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Reading on computer screens changes how your brain works, scientists say

Reading on computer screens and smartphones has made people unable to fully understand what they are reading as our brains retreat into focusing on small details rather than meanings, a study claims.<p>Researchers found that those who filled in forms, read short stories or studied using computer …

High Level

The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it's incredible

Viv wowed the crowd during a public demo in New York<p>Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer created the artificial intelligence behind Siri, Apple's iconic digital assistant, and one of the first modern apps to capably handle natural language queries on a smartphone. Today the pair showed off their newest …

NASA Unveils Greatest Views Of The Aurorae Ever, From Space In HD

Ever since humanity first broke the chains of gravity and left Earth’s atmosphere, we’ve been able to see our planet for what it actually is: a blue marble floating in the abyss of space. The oceans give our world its primary color, along with the whites from the clouds and ice-covered regions, the …

Astronomy

Australian astrophysicist's video dazzles the Internet, 4 years after it was made

The Internet is full of gems that are yet to be discovered.<p>Like a video called Cosmic Eye, which has quickly gained Internet stardom, even though it …

Why top scientists are so worried about intelligent machines

The world's spookiest philosopher is Nick Bostrom, a thin, soft-spoken Swede. Of all the people worried about runaway artificial intelligence, killer …

Singularity

4 cosmic phenomena that travel faster than the speed of light

AP Photo<p>When Albert Einstein first predicted that light travels the same speed everywhere in our universe, he essentially stamped a speed limit on …

Physics

Ten Tech Predictions for 2016 (Part One)

Something has to be next year's hoverboard.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>Another year has come and gone, and in the tech world, it seems not much has changed. 2015 was arguably …

The Sunday Hangover

It’s been a rough couple of nights. Get a greasy sandwich and give your brain a rest. it’s time to kick back with some of our favorite videos and …

The Brain

The Rise Of Isis Explained In Superb 6 Minute Vox Video

A superb video from Vox has managed to distill the complex history of the rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS) into a six-minute clip.<p>The origins …

Long-Lost Color Photos from 1939 Reveal Life in England on the Brink of WWII

After the death of his grandmother in February of this year, Barney Britton found an unexpected treasure while cleaning out her attic: a wooden box filled with dozens of 35mm slides documenting his grandparents' honeymoon trip in 1939. Although Britton's mother remembered seeing the photos as a …

World War II

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the …