Several recent news stories have touted machine learning algorithms as the breakthrough technology that will allow computers to achieve true artificial intelligence.
This June 9th, the world will celebrate the birthday of Walt Disney's greatest hero: Donald Duck. For on that day back in 1934, the emphatic and aquatic cartoon character made his debut in the short film The Wise Little Hen. What makes Donald so great?
This Friday will mark the anniversary of the greatest fraud in human history. I'm speaking, of course, about the publication of the first scientific description of the platypus in the June 1799 issue of The Naturalist's Miscellany. In this journal, the English zoologist George Shaw detailed an "animal" that was a preposterous potpourri of several properties: a duck
This Wednesday will be the 400th anniversary of the Defenestration of Prague of 1618. Now, defenestration is a fancy Latin word that means "the act of involuntarily exiting a room through a window." And the Defenestration of Prague of 1618 began with a meeting in the city of Prague between Bohemian nobles and representatives of the Holy Roman Emperor.
All of us have metaphorical mountains to climb in our lives, and some of us scale actual mountains, but without a doubt, nowhere is there a figurative or literal mountain easier to surmount than the one in China’s Shandong Province, called "Jingshan". Coming in at a dizzying 2 feet tall, this puny peak has become a sensation on Chinese social media sites.
138 years ago, this month, English mathematician John Venn introduced the concept of Venn diagrams to an unsuspecting world. This was a terrific accomplishment for a man whose life had seen some early setbacks. Growing up in Victorian England, Mr.
If even your closest friends claim that your spirit animal is a snorasaurus, you might worry that other people don't find you interesting. But don't be troubled! Philosophers of logic proved long ago that one day everyone will be interesting. Their irrefutable argument goes a little bit like this:
Iraqi archaeologists recently announced the discovery of several previously unseen stanzas to the Epic of Gilgamesh. Regarded as humanity's first great work of literature, this epic poem from ancient Sumeria recounts the trials and tribulations of the demigod Gilgamesh.
As the unofficial curator of the compendium of Canadian canine curiosities, this writer thinks it would be a disservice to his readers if he didn't feature the beloved TV series The Littlest Hobo in at least one newsletter.