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Mark Zuckerberg Is Russia, Trump and Cambridge Analytica's Useful Idiot

Why are we still using Facebook when it just admitted to providing data on 50 million users?<p>What I’d like to know is why any of us are on Facebook …

AI From Both Microsoft and Alibaba Go To Head Of Class In Reading Comprehension | Inc.com

Think back to those pesky reading comprehension tests you used to take in school. Trust me, they are still on the SAT and still challenging. At least, for us carbon-based intelligences. From the rapidly developing artificial intelligence perspective, we just got poned.<p>Not one, but already two, …

Artificial Intelligence

Best books of 2017: The best nonfiction

Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50 Year Relationship on and off the Court<p>Kareem Abdul-Jabbar<p>More than just a memoir about college basketball — although it is that, from one of the greatest players of all time — Abdul-Jabbar recounts his lifelong friendship with UCLA coach John Wooden, and the ways he …

Books

British lawmaker: Group Trump retweeted is equivalent to KKK

<b>(CNN) —</b> A British lawmaker addressed the House of Commons on Thursday morning to call President Donald Trump's three retweets of anti-Muslim videos from a far-right leader in the UK proof that the President is "a racist, incompetent, or unthinking, or all three," and he wasn't done there.<p>After …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Is Suffering From Dementia And Pushing U.S. Into Ground War In N. Korea, Aides Reportedly Saying

Joe Scarborough claims he was warned about the president's rapidly declining mental health.<p>Donald Trump is reportedly suffering from dementia and …

Donald Trump

Turning workers into 'super workers' with robotic suits

<b>If you've watched the Iron Man film franchise, you'll know that a powered suit gives inventor Tony Stark superhuman strength to fight the bad guys.</b><p>But away from the the fictional world of blockbusting movies, robotic exoskeletons offer more prosaic and useful help for humans.<p>The military has been …

Robotics

Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy

Physicists at the University of Arkansas have discovered a new property of graphene that could be exploited to generate endless clean energy. While …

The best fiction of 2017

One of the joys of the novel is its endless capacity for reinvention, and 2017 saw fiction writers trying out fresh approaches and new forms. The Man Booker winner was a debut novel from an author with 20 years of short stories under his belt: George Saunders’s magisterial <b>Lincoln in the Bardo</b> …

Books

The State Department has reportedly warned the White House that Trump's tweets could put American embassies in danger

The State Department issued a warning to the White House after Trump retweeted inflammatory videos from a far-right, anti-Muslim group in the UK, saying that his actions may have put US embassies at risk in the Muslim world, CNN reported Thursday.<p>An unnamed White House official told CNN that the …

Donald Trump

Sugar Was Linked to Heart Disease 50 Years Ago, But the Industry Covered It Up

Sugar has detrimental effects on our health, and not just because sweet foods tend to have a lot of calories. Plenty of research has shown that the …

White House defends anti-Muslim Trump tweets, says it doesn't matter if videos are real

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Donald Trump's decision to retweet a series of anti-Muslim videos from a British far-right account on Wednesday morning, telling reporters he circulated them to start a conversation about border security and immigration.<p>…

Donald Trump

Trump’s Anti-Muslim Retweets Stir Outrage and an Ally’s Rebuke

Donald Trump’s early-morning tweets on Wednesday were extreme even by the standard of what the American public has become accustomed to seeing from …

Donald Trump

Twitter Has Suspended Another 45 Suspected Propaganda Accounts After They Were Flagged By BuzzFeed News

The social media giant is facing serious questions over its efforts to deal with fake propaganda accounts after BuzzFeed News uncovered a network directly connected to the Russia-linked accounts Twitter submitted to Congress.

Social Media

Elon Musk has finished building the world's biggest battery in less than 100 days

As promised to help South Australia with energy problems<p>Elon Musk looks to have delivered on his promise to build the biggest lithium ion battery in the world in an effort to help South Australia with its crippling energy problems. “100 days from contract signature or it’s free,” Musk tweeted at …

Energy

Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin

<i>GREAT HONORS ARE flowing to Ursula K. Le Guin. Last year, the Library of America began a publishing program devoted to her work, a rare achievement</i> …

Jeff Buckley’s first steps – an oral history: “He’d always say, ‘It’s about the music, stoopid!’”

