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How Computers “Sing” Love Songs

So, we’ve never really seen anything like this before. Martin Backes–who somehow finds the time to be an artist, DJ, hacker, composer and designer–has actually come up with a way to program pathos.

Backes’ fully automated machine endlessly sings top ’90s love songs and, according to Backes, “as the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments. This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality.”

You have to see it to understand it–and we highly recommend that you do.

Beer-Powered Cars And The Future Of Energy

Beer-Powered Cars Tanker

Brewtroleum now fuels beer-powered cars across New Zealand. Source: 3News

Climate change and the global energy crisis have escalated to the point where if we want to reverse or limit their impacts, something drastic must be done-and fast. The potentially dire circumstances are enough to drive anyone to the bottle, and for a few people, it already has—albeit for honorable reasons.

While other breweries are busy perfecting gimmicky seasonal brews to satisfy the barflies and frat boys, the minds behind DB Export have been hard at work developing their very own recipe for an alternative fuel—and it comes from an unconventional source.

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Your World This Week, Volume VI

Kepler 452b Earth Comparison

An artist’s concept drawing of Earth (left) and Kepler-452b (right). Source: NASA

Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet Could Very Well Support Life

NASA recently declared that its Kepler spacecraft found “Earth’s bigger, older cousin.” Kepler-452b, located about 1,400 light years away, marks the first discovery of a planet whose size and distance from its star are comparable to Earth. While there are still many questions left unanswered, researchers know that Kepler-452b has a 385-day year and receives about the same amount of energy from its star that Earth does, and suspect that it has an atmosphere and a rocky surface.

What all this means, of course, is that Kepler-452b may very well support life. In 2017–when NASA launches the TESS satellite–and in 2018–when the James Webb Space Telescope becomes operational–we may get some answers. NASA states that these new projects could illuminate details about other planets’ colors, seasons, weather, and even vegetation. Find more at CNN.

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How The United States Achieved Full Marriage Equality

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While many have hailed the recent United States Supreme Court ruling that struck down state bans on same sex marriage as a highly consequential–and progressive–moment in our national history, the reality is that it came about after a series of conservative moves on behalf of the court.

As seen in the map above, SCOTUS–in a decidedly restrained fashion–chose to toss back the question of gay marriage to individual states until that approach was no longer viable. After all, one cannot lose rights or recognition just because they move to a different state.

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