Peter Kleinwaks

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Makeblock's Lego-like 'Neuron' teaches kids robotics and code

Makeblocks, a company known for kid-friendly robotics and DIY hovercraft-drones, is launching a new gadget-building platform called Neuron. It's like Lego meets Littlebits -- you get over 30 blocks with different functions that kids can snap together and then program to create science experiments …

Scientists think we’re closer to self-destruction than we have been since the 1950s

In case you didn’t already have enough to worry about.<p>The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ editors convened today to announce that it will be moving the hand on its “Doomsday Clock” thirty seconds closer to midnight, from three minutes to midnight to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight.<p>The election of …

Climate Change

The poker-playing AI is getting smarter and the humans are getting tired

The bot likes to bluff, but has few tells<p>Today begins week three of the poker tournament between Libratus, an AI system built by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, and four of the world’s top pros. While the humans plan to soldier on, a gallows humor has taken hold. With a little over …

Artificial Intelligence

Aaron Rodgers has some advice for the Packers front office

The Packers have a good team, and with the right moves in the offseason, it could be even better.<p>After suffering an embarrassing 44-21 defeat against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship, the Green Bay Packers’ offseason has just begun.<p>The deck was already stacked against Green Bay in that …

NFL

Earth Is Totally Unprepared For a Surprise Asteroid Strike, NASA Scientists Warn

There is no plan B.<p>NASA is certainly not in the business of spreading panic over asteroid strikes - every time one comes close, we see yet another …

Space

How Do We Combat The Intensifying War On Science?

Despite the ever worsening raid on natural resources, documented climate change, and scientific advances in the medical field, there is still a movement fomenting within the U.S. that regards scientific fact as fiction. These conspiracy theories even exist in the halls of power, conspiring with a …

Donald Trump

Nintendo Switch doesn’t support Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges

No word on downloads, though<p>The Nintendo Switch will be the first home console since the Nintendo 64 to use cartridges, but it won’t support physical media from the company’s current console and handheld platforms.<p>A Nintendo representative confirmed to Polygon today that the Nintendo Switch will …

Stephen Hawking: AI will be 'either best or worst thing' for humanity

Professor praises creation of Cambridge University institute to study future of artificial intelligence<p>Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”, and praised the creation of an …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists confirm genetics of schizophrenia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Creating an effective treatment for schizophrenia requires a better understanding of its biology, of the genes that cause it. Using technology to illuminate chromosomes, scientists confirmed the underlying genetics of this mental disorder. The identified genetic disruptions occur at a …

Genetics

3 Reasons Why The Auto Industry Should Be Terrified Of The Google Car

The first prototypes of its adorable and potentially groundbreaking self-driving vehicle started rolling off the assembly line.<p>Over the next few years, we're likely to see them tooling around California's roads as Google strives to make fully autonomous cars a reality.<p>For the most part, the …

Autonomous Cars

Chromecast closes gap on Roku for streaming dominance

If you’ve not yet bought a Chromecast, what’s stopping you? Google’s tiny streaming stick gets better all the time, and works pretty seamlessly with …

Streaming

Sprint cuts rates in half to win AT&T, Verizon customers

Sprint’s latest plan to compete with its two larger rivals? Woo AT&T and Verizon customers by offering to cut their phone bills in half if they …