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Bernie Sanders Won the Debate Because Jorge Ramos Is Right, Clinton Could Get Indicted

Generally, when you're debating a person who might get indicted because of an ongoing FBI investigation, you've won the contest in terms of trustworthiness. Bernie Sanders defeated Clinton during the Univision Democratic Debate on Wednesday, primarily because only one Democrat on stage risks …

Google's robots teach themselves to do things and it's terrifying

When it comes to robots replacing humans, we might think we have the upper hand since we’re the ones who build and program them but that’s not neccesarily the case anymore.<p>Google is taking a different approach to training its robots – it’s letting them teach each other.<p>Researchers at Google have …

Apple announces iPhone and iPad event for March 21st: ‘Let us loop you in'

Apple has sent out invites for an event on March 21st at its campus. For those of you who want to read into the invite, Apple's tagline reads "Let us loop you in."<p>The company is widely expected to announce a new iPhone, the iPhone SE, that will be the same size as the iPhone 5 but with better …

This app uses a neural network to describe the world around you

It's wrong more often than it's right<p>"A tree climbing a piece of wood. A large bird sitting on a mountain. A bike with a bike leaning against it."<p>This is the world according to AI Scry, a new iOS app that uses a neural network to identify whatever's in front of your phone's camera and describe it …

A top computer scientist told us the games that artificial intelligence can't win

Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence team is making history.<p>Its AlphaGo program is up 2-0 on Lee Sedol, one of the top Go players alive. This is the first time a computer has beat a human champion without a handicap.<p>While there will be three more games between Sedol and AlphaGo, the victory …

Why Apple is announcing the next iPhone on the day before its big encryption fight

Using the keynote as a bully pulpit<p>Apple just pulled off a major scheduling coup. After months of rumors, the company announced today that its next product keynote will come on March 21st, just one day before the company defends itself against government efforts to break security on a phone linked …

U.S. military spending millions to make cyborgs a reality

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. military is spending millions on an advanced implant that would allow a human brain to communicate directly with computers.<p>If it succeeds, cyborgs will be a reality.<p>The Pentagon's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), hopes the implant will …

Military Spending

The Next Big Tech Revolution Will Be In Your Ear

Experts in UX, AI, and product design weigh in on the next big modality in computing.<p>“I wish I could touch you,” Theodore says, laying in bed. He’s met with silence. Rejection. Until she speaks up, tentatively. “How would you touch me?”<p>It’s a famously poignant scene from the movie <i>Her</i>, as the …

iPhone 6s Plus crushes Galaxy S7 edge in side-by-side speed test

The Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s best smartphone to date and it’s performed well in stress tests, including water resistance tests and extensive drop …

Scientists Set to Drill Dinosaur-Killing Impact Crater for the First Time

A tale of dead dinosaurs and ecological recovery is written in the Gulf of Mexico’s seabed.<p>The Gulf of Mexico, rich in oil deposits, is no stranger to offshore drilling. But for the first time ever, an expedition of scientists is set venture off the Yucatán coast to drill for core samples from the …

This is why Bernie’s the Democratic front-runner: Justice Department probe of Hillary inches closer to ending her campaign

Bernie Sanders is the only Democrat in the race not linked to the FBI, Justice Department, or 31,830 deleted emails<p>Bernie Sanders' path to the presidency was never going to be easy. After surging in the polls and consistently proving America's political establishment wrong, Sanders won Colorado and …

Opinion: Apple won yesterday’s FBI hearing 7-5, but also scored the knockout punch

There were a few face-palm moments in yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, from committee members who appeared not to know what encryption is to Apple’s lead lawyer Bruce Sewell having to make a hasty switch from his iPad Pro to paper when the device apparently failed. (Some suggested it …

If We Want to Find Aliens, We Should Search for the Ones Searching for Us

A paper published today in Astrobiology details a new strategy for seeking out intelligent life.<p>A pair of astrophysicists have proposed a new strategy for searching for intelligent extraterrestrial life: point our telescopes in the direction where, if life exists, it may have already found <i>us</i>.<p>"We're …

Bugatti's $2