconds to 'enroll' them. The system then plays just the enrolled speaker's voice in real time, even as the pair move around in noisy environments.