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How a Sesame Street muppet is changing the world for people with autism

Sesame Street’s first muppet with autism, Julia, doesn't talk a lot.<p>But a year after she moved to Sesame Street, her message of inclusion and understanding is coming through loud and clear.<p>Kerry Magro sees the difference. When Magro, now 30, was diagnosed with autism at age 2, the only portrayal of …

David Shulkin out, Ronny Jackson in as VA secretary

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will replace his Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Ronny Jackson, who currently serves as physician to the President.<p>Trump thanked Shulkin via Twitter for his "service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS" and said …

‘The Lowest White Man’

I guess Donald Trump was eager to counter the impression in Michael Wolff’s book that he is irascible, mentally small and possibly insane. On Tuesday, he allowed a bipartisan session in the White House about immigration to be televised for nearly an hour.<p>Surely, he thought that he would be able to …

Michael Wolff

The inventor of Linux is furious at Intel

Linus Torvalds, the inventor and founder of the Linux operating system, is not known for holding back strong opinions he has about computers, and he is now one of the loudest voices critical of Intel's handling of "Meltdown," the flaw revealed Wednesday that could enable an attacker to steal …

Parents upset over Ivanka Trump's school visit - CNN Video

Some parents of a Connecticut high school were upset when first daughter Ivanka Trump made an unannounced visit to the school. HLN's Robin Meade has the story.

A Universe in One Line of Code with 10 PRINT

10 PRINT is a new book which explores the magical power of a single line of code.<p>That single line of code ran on the Commodore 64, in 1982. It gave …

Carter Page’s bizarre testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, explained

The former Trump campaign adviser testified for more than six hours on the Russia scandal. It was weird.<p>One of the oddest subplots of the whole Trump-Russia saga has long been the tale of Carter Page.<p>Page was plucked seemingly out of nowhere to become a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser — Trump …

Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with solar

<b>Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico's shattered electrical infrastructure with his solar energy technology.</b><p>The vast majority of the island territory remains without power, weeks after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.<p>On Twitter, Mr Musk said his technology, which …

Puerto Rico

Quantum Leap: Researchers Send Information Using a Single Particle of Light

This could pave the way for quantum computer circuits where electron qubits exchange information via photons.<p>According to research published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, physicists at Princeton University have designed a device that allows a single electron to pass its quantum information to a photon in …

The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory

The experiences we have with narratives starting as young children establish supportive conditions in the brain for learning and remembering, based …

Bedtime Stories

What does it take to build a chatbot? Let’s find out.

Without any delay, the image below shows what we are building:<p>To answer the question in the title, “What does it take to build a chatbot?” the answer …

When White Nationalists Get DNA Tests That Reveal African Ancestry

An analysis of Stormfront forums shows a sometimes sophisticated understanding of the limits of ancestry tests.<p>The white-nationalist forum Stormfront hosts discussions on a wide range of topics, from politics to guns to <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>. And of particular and enduring interest: genetic ancestry …

Molecular Biology

Defiant Trump digs in as racial, GOP tensions flare

The president laments the removal of Confederate statues and revives dubious story about Muslims.<p>A defiant President Donald Trump on Thursday further inflamed cultural and racial tensions, lamenting that "beautiful" Confederate statues are being removed and later urging Americans to research a …

Donald Trump

Only 6 people have ever voted against an FBI director. Five of them did today

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Only once had a US Senator ever voted against a nominee for FBI director -- until today.<p>Five Democrats cast their ballots Tuesday afternoon opposing the confirmation of Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the country's top investigative agency.<p>The vote was …

Trump’s New Chief John Kelly Reaches Out to Top Dems to Save White House’s Agenda

The new White House boss is trying to find someone who will work with the president, even if it means crossing the aisle.<p>Fresh off a stinging …

Donald Trump

Scientists Just Revealed a Hidden Secret About The Sun's Inner Core

The beginning of new solar physics.<p>The innermost region of the Sun is hidden from our eyes, and it looks like this stealth has enabled the core to …

It's time for Sean Hannity to go

Media Matters<i><br>Media Matters</i> President Angelo Carusone called on Fox News to fire Sean Hannity following a new NPR report that confirms that the Trump …

Australian ‘budget bot’ wins Amazon robot challenge

An inexpensive robot has triumphed over its more sophisticated competition to win Amazon's annual Robotics Challenge. 'Cartman', a robot designed by the Australian Center for Robotic Vision (ACRV), was built from scratch for a fraction of the cost of other competing robots, and was even held …

Fiery rhetoric from California to the feds over $18 million debt

A California official says the federal government has failed to pay the state $18 million for fighting wildfires on federal lands last year.<p>Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci said in a sharply worded letter to the U.S. Forest Service chief this week that failure to pay may force the state …

Research Shows Three Distinct Thought Styles In People With Autism

<i>What does the research show regarding thinking styles of people with high-functioning autism/Asperger syndrome? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Martin Silvertant, diagnosed</b> …

Autism

Autistic man who was told he 'wouldn't last one month' in job to retire after 28 years

A man with autism who was told he “wouldn’t last one month” in his job is retiring this week after 28 years.<p>Shaun Condon, 54, worked for almost three …

Autism

Create a Python game: how to make a puzzle game called Same

We are going to show you how to make a simple Python game called Same. Same consists of different coloured balls arranged on a board.Balls of the …

Japanese Company Adopts Nine Office Cats to Increase Workplace Productivity and Cuteness

Thinking about a career shift? Let us suggest a job at the Ferray Corporation, an Internet solutions company in Tokyo, Japan.<p>While we can’t speak to …

How to Not Cure Your Panic Attacks

The things that have helped me the most in the midst of severe panic attacks have not been attempts to "cure" the attacks, but to reframe the narrative of what I'm experiencing.<p>If you google "panic attack cure," you get more than 1.5 million results. There are breathing techniques, herbal cures, …

NASA Denies Trump’s Request to Send Astronauts Past the Moon on New Rocket

When NASA launches its new big rocket for the first time — more than a year and a half from now, at the earliest — there will be no astronauts along for the ride.<p>In February, at the request of the Trump administration, NASA began studying whether it was possible to add crew for the first flight of …

Programming as a Way of Thinking

Programming has changed. In first generation languages like FORTRAN and C, the burden was on programmers to translate high-level concepts into code. …

In terms of ‘bang for your buck,’ this is the best way we’ve seen to learn coding

At AAPicks, we see a lot of coding courses. Many of our readers are interested in learning how to make their own apps, games, and other software, so we try to keep an eye out for the best coding resources available.<p>Most of the coding course package that we see suck. But this one does not.<p>Frankly, …

Stephen King Has A 'Gentle' Message For Trump Voters

The horror master is stumped by those who still support the president.<p>Author Stephen King has a message for people who voted for President Donald Trump and still support him.<p>The horror master is likely referencing recent polls that showed Trump voters weren’t having any second thoughts about their …

Robert Reich: 4 reasons why Trump’s plan to strip the IRS is incredibly dumb

The president is exploding the Federal Budget Deficit and giving another windfall to the rich<p>President Donald Trump is proposing a 14.1 percent cut in the IRS' budget next year. This is incredibly dumb, for four reasons:<p>1. <b>It won’t save money.</b> To the contrary, this move worsens the budget deficit. …

Donald Trump just got trolled from the 'first protest in space'

Space nerds have taken trolling Trump into the stratosphere.<p>On Wednesday, the Autonomous Space Agency Network, amateurs who promote DIY space …