Ten-Minute Sabbatical

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

Oct 1, 2018
The Scientist Staff
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by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

The thing that is going to be tricky here is that it’s going to be very tempting to use [artificial intelligence] as a weapon. In fact, it will be used as a weapon. The danger is going to be more humans using it against each other most likely, I think.

—Entrepreneur and engineer Elon Musk speaking with comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan about misgivings concerning the future of AI (September 6)

In the life of the planet, destruction of night is as important an issue as the poisoning of water and air.

Richard “Bugs” Stevens, a professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut, on the ecological and human health damage wrought by light pollution (Aeon, August 3)


ACROSS
1.  Sandbanks or gravel bars
4.  Fluoxetine’s trade name
8.  Ellipsoidal yellow fruit
9.  Like dodos and dinos
10.  Relating to foxes
11.  Inventor played by Bowie
       in The Prestige
12.  Resembling a duck, pedally (hyph.)
17.  Decapods with claws
19.  Kin of an orange
21.  Drupe whose husk yields coir
22.  Coat defect caused by mite bites
23.  Having a low pH
24.  Protection for a pangolin

DOWN
1.  Secretion that starts the digestive process 2
     I = V/R (2 wds.)
3.  “Pineapple Island”
5.  Sound of a woodpecker (hyph.)
6.  Torrid and Frigid, for two
7.  China, to Marco Polo
9.  Orbital area (2 wds.)
13.  Dog without a bark
14.  Active by day, like the snowy owl
15.  Tree that yields gum arabic
16.  Mammals whose den is called a holt
18.  Computer code for text
20.  Myna or chimp, at times


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