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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

Researchers Develop a Test for Depression and Schizophrenia

This is a big step forward in the search for physical diagnoses.<p>Researchers have zeroed in on a key biological receptor to test for depression and …

Neuroscience

The New Horizons Spacecraft Has Found A Strange Asteroid Teeming With The Ingredients Of Life

Red isn’t a common color outside of planets in our solar system. Sure, you’ve got Mars, and surprising patches of color on Pluto among other mysteries, but by and large, space is greyscale. So that makes MU69, a red asteroid in the Kuiper Belt, a subject of serious fascination among scientists.<p>MU69 …

Limitless Energy: MIT Set a New Record for Nuclear Fusion

STABILIZING NUCLEAR FUSION<p>Nuclear fission reactors have been within our grasp for 50 years now, but harnessing the power of the Sun through <i>stable</i> …

China veterans' protests for pensions pose test for leaders

BEIJING (AP) — For Yu Shuiping and other Chinese veterans, the country they served has yet to show its gratitude.<p>Fed up with paltry pensions and …

Researchers Have Successfully Stopped Alzheimer's Developing In Mice

Researchers at Imperial College London have shown that by modifying the genetic makeup of a virus they can successfully inhibit Alzheimer’s disease …

"Reversing" Combustion: We Can Now Convert Carbon Dioxide Back Into Ethanol

Direct Conversion<p>Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a catalyst that “essentially reverses” the …

An Ancient Greek Algorithm Could Reveal All-New Prime Numbers

Moar primes!<p>In case you missed it, mathematicians are pretty obsessed with prime numbers - the limitless 'atoms' of the mathematical world that are …

Genes, Chance And Destiny: Siddhartha Mukherjee Chronicles The Human Genome’s Turbulent Future

At 46, Siddhartha Mukherjee, is a man driven by questions, by puzzles in science and society. In 2011, his first book, a 600-page book on the history of cancer, <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i>, won a Pulitzer Prize, among other accolades. <i>Time</i> magazine lists the book among the one hundred most …

Putin might be laying the groundwork for war

There have been reports of Russian troop buildups east of their border with Ukraine. There is also an unconfirmed report of Russian troops deploying in pro-Russian, rebel-held territory inside Ukraine. The Russians have done nothing to tamp down tensions.<p>Whatever the truth, the Russians are …

Elon Musk: launch pad accident ‘most difficult failure' in SpaceX’s history

After a week of public silence, Musk says the company is investigating the accident, its second in 15 months<p>SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk is calling last week’s launch pad accident the “most difficult and complex failure” in the company’s 14-year history.<p>After a week of public silence, Musk said …

Elon Musk

Star Trek's Warp Drive Might Become A Reality

Most of us alive today have never known a world where human spaceflight didn’t exist. Yet before we walked on the Moon, had an International Space Station, sent spacecraft to all the planets and even out of the Solar System, we had <i>Star Trek</i>, which brought even bigger dreams into the public …

Physics

The Latest: UN Security Council condemns North Korea test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's nuclear test (all times local):<p>7:30 a.m.<p>The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1. North Korea has conducted a "successful" fifth nuclear test, in an explosion described as Pyongyang's largest-ever such blast.</b> It comes just days after the rogue regime fired ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.<p><b>2. French police shot and arrested a woman suspected</b> …

Quantum mechanics technique allows for pushing past 'Rayleigh's curse'

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the National University of Singapore has found a way to get around what they describe as 'Rayleigh's curse'—a …

Future climate change field test doesn't make Earth greener

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test — growing California flowers and grasslands with extra heat, carbon dioxide and nitrogen to mimic a not-so-distant, hotter future.<p>The results, simulating …

Western Sanctions Rip Into Russia Energy Projects, Japan Comes To Help

Since Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea, U.S. and EU sanctions leveled against Moscow have hit hard , tightening restrictions on major Russian state banks and corporations, including blacklisting dozens of Russian officials, oil and gas industry executives and energy firms. Three major …

Global warming making oceans sick, spreading disease in humans and animals, scientists warn

Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before, spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the …

Saudi Arabia Burns Through Foreign Reserves As Oil Prices Slide

You have to hand it to Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom ruled global oil markets for nearly 40 years, increasing or decreasing production as it willed, playing the role of global oil markets swing producer. The OPEC de facto leader, and the second largest global oil producer now after Russia, has simply …

Oil

Over 1,900 Killed in 'Chilling' War on Drugs by Philippines' Duterte

More than 1,900 people — about 36 per day — have been killed in a violent campaign against drugs in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office seven weeks ago, the country's police chief said Tuesday.<p>Director-General Ronald dela Rosa told a Senate hearing there was no declared …