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As AI and robots rise up, do humans need an upgrade too?

Forget hacking a computer. Some researchers want to hack the brain to create human superintelligence to compete with AI.<p>There is a chip implanted in my hand. I'm serious.<p>Two years ago, a tattooed man backstage at a Berlin tech show used a syringe to insert the chip. The process was no more painful …

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Don't Buy Anyone an Echo

Three years ago, we said the Echo was “the most innovative device Amazon’s made in years.” That’s still true. But you shouldn’t buy one. You …

President Trump's Bears Ears Order Is An Illegal Attack On Tribal Sovereignty

The action fits a long pattern of discrimination and disrespect.<p>A year ago, the Obama administration took the extraordinary and long-awaited step to designate Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Bears Ears has been home to Native peoples since time immemorial, and we cherish it for its cultural, …

Dogs Not as Close Kin to Wolves as Thought

A widely held belief is that dogs evolved from gray wolves, but a new study finds that the common ancestor of dogs and wolves went extinct thousands …

An officer and a gentlewoman from the Viking army in Birka

War was not an activity exclusive to males in the Viking world. A new study conducted by researchers at Stockholm and Uppsala Universities shows that …

Looks Like We Were Wrong About the Origin of Dogs

The precise origin of our canine companions is mired in controversy. But a new study suggests that dogs emerged from not one but two different …

Urbanization Is Now One of the Most Dominant Forces of Evolution

When humans settled into larger villages and towns some 12,000 years ago along with the advance of agriculture, wildlife took advantage. Those …

Cub Scout Kicked Out After Asking State Senator a Tough Gun Control Question

One young Cub Scout got an up close and personal lesson on just what a sensitive issue gun control is in the country when a hard-hitting question to …

Cub Scouts

The Problem With the “Pipeline”

If you’ve spent any time listening to conversations about STEM education, you’ve surely heard about <i>the pipeline</i>.Different groups talk about …

National Science Foundation

What DNA Testing Companies’ Terrifying Privacy Policies Actually Mean

You probably wouldn’t hand out your social security number without having a pretty good idea of how that information was going to be used, right? …

Molecular Biology

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Can America’s Most Treasured Endangered Plant Survive Another ‘Mountain Gold’ Rush?

Wild ginseng has been harvested on U.S. soil for over 300 years to feed international demand, but the coveted medicinal plant—also known as ‘mountain …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

More Evidence That Ravens Are Ridiculously Intelligent Birds

New research shows that ravens can plan ahead for different types of events, and even resist the urge to take an immediate reward in favor of getting …

Birds

Backyard Bird Feeders May Be Altering the Course of Evolution

Evolution works very slowly—except when it doesn’t. New research shows that certain British birds appear to be changing quickly as result of bird …

What I learned about concussions — by having one

It’s hard to understand a brain injury until you have one<p>I opened my eyes to see a clear blue sky and two men leaning over me to put a brace around my neck. I don’t know if I was already on the stretcher or if I was still on the pavement, but there are plenty of things I don’t remember. As I would …

The Brain

Yahoo indictment offers clues into Russian election hacking

Jeff Chiu/AP; Mikolajn/Getty<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>The low-profile prosecution of a 22-year-old Canadian …

Mysterious Apocalyptic Message Interrupts TV Broadcasts in California: 'Violent Times Will Come'

Many Californians’ regularly scheduled broadcasts were interrupted Thursday morning with strange emergency messages warning of extraterrestrial …

Verizon kicking people off network for using just a few gigabytes a month | Ars Technica

Despite low use, Verizon blames roaming charges for termination of 8,500 customers.<p>When Verizon Wireless started disconnecting rural customers for …

Massive Attack: How a weapon against war became a weapon against the web

How a weapon against war became a weapon against the web<p>Every year, artists and technology enthusiasts meet in Linz, Austria, for the Ars Electronica Festival, a meetup in the city’s downtown, located just off the Danube River. The festival is a haven for those with an eye toward the future — …

Stock Markets

Atlas shrugs, as do libertarians when it comes to working Americans

"Who is John Galt?" That is the mystery that drives Ayn Rand's turgid libertarian manifesto, "Atlas Shrugged." And it is the spirit of Galt that drives the modern Republican Party.<p>The fictional Galt is a brilliant, highly successful entrepreneur who leads a revolt of the underappreciated and …

Republican Party

AI, the humanity!

AlphaGo’s victory isn’t a defeat for humans — it’s an opportunity<p>A loss for humanity! Man succumbs to machine!<p>If you heard about AlphaGo’s latest exploits last week — crushing the world’s best Go player and confirming that artificial intelligence had mastered the ancient Chinese board game — you …

Artificial Intelligence