Thinker's Chronicle

Category: January

  • UFO Shaped Cloud in Turkey

    UFO Shaped Cloud in Turkey

    Were aliens real? Were they finally coming down to Earth after so long? If not, then what is that? This was the thought process of many in Turkey who were staring in awe at a UFO shaped cloud hovering above them. This was actually not an effort of communication by aliens; instead, this was actually a common event near mountains. The atmosphere is usually multi-layered like an onion where every layer is completely separate from the others. However, if there is an object blocking the path, such as a mountain, some problems arise. The moist air from below has to

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  • Rise of Chat GPT

    Rise of Chat GPT

    Chat GPT, a chatbox created by the artificial intelligence developer OpenAI, is taking the world by storm. Currently provided as a free service, the chatbot can be accessed at However, it is not the first chatbot to come up with intelligent responses, so why is it receiving so much of a spotlight now? How does it work? Chat GPT utilizes natural language processing and neural networks to create a chatbot which responds to any queries. Previous chatbots, ranging from ELIZA in 1966 to present-day Siri and Alexa, all had one limitation compared to Chat GPT. This later chatbot model

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  • Analyzing Artificial Intelligence

    Analyzing Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence could be as much a bane as it is a boon and the question on who gets to control and wield that power has not yet been determined with governments, companies and individuals all racing to get the biggest slice of the pie possible. In addition, there is a risk that AI could be used to reinforce and amplify existing biases, leading to further discrimination and inequality, with AI writing prejudice and discrimination into recidivism scores, which are relied upon to determine whether a convict should walk free and re-offend or not. Deep Fakes and Cybersecurity While we

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  • What it Means for the Earth’s Core to Turn in Reverse

    What it Means for the Earth’s Core to Turn in Reverse

    The Earth, the third planet from the Sun and the only known planet home to living organisms, is 4.54 billion years old. The Earth’s structure is made of four main layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core, and the inner core. The outer core is mostly composed of liquid iron and nickel, and the inner core is predominantly solid iron with other sparsely dispersed elements. This solid inner core lies approximately 1,802 miles beneath the Earth’s surface and has a radius that spans roughly 2,165 miles. It sits at the center of the Earth, isolated from the mantle by

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  • Indonesia Looks for New Markets for Oil and Palm Oil

    Indonesia Looks for New Markets for Oil and Palm Oil

    Indonesia, one of the world’s largest producers of coal and palm oil, is looking to expand its export markets as demand in traditional markets such as China and India slows down. The Indonesian government has been actively seeking new markets for its coal and palm oil exports, as well as diversifying its export products to reduce dependence on a single commodity. In recent years, Indonesia has been focusing on developing markets in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe as potential new markets for its coal and palm oil exports. Indonesia has also been looking to expand its palm oil market, which

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  • Governor of Bali’s Take on Ban Affecting Tourists

    Governor of Bali’s Take on Ban Affecting Tourists

    The Governor of Bali, Indonesia, has recently reassured tourists that the new sex ban implemented across the island will not affect their vacations in any way. The ban prohibits all forms of extramarital and premarital sex for all residents, including foreigners. However, the Governor has emphasized that tourists will not be penalized for any perceived violations of the ban and that it will not be enforced in a heavy-handed manner. Governor Wayan Koster has also clarified that the ban will not require any form of marital status check at Bali hotels and that tourists can continue to enjoy their vacations

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  • Speaker of the House Chosen After 15th Ballot

    Speaker of the House Chosen After 15th Ballot

    Who is the New House Speaker? After four days of intense negotiations, a new house speaker for the House of Representatives was selected: Kevin McCarthy, a Republican representative of California. Requiring at least 218 votes out of 435 if all are present to win a simple majority, McCarthy won just barely with 216 votes out of 432 as some voted simply “present”. Such a slim victory may highlight the frailty of his support in the house and the political polarization of America in recent years. To put this into perspective, the last time multiple ballots were required to select a

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  • Death of Tyre Nichols

    Death of Tyre Nichols

    Tyre Nichols was a father to a 4-year old son and a joy to his family: Austin Roberts, a friend of Nichols stated, “He just touches anybody who gets around him.” Unfortunately, in yet another case of police brutality, the light that Tyre Nichols emitted has been cut short. In a vicious attack on January 7, Tyre Nichols was severely injured and three days later, he succumbed to his wounds.  Encounter Nichols was a 29 year old with a bright future. He worked at FedEx and in his free time he was passionate about photography and skating. In fact, Nichols

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  • A Look Inside the Royal Family: “Spare”

    A Look Inside the Royal Family: “Spare”

    On January 10, 2023, Prince Harry’s vivid and shocking memoir “Spare” was released. Detailing stories from the death of his mother, the late Princess Diana, the Prince weaves memories made of pain and duty. Frequently addressing how his mother’s passing impacted his behaviors, thoughts, and perspective regarding his role in the royal family, Prince Harry recalled his school year days when he believed his mother was still alive and had staged her death. “Her life’s been miserable, she’s been hounded, harassed, lied about, lied to. So, she staged an accident as a diversion and ran away. The realization took my

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  • Book Review: Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander

    Book Review: Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander

    Being stuck inside the house for days on end, completing work online, and less socialization became a part of all our lives as the pandemic began and went underway. Even before the pandemic began, however, there were many people already living this lifestyle of reclusivity to varying degrees in our age of technology and convenience. For the main character of the book Meredith, Alone named Meredith Maggs, who from 2016 to 2019, hadn’t left her house for over 1,000 days, this was an unfortunate reality. This 2022 release reflected many people’s behavior during these unprecedented times, and approached the topics

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