Michael Lacey

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Want a Lifetime of Better Brain Function? Science Says Stop Doing This (It's Not What You Think)

It's a simple change. But not an easy one.<p>We all want brains that function at their best, today, tomorrow, and--we hope--for the rest of our lives. What can we do to make that happen? To try and answer that question, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital studied 17 "superagers," people over …

How I convinced the world you can be raped by your date

<b>Katie Koestner was 18 when she went on a date with a fellow college student - and was forced to have sex. In 1990 the idea that you could be raped on a date was not widely understood, but Koestner went public with her story and - as she explains here - the concept of "date rape" took root for the</b> …

Empathy

Inside the Radioactive City Russia Doesn’t Want You to Know About

The director of documentary 'City 40' says she's lost contact with residents who risked their lives to tell their story.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>It looks like a lovely place to visit. From inside, Ozersk has all the charm of a European capital: beautiful parks, broad public …

13, right now

By Jessica Contrera<p>, Reporter<p>She slides into the car, and even before she buckles her seat belt, her phone is alight in her hands. A 13-year-old girl after a day of eighth grade.<p>She says hello. Her au pair asks, “Ready to go?”<p>She doesn’t respond, her thumb on Instagram. A Barbara Walters meme is on …

Breast Cancer

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens

<b>A huge leak of confidential documents has revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth.</b><p>Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.<p>They show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, …

Corruption

Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim

<b>Shandra Woworuntu arrived in the US hoping to start a new career in the hotel industry. Instead, she found she had been trafficked into a world of prostitution and sexual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence. It was months before she was able to turn the tables on her persecutors. Some readers</b> …

Sociology

More hands-on with the Raspberry Pi 3: Bluetooth, OpenELEC, and Ubuntu MATE

All about Raspbian GNU/Linux, WiFi and Bluetooth, my first test with Ubuntu MATE on the Pi 3, and a note about NOOBS and OpenELEC.<p>I've had my …

Microsoft’s using Minecraft to boost artificial intelligence research with Project AIX

Microsoft has quietly unveiled a new platform that harnesses the power of Minecraft to expedite artificial intelligence (AI) development.<p>The project is under the leadership of Katja Hofmann, a researcher at Microsoft’s Machine Learning and Perception Group in the company’s Cambridge-based U.K. lab. …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon's cloud boss told us something that should terrify a $140 billion industry

There's no question Amazon is turning the screws on the $140 billion data-center-tech industry.<p>Amazon has grown to become the largest player in the rapidly growing cloud industry as its cloud platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), celebrates its 10-year anniversary.<p>And in the process, AWS has sent …

Amazon Web Services

33 Secrets You Probably Never Knew About the Making of Galaxy Quest

<i>Galaxy Quest</i> could have been a forgettable <i>Star Trek</i> spoof—but instead, it’s become a beloved science fiction comedy, which has been voted one of the …

All The Books You Should Read, According To Your Binge TV Preferences

Streaming TV is great, but books are the original binge-able medium.<p>Raise your hand if you think you watch too much television. *Slowly raises hand.* Now raise your hand if you think you should read more books. *Sheepishly repeats gesture.*<p>I'm imagining a lot of arms in the air right now, which, …

Books

Inside the topless sisterhood

<b>As a young dancer with feminist tendencies Bee Rowlatt was scandalised to find herself on stage alongside topless dancers. Many years later, after writing a book about early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, she visited the Moulin Rouge in Paris to talk to dancers who bare their breasts in this</b> …

Moulin Rouge

Tony Blackburn 'Sacked' By BBC Over Jimmy Savile Inquiry Evidence

Tony Blackburn says he has been sacked by the BBC over his evidence to the Jimmy Savile sex abuse review.<p>The veteran DJ has pledged to take legal …

World Press Photo Awards Top Images of 2015

Is India’s $3.60 smartphone too good to be true?

