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House to act quickly on bipartisan measure to expand GI Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans and Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military …

5 Nonfiction Books We’re Excited to Read in 2017

Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution<p>A. Roger Ekirch<p>As we’ve seen with fugitive Edward Snowden, the process of criminal extradition can turn into a diplomatic nightmare, especially when the two nations at the negotiation table already have a difficult relationship. Such …

Books

NASA prepares humanoid robots for trip to Mars

Humanoid Robots to pioneer Mars colonisation? Not the script of a sci-fi movie but what could happen in the near future.<p>NASA, in collaboration with four universities (three in Massachusetts and one in Scotland) is developing a kind of biped human-like robot that could be sent to the red planet.<p>The …

Space exploration will spur transhumanism and mitigate existential risk

When people think about rocket ships and space exploration, they often imagine traveling across the Milky Way, landing on mysterious planets and even meeting alien life forms.<p>In reality, humans’ drive to get off Planet Earth has led to tremendous technological advances in our mundane daily lives — …

Magic Mushroom Drug Lifts Depression in Human Trial

A hallucinogenic drug derived from magic mushrooms could be useful in treating depression, the first safety study of this approach has …

Magic Mushrooms

Egypt's Copts Likely to Find Persecution Ahead from Increasingly Repressive Military Regime

The Middle East has turned hostile to Christians and other religious minorities. The Iraqi Christian community has been devastated. Syria's civil war loosed the murderous Islamic State on Christians and others. Libya's disintegration opened the nation to IS fighters bent on killing anyone of the …

Anonymous Launches Month-Long Hacking Campaign Against Banks

The hacking collective Anonymous has already launched one successful campaign against banks and has more planned.<p>Members of the secretive collective …

Hulu is partnering up with LiveNation for VR concert series

NEW YORK — Music fans are about to get a VR concert experience.<p>At its NewFront presentation on Wednesday, Hulu said it will unveil its partnership …

Virtual Reality

This startup is racing to build the Amazon for alcohol before Amazon does

Drizly is adding next-day delivery to its on-demand service.<p>If there’s a retail sector that has barely gone digital, you can bet Amazon is trying to crack it. In the case of beer and alcohol, a startup called Drizly is moving fast to try to beat Amazon there.<p>Since its founding in 2012, Drizly has …

eCommerce

Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017

This morning at the Hulu Upfronts in New York, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed the recent report from The Wall St. Journal which indicated that the company was developing a live television streaming service to complement its current on-demand offering. While Hopkins was light on details like …

Scientists are working to make cows obsolete

We depend on cows for food, clothing, and sometimes even insulin. Cattle, though, are expensive and inefficient—each cow drinks a bathtub of water and emits three times that volume of methane daily. There are also the ethics of animal slaughter. But we might no longer need the cow.<p>Scientists are …

U.S. to consider banning criminal history from federal job applications | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. agency that oversees personnel hiring for the federal government will propose a rule that would remove questions about criminal history from job applications, the Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday.<p>The U.S. Office of Personnel Management building in …

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Work is proceeding quickly on China's planned mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020, the chief administrator of the country's …

It’s official: Japan’s population is dramatically shrinking

It's finally happened. After years, if not decades, of warnings about Japan's aging population and its low birth rate, the day is here. Japan's official census shows that the country's population has shrunk.<p>And not by an inconsiderable amount either: The 2010 census showed a population of …

IRS Cyberattack Total is More Than Twice Previously Disclosed

Cyberattacks on taxpayer accounts affected more people than previously reported, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.<p>The IRS statement, originally reported by Dow Jones, revealed tax data for about 700,000 households might have been stolen: Specifically, a government review found potential …

Identity Theft

Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …

Mexico court ruling sparks high hopes for weed legalization | Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the green light to growing marijuana for recreational use in a landmark decision that could lead to legalization in a country with a bloody history of conflict with drug cartels.<p>A man gestures during a demonstration in support of the …

Bill Gates and Google back genome editing firm

Bill Gates and Google are among some of the high-profile backers of a genome editing company that's raised $120 million (£77 million) to help develop …

Researchers develop multifaceted insect eyes for UAVs

A team of researchers from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have developed a tiny new set of electronic eyes for drones that are based on the multifaceted peepers of insects. These eyes are built specifically for the next generation of very …

Robotics

Samsung is creating an $85 million cancer fund for its sick workers

Samsung is creating a multi-million dollar fund to compensate employees and contractors who developed cancer because of working in its factories. According to Reuters, Samsung is putting 100 billion won (around $85.8 million USD) into the fund, which will be used to compensate sick workers, make …

Hitchhiking robot that made it across Canada maimed on U.S. road trip

Robots of the world beware: Immigrating to the U.S. is apparently a perilous choice.<p>HitchBot, a talking robot built by Canadian researchers, was found maimed and battered beyond repair over the weekend in Philadelphia. It was trying to hitchhike from Massachusetts to California by relying on the …

FDA Approves First 3-D Printed Pill

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.<p>Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. …

Demonii refuses to be censored despite pressure to axe hashes

Demonii, one of the largest BitTorrent trackers on the Web recently had to ban over 10,000 torrent hashes because of copyright-infringements.<p>This is despite not actually offering torrents for download itself. Deomnii connects you to people who share their files on other sites like The Pirate …