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Professor Faces Firing Over Belief Sandy Hook Was a Hoax

A university in Florida made efforts Wednesday to fire a professor who upset many by calling the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School a …


Trent Reznor was robbed: Nine Inch Nails’ Rock Hall snub proves electronic music still doesn’t get respect

This blind spot is only going to become more obvious in the decades to come, too<p>Early Thursday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the class of 2016. Classic rock fans had much to celebrate: Scrappy power-pop band Cheap Trick finally received a nod, as did hard rock and …

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China’s UnionPay Steps Into Mobile Commerce Deal With UK Startup

On the heels of reports that Apple Pay is gearing up for a February launch of its mobile payment service in China (update: it is, and so is Samsung), the country’s biggest credit card company has entered into an agreement with a startup out of the UK to take its own steps into smartphone-based …


U.S. Race Relations at 20-Year Low, Survey Finds

Perception of U.S. race relations have reached a 20 year low after several high-profile deaths of black Americans at the hands of police officers, …

Norway Is Still the Best Country in the World, Says the U.N.


MIT's new deep learning tool aims to predicts the memorability of your photos

MIT computer scientists have developed a new algorithm that helps determine which parts of your photos are most memorable. The program, called MemNet, uses artificial intelligence to build a heat map which determines the most visually interesting pieces of your photo.<p>Deep learning algorithms like …