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Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment

<b>(CNN) —</b> A young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on "Going In Style," a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.<p>But the job quickly devolved into several months of harassment, she told …

Morgan Freeman

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It’s every smart home speaker owner’s worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told CBS News affiliate Kiro-TV that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a …

Amazon Echo

The simple metaphor that’s increasingly getting in the way of scientific progress

Once upon a time, people believed in the soul, a god-given vital force that animated human beings and left the body upon death. Around the 1500s, this theory of vitalism fell from fashion and we started to see beings as more like machines.<p>Dissections and anatomical drawings showed scientists body …

Consciousness

Between holism and reductionism: a philosophical primer on emergence | Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

Ever since Darwin a great deal of the conceptual history of biology may be read as a struggle between two philosophical positions: reductionism and …

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Microbiology

11 Laws of Reality

1) Matter or mass is an experience in consciousness/awareness<p>2) Subatomic particles/subatomic matter is both an experience and concept in …

Scientists Probe an Enduring Question: Can Language Shape Perception?

The idea that language shapes our ability to think fell out of favor in the 1960s, but new tools have some researchers revisiting the concept.<p>Picture …

Mini Brains Just Got Creepier—They’re Growing Their Own Veins

The first human brain balls—aka cortical spheroids, aka neural organoids—agglomerated into existence just a few short years ago. In the beginning, …

University of Pennsylvania

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

One spring morning in 2015, Barbara Lipska got up as usual, dyed her hair and went for a jog in her suburban Virginia neighborhood.<p>But when she returned from a much longer than expected run, her husband Mirek was completely taken aback.<p>"I was lost in my own neighborhood," Lipska says. "The hair dye …

Mental Health

The Neuroscience of Superfluidity

Consciousness means "the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings." Since the days of René Descartes and John Locke, philosophers have …

Male birth control pill one step closer to reality, researchers say

<b>(CNN) —</b> For decades, birth control pills have exclusively been used by women. But a male birth control pill that is both safe and effective may be on the horizon, according to a new study.<p>The results of the study were presented Sunday at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Chicago. The …

Biomedicine

Five major psychiatric disorders have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …

The Brain

This Google-Backed Biotech Is Trying to Create a Universal Flu Vaccine

Google parent Alphabet’s venture arm GV (formerly Google Ventures) is among the companies backing U.K. biotech Vaccitech, which has set out to …

Google’s AutoML lets you train custom machine learning models without having to code

Google today announced the alpha launch of AutoML Vision, a new service that helps developers — including those with no machine learning (ML) expertise — build custom image recognition models. While Google plans to expand this custom ML model builder under the AutoML brand to other areas, the …

12 of the best British short stories you've never read

Short stories are underrated.<p>If you were asked to name a famous novel, or even a famous poem, you could probably rattle off at least a handful quite …

Books

Here's Everything Science Knows So Far About The Origins of Humans

The story evolves every year.<p>The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new …

Benjamin Franklin built his character around 13 virtues — and following his weekly plan could change your life

<b>• Founding father Benjamin Franklin sought to live his life based on 13 virtues.</b><p><b>• He even kept a chart to record which virtues he was actually living by on a weekly basis.</b><p><b>• Tracking and reflecting on these traits could help you lead a more virtuous life.</b><p>Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 into a …

'As a black woman I'm always fetishised': racism in the bedroom

It’s past midnight, November 2016, in Dunstable, a small town in Bedfordshire. My friend Miranda has accompanied me here for moral support. We scale a no-frills metal staircase at the end of an alleyway behind the high street, where a weary blond woman is ruling a domain of coats, cash and lists. …

Women of Color

Here's What Will Happen 10,000 Years From Now, According to Science

We come from the far future.<p>Imagining the future of humanity, our planet, and everything we hold dear in our corner of the cold dark Universe is …

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human | Inc.com

Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman.<p>Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google …

Text-To-Speech

Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder

Scientists have grown a replacement, genetically modified skin to cover almost the entire body of a seven-year-old Syrian boy who was suffering from a devastating genetic disorder.<p>The treatment marks a rare and striking success for the field of regenerative medicine, which has been struggling to …

Genetics

Scientists announce new gene-editing techniques aimed at common mutations

Genetics is having a moment in the sun. Last year, biologists at the University of Bath in England created mice with neon feet. Scientists edited human embryos for the first time in the United States in August, cutting out a mutation for a heritable heart disease. Earlier this month, research …

Genetics

Cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment approved for another deadly cancer

The Food and Drug Administration approved a second version of a groundbreaking treatment Wednesday that genetically alters patients' cells to attack cancer — this time, to fight aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.<p>The treatment is for adults with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not …

Immunotherapy

'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own

Google’s artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo – an AI so powerful that it derived thousands of years of human knowledge of the game before inventing better moves of its own, all in the space of three days.<p>Named AlphaGo Zero, …

Artificial Intelligence

An absolutely maddening exchange between Sarah Sanders and the media

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> On Tuesday, amid chiding reporters for lacking a sense of humor about something that was not a joke, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had the following exchange with One America News Network's Trey Yingst:<p><b>Yingst</b>: "And I have one quick follow-up, Sarah, on taxes. The …

Sarah Sanders

How does the developing brain learn to perceive the world before it can see it?

Our eyes work when we’re born, even though they’ve never been exposed to light<p>Every day, within the belly of a towering concrete building at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers in the lab of neurobiologist Marla Feller strap on night vision goggles and get to work preparing …

Meet the 30 biotech leaders under 40 who are searching for breakthrough treatments and shaping the future of medicine

It's an exciting time to be in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.<p>From advances in cancer treatments to using genomics to better understand diseases, to technologies that let you edit, silence, or otherwise manipulate genes, the young leaders in the industry are paving their way through …

Mark Zuckerberg's Response to Donald Trump's Tweet Is a Master Class in Handling Criticism | Inc.com

What would you do if you were falsely accused--in front of almost 40 million people? That happened to Facebook yesterday morning when President Donald Trump tweeted, "Facebook was always anti-Trump." The tweet went on to claim that the networks, <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i>, and <i>The New York Times</i> were all …

Donald Trump

Researchers have linked a human brain to the Internet for the first time ever

Brain Meets IoT<p>A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical …

Here's a List of 100 Words Scientists Really Want You to Stop Misusing

I don't think it means what you think it means.<p>Without language, things between humans would get pretty confusing pretty fast. And even though the …