Uncut hears the inside story of how a genius singer-songwriter learned his craft<p><b>February 1993. JEFF BUCKLEY, a hyperactive music junkie just finding</b> …

SpaceX launched the mysterious Zuma satellite — and successfully landed its rocket afterward

Space Exploration

EA Cuts Cost of 'Star Wars' Hero Unlocks After Historic Reddit Backlash

“Battlefront II” gamers won’t have to play for dozens of hours to unlock Darth Vader<p>After immense backlash from “Star Wars” fans, Electronic Arts …

Star Wars

A Nearby Earth-Size Planet May Have Conditions for Life

There’s a new place to look for life in the universe.<p>Astronomers announced on Wednesday the discovery of an Earth-size planet around a small red star in our corner of the galaxy. The planet could hold liquid water and conditions favorable for life.<p>The star, Ross 128, is not the closest with a …

Universe

House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday against President Donald Trump, though they acknowledged their efforts have no chance of success while Republicans control both houses of Congress.<p>Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, introduced five articles of impeachment …

Donald Trump

Krysten Ritter Spins Her Own Mystery in Her Debut Novel, ‘Bonfire’

When Krysten Ritter was writing her first novel, “Bonfire,” about a shady cover-up in small-town America, a plastics company with suspicious motives and a decade-old scandal given new relevance, she understood the genre she was working in.<p>Still, she surprised herself when she finished a first draft …

TV

The Witcher’s original opening redone in The Witcher 3

The closest you’ll get to a remaster anytime soon<p>A modder has brought the playable prologue sequence of <i>The Witcher</i> — launched a decade ago — into <i>The Witcher</i> <i>3.</i> As of now, this is the best fans can hope for when it comes to a remaster of the groundbreaking original game.<p>This video, just under an hour …

The Trauma That Led This Infantryman to Create a Suicide-Prevention App for Veterans | Inc.com

Justin Miller's 4-year-old daughter, Lydia, fell from a tree one summer afternoon in Georgia. But as she lay on the ground crying, something about the angle of her outstretched arm sent him somewhere else: An encampment in a stretch of desert in northern Iraq, between Fallujah and Ramadi.<p>There, …

Mental Health

Unity hires Insomniac Games triple-A vets to boost its engine’s performance

Unity Technologies is bringing in some of the talent that worked on Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive to help beef up the optimization and performance of the Unity game-development engine. The company announced today that it has hired Mike Acton and Anreas Fredriksson, who both previously worked …

Booker T & The MG’s on ‘Green Onions’: “We’d never rehearsed it…”

The Stax group recall how they recorded an instrumental classic<p><i>Originally published in Uncut’s Take 146 issue. Words: Nick Hasted</i><p>“I used to tell all …

Soul Music

This artificial intelligence is designed to be mentally unstable

DABUS is a new type of AI that paves the way for smarter machines. Nothing new there - but this machine-learning system is different. DABUS, short …

Setback for SpaceX as its next-gen rocket explodes during testing

A SpaceX rocket exploded during testing at the company’s facility in Texas over the weekend. SpaceX confirmed the incident to the Washington Post on …

Ford's exoskeleton could help factory workers in a big way

It's meant to help reduce fatigue when working on overhead tasks.<p>A tired, injured worker doesn't exactly make a great contribution to capital growth. That's why Ford is investigating an exoskeleton that could keep workers from breaking to pieces during difficult tasks.<p>Ford is testing an upper body …

Exoskeletons

New videos highlight serious problems with Tesla’s build quality

There are certainly no shortage of reasons to applaud Tesla. Broadly speaking, the company single-handedly spearheaded the EV revolution while …

Google: Project Loon has provided internet access to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico

It's been nearly two months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, and the island is still in the midst of a long road to recovery. While …