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Democratic Syria hawks love Trump's airstrikes

Obama administration officials applauded American action against Assad's regime, even as they continue to doubt the man who approved it.<p>The question tormented Obama administration officials for years: Should we strike at Syrian dictator Bashar Assad or not?<p>Under President Barack Obama, the answer …

The 5-Minute Ritual That Transformed My Sex Life

My boyfriend and I have an app to thank for our solid relationship, but not a dating one. For the past year or so, we've been somewhat addicted to …

Mindfulness

This particle could explain why you exist — but 1 billion tons of Antarctic ice couldn’t catch it

But after scouring an entire year's worth of data from the largest particle detector on the planet, scientists at IceCube Neutrino Observatory have some bleak news. They're 99% sure the particle doesn't exist.<p><b>Let's start at the beginning</b><p>But neutrinos, nicknamed the "ghost particle," are known for …

Elon Musk helps fund AI to protect humanity

As private companies strive to see if artificial intelligence can eventually exceed human intelligence, it might comfort some to know a new nonprofit has humanity's back.<p>OpenAI, a research company funded by $1 billion in donations from tech heavy-hitters Elon Musk, Sam Altman and Peter Thiel, …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook lets anyone build a social network with its AI hardware

Facebook is for the first time contributing AI hardware designs to its own Open Compute Project, namely the Big Sur modular servers that it uses for complex artificial intelligence tasks.<p>Big Sur is Open Rack-compatible and contains eight high-performance GPUs, which have enabled the company to …

Apple has learned nothing from Microsoft's Surface

The iPad Pro won't replace a PC just yet<p>Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro goes on sale tomorrow, and that means CEO Tim Cook is ready to drum up interest in his company's giant tablet. In a series of interviews with UK publications, Cook has been discussing how a bigger iPad will change the world, but one …

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

National Parks

Does the Octopus Have a Soul?

They’re slippery, clever, and adaptable, and a fascinating new book showcases evidence that these eight-legged terrors of the deep may even be able …

DataStax’s first acquisition is a graph-database company

Image copyright McIek/Shutterstock.DataStax, the rising NoSQL database vendor that hawks a commercial version of the open-source Apache Cassandra …

Google Launches Private Docker Repositories For Cloud Platform Users

Google today announced the beta launch of the Google Container Registry for its Cloud Platform. This new service allows developers to host, share and manage their private Docker container repositories on the company’s cloud computing platform.<p>By default, Docker offers its own public images registry …

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

Text Messaging

Thousands have demonstrated against Kremlin influence after a Russian soldier was accused of killing a family of six . RFE/RL reports<p>Thousands turned out on the streets of the Armenian city of Gyumri today to pay their respects to six family members brutally murdered in their home earlier this …

Russia

David Cameron in 'cloud cuckoo land' over encrypted messaging apps ban

David Cameron is “living in cloud cuckoo land” when he suggests a new Tory government would ban messaging apps that use encryption, security experts have told the Guardian.<p>The prime minister has pledged anti-terror laws to give the security services the ability to read encrypted communications in …

Privacy

‘A choice between one phone where you can’t tell what goes on inside it and another phone where you can’t tell what goes on inside it’<p>Mozilla is celebrating the Firefox browser’s 10th birthday, but it’s going on the offensive in the mobile market rather than resting on its laurels.<p>Chief technology …

Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside: Big Data Looks For Future Entrepreneurs

With predictive analytics, Amazon can figure out what you'll buy next, Netflix knows what you'll watch next and Target can guess if you're pregnant.<p>In the world of venture capitalism, some firms have used predictive analytics to try to figure out which startups to invest in to make a quick buck.<p>And …

WriteLaTeX picks up funding to push its collaborative academic writing tool

Remember how painful it was to write your papers in college? Well, it could be 10 times worse: Imagine you work in academia and you’re collaborating with people around the globe to publish a research paper.<p>WriteLaTeX saves the day by providing a collaborative writing web service that streamlines …

Road To Deadly Disease Mapped By Crunching Whole Country’s Medical Records

Researchers have studied the medical histories of the entire population of Denmark to chart how medical conditions are linked and forecast disease …

Medicine

A Stinky Compound May Protect Against Cell Damage, Study Finds

<b>Correction appended, July 14.</b><p>Scientists from the University of Exeter say that a compound found in the smell of rotten eggs and human flatulence …