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Facebook has built a world-class, murderous, Doom-playing AI

Luckily, it can only play "Doom".<p>A team from the social network blasted its way to glory this week in a contest to build programs capable of autonomously playing the classic first-person shooter game.<p>Called VizDoom, it's an irreverent test of skill for AI researchers, focused on eight-player …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Have Invented a Mind-Reading Machine That Visualises Your Thoughts

"We can take someone’s memory... and pull it out from their brains."<p>If you think your mind is the only safe place left for all your secrets, think …

Successful first observations of galactic center with GRAVITY

The GRAVITY instrument is now operating with the four 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) , and even from early test …

What is 'online location'? The big question in Australia's Pirate Bay blocking case

Sites like Pirate Bay are one step closer to being blocked in Australia, just as soon as anyone can figure out the meaning of "online location."<p>In …

It's About Time We Honor the Scientists Who Studied the Screwworm’s Sex Life

Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland were ridiculed at the time, but are being posthumously awarded for their innovations in insect control.<p>Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland were two 20th century entomologists with a predilection for studying the sex lives of <i>Cochliomyia hominivorax</i>, or …

Africa’s richest man got a fistful of dollars in Nigerian currency squeeze

LAGOS/LONDON (Reuters) - As Nigeria grapples with a foreign exchange crisis, one person stands out in the scramble to obtain hard currency: Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man.<p>Founder and Chief Executive of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote gestures during an interview with Reuters in his office in …

Massive Study of Australia's Gun Laws Shows One Thing: They Work

No mass shootings since 1996.<p>It's been 20 years since Australia rolled out nation-wide gun law reform. And now an analysis of more than four decades …

How Civilization 6 Balances Civics, Science, and Mayhem

When Civilization 6 launches this October, gaming’s longest-running 4X strategy series will receive its most significant update since it switched to hex-grid world maps. Lead designer Ed Beach was kind enough to walk us through several of the incoming changes--most notably “unstacking” cities by …

Board Games

GOP congressman: 'This isn't about guns'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican, said Thursday that the House Democrats' decision to stage a sit-in protest on Capitol Hill "isn't about guns" and engaged in a passionate back-and-forth over gun control and terrorism with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."<p>Duffy rebuked House …

Gun Control

Heroin use at 20-year high in U.S. drug 'epidemic', U.N. says

VIENNA (Reuters) - A heroin “epidemic” is gripping the United States, where cheap supply has helped push the number of users to a 20-year high, increasing drug-related deaths, the United Nations said on Thursday.<p>An undated handout picture shows 127 pounds of heroin seized by U.S. Customs and Border …

Dormant black hole wakes up to devour passing star at theoretically impossible speed

A dormant supermassive black hole woke up and devoured a star that had wandered too close, astronomers have discovered.<p>About 90 per cent of the black …

Wall Street hates Elon Musk's Tesla-SolarCity plan

Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious. But his latest grand plan is getting widely negative reviews.<p>Tuesday evening he proposed having his electric car company Tesla (TSLA) buy his solar panel company SolarCity (SCTY) in a stock deal valued at about $2.5 billion. And he sees the combined companies …

A 700-year-old West African farming practice could be an answer to climate change

For the last 700 years women in Ghana and Liberia have been using a valuable farming technique that modern-day agronomists have only recently figured out. It transforms depleted soil into “enduringly fertile” farmland.<p>A team of anthropologists and scientists studied almost 200 sites in the two West …

Farming

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The Real Reason Star Wars Will Never Let Go of Darth Vader

Despite the unpopular prequels, Anakin still has a choke hold on our biggest geek franchise.<p>Even before fans thought they heard the whisper of Darth Vader’s asthmatic breathing in the <i>Rogue One</i> trailer, there were rumors that the Skywalker villain would make an appearance in the next <i>Star Wars</i> film. …

Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

All eyes are turning to the U.K. today.<p>The country is holding a historic referendum on the European Union, with voters deciding whether the country should leave or remain a member of the 28-country bloc. The result, expected hours after the polls close at 5 pm ET, could power strong global market …

This little-known Google app will pay you to do simple surveys on your smartphone

Rather than charging you to use things like Google Search or its mobile operating system Android, it provides them free of charge, then makes most of its money off the back of advertising revenues.<p>But one of Google's apps goes one step further — and actually <i>pays you</i> to use it.<p>Google Opinion Rewards …

Hundreds of Genes Spring to Life Up to 4 Days After Death, Scientists Find

Wha??<p>When a person's heart and brain have stopped ticking, and their respiratory and circulatory systems grind to a halt, it’s time to declare death. …

Slither.io is snaking its way on to homescreens

Slither.io is not new, but it is crazy popular. The game has been sitting at number one on the iOS gaming charts for some time. Slither.io has been available for just over three months now and, according to the most recent ranking, the game still holds the number one game, action game, and …

There's A Mysterious Sound Coming From The Caribbean That's So Loud It Can Be Heard From Space

The "Rossby whistle" is many octaves below the range of human hearing.<p>In what sounds like a plot device from a science fiction movie involving sea monsters and aliens, a strange sound is coming out of the Caribbean Sea that's so loud it can be detected from space.<p>And it's an A-flat.<p>The University …

Sea Level

11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p>Of course you can move from cell to cell with …

Tutorials

Scientists Just Found a Compound That Kills 98% of a Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Yes!<p>Researchers have discovered a compound in an Antarctic sea sponge that's capable of killing 98 percent of the drug-resistant superbug, …

This Is The First Photo of an Exoplanet Candidate 1,200 Light-Years Away

Holy crap!<p>Astronomers have managed to capture an amazingly clear image of CVSO 30c - a potential exoplanet orbiting a distant star named CVSO 30, …

Teen hacks Pentagon websites, gets thanked for finding 'bugs'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - High school student David Dworken spent 10 to 15 hours between classes on his laptop, hacking U.S. Defense Department websites.<p>An illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, in an office in Warsaw June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper …

First Test For Machine That Could Change The Future Of Particle Physics

Method might shrink particle accelerators from town size to table size<p>One thing you may know about particle physics experiments is that they're enormous. The Large Hadron Collider is five or so miles in diameter, big enough to circle some towns. Stanford's Linear Accelerator is two miles long. …

Cats may have a rudimentary grasp of physics, study finds

Research from Japan suggests cats know when causal relationships aren't working.<p>When it comes to cats and physics, most people don't get much further …

Pets

Epic sues gamer over creation of ‘world’s most powerful’ Paragon hack

aimbot, triggerbot included<p>Epic Games is suing a German gamer that the developer says created a game-cheating hack for their game <i>Paragon</i> and sold it for a monthly subscription fee, according to a lawsuit filed this week.<p>Epic is seeking relief and damages from the development, use, advertising and …

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – May 2016

The last month, in my opinion, was particularly fruitful for new, interesting publications. In fact, I was struggling when deciding which of them to …

Neuroscience

A daring mission is underway to rescue scientists from the most dangerous place on earth

Two tiny vehicles have set off to rescue scientists from the most remote human settlement in the galaxy.<p>We're not referring to the International …

B-movie

Asteroid explosion lights up early-morning sky over Arizona

An overnight asteroid explosion over Arizona lit up the sky so brightly that it appeared as if it were daylight for a short time.<p>Videos show the sky …