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Alan Abel, professional hoaxer and '20th century court jester,' dies at 94

Los Angeles Times

Among his earliest hoaxes was a political campaign for one Yetta Bronstein, a fictitious Jewish homemaker from the Bronx who sought the presidency in 1964 and 1968. With the slogans "Put a mother in the White House" and "Vote for Yetta and things will get betta," Bronstein -- voiced by Abel's wife and frequent collaborator, Jeanne Abel -- ran on a platform that included replacing congressmen's salaries with commissions and putting truth serum into the Senate water fountain.


Geometric Deep Learning with Joan Bruna & Michael Bronstein

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I attended a bunch of talks and learned a ton, organized an impromptu roundtable on Building AI Products, and met a bunch of great people, including some former TWiML Talk guests.This time around i'm joined by Matthew Crosby, a researcher at Imperial College London, working on the Kinds of Intelligence Project.


Twitter acquires Deep Learning Startup, Fabula AI

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Twitter announced that it has acquired London-based Fabula AI. The financial terms of transactions are not disclosed. The announcement stated that Twitter has established a research group lead by Sandeep Pandey. The research groups look into areas like natural language processing, reinforcement learning, ML ethics, recommendation systems, and graph deep learning. In one of the posts titled "Fake News revealed through artificial intelligence", it was revealed that Fabula AI team, Michael Bronstein, professor and researcher at the USI Institute of Computational Science (ICS), fellow ICS researchers Federico Monti and Dr Davide Eynard, developed a new method based on algorithms and artificial intelligence that could prove to be the most effective solution to the spreading of fake news through the Internet.


Tiny Bugs Are Having Sex on Your Face Right Now

National Geographic

For bugs, there will likely never be any such thing as a housing shortage. At the Entomological Society of America annual meeting, we asked experts about bugs with some odd choices for real estate. The horse bot fly, for instance, is a dangerous pest whose larvae infest the stomach of a horse. The caterpillars of these beautiful butterflies are the cuckoos of the insect world, sneaking into another species' nest and freeloading on unsuspecting strangers. Several caterpillars in the Lycaenidae family invade nests and pretend to be ant larvae.


Frogs Hitch Ride on Water Buffalo--Never Before Seen

National Geographic

Water buffaloes in Turkey have been spotted carrying some unusual hitchhikers--tiny frogs. In autumn, farmers along the Black Sea coast release their domesticated Anatolian water buffalo to wallow in the marshes, where a menagerie of marsh frogs hops onboard, a new study says. But this is the first time scientists have described such a relationship between amphibians and a large mammal. "The initial observation was accidental, as is often the case in ecological research," says study leader Piotr Zduniak, who saw the spectacle while birdwatching in the Kizilirmak Delta, one of the Middle East's largest wetlands. Zduniak, an ecologist at Poland's Adam Mickiewicz University, and colleagues returned the next fall to northern Turkey and observed 10 more occasions in which marsh frogs clung to buffalo backs and heads.