Anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, flat-earthers, and every combination of the like.
Home Improvement star Tim Allen has crawled out of a hole to share some controversial thoughts about the theory of evolution. The actor took to twitter to pose the question "If we evolved from apes why are there still apes." We may not scientists, but we still know there is a LOT wrong with that statement. And Twitter seems to agree.
Contrary to what science fiction predicted robotics in 2019 would be like, robots are nowhere near being autonomous yet (although they are able to do some pretty cool things). It's taken researchers a long time to get robots to be able to walk like humans - so getting them to respond to different environments with fast reflexes is even further away than our hopeful ancestors imagined. But these researchers are looking at things in a different way, and a robot that can walk and balance like a human may be closer than we thought it was.
AI seems to be moving forward in leaps and bounds these days (sometimes literally). In the latest advancement of robotics, OpenAI has just released footage of Dactyl, it's AI powered robot (which has just one humanoid hand) solving a Rubik's cube. It's not about the speed, but rather the dexterity required to solve a Rubik's cube one-handed (heck, even solving a Rubik's cube with both hands is difficult for me). The most impressive thing is that the robot learnt to solve it all by itself.
What do you, me and every other person on Earth have in common? I won't make you guess, because we all have a lot more in common than we think we do. No matter how different we might seem from each other, we're all part of the same species: homo sapiens. And that means that we all have ancestors in common. We know what Neanderthals look like, but it's a different story for their recently discovered cousin, the Denisovans. Some scientists have just made a pretty good guess about what the Denisovans looked like.
There's nothing we love more here than some random information. The world is full of interesting things, so why limit yourself to one topic? This article is jam packed with tidbits from very different topics, from evolution to bionic limbs. Absorb that info, my friends.
Penguins aren't exactly formidable creatures, are they? Although Emperor penguins can reach up to 4 feet 2 inches, they always seem super friendly and cute. Now imagine a penguin the same height as you. That changes things. Penguins the size of humans... the idea sounds like it comes from science fiction. But it actually just comes from science. It was recently discovered that giant penguins used to exist. We are not kidding.
You've probably learned about vestigial organs in Biology class by now. There are a lot of things that aren't important to humans any more but we've still held onto them in some way. If you've ever seen someone wiggle their ears, it's obvious.
This video shows some of those unnecessary parts and why we used to have them. It also goes into detail about the way that some humans have actually lost those extra pieces.
That's evolution at work.
In case you missed it, Bill Nye and Ken Ham debated yesterday at the creation museum over creationism. You can watch the entire debate yourself here. During and after the debate, both sides took action on the internet saying what they believe and poking fun at the debate.
Bill Nye, the knower of all things, is out with a new video in which he encourages creationist parents to embrace their "crazy, untenable, inconsistent" world view -- just so long as they don't force it on their offspring:
If you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them.
We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can... we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.