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Alexa, Siri, and Google, oh my

Not sure why, but this kind of made me chuckle today.  🙂

Alexa Is the Dumbest Smart Assistant After Siri and Google | Digital Trends

The venture capital firm recently asked Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant the same 800 questions. Google Assistant was the most successful of the bunch and was able to answer 93% of the questions correctly. In comparison, Siri was only able to get 83% of the questions right, and Alexa got 80%. Samsung’s Bixby and Microsoft’s Cortana, both lesser-used voice assistants, didn’t even make the cut. Alexa Is the Dumbest Smart Assistant After Siri and Google | Digital Trends

~Vanessa~

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A Simple Box to Make Boy’s Dream Come True

As a box lover myself, I could feel this little boy’s pain!  lol

 

An empathetic employee is being hailed for delivering more than just packages to a Mississippi family – more specifically, he went out of his way to deliver a box to a 6-year-old boy.

Delivery Man Goes Above and Beyond With a Simple Box to Make Boy’s Dream Come True

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Stunned researchers discover that the impact of walking

(Natural News) It’s spring time, with summer on the horizon, and many people are looking to get in shape, get back in shape, or just simply get outside and get some fresh air daily. There are several benefits to going for a brisk walk, especially in the morning, some of which you may not realize….

Stunned researchers discover that the impact of walking dramatically boosts blood flow to the brain, boosting cognitive function

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No Snow Chicago

 

for the first time in 146 years — Chicago is going through a snow drought with not a flake at all in the months of January and February

It’s especially notable in a city known for its brutal winters.

Chicago averages over 40 inches of snow per winter […]

So the last two months […] temperatures hitting spring-like highs — without a lick of snow.

No Snow Chicago: Windy City Having Non-White Winter for First Time in Nearly 150 Years – NBC News

Remember when, a couple months ago, I told the Arctic it could go home?  I guess it listened!  lol  The last 2 or 3 years we’ve had particularly cold and snowy Winters, so this year, except for December, has been a MUCH welcome relief!

In other news, Hello March!

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Pioneer Cabin Tree

Aw man!  😦  RIP Tree!  Your pictures always made me smile!

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A park volunteer found the collapsed iconic tree on Sunday, Jan. 8. (Facebook photo/Calaveras Big Trees Association/Jim Allday)

The tree was a popular tourist site since the 1880s when a group of pioneers carved out the center. It became an iconic part of the state park. Until recently, cars were allowed to drive through.

Jim Allday, a park volunteer, found the collapsed tree on Sunday as a major storm barreled over central and northern California.


cabin treeA healthy Pioneer Cabin tree stands in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. (Photo/Amber Rack)

Source: Iconic 1,000-year-old Pioneer Cabin tree collapses as deadly storm blasts California

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fMRI bugs

Wow, this could be huge. 

fMRI bugs could upend years of research

In this paper at PNAS, they write: “the most common software packages for fMRI analysis (SPM, FSL, AFNI) can result in false-positive rates of up to 70%. These results question the validity of some 40,000 fMRI studies and may have a large impact on the interpretation of neuroimaging results.”

That’s not a gentle nudge that some results might be overstated: it’s more like making a bonfire of thousands of scientific papers.

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