Emily Kovach

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Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.<p>Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd.<p>In 2011, the lab showed it was possible to recreate movie clips just from observing the brain activity of people …

Machine Learning

Here's How Police Could End Up Making Body Cameras Mostly Useless

Will body cameras be a tool for police reform? Only if bad policy doesn't get in the way.<p>Moments before he died, Charly Keunang took a swing at a cop. This wasn't an ordinary jab or hook. In cell phone video filmed by a bystander in March, the 43-year-old homeless man can be seen spinning toward a …

Law Enforcement

Benjamin Netanyahu cancels trip as violence continues in Jerusalem and West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a trip to Germany as violence continued Wednesday in Israel and the West Bank, with attacks and clashes that injured both Palestinians and Israelis and left one Palestinian dead.<p>In Kiryat Gat in southern Israel, a Palestinian stabbed a soldier on a …

Murdoch: Ben Carson would be 'real black president'

Rupert Murdoch is a fan of Ben Carson.<p>The News Corp chief has been tweeting for some time about the retired neurosurgeon, but on Wednesday he took it a step further.<p>"Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide? And much else," Murdoch …

Edward Snowden's ready to go to prison, waiting on answer from U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> Edward Snowden says he's offered "many times" to go to prison in the United States as part of a deal to return from exile in Russia but is still waiting for an answer from the American government.<p>The former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents about top secret mass …

Surveillance

CRISPR, the fancy new technology that lets people edit genes, could have an unprecedented and horrific consequence

The method, known as CRISPR, holds the potential to fix genetic defects that cause disease in humans. And researchers are also experimenting with tweaking the genes of other animals. For example, you could modify mosquitoes to prevent them from spreading horrific diseases like malaria and dengue …

Genetics

Breakthrough: Huge new genome discovery shakes human medicine

The human genome has been sequenced, a discovery that has scientists cheering and ethicists fretting about what's next for humanity.<p>It’s a term …

Blindsight: the strangest form of consciousness

Some people who have lost their vision find a “second sight” taking over their eyes – an uncanny, subconscious sense that sheds light into the hidden depths of the human mind.<p>When Daniel first walked into London’s National Hospital, ophthalmologist Michael Sanders could have had little idea that he …

Consciousness

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief  that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

How psychopaths can save your life

The right balance of ruthlessness and cool can make people heroes rather than killers, says psychologist Kevin Dutton<p>I once met a man who told me this: “In the operating theatre I am reborn: as a cold, heartless machine, totally at one with scalpel, drill and saw. Emotion is entropy and seriously …

Mike Huckabee is bashing Obama for nominating an openly gay Army secretary

"It's clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes," said Huckabee.<p>He added that the rate of veteran suicides were "out of control" and that he thought military readiness was low, yet it is unclear how the sexual orientation of the …

LGBTQI

America’s little-known ISIS: The fundamentalist Mormon sect that blends polygamy, child rape and organized crime

<b>(Reuters/Steve Marcus)</b><p>You might remember the sordid tale of prophet-rapist Warren Jeffs, but you don’t know about his vast crime empire<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>September 19, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Over the past century or more, there have been quite a few breakaway Mormon sects scattered across rural North America, …

Religion

Bernie Sanders Serves ‘Bern Notice’ on ‘Late Show’

Stephen Colbert and his audience felt the Bern on Friday night’s <i>Late Show</i> as the host dedicated much of the episode to Vermont senator Bernie …

Jeremy Corbyn is right to hate the media — as this video of him being assaulted by reporters shows

When he was elected the new leader of the opposition, he didn't immediately give an interview to the BBC or The Guardian (the major news outlet most-read by his supporters). Instead he talked to Huffington Post UK, and praised Facebook and Twitter for letting him reach voters directly.<p>His strategy …

