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High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too

One of the best-selling T-shirts for the Indian e-commerce site Myntra is an olive, blue and yellow colorblocked design. It was conceived not by a human but by a computer algorithm — or rather two algorithms.<p>The first algorithm generated random images that it tried to pass off as clothing. The …

Artificial Intelligence

Assembling the brain from deep within

As anyone who has ever shopped at IKEA knows, assembling flat-packed furniture can be a daunting task. You start with a box and a collection of …

Childhood Stress Makes The Brain Mature Faster — But That’s Not Necessarily A Good Thing

Stress experienced in early life affects the parts of the brain that control emotions.<p>A new study published this week in the journal <i>Scientific …

Underwater cloaking devices closer than ever thanks to new breakthrough

Scientists have developed a cloaking device that cloak submarines operating under the ocean surface called an underwater acoustic ground cloak. …

A.I. Is Awesome, Blockchain Is a Powerhouse. But Here's What Combining Them Could Do

If we're careful to implement them the right way, new AI-Blockchain combo technologies could rewrite virtually all industries--including yours.<p>You know artificial intelligence from your Alexa, Tesla or Netflix account. And now Blockchain is generating serious thunder, too, particularly in …

Artificial Intelligence

Boosting memory: Serotonin receptor may be the key

A recent study gains fresh insight into the specific receptors that are involved in creating memories. The scientists hope that, in the future, this …

Why we need to figure out a theory of consciousness

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last …

Microsoft Garage's Snip Insights brings AI to your screen captures

Snip Insights can do the work of pulling valuable information out of your screenshots.Microsoft's experimental Garage division has birthed a number …

How Frightened Should We Be of A.I.?

Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human—for better and for worse.<p>Precisely how and when will our curiosity kill us? I bet you’re curious. A number of scientists and engineers fear that, once we build an artificial intelligence smarter than we are, a form of A.I. …

Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant can be controlled by inaudible commands

Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Assistant were meant to be controlled by live human voices, but all three AI assistants are susceptible to hidden commands undetectable to the human ear, researchers in China and the United States have discovered. The New York Times reports today that the …

Took an ancestry DNA test? You might be a 'genetic informant' unleashing secrets about your relatives

CLOSE<p>A DNA match ties a former police officer to some of the crimes committed by a California serial killer behind at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes …

Why The Golden State Case Kept This Genetic Counselor Up All Night

DNA saved the day this week, bringing the long sought after Golden State Killer to justice. After decades of evading arrest, the serial murderer and rapist was tracked down through genealogy testing.<p>Genetic victory, right? So why my insomnia?<p>Laying in bed my thoughts slid down a slippery slope, …

Ask Ethan: How Big Will The Universe Get?

Our Universe, as we observe it today, is a vast, enormous place, full of stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and vast cosmic voids in between them. As time goes on, gravitation will continue to pull these large concentrations of matter towards one another, but the expansion of the Universe works …

Dark Matter

Pharma giants are looking to ketamine for clues to the next blockbuster depression drug — and science says they're onto something big

When Armin Szegedi was working as a psychiatrist in Berlin, he felt as if he were running a lengthy experiment on his depressed patients.<p>After prescribing them an antidepressant, he'd wait up to a month to hear if the drugs were working, Szegedi, who's now a vice president of clinical development …

The Golden State Killer Is Tracked Through a Thicket of DNA, and Experts Shudder

Genetic testing services have become enormously popular with people looking for long-lost relatives or clues to hereditary diseases. Most never imagined that one day intimate pieces of their DNA could be mined to assist police detectives in criminal cases.<p>Even as scientific experts applauded this …

How Artificial Intelligence outsmarts current patent search tools and will change the patent world

Patents are complicated publications that contain many data elements that are essential for describing the invention disclosed and how the patent’s …

A man in the UK has contracted the first case of untreatable 'super-gonorrhoea' after an encounter with a woman in south-east Asia

The first case of untreatable super-gonorrhoea has been reported in the UK.<p>A man contracted the sexually transmitted disease, believed to be the first case in the world to resist antibiotic treatment, after "sexual contact" with a woman in Southeast Asia.<p>The man's case was described in a report …

Spotify files for its unusual IPO

Music streaming giant Spotify today filed for a $1 billion IPO, although that figure is likely a placeholder that will change. Axios had previously …

Fernando Alonso Thinks F1's Halo Shouldn't Be a Debatable Issue

Much like Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, Alonso is happy to welcome safety improvements for drivers.<p>McLaren<p>Jerry PerezView Jerry Perez's …

Porsche Develops Artificial Neural Networks to Keep Machines Running

The sensors use vibrations in machines to fix small problems before they become big ones.<p>Daniel Wollstein—Right Light Media<p>Porsche is undoubtedly one …

BMW recalls 11K over bad software.

BMW issued a recall for 5 and 7 series luxury sedans on Friday. The recall is caused by improper software being installed.<p>The recall from BMW group …

auto

Watch DragTimes Dyno Tesla Model 3

DragTimes strapped a Tesla Model 3 to the dyno to find out what sort of numbers it puts out. The results? Far more impressive than previously thought.<p>…

Tesla Model 3

Tesla is building an electric motor R&D group in Greece to tap into strong local electrical engineering talent

Tesla’s engineering and design teams are primarily based in the US and especially in California, but the company has been expanding internationally over the last few years with teams in the UK and Germany.<p>Now we learn that the automaker is also building a small research and development office in …

The Engineering Challenge of Giving Formula 1 Cars Halos

We're just a month from the start of the 2018 Formula 1 season, and that means it's debutante season, where teams take the wraps off the extreme …

Elon Musk is ‘optimistic’ about beating Tesla Semi specs that competitors already don’t believe possible

As we reported last week and discussed on the Electrek podcast yesterday, many people still have a difficult time wrapping their head around the Tesla Semi specs that the company announced last year.<p>But now CEO Elon Musk says that he is ‘optimistic’ they can beat those specs with the production …

Head of Genesis Says It's at a 'Turning Point' in its Quest For Luxury Car Domination

Does the evidence back him up? We sit down with Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald to find out.<p>Genesis<p>Kyle CheromchaView Kyle Cheromcha's …

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A Danish company creates the best playgrounds the world has ever seen

Many of MONSTRUM's playgrounds have an aquatic theme. Children can climb into the gut of this 15-meter-long Blue Whale that's beached in Plikta Park …

14 tips to touring the world without feeling like just another tourist

Mass tourism has had its critics almost as far back as tourism itself. What Henry James grumbled about more than a century ago—all those hordes in his favorite places—is now so common that there are almost as many “off the beaten track” strategies as there are fatuous guidebooks where you are …

Travel

15 cities across the world that should be at the top of your travel bucket-list

Every year, we ask our readers to rate the best cities in the world, and the results continue to surprise us. Not only do newcomers sometimes float to the top, but longtime favorites also continue to reappear — a testament to a destination's enduring popularity. This year's group of winners span …