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The Senators Who Supported An Anti-Internet Privacy Bill Got Called Out In A Full-Page NY Times Ad

A Virtual Private Network service provider is using a <i>New York Times</i> ad to throw some serious side-eye at Senators supporting bills that will allow telecommunication providers to share or sell customer information without the customer’s consent.<p>Private Internet Access, a leading VPN Service provider …

Net Neutrality

Machine learning newbs: TensorFlow too hard? Kick its ass with Keras

New version 2 integrates better with Google's tough but essential software libraryKeras, a popular deep learning library, has been updated with a new …

Here’s how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live in

Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.<p>On a more local level, experts …

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is working to build machines that can carry on a conversation. That's something so many people are working on. In Silicon Valley, …

8 things I wish I'd known about the college admissions waiting game

As May 1, the deadline for high-school seniors to pick their college, approaches, the tension in homes with college-bound kids is palpable.<p>For those of us parents who currently have kids waiting to hear about college acceptances, every day feels like playing the old-school dice game, Yahtzee.<p>Why? …

The pharaohs rise again: ancient Egyptian statues unearthed – in pictures

An Egyptian-German archaeological mission has unearthed two 19th-dynasty royal statues near Pharaoh Ramses II’s temple in ancient Heliopolis: an 80cm bust of Seti II, and an 8m statue believed to be of Ramses II himself

The Mathematician Who Will Make You Fall in Love With Numbers

Math conferences don’t usually feature standing ovations, but Francis Su received one last month in Atlanta. Su, a mathematician at Harvey Mudd …

Schools will teach 'soft skills' from 2017, but assessing them presents a challenge

When students go back to school in January 2017 there will be some significant changes to their timetables. As well as learning areas like English, …

Pedagogy

New Antibody Neutralizes Nearly Every HIV Strain

NIH scientists find most potent, wide-reaching HIV antibody so-far known.<p>Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have isolated an antibody from an HIV-positive patient that is capable of neutralizing 98 percent of HIV strains. It's a success rate that makes it easily the most potent, …

Mathematical structures in functional programming

At university, I recently followed an OOP programming course. A big part of the course was using design patterns to architect features and …

School Apps to Help With Your Studies

With Yup, students received unlimited math, chemistry and physics support 24/7.<p>Whether a student is stuck on a homework problem or wants help …

Google's RAISR sharpens low-resolution images using machine learning

Google is using machine learning to upscale jpeg images much, much faster and often more accurately than current processor-intensive upsampling …

Are you a saver or an investor?

The savings account has been a building block of our lending system since the Great Depression reforms of the 1930s. The Banking Act of 1933 federally guaranteed cash deposits and made them easily accessible.<p>But while we know savings can be a safe, convenient option for cash needed to meet …

Social Media Insights | Sprout Social

Featured Article<p>How to Master Facebook Ad Targeting & Zero-In on Your Audience<p>Read More<p>Team Sprout<p>Sprout Social Named One of Glassdoor’s Best Places …

Social Media

Awesome Art Picks: Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites …

Robert Vaughn dead: American actor passes away at 83

<b>(CNN) —</b> Robert Vaughn, who played a slick spy on TV's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," died Friday, his manager, Matthew Sullivan, told CNN. He was 83.<p>Vaughn had been ill with acute leukemia and was receiving treatment in recent months.<p>A New York native, Vaughn was born to parents who were already in …

Pop Culture

Scientists claim breakthrough in hunt for Planet Nine

Scientists working with data captured by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft have identified a region of the Solar System that they say is most likely to …

Breakthrough method means CRISPR just got a lot more relevant to human health

'The most clever CRISPR gadget to date'<p>The gene-editing tool CRISPR may one day change the way humans approach medicine — or at least that’s how it’s been portrayed so far. But for all the talk of using CRISPR to eliminate disease, the method was never very good at doing one important thing: …

San Francisco mandates rooftop solar panels starting in 2017

But there are definite hurdles to clear first.<p>San Francisco has been pushing toward 100 percent of its energy to come from renewable resources for a while now. And to further that, the city recently passed legislation that would require new construction to install solar panels on building roofs -- …

San Francisco

How Does The Human Brain Create Consciousness?

<i>How does the brain create consciousness? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Yohan John, Ph.D in Cognitive and Neural Systems, on Quora:</b><p><i>Does</i> the brain create consciousness? I’m not so sure. At …

How Schools Are Failing Their Quietest Students

<i>(Photo: Ron Koeberer/Getty Images)</i><p>By Melissa Dahl<p>In 2013, educator and writer Jessica Lahey wrote a convincing piece for The Atlantic in which she argued that her introverted students needed to learn to speak up in class. In it, she defended her decision to keep class participation as a small but …

Why Some Men Won't Eat Pussy

From "Chasing Amy" to advice columns everywhere, straight guys who won't go down on women are widely considered anti-feminist heathens. Since none of them would go on record, we asked some sex therapists about what's behind their lack of generosity.<p>I thought it would be simple to find a young, …

One startup’s plan to grow more crops: put the germs back in

Indigo claims it can dramatically boost yields by restoring plant's microbiome<p>A startup launched this week with a radical plan for helping to feed the earth’s growing population — while also cutting back on farming practices that harm the environment. The company, Indigo, says it plans to replenish …

Internet Of Things Is The Next Big Thing In Israeli Tech -- Here's Why

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) industry has been one of the biggest trends in tech in recent years and especially during 2015, where new innovation is disrupting traditional industries across the board. The growing adoption by consumers, enterprises and governments is helping create …

The Case for Buying the Scariest Stocks Now

<b>By Carla Fried</b><p>Conventional wisdom and common sense would tell you to steer clear of emerging-market stocks, especially now with China in the throes …

Best Comic Book Covers This Week

Every Wednesday is new comic book day and hundreds of comic books hit local comic shops and the digital market. While many readers pick books based on the creative teams involved or the stories and characters contained within, each comic is trying its best to grasp the consumer's attention with its …

Comic Books

Mozart at 250: how to explain a 10-year-old talent for all time

Conductor Ian Page has embarked on a 27-year project to play Mozart’s music, in order, 250 years after it was written. He has reached 1766, when Mozart was 10 and his music was already breaking new ground<p>Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756‑1791) is probably the most famous composer of all time. But how …

Mozart

Scientists invent the world's first microchip powered by biological systems

Researchers at Columbia University have successfully created the world’s first computer chip powered by an isolated chemical biological process. …

How Microsoft beat Google at understanding images with machine learning

Elon Musk is only the latest investor in artificial intelligence, helping to fund a big-name roster of researchers who promise to change the field. …

Why Google, Target, and General Mills Are Investing in Mindfulness

When was the last time you sat quietly at your desk and did nothing but think? How would you react if you observed a peer, employee, or manager doing so? Encouraging employees to slow down to focus on the present can seem at odds with a corporate culture of speed and goal attainment. But in today’s …