Mainstream Media

Militants execute 56 Syrian regime soldiers at captured airbase

Islamist insurgents shoot dead 56 members of Syrian government forces in a mass execution at airbase captured from the army earlier this month in north-west Syria, says monitor<p>Islamist rebels operating in north-west Syria executed at least 56 government troops after overrunning a strategic military …

5 TED Talks That Will Help You Understand--and Improve--Your Brain

Your brain is the most important yet least understood organ in your whole body.<p>Without it you couldn’t keep breathing, let alone reading this column. Yet how often do you think about your own brain–how it works, what it needs, and how it could work better? Your brain is both the most important and …

Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

Middle East

How It Really Feels To Have Anxiety And Depression, In One Comic

Simple yet accurate.<p>Anxiety and depression are complex mental health disorders than can be difficult to describe -- but this comic totally nails it.<p>After hearing the personal story of Sarah Flanigan, a young woman who suffers from both anxiety and depression, artist Nick Seluk of The Awkward Yeti …

Depression

Indian police investigate gang-rape of American tourist

Woman was visiting Dharamsala, home of Dalai Lama, when she was grabbed by two men and assaulted, as latest sexual violence case rocks country<p>An American tourist has told police she was gang-raped in northern India earlier this week, officials in the town of Dharamsala have said.<p>The 46-year-old …

India

Even computer programmers could be put out of a job by robots

That's because robots won't take our lives — they're more likely to take our livelihoods.<p>And it's looking more and more likely that these artificially intelligent programs will even take over the job of making themselves — some researchers think it's likely that software engineers will one day be …

Artificial Intelligence

Schrödinger's microbe: physicists plan to put living organism in two places at once

A radical demonstration of quantum theory could see a bacterium suspended in an uncertain state similar to that famously endured by Schrödinger’s cat<p>Physicists have drawn up plans to put a living organism in two places at once in a radical demonstration of quantum theory.<p>The scientists aim to …

Quantum Physics

Ancient Humans Had Sex with Mystery Relatives, Study Suggests

A new, improved sequencing of ancient human relative genomes reveals that <i>Homo sapiens</i> didn't only have sex with Neanderthals and a little-understood …

Humanity

Frozen Giant Virus Still Infectious After 30,000 Years

It's 30,000 years old and still ticking: A giant virus recently discovered deep in the Siberian permafrost reveals that huge ancient viruses are much …

Biology

Egyptian Billionaire Contacts Owners To Buy an Island for Refugees

An Egyptian billionaire has contacted the owners of two islands to buy a Greek island to provide housing and jobs for the refugees and migrants that …

Why 30 Million Men Joined Ashley Madison

When hackers exposed the 30-million member list of Ashley Madison, the extramarital affairs website, many families suffered. Sadly, there has already been a report of a suicide.<p>One of the more surprising revelations of the hack was that most of the members were men. We weren't surprised. Over the …

Ashley Madison

How Todd Starnes Is Compromising Fox News's Credibility

The rogue journalist has a history of erroneous reporting and outrageous comments, but the network doesn't seem to be moved by it.<p>Although Fox News Channel may be the favorite whipping boy of liberals, the best data indicates that the outlet is neither the most opinionated nor the most biased. But …

Religion

One in Five Americans Still Think Obama is Foreign-Born, According to Poll

One in five Americans still have misperceptions about President Barack Obama’s place of birth and even more believe he is not a Christian, according …

Man fitted with robotic hand wired directly into his brain can 'feel' again

Advanced prosthetic allows paralysed man to control movements and register when the robotic hand is touched<p>A new advanced robotic hand that is wired directly into the brain has been successfully tested, allowing paralysed man to “feel”.<p>The hand, developed by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns …

These Photos Capture The Anguish Of Living With Depression

"The whole experience made me a lot more patient and empathetic towards others."<p>For 21-year-old photographer Edward Honaker, experiencing depression and anxiety felt like being at war with his brain.<p><b>"All I knew is that I became bad at the things I used to be good at, and I didn't know why," he told</b> …