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Can artificial intelligence really help us talk to the animals?
A California-based organisation wants to harness the power of machine learning to decode communication across the entire animal kingdom. But the project has its doubters

Zoë Corbyn

31, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Britain’s Tourette’s Mystery review – is Tik Tok really causing the boom in tics?
Doctors who once saw four or five cases in teens a year now see that many per week. Scarlett Moffatt – who had a tic as a child – is the perfect person to investigate the phenomenon’s link to social media

Jack Seale

19, Jul, 2022 @10:05 PM

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Is your smartphone ruining your memory? A special report on the rise of ‘digital amnesia’
‘I can’t remember anything’ is a common complaint these days. But is it because we rely so heavily on our smartphones? And do the endless alerts and distractions stop us forming new memories?

Rebecca Seal

03, Jul, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Sir Colin Blakemore obituary
Neuroscientist, persuasive science communicator and advocate for rationality and openness

Georgina Ferry

29, Jun, 2022 @4:21 PM

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Sleep scientist Russell Foster: ‘I want to take the anxiety around sleep away’
The Oxford professor has studied our circadian rhythms for decades – and says much of what we think we know is wrong

Killian Fox

25, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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TechScape: why you shouldn’t worry about sentient AI … yet
A researcher says Google has created an AI being with smarts and soul, but my own attempt reveals the truth behind those claims. Plus, the latest crypto crash

Alex Hern

15, Jun, 2022 @10:45 AM

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Human-like programs abuse our empathy – even Google engineers aren’t immune | Emily M Bender
Consumers need transparency about how such systems are used, says professor of linguistics Emily M Bender

Emily M Bender

14, Jun, 2022 @4:57 PM

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Labelling Google’s LaMDA chatbot as sentient is fanciful. But it’s very human to be taken in by machines | Toby Walsh
We need more safeguards in place to prevent us from mistaking machines for humans

Toby Walsh

14, Jun, 2022 @6:57 AM

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‘I had to tape my fingers together to stop me tearing the skin’: the reality of living with Tourette syndrome
The singer Billie Eilish has spoken about living with the condition that affects 300,000 people in the UK. For many, trying to suppress their tics is exhausting. But others have learned to control their symptoms and use the energy as a driving force

Emine Saner

06, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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It’s decided: decisive people no more accurate than self-doubters
Research finds only difference between so-called action-oriented and state-oriented people is confidence

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

01, Jun, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Bionic reading: could an ADHD-friendly hack turn me into a speed-reader? | Daniel Lavelle
This typographical trick certainly helps me focus. But maybe having a wandering mind isn’t such a bad thing, says writer Daniel Lavelle

Daniel Lavelle

27, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘We cannot live without love’: when Dr Love met Dr Loneliness
Stephanie and John Cacioppo were two neuroscientists specialising in love and loneliness. When they married, they put theory into practice. But when John died suddenly, would her science save her?

Tim Lewis

15, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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