Category: In the news

You really might want to take a look at neural networks

I’m edging into “shill” territory, but the recent rapid progress in neural networks is really worth elaborating upon: By now, you’re probably aware that Google’s DeepMind developed a Go algorithm that defeated a professional player in a widely publicized match.  You might not know that DeepMind’s paper describing their algorithm was accepted at Nature, and

LSD: A Historical Flashback

You may have heard, “Chemistry is just like cooking. Just don’t lick the spoon.” Yet, before safety gear like gloves and goggles became mandatory in the laboratory, chemists sometimes “licked the spoon” without realizing it. And sometimes such exposure was met with unexpected consequences. Take for example, the story of the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.

Why you should care about the Zika virus epidemic

Paralysis. Pregnancy complications. Possible sexual transmission. These are just some of the headlines surrounding the Zika virus. While not commonly associated with death, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) declared the mosquito-borne illness an “international public health emergency” this month due to a surge in neurological disorders associated with viral infection. The W.H.O. predicts nearly four