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I played Cards Against Humanity with Pepper the robot at CES

With eyes like saucers and a cute button nose, Pepper the robot is instantly recognizable.<p>I first met Pepper in Tokyo back in April, and there's barely been a tech event I've been to since that Pepper hasn't also attended.<p>SoftBank's robot has come to be a kind of de facto face of robotics over the …

Cards Against Humanity

Alexa May Have Won CES, But It Still Has a Fight Ahead - MIT Technology Review

Amazon doesn’t have an official presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it’s making no shortage of headlines thanks to its Alexa …

Do Voters Care About Ethics?

In this week’s politics chat, we try to make sense of the aborted effort by House Republicans to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics. The …

Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency

President-elect works on restructuring Office of the Director of National Intelligence, tweets again his doubts that Russia hacked Democrats<p>WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back …

Donald Trump

House Republicans pull plan to gut independent ethics committee after Trump tweets

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump dramatically strong-armed House Republicans into line Tuesday in his first Washington power play, after they voted to gut an ethics watchdog in a manner that undercut his vow to drain the establishment "swamp."<p>Trump made clear his anger at the move on …

Donald Trump

The best epically long books to binge-read on winter nights

Readers know all about summer reading: Juicy, plot-driven page-turners that are a breeze to read through sun-induced headaches, or can be picked up and put down between dips in the pool. But in winter, you need a different kind of book: one with a good existential crisis, or a very, very deep …

17 Carrie Fisher Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success and Happiness | Inc.com

Actress, author, and screenwriter Carrie Fisher--who sadly died this morning after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles--was an inspiration to millions of people around the world. While she achieved everlasting fame for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars film …

Los Angeles

A Brief History Of Food Emoji: Why You Won't Find Hummus On Your Phone

It started with a cup of coffee, or more precisely, a hot beverage. Seven years later came fries, the now infamous eggplant and friends. Sandwich lovers waited for their time to come, while begrudgingly sending another drumstick, wishing it were barbecue.<p>Food and drinks account for just 82 of …

A new brain study sheds light on why it can be so hard to change someone's political beliefs

Why we react to inconvenient truths as if they were personal insults.<p>Albert Einstein was one of the most important physicists of all time. His scientific predictions have withstood 100 years of scientific challenges. His thinking fundamentally changed the way we understand the universe. Yet people …

In the Operating Room During Gender Reassignment Surgery

Behind the scenes with identical twin Emmie Smith during her medical transition.<p>Before August 30, 2016, getting stitches at age seven was the most time Emmie Smith had ever spent in a hospital.<p>That morning, she swapped her plaid shirt and jean shorts for a gown, tucked her hair into a cap, and …

Time I

17 ways politics could change in 2017

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> 2016 was the year where one political controversy or another was always around the corner. But 2017 promises to be just as unpredictable.<p>For most of 2016, Donald Trump had only his own personal credibility in his hands as he campaigned for the presidency. Now that he has the …

Inside an ISIS Bunker

Booby-trapped houses above. A city strewn with bombs ahead. And below, a network of tunnels fit for a terror army.<p>BAA’SHIQA, Iraq—The ISIS fighter’s …

National Security

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed<p>The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a …

Time Management

Google Search will no longer tell you that the Holocaust didn’t happen... sort of

After weeks of criticism, Google’s search engine will no longer suggest to visitors that the Holocaust never happened — at least not part of the time, or on the front page. As <i>Digital Trends</i> reports, it initially appeared to have removed a result for the query “did the Holocaust happen” from white …

Cybersecurity Experts Warn of Insecure Free Public Wifi Networks

Experts say hackers prey on users looking for convenient and free wi-fi networks and charging stations in airports and other public places to steal their financial data.

“Nature is not good to human beings”: The chairman of the world’s biggest food company makes the case for a new kind of diet

The modern food movement has brought us to a fork in the road. On one path are people who say it is enough to eat the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring from the earth, the milk from our cows, and the meat from farmed animals. Simplicity is the path to fulfillment, and sticking close to nature …

How Indiana’s school voucher program soared, and what it says about education in the Trump era

Indiana lawmakers originally promoted the state’s school voucher program as a way to make good on America’s promise of equal opportunity, offering children from poor and lower-middle-class families an escape from public schools that failed to meet their needs.<p>But five years after the program was …

Obama's exit interview: I could've won again

<b>(CNN) —</b> Arguing that Americans still subscribe to his vision of progressive change, President Barack Obama asserted in an interview recently he could have succeeded in this year's election if he was eligible to run.<p>"I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I had run again and …

Severed heads found during Christmas in Mexico

Mexican authorities discovered six human heads and a threatening note from one cartel to another during the holidays, prosecutors said. Elsewhere, …

Stubborn Sea Stars Thwart Student Scientists by Expelling Microchip Implants

Sea stars are much stranger than we imagined. Biology students at the University of Southern Denmark implanted a group of the animals with microchips …

Cheetahs at Risk of Extinction as African Habitat Shrinks, New Study Finds

JOHANNESBURG — Amid population declines for many wildlife species in Africa, conservationists are sounding alarm bells for the cheetah, the fastest animal on land.<p>An estimated 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild across Africa and in a small area of Iran, and human encroachment has pushed the …

St. Louis' Best New Restaurants of 2016

1 of 8<p>1<p>Kounter Kulture<p>Heather Riske<br>• Dec 23, 2016<p>There are no seats inside <b>Kounter Kulture</b>, and dishes, which are only available for carry out, come …

Trump goes off on Germany terrorist: 'Such hatred! When will the U.S., and all countries, fight back?'

The man who was killed, Anis Amri, was shot dead in Milan by Italian police during a Friday morning shootout after a continental manhunt for him. Amri was shown in a video, released by the Islamic State's news agency, after reports of his death surfaced pledging allegiance to the terror organization<p>…

Stop calling almond, soy and rice milks 'milk,' 25 members of Congress say

Got milk? Twenty-five members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as milk.<p>Rep.<p>Peter Welch(D-Vt.) and Rep.Mike Simpson(R-Idaho), leading the bipartisan charge against “fake milk,” signed a letter along with other congressional members, asking the U.S. Food …

Forestry

President-Elect Trump Calls for Nuclear Arms Race, Stunning Experts

Even as Vladimir Putin ruled out an arms race in a marathon 4-hour news conference, Trump told MSNBC's Mika Brzezinksi "Let there be an arms race" - in an off camera call.