ARTificial Intelligence: Can AI create a legitimate work of art? The short answer is “No.” The long answer is “Not even close.” An AI company, GumGum, in collaboration with Rutgers University’s Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab, and Cloudpainter, an AI painting robot, tested to see whether it was possible. Their experiment proved that with the aid of human input and human decided parameters, Artificial Intelligence proved itself a more than adequate copycat without a morsel of creativity. It was programmed to imitate Abstract Expressionism so it did. A human artist would have decided to do something else. Hence the creativity.

Bugs in the Brain: Common consensus has long held that the brain is one of the few immunoprivileged parts of the body, meaning antigens can be introduced without eliciting an inflammatory response. Moreover, the blood-brain barrier protects the brain from circulating pathogens. A recent, much talked about, study appears to contradict that. A study by neuroanatomist Rosalinda Roberts of the University of Alabama in Birmingham suggests an “unexpectedly intimate relationship between microbes and the brain.

Hope for Ebola Therapy: A major randomized controlled clinical trial of three different Ebola antibody treatments and an antiviral drug is set to take place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. STAT calls it a “landmark moment” that is being conducted under challenging circumstances and they are spot on.

The Evolution Debates Are Back: For roughly fifty years an uneasy truce has existed between evolutionary theorists, who subscribe to the neutral theory of molecular evolution which claims meaningful evolution takes place at a genomic level, and adaptionists who credit a more macro level positive selection for adaptive traits. The debate seems to be festering again with some suggesting a compromise between the two theories will be the new normal.

Excelsior!: Finally, Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee. The driving force behind superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the Defenders, and the X-Men passed away early Monday morning at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95 years old.

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