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Soon, Talking to Strangers Will Be Even Easier

You totally prepared for this trip. You booked the flights months ago. You have all the best sights saved in Google Maps. But then you land in Munich …

Congress gives police in other countries easier access to U.S. data, raising privacy concerns

WASHINGTON – Police in other countries will be able to get emails and other electronic communication more easily from their own citizens and from Americans under a bill that Congress stuffed inside the massive $1.3 trillion spending deal passed last week.<p>Supporters said the bill, dubbed the CLOUD …

Surveillance

Facebook Uses Machine Learning To Spot At-Risk Users

This week Facebook announced that it has deployed AI-driven technology to identify users at risk of self-harm, and offer them support.<p>Algorithms, trained on report data from the network’s close to two billion users, are constantly on the lookout for warning signs in content that users post, as well …

Machine Learning

Virginia is the first state to legalize delivery robots

America is now one step closer to becoming a sci-fi utopia, thanks to a new law passed in Virginia. On Friday the state's governor signed a ruling which will allow delivery robots to use its sidewalks and crosswalks from July 1st. Advised by Starship Technologies (an Estoninan robotics company that …

Bots

This house was 3D-printed in just 24 hours

As we start to 3D-print everything — including houses, of all things — it's pretty impressive that a company built one in just 24 hours.<p>Located in …

Architecture

Supreme Court discusses sex offender's social media ban

The case of a man from North Carolina brought before the Supreme Court has resulted in an interesting discussion on whether sex offenders should be banned from social media. Lester Packingham was convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2001 and was arrested again in 2010 for signing up …

Social Media

Scientists prove that dogs can understand human language

Scientists prove that dogs can understand human language<p>Remember how you laughed at your neighbour who has long conversations with his pet beagle? …

Obama Commutes Sentences for Over 200 Inmates in Unprecedented Move

President Barack Obama cut the prison sentences for 214 federal inmates Wednesday — the highest number in a single day since at least 1900 — ensuring a legacy that has softened punishments for certain offenses, the White House said.<p>While in office, Obama has granted 562 commutations, which the …

Crime

Beyond Fitbit: 'Neural dust' puts invisible cyborg tech deep inside you

Monitoring your heart rate and VO2 max (maximum oxygen volume) with the latest fitness tracker is nifty, but researchers are developing new, tiny tech to keep track of just about any organ, nerve or muscle in real time. If that's not futuristic-cyborg-cool enough for you, the so-called "neural …

Neurophilosophy

Cattle-herding just got a lot more futuristic with SwagBot

Robots are taking over. No, really. They're taking over jobs, especially when they have the opportunity to be better at them than we are. Even dogs aren't safe, if the world's first herding robot has anything to say about it.<p>Enter SwagBot, a robot developed by the Australian Centre for Field …

Robotics

Google’s Project Fi Wireless Service Is Crazy Cheap. But Should You Switch?

If you're steamed by your mobile bill and shopping for a carrier, you might take a look at Google's Project Fi.<p>Although the service was …

Wi-Fi

Why You Should Believe in the Digital Afterlife

A professor of neuroscience says it will one day be possible to live on in a computer after death.<p>Imagine scanning your Grandma’s brain in sufficient detail to build a mental duplicate. When she passes away, the duplicate is turned on and lives in a simulated video-game universe, a digital Elysium …

Consciousness

The US Throws Away as Much as Half Its Food Produce

<i>This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat …

Agriculture

The End of Coal

Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton is not an energy expert. She probably has some such person on her campaign staff, but she didn't need them when she told the unfortunate truth to a West Virginia audience. She said, "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." …

Another good reason to sail the seas of Titan—life may exist there

Research finds prebiotic chemistry that could serve as a scaffold for life.<p>Saturn's moon, Titan, is one of the most exotic places in the Solar …

Biologists have recreated life inside a computer — NOVA Next | PBS

A few years ago, Michael Levin faced a conundrum. He and his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology just outside …

Apparently, Craft Beer Drinkers Have Healthier Habits Than The Rest Of Us

1.7K<p>SHARES<p>When you think of craft beer, you probably think of an expensive, small batch brew that likely has a bizarre name. And if you do, you are …

Craft Beer

Hobbit find shows tiny humans shrank 'rapidly'

<b>Scientists have discovered the 700,000-year-old ancestor of the tiny primitive human known as "the Hobbit".</b><p>Its fossils indicate that the normal-sized primitive humans who first set foot on the Indonesian island of Flores shrank "rapidly" to become Hobbit-sized.<p>The remains are of at least one adult …

Inexpensive Prosthetics for the Masses

Daniel Hobbs practices Judo, plays soccer and basketball, rides his bike and swims. He lives in Spain, speaks fluent English and Spanish and is …

Intel Corporation

More than boots and bullets: This app could help turn the tide on poaching

The newest weapon in the fight against wildlife poaching and illegal logging doesn't rely solely on boots or bullets, but on a computer software application driven by artificial intelligence.<p>Called Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security, or PAWS, the app uses algorithms – similar to the …

Prosthetic arms inspired by 'Deus Ex' are coming next year

Remember that prosthetic arm, inspired by <i>Metal Gear Solid</i>, that Konami developed for a British amputee? Well, it seems the company has started a trend. Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal have now teamed up with Open Bionics, a specialist in low-cost prosthetics, to develop some designs based on the …

Bionics

The Harvard RoboBee has a new trick up its sleeve

The stated goal of the National Science Foundation is to create autonomous robots capable of sustained flight. Enter the RoboBee, and exit any last hope I had of avoiding a swarm of robotic, insectoid death in future.<p>Late last year, the Harvard scientists led by Robert Wood demonstrated that the …

National Science Foundation

‘Hillarynomics’: A sneak preview

The candidate’s first major econ speech on Monday zeroes in on middle-class wages; goes after corporations, the 1%, and 'quarterly capitalism.'<p>Hillary Clinton has chosen the overarching economic theme of her presidential campaign: America’s middle class needs a raise.<p>In a speech Monday at the …

Colombia must now 'contemplate the risk that peace will not be secured'

According to figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 6.4 million Colombians were recorded as displaced, refugees, asylum seekers, or "others of concern" at the end of 2014.<p>Colombia's 6.4 million displaced make up 96% of the total number displaced in Latin America and the …

Obama creates national monuments in California, Texas, Nevada

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday created three new U.S. national monuments in Texas, Nevada and California spanning more than a million acres (400,000 hectares) in a move he said helps preserve America’s beauty but that Republicans condemned as a “surreptitious land …

New Horizons’ Long, Dark, Amazing Journey to Pluto…And Beyond | WIRED

Pluto Up Close<p>For such an important astronomical explorer, New Horizons is tiny—just the size of a baby grand piano. “All seven instruments on New …

Solar System

Bear Falls From Tree At University Of Colorado... Again

Be warned, bears: if you fall from a tree on this campus, you <i>will</i> have an embarrassing photo of you circulating on the Internet.<p>Early Friday morning on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado, a 2-year-old bear climbed up a tree, where it lazed around for approximately 4 hours, 7News …

Which Drugs Actually Kill Americans [Infographic]

Hint: not pot<p>In 2010, there were 80,000 drug and alcohol overdose deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database. The database, maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics, keeps a tally of all the deaths listed on certificates …

Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Here's What The Future Of Energy Might Look Like. And It's Pretty Amazing (VIDEO)

You're already familiar with solar power, wind power, and even water power. But when it comes to the future of energy, those renewable power sources soon could be old news. Scientists and engineers are now building mashup versions of the renewable sources we're using today with the goal of …