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1/ New Year’s Resolutions
With the New Year upon us, and its attendant annual ritual of committing to positive new habits, this New York Times article is an interesting read on the intersection of exercise and metabolic health.
2/ Haute Cuisine meet AI
Ever wonder why different cultures and geographies produce different types of cuisine? Two recent studies show that some of the differences may come down to anatomical differences in our tongues. Perhaps it is not a surprise that new AI methods were involved in these findings.
3/ Beethoven meet AI
Data science is delving into the world of music as well. There has been a long running question among musicians about the tempo of many of Beethoven’s pieces. Sixty-six out of 135 of them have been regarded as “absurdly fast and thus possibly wrong,” according to one group. Their conclusion in a 2013 paper was that Beethoven’s metronome could have been broken therefore accounting for improper notations in the original sheet music. A new PLoS ONE paper uses mathematical methods to suggest that the problem with Beethoven’s tempo is that he read his metronome incorrectly when using it to measure the beat of his symphonies. The researchers analyzed 36 symphonic recordings by different conductors and found a “systematic deviation” from the tempos noted in the original music. However, they were unable to recreate this deviation by simulating issues with the metronome as had been suggested in the 2013 paper. Their novel conclusion is that Beethoven did not know whether to read the tempo markings from the top or the bottom of the metronome’s moving weight. Thus, music marked as 120 was in fact meant to be played at 108, 116 at 104, etc. There are many lessons here…
4/ Over Night Success Story
While it feels like AI is all of a sudden cropping up in every facet of research and life these days, the march of computation has of course been on the move since the 1950s. This recent Nature piece provides an interesting review of 10 computer codes that have transformed science.
The changing of the year also raised to our attention a number of pieces analyzing trends in a number of areas of concern:
– Cancer incidence in US adolescents and young adults (JAMA Network)
– Impact of climate change on health (The Lancet)
– Leading causes of death and disability (WHO)
There is a lot of work to do…
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