Ocean Ramsey wants you to know that sharks are vastly misunderstood. They’re scavengers, and rarely confrontational, said the biologist and scuba instructor, who has studied the animals for 15 years and leads cageless shark diving expeditions off the coast of … Continue reading
- Artificial intelligence program teaches itself to play Atari games — and it can beat your high score
A new artificial intelligence program from Google DeepMind has taught itself how to play classic Atari 2600 games. And it can probably beat your high score. Continue reading
In “Blood of the Tiger,” author J.A. Mills examines the multi-billion dollar market for tigers — a worldwide problem but most prominent in China. Jeffrey Brown interviews the author about how tiger farms drive mass demand for products made from tigers, and how that in turn spurs demand for wild animals via illegal hunting. Continue reading
Your genome contains thousands of genes, possible instructions that build your cells. So how do cells know which genes to use? A set of markers called the epigenome tells them which genes to turn on and off. But if they get it wrong, you could develop diseases like Alzheimer’s, Type-1 diabetes, cancer or multiple sclerosis. Continue reading
The brown coloring in your soda may be linked to increased cancer risk, according to a new study.
Climate change, vaccines, genetically modified foods — those topics are ripe for debate and disbelief among people of every political persuasion who aren’t convinced by scientific evidence. What accounts for the rift between scientists and the public? Gwen Ifill talks to Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post and Cary Funk of the Pew Research Center about whether the divide is here to stay. Continue reading
Finally, science has discovered why marijuana gives people the munchies. Continue reading
Years into its nearly decade-long mission to survey the asteroid belt, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft traveled through deep space to better understand the dwarf planet Ceres. Now within 52,000 miles of the celestial body, Dawn’s latest images still leave scientists baffled about Ceres’ bright white spots.