Soothing music helps cows give more milk, researchers tell the BBC. Simon and Garfunkle, Beethoven and, yes, Danny Williams apparently calmed the cows, while up-tempo hits like Jamiroquai’s “Space Cowboy” had no effect.
Who’s going to control the Web sites for next year’s winter Olympics? Here’s a hint from the Industry Standard: like the games themselves, it’s a global monopoly run by an anticompetitive megalomaniac. What’s more, although now-defunct Quokka paid millions for the rights, Microsoft (good guess!) will get them for free.
Although healthy in moderation, there are plenty of ways that chicken can make you fat (just ask Colonel Sanders). Now a study in Nature finds that you can return the favor, by way of a human virus that causes obesity in chickens.
The Loch Ness monster may be neither hoax nor dinosaur, but a seismic phenomenon, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. An Italian Scientist suggests that a fault line beneath the Scottish lake may occasionally cause strange surface phenomena.
We hope not. But one company plans to give the world better pets through genetic engineering, reports the New York Times. Says a researcher at Transgenic Pets: “We feel confident by 2003 we’ll be able to produce an allergen-free cat.”
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How SpaceX’s massive Starship rocket might unlock the solar system—and beyond
With the first orbital test launch of Starship on the horizon, scientists are dreaming about what it might make possible— from trips to Neptune to planetary defense.
DeepMind says its new language model can beat others 25 times its size
RETRO uses an external memory to look up passages of text on the fly, avoiding some of the costs of training a vast neural network
The therapists using AI to make therapy better
Researchers are learning more about how therapy works by examining the language therapists use with clients. It could lead to more people getting better, and staying better.
What it will take to unleash the potential of geothermal power
Four new pilot plants funded by the US infrastructure bill could help expand the range of the “forgotten renewable.”
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