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Lifting the lid on AI • Transparency will be key to regulating the new technology
Mission to explore Jupiter’s ocean moons launches
New ecological niche in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Why apes began to walk upright • Forests in eastern Africa started turning to grassland 10 million years earlier than we thought, which may have driven the evolution of upright apes, finds Michael Le Page
Sunflower pollen may help clear bee guts of parasites
What actually is artificial intelligence?
An intellectual leap • There is no doubt that the latest advances in artificial intelligence are more impressive than what came before, but are we in just another bubble of AI hype? Jeremy Hsu reports
What is a neural network?
A timeline of AI • Some of the most important moments in the history of artificial intelligence so far (and a few predictions)
Why is ChatGPT so good?
Are generative AIs conscious?
Will AI ever be truly intelligent?
Field notes A quantum lab in New York City • An unhackable quantum internet Entangled photons of light are beeing sent under the noisy streets of New York to test a prototype network, reports Karmela Padavic-Callaghan
Tadpoles that sense prey in the water hatch ready to hunt
Graphene shows record-breaking magnetic properties
Skates evolved their huge wings thanks to genome origami
Emissions from electricity generation may have peaked
The best way to make a playground swing go higher
Bone fragment reveals humans wore leather clothes 39,000 years ago
How anacondas perform a weird, twisting lunge
Robot learns how to avoid butter fingers
Seahorse’s power move is explained
Europe to be a hotspot for droughts that take hold fast
Facing AI extinction • Why do many of today’s artificial intelligence researchers dismiss the potential risks to humanity, asks David Krueger
Wild Wild Life • Blooming marvellous Orchids seem unique in how they inspire such a devoted following, but why are there so many species of these much-loved plants, wonders Penny Sarchet
World on show
Neuro nightmares ahead • How will we find a way through the new minefield of brain tracking and hacking? Simon Ings reads an excellent, if deeply troubling, guide
A world in need of kelp • Seaweed could feed the world, replace plastic and slash carbon emissions. Chris Simms trawls the evidence
The TV column • The power of two Reimagining a cult psychological thriller like Dead Ringers is a seriously tough ask. Amazingly, a six-parter starring Rachel Weisz as twin gynaecologists is a standalone triumph, says Bethan Ackerley
Better out than in? • Indoor air can be as dirty as a city street at rush hour. But making a few simple changes at home can help reduce the risks to health, says Graham Lawton
SHOULD I BUY AN INDOOR AIR QUALITY MONITOR?
As tricky as • We know how young minds learn to read, so why are so many children failing to master this essential skill, asks Colin Barras
Raising a reader • Here are four expert tips on what parents and caregivers can do to help prepare young children to learn to read
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