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South Sudanese refugee 'teenager' who became 6ft 9in star of Canadian basketball team is a 30-year-old man

A promising young basketball player who arrived in Canada from South Sudan has had his sporting dreams shattered by immigration authorities, who claim he lied about being 17 and was actually aged 30.<p>Jonathon Nicola arrived in Ontario in November, under a programme for refugees called Canada …

Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot.<p>Developers at Microsoft created 'Tay', an AI modelled to speak 'like a teen …

Condom-Less Male Birth Control May Be Available as Early as 2017

Image: JPC-PROD/Shutterstock<p>According to a recent statement from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for-profit that focusses on developing low-cost …

Birth Control

Google's robots teach themselves to do things and it's terrifying

When it comes to robots replacing humans, we might think we have the upper hand since we’re the ones who build and program them but that’s not neccesarily the case anymore.<p>Google is taking a different approach to training its robots – it’s letting them teach each other.<p>Researchers at Google have …

If the CIA Doesn't Release Osama bin Laden's Porn Collection, the Terrorists Win

It's foreign policy 101.<p>Among the trove documents seized by Seal Team 6 during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound: a massive porn stash.<p>U.S. officials said the porn collection "consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive." But, although much of what …

Hospital paid hackers $17,000 to unlock data held for ransom

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) revealed in a statement (PDF) today that it paid hackers $17,000 in Bitcoin to unlock its files after the attackers used malware to encrypt and hold them for ransom.<p>The hospital noticed issues on its network on February 5 and managed to restore its …

Cybersecurity

Russian anti-smoking advert says 'Don't be like Obama'

'Smoking kills more people than Obama' warns the uncredited poster<p>An anti-smoking poster featuring Barack Obama has appeared on bus stops around Moscow, with the caption: "Don't smoke - don't be like Obama."<p>"Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills a lot of people," the ad reads.<p>A …

North Korea planning terror attack on South, spy agency says

<b>Seoul (CNN) —</b> North Korea is currently planning a "terrorist attack" on South Korea according to the South's spy agency.<p>A lawmaker, briefed by the National Intelligence Service (NIS), says leader Kim Jong Un himself gave the order to make preparations.<p>"North Korea's terrorist attack could be in the …

North Korea

Sex and the Saudi

One winter day a few years ago, I met a girl I really liked. I saw her at a park in Qatif. We were looking at each other, so I went up to her and said, ‘‘Hi, you look beautiful.’’ She thanked me, and I handed her a piece of paper with my number on it. ‘‘We should talk more,’’ I told her. ‘‘I’m …

Men Of The Internet Describe The Hardest Part Of Being Male, And You’re Not Ready For This

Several well-known downsides (still) exist to being a woman in society. Sexism can result in unreachable expectations of perfection in beauty, motherhood, and other stereotypes. In many industries, women are still paid lower salaries than their male counterparts, and ladies are expected to “have it …

Salaries & Wages

Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America?

Several months ago, a Pew Research study sparked what almost seemed like shouts of glee from those eager to declare the impending death of Christianity in America.<p>According to the report, Millennials are leaving the Church in droves and, the theory went, if the next generation isn't there to fill …

Robots are learning to say “no” to human orders

It may seem an obvious idea that a robot should do precisely what a human orders it to do at all times. But researchers in Massachusetts are trying something that many a science fiction movie has already anticipated: They’re teaching robots to say “no” to some instructions.<p>For robots wielding …

Robotics

This woman was tired of seeing naked men on dating apps. So she did an experiment

Kerry Quinn, 27, was sick of receiving images of penises from men on dating apps.<p>Like most women who used apps such as Tinder, she was often sent unsolicited photos of male genitalia and hated it.<p>“I get more unsolicited d*** pics than you could ever imagine,” she wrote on Thrillist. “Let’s be …

‘Gay’ Doritos Prompt Freak-Out

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ attempt to turn Rowan County into a no-gay-marriage zone has failed, but conservative enthusiasm for pointless posturing …

lgbtq

When Kim Suozzi, 23, died, doctors cut off her head, hoping that someday they’ll learn how to revive her mind

In the moments just before Kim Suozzi died of cancer at age 23, it fell to her boyfriend, Josh Schisler, to follow through with the plan to freeze …

Spanish cancer patient gets a 3D-printed titanium rib cage

Is there anything 3D printers can't do? A 54-year-old Spanish man, who had a cancerous tumor in his chest wall, was recently fitted with a 3D printed sternum and rib cage. While the first-of-its-kind implant seems like a Marvel Comics experiment with Adamantium, in reality, it was an ingenious, …

Stop Calling 20-Somethings "Entitled." It's Not True.

I'm sick of people saying that the 20 and 30-something's of today are the "Entitlement Generation."<p>We've been called the "Me, Me, Me Generation."<p>Even Eric Thomas (aka "E.T. The Hip Hop Preacher") is jumping on the bandwagon.<p>Sorry, E.T. You're one of my favorite speakers. I listen to you every …

A Point of View: Does atheism have to be anti-religious?

<b>We tend to understand atheism as a war between religion and science - but in earlier times atheism was both more complex and more rich, says philosopher John Gray.</b><p>In recent years we've come to think of atheism as an evangelical creed not unlike Christianity. An atheist, we tend to assume, is …

This PC gaming rig ad is gloriously bad

Gaming is mainstream. No arguments there. But what about hardcore gaming? What about gaming fueled by build-it-yourself PC rigs?<p>Apparently that's mainstream too, at least according to MSI Gaming's latest baffling ad for its Nightblade z97, a quick-to-assemble frag box.<p>There's so much to say about …

What If All the Cats in the World Suddenly Died?

Perhaps you're a cat lover. Perhaps you abhor the lazy critters. Either way, when you see a cat lounging on an armchair, napping all day but for the …

Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate

<i>The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’</i> …

There's A Link Between Cat Ownership And Schizophrenia

Growing up with a family cat is a significant if improbable commonality among people who develop schizophrenia.<p>"Cat ownership in childhood has now been reported in three studies to be significantly more common in families in which the child is later diagnosed with schizophrenia or another serious …

Apocalypse Neuro: Why Our Brains Don't Process the Gravest Threats to Humanity

The human brain simply may not be wired to process slow-moving crises like climate change.<p>Our brains are incredible little mushboxes; they are unfathomably complex, powerful organs that grant us motor skills, logic, and abstract thought. Brains have bequeathed unto we humans just about every …

Here's the saddest thing anybody's ever said about virtual reality

He told me he'd made some investments in virtual reality, but none in augmented reality. "I don't believe in augmented reality," he told me.<p>A quick catch-up on those terms: Virtual reality puts you entirely in a computer-generated world. You're cut off from reality inside a bulky headset. The main …

What's Good About Bad Parenting

I did an unintentional two-step with a small boy as I was trying to exit a restaurant recently. Every move I made toward the door, he innocently hopscotched his way across my path. Coolly observing our frustrating dance, his mother didn't flinch. Instead of, "Billy, watch out. You're blocking …