Robots Are Getting Irish Brains

Hole phobia! Particle colliders! Universe analysis! Predator prey! Introvert extrovert! Urban evolution! Science retraction! Melting ice! And surly robots spouting impenetrable brogue! It's your Tuesday Science Watch, where we watch science—despicably, if possible!

  • Hey, a new phobia! It's called trypophobia, and it's a fear of clustered holes. Welcome, trypophobia!
  • Particle collider battles are like crack for physics nerds, because crack is made out of "particles."
  • "Are We Alone In the Universe? New Analysis Says Maybe." Ohhhhhhh.
  • When you think of predator and prey you probably think of the relationship you have with the girl in your basement, but it can also apply to rainclouds.
  • Turns out that introverts and extroverts have different survival strategies: introverts will look inside themselves and ask, "How do I survive? Do I have the will? What must I do, self?" Whereas extroverts will just Google that shit.
  • Evolution happens over millions of years by changing flippers into simple types of "legs" or "kangaroos," but did you know that evolution also happens right here in your city every day, in a way that is called "urban evolution?" Well—so they say.
  • Ha, some fancy scientists published a paper in Science magazine saying that they, being so smart, had figured out how to predict how long people will live. GUESS NOW: now they've retracted the paper. The best thing to happen in science is when somebody is embarrassed. I guess it's like that in the rest of life, too.
  • The shrinking Antarctic ice sheet: will the day ever come when we care about it?
  • Irish scientists are developing a new technology to control robots that "mimics neuron organization and operation of the human brain." Yeah. The Irish brain.
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