Meet GPT-3. It Has Learned to Code (and Blog and Argue).

The latest natural-language system generates tweets, pens poetry, summarizes emails, answers trivia questions, translates languages and even writes its own computer programs.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #creativity, #innovation, #kaufman-scott-barry, #language-and-languages, #openai-labs, #your-feed-science

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AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

AstraZeneca’s new clinical trial results are positive but confusing, leaving many experts wanting to see more data before passing final judgment on how well the vaccine will work.

#astrazeneca-plc, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

They can’t detect all conflicts, but new computer programs serve as guard rails when scientists and publishers fail to self-police.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #research, #writing-and-writers, #your-feed-science

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Small Social Gatherings Aren’t Driving the Virus Surge (So Far)

Yes, the coronavirus can be spread over cocktails and dinners. But these get-togethers do not account for the huge rise in cases seen now, the data show.

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Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything?

It might be possible, physicists say, but not anytime soon. And there’s no guarantee that we humans will understand the result.

#artificial-intelligence, #cern, #computers-and-the-internet, #lanier-jaron, #large-hadron-collider, #mathematics, #randall-lisa, #space-and-astronomy, #supercomputers, #tegmark-max, #your-feed-science

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Can an Algorithm Prevent Suicide?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has turned to machine-learning to help identify vets at risk of taking their own lives.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #firearms, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #veterans, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than Us?

A.I. developers are committing to end the injustices in how their technology is often made and used.

#artificial-intelligence, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #buolamwini-joy, #discrimination, #facial-recognition-software, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-science

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Antibodies Good. Machine-Made Molecules Better?

With help from computer algorithms, researchers designed proteins from scratch that can trounce the coronavirus in lab animals.

#antibodies, #artificial-intelligence, #biology-and-biochemistry, #california-institute-of-technology, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #proteins, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Pfizer Applies for Emergency F.D.A. Approval for Covid-19 Vaccine

A large team of regulators at the agency will take about three weeks to review an application spanning thousands of pages.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #moderna-inc, #nursing-homes, #pfizer-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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When Sharks Turned Up at Their Beach, They Called in Drones

A goal of the SharkEye project is to one day produce automated “shark reports” for beachgoers to help them gauge levels of risk.

#artificial-intelligence, #beaches, #california, #drones-pilotless-planes, #research, #santa-barbara-calif, #sharks, #your-feed-science

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These Algorithms Could End the Scourge of Tuberculosis

In rural India and other places where tuberculosis is rampant, A.I. that scans lung X-rays might eliminate the scourge.

#artificial-intelligence, #hospitals, #india, #medical-devices, #mobile-applications, #qure-ai, #qxr-mobile-app, #respiratory-diseases, #rural-areas, #shortages, #tests-medical, #tuberculosis, #x-rays, #your-feed-science

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C.D.C. Pleads With Americans to Stay Home on Thanksgiving

Even as the White House downplays the coronavirus threat, health officials warned against traditional gatherings with those from outside the immediate household.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #thanksgiving-day, #travel-and-vacations, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Don’t Get Between a Caterpillar and Its Milkweed

Before metamorphosis, monarch butterflies will aggressively head butt each other for access to their favorite food.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #caterpillars, #insects, #iscience-journal, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction

Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.

#carbon-dioxide, #coal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #geology, #geology-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-geoscience-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #research, #volcanoes, #your-feed-science

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

A biologist decided to investigate a shrimp parade that attracts thousands of tourists in a province of Thailand.

#journal-of-zoology, #research, #shrimp, #thailand, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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New Pfizer Results: Coronavirus Vaccine Is Safe and 95% Effective

The company said it planned to apply for emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration “within days.”

#biontech-se, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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F.D.A. Authorizes First At-Home Coronavirus Test

The test relies on a nose swab and can be run in just 30 minutes. But it requires a prescription, and has not been evaluated in asymptomatic people.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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The Coronavirus Vaccines Will Likely Work. Making Them Fast Will Be Hard.

Front-runners in the coronavirus vaccine race won’t make nearly as many doses this year as were predicted, but they may kick into high gear next year.

