New study examines recursive thinking
"The ability to represent recursive structures is present in children as young as three years old, which suggests it is there even before they use it in language," said Stephen Ferrigno, a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and first author on the paper. Ferrigno at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA el al., "Recursive sequence generation in monkeys, children, US adults, and native Amazonians," Science Advances (2020).
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NASA inviting public to navigate its rovers around Mars
NASA has an algorithm called SPOC (Soil Property and Object Classification), which labels different types of Mars terrain such as boulders or sand to create maps that the rover driver can use when maneuvering the vehicles.
To help with the task of training the algorithm, NASA is inviting the public to help classify bits of martian terrain.
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Harvard study confirms irregular sleeping hours can make you fat
Harvard recently conducted a study where they traced sleeping habits of 61 students over 30 days and correlated the sleeping habits with grades. The study found that students who went to bed early and woke up early did better in school than those who slept irregular hours. The same study confirmed that Irregular sleepers had delayed circadian rhythms compared to regular sleepers which resulted in weight gain.
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DNA coding by Harvard scientists might immunize human software from all diseases
A team of scientists at Harvard led by leading biologist George Church has found ways to edit human DNA like code. The team is currently working on making humans immune to all diseases and reversing the aging process although they claim it will take at least another ten years before any of their breakthroughs are available to humans.
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'Junkyard' experiment reveals single-celled organism to be surprisingly intelligent
Scientists decided to recreate a century-old experiment by zoologist Herbert Jennings, which had revealed that single-celled organisms called stentors had displayed unusually intelligent behavior in trying to avoid some irritants that had been placed near them. The experiment had long been dismissed, since no research had ever reproduced it, but a casual experiment by Harvard researchers has managed to successfully produce Jennings' original results.
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