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6 futuristic building technologies that will change the world

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Technology progresses at a breakneck pace -- but why is our built environment so far behind? Fortunately, some smart folks have devoted their lives to developing futuristic technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, make them more energy-efficient and lower …

Game-Changing Discovery Links the Brain and the Immune System

Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited<p>Reprinted with permission from …

Unbreakable: A Robot That Can't Be Stopped

New research shows that artificial intelligence can use trial and error to finish a job even when a robot's body is damaged.<p>It almost looks like a wounded animal.<p>There’s that little hop in its gait, the way it looks tentative as it springs forward from its haunches, the not-exactly-straight …

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New Study Shows How Thinking Less Can Enable Faster Learning

One of the recent waves of insight moving across neuroscience research tells us that our brains, for all their wonder, frequently get in their own way. What seems increasingly evident is that we don’t have precise machines running behind our eyes, but rather an enormous collection of imprecise …

The Brain

Rand Paul, class clown, is now selling novelty Hillary Clinton hard drives

Hillary Clinton officially announced she's running for president today, and Republican rival Rand Paul spared no time adding anti-Hillary merchandise to his campaign store. Alongside products like a "don't drone me bro" t-shirt and an anti-NSA webcam cover, Paul's campaign is now offering …

Creators of The Wire were asked to remove details that could help criminals avoid wiretaps

HBO's <i>The Wire</i> was lauded for its gritty, realistic portrayal of the drug war in Baltimore, but it seems law enforcement thought the show could be a bit <i>too</i> authentic at times. In a story about cellphone tracking technology, showrunner David Simon tells <i>The Baltimore Sun</i> that "At points, we were asked …

Militia's War Robots Raise Questions About Future Of Warfare

In a video posted to YouTube in late March, Iraqi paramilitary group Saraya Al Salam showed off two weaponized unmanned ground vehicles (UVGs). The militia, which is controlled by Shi’a political leader Muqtada al-Sadr, is currently fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.<p>Writing in Real Clear Defense, …

War

Brain scans reveal how people 'justify' killing

When the volunteer participants played the video game believing they were killing a civilian, activity levels in the lateral orbital frontal cortex …