His team traced the development of the connection from the midshipman fish's vocal muscles to a cluster of neurons located in a compartment between the back of its brain and the front of its spinal cord. The same part of the brain in more complex vertebrates, such as humans, has a similar function, indicating that it was highly selected for during the course of evolution. … [Read more...] about Human Speech Traced to Talking Fish
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Marine biologists with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Organization use deep learning to identify and track the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. Zoologist Dan Rubenstein uses deep learning to distinguish between individuals in herds of Grevy’s Zebras. … [Read more...] about Nerd Watching: GPU-Powered AI Helps Researchers Identify Individual Birds
John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist at the National Lightning Safety Council (NLSC), told Fox News in June the best place to be when a thunderstorm is happening is in a substantial building with four walls, wiring and plumbing. That's because if it's struck by lightning, the electric charge will follow the plumbing and wiring to the ground. … [Read more...] about Lightning strike in Minnesota hits shelter with 40 people attending party, 3 evaluated for injuries
Despite the mid-sized V-twin, this is quite an easy bike to ride and a hoot at low-city speeds. The engine has a fair sense of urgency but is never over the top, even at high revs. This, I think, is due to the flat torque band. The clutch, too, is light and easy to modulate at low speeds without you having a brown pants moment, a quality very few mid capacity bikes possess. … [Read more...] about Is this India’s most unique motorcycle?
Air pollution claimed more than 1 million Indian lives in 2015, and Indian cities regularly dominate global “worst polluted” lists. But India isn’t just home to humans. The giant Asian honey bee (Apis dorsata) is a major pollinator in many Indian landscapes, including cities, where their large nests are sometimes spotted hanging off tall buildings. Indeed, the insects are thought to be critical for India’s huge fruit and vegetable production; the country produced more than $3 billion of fresh fruit in 2016, and it’s the world’s second largest producer of vegetables. … [Read more...] about ‘Its body looked like a warzone.’ Air pollution could kill off critical honey bees in India