In the Dec. 9 SN: Lessons from the Pliocene, searching for new ways to fight MS, a supernova on repeat, the great gene drive debate, spider sleep secrets, an ailing boy gets new skin, kleptopredation and more.
LISTENING IN A computer code picked out six new types of dolphin clicks from several months’ worth of underwater sound recordings.
AI SPY A new type of artificial neural network has its virtual neurons (like the one illustrated above) organized into clusters called capsules. This helps the network more easily identify objects from new angles than its traditional counterparts.
CHOMPING AT THE QUBIT IBM announced two new advances to its quantum computing hardware (cooling system and other infrastructure shown): a 20-qubit processor that will be available commercially and a 50-qubit prototype currently undergoing testing.