The idea of the self, or self-awareness and the idea to understand and explain oneself, is the one big divide between AI and human intelligence. While we as humans have a lot of information to still understand, we can offer up a reasoning for ourselves in a lot of cases.
Researchers have been studying the nature of life on Earth and the role of biodiversity. Given the current state of slow biodiversity loss as a variety of species populations are gradually diminishing toward the poles, scientists from the University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, San Diego try to reconcile two competing ideas that explain this phenomenon in their study published in The American Naturalist.
Amazed by the sneaky and speedy ability of cockroaches, researchers created a bio-inspired robot that could one day be used to search through rubble in disaster zones and free victims.
In the Caribbean, which has no salamanders, one of the amphibians was recently found preserved in amber from 20 million to 30 million years ago.
A collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey and four West Coast universities will aim to turn an earthquake early-warning system tested since 2006 toward the public. How much more will geological studies learn?
Half the world's salamanders live in North America, doing their essential job of consuming insects and being an important part of the food chain. Do we want them to go extinct, like the Netherlands' fire salamanders, prey to a fatal fungus that may arrive on imported pets?