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Jun 6, 2023

7th Grader Successfully Finds Way to Save Honeybee Populations

Posted by in categories: food, neuroscience

While there are many things that negatively affect bees, Hu says exposure to pesticides prevents them from feeding and sustaining the colony.

“The pesticides may prevent the bees from being able to do the daily functions of the hive,” Hu said. “So, for example, they might get lost on their way to finding food, or they might not be able to remember where the sites that they found food were and not be able to communicate to the other bees where the food was.”

At 11 years old, Hu found that tea polyphenols and caffeine could repair the honeybee’s learning and memory. Polyphenols are compounds that stimulate the brain. Hu is now 13 years old.

Jun 5, 2023

Robot ‘chef’ learns to recreate recipes from watching food videos

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Researchers have trained a robotic ‘chef’ to watch and learn from cooking videos, and recreate the dish itself.

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, programmed their robotic chef with a cookbook of eight simple salad recipes. After watching a video of a human demonstrating one of the recipes, the robot was able to identify which was being prepared and make it.

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Jun 5, 2023

EMP Balloon Attack Threat From Chinese Military

Posted by in categories: food, military, space

See the shocking reasons why near-space balloons are a perfect platform for a cheap effective hard to detect, hard to defeat asymmetric warfare means to deliver a stunning devastating EMP attack on the US mainland.

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Jun 4, 2023

Five New Farming Technologies Tackle Climate-Change Threats

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Innovative ideas and devices are on the rise as heavier rainfall, harsher winters and disease-causing pests pose risks for agriculture.

Jun 4, 2023

A shocking number of birds are in trouble

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Just about anywhere you look, there are birds. Penguins live in Antarctica, ptarmigan in the Arctic Circle. Rüppell’s vultures soar higher than Mt. Everest. Emperor penguins dive deeper than 1,800 feet. There are birds on mountains, birds in cities, birds in deserts, birds in oceans, birds on farm fields, and birds in parking lots.

Given their ubiquity—and the enjoyment many people get from seeing and cataloging them—birds offer something that sets them apart from other creatures: an abundance of data. Birds are active year-round, they come in many shapes and colors, and they are relatively simple to identify and appealing to observe. Every year around the world, amateur birdwatchers record millions of sightings in databases that are available for analysis.

All that monitoring has revealed some sobering trends. Over the last 50 years, North America has lost a third of its birds, studies suggest, and most bird species are in decline. Because birds are indicators of environmental integrity and of how other, less scrutinized species are doing, data like these should be a call to action, says Peter Marra, a conservation biologist and dean of Georgetown University’s Earth Commons Institute. “If our birds are disappearing, then we’re cutting the legs off beneath us,” he says. “We’re destroying the environment that we depend on.”

Jun 3, 2023

Ultra-Processed Foods: AI’s New Contribution to Nutrition Science

Posted by in categories: food, health, information science, robotics/AI, science

Summary: Researchers developed a machine learning algorithm, FoodProX, capable of predicting the degree of processing in food products.

The tool scores foods on a scale from zero (minimally or unprocessed) to 100 (highly ultra-processed). FoodProX bridges gaps in existing nutrient databases, providing higher resolution analysis of processed foods.

This development is a significant advancement for researchers examining the health impacts of processed foods.

Jun 1, 2023

Gut Health, Microbiome & Cancer — Can this garden of tiny plants in the gut help fight cancer?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health

Dr. Ralph W. Moss and son Ben discuss how the cultivation and care of the garden of tiny plants in your body can help you fight cancer.

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May 31, 2023

CAPTCHA-Breaking Services with Human Solvers Helping Cybercriminals Defeat Security

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, food, robotics/AI

Cybersecurity researchers are warning about CAPTCHA-breaking services that are being offered for sale to bypass systems designed to distinguish legitimate users from bot traffic.

“Because cybercriminals are keen on breaking CAPTCHAs accurately, several services that are primarily geared toward this market demand have been created,” Trend Micro said in a report published last week.

“These CAPTCHA-solving services don’t use [optical character recognition] techniques or advanced machine learning methods; instead, they break CAPTCHAs by farming out CAPTCHA-breaking tasks to actual human solvers.”

May 31, 2023

Virtual Reality Could Soon Include Smells Thanks to New Wireless Scent Interface

Posted by in categories: food, neuroscience, virtual reality

But they’re not the only ones. Multiple companies are working on haptic devices, like gloves or vests, to add a sense of touch to virtual experiences. And now, researchers are aiming to integrate a fourth sense: smell.

How much more real might that peaceful meadow feel if you could smell the wildflowers and the damp Earth around you? How might the scent of an ocean breeze amplify a VR experience that takes place on a boat or a beach?

Scents have a powerful effect on the brain, eliciting emotions, memories, and sometimes even fight-or-flight responses. You may feel nostalgic with the cologne or perfume a favorite grandparent wore, comforted by a whiff of a favorite food, or extra-alert to your surroundings if it smells like something’s burning.

May 31, 2023

What foods will 9.3 billion people be eating in 2050?

Posted by in category: food

Algae, fried insects, and exotic lab-grown meat could all be on the menu.

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