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Corruption isn't a new problem in Mexico — it's core to its entire political system

On Dec. 20, a political operative of Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Alejandro Gutiérrez, was arrested on charges of embezzlement and illegal use of public funds for his party.<p>It was a relatively high-profile arrest, but one shouldn't get carried away about its meaning. …

Political Science

Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.<p>In his relatively short tenure, Pope Francis has been hard at work welcoming spiritual seekers into the Catholic Church. He’s refused to judge LGBT people, sought to integrate divorced couples, and extended priests’ ability to forgive abortion. But Francis’s wide …

Artificial Intelligence

It sure looks like Nintendo's next video game console will support virtual reality

Just over 20 years ago, Nintendo released its least successful game console ever: the Virtual Boy. It was a red and black monstrosity with mostly terrible games.<p>The console was quickly scrapped in favor of more traditional hardware like the Nintendo 64 and GameCube.<p>But in the past few years, …

Virtual Reality

Pope likens scandal-seeking media to excrement lovers

He also lambasted "disinformation," a subject in the headlines amid debate about the growth of fake online news, and its possible influence on the US presidential election.<p>"Disinformation is probably the biggest evil a (communications) medium can inflict, because it steers opinions in one …

Christianity

Doyle Owens, Founder of the Unclaimed Baggage Center, Dies at 85

Doyle Owens, who turned the orphaned contents of passengers’ lost luggage into the Unclaimed Baggage Center, a major retail and tourist attraction in Scottsboro, Ala., died on Dec. 3 at his home there. He was 85.<p>His son Bryan confirmed his death.<p>Mr. Owens built his business on a traveler’s …

Owens

Super Mario Run For The iPhone Jumpstarts A New Mobile Era For Nintendo

The first Mario smartphone game is the inventive result of Nintendo’s move to put its creations everywhere–not just on it own hardware.<p>Mario is running. He hops from one turtle enemy to another, then onto a higher platform. He jumps and grabs a batch of coins, including the rare pink challenge …

Super Mario Run

European Space Agency Mars lander failed because it didn't know how close it was to the red planet

Europe's Mars lander crashed because it didn't know where it was, an investigation had found.<p>Last month, the European Space Agency's Schiaparelli …

Space Exploration

Modern Relics: The rise and fall (and rise again) of the Sony Walkman

<i>The relentless march of technological development means once cutting edge inventions are continually being relegated to the scrapheap, or at least</i> …

Walkman

A New Hypothesis That Challenges Einstein's Physics Could Soon Be Put to The Test

Is the speed of light really a constant?<p>The speed of light in a vacuum, or <i>c</i>, is pretty much the most fundamental constant in physics – and according …

Physics

'Mad Shelia' is China's amazing take on 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

It seems at least a few people in China were really impressed by George Miller's "Fury Road."<p>2015's "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a modern classic. It's left many clamouring for a follow up, which according to some reports will actually be a prequel starring Charlize Theron.<p>If you can't wait that long to …

Movies

What lies beneath: As earth warms, diseases within permafrost become a bigger worry

Scientists are witnessing the theoretical turning into reality: infectious microbes emerging from a deep freeze<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>This past summer anthrax killed a 12-year-old boy in a remote part of Siberia. At least 20 other people, also from the Yamal …

Global Warming

The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their …

Kitchens

Despite FBI review news, presidential race still Hillary Clinton’s to lose

The FBI review of newly found emails possibly related to its earlier Clinton email probe has buoyed the Trump campaign, but hasn’t yet upended her …

Government

Frankenstein's monster would have wiped out mankind within 4,000 years, study finds

It is one of the enduring questions of nineteenth century fiction: should Frankenstein have granted his monster its freedom?<p>Now, in a rare example of science settling a literary debate, researchers have concluded that Mary Shelly’s hero was absolutely right to deny the “creature” his dream of …

FBI stands guilty of an overtly political act at a crucial moment

Democratic party outrage at the FBI’s shock revelation, almost on the eve of the US presidential election, that it is resuming its controversial investigation of Hillary Clinton after declaring in July that the matter was closed, has been fierce.<p>Donna Brazile, chairwoman of the Democratic national …

Government

The stars are coming out for Hillary Clinton, starting with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

Top Democrats want answers from FBI Director James Comey — now.<p>In a letter to Comey and Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch on Saturday, four Senate Democrats, including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate intelligence committee, wrote that more information must be made public …

Top Senate Democrats demand update on FBI's Clinton email investigation no later than Monday

Sens. Tom Carper, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, and Ben Cardin requested that the FBI give an update no later than Monday detailing what investigative steps are being taken, how many emails are involved, and whether the emails are duplicates of ones that have already been reviewed.<p>Comey's letter …

Government

Cheech And Chong Make Their Case For Pot Legalization With A Tasty Facebook Meme

According to a Gallup poll published last week, marijuana legalization is more popular than ever, with 60 percent of Americans supporting it, up from 35 percent in 2005. Recreational marijuana, which is already legal in Colorado and Washington, is on the November ballot in California, Arizona, …

Google Pixel XL review: Killer camera, Apple approach

At first glance, the Google Pixel XL doesn't especially stand out from other Android flagships. It has a polished and premium build, but falls a hair …

Phones

Here's How To Be Mindful AF Even When Life Is Stressful

Apparently it's the secret to being happier, calmer, and just generally more awesome.

Six futuristic designs that will change public transportation

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>As the world's urban centers grow, getting around them becomes increasingly difficult. In some cities, traffic is congested all day long and rush hour can last for several hours. Fortunately, there are a number of innovations in public transportation specifically aimed at alleviating …

Oh Good, MIT Made an AI Nightmare Machine

If Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking’s foreboding pronouncements about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence don’t have you spooked enough, MIT has …

Cannabis
Africa

The Surprise Inside Secret Chambers

Archaeologists got the media in a frenzy this week over the discovery of a possible secret chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza. But what exactly did …

Dining Rooms

Images suggest Schiaparelli Mars lander exploded on impact

It looks as if the Schiaparelli Mars landing ended not with a whimper, but a bang. According to ESA, images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter …

Space

Research team develops portable iPhone-powered lab that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy

It’s no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for iPhone and Apple Watch in the health industry, but it’s not the only company looking for ways to integrate smartphones in the medical field. Recently, a research team from Washington State University, under the leadership of assistant professor Lei …