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DOJ releases overruled memos finding it illegal for presidents to appoint relatives

The legal opinion that cleared the way for Kushner and Ivanka Trump appointments reversed earlier advice.<p>The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, …

Sex robot molested, destroyed at electronics show

The past year has seen a proliferation of sex robots, with plenty of accompanying controversy.<p><i>Robots, drones, flying cars? How Americans feel about</i> …

Why are smartphone chips suddenly including an AI processor?

If virtual assistants have been the breakthrough technology in this year’s smartphone software, then the AI processor is surely the equivalent on the hardware side.<p>Apple has taken to calling its latest SoC the A11 Bionic on account of its new AI “Neural Engine”. Huawei’s latest Kirin 970 boasts a …

Machine Learning

A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw — except one legendary novel

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — It's science fiction's job to entertain us, not sooth-say. Yet even older, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi works have predicted numerous technologies we now take for granted.<p>If there's one book or movie that best foretells what humanity could become, though, it's Aldous Huxley's 1932 …

John Stossel: The incredible threat to free speech that no one is talking about

A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators.<p>It's the Americans with Disabilities Act.<p>Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five years, Berkeley generously …

Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures<p>There is nothing she would rather do than teach. But after supplementing her career with tutoring and proofreading, the university lecturer …

Homelessness

Practice Using the Periodic Table to Find Element Facts

Chemistry

A Vaccine Is Being Developed For Preventing Tooth Decay And It Sounds Amazing

Yes, please.<p>Regular visits to the dentist are an important part of keeping your teeth healthy. But what if you could give your oral health a boost by …

How to Hack Your Brain (for $5,000)

EDEN, Utah — One morning last month a group of roughly 60 people, including doctors, C.E.O.s and internet entrepreneurs, gathered under a big white dome to hear the mission statement of their host, a 45-year-old man named Jamie Wheal.<p>As he paced back and forth in front of an altar bearing shiny …

Asian shares weaken, dollar up after Fed's latest statement

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower and the dollar strengthened Thursday after the Fed said it would start trimming its bond holdings and …

Try These ‘Love Hacks’ to Fix Your Marriage

After studying thousands of couples, the psychologist Eli Finkel has an explanation for the decline in people’s satisfaction with their marriages over the past four decades: It’s a matter of emotional supply and demand.<p>Many people are looking to their partners to replace the companionship and …

Hacking

Amazon Will Leave Carnage as It Steamrolls Through Grocery Industry

At what point do we say "OK, it's going to be everything. It's all going to come down?"<p>You know, I have pondered this kind of juncture so many times, …

Investing

Scientists have developed a battery that gets its power from human spit

And now, thanks to a miracle of modern science, you can make a battery using spit.<p>Researchers at Binghamton University have created a paper-based bacteria-powered battery.<p>One drop of saliva can activate the device, which can generate enough electricity to power an LED light for around 20 …

Intel To Eclipse The Competition On Monday

For those who have been in a cave for the past few years, Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) behavior has been inexplicably erratic (to be gentle). First, it …

Gun-wielding drones are now a thing, and that’s somewhat worrying

Capable of firing semi-automatic weapons and 40mm grenades, it really is death from above<p>In what is quite possibly the most frightening news beyond …

Call of Duty

Google’s decision to fire James Damore meant choosing gender equality over freedom of expression

This week, Google faced a classic leadership decision. Google engineer James Damore had written a now-notorious memo that questioned its diversity policy and suggested that the gender gap in tech could be explained by biological differences between men and women. Google could fire Damore—thereby …

Feminism

Google has hired a diversity VP — just as it struggles with a sexist memo from an employee

Apparently, dudes can code — the ladies not so much.<p>Google recently announced a new head of diversity, just as it has had to deal with a controversial 3,000-word internal memo sent across the company by an employee.<p>It contains a series of what I can only describe as sexist twaddle, wrapped in the …

Critical Thinking

Why Apple and other tech companies are fighting to keep devices hard to repair

A new report says the tech industry is using its outsized influence to combat environmental product standards<p>Apple is the largest company on Earth by market cap, and its success is derived from selling brand-new high-end smartphones consistently month after month. At the peak of its iPhone …

The Meditation Cure

A basic practice of Buddhism turns out to be one of the best ways to deal with the anxieties and appetites bequeathed to us by our evolutionary history<p>Much of Buddhism can be boiled down to a bad-news/good-news story. The bad news is that life is full of suffering and we humans are full of …

Meditation

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Is a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence

When the going gets tough, true leaders take action.<p>Tesla, the electric-automobile manufacturer led by famed CEO Elon Musk, has struggled mightily with safety over the past few years. California nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, recently made headlines when it reported that the …

Tesla

The Strange Civil Rights Views of Trump’s Latest Court Nominees

On Wednesday, three of those nominees will appear before the Senate. Together, they evince a deep hostility toward civil rights.<p>Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for three of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees may lack the intrigue of James Comey’s blockbuster testimony, but for anyone who …

Are Viruses Alive?

It's complicated.<p>Viruses have weirded us out since they were first discovered over a century ago, but are these microscopic protein pirates alive?<p>You …

Biology

Here's What Happens After You Die

From dust to dust.<p>"It might take a little bit of force to break this up," says mortician Holly Williams, lifting John's arm and gently bending it at …

Former Trump adviser asked to testify to House committee on Russia

Michael Caputo, who worked for the president during the primary campaign, invited for voluntary interview<p>A former Trump campaign adviser has been asked to testify before the House intelligence committee over accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.<p>The Guardian has confirmed that …

You Will Regret These Choices In 10 Years

Life is short. Youth is finite. You have every opportunity to make the most of the life you have right now. Your choices today will determine the number of regrets you will have in the next ten years.<p>The most common regrets you have probably read about are: missed opportunities, not spending time …

Google, Facebook, Netflix lobbyist tells the FCC not to destroy net neutrality

A group representing today’s biggest web companies met with FCC leader Ajit Pai on Tuesday and offered a defense of net neutrality, which increasingly appears to be under threat.<p>The Internet Association, which represents more than three dozen companies including Google, Facebook, and Netflix, told …

Google heads list of 16 companies trying to kill passwords

People don't put enough thought into passwords because it's a pain, but that creates security problems for the whole internet. Google, Microsoft and others in the FIDO Alliance want to replace passwords with fingerprint scanning and other techniques, and just unveiled 31 products from 16 companies …