Blurt!Commonplace Book

Ars Technica

“SpaceKnow detected 25 ships passing through the region…. In total, 23 of these vessels had their automatic identification system (AIS) transponders turned on. Two did not have AIS data turned on, and these ships passed the area during the days immediately ahead of the leaks being detected.”

posted Dec. 4, 2022, 8:00pm

“The spiders searched the part of the web where the cricket had been—the sheet or the lines—which indicated a memory of prey location. And when Sergi stole prey from the gumfooted lines, the spiders made more searches for prey that was especially large relative to themselves.”

posted Nov. 27, 2022, 8:00pm

“They also found that, in general, the size of the birds’ repertoire decreased as anthropogenic noise increased, especially when the birds were exposed to levels of anthropogenic noise that were above the usual noise to which they were accustomed.”

posted Nov. 25, 2022, 8:00pm

“[Leasing] agents sometimes hesitated to push rents higher. Roper said they were often peers of the people they were renting to. ‘We said there’s way too much empathy going on here,’ he said. ‘This is one of the reasons we wanted to get pricing off-site.'”

posted Nov. 6, 2022, 8:00pm (edited)

“For years, many linguists have believed that learning language is impossible without a built-in grammar template. The new AI models … demonstrate that the ability to produce grammatical language can be learned from linguistic experience alone.”

posted Nov. 4, 2022, 8:00pm

“[I]t was common for deepfake audio to result in vocal tracts with the same relative diameter and consistency as a drinking straw, in contrast to human vocal tracts, which are much wider and more variable in shape.”

posted Oct. 14, 2022, 8:00pm

“The majority of long Covid patients — more than 75 percent, according to some estimates — were never hospitalized for their original infection. For these people, uncovering the reasons for their enduring illness is less straightforward, though scientists have several leads.”

posted Oct. 8, 2022, 8:00pm

“[T]he fascination with humans and the failure to understand basic condor etiquette were signs of a more profound problem. Those first reintroduced birds were released too young, and had not had contact with adults who could teach them how a condor behaves.”

posted Oct. 1, 2022, 8:00pm

“It still isn’t clear whether people experience infantile amnesia because we can’t form autobiographical memories, or whether we just have no way to retrieve them. No one knows for sure what’s going on, but scientists have a few guesses.”

posted Sep. 23, 2022, 8:00pm

“When GM began selling leaded gasoline, public health experts questioned its decision. One called lead a serious menace to public health, and another called concentrated tetraethyl lead a ‘malicious and creeping’ poison. General Motors and Standard Oil waved the warnings aside until disaster struck in October 1924.”

posted Aug. 31, 2022, 8:00pm