Can AI help us speak to animals? Part one
Advancements in recording devices and artificial intelligence are allowing researchers to listen to conversations outside the human hearing range, a field known as bioacoustics. Some scientists believe that these developments will enable us to "translate" animal sounds into human language. In a new season of Tech Tonic, the hosts discuss whether we are getting closer to being able to "speak whale" or chat with bats. The episode explores the potential of using AI to understand and communicate with animals.
Lisi Tesher: My parents divorced a few years ago. I just saw on Instagram my dad is now dating a man: Ask Lisi
The Toronto Star
A recent advice column in The Star discussed the issue of parents divorcing and one of them entering into a same-sex relationship. The writer, a university student, expresses confusion and a need for help in dealing with the situation. The advice given suggests that the writer and their sister should stay close and seek support from each other. The university should have on-site counselors who can provide guidance. The writer is also encouraged to have a conversation with their father to gain understanding and not judge him.
It’s like a hurricane – Phil Mickelson opens up on gambling addiction
Golfer Phil Mickelson has spoken about the harm caused by his gambling addiction. The six-time major winner said he had been distracted and unable to be present with his loved ones. Mickelson, 53, said his “lack of presence” had caused a lot of harm and said he had been told often that he was “here but not with us”. Mickelson, who is currently ranked 21st in the world, paid tribute to his wife for her support and urged gamblers not to “confuse your enablers as friends like I did”.
Mickelson speaks on gambling addiction: ‘So much damage to clean up’
Golfer Phil Mickelson has spoken out about the harm caused by his gambling addiction. The six-time major winner claimed that his addiction affected his loved ones "in ways I wasn't aware or could fully understand". In a social media post, Mickelson revealed that he had crossed the line of moderation and into addiction. He thanked his wife for her support and urged others not to mistake enablers for friends. Betting expert Billy Walters alleged that Mickelson had placed over $1bn in bets over the last 30 years.
Phil Mickelson says gambling addiction was like a ‘hurricane’ which ‘caused a lot of damage’ in his life
Golf legend Phil Mickelson has revealed how his gambling addiction ruined his life and relationships. The six-time major winner said he would not be betting on the NFL this season as he is still dealing with the consequences of his addiction, which he described as slipping past moderation and into addiction, “which isn’t any fun at all.” Last month, Mickelson denied claims that he considered betting on the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Ben Miller: ‘Being in the garden is a bit like being with a therapist’
In a recent interview, actor and writer Ben Miller discusses his country home and the gardens that surround it. The house is made of Cotswold stone and was originally a row of four small cottages, which were converted into one long room on each floor. The gardens were created by the previous owners, who were keen gardeners, and include several different "rooms" such as a kitchen garden and an area for perennials. Miller explains that he and his wife were drawn to the house because of the lush gardens and the way in which they are both formal and wild. He admits that his wife is the main gardener in the family and that he does not spend much time doing garden maintenance. However, he does appreciate the beauty of the gardens and finds them therapeutic. Miller also explains that his love of literature and gardening began in childhood and has influenced his writing, particularly his children's books.
Love at First Sight leaves viewers sobbing as fans praise Netflix film
Netflix's latest romantic comedy film, Love at First Sight, has received praise from viewers. The film, starring Haley Lu Richardson and Ben Hardy, follows two young people who meet at an airport and develop a connection during their flight. Although they are separated, they continue to think about each other. Love at First Sight has a score of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been described as quirky, beautiful, and tear-jerking by viewers. The film also features Jameela Jamil, Rob Delaney, Sally Phillips, and Dexter Fletcher. Love at First Sight is currently streaming on Netflix.
Anne Hathaway’s candid response to fans who’ve said she hasn’t aged
Anne Hathaway has hit back at fans who have told her she looks "really good" for her age, saying that she doesn't think about age and that ageing is another word for living. The actor, who has just become the global brand ambassador for Shiseido’s skincare line, said she loves the tagline for the campaign, which is: "Potential has no age."
How I Met Your Mother ending was teased in very first season
The ending of the hit US sitcom How I Met Your Mother was hinted at in the very first season of the show, according to an article in ScreenRant. The show follows Ted Mosby as he recounts the events that led him to meet the mother of his children. It is revealed that the mother, Tracy McConnell, died in 2024, and Ted ends up with his friend and former love, Robin Scherbatsky. This conclusion was teased in the show's pilot episode, when Ted tells Robin he loves her on their first date. Despite breaking up, the two have an on-off relationship throughout the show, and it is through the death of Tracy that Ted and Robin rekindle their romance. The article highlights that a book featured in the first season's penultimate episode, "Milk," mirrors the events of the show. The book, Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, follows a couple who break up, marry other people, and then rekindle their romance later in life, much like Ted and Robin. The article suggests that the clues to the show's ending were there from the beginning.
Can AI help us speak to animals?
Advancements in hardware and software technology are enabling researchers to listen to conversations beyond the human hearing range, a field known as bioacoustics. This has led some scientists to believe that it may be possible to translate animal sounds into human language. The article discusses the potential for being able to communicate with animals, such as whales and bats, and whether this is becoming a reality.
