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Whales warned each other about hunters in the 19th century

Digitized logbooks from the 1800s reveal a steep decline in strike rate for whalers.

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  • Newly digitized whalers' logbooks allow researchers to analyze trends in 19th-century whaling.
  • The records show that whales soon learned to anticipate and evade predation from humans.
  • The behavioral changes suggest social learning at work since the change in their behavior occurred too quickly to be evolutionary.
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    Is computer code a language or math? MIT study uses brain scans for answers

    How our brains interpret computer code could impact how we teach it.

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    • Computer coding is a relatively new skill, so our brains can't have specialized areas for it from birth.
    • The question of how we process computer code, as a language or as math, could impact how we teach the subject.
    • A new MIT study suggests our brains treat it as its own special topic.
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    Dabble with web automation, artificial intelligence, and debugging code you made yourself.

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    Researchers read centuries-old sealed letter without ever opening it

    The key? A computational flattening algorithm.

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    An international team of scholars has read an unopened letter from early modern Europe — without breaking its seal or damaging it in any way — using an automated computational flattening algorithm.

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