- Asian elephants often leave protected areas to feed and come into conflict with humans.
- The elephants, it turns out, can recognize the largest quantities of food by smell.
- This insight could lead to keeping Asian elephants out of harm's way via redirection using olfactory cues.
Our clever human hands may soon be outdone.
- MIT-affiliated researchers develop a hypersensitive glove that can capture the way in which we handle objects.
- The data captured by the glove can be "learned" by a neural net.
- Smart tactile interaction will be invaluable when A.I.-based robots start to interact with objects — and us.
A study found how the "map" for the sense of touch develops in the brain.
- Scientists looked at brains of mice to track embryonic development of the sense of touch.
- They found that a "map" for the sense of touch is in place before birth.
- Human cerebral cortexes are similarly organized, indicating that the same process likely takes place.
A new experiment shows that two observers can experience divergent realities (if they go subatomic).
- In 1961, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Eugene Wigner proposed a thought experiment by which the reality of two observers can diverge by measuring a single photon.
- Researchers recently tested Wigner's thought experiment and concluded that realities can be made irreconcilable.
- Do these results put the entire scientific method at risk? Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
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