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Brain fun for curious people.

    ‘The Singularity Is Nearer,’ Says Futurist Ray Kurzweil

    ‘The Singularity Is Nearer,’ Says Futurist Ray Kurzweil

    Two decades after his book “The Singularity is Near,” Kurzweil is back with more predictions about the future of AI.

    • 18 min
    Why Do Cephalopods Make Ink?

    Why Do Cephalopods Make Ink?

    Squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish use ink to confuse predators and to communicate. But there’s still a lot we don’t understand about inking.

    • 18 min
    Meet The Emotions Behind Teenage Angst In ‘Inside Out 2’

    Meet The Emotions Behind Teenage Angst In ‘Inside Out 2’

    Psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour helped make the film more scientifically accurate to how a teenager’s mind works.

    • 18 min
    Elephants Seem To Use Names For Each Other | Kids Discover Rare T. Rex Fossil

    Elephants Seem To Use Names For Each Other | Kids Discover Rare T. Rex Fossil

    A new study used machine learning to analyze elephant vocalizations and identified “contact rumbles” that appear to function as names. Also, on a hike in the Badlands, a family found a dinosaur bone sticking out of a rock. It joined the few teenage T. rex fossils ever discovered.

    • 25 min
    How Sound Rules Life Underwater

    How Sound Rules Life Underwater

    In her new book, science journalist Amorina Kingdon explores the astonishing variety of sound in the ocean, and how it affects ecosystems.

    • 17 min
    Metal-Absorbing Plants Could Make Mining Greener | A Tiny Fern's Gigantic Genome

    Metal-Absorbing Plants Could Make Mining Greener | A Tiny Fern's Gigantic Genome

    Plants called “hyperaccumulators” have evolved to absorb high levels of metals. Scientists want to harness them for greener metal mining. And, a little fern from New Caledonia is just a few inches tall, but its genome has 160.45 billion base pairs—50 times more DNA than a human.

    • 21 min

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