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In science fiction, the presence of machines that can learn and adapt like their human creators generally indicates something bad is going to happen. Think of Skynet from the Terminator films, the Replicants from Blade Runner or HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players,” as Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It. And some of those players have learning and cognitive differences that make it difficult to sit through things like, say, a Shakespeare play.
On Thanksgiving Day, minds turn to thoughts of a big meal, a big game and maybe a big nap. But Thanksgiving can be more than an annual celebration of feasting, football and nodding off in a comfy recliner.
Throughout his football-playing days, former Penn State standout Michael Robinson tucked away a number underneath his pads that was different from the one on his jersey. It was his way of preserving the memory of a good friend whose bright future in the game was cut tragically short.
Throughout history, the natural world has inspired important scientific breakthroughs. For example, the Wright brothers incorporated the concepts of lift and drag into airplane designs after they observed how birds in flight tilted their wings back and forth.
For Tony Menyhart, coming up with a no-frills bread recipe wasn’t challenging, but finding the resources to take his product to supermarkets around the country wasn’t exactly a cakewalk.
In the United States, we take our transportation infrastructure for granted. It’s not necessarily a big deal for us to travel, say, a hundred miles from where we live, no matter where that might be. But in many parts of the world, a trip of just a few miles is fraught with hazards, as roads and bridges are either in poor condition or non-existent.
In every business, major decisions are often determined by a deciding vote cast by an individual or group with a large stake. That’s a little trickier with the Lozano sisters, both seniors at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design.
Leonardo da Vinci’s wide-ranging work influenced many scientists and artists who came after him. But Penn State art professor B. Stephen Carpenter II is probably one of a few who was especially inspired by the work the great Italian thinker did on the wrong side of the law.
Golf is a game of the elements. The rolling hills. The wind. Sand traps. Water hazards.
You’re rushing around downtown Columbus when you absent-mindedly pull into one of those gray, nondescript city parking lots. But you’re taken completely by surprise when you stumble onto an artistic treasure: The attendant’s booth isn’t some drab box of frowns and dollar bills, but a mélange of soaring steel and glass lines crafted into a large sculpture.
When it comes to violins and other stringed instruments, the artistry isn’t just in the way they’re played. It’s also in how they’re made.
One thing that characterizes great journalists is the ability to get to the bottom of a problem. And for two former Northwestern University journalism students, their ability to do that led to more than just a great story. It prompted them to create a philanthropic organization that’s changing lives in one of the poorest countries on Earth.
How much does “innovation” cost? Many people would guess well into the millions — or even billions — of dollars. And much of the time, they’d be right. But sometimes it costs little more than the spare change you can dig out of your couch cushions or the floorboards of your car.