It’s time for “Nerd News,” covering the most important news for your brain.
Here’s a quick rundown of this week in science . . .
1. A meteorite shot through the sky over Maine last Saturday. Now a museum is offering $25,000 to the first person who finds a chunk of it. They want big pieces. It has to weigh at least 2.2 pounds.
2. Back in 2019, astronomers released the first photo of a black hole. Now they’ve released a better version of it made with the help of A.I.
3. Speaking of A.I.: Researchers used it to see what our feet might evolve to look like after another 100 years of wearing shoes. The answer is uglier and sweatier, with longer toes.
4. In bug news: A study at Ohio State found adding brighter lights in cities might cause more mosquito bites. They’re dormant most of the year, but too much light could confuse them and make them stick around longer.
5. Uploading your consciousness to the cloud is still science fiction. But some “expert” went viral this week after claiming it’s closer to becoming reality than most people think.
He said to start regularly recording your parents and other loved ones, so A.I. can use it to model their voice, looks, and personality. Then you’ll be able to interact with a virtual version of them and ask questions, even after they’re gone.
He says there’s a “100% chance” it’ll be possible someday . . . and thinks it might be somewhat possible by the end of the year. (???)