Catriona Lovett

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The next big U.S.-China competition: artificial intelligence

China is in the midst of an artificial intelligence frenzy, spurred in part by the "Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan" Beijing …

The Endlessly Lonely Could Be Living With Unresolved Childhood Trauma

And when they do connect with others, the relationships they form aren't always constructive ones.<p>It seems that for many people these days, it's …

Driving for Uber or Lyft is awful, new study shows

<b>UPDATE:</b> Two days after the publication of this article, Stephen Zoepf, the MIT researcher behind the work, posted an update to his findings on …

5 Ways to Conquer Fear and Anxiety

Dale Carnegie is one of the most trusted authors in the self-improvement space, thanks largely to his bestseller <i>How to Win Friends and Influence</i> …

Self-improvement

What Happened To Norma's Brain?

The mysterious trigger behind one Texan's mental collapse.<p>AUSTIN, Texas ― For as long as she could remember, Norma Herrera had trouble getting to sleep. Hours after the rest of her family had closed their eyes, she’d stay up in her darkened room, praying. When she finally slept, she often dreamt …

Mental Health

War on Isis: SAS sniper takes Daesh commander's head off while giving beheading lessons

A British SAS sniper took an Islamic State (Isis) commander's head clean off as he taught jihadi recruits how to behead captives, according to …

Germany: Angela Merkel's conservatives and SPD open grand coalition talks

Germany's two largest parties have formally launched talks to form a new government after September's elections. Party leaders were upbeat about the …

Turkey's Erdogan threatens to expand Syria border offensive

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to clear his country's Syrian border of "terrorists" up to Iraq, expanding a current operation. Such …

Grumpy Cat wins £500k in copyright battle with coffee chain

The owners of the Grumpy Cat brand, based around a cat with dwarfism and an underbite who perpetually looks grumpy, have successfully sued a company for £500,000 for unauthorised use of pictures of the animal.<p>Grumpy Cat Limited struck a deal with US coffee company Grenade, allowing it to sell its …

grumpy

Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement.The …

North Korea Irate Over Japanese Military Upgrades

North Korea is fuming over news Japan is making a series of investments in its self defense force that give it better offensive capabilities in the …

The Little-Known Law That Put A Man Behind Bars Twice For The Same Shooting

Carlos Carromero served 10 years in prison for shooting and paralyzing a man in 1984. After the victim died from related injuries 29 years later, should Carromero have been charged with his murder?<p><b>John Pugh died at 9:34 p.m.</b> on May 10, 2013. He was 68 years old, paralyzed from the waist down, and …

A New Program Judges If You’re a Criminal From Your Facial Features

The machine learning experiment boasts seemingly incredible accuracy, but is being criticised for human biases and the potential to label innocent people as guilty.<p>Like a more crooked version of the Voight-Kampff test from <i>Blade Runner</i>, a new machine learning paper from a pair of Chinese researchers …

Jesus Was an Alien

Inside the strange theology of the Aetherius Society<p>In 1954, a London cabbie named George King received a telepathic communication from an …

Magic, Mechanics, and Hard Work

I have a story for you. (It starts out pretty sad, but gets better.)<p>Late in 2015 I had a soul-sucking, horrible, awful, no-good day job.<p>It really was …

The Science Behind Why Your Facebook Friends Ignore Facts

Cognitive Bias and You<p>I’ve long believed that humans are rational beings. That is to say, that people use logic and evidence to make decisions and …

Guantánamo Diary author Mohamedou Ould Slahi freed after 14 years

Detainee-turned-memoirist transferred to his native Mauritania after 14 years captivity at the US detention center<p>The author of an internationally bestselling memoir about life in Guantánamo Bay has been released after enduring 14 years and severe torture at the US detention center.<p>Mohamedou Ould …

Judge rejects riot charges for journalist Amy Goodman after oil pipeline protest

Authorities had issued a warrant for her arrest after Democracy Now! host filmed guards for the Dakota access pipeline using dogs and pepper spray on protesters<p>A North Dakota judge rejected prosecutors’ “riot” charges against Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman for her reporting on the oil pipeline …

Mosul: Iraq and Kurdish troops make gains in battle

<b>Iraqi pro-government forces have made gains at the start of a large-scale operation to retake Mosul, the last major stronghold of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the country.</b><p>Iraqi government troops and Kurdish fighters launched their push towards the city in the early hours of Monday.<p>IS seized …

Clown sightings: hysteria in the US reaches a fever pitch

“Send in the clowns. Don’t bother, they’re here,” goes the Stephen Sondheim song.<p>And now hysteria over creepy clown sightings has been rising to fever pitch in the US since August and is spreading internationally.<p>But the situation is so absurd that police departments are pleading with the …

How to Get in Shape for Halloween—Based On the Body Part You’re Showing Off

<b>What are you doing to get ready for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!</b>

The King of Thailand has died.

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Notes on the End of mental_floss (Magazine)

So, some news: <i>mental_floss,</i> after a 15-year run, is ending print publication. The November-December 2016 issue will be our last.<p>More on all that in a …

The Gathering (TV Mini-Series 2007– )

Episodes<p>Cast<p>Series cast summary:<p>Nurse #7<p>Election newscaster<p>Elizabeth 'Zee' Foster<p>Coffee shop waitress<p>Tommy Carrier<p>Dr. Jerry Tanner<p>Max Revy<p>Staff …

Bill Allowing Terror Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia Creates Serious Potential Problems

The US Senate voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the <b>Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)</b>. If the U.S. House of …

Murders up 10.8% in biggest percentage increase since 1971, FBI data shows

Rising violence in 2015 driven by increase in murders of black men and gun crime, as experts brace for political ‘hysteria’ amid 2016 election<p>Murders in the US rose10.8% last year, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, according to data released Monday by the FBI.<p>The rising violence …

Women of the CIA: The Hidden History of American Spycraft

U.S. CIA Women<p>“My first son was my 1993 World Trade Center bombing baby,” says Gina Bennett, a veteran CIA analyst who has spent her career tracking …