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100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

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Robot restaurants put a new spin on fast casual

They're not our overlords just yet. At these restaurants, the robots are here to serve you.<p><i>This is part of CNET's "</i><i>Dining Redefined</i><i>" series about how technology is changing the way you eat.</i><p>When someone says "robot restaurant," I first think of an LED and laser show at a Tokyo venue where …

Robotics

The world's first "space nation" just launched a satellite into orbit

One Small Step for Asgardians<p>The Asgardia-1 satellite launched aboard the NASA commercial vessel OA-8 Antares-Cygnus from the Wallops Flight Facility …

Space Exploration

Scientists just sent messages to advanced alien civilizations and they're hoping to hear back in 25 years

<i>Updated</i> | A small group of scientists has unilaterally decided to send messages to any advanced alien civilization living in a star system 12.4 light …

The Scientific Reason You Can't Read While You Dream

Chances are, you've never done it in your sleep.<p>In a legendary episode of <i>Batman: The Animated Series</i>, Batman wakes up as Bruce Wayne, realizing the …

A global collaboration to create "artificial organisms" just went live

The Brain Code<p>Mindfire, a new foundation with the goal of “decoding the mind” to help develop true artificial intelligence (AI) is launching November …

Water On Earth Came From Jupiter, Study Claims

A Brazilian research team has proposed a new physical model to explain the origin of water on Earth and anywhere else in the solar system. This …

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

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‘Haunted’ city floating in the ocean leaves experts baffled

<b>A mysterious and ancient city floating in the middle of the ocean is ‘haunted’ – and its presence in the Pacific has left experts baffled.</b><p>New …