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For a true view of Chinese economy, look from the sky: N.Y. Fed | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Measuring how bright China appears at night may help provide an accurate snapshot on the world’s second economy, a New York Federal Reserve blog post showed on Wednesday.<p>Some on Wall Street have questioned the accuracy of Beijing’s official gross domestic product reading, …

These size comparisons will change the way you see the world [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Earth is a sphere, a 3D shape. Maps are flat and 2D. If you try and translate one to the other you will always create alterations trying to make …

Infographics

UK's May praises Trump's 'renewal' but differs on torture

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday embraced U.S. President Donald Trump as a friend and ally, but cautioned him not …

Here Comes The Sun: Elon Musk Wants to Raze The Roofing Industry

The U.S. has more than 70 million single-family homes and nearly all have something in common: They are covered by some kind of roof. If Elon Musk has his way, those rooftops will all be generating solar power using technology provided by a combined Tesla and SolarCity. He showed off his new vision …

Technology is eroding our ability to understand what's real and what's just an illusion

If we were to take a television back in time — to the Middle Ages, say — and show off a Blu-Ray film (our time machine has a power supply), we can imagine that those medieval viewers would have no idea how we created such a stunning illusion.<p>Our audience would presumably want to try to look inside …

The AI disruption wave

Information technology evolves through disruption waves. First the computer, then the web and eventually social networks and smartphones all had the power to revolutionize how people live and how businesses operate. They destroyed companies that weren’t able to adapt, while creating new winners in …

Artificial Intelligence

Google starts highlighting fact-checks in News

Today Google added a new “fact-check” tag to its popular Google News service. The site aggregates popular timely news from multiple sources and has traditionally grouped them with tags like “opinion,” “local source” and “highly cited.” Now readers can see highlighted fact-checks right next to …

Google News

Shailene Woodley wants us to eat restaurant leftovers and she has a good point

Shailene Woodley isn’t just our favorite actress-slash-political activist-slash-holistic healer-slash-imaginary-BFF who always keeps it real. The</i> …

3 Foods That Will Give You Better Skin And Hair

You know what they say – you are what you eat. While I really hope that I am not slowly turning into one very large donut, I think we can all relate …

Carnegie Mellon’s Mayhem AI takes home $2 million from DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge

The 2016 DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge has concluded, and the winning team — Carnegie Mellon University’s ForAllSecure — is taking home the $2 million grand prize. What’s that you say — what’s the Cyber Grand Challenge? I’m glad you asked!<p>Like the other challenges the Defense Department’s R&D arm has …

Microsoft says its new camera app is even better than Apple’s

Microsoft today launched its new camera app for iOS, and the company claims it’s even better than the one Apple builds into iOS.<p>Pix uses artificial intelligence to make your camera “smarter,” automatically adjusting settings and making enhancements to give you the best shots.<p>Every time you press …

Life expectancy is up sharply for blacks and Hispanics; whites are lagging

There's good news and bad news when it comes to American mortality — and the bad is threatening to overwhelm the good.<p>On the positive side, there are fewer deaths, per 100,000 people, from car accidents. There are fewer deaths from cancer. And there has been significant progress in recent years in …

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer could get $55 million severance package

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer stands to make $55 million if the struggling company gets sold -- and she gets booted.<p>The company revealed Mayer's severance package and her 2015 pay when it updated its annual report on Friday evening.<p>Mayer's golden parachute would be a huge payout for a chief executive who …

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Datawatch: IMF GDP growth forecast revisions

The IMF now expects advanced countries to grow at a lower rate in 2016 than was forecast a year ago. The US and Japan had the biggest downward growth …

Economics

Microsoft is bringing bots to Skype — and everywhere else

Microsoft’s recently launched, A.I.-powered bot Tay may have embarrassed the company when Twitter users taught the machine how to be racist, but Microsoft hasn’t given up on the future of bot development. It’s just getting started. At Microsoft’s annual Build conference in San Francisco today, CEO …

Top 10 Barcelona walking tours

Gaze at graffiti, try the city’s best food or take a tour led by architects, photographers or even the homeless … Barcelona has a guided walk for everyone<p>A guided walk is the quick and easy way to learn lots about a place but at €10-€20pp the cost can soon rack up, particularly for a family. …

Top 10

Microsoft Build: the 10 most important announcements

The big idea from Microsoft today was making conversation the next platform for computing. At the heart of that plan are intelligent bots, something we’ve written about at length. These little AI bots will respond to your words and provide you assistance. Satya Nadella noted that Microsoft had …

Chatbots

Microsoft is turning Skype into a messaging platform—and, as usual, it’s late to the game

Like Tencent did with Wechat, Facebook with Messenger, and Slack with Slack, Microsoft is turning its chat app, Skype, into a full-blown messaging platform.<p>To transform Skype, Microsoft has to make it smarter, and the company’s plan for doing so rests on the shoulders of bots, and their creators. …

Chatbots

10 Reasons You Should Visit Rome Once In Your Lifetime

Who doesn’t love to travel? Traveling is probably one the best kinds of pleasures this life has to offer to us. But at times, with its countless …

Five Ways to Hike to Machu Picchu

Photo by Marina Di Guardo/Flickr<p>There's more than one road to this historic site.<p>Since word of Machu Picchu spread around the world in the early …

Tech Start-Ups the New Gold for China's Wealthy as Economy Slows

(Reuters) – More wealthy Chinese are plowing money into technology start-ups which are increasingly seen as a safe haven as the slowing economy eases …

Google is donating $1 million to fight the Zika virus

The Zika virus outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February. Even though the mosquito-borne …

New Study Shows Chocolate Improves Brain Function

It may only be Tuesday but the good news is already rolling in — at least for chocolate lovers. According to data gathered from the sixth part of the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study earlier this month, <b>consumption of chocolate is positively associated with cognitive brain function</b>.<p>The study, …

Research

How to See Spain in 7 Days

There is no way you can see Spain in 1 week, but you can have a memorable vacation time in <b>Madrid</b> and see some of the highlights of <b>Old Castile</b> and</b> …

Modern Market, Another Starbucks, More Coming

<i>1) BETHESDA:</i> Chain Modern Market is opening a location at Bethesda Row. They specialize in breakfast, and cater to restrictive diets like vegan and celiac. They'll open at 4930 Elm St. (the old Boloco space). [PLYWOOD]<p><i>2) ATLAS DISTRICT:</i> H Street is getting a Starbucks. The coffee chain will open at …

Love Books? Plan A Trip To The Most Literary City In The Country

The assignment came like a gauntlet thrown.<p>EMAIL FROM MY EDITOR: <i>Portland, Oregon is the most literary city in the country. If you love books, you should go there right away.</i><p>MY REPLY: <i>I’m looking at tickets as we speak.</i><p>It was really that simple — I’d been longing to see Portland and didn’t need much …

Books

Porsche CEO: 'An iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road'

Lamborghini, also part of the Volkswagen group, has expressed similar skepticism about the trend toward autonomous driving, a concept that brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz are seeking to build into their models.<p>The comments from Porsche CEO Oliver Blume show that some carmakers believe their …

Microsoft is experimenting with underwater data centers

Is data better down where it's wetter?<p>When your laptop or your smartphone gets hot, you know it's crunching a lot of data. So you can imagine the amount of heat generated by the racks upon racks of servers that store and process the world's digital lives. Keeping these data centers cool is such a …

Global policymakers seek to reassure after market turbulence

A high-level panel of finance officials held on the last day of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos, Switzerland, attempted to look through the markets' harrowing start to the year and identify the big risks facing the global economy.<p>Many stock indexes this week fell into bear …

6 questions about why Pope Francis is meeting with Google chairman Eric Schmidt

Pope Francis has called the Internet a "gift from God," but his next high-profile guest at the Vatican might have a more convincing claim on some of …