Science: Predicting Rain With AI, Map Of The Motor Cortex, 2021 Nobel Prizes

AI weather forecasters, mapping the human brain and the 2021 science Nobel prizes.

In this episode:

00:52 Improving the accuracy of weather forecasts with AI

Short-term rain predictions are a significant challenge for meteorologists. Now, a team of researchers have come up with an artificial-intelligence based system that weather forecasters preferred to other prediction methods.

Research article: Ravuri et al.

08:02 Research Highlights

The vaping robot that could help explain why some e-cigarettes damage lungs, and the sea-slugs that steal chloroplasts to boost egg production.

Research Highlight: This robot vapes for science

Research Highlight: Solar-powered slugs have a bright reproductive future

10:29 A map of the motor cortex

A group of researchers are undertaking an enormous task: to make a cellular atlas of the entire brain. This week, they publish a suite of papers that has accomplished this feat for one part of the brain — the motor cortex.

Research Article: BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network

News and Views: A census of cell types in the brain’s motor cortex

Editorial: Neuroscientists make strides towards deciphering the human brain

17:58 Nobel News

Flora Graham from the Nature Briefing joins us to talk about the winners of this year’s science Nobels.

News: Medicine Nobel goes to scientists who discovered biology of senses

News: Climate modellers and theorist of complex systems share physics Nobel

News: ‘Elegant’ catalysts that tell left from right scoop chemistry Nobel

Views: An Osprey Hunts Trout In Yellowstone

Views: Watching Gorillas In A Rwanda Rainforest

The African country of Rwanda, once better known for its horrifying history of genocide, is now gaining a reputation as one of Africa’s safest – and cleanest – countries. Join Youtuber @Dhruv Rathee and girlfriend Juli on a rain forest tour, where they spot a fascinating species – the gorilla!

Aerial Views: Yokohama – Southern Japan (4K)

Yokohama, a Japanese city south of Tokyo, was one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade, in 1859. It contains a large Chinatown with hundreds of Chinese restaurants and shops. It’s also known for Sankei-en Garden, a botanical park containing preserved Japanese residences from different eras, and the seaside Minato Mirai district, site of the 296m Landmark Tower. 

Views: World’s Tallest Observation Wheel (Dubai)

Located just off the coast of Dubai Marina on the man-made, Bluewater’s Island, Ain Dubai – or the Eye of Dubai – is now officially the world’s tallest and largest observation wheel – standing over 250 metres tall and with a capacity of 1,750 passengers at any one time.

82 metres taller than its predecessor, Ain Dubai represents the single greatest increase in height for this type of structure – something that could have only been achieved in a place like Dubai.

Previews: Times Literary Supplement – October 8

Morning News: UK Energy Transition, Interest Rates & Inflation, Lego’s Rise

A.M. Edition for Oct. 6. WSJ’s Rochelle Toplensky explains what went wrong in Britain’s energy transition and what other countries can learn from this. The Senate prepares another vote on raising the U.S. debt limit. 

New Zealand raises interest rates as more central banks worry about rising inflation. Hundreds more join the oil spill cleanup in California. Plus, how the world’s biggest toy maker, Lego, stayed popular during the pandemic. Peter Granitz hosts.