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Google launched an in-house AI fund to help startups turn sci-fi into 'nonfiction'

Gradient Ventures will be overseen by Anna Patterson, who has worked within many branches of Google but most recently served as the company's VP of engineering in artificial intelligence, helping integrate AI into Google's various products.<p>Google didn't specify the size of the fund, or the amount …

A collection of zoological wonders from June 2016, featuring the origins of dogs, shocking eels, a Godzilla fish and more

Animals

Art Basel 2016: skyscrapers and spacemen – in pictures

The international art market’s biggest shop window, Art Basel offers something for everyone – as long as they come to the fair with a large cheque book

Art Basel

Best photographs of the day: Björk's bell dress and a dragonfly

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a fashion auction and an insect sits on a poppy

Björk

To understand our genetic code more fully, we need to build one to see the role of the genes and how they can change<p>Science can move at a startling pace. In 2003, biologists from the Human Genome Project announced that they had learned how to read an entire human genome. A few days ago, they …

Genetics

NHS among developed world's most efficient health systems, says study

The NHS is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world, according to a study (pdf) published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.<p>The "surprising" findings show the NHS saving more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other …

The fabulous fossils of Messel - a colourful world of birds and beetles

The fossil record is crap. The chances of an organism becoming fossilised are small, and the chance of us finding said fossil are even smaller. More often than not, the fossils that we do find consist of mere fragments of an organism, rather than complete and intact animals or plants. These …

Paleontology

Spectacular bearded vulture spotted for first time in UK

A spectacular bearded vulture, believed to be the first recorded in the UK, has been spotted soaring over the Severn estuary and moorland in Devon.<p>If it is confirmed that the vulture, also known as the lammergeier or ossifrage, is a wild bird, it will be the first of its species to be found in …

Birds

Lena Dunham's surprise book sells out in 24 hours

A surprise new book by Lena Dunham, collecting her journals from a decade ago, has sold out less than 24 hours after the writer announced its release.<p>Dunham’s 56-page chapbook, Is It Evil Not to Be Sure? was unveiled on Tuesday afternoon. Priced at $25 (£17), with proceeds going to the mentoring …

Feminism

Harriet Gibsone, Stuart Heritage, Gwilym Mumford, Louis Pattison, Jack Seale, Bella Todd & Hannah Verdier

Mad Men

The latest exhibition from Red Hook Labs in New York, in collaboration with Nataal, turns the spotlight on six photographers from Africa and its diaspora, both emerging and widely acclaimed. The show highlights images in the fields of art, fashion, documentary and portraiture, telling the stories …

Africa

Could Flu Have Caused (Or Contributed To) Prince's Death? Yes. Here's Why

The gifted musician, songwriter and actor Prince Rogers Nelson died this morning at his home outside of Minneapolis. The cause of death has not yet been made public.<p>However, the artist had been battling the flu since at least April 7, his representatives confirmed to several media outlets, when he …

Public Health

Chinese government shuts down iTunes Movies and iBooks Store

In its biggest move yet to regulate Apple in China, the Chinese government has forced Apple to shut down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies in the country — just six months after the services were first made available.<p>While the government initially approved the launch, the State Administration of …

Verizon Workers Strike in Largest Labor Action in Years

Thousands of telecommunications workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike Wednesday at Verizon, saying they could not accept the …

Reports: Authorities raid Panama Papers law firm

Authorities on Tuesday raided the law firm connected to the Panama Papers global corruption scandal, two news organizations are reporting.<p><i>Agence</i> <i>France Presse</i> and <i>ABC News</i> tweeted about the raid, as <i>The Associated Press</i> reported that organized crime prosecutors raided the Panama City headquarters of …

The Invitation Review

It might be time to rethink that dinner party you said you'd go to.<p>Karyn Kusama’s latest thriller might be a slow burn, but the payoff at the end of …

I tried Microsoft's $22,000 mega-tablet for conference rooms — and it was awesome

Overshadowed in the resulting mania was Surface Hub, a new line of gigantic Windows 10 mega-tablets intended for the conference room, in 54-inch and 84-inch screen sizes.<p>After some delay, the Surface Hub finally started shipping to customers in March 2016. And during last week's Microsoft Build …

How Fast Does Earth Move Through The Universe?

Most likely, as you’re reading this right now, you’re sitting down, perceiving yourself as stationary. Yet we know — at a cosmic level — we’re not so stationary after all. For one, the Earth rotates on its axis, hurtling us through space at nearly 1700 km/hr for someone on the equator.<p>That’s not …

Universe

The ACM awards are this weekend – not to be confused with the CMAs, the ACAs, or the CMTs. The reason is simple: networks are cashing in on country’s appeal<p>When it comes to keeping track of country music awards shows, it’s a bit like stirring a bowl of alphabet soup. The algorithm is simple. Take …

Country Music

Can You Smell Your Way to a Better Brain? Science Says Yes.

Having trouble focusing? Remembering things? Here are some easy tips to improve your brain power.<p>A wildly underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain's many functions. Any odor you breathe in affects your limbic system, which governs emotional …

A rare Sumatran rhino, Arctic foxes at play and a ‘flying rainbow’ painted bunting bird are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

North Korea claims rocket engine success; South on high alert | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea successfully tested a solid-fuel engine that boosted the power of its ballistic rockets, state media reported on Thursday, as South Korea’s president ordered the military to be ready to respond to the North’s “reckless provocation.”<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …

Lollapalooza lineup 2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead to headline

Lollapalooza announced the lineup for its 25th anniversary weekend early Wednesday, and headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and LCD …

Festivals

Stress can lead to 'broken heart syndrome'

During stressful and traumatic times, it can sometimes feel as if blood isn't flowing.<p>Turns out that's a real response, according to cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Chris Magovern.<p>Called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, it's known as "broken heart syndrome."<p>What can happen, he explained, is the muscular …

Medicine

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Honestly? The short answer is more than likely that you are consuming more calories than you are expending.<p>Of course there is a little more to it than …

Fitness

Gecko Robotics Does The Heavy Inspecting At Power Plants To Prevent Human Fatalities

Y Combinator-backed Gecko Robotics is hoping to save a few human lives at our nation’s power plants with wall-climbing robots.<p>Gecko’s proprietary magnetic adhesion technology works much like the sticky foot of a gecko, allowing its robots to crawl up walls to inspect for damage along the way.<p>A …

Google launches new machine learning platform

Google today announced a new machine learning platform for developers at its NEXT Google Cloud Platform user conference in San Francisco. As Google chairman Eric Schmidt stressed during today’s keynote, Google believes machine learning is “what’s next.” With this new platform, Google will make it …

New-home sales in the West entirely powered February's nationwide jump

U.S. homebuyers in the West accounted for all of February's increase in sales of new houses, possibly signaling uncertain growth prospects for the broader real estate market heading into the spring buying season.<p>The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales rose 2% last month to a …

Virgin America is reportedly considering selling itself, and Wall Street is here for it

Virgin America is reportedly flirting with a sale, and Wall Street seems to be into it.<p>Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources, reported Wednesday that …

Virgin America