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Conflict between Trump and Congress escalates as difficult agenda looms

The conflict between President Trump and Congress escalated a day after he threatened to shut down the federal government over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall as well as targeted opponents in Congress, aggravating tensions as a difficult legislative agenda looms.<p>Trump is now at odds not only …

Republicans

Instead of Staffing Up For Your Marketing Campaign, Build A Chatbot.

Bots are the smartest addition to your marketing team available.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you own a business, you can't afford to ignore chatbots. While often considered a simple customer service tool, these machines can now help businesses automate a …

Chatbots

World reacts to N. Korean announcement of hydrogen bomb test

Comments from around the world on North Korea's announcement that it conducted its fourth nuclear test, and its first of a hydrogen bomb, on …

The mathematically proven strategy to win 14 of the most popular games

<i>Originally published May 8</i><p>From Risk to tic-tac-toe, popular games involve tons of strategic decisions, probability and math. So one happy consequence of being a data nerd is that you may have an advantage at something even non-data nerds understand: winning.<p>So how do you win (almost) every game in …

Mathematics

Scientists just caught a black hole swallowing a star — and burping a bit back out

Astronomers have caught black holes in the act of murdering stars before. But a study published Thursday in Science claims to have caught a step in the crime that has remained elusive until now.<p><i>[This is what it looks like when a black hole tears a star apart]</i><p>In addition to catching evidence of the …

Black Holes

Could U.S.-Russia Tensions Go Nuclear?

Believe it or not, hair-trigger launch alerts are still with us—and perhaps even more dangerous than during the Cold War.<p>The Russian warplane recently shot down inside Turkey’s border with Syria fits a pattern of brinkmanship and inadvertence that is raising tensions and distrust between Russia and …

Turkey's president warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia not to "play with fire" after reports emerged that Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia.<p>Moscow said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey, and its tourism agency head announced on Friday it will ask more than 9,000 Russians …

Russia

Venezuela is accusing the US of industrial espionage

"The oil industry is the backbone of the Venezuelan economy," Maduro said on state television. "The U.S. empire for a long time … has intended to sabotage [Venezuela's] oil industry and defeat the [Caracas] government in order to steal the oil."<p>He spoke Wednesday shortly after the news website The …

Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough May Mean Game Over For Gasoline

The lithium-air battery is the holy grail of energy storage only better.<p>Now, thanks to a breakthrough made by scientists at Cambridge University, it may also be a lot closer to commercial reality than previously believed.<p>First things first. What is a lithium air battery?<p>A battery has three basic …

Clean Energy

Colleges are spying on prospective students by quietly tracking them across the internet

“So, where else are you applying?”<p>It’s a question—sneaky, disquieting, and likely familiar to anyone who’s applied for a job—that used to be asked by many of America’s 4,800 colleges. Nervous applicants’ answers could be taken, sometimes unfairly, as indicators of how likely they were to accept an …

College & University

The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up …

There's Something Odd in the Shadows of the Curiosity Rover's Selfie

Look at Curiosity. Now, look at Curiosity’s shadow. Notice anything?<p>Yep, there’s a very large part of the shadow, that big zigzag shape, that doesn’t …

Russia abandons hope of oil price recovery and turns to the plough

The Kremlin has launched an incredible volte-face in economic policy and turned to traditional industries like farming in the face of tumbling oil prices<p>Russia has abandoned hopes for a lasting recovery in oil prices, bracing for a new era of abundant crude as US shale production transforms the …

Internet of Things? Stock You've Never Heard of Just Rose 500%

A little-known stock listed in London has become a trade of choice for investors looking to profit from the technological megatrend known as the …

2 men were just awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for unlocking the secrets of the strangest particle in the universe

The prize goes jointly to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen's University in Kingston, Canada "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass."<p>The two recipients were leaders of two major underground neutrino …

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physics genius, but the mystery he finds most intriguing is women

Hawking has been outspoken about the dangers of AI, which he has warned "could spell the end of the human race."<p>He himself uses a primitive form of AI to produce his characteristic robotic speech, since he suffers from a motor-neuron disease similar to ALS.<p>Here are a few of the best questions and …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1. Russia dropped bombs on an area in Syria controlled by rebels who are not believed to be connected with the Islamic State,</b> even though Moscow says the airstrikes were meant to target ISIS.<p><b>2. Afghan forces have retaken control of the northern city of Kunduz</b> after it was seized by the Taliban on …

Meet the computer scientist who just got $625K for his work that helps track down human traffickers

He's building powerful data-processing programs that are open for anyone to use for anything — from tracking down human traffickers to analyzing genes.<p>He's also just been dubbed one of 24 MacArthur Foundation 2015 'genius grant' award winners, announced on September 29. The award comes with …

12 Mind Tricks That Will Make People Like You and Help You Get Ahead

Guest Writer<p>Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to …

Body Language

Dalai Lama criticises David Cameron for 'money over morality' snub

Tibetan spiritual leader says David Cameron will not meet him because he has placed Chinese money over morality<p>The Dalai Lama has criticised David Cameron for refusing to meet with him, accusing the Prime Minister of buckling to Chinese pressure in exchange for financial reward.<p>Asked by the …

China

The world economy as we know it is about to be turned on its head

The demographic 'sweet spot' is vanishing. We are on the cusp of a complete reversal, spelling the end of corporate hegemony Also<p>Workers of the world are about to get their revenge. Owners of capital will have to make do with a shrinking slice of the cake.<p>The powerful social forces that have …

Russia threatens US with nuclear arms 'counter-measures'

Reports that America is upgrading its nuclear arsenal in Germany prompts threat of retaliation<p>Russia has threatened to take “countermeasures” if the United States goes ahead with the deployment of a new type of nuclear weapon to bases in Germany, raising fears of a return to a Cold War style arms …

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

The Brain

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

‘I didn’t think he was a genius’: Chess player kicked out of tournament for using morse code and video to win

An Italian chess player has been expelled from one his country’s most important tournaments after he allegedly used Morse code and a pendant …

9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

A 12-year-old girl just aced one of the hardest IQ tests in the world, rivaling Einstein and Mozart

How many different ways could you combine three numbers below to add up to 60?<p>2 3 5 10 15 20 25 50*<p>Lydia Sebastian knows the answer.<p>In fact, the …

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

Can you solve it? Professor Povey's perplexing problem

Photograph: Alex Bellos<p>The chessboard with squares of side 2 goes on for ever. The coin has diameter 1.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/26/1440575993802/e55b2c40-f295-45a4-ba23-b01a9f9e2dd8-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alex Bellos<p>The chessboard with squares of side …

Photography

Here's the silver lining behind Black Monday's stock market purge

Still, if the turbulent trading of recent days has you nervous, here's some good news to keep in mind: The sharp selloff hasn't been prompted by some sudden worsening of the economic picture in the U.S.<p>The market's dive was set off by fears about China's slowing economy and, to a lesser extent, by …