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Safety in space: Synthetic hibernation could provide protection from cosmic radiation — ScienceDaily

It is still a glimpse into the future: Astronauts could be put into artificial hibernation and in this state be better protected from cosmic radiation. At present, there are already promising approaches to follow up such considerations. An international research team now has found decisive indications of the possible benefits of artificial hibernation for radiation resistance.

Source: Safety in space: Synthetic hibernation could provide protection from cosmic radiation — ScienceDaily

Crows able to understand the concept of recursion

Crows are smart.

 

Source: Crows able to understand the concept of recursion

 

In this new effort, the research team conducted similar experiments with crows that show that they, too, have the cognitive ability to understand recursion.

The experiments by both teams involved training test subjects to choose bracket pairs in a sentence made of symbols—choosing the parentheses in the sentence {()}, for example. Once the crows got the idea, the researchers then created longer sentences to see if the test subjects could still pick out the ones that were embedded. As with the monkeys, the researchers found that the test subjects could pick out the embedded characters in numbers that were greater than chance would allow.

They are also assholes.

Tech futurism’s blind spot – by Dave Karpf

What metaverse, web3, and artificial intelligence evangelists collectively ignore.

Source: Tech futurism’s blind spot – by Dave Karpf

What if the future isn’t Artificial General Intelligence and 100x increases in computing power? What if it’s cheap-and-flexible mesh networks? What if the future isn’t replacing untrustworthy institutions with blockchain governance? What if it’s replacing untrustworthy global and national institutions with revitalized local trust? What if the metaverse isn’t the future because, in the future, people commit themselves to improving and monitoring their vulnerable surroundings?