#astrazeneca-plc, #bourla-albert, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #novavax-inc, #pfizer-inc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint

Blood samples from recovered patients suggest a powerful, long-lasting immune response, researchers reported.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #la-jolla-calif, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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‘How Did We Not Know?’ Gun Owners Confront a Suicide Epidemic

The toll of self-inflicted gun deaths has led to an unusual alliance between suicide-prevention advocates and gun-rights proponents.

#anxiety-and-stress, #brady-campaign-to-prevent-gun-violence, #depression-mental, #firearms, #gun-control, #mental-health-and-disorders, #national-rifle-assn, #national-shooting-sports-foundation, #recession-and-depression, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #spokane-wash, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #washington-state, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Dr. Céline Gounder, Adviser to Biden, on the Next Covid Attack Plan

Schools are essential while restaurants are not, said Dr. Gounder. And manufacturers may soon be ordered to produce protective gear for health workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #defense-production-act, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #education-k-12, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #gounder-celine, #harris-kamala-d, #medicine-and-health, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Surviving Weed-Out Classes in Science May Be a State of Mind

Social ties to classmates and how students feel could be more important than innate ability when it comes to enduring early STEM courses.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #colleges-and-universities, #education, #friendship, #psychology-and-psychologists, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #science-advances-journal, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science

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Newton’s ‘Principia’ Had a Surprisingly Wide Audience, Historians Find

The discovery suggests that “Principia” had a stronger impact on Enlightenment science than previous research suggested.

#annals-of-science-journal, #books-and-literature, #central-europe, #europe, #gravitation-and-gravity, #libraries-and-librarians, #mathematics, #newton-isaac, #philosophiae-naturalis-principia-mathematica-book, #physics, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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China’s New Testing Policy for Travelers Is Problematic, Experts Say

Airline passengers must present negative antibody test results before boarding. Scientists consider it a largely useless way to curb disease transmission.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #travel-and-vacations, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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As the Pandemic Surges, C.D.C. Issues Increasingly Assertive Advice

Agency scientists often contradict the Trump administration now, but critics urge a more public stance.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #medicine-and-health, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redfield-robert-r, #rumors-and-misinformation, #science-and-technology, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science

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Using Wolves as First Responders Against a Deadly Brain Disease

Some scientists say that the predators are essential to curbing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease because they pick off weak deer.

#chronic-wasting-disease, #deer, #elk, #environment, #hunting-and-trapping, #research, #wolves, #yellowstone-national-park, #your-feed-science

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Platypuses Glow Under Blacklight. We Have No Idea Why.

What other secrets are they hiding?

#mammalia-journal, #platypus, #research, #ultraviolet-light, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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A Record of Horseback Riding, Written in Bone and Teeth

Close examination of horse remains has clarified the timeline of when equestrianism helped transform ancient Chinese civilization.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bones, #china, #horses, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #spine-body-part, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

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Navy Research Confirms Need for Strict Coronavirus Testing Protocols

Two new studies clarify how Covid-19 spreads among young adults and expose the limits of quarantine measures.

#charleston-sc, #citadel-the-military-college-of-south-carolina, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cruises, #dormitories, #marine-corps-recruit-depot-parris-island-sc, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #quarantines, #south-carolina, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #uss-theodore-roosevelt-cvn-71-ship, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Covid-19 Threatens People With Intellectual and Developmental Challenges

People with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders are three times more likely to die of Covid-19, compared with patients without the conditions, a new analysis found.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fair-health-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #intellectual-disabilities, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Ready to Mate? Take Off Your Mask, One Bat Says

Wrinkle-faced bats incorporate whistles, wing flaps and furry masks into their mating rituals, researchers have found.

#bats, #biology-and-biochemistry, #costa-rica, #public-library-of-science-plos, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears

In their spare time, two Silicon Valley developers aided conservationists in developing artificial intelligence to help keep track of individual bears.

#alaska, #artificial-intelligence, #bears, #british-columbia-canada, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservation-of-resources, #ecology-and-evolution-journal, #facial-recognition-software, #katmai-national-park-alaska, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Who Will Win the ‘Genius Dog Contest?’ Watch the Competition Begin

Scientists in Hungary are streaming experiments with dogs that know many words, featuring them in a contest of canine intelligence.

