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New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Over the past 125,000 years, the average size of mammals on the Earth has shrunk. And humans are to blame.<p>That's the conclusion of a new study of the fossil record by paleo-biologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico.<p>Smith studied fossils going back 65 million years, when dinosaurs died …

Paleontology

MIT’s new chip could bring neural nets to battery-powered gadgets

MIT researchers have developed a chip designed to speed up the hard work of running neural networks, while also reducing the power consumed when doing so dramatically – by up to 95 percent, in fact. The basic concept involves simplifying the chip design so that shuttling of data between different …

Deep Learning

According To Physicists Parallel Worlds Interact With Us

<b>According to new claims made by some physicists, there are other parallel worlds that interact with us.</b><p>Quantum mechanics is a tested science, but it …

Quantum Mechanics

Harvard scientists think they might have pinpointed the source of human consciousness

Human consciousness has been defined as awareness, sentience, a person's ability to experience and feel, but despite the important role it plays in our lives and making us who we are, we actually know very little about how consciousness works.<p>Scientists currently believe that consciousness is …

Consciousness

A group of experts wrote a book about Donald Trump’s mental health—and the controversy has just begun

Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Zuma<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This story first appeared on the BillMoyers.com.</i><p>There will …

Donald Trump

Experiment reveals evidence for a previously unseen behaviour of light

Beams of light do not, generally speaking, bounce off each other like snooker balls. But at the high energies in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN they have just been observed doing exactly that<p>Light is useful, versatile and perplexing. We see with it - that is, we make sense of our surroundings …

Physics

What Is Lateral Thinking?

A Tool for Creativity and Brainstorming<p>Lateral thinking is a term developed in 1973 by Edward De Bono, with the publication of his book <i>Lateral</i> …

Creativity

Facebook shuts AI system after bots speak their own language, defy human instructions

Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that artificial intelligence (AI) was the biggest risk, Facebook has shut down one of its AI systems after …

Artificial Intelligence

Big Data Helping You Find Your Quantified Self

<b>Can data visualization help us find our true selves and make the world a better place? By</b> <b>Tom Atkinson</b> <b>for</b> <b>Tech Trends</b><p>We are on the cusp of a data boom. …

Data Visualization

McKinsey's State Of Machine Learning And AI, 2017

• Tech giants including Baidu and Google spent between $20B to $30B on AI in 2016, with 90% of this spent on R&D and deployment, and 10% on AI acquisitions.<br>• Artificial Intelligence (AI) investment has turned into a race for patents and intellectual property (IP) among the world’s leading tech …

Artificial Intelligence

Varjo promises a VR headset with 'human eye-resolution'

A Finnish company called Varjo that has been working in secret until now has unveiled a new type of VR and AR headset code-named "20/20." It supposedly has a display with "human eye-resolution" quality of over 70 megapixels versus around 1.2 megapixels per eye for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.<p>Varjo …

This Is The First Detailed Footage of DNA Replication, And It Wasn't What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in June 2017, researchers recorded up-close …

Biochemistry

Revolutionary Discovery About the Human Brain Could Lead to Second-Gen AI

Teaching Individual Neurons<p>The Neurophysiology department at the University of Lund has discovered that individual neurons can be taught patterns …

Artificial Intelligence

The End of Human Doctors – The Bleeding Edge of Medical AI Research (Part 1)

More than any other part of this blog series, what we talk about today will have the most impact on whether machines are going to replace doctors …

Machine Learning

How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.<p>In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then …

Education

Your next job interview could be with a recruiter bot

Some worry artificial intelligence will steal human jobs -- but one startup is betting that its AI will actually help you <i>get</i> a job.<p>San Francisco-based Mya Systems has developed an AI recruiter that can evaluate resumes, schedule and conduct applicant screenings, and even congratulate you on your …

Employment

The illegitimate open-mindedness of arithmetic

We are often told that we should be <i>open-minded</i>. In other words, we should be open to the idea that even our most cherished, most certain, most …

Critical Thinking

A Question That Good Critical Thinkers Ask, Part 1

A good critical thinker asks smart questions—questions that lead to useful truths and effective actions. A question whose power is underappreciated …

Participation

Homeland Security launches internal probe of attempt to unmask anti-Trump tweeter

Federal authorities rescinded an order to unmask @alt_USCIS after Twitter filed a lawsuit earlier this month<p>The US Department of Homeland Security has launched an internal investigation into an attempt from one of its agencies to unmask the identities of people behind an anti-Trump Twitter account. …

Homeland Security

Netflix to raise $1 billion through debt offering to fund new content and other ‘strategic transactions’

Netflix has announced that it intends to raise €1 billion — a smidgen more than $1 billion (USD) when converted at today’s rate — via a senior note debt offering for “general corporate purposes,” which include “content acquisitions, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential …

Harvard Scientists Theorize That Fast Radio Bursts Come From Alien Space Travel

Could these mysterious flashes of radio waves come from a planet-sized device to power alien spacecraft?<p>Fast radio bursts (FRB) are perhaps the most mysterious phenomena we observe in the cosmos. Earlier this year, astronomers announced they had pinpointed an FRB for the first time in a dwarf …

UFOs

Elite: Dangerous ‘predicted’ the discovery of the Trappist-1 system

Sort of. Developers found something very similar after NASA’s announcement.<p>This week, astronomers announced the discovery of the Trappist 1 system, 39.5 light years away, which contains seven rocky worlds orbiting their star within a zone believed to support liquid water, therefore good candidates …

Biologists think 50% of species will be facing extinction by the end of the century

Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’<p>One in five species on Earth now faces extinction, and that will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken. That is the stark view of the world’s leading biologists, …

Biodiversity

Microsoft’s AI has learnt how to write it’s own code and create its own programs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>An AI that can code and build new computer programs from scratch could change the world, give rise to a whole new generation …

The war on facts is a war on democracy: Scientific community has a warning for President Trump

In a time when facts don’t matter — and science is being muzzled — American democracy is the real victim<p>There is a new incumbent in the White House, a new Congress has been sworn in, and scientists around the country are nervous as hell.<p>We’re nervous because there seems to be a seismic shift going …

Donald Trump
Extremism

Professor Smith Goes to Washington

In response to the new president’s stances on a range of issues, more scientists are preparing to run for political office.<p>For American science, the next four years look to be challenging. The newly inaugurated President Trump, and many of his Cabinet picks, have repeatedly cast doubt upon the …

Computer Science

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Always Known: "The Self” Isn’t Constant, But Always Changing

Have you ever felt that mysticism and esoteric thought often contain universal truths that science catches up with centuries later?<p>One idea that has …

The Horrors of Mass Death Are Visualized in This VR Experience

Ali Eslami’s latest award-winning immersive simulation does powerful things with data.<p>Sterile numbers can easily obscure the human lives behind reported death tolls from war, drone strikes, and terrorism. Iranian virtual reality artist Ali Eslami, who in the past created something of a vaporwave …

Virtual Reality

Andreas Müller | Bringing Machine Learning to the Masses

This fall Andy Müller finally gave his 13,000 Twitter fans what they’d been clamoring for: a layman's guide to machine learning. The book, …