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AAAS: Machine learning ‘causing science crisis’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Astronomy is one of the many areas of science in which machine learning is used to make discoveries Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong.Dr Genevera Allen from Rice University in Houston said that the increased use of such systems was contributing to a “crisis in science”.She warned scientists that if
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Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChildren protest over climate change and environmentPupils from around the UK went "on strike" on Friday as part of a global campaign for action on climate change.Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said protests took place
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What happens when you take a genealogy test

[ad_1] More than 26 million people worldwide have taken at-home genealogy tests, according to MIT Technology Review.Two BBC journalists, Caché McClay and Angélica Casas, succumbed to the trend and took one. This is what they found.Watch this episode of BBC's Cut Through The Noise on Facebook for more on genealogy tests, family secrets and fighting crime. [ad_2] Source link
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Endurance: Search for Shackleton’s lost ship begins

[ad_1] Image copyright RGS Image caption Endurance just before it sank: Crushed at the stern, it went down bow first Antarctic scientists seeking to locate the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton's lost ship, the Endurance, have arrived at the search site.The team broke through thick pack ice on Sunday to reach the vessel's last known position in the Weddell Sea.Robotic submersibles will now spend the next few days scouring the
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Herbal history: Five garden plants with a hidden past

[ad_1] Image copyright RHS Lindley Collections Image caption A book by Leonhart Fuchs on herbal plants published in Basel in 1542 Many garden plants we're familiar with today have a hidden history.Grown centuries ago for their reputed healing powers, they became garden staples, valued for their beauty, form or scent.Pulmonaria, with its spotted leaves, was thought to symbolise diseased lungs, and used for chest infections.And the mint now found in
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‘Time bomb’ warning on mining dam disasters

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrazil's mining dams: A disaster waiting to happen?The catastrophic collapse of a dam at a mine in Brazil has exposed a darker side of an industry that the world depends on. At nearly 800 sites across the country and thousands more around the world, dams contain huge loads of mining waste.One British scientist, Dr Stephen Edwards of UCL, has warned that
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Climate change: World heading for warmest decade, says Met Office

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA Image caption A Nasa graphic showing the global temperature anomalies between 2014 and 2018 - higher than the long term trend is shown in red The world is in the middle of what is likely to be the warmest 10 years since records began in 1850, says the Met Office.It's forecasting that temperatures for each of the next five years are likely to be at or