#animal-cognition, #budapest-hungary, #contests-and-prizes, #dogs, #fugazza-claudia, #your-feed-science

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Mink and the Coronavirus: What We Know

Mink are the only animal known to both catch the virus from people and transmit it to them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denmark, #italy, #minks-animals, #netherlands, #spain, #sweden, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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How Some Skinks Lost Their Legs and Then Evolved New Ones

The lizards have complicated a rule of thumb that in evolution, once you lose a body part, you don’t regain it.

#evolution-biology, #philippines, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #reptiles, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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New Type of Test May Better Discern Immunity to the Coronavirus

The test detects the response of T cells to the virus — an arm of the immune system that may be just as important as antibodies to preventing reinfection.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #immune-system, #interferon-protein, #microsoft-corp, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?

In the abyss, everyone can hear you scream.

#acoustics, #animal-behavior, #biodiversity, #chen-chong, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #japan, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #recording-equipment, #ships-and-shipping, #volcanoes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Brain Scientists Explore the How of When

A new study offers the strongest evidence yet of “time cells” in the brain.

#brain, #epilepsy, #seizures-medical, #your-feed-science

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Eli Lilly’s Antibody Treatment Gets Emergency F.D.A. Approval

The authorization raised immediate questions about who would get access to the antibody treatments, which are in short supply.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #food-and-drug-administration, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #trump-donald-j, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020, #your-feed-science

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Skull Fossil Shows How Human Cousin Adapted to Changing Climate

A skull found in a South African cave suggests that the species went through a process of microevolution during a chaotic environmental shift.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caves-and-caverns, #fathers-day, #fossils, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #paleontology, #south-africa, #your-feed-science

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The Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine, Explained

What’s the big deal? Was it part of Operation Warp Speed? When can you get one?

#biontech-se, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #pfizer-inc, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Pfizer’s Early Data Shows Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective

Pfizer announced stunning early results from its coronavirus vaccine trial, cementing the lead in a frenzied global race that has unfolded at record-breaking speed.

#biontech-se, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Old Dogs, New Research and the Secrets of Aging

The ways that dogs grow and age may provide potentially useful similarities with people.

#animal-behavior, #budapest-hungary, #dogs, #eotvos-lorand-university, #genetics-and-heredity, #homer, #poetry-and-poets, #seattle-wash, #university-of-vienna, #university-of-washington, #your-feed-science

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What Makes Sand Soft?

Understanding how grains flow is vital for everything from landslide prediction to agricultural processing, and scientists aren’t very good at it.

#landslides-and-mudslides, #physics, #silica, #your-feed-science

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Shot to Prevent H.I.V. Works Better Than Daily Pill in Women

Researchers ended a clinical trial of the drug early because the results were so convincing. The more effective drug would be given in six injections a year instead of as 365 daily pills.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #gilead-sciences-inc, #truvada-drug, #viiv-healthcare-ltd, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Faces Critical Test Before F.D.A. Panel

If ultimately approved, the drug, aducanumab, made by Biogen, would be the first new Alzheimer’s treatment in nearly two decades. Some evidence suggests it slows, but does not stop, cognitive decline.

#alzheimers-disease, #biogen-inc, #clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #your-feed-science

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Nasal Spray Prevents Covid Infection in Ferrets, Study Finds

Scientists at Columbia University have developed a treatment that blocks the virus in the nose and lungs, is inexpensive and needs no refrigeration.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ferrets, #microbiology, #proteins, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Looking for Another Earth? Here Are 300 Million, Maybe

A new analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft increases the number of habitable exoplanets thought to exist in this galaxy.

#ames-research-center, #astrophysical-journal, #kepler-space-telescope, #milky-way-galaxy, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #transiting-exoplanet-survey-satellite-spacecraft, #your-feed-science

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Denmark Will Kill All Farmed Mink, Citing Covid Infections

Government officials said on Wednesday that a mutation in the virus could interfere with vaccine effectiveness in humans.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denmark, #minks-animals, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Ancient Remains in Peru Reveal Female Big-Game Hunter

Scientists are divided on broader implications of the find for ancient gender roles.

#andes-mountains, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #hunting-and-trapping, #peru, #puno-peru, #research, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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