Could neural networks identify every tree on earth?

In 2015, ecologists at Yale published a study in Nature that showed that there are upwards of three trillion trees in the world. That is an astounding number, especially considering that previous estimates had guessed 400 billion. However, the number is only as good as the method used to get there. In the Yale study, …

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Why monuments matter

Executive Order 13792 of April 26, 2017 orders the Secretary of the interior to review the validity of all national monuments designated after 1996. In total, these monuments preserve more than 13 million acres of land, and 434 million acres of marine habitats. The review is probably a first step in eliminating or reducing the size …

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Self-driving cars have an ejaculating sneaker fish problem

The autonomous, or self-driving car has gotten a ton of press recently, as Google’s cars log a million and a half road miles, Apple hints at a car, and Tesla’s autopilot polarizes users. Many are excited about this technology, but most people have reservations about handing over the wheel to a computer. In this essay, I …

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