Daughter joins race to help struggling mom finish marathon
A 10-year-old girl helped her struggling mother complete a marathon in Salt Lake City, Utah. Courtney, the mother, was nearing the finish line when her daughter noticed her distress. The girl ran out from the sideline to meet her mother, and the two completed the race together by holding hands. The moment was captured on video and shared on TikTok, receiving positive comments from viewers who praised the mother-daughter bond and commended Courtney's effort in completing the marathon.
Travis Kelce admits love ‘takes time’ amid Taylor Swift dating rumours
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has spoken out about his search for love amid rumours he is dating Taylor Swift. Speaking on a podcast, Kelce explained that he approaches relationships with caution because of experiences in his past. He said he needs “quite a bit of time” to get to know someone before being able to feel love for them. Kelce’s brother, Jason, denied rumours of a relationship between the sportsman and Swift, but said Travis was “having fun” and would see what happened.
Helena Christensen: ‘It’s more fun modelling at 54 than when I was 20’
Helena Christensen, the supermodel who rose to fame in the 1990s, has revealed her secrets to staying radiant at 54. Christensen credits her love for nature and the outdoors as the key to feeling good and looking beautiful. She enjoys activities such as swimming in rivers and oceans, cooking, hiking, and watching the changing seasons. She also stays grounded by taking cold-water swims, which she documents on Instagram for her 1.1 million followers. Christensen avoids discussing plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, preferring to focus on healthy living and unique recipes. She also has a passion for vintage underwear and has collected pieces since she was 13 years old. Christensen has modelled for lingerie brand Coco de Mer and now uses her photography skills to shoot for the brand. Throughout her career, Christensen has followed her own path and values her friendships with fellow supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington. She describes them as a close group of friends who share a unique experience in the fashion world.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have shared photos of their second child, a boy named Riot Rose, who was born on August 1. The couple also has a son named RZA, who was born in May 2022. The photos were taken by street photographer Diggzy and show the family of four posing together. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky publicly revealed their relationship in 2020. Rihanna is a nine-time Grammy Award winner and A$AP Rocky is a rapper who has been nominated for two Grammys.
Rihanna, A$AP Rocky have second child together, another boy they named Riot Rose, reports say
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have shared the first photos of their second child together, a boy named Riot Rose. The couple also has a son named RZA, who was born in May 2022. Rihanna announced her pregnancy after her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show in February. The photos were taken by street photographer Diggzy and show the couple with their children in various poses. Rihanna is a nine-time Grammy Award winner and A$AP Rocky is a rapper who began his career in 2011. The couple made their relationship public in 2020.
Voyager frontman Danny Estrin shares ‘life-altering news’
Danny Estrin, the lead singer of Australian band Voyager, has been diagnosed with cancer and will be undergoing immediate treatment. As a result, the band has postponed their European tour, with the dates to be rescheduled for October 2024. Estrin stated that cancelling the tour was a difficult decision but one that was necessary for his health. Voyager represented Australia in this year's Eurovision Song Contest and placed ninth in the final. Estrin has received support from fellow Eurovision participants, including Rylan Clark and Gustaph.
The inside story of The Great British Bake Off
The creators and stars of The Great British Bake Off have spoken to The Guardian about how the show became a global phenomenon. The show's co-creator, Richard McKerrow, said that multiple channels initially rejected the idea as "watching paint dry". However, the format was refined and won over millions of viewers. The show moved from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2017 in a controversial deal that saw presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins and judge Mary Berry leave the show.
Horoscope for Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023
The Toronto Star
Today is a positive and vibrant day, making it excellent for work or fun activities. The cosmic weather supports tasks related to travel, exploration, teaching, and studying. It is also a great time for connection and conversation with others, particularly those from different backgrounds. Good vibes will be abundant, making it a great day to meet up with friends or enjoy a romantic evening. Each zodiac sign is given a brief message for the day, highlighting areas of luck or potential. The article ends with a birthday horoscope for those born on this day.
Chinese navy aims to make students fighter pilots as ‘military mission is accelerated’
The Chinese navy has launched a recruitment drive targeting post-graduate students with science and engineering master’s degrees to become fighter pilots. The recruitment drive marks a new upper-age limit for recruits and the first time the navy has targeted such a highly educated group. The navy said it is “imperative” to attract more talent as Beijing accelerates military modernisation plans. Candidates must be male with a clean “political history” and no legal or disciplinary history. Once recruited, the individuals will undergo enlistment training and general military exercises before receiving aviation theory and flight training.
Sex meets nostalgia in Kylie Minogue’s euphoric new album Tension
The Sydney Morning Herald
Kylie Minogue's 16th studio album, "Tension," is a return to form for the singer, with catchy tracks that celebrate sex, love, and dancing. The album features a mix of dance floor anthems and nostalgic ballads, showcasing Minogue's versatility as an artist. However, critics note that at 55 years old, Minogue has more to offer than generic romantic yearning and songs about dancing. They suggest that she should take more risks and show more emotional rawness in her music, as she did with her experimental and vulnerable 1997 album, "Impossible Princess."