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We are ‘almost definitely’ living in a Matrix-style simulation, claims Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Space X, Tesla and Paypal, has told an interviewer there is only a “one in billions” chance that we’re not living in a computer simulation.<p>Speaking at San Francisco’s Code Conference this week, Musk said that he has had “so many simulation …

FALSE: 'Photograph Taken Without a Telescope' Shows Andromeda Galaxy Next to the Moon

CLAIM<p>A photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy next to the moon was taken without a telescope in Finland. See Example( s )<p>EXAMPLES<p>Collected via e-mail, …

IBM's Big Data University: Free Online Learning With Over 400,000 Students

It is widely forecasted that a shortage of skills in data science and analytics will mean a great deal of money is wasted through missed opportunities in coming years.<p>Traditional academic establishments have begun to move to fill the gap. However, most courses teaching the hot topic skillsets such …

Big Data

<b>23 March 1962</b>: Anthropologist Dr Louis Leakey unearths 14 million year old remains<p>Dr Louis Leakey, the British anthropologist, announced in Washington the discovery of fossil remains, estimated to be 14,000,000 years old, which “fill one of the major gaps in man’s evolution.”<p>He said he had …

Anthropology

Stunning Photo Reveals Galaxy With Supermassive Black Hole

At the heart of a brilliant elliptical galaxy sits one of the most massive black holes ever discovered.<p>A dramatic new image from the Hubble Space Telescope may offer fresh insight into one of the great mysteries of the universe: black holes.<p>The image shows a bright white orb against a starry black …

Black Holes

5 takeaways from the CNN Republican town hall

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump was eager to end his fight with Pope Francis -- but he wanted a bigger piece of George W. Bush.<p>The Republican presidential front-runner swatted away a report that he'd supported the Iraq war in September 2002 and tore into the last GOP president, asserting that he only went to …

Beware of this new virus —it could destroy every single thing on your phone

If we were to create a list entitled “Things we do not want,” having everything on our phones disappear would definitely be at the top. Because, …

Apps

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Here's why a once-hostile Arab country is suddenly talking about opening up ties with Israel

Khartoum has already switched sides in the unfolding Saudi-Iranian cold war, cutting off diplomatic ties with its former partners in Tehran at the behest of its now even closer Saudi allies.<p>But diplomatic relations with Israel would be an even more stunning development.<p>Sudan is one of over 30 …

Middle East

Aldi is fixing its biggest weakness, and that should terrify Whole Foods

The grocery chain is expanding organic-food brands, removing some artificial ingredients from its products, and adding more gluten-free items in hopes of attracting more health-conscious shoppers.<p>Aldi became one of the world's biggest food retailers by offering comparatively very low prices. Its …

Dwarf Galaxy’s Close Encounter Shakes Up the Milky Way

As it hurtled through space around 300 million years ago, a small, dark matter-dominated galaxy brushed by the Milky Way. It wasn’t exactly a head-on collision, but it shook the gas in the Milky Way’s massive disk, leaving a telltale pattern of ripples at its edges. Today, the dark dwarf is …

New Photo Shows 2 Galaxies Colliding

The Hubble space telescope has picked up this stunning images of two galaxies colliding and becoming one single cluster of stars.<p>According to NASA, …

Enormous Fossilized Shark Teeth Wash Up on North Carolina Shores

Beachgoers in North Carolina have been finding ancient surprises on their walks along the shore: 6-inch-long fossilized teeth from enormous sharks …

Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones

The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.<p>These aren't just photos of the moon's surface either. The entire film reels were uploaded so you can see the blurry outtakes along with some …

I Do Not Want Your Stupid App

I do not want your stupid app<br>I will not use this siloed crap.<br>I do not like them, Sam-I-am.<br>I do not want this mobile spam!<p>Would you like them on your phone?<br>On your waking home screen shown?<p>No! And no and no and no!<br>I do not want your stupid app<br>I do not want these wares of crap.<br>Your interstitials make …

Wearable with flexible display set to blow your mind next year

A new wearable is set to make devices like the Apple Watch and the LG Urbane look like old-fashioned junk. Wove might cause a twinge of nostalgia …

13 Things Men With Anxiety And Depression Want You To Know

It's not a weakness.<p>Openly discussing mental illness can be a tough battle for anyone -- but for men, the cultural baggage of traditional masculinity may make it particularly challenging.<p>There's an obvious stigma when it comes to men and mental health. Research suggests many men find it difficult …

29 Productivity Apps To Help You Rule The Office

It’s no secret that technology has made our lives a <i>lot</i> easier, especially with the advent of smartphones and apps that can track anything from your heartbeat, to the amount of time you waste on Facebook. However, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. So here’s a list of 29 of apps …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Engineers dare others to build a better terahertz multiplexer - Futurity

Engineers have built the first multiplexer for a prototype terahertz network. They hope it's the kick others need to get serious about terahertz.

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Dressed<p><i>GQ</i>-approved kits from every red carpet, airport arrival, and coffee run across the globe.<p>10 Photos1 day agoView More<p>Style<p>Our Legacy joins …

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

'Mind Blown': Is Human Ancestor Discovery the Long-Sought Missing Link?

The stunning announcement Thursday that scientists had discovered a "hybrid" early human species immediately set off discussion of whether it's the elusive "missing link" between modern humans and their earliest apelike ancestors.<p>Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand, the National …

Humanity

Tough little 'water bears' inspire new glass - Futurity

Tiny, strangely hardy animals called water bears—or tardigrades—have led researchers to discover a new type of glass.

This Horrific-Looking Prehistoric Water Monster Has Returned to England’s Rivers

Yay?<p>This horrific-looking prehistoric water monster has returned to England's rivers. Yay?<p>The lamprey is an eel-like fish that dates back hundreds of millions of years, well before the dinosaurs; many call it a "living fossil." The largest British species, the sea lamprey, can grow up to a metre in …

Dawn Spacecraft Captures Closest View of Ceres Yet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has captured the closest images yet of the dwarf planet Ceres.<p>It's currently orbiting at an altitude of 915 miles above the surface and it will get even closer in late October, when it enters its final orbit at an altitude of 230 miles.<p>"Dawn is performing flawlessly in this …

Astronomy

How to save a wet phone — and what not to do

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>The following column by an independent contributor has been edited to an abbreviated story version following an internal review of claims that the writer provided some information perceived to be independently gathered but taken from other sources without proper credit. We’re</i> …

Weird things start to happen when you stare into someone's eyes for 10 minutes

A psychologist based in Italy says he has found a simple way to induce in healthy people an altered state of consciousness – simply get two …