<b>On Wednesday evening a virtually unknown Indian company launched the "world's cheapest smartphone", named Freedom 251, for 251 rupees ($3.60; £2.50), in Delhi.</b><p>The handset, from Ringing Bells, a company less than a year old and based in Noida near the capital, Delhi, is a 3G smartphone with …

India

Seeking sanctuary from social angst in the toilet

<b>Comedian Sofie Hagen manages her social anxiety by retreating to the safety of closed-in spaces.</b><p>The first time I hid in a public bathroom, I was 14. I locked the door, closed the toilet seat, sat down, and waited until the angst passed.<p>The trigger was a handsome young boy called Magnus who wanted …

Mental Health

Tradition of recording UK laws on vellum may be saved

The 1,000-year-old practice of recording laws on goat and calf skin may be saved, after the House of Lords said it would consider an offer from the Cabinet Office to pay the costs of carrying on the tradition.<p>An outcry was prompted among some MPs after peers signalled their intention to end the …

Seattle law firm files first lawsuit against Apple over iPhone 'error 53'

PCVA says company should have warned users their phones could be disabled after installing software update<p>A Seattle-based law firm has filed the first legal action against Apple after the Guardian revealed how the technology giant has been deliberately “killing” its customers’ iPhone 6s if they …

Judiciary

How To Finally Stop Procrastinating (For Real This Time)

Your brain has a neocortex and a limbic system, and sometimes they fight. Here’s how to get them to play nice.<p>Think about all the stuff you’ve been putting off—really, go ahead. Chances are you’ve been putting off thinking about the stuff you’ve been putting off, right? It’s not that you don’t …

The Greatest OS That (N)ever Was

<b>Linus Torvalds and thousands of disparate hackers created Linux, perhaps the only alternative to Windows NT. It may be the greatest software story</b> …

Explore Mars In 360 Degrees With Rover's New Interactive Photo

Curiosity captures the Red Planet in all its glory.<p>Experience what life could be like on Mars with this awe-inspiring 360 degree photograph.<p>NASA released the picture taken by its Curiosity Mars rover on Saturday, just a day after dazzling us with a stunning selfie beamed back from the Red …

Microsoft has sold 19 million Xbox Ones, according to EA

As of late Microsoft hasn't been sharing specific sales figures for the Xbox One, but we now have an idea of how many units the console has sold — though the news doesn't come from Microsoft itself. During Electronic Arts' most recent financial call, the game publisher revealed what it estimated to …

Elon Musk To Test Hyperloop Before Big Crowds This Summer

Almost two dozen teams who entered their “pod” designs in a competition decided at Texas A&M University this Saturday will go on to test their creations on Elon Musk’s futuristic hyperloop transport system. In the end, it was a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology taking top honors, …

Google is trying to make smartphones that can solve problems on their own

He called it "transformative," and said that Google was "rethinking everything we're doing" in the context of machine learning.<p>A subset of artificial intelligence, machine learning is an approach in which "neural network" computers use algorithms to sort through large sets of data, discovering …

Machine Learning

4 drones almost collided with British planes in 2015

A report from the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) today said that four drones almost caused collisions with commercial aircraft in 2015.<p>According to the report, the incidents were classed as ‘category A’ which means a serious risk of collision existed. So much so, that one drone came …

Apple's Future iPhones May Get a Very Major Upgrade

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Nations Across Latin America Grapple With Rapid Spread Of Zika Virus

Authorities in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica are encouraging women to delay getting pregnant due to the spread of the mosquito-borne illness, Zika. The virus has been linked to brain damage in infants. Delaying pregnancy is a challenge for women in the region where rape is the cause of …

For Fear of Zika, CDC Recommends Pregnant Women Not Travel

<i>(This post has been updated with news of the first Zika birth defects case found in the United States.)</i><p>In an extraordinary statement likely to launch international controversy, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Friday evening that pregnant women not travel to 14 …