3 March, 2011 – This Week in Science


A Strange Symptom Of Smoking Cessation, Watery Footprints, Bird Deaths, Bulk Metallic Glasses, Modified Theory Of Gravity, And Much More…

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This Week in Nano Medicine (Thanks, Ed and Monkey)

Planets in the making (Thanks, Ed)

50 billion exoplanets in the Milky Way (Thanks, Dale, David)

Minion mailbag
From minion Davey – “Just wanted to clear up something on Watson, it didn’t have a single microphone. So of course it couldn’t hear what the other contestants were saying and it can’t actually understand human speech. Clues were sent to Watson via text at the same time the clue was read to the humans and then after the question it was sent the right answer by text as well. The break through was in parsing the important parts of the question from all the word play that is used in the clue. There is a real nice documentary about Watson that can be found here

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