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Here's why it would be 'unintelligent' to build brain-like computer intelligence

The surest strategy might seem like emulating human intelligence or even mimicking brain structure.<p>But creating an intelligent machine based on the human mind might be impossible, unnecessary, or even counterproductive.<p>In fact, many researchers believe what's inside our heads is just one example of …

8 Books That Will Make You Want To Travel To India

Whatever your impressions about India, reading about the country before you travel there can help de-mystify the experience and prepare you for what you're about to see.<p>Here are 8 awesome books that will make you want to travel to India—or help prepare you for your journey.

India

The Patriots made 2 huge concessions to help their Deflategate case, and it completely backfired

<b>1. The self-imposed suspensions looked like an admission of guilt.</b><p>The first move was to indefinitely suspend locker-room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski the day the Wells Report came out. While this does not directly implicate quarterback Tom Brady, it was seen by many …

NFL

Acer's coolest new PC lets you build a computer like Lego bricks

Building your own computer is starting to come back in style thanks to initiatives like Phonebloks and Google's Project Ara, and now Acer is bringing that idea to the desktop. It's introducing a new PC today called the Revo Build Series, which starts as a small core block and can then be built upon …

Study reveals a way to prevent lithium batteries from catching on fire

Lithium batteries are powering most of our devices. From watches, smartphones and tablets to vehicles and even homes. These have proven to be a clean source of energy that is also very efficient, but you do hear of the occasional battery that bursts into flames. This is especially bad when it …

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is twice as friendly to your battery

Qualcomm is clearly bent on drumming up hype for its Snapdragon 820 chip by drip-feeding facts, but its latest revelation is a big one. The company has revealed that the Kryo CPU at the heart of the chip is up to twice as power-efficient as the Snapdragon 810, even though it's up to two times …

Batteries

Google Maps makes it possible to send directions from PC to Android

It happens to me all the time. I am sitting in my desk minding my business and suddenly I need to find directions to a location. I use Google Maps to find them on my computer and then decide to head out the door. I can’t do much with my Google Maps desktop search, so I have to search the location …

The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

Psychology

Exploring maths through a core text

Last week, we had our annual school carnival and this year it was linked to the book<i> Leon and the Place Between</i>. For two weeks leading up to …

Report: Lakers' Ed Davis seeking $7M-$10M per year in free agency

Los Angeles big man Ed Davis will be a free agent in July, and he said he wants to be back.<p>Ed Davis was a bargain for the Los Angeles Lakers this …