Source: Vera Kratochvil, Public Domain Chimpanzees are one of our closest relatives and their lives are in peril because of human intrusions into their homes and lives. A new book edited by chimpanzee experts Drs. Lydia Hopper , Assistant Director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes , and Stephen Ross , Director of the Center, called Chimpanzees in Context: A Comparative Perspective on Chimpanzee Behavior, Cognition, Conservation, and Welfare is a comprehensive summary of what we know about these remarkable animals and provides information that is essential in developing conservation protocols. It's my pleasure to offer an interview with the editors of this forward-looking collection of essays by people who know the subject well. 1,2,3 Why did you compile the essays for Chimpanzees in Context ? Chimpanzees in Context is actually the latest in a series that has resulted from a set of conferences held in Chicago. In 1986, … [Read more...] about Chimpanzees in Context: Behavior, Cognition, and Welfare
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Source: Geralt/Pixabay Artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning is rapidly emerging as a powerful tool in the quest for novel diagnostics, therapies, and treatment for complex diseases such as cancer. Increasingly, machine learning is being used in genomics, the branch of molecular biology that studies genes and their functions. Recently scientists have discovered a technique that improves the robustness and interpretability of applied machine learning in genomics and published a peer-reviewed study last week in Nature Machine Intelligence . AI and genomics are growing markets. The worldwide artificial intelligence market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42 percent during 2020-2027 to reach USD $733.7 billion by 2027, according to Grand View Research. Per the same report, health care is a vertical segment expected to gain a large part of that share by 2027. Grand View Research estimates the global genomics market to reach USD … [Read more...] about New Deep Learning Method for Genomics Is More Transparent
Key Points: You’ll have more success finding connections if you rethink your expectations. An open, honest relationship matters more than finding friends who have a similar background or agree with you on everything. Your tribe may change over time as people come and go from your life—and that’s OK. Source: Cottonbro/Pexels For most of us, “getting out there” and meeting new people is demanding enough. Just saying “I’m finding my tribe” out loud is a bold declaration at any time of life. Whether we are 20 or 60, married or single, with children or without, setting out to build our tribe is a daunting life task—and a vital survival skill in its own right. To add to the pressure, the pandemic has disrupted our social lives with complicated and frustrating barriers, magnifying the challenges of “finding my tribe” in times of mask-wearing, Zooming, awkward social constraints, and other headaches. In pandemic times, “getting out there” online or offline … [Read more...] about 5 Myths and Realities About Finding Your Tribe
There’s no doubt that being required to cope with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic was not anyone’s choice. You have undoubtedly spent the last several months wishing that this never happened, especially if anyone you care about became ill with or succumbed to the virus. Even without experiencing the health effects of the coronavirus , your life has changed in what seems to be an irreversible direction. Will you ever be able to hug the people you greet, shake their hands, or even be able to speak without the interference of a face mask? When can you return without worry to your favorite stores, restaurants, theaters, or sports arenas? Are you missing that long commute to work that you once found to be so miserable? When can you even get back to work? As you ask yourself these questions, you may also be pondering the ways you’ve already tried to cope with the many life changes the pandemic has necessitated. Think first about getting together with your family. … [Read more...] about 10 Ways This Pandemic Might Actually Have Cognitive Benefits
Source: conrado/Shutterstock One of the most intriguing features of people with ample traits of narcissism is that they can appear to be extremely attractive . When unaware of the dynamics that produce this quality, people who meet individuals high in narcissism are likely to find themselves drawn to these individuals. Although their extreme self-focus, egocentrism, and tendency to manipulate people and situations will eventually come to the surface, the first impression you form of someone high in narcissism is likely to be very positive. There is a tendency to label people high in narcissism as “narcissists,” but in reality the trait of narcissism is a quality that everyone possesses, more or less, to some degree . In its most extreme form, and when it leads to dysfunctional behavior, narcissism becomes the core of a disorder known as narcissistic personality disorder . In popular parlance, these distinctions become lost and we talk about “narcissists.” However, it’s … [Read more...] about Do Narcissists of a Feather Flock Together?