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Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot.<p>Developers at Microsoft created 'Tay', an AI modelled to speak 'like a teen …

Project Greenglow and the battle with gravity

<b>A handful of leftfield scientists have been trying to harness the power of gravity. Welcome to the world of Project Greenglow, writes Nic Young.</b><p>In science there exists a uniquely potent partnership between theory and engineering. It's what's given us atomic energy, the Large Hadron Collider and …

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

Nuclear Fusion Hit a Massive Milestone in Germany

A brand-new reactor, an experimental stellarator design called Wendelstein 7-X, was successfully booted up to an extent where it created hydrogen plasma.<p><i>This story was translated from the original published by Motherboard Germany.</i><p>The Max Planck Institute in Greifswald reached a true milestone in …

Dark Energy May Be Distorting Our View of Gravitational Waves

Waves traveling through expanding space-time should look different than waves traveling through static space-time.<p>Dark energy may be distorting long-sought gravitational wave signals from distant sources in the universe, according to a paper posted to the arXiv pre-print server by astrophysicists …

Scientists May Have Just Discovered The Key To Halting Alzheimer's

Brain inflammation plays a big role in the disease's progression.<p>Curbing brain inflammation may help people treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a landmark new study.<p>Researchers at the University of Southampton in England conducted a series of experiments showing a chemical that …

What ancient Egypt tells us about a world without religious conflict

Neil MacGregor’s final triumph at the British Museum is a show that tells the story of the shared lives and deities of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Egypt’s diverse past – proof that we don’t have to be divided in the present<p>High above the atrium of the British Museum, in the Hotung Gallery that …

British Museum

Can You Actually Get Rich Selling Weed?

When I was growing up, drug dealers always seemed to have cushy jobs that were a license to print money. But what are the actual economics behind the legal and illegal sides of the marijuana industry?<p>When you're in high school and college, selling weed seems like a dream job on par with race car …

Cannabis

How medical marijuana could literally save lives

Medical marijuana opponents recently pounced on a big new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that there isn't good evidence that marijuana works for many of the conditions, like glaucoma, anxiety, or Parkinson's disease, that it's often prescribed for. The …

Latest experiment at Large Hadron Collider reports first results

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, began its second run of …

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

Marijuana may do bad things to sperm

(NEWSER) – Smoking pot could damage your semen quality, or so suggests a new study out of Denmark. Some 1,215 Danish men ages 18 to 28 were asked about their drug use over the past three months and provided a semen sample. The researchers found a correlation between men who smoked pot more than …

Conservatives are trying to prove income inequality is a myth — and failing

As it becomes ever more clear that income inequality will be a defining issue in the upcoming presidential race--if not <i>the</i> defining issue--conservative economists and pundits are pulling out all the stops to persuade us that there's no there there.<p>The middle class, they say, has been doing just …

How the Supreme Court Made It Legal for Cops to Pull You Over for Pretty Much Anything

From having an air freshener on your rearview mirror to driving through a yellow light, it's terrifyingly easy to get convicted for a crime after being pulled over for something that is actually not illegal.<p><i>This story was co-published with the Marshall Project.</i><p>Legal principles can be complicated, …

Why Rich People Think the Poor Aren't That Poor

And why they don't see much need for wealth distribution.<p>When Jacob Riis published his study of New York tenement life in 1890, he called it <i>How the</i> …

Demographics

The growing wealth gap that nobody is talking about

What are your odds of being a millionaire, do you think? One in 10? One in 50? One in 100?<p>If you’re over 62, your odds of having at least $1 million in net wealth (your total assets minus your total debt) are relatively achievable -- about 1 in 7. But if you are under 40, your odds are low: 1 in 55.<p>…

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Aliens

Member of the 1% Shocks Reddit: ‘I’m Voting for Bernie Sanders. Here’s Why’

A self-described member of the 1 percent shocked the Reddit community on Wednesday with an explanation of why he was voting for the presidential …

Middle-class

Check Out Five Solid Minutes Of 'Fallout 4' Gameplay

<i>Fallout 4</i> is just around the corner. Bethesda made a bold move announcing the followup to its open world post-apocalyptic RPG, lifting the veil on the project at E3 just a few months before the actual release date. Because of that, they had the opportunity to announce <i>Fallout 4</i> in the form of a more …

games

Here's what income inequality looks like around the world

On July 14, 1789, the French stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress-prison in Paris in one of the key moments of the French Revolution.<p>The average people were fed up with the Ancien Régime — aka the monarchy — and they were protesting the vast inequality between themselves and the upper …

Large Hadron Collider scientists discover new particles: pentaquarks

Although long believed to be theoretically possible, new data from Cern has provided conclusive evidence for a new state of matter<p>Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva have discovered a previously unseen class of particles that demonstrate there is a new state of matter.<p>Researchers …

Physics

Scientists Separate Marijuana's Highs From Its Medical Lows

No more ‘Dude, where’s my car?'<p>Marijuana is getting a lot of love lately, from newly legal recreational users in a few American states, and doctors alike. Researchers are uncovering lots of ways in which THC, the chemical responsible for most of the herb’s psychological effects, can help treat …

On 'The Marijuana Show' It's Cannabis Companies Meet 'Shark Tank' With $10 Million At Stake

Two hundred applications in just two weeks came flooding in when Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull put the call out for marijuana entrepreneurs interested in entering their internet-TV business competition, “The Marijuana Show.” Most were very small enterprises or just in the idea stage Robbins said. …

Bernie Sanders Has a Secret

Vermont, his son and the hungry early years that made him the surging socialist he is today.<p>One morning last month in Burlington, Vermont, at the law office of John Franco, one of Bernie Sanders’ best friends since the 1970s, Franco talked to me at length about Sanders’ commitment and his …

Middle-class

ExxonMobil funded naysayers for decades despite knowing about climate change

An email from a former climate expert at US energy major ExxonMobil has revealed that the company knew about the impact of oil and gas exploration on …

Potbox: A monthly subscription box for dank weed

There may actually be no reason to ever leave your home again.<p>At this point, it may be easier to count things that <i>don't</i> have a subscription-based …

Why Is There Dark Matter?

Years ago I read an article by Martin Rees, in which he surveyed the options for what the dark matter of the universe might be. I forget the exact …

Dark Matter

The cosmic bucket list: 11 things to see in the universe before it dies (in 22bn years) | Chris Lintott

Photograph: AP<p>An image from the Cassini spacecraft shows the planet Earth, annotated with a white arrow, lower right, below Saturn’s rings.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/3/1435925275905/0ce36928-90a9-4f32-b22d-067de11a37ac-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>An image …

Andromeda Galaxy