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13 science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss this December

It’s December. I can hardly believe how fast the year flew by. December means the full rush of Christmas and holiday shopping, and it means a slightly lighter load of new books hitting bookstores. That’s fine by me: it means that I can try and tackle the accumulated piles of books on my own to-read …

Five Book Plan: Revolutionary Novels

<i>John Rees is a historian, broadcaster and campaigner based in London. His latest book is the recently published</i> The Leveller Revolution<i>, which tells</i> …

What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

Neural networks taught to understand danger so terrible mistakes are not repeatedAs artificially-intelligent software continues to outperform humans …

Researchers Discover Evidence Of Life Forms On Earth That Pre-Date Oxygen

It lived 2.5 billion years ago...<p>Researchers have made the astonishing discovery of life forms that actually pre-date oxygen on Earth.<p>Scientists from …

Biology

This AI personal assistant took 3 years and millions to build — it completely fooled me

Amy and I exchanged eight emails fixing up a date and then another five when Blomfield had to rearrange. Only then did I spot something odd in Amy's email signature: "Artificial intelligence for scheduling meetings."<p>It turns out that I had been talking to an algorithm the whole time.<p>"I'm very happy …

Ten books you should read in December

Why can’t humans regenerate body parts? We’ve got the genes

Regeneration – now that'd be a nice superpower to have. Injure an arm? Chop it off and wait for it to grow back. Dicky knee? Ingrown toenail? Lop off …

Get Involved in The World's Biggest Quantum Physics Experiment Happening Right Now

Play games for physics.<p>What could be the world's largest quantum physics experiment is happening today, 30 November 2016, and researchers need people …

Quantum Physics

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2016. (Ranked in no particular order.)

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Director Domee Shi discusses her Chinese Canadian fairy tale about a mother and a dumpling.<p>11 min ago9:35 a.m. April 26, 2018<p>More than 600 members of …

Do you often judge a book by its cover and miss reading good books? “Recommend me a book” can help you

There is a website called Recommend Me a Book that helps you if you are in the habit of judging a book by its cover and consequently, end up not …

Book Review: Weapons of Math Destruction

Today’s book review is Weapons of Math Destruction, How big data increases inequality and threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil.Cathy O’Neil is a data …

See the Earth as International Space Station astronauts see it

There's no shortage of videos of Earth as seen from space. Indeed, NASA has a direct, high definition stream of Earth as seen from the International …

A guide to credit card point earning. Should you focus on a single program?

I earn millions of points and miles each year through credit card signup bonuses and manufactured spend. My general approach is to go for the low …

How to Recognize a Dystopia: Watch an Animated Introduction to Dystopian Fiction

Literature and film can open up to the depth and immensity of social truths we find profoundly difficult, if not impossible, to articulate. If our …

What Black Mirror, Her and the near-future genre tell us about tomorrow

Taking after George Orwell and JG Ballard, some of the most prophetic and disturbing fiction about the near future continues to be made on TV and film<p>“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking 13.” The first line of George Orwell’s 1984 immediately places you in a world that …

The Indispensable Guide to Early American Murder

It might have been antimony in the lemonade, laudanum in the coffee, morphine in the whiskey, or strychnine in the sugar bowl. Arsenic could be dusted over oysters, spread onto a bread-and-butter sandwich, stirred into beer, brandy, or cider, even steeped in chamomile tea. Poison was everywhere in …

Crime

NASA's 'Impossible' EmDrive Could Actually Work, Even If It Breaks The Laws Of Physics

Even NASA doesn't know how it works.<p>NASA scientists have determined that an ‘impossible’ engine that could take us to Mars in just 10 weeks does …

Physics

Top 10 Books of 2016

Fiction<p>Commonwealth<p>By Ann Patchett<p>An illicit kiss at a christening wrecks two marriages in Los Angeles but blends the six children from different families. As we follow them over the next half century, their stories come into focus the way our own family legends cohere — from scraps of information …

Books

What AI Can and Can’t Do

Many executives ask me what artificial intelligence can do. They want to know how it will disrupt their industry and how they can use it to reinvent their own companies. But lately the media has sometimes painted an unrealistic picture of the powers of AI. (Perhaps soon it will take over the …

Artificial Intelligence

I Saved $20K in a Year Without Changing My Lifestyle—Here's How

If you can relate to the two-thirds of Americans who struggle to stick to a budget, there's one pivotal mistake you're likely making: …

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Take 10% Off<br>Your First Purchase<p>Join millions of other subscribers who get exclusive discounts, freebies and giveaways!<p>Coupon code will be sent to …

Alzheimer's treatment within reach after successful drug trial

Tablet that ‘switches off’ production of toxic amyloid proteins could be first treatment licensed in a decade if it is also shown to slow mental decline<p>An Alzheimer’s drug has been shown to successfully target the most visible sign of the disease in the brain, raising hopes that an effective …

Dementia

Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

In new computer experiments, artificial-intelligence algorithms can tell the future of chaotic systems.<p>Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos …

16 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for November

It’s November already. How the hell did that happen? Best hope you’re caught up on your October reading, because November boasts a bumper crop of …

Science Fiction

‘Wicked Weeds,’ and other science fiction books to read this month

There’s a lot to like about zombie plots: the squirm-worthy depictions of rotting flesh and devoured brains, the escapism of a license to kill something almost human. In <b>Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel</b> (Mandel Vilar), Pedro Cabiya takes these elements and adds twists, blending an intriguing dose of …

Chatbots: The Future of Bank Financial Advice? | Investopedia

Major financial conglomerates such as Bank of America and MasterCard will soon offer a new tool for customers in the form of automated chat programs …

Bank of America

These Skills Are Hard To Learn But Pay Off For The Rest of Your Life

<i>“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”</i> — <b>Ralph Waldo Emerson</b><p>The ability to expand your mind …

Self-improvement

Sabina Murray - Valiant Gentlemen - Book Review

The 1979 new wave hit “Pop Muzik” had an infectious chorus that began: “New York, London, Paris, Munich.” PEN/Faulkner winner Sabina Murray sends her …

Book Reviews