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New ‘OpenAI’ Artificial Intelligence Group Formed By Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, And More

A Silicon Valley supergroup has united to keep AI open -- so they say<p>In the last few years, the world of artificial intelligence has mainly been dominated by large internet companies with huge computing infrastructures like Google and Facebook, or research universities like MIT or Stanford.<p>Now, …

Inside The California Desert Community Where Societal Rules Do Not Apply

Slab City is an unregulated squatter settlement in the dusty Sonoran Desert, located about 140 miles east of San Diego. In a former life, it was a Marine training base, but over the past 60 years, it's become a community for hippies, rebels and misfits of all kinds. Living in campsites made from …

Social Security

uBeam Declassifies Secrets To Try To Prove Wireless Power Is Possible

It must violate the laws of physics. It must be dangerous. It must be impossible. This is what critics have concluded despite not actually knowing the details behind uBeam’s wireless power technology. So rather than let the rumors swirl, today uBeam revealed a bunch of details about how far, how …

Engineering

2016 Election Central: 2 Debates Coming Up & More Politicking

For those of you who are counting, we are just 370 days away from the 2016 presidential election. We’ve seen four debates and two more are coming up this month. While negotiations over the format of the debates continue, former Gov. Jeb Bush is slipping in the polls and Sen. Marco Rubio is riding …

UFO scares are the price we pay for secret missile tests, expert says

Missile tests like the one the Navy performed off the coast of Southern California on Saturday night present military officials with something of a conundrum.<p>On the one hand, said Loren Thompson, a military analyst with the Lexington Institute, the military needs to give local aviation officials …

Coding bootcamps are replacing computer science degrees

In recent years, a growing number of coding boot camps have helped address the large gap between available software engineering positions and qualified candidates to fill them. Coding bootcamps have been so successful that observers have wondered whether these programs are beginning to replace …

Indoor Veggie Garden Lets You Grow Your Own Food Right in Your Kitchen

We've sung praises about the farm-to-table movement before, but when the farm is only three-feet away, it's not just local, it's hyperlocal. The …

Aquaponics

Gardens: do plants think?

They’re not just a passive green backdrop: plants actively engage in complex behaviour<p>Meet the plant that is making scientists rethink how we understand intelligence. A growing body of research suggests that far from being merely a passive, green backdrop to the natural world, plants actively …

Plants

The White House is prepping for a single weather event that could cost $2 trillion in damage

On October 29, the White House's National Science and Technology Council released its strategic plan to prepare for an extreme weather event in space that could destroy satellites, spacecraft, and vital telecommunications systems.<p>Many of these electrical systems depend on one another, which is a …

The White House

Sneaky Leatherman multitool disguises itself as a bracelet

A new concept in multitools hides 25 different functions in one, low-key bracelet.<p>There's a certain sense of readiness and satisfaction that comes from carrying a multitool. It doesn't matter if the world throws an Amazon box, a beer bottle or a loose screw at you. You're ready. You can take it on …

Multi-tools

'Death test' could predict chance of dying within 30 days

Health experts say a new test will prevent futile and expensive medical treatments which prolong suffering<p>A test to determine if elderly patients will die within 30 days of being admitted to hospital has been developed by doctors to give them the chance to go home or say goodbye to loved …

A Star Just Got Swallowed By A Warp In Space-Time

Om nom nom<p>A star has slipped out of view thanks to the space-time warp it creates as it orbits.<p>The disappearing star is part of a binary star system called J1906. It's a pulsar, which means it's a rotating neutron star, the result of a massive star collapsing in on itself. Researchers have been …

The Problem with Stoned Diners in Denver

Restaurateurs in Denver face a new problem: the random customer who is way too stoned.<p><i>The city’s restaurateurs face a new problem: the random</i> …

Cannabis

These fanged frogs give birth to live babies - Futurity

A newly discovered species of fanged frog does what no other frog is able to do—give birth to live tadpoles instead of laying eggs.

Nature

Crowdfunded science: harnessing the wisdom of the crowd, or selling out?

Faced with intense competition for a shrinking pool of government cash, scientists around the world are turning to the public to fund their research<p>A hunt for the first moon orbiting a planet outside our solar system, a study into how LSD affects the brain, and an attempt to unravel what the dodo …

Crowd Funding

New bank could save the pot industry

Kristi Kelly owns legal marijuana stores in Colorado called Good Meds and has lost 23 bank accounts in five years.<p>Even though medical marijuana is legal in Colorado and 22 other states, it's still illegal on the federal level. And that means banks generally don't want anything to do with pot …

Cannabis

Washington drops its war on medical pot

Washington is waving a white flag in the medical marijuana wars. In a serious shift in drug policy, a bipartisan Congress has virtually ended the raids and legal crackdowns on cannabis clinics that dispensed therapeutic pot in California and elsewhere.<p>The decision doesn’t go all the way to legalize …

Cannabis

“It’s about forgetting the past”: Eric Lichtblau exposes how the CIA protected ex-Nazis

The New York Times reporter tells Salon about his new book on one of the U.S.’s greatest moral failures<p>Roughly three-quarters of a century ago, the United States of America threw itself into the giant, history-defining and utterly nightmarish orgy of death, destruction and cruelty that nowadays …

How To Crush Procrastination, Instantly

There is perhaps no greater day-killer than the dreaded scourge of procrastination. Once it sets in, that's it: You're trapped in a fog of avoidance …

7 Lazy Ways to Lose More Weight

<b>Diet Twice a Week</b><br>In a three-month study, women who went on a low-carb diet for two days per week lost nine pounds, while those who scaled back to 1,500 calories every day for the entire week lost the same amount. Here's what's probably happening: On a strict diet that never gives you freedom, …