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This new lidar sensor could equip every autonomous car in the world by the end of 2018 - MIT Technology Review

A new lidar sensor could equip thousands of driverless cars with the sensing abilities required to drive at high speeds on the open road.<p>Lidar has …

University of Oxford

Overblown expectations for autonomous cars could force the next AI winter

Artificial intelligence has long had to manage expectations of its potential benefits versus what it is capable of providing at any point in time. This tension slowed down the overall progress and benefits of AI by introducing skepticism, reducing funding, and limiting adoption of the …

7 Things That Show That Evolution Is An Actual Fact

If you're tired of arguing with people who don't understand evolution, here's the ammunition you need.<p>"The fossil record is incomplete! Where are the missing links?" ask creationists. Yes, the fossil record is "incomplete". The only way it could be "complete" would be if literally every single …

Evolution

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

Consciousness

What is Al-Shabaab, and what does it want?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The attack is harrowing: Al-Shabaab militants raid a quarry in Kenya, separating non-Muslim workers from their Muslim counterparts and executing them.<p>The brutal act comes just days after the Islamists ambushed a bus and sprayed bullets on those who failed to recite Quran verses.<p>The attacks …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Beheading of Coptic Christians in Libya Shows ISIS Branching Out

Mohamed El-Shahed——AFP/Getty Images<p>Mohamed El-Shahed—AFP/Getty Images<p>Hassan Ammar—AP<p>Hassan Ammar—AP<p>Hassan Ammar—AP<p>Asmaa Waguih—Reuters<p>Mohamed …

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil a new kind of battery to power your home

The eccentric CEO said the product will be ready for production in a matter of months<p>Tesla didn't ship nearly as many cars this quarter as it had projected, but CEO Elon Musk remained upbeat during today's earnings call as he let some details slip about a brand new product. According to Musk, the …