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AI system as good as experts at recognising skin cancers, say researchers

Deep learning-based system could be further developed for smartphones, increasing access to screening and aiding early detection of cancers<p>Computers can classify skin cancers as successfully as human experts, according to the latest research attempting to apply artificial intelligence to health.<p>The …

Artificial Intelligence

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

What Was ‘The Walking Dead’ Cast Doing During ‘Fear The Walking Dead’?

<i>Fear the Walking Dead</i>, which premieres this Sunday on AMC, takes place an indeterminate amount of time before <i>The Walking Dead</i>. There aren’t any zombies yet, but there will be lots of them very soon. That’s where the prequel begins. We’ve already brought you multiple teasers, the first three minutes …

Fear the Walking Dead premiere: See the first 3 minutes from the Walking Dead companion series

In advance of Sunday’s premiere of <i>Fear the Walking Dead</i>, AMC has released the first three minutes of the <i>Walking Dead</i> companion series.<p>The clip …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Xbox One exec: We're doing things that 'can't be done' on PS4

According to Xbox executive Kudo Tsunoda, the Xbox One has "a lot more going on" than the PlayStation 4 and other competing platforms. In a new interview, Tsunoda talks about how Xbox One features like backward compatibility, as well as cross-play and cross-buy with PC, give the Xbox One the upper …

The Hidden Danger Of Marijuana Edibles

The death of 19 year old Levy Thamba Pongi, a Wyoming exchange student from the Republic of Congo visiting Colorado in March of 2014, who ate a marijuana cookie, deserves special mention in light of the growing trend toward legalization of recreational marijuana in the U.S.<p>It offers a stark …

The most pernicious marijuana myth, debunked

<b>(AP/Elaine Thompson)</b><p>A new study is raising hackles about pot-laced edibles. The statistics really aren’t as alarming as they seem<p>April Short<p>July 30, 2015 9:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If you read the national headlines or watch the reports on TV, you’d think there was a …

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …