The case of the disappearing teaspoons

Researchers in Australia conducted a longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute. Be sure to read the responses where they bring in Avram Davidson.


Die Puny Humans

I have worked in artificial intelligence for decades, and the idea of a robot making decisions about human termination is terrifying. Policymakers seem to have an understanding of AI that lies in the realms of science fiction and myth.

Noel Sharkey on Robotic Warfare at The Guardian

“Two thirds of all Lancashire participants had a dream about work”

Does eating cheese cause weird dreams? SCIENCE steps in and says yes; moreover, different kinds of cheese cause different kinds of dreams. (NB: Study commissioned on behalf of the British Cheese Board; draw your own conclusions.)

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Kilogram defined using crystal balls

My kind of film

Nature reports on the Tribeca Film Festival. They liked Black Sheep. Well, sort of:

Scientific realism 0. Nothing in peer-reviewed literature yet about mutant vampire were-sheep.

Entertainment 10. Did I mention the mutant vampire were-sheep?

Also reviewed: Eye of the Dolphin, Vitus, and Nobel Son (“…the plot is clotted with malice, manipulation, brutal violence and themes of cannibalism and scatology”. But it does star Alan Rickman).

String theory is dead…

…and who better to read the obituary than Martin Gardner?