Oliver Shetler

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Psychology offers a simple rule to consider before you tell someone your woes

The emotional impact of serious trauma tends to ripple across family and friendship groups. Those directly affected (the person who’s seriously ill or caught up in a natural disaster, for example), their loved ones, and closest friends all experience suffering. And when an entire social network is …

Trump Cites 'Happiness' At Texas Shelter As Harvey Death Toll Climbs

President Donald Trump returned to the Houston area on Saturday to meet with survivors of Hurricane Harvey and participate in relief efforts—which he …

Researchers develop neural network algorithm that beats human professionals at lip reading

The algorithm has been developed by researchers at Oxford University and Google.<p>As technology advances, making AI (artificial intelligence) and …

AI writes Yelp reviews that pass for the real thing

"Ohhhh and taste. Omgggg! Very flavorful!"<p>On any given day, hordes of people consult online reviews to help them pick out where to eat, what to watch, and products to buy. We trust that these reviews are reliable because they come from everyday folk just like us. But, what if the feedback blurbs on …

Fake Reviews

A Teenager Won $250,000 For His Video Explanation Of Einstein's Special Theory Of Relativity

What were you doing when you were 18 years old? If we had to guess, we'd say you probably weren't winning hundreds of thousands of dollars for a …

North Korea sentences South Korean reporters to death over review of book about country

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean court sentenced two South Korean journalists and their publishers to death for “seriously insulting the dignity” of the country by reviewing and interviewing the British authors of a book about life in the North, its state media said on Thursday.<p>North Korea has …

German Nurse Suspected Of Murdering At Least 86 Patients In His Care

A German police investigation has found evidence that a former nurse murdered at least 86 people in his care.<p>"The realization of what we were able to learn is horrifying," Johan Kühme, chief of police in the northern German city of Oldenburg told news outlets, including the <i>The New York Times</i>. "It …

Intensive Care

Researchers developing computer program to read people's minds

Carnegie Mellon develops computer program to read minds<p>Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say they are one step closer to reading people’s thoughts. Their computer program was able to successfully decipher sentences participants read in their minds.<p>The study, conducted by Dr. Marcel Just, …

The Brain

Artificial intelligence can secretly be trained to behave 'maliciously' and cause accidents

Neural networks can be secretly trained to misbehave, according to a new research paper.<p>A team of New York University scientists has found that …

Google explains how artificial intelligence becomes biased against women and minorities

Time and again, research has shown that the machines we build reflect how we see the world, whether consciously or not. For artificial intelligence that reads text, that might mean associating the word “doctor” with men more than women, or image-recognition algorithms that misclassify black people …

Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life

David Thomas and I met when we were about 5 years old. We celebrated his 26th birthday last weekend, marking roughly two decades of friendship. Once, while walking down the street, a man looked at us and said, "Ain't it Harold and Kumar!" He was almost certainly making light of our race, but …

Relationships

Trump Damaged Democracy, Silicon Valley Will Finish It Off

When Democrats made their post-election populist “Better Deal” pitch, they took a strong stance against pharmaceutical and financial monopolies. But …

Silicon Valley

Why We Crave Meaning in Our Lives, and How to Find It

“An identity is very much a tool for connecting with other people. It’s what our species evolved to do.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>The four things you need</i> …

Imagining a Better Democratic Populism

Instead of offering free college tuition, liberals might try valuing and reinvesting in other paths to success and prosperity.<p>As Donald Trump extends the war in Afghanistan, fails to repair infrastructure, and joins congressional Republicans in pushing tax cuts that would mostly benefit the upper …

Democratic Party

Disney Is Developing an AI That Can Judge What Makes For a Truly Great Story

Can they crack the magic of storytelling with a neural network?<p>Disney's cuddly toys of the future could be smart enough to pick out the perfect …

Artificial intelligence now composing and producing pop music: WATCH

With some accompaniment by Taryn Southern…<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used for years to correct and assist music creation; the time has now …

'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

<b>Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.</b><p>The so-called "cyborg" bugs produce acetic acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and plastic.<p>In lab experiments, the bacteria proved much more …

Fears erased with pulses of light

Innovative research demonstrates how weakening specific fear-related connections in the brain of a mouse can erase previous fear responses to a …

The Brain

I Used To Be a Neo-Nazi. Charlottesville Terrifies Me.

When I was a skinhead, living in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s, I remember watching a favorite video with my fellow extremists. It was footage of the 1979 Greensboro massacre, when Ku Klux Klan members shot and killed five people at a workers’ demonstration in North Carolina. A group of cars …

Alt-Right

This simple mind trick will make sure you never forget anything around the house again

Do you often forget your brolly or your keys? Let's put an end to that…<p>You can be as organised as you like but, unfortunately, our brains can …

The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video

As a physics professor, I have two jobs. The first, obviously, is to help students understand physics. That makes me something of a coach. But I want …

A philosophical principle coined in 1945 could be a key defense against white supremacists

• A tolerant society should be tolerant by default,<br>• With one exception: it should not tolerate intolerance itself.

For hundreds of years, sloppy science has been wrong about gender, race, and ethnicity

For decades, every single year, scientists have visited the Galapagos and measured the beaks of a particular species of finch.<p>And year after year, with each generation, the beaks change, exactly as we'd expect from the weather patterns of the year before. Evolutionary biology works, and rigorous …

How to tell if someone is lying to you, according to researchers

Relationships<p>It’s our conscious biases and decision making skills that interfere with the natural ability to detect deception. Here are the nonverbal clues that can reveal someone isn’t telling the truth.<p>If you claim that you never lie, well, you’re a liar.<p>Those little white lies are slipping out …

Psychology

Cancer patients who use alternative medicine more than twice as likely to die

A new study has shown that cancer sufferers who turn to alternative therapies in preference to conventional medicine are more than twice as likely to …

Cancer

Humans and robots are on the cusp of a sexual intimacy we may never reverse

If you could construct a sexual partner that was faithful, beautiful, and responsive to your every wish, would you?<p>It’s a question Aimee van Wynsberghe, co-founder of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, thinks a lot about. In July 2017, she and fellow ethicist Noel Sharkey published a report …

Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a strand of DNA? Now that bridge between technology …

New device can heal with a single touch, and even repair brain injuries

A new device developed at The Ohio State University can start healing organs in a "fraction of a second," researchers say.<p>The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), has the potential to save the lives of car crash victims and even deployed soldiers injured on site. It's a dime-sized …

Cell Biology

Why Southern Asia will be a complete no-go for backpackers (or anyone else) in the future

Well this is bleak.<p>Parts of Southern Asia might be a hotspot for backpackers nowadays, but the likes of India could become completely inhospitable by the end of the century, warn scientists specialising in climate change.<p>Not only would countries including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh become a …