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Medicine

Water clouds have been detected outside of the solar system for the first time

Only 7.2 light-years away from Earth<p>A team lead by astronomers at University of California-Santa Cruz has found strong evidence of water clouds outside of the solar system for the first time.<p>"Our spectrum shows that WISE 0855 is dominated by water vapor and clouds, with an overall appearance that …

Astronomy
China

A.I. Writes a Screenplay, Screenwriters Breathe a Sigh of Relief

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

A Wildly Inventive Fantasy Series That Began on the Web and Became a Best-Seller

Even if they made no difference to the history of Y.A. fiction, or fantasy fiction—and they do—Catherynne Valente’s five Fairyland novels would matter in the history of publishing: “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Craft of Her Own Making,” released in 2009, began as a crowdfunded …

Books

29 travel hacks that even frequent fliers don't know

Essentially an express lane for the proactive, these programs are pre-approvals from the US Customs and Border Protection that designate you a low-risk traveler. As long as you're not a convicted criminal, you're good to go after little more than some light paperwork and a quick in-person interview.<p>…

Travel Industry

20 Albuquerque bars and restaurants us locals live by

1. The Frontier<p>The Lobo basketball game ends and hunger strikes; for locals, it’s straight to Frontier Restaurant to indulge in late-night burritos …

New Mexico

China might be building vast database of federal worker info, experts say

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The massive hack that may have stolen the personal information of four million federal employees appears designed to build a vast database in what could be preparation for future attacks by China against the U.S., cybersecurity experts advising the government told CNN Friday …

Personal Information

US museum must call Hiroshima and Nagasaki 'war crimes', say Japanese

Plans in United States for national parks to commemorate the Manhattan Project atomic bomb programme draw condemnation in Japan<p>A Japanese group is demanding that literature and displays in national parks in the United States being set up to commemorate the atomic bomb programme describe the attacks …

Journalism

Time Management Training Doesn’t Work

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>Today, knowledge workers use devices and platforms we wouldn’t have dreamed of 15 years ago, in workspaces we probably didn’t see coming, either (goodbye, private offices; hello, telecommuting).<p>But while work has changed, the training we get about how to manage our time …

Time Management

Do Killer Robots Violate Human Rights?

When machines are anthropomorphized, we risk applying a human standard that should not apply to mere tools.<p>As bizarre as it sounds, the United Nations just held an arms-control conference to figure out if killer robots might violate the laws of war.<p>Ten years ago, very few experts were worried about …

Human Rights

When Cops Check Facebook

America’s police are using social media to fight crime, a practice that raises troubling questions.<p>In 2012, Brooklyn police officer Michael Rodrigues arrested a burglary gang, the Brower Boys, by adding gang members as friends on Facebook. The day of the arrest was like gathering the lowest-hanging …

Social Media

Seattle CEO who cut his pay sees a 'moral imperative' to bridge income gap

Dan Price was about a mile into a Sunday hike on scenic Mt. Si when he knew what he had to do to change his life — and the lives of others.<p>His hiking partner and close friend had just been notified that her rent was going up. She had no idea how she would afford the extra couple hundred dollars a …

Woman arrested, held in cell for six hours and put on trial for 'over-pruning' tree

Karen Gaynor found not guilty by Rotherham magistrates after being put on trial following seven months on bail for causing 'unnecessary damage' to conifer<p>A woman was arrested and held in a police cell for six hours after pruning overhanging branches from a neighbour’s tree.<p>Karen Gaynor was …

Crime

Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years for leaking 'state secrets'

BEIJING — A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday on charges of leaking a document detailing the …

Employment

5 women could face years in Chinese prison for fighting for their rights

Five Chinese women's rights activists may face years in prison over demonstrations they had planned for International Women's Day last month.<p>The …

"Bones" Has Been Making The Same Mistake For 10 Seasons

Brennan, for a genius, you have a really simplistic understanding of "race."<p>If you watch <i>Bones</i> with any regularity, you have seen Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) identify the race of human remains dozens and dozens of times. The forensic anthropologist often looks at only one element of the …

Sci-fi’s right-wing backlash: Never doubt that a small group of deranged trolls can ruin anything (even the Hugo Awards)

Lazy democracy is like an open comments section — left unmoderated and unguided, the worst people take over<p>One of the false promises we’ve been made that people keep buying into is that the Internet is a “democratizing” force, that the digital world gives us instant access to the real vox populi, …

Hugo Awards

Melody on the menu: how a sprinkle of Mozart might give your meal zing

Psychologists have found that colours and certain types of music can enhance the enjoyment of wine and food<p>Professor Charles Spence is trying to come up with a sound for salty.<p>“We are not quite there yet,” says the Oxford academic. “Bitter, sweet, sour – we have those. But salty is the hardest …

Flute

The Conservative Christian Movement That Tried To Make Religious Liberty About Homophobia

Over the past few weeks, the United States has been locked in a heated debate over whether religious business owners have the right to discriminate …

Religion

How to get ahead at work: 10 tips from Google's head of HR

Pay unfairly, spoil your best workers, and choose a job that makes you happier... ten ways to make your workplace the best in the world, by Laszlo Bock, head of people operations at Google<p>How to get a job at Google – an interview with the man who hires and fires<p><b>1 Give your work meaning</b><p>Work consumes …

Human Resources

5 Myths of the 1920s That Were Debunked—Then Turned Out to be True

In the 1920s, Lambert & Butler English Cigarette cards set out to debunk common myths. Some are just bizarre (hold burned skin closer to a fire to …

Science Fiction

US Only Nation to Imprison Kids for Life

NEW YORK — The United States was singled out Monday by a United Nations expert on torture for being the only country in the world that continues to sentence children to life in prison without parole.<p>“The vast majority of states have taken note of the international human rights requirements …

Crime

Joanna Trollope is talking nonsense about writing fiction

The inventor of the Aga Saga is wrong about the best time to write a brilliant book<p>Burn every copy of Frankenstein. Joanna Trollope has some advice for Mary Shelley and her fellow young novelists: “You will write much better fiction after the age of 35 than before,” she says. “You need to have got …

Literature