A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test – The New York Times

Researchers at the Allen Institute have hit an artificial-intelligence milestone: a machine that is ready for high school science. Maybe even college.

Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind | Smart News | Smithsonian

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A new study suggests that exposure to large home libraries may have a long-term impact on proficiency in three key areas

Source: Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind | Smart News | Smithsonian

Codebreaker Elizebeth Friedman Smashed Nazi Spy Rings

She was a real-life Peggy Carter, and a founder of national intelligence.

This Woman Saved the Americas From the Nazis

Pioneering codebreaker Elizebeth Friedman, a poet and mother of two, smashed spy rings by solving secret messages.

Source: Codebreaker Elizebeth Friedman Smashed Nazi Spy Rings

Australia’s birds of prey are starting bushfires DELIBERATELY | Daily Mail Online

Scientists from Penn State University have compiled a study that suggests that fires have spread in the Australian bush due to birds dropping smouldering sticks and embers on wildlife below.

Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is ‘Non-Human Person’ And Can Be Freed

Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is ‘Non-Human Person’ And Can Be Freed

The court declared that the orangutan is too smart to be treated as an object.

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Researcher decodes prairie dog language, discovers they’ve been talking about us (Video) : TreeHugger

Researcher decodes prairie dog language, discovers they’ve been talking about us (Video) : TreeHugger.

Prairie dog warnings aren’t just situational.  In addition to identifying the species of potential threats, they include descriptive information such as size, body type, and in the case of humans, clothing color.