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Wine Tasting May Be An Art, But There Is Science In The Swirl

Many intellectuals have found inspiration in the bottom of a wine glass. But Swiss scientists may be the first to draw lessons from the way a good wine taster swirls that glass. The subtle slosh, it turns out, may be just the thing drug makers need for mi

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It's all about the right swirl
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Cyrille Vanlerberghe

PARIS - It's a simple gesture, something lovers of good wine do automatically. They swirl the wine in their glass to aerate it and release its aromas. But few do so in conscious awareness that behind this slow rotation lies a complex problem of fluid mechanics that has kept researchers at the Lausanne branch of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) busy for three years.

"We realized that swirling wine in a glass was a very clever mechanism that mixed the liquid gently but also didn't use much energy," says Mohammed Farhat, a researcher at the EPFL who heads the Swiss team. "However, it was virtually impossible to create a mathematical model of the phenomenon, which involves very complex aspects of fluid dynamics."

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Robot Artists And Us: Who Decides The Aesthetics Of AI?

Ai-Da is touted as the first bonafide robot artist. But should we consider her paintings and poetry original or creative? Is this even art at all?

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Leah Henrickson and Simone Natale

Ai-Da sits behind a desk, paintbrush in hand. She looks up at the person posing for her, and then back down as she dabs another blob of paint onto the canvas. A lifelike portrait is taking shape. If you didn’t know a robot produced it, this portrait could pass as the work of a human artist.

Ai-Da is touted as the “first robot to paint like an artist”, and an exhibition of her work called Leaping into the Metaverse opened at the Venice Biennale.

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