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Studies show that hot weather brings out the worst in us

Got the summertime blues? Taking refuge from the heat may help.<p>Multiple studies over the past few decades have indicated that heat exposure can negatively affect people's moods. Hot weather has been linked to increased aggression, violence and higher rates of suicide – and, some caution, global …

NVIDIA announces a supercomputer aimed at deep learning and AI

The sophisticated neural networks underlying systems like Google’s Deep Dream and all manner of interesting experiments require a great deal of computing power. NVIDIA proposes to put all that horsepower in a single box, specially engineered to meet the needs of AI researchers.<p>NVIDIA already has …

Cure for HIV reportedly 3 years away

A cure for HIV and AIDS reportedly could be just a few years away after scientists have been able to successfully snip away the virus from infected cells and prevent the disease from returning.<p>Scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University are confident that within the next …

Bacteria on the Brain

A brilliant surgeon offered an untested treatment to dying patients. Was it innovation or overreach?<p>As the chairman of the neurosurgery department at the University of California at Davis, Paul Muizelaar saw patients on Wednesdays, at a clinic housed in a former cannery in East Sacramento. Among …

Arabesque Distributed Graph Mining Platform

<b>By Georgos Siganos, QCRI</b> .<p>Distributed data processing platforms such as MapReduce and Pregel (Giraph, GraphLab, Graph-X) have substantially …

Solar power may be cheaper than coal in India by 2020

The price of solar power in India fell at a faster-than-expected rate this year. Now, some experts suggest that by 2020, renewable energy in Asia’s third-largest economy may become up to 10% cheaper than coal power.<p>Earlier this month, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy awarded a tender for a …

The Future Of Archaeology Is Not Digging Anything Up

The 2016 TED Prize winner is reinventing how we discover–and preserve–the past.<p>Most archaeologists can be happy to uncover a small handful of important ancient sites in their careers. Sarah Parcak, a young professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has already pinpointed thousands, …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

China is cutting mobile phone services in its Muslim-heavy far west

China’s government shut down mobile phone service in the far west territory of Xinjiang for residents using common tools to evade internet censorship after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, The New York Times reported today (Nov. 24).<p>Beijing has publicly pledged to wipe out homegrown terrorists in …