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16 Nov

Southern Cross University’s Professor Peter Harrison and Queensland University of Technology’s Professor Matthew Dunbabin recently came up with a plan to restore coral reefs that succeeded in winning an innovation challenge sponsored by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

The proposal involves creating identical coral "babies" and then placing them with the assistance of robotics. The Out of the Blue Box Reef Innovation Challenge will provide $225,000 USD (approximately $300,000 AUD) to help the concept grow to fruition.

It's intended that the new "babies" will be planted this month at the same time that coral spawns every year on the Great Barrier Reef.

14 Nov

If people could accurately predict the value of a work of art before the creator becomes noticed and famous, Vincent Van Gogh would have succeeded in dying a rich man -- instead of leaving this world having never sold a single painting.

Is the next big thing in the world of art a creator known as...Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Or, possibly, Alle Geax-Rhythm?

If a recent sale of a machine-generated portrait is indication, the possibilities in that general direction look encouraging. The seemingly unfinished work (so much the better to leave something to the imagination) recently sold at auction for $432,500 -- almost 45 times higher than its estimate, says Christie's, the auction house that facilitated the sale.

12 Nov

As the population grows, environmentalists have become increasingly concerned about the future of the global food supply. Many sustainable options have been proposed, but none have quite taken hold. A group of researchers recently released a report on the crisis to show the exact scope.

By 2050, the expected world population of between 8.5 million and 10 million people will take a serious toll on the food supply. The team created a model to demonstrate the effects that this population will have on the Earth’s resources. The model was broken down by country, forecasting food demand while also taking into consideration changing nutritional preferences and income levels.

10 Nov

Over the course of a lifetime, a person has a handful of life-changing moments, including memorable events like a first kiss, relationship endings, and deaths. While you may think about those moments for the rest of your life, though, you probably assume your brain doesn’t experience physical changes as a result.

A new study reveals that the brain actually does undergo alterations as a result of those events. Rockefeller scientist Charles D. Gilbert studied perceptual learning, which is the process of honing your brain to better perceive even the most subtle sights, sounds, and smells. Over time, people become better able to make those perceptions, even though they don’t even realize it. Gilbert wanted to study if the brain could remodel itself in response to life events.

08 Nov

As of October 17, 2018, Canada became only the second nation on the planet to make marijuana legal. While various states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana, it remains to be seen whether doing so on a national basis will result in on overall benefit to society.

Because of the size and scale of Canada's legalization, many around the world will pay attention to how it all works out. Will crime be reduced and tax coffers filled to overflowing, as supporters of legalization contend? Or will legalization of the drug result in greater exposure to its potential ills touted by the drug's detractors, such as long-term memory loss and increased mental illness?

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