One funny thing: neural network candy hearts

One funny thing: neural network candy hearts

1. 2. 3. 4. Janelle Shane is a research scientist in optics and recently conducted a very funny Valentines’s Day experiment. As she explained in her Tumblr post, “I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, […]

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Flint water crisis: what’s being done?

Flint water crisis: what’s being done?

Yesterday we wrote about how the people responsible for the Flint water crisis have not yet been held accountable. Partially because justice has not been brought to the city, a new Democratic governor (Gretchen Whitmer) was elected last fall and just last week announced a broad commitment to environmental issues including environmental justice.

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What does consciousness mean in the animal kingdom?

What does consciousness mean in the animal kingdom?

The Atlantic’s Ross Andersen wrote a fascinating piece for the March 2019 issue of the magazine about animal cognition and the scientific community’s rethinking of how animals are aware of themselves and their surroundings. In the piece, he spends time with devotees of Jainism, an ancient religion whose highest commandment forbids violence not only against humans, […]

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Hero of the Week: Sharon Lavigne

Hero of the Week: Sharon Lavigne

Sharon Lavigne, is 67-year-old recently retired special-ed teacher born and raised in St. James Parish, LA and a staunch advocate for her community that sits in what’s been dubbed as “Cancer Alley.” When Lavigne was a child she recalls St. James Parish being lush with fruit trees, vegetable gardens and full of families living off […]

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One Valentines Day Thing:  Sustainable Expressions of Love

One Valentines Day Thing: Sustainable Expressions of Love

Looking for something original and sustainable for your favorite Valentine?  Look no further!  According to Vox, the impact of the shipping of cut flowers from South America for the U.S. Valentines Day market is huge — causing 360 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions alone.  Last year 15,000 tons of flowers were shipped to the U.S. […]

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Court OKs Border Wall Environmental Waiver

Court OKs Border Wall Environmental Waiver

The usually liberal federal appeals court in California sides with President Trump on Monday, ruling that the government has wide latitude to waive environmental laws to build a segment of the border wall in order to put on a speed construction of some border construction projects in southern California.  According to NPR, the court let stand a Department of Homeland Security decision to bypass environmental regulations — including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act — to quickly construct barriers and roads near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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