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The concept of Artificial Intelligence in terms of digital computing has been around since the mid 1950s. Researchers have continued to work in this field since then, and these days, while there might not yet be the kind of artificial general intelligence those early researchers first imagined, there are lots of ways computers are doing work only humans could once do -- much of it behind the scenes in the systems we all take for granted. We explore the roles "big data" and maching learning are playing into efforts to develop AI.

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Frances E. Jensen, MD explores and analyzes mysterious territory in her book, “The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.” Co-written by Amy Ellis Nutt, the book explores recent research into how the adolescent brain is still developing throughout the teenage years, the important changes that are still happening, and the implications when it comes to parenting and understanding teens. Dr. Jensen joins us in the studio to explore what she's learned about the teenage brain while writing this book.

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When it comes to treating patients with Alzheimers disease or another form of dementia, should caregivers be doing more to treat the person and not just the disease?  We’ll talk with Art Therapist and Director of Education at the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida, Angel Duncan, about her recently published article in the Journal of Neurology and Neurological Disorders titled “Identity in Memory: Ascertaining Consciousness beyond Dementia.” Duncan uses various case studies to show that despite cellular brain death caused by dementia, a patient’s sense of identity and self-awareness can remain intact and how the arts and sciences can work together to better treat patients.

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A global group of scientists has traced the evolutionary history of Florida’s signature crop up to 8 million years into the past to the Himalayas of Southeast Asia. Through analyses of 60 types of citrus whose genomes they sequenced, scientists identified 10 natural citrus species, according to their new study, just published in the journal Nature. We’re joined by a University of Florida professor who co-authored the study, Fred Gmitter, to learn more about the implications of this research.


When we look up at the stars our eyes see the visible light that’s travelled billions of miles to get here. And when early astronomers first turned their telescopes to the sky, the visible light is what they could see. But, as technology improved, astronomers starting looking at the sky using other forms of light energy, like electromagnetic radiation, gravitational waves, and now even neutrinos and cosmic rays. Each is created by different astrophysical processes, and so provide different kinds of information about their sources.