Science and tech videos, stories and books for the week
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Have you seen It yet? Released this week, It Chapter 2 is the second volume of a movie based on a horror novel written by Stephen King. The story revolves around a clown that terrifies a town, with its wicked smile and chilling laugh. Clowns have always been a source of horror for human beings, despite the fact that they’re meant to make us happier – and if you’ve ever wondered why, here’s your answer.
And let’s just say you watch the movie and decide to give it a bad review. In this day and age, as soon as anything is published on the internet, you have to anticipate being trolled. So just in case you get trolled, here’s a video by Bloomberg that will help you understand the science behind what’s happening to you:
Asiaville did a podcast that explains the landing, which would help you better understand everything that could have gone wrong in the process.
Here’s a quick question – if you could have an experience, but no memory of it, would you still want the experience? Imagine this – someone promises you a free world trip, but your memories would be deleted at the end of the trip. What would you choose? Experience or memory? Would you take the trip? Watch this short film by Dust, to explore this some more:
Speaking of emotions and memory, you have to watch this talk with one of the most popular AI based robots in the world – Sophia. After seeing Sophia’s interactions, you could never feel like robots are emotionless.
And coming to the topic of computing – there are so many questions left unanswered. What is the future of computing? Where do we store all the data that we generate every day?
Quantum computers are one path the future of computing is expected to take. For those complicated problems that normal computers simply cannot compute, quantum computers are expected to take over. To better understand how quantum computers work, you need to understand quantum physics. Read this to catch up: Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics Is Different.
Blazing forest fires in the Amazon rainforest have wiped out a large chunk of its ecosystem. But, if you still think that it was responsible for producing 20 percent of the oxygen on the earth, you are wrong.
Oxygen gets created through various process and the decimation of the Amazon is not going to considerably affect the availability of oxygen on the earth. That doesn't mean that it was good for our environment.
The increasing temperature of the earth, one of the possible reasons behind the fire in the Amazon is global warming. Greenhouse gases are responsible for increasing the temperature of the earth. However, scientists might have found a solution in the form of microbes that can transform greenhouse gases into useful compounds. Great, right?
Before we wrap up, there’s one more book on the list, only for those who love mathematics. Titled The Maths of Life and Death, this book tries to demonstrate the critical role mathsplays in our daily life, even when we might not be aware of it.