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Are We Living In The Matrix?
2012-12-11 07:25:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1999, the first in a series of movies came out suggesting that we are all parts of a computer simulation. The Matrix was the ultimate horror story of artificial intelligence gone wrong. But could it be true? Could we be living in a computer simulation? And how would we ever know? A British philosopher, Nick Bostrom, hypothesized that we might in fact be living in a computer simulation being run by our descendants in the future....

Instinct Often Makes For Good Decisions
2012-11-09 07:50:25

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next — Jonas Salk We make decisions every day. The number of decisions we must make is innumerable. From when to get up, to which towel to use after the shower, to how much toothpaste to squeeze out of the tube, to coffee or tea, etc., etc. And this previous list that hasn´t even gotten you out the front door on your way to work doesn´t even take into account our...

Researchers Train Humans To Sense Like Rats
2012-11-06 12:01:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By moving their facial whiskers back and forth about eight times a second to locate objects in their environment, rats use a sense that humans don´t: whisking. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, however, have set out to learn whether humans could acquire this sense with practice, and if so, what could understanding the process of adaptation tell us about our normal senses? To investigate this...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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