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How Frightened Should We Be of A.I.?

Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human—for better and for worse.<p>Precisely how and when will our curiosity kill us? I bet you’re curious. A number of scientists and engineers fear that, once we build an artificial intelligence smarter than we are, a form of A.I. …

The Ocean Floor Is Sinking Under the Water Weight From Melting Glaciers, and It’s As Bad As It Sounds

So much extra water is being added to the world’s oceans from melting glaciers that the ocean floor is sinking underneath the increasing weight. This …

A tsunami of store closings is about to hit the US — and it's expected to eclipse the retail carnage of 2017

Retailers are bracing for a fresh wave of store closings in 2018 that is expected to eclipse the rash of closings that rocked the industry last year.<p>"Landlords are panicking," said Larry Perkins, the CEO and founder of the advisory firm SierraConstellation Partners. "The last year was pretty …

Record-shattering cold reaches into Florida

(Reuters) - Record-shattering arctic cold reached as far south as Florida on Monday with freeze warnings in place from Texas to the Atlantic Coast and the Northeastern United States facing another cold wave at the end of the week, forecasters said.<p>Temperatures ranged from 20 to 30 degrees …

Weather

15 Retailers That Went Bankrupt in 2017

These were just some of the companies that fell victim to the retail apocalypse.<p>2017 is set to go down as the year of the retail apocalypse. …

China is the acid-test for a technology that could save the world from catastrophic climate change

Dongying, China<p>From smog-choked cities to sludge-filled rivers, stories about China’s environment in recent years have painted a bleak picture. But China is not the first country to put economic development above protecting the environment. All of today’s wealthy countries, including the UK during …

Fossil Fuels

The Dirty Secret of the World’s Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The …

California will burn until it rains — and climate change may keep future rains away

Dry weather looms ahead as fires rage across Southern California<p>Wildfires are spreading unchecked across Southern California, adding more infernos to the state’s worst fire season on record. A warm, dry fall in Southern California and strong offshore winds combined to create dangerous fire …

Weather

Giant Antarctic iceberg the size of Manhattan just completely disintegrated, 'worrying' experts

The massive iceberg broke off from the Pine Island Glacier in September.<p>A giant Antarctic iceberg, the size of Manhattan, which broke off from the …

Confidence grows that extreme weather pattern will soon envelop Northern Hemisphere

The stage is set for a dramatic change in the weather pattern across the Northern Hemisphere during the next seven to 10 days.<p>That change will likely …

Blizzard's War Chest to crowdfund 'StarCraft II' world championship prize pool

Blizzard is looking to borrow some of the success of Valve’s <i>DotA 2</i> Battle Pass system for its own championship prize fund for <i>StarCraft II</i>. The new …

Siemens Wind Power to close Ontario turbine blade plant, cut 340 jobs

A wind-turbine-blade factory in Southwestern Ontario that Siemens Wind Power Ltd.'s former parent company called "a key part of our global supply chain" just last September is winding down operations, leaving 340 employees in Tillsonburg, Ont., without work by early next year.<p>Employees found out …

Nike is cutting 2% of its global workforce and reorganizing its manufacturing

Nike, the world’s largest sporting-goods brand, is making some sweeping changes to the way it produces and sells sneakers in order to keep up with today’s demanding consumers.<p>The company has already been working for some time to shorten lead times on its products and increase the number of sales …

Manufacturing

New map details sinking land along Louisiana's coast

June 15 (UPI) -- Researchers at Tulane University have developed a new map that details the varying rates at which land is sinking along the …

Amid Retail Crisis, Amazon Could Be the First $1 Trillion Company, Says NYU Professor

NYU professor Scott Galloway says America is facing “a great unwinding of retail," but Amazon will end up on top.<p>Amazon could become the first company with a $1 trillion market cap, beating other tech giants like Apple and Google, NYU professor Scott Galloway said on Recode's podcast on …

eCommerce

Gymboree files for bankruptcy

Gymboree filed for bankruptcy protections, making it the latest casualty in a long line of troubled retailers.<p>The children's clothing retailer said it has reached an agreement with its lenders that will allow it to stay in business as it attempts to restructure. It has arranged to borrow an …

Scientists use machine learning algorithms to create a real-life Doodle God

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have taught computers to sift through the infinite possibilities of atoms in search of new materials. The computers use machine-learning to help scientists narrow their focus when combining atoms to create something entirely new.<p>This new research will …

These robots are milking cows without any humans involved, and the cows seem into it

Stensland Family Farms, which sits in the northwest corner of Iowa, has 170 dairy cows, but nobody milks them. Robots do.<p>Aided by sensors, lasers, and data collection, automated technology is cropping up on dairy farms around the world. The shift offers benefits for farmers who struggle to find …

Here’s how often IBM’s Watson agrees with doctors on the best way to treat cancer

And in data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, IBM Watson Health gave a snapshot of how it's playing out so far.<p>The studies looked at concordance rates, or how often Watson for Oncology reached the same course of treatment as the cancer doctors at different cancer …

Pop Up Goes the Retail Scene as Store Vacancies Rise

As traditional retail stores close and vacancies mount, landlords across the country appear newly receptive to leases as short as a week, eschewing the typical 10-year time frame, even in locations that once shunned limited stays.<p>The upswing in pop-up stores, as the short-term placements are …

Will a robot take your job? This website provides an answer (that you probably won't like)

Here's what we know about robots: Robots have taken jobs. Robots are taking jobs. Robots will take jobs.<p>The question remains, though: How many jobs? …

The Future

Homebuyers in the market this spring are being slammed by a 'double whammy'

Pending sales of condos, co-ops, and single-family homes fell by 1.3%, worse than the 0.5% drop expected.<p>"Prospective buyers are feeling the double whammy this spring of inventory that's down 9.0 percent from a year ago and price appreciation that's much faster than any rise they've likely seen in …

Waves rippled through Greenland’s ice

That’s ominous<p>On its surface, the Greenland ice sheet is a vast expanse of seemingly immovable ice. But beneath the monotonous stretch of white, scientists have discovered evidence of waves rippling through one of its outlet glaciers and roiling its innards.<p>The waves, observed during the two most …

Michael Kors Closing Up to 125 Stores As Sales Plummet

Michael Kors (kors) is closing up to 125 stores this year as it continues to partially unwind an aggressive expansion that had served it well when …

Michael Kors tumbles after its sales forecast disappoints

Getty Michael Kors is down 8% at $33.38 a share after the company provided forward sales guidance that fell short of analyst estimates.<p>The company said first-quarter revenue will be $910 million to $930 million, trailing the consensus analyst forecast of $944 million. The luxury fashion retailer …