France bans neonicotinoid insecticides

We can’t keep pouring poisons on our fields and expect to be OK.   This is good: By enforcing the blanket ban, France is going further than the European Union, which voted to outlaw the use of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and...

Ravens are smart enough to be paranoid

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/ravens-theory-of-mind The study, published in Nature Communications, found that if a nearby peephole was open, ravens guarded pockets of food against discovery in response to the sound of other birds — even if they didn’t...

Hurricane Florence Potential Impacts

Analysis of Hurricane Florence Potential Impacts: VERY BAD STORM, HISTORIC. Flooding and storm surge will likely render areas uninhabitable for “weeks to months”. Winds may completely destroy sturdy buildings.  ...

Unravel the Code indeed. Knitted Star Map.

Sarah Spencer’s knitted star map [I]t wasn’t until last year that she finally cracked an algorithm that allowed her machine to knit in three colours of yarn in one knit per pixel. This opened up a whole new realm of possibility. Her improved “network...

Hurricane Florence

From Eric Holthaus: So, worryingly, here’s the now *likely* scenario for Hurricane #Florence: – Rapid intensification over the next 36-48 hrs to major hurricane status – Landfall in the Carolinas as a Category 4 – Stalling near the coast for up...

What is the mind?

“… mental states like consciousness are states of an entire animal and not states of its parts.” Interview with Markus Gabriel. “‘Consciousness’ is slightly better than ‘the mind’ if we separate between two types of consciousness. There are...