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Chinese factories deploy AI to grow more than 6 billion roaches a year

In what sounds like the stuff nightmares are made of, a Chinese facility is breeding roaches by the billions for use in medicinal concoctions. These “healing potions” are reportedly use to cure respiratory, gastric, and other diseases according to an official report.<p>As <i>South China Morning Post</i> …

Mutations

Almost 'fully-formed' human brain grown in lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time ever, according to scientists from Ohio State University -- though …

Alzheimer's Disease

10 Times Actors Had Real Sex On Screen

Well, that's one way of doing method acting...<p>Photo: Rommel Film, Illustration: Dillen Phelps<p><b>Original Sin</b><br>It's been long rumored that Angelina Jolie …

Streaming

Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani contains tiny plastic particles — here's what that does to your body

You're drinking plastic, I'm drinking plastic, we're all drinking plastic. Bottled water drinkers may be drinking the most plastic of all.<p>A new study released by Orb Media estimates that on average, a liter of bottled water from big brands like Dasani, Aquafina, and Nestle, contains roughly 10.4 …

Pollution

US: Rifle-toting worshippers renew wedding vows at Pennsylvania church

Hundreds of US couples packing AR-15 rifles have had their marriages and weapons blessed at an unusual church ceremony. Children from a nearby …

Putin said Russia has developed a new generation of unstoppable nuclear weapons — and showed an animation of them heading for the US

Russia has tested a new generation of nuclear weapons that can't be intercepted and are capable of hitting the US, Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.<p>The Russian president accompanied his announcement with a computer-generated video which showed the missiles arcing towards the US on a map of the world.<p>…

North Korea

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

Massive crayfish that didn't exist 25 years ago are capable of cloning themselves — and it's terrifying scientists

A crayfish that is capable of cloning itself is taking over Europe — and scientists are taking note.<p>The marbled crayfish has a mutation that allows it to clone itself, reports Carl Zimmer at The New York Times. Zimmer profiled scientists studying the all-female species known for its massive size, …

Biology

Philip Morris sees six million U.S. smokers switching to iQOS device if cleared

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc told a U.S. advisory panel on Wednesday that it expects around 6 million smokers to switch completely to its iQOS electronic tobacco device if the company is allowed to claim it is less risky than cigarettes.<p>The sleek, penlike iQOS device heats …

12 TV shows you're watching that are probably going to be canceled

Cancellations aren't always simple. With today's shrinking live viewership, more than just TV ratings factor into whether a show survives to see another season.<p>Networks are now looking at online, On Demand, and streaming viewership, awards appeal, social-media popularity, and even how the show …

TV

Five-foot long tapeworm came 'wiggling out' of man's body after he ate sushi

Sushi lovers beware!<p>A California man who ate sushi every day ended up with a 5-foot-plus long tapeworm inhabiting his body. The Fresno male went to the emergency room complaining of bloody diarrhea, according to Dr. Kenny Bahn, who shared the story of his patient on the podcast“This Won’t Hurt A …

CDC

Sex robot will decide if you’re a good person (and then it will get horny)

Sex robot fans might have imagined that their lifeless plastic lovers would always be up for a good time, day and night – but that might not actually …

Robotics

Any phone but iPhone X, according to this Sprint salesman

Commentary: In my visit to the last of the big four carrier stores, the salesman was bullish, animated and adamant.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>"You're biased," they said. "You've been to every store but a Sprint store."<p>When I say …

Mobile Technology

Elon Musk Thinks We're Living in the Matrix. If He's Right, It's a Good Thing | Inc.com

Elon Musk thinks it's almost certain that we're living in some version of <i>The Matrix.</i> In fact, he believes that there's a "one in billions chance" that reality as we know it is <b>not</b> a computer simulation.<p>No, really. You read that right.<p>"The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I …

Singularity

Activision has a plan to make you want to pay for in-game items

Activision received a new patent for a system that encourages gamers to buy in-game items, by leveraging its matchmaking system. The matchmaking …

Dragon Ball

The New ‘South Park’ Game Mocks Kanye West With A Controversial Depiction Of His Late Mother

The “gayfish” episode of <i>South Park</i>, in which a disillusioned Kanye West can’t wrap his head around a simple joke about fish sticks, has become a classic since its initial airing in 2009. A few years later, Kanye returned to the show and realized that Kim Kardashian is probably a hobbit. Now, Trey …

German prosecutors believe nurse killed at least 86 patients

BERLIN (AP) — A male nurse who was convicted of killing patients in Germany with overdoses of heart medication is now believed to have killed at least 86 people — and the true scale of the killings could be even larger, investigators said Monday.<p>Many of the deaths could have been prevented if …

Crime

New Study Shows Half the Atoms in Our Bodies Came From Beyond the Milky Way

A Diverse Origin<p>When Moby sang about humans being made of stars, he wasn’t just being poetic. It certainly wasn’t his idea though, as the theory has …

Universe

Mazda made a game-changing fuel efficiency breakthrough other carmakers have spent decades working on

The Japanese carmaker has announced it is ready to reveal a combustion engine using compression technology Ford, General Motors and Hyundai have been trying to get into production for the best part of a decade.<p>It's called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition and it uses the same sparkless …

Tesla

These Comics Perfectly Depict How GoT Characters Have Changed From Season 1 To Now

Wasn't it, like, yesterday when we started watching <i>Game of Thrones</i>?And now, the show is in its seventh season. It seems like we all have traveled the …

Comics

We’re eating too much meat and it’s making us sick

While Senate Republicans work to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the future of health insurance in our country remains unknown. But what we do know is that chronic diseases and conditions continue to be the leading cause of disability and death and claim 90 percent of the US health care …

Health Care

Doctors 3D-print 'living' body parts

<b>Custom-made, living body parts have been 3D-printed in a significant advance for regenerative medicine, say scientists.</b><p>The sections of bone, muscle and cartilage all functioned normally when implanted into animals.<p>The breakthrough, published in Nature Biotechnology, raises the hope of using living …

3D Printing

Scientists revive microscopic water bears after 30 years of deep freeze

The hardy tardigrade sets a new personal best<p>In the Animal Olympics event of Surviving Horrible Things, tardigrades would take home the gold, silver, and the bronze. These eight-legged, microscopic creatures — also known as "water bears" — are probably the hardiest animals in existence, able to …

Biology

Google's grab for the sidewalk has begun with the rollout of LinkNYC free public Wi-Fi

New York is finally getting its promised 5G gigabit Wi-Fi as the city starts upgrading payphone booths with the latest tech thanks to a public-private partnership that Google managed to get a slice of in an acquisition made earlier this year.<p>Starting with a beta test today, up to 10,000 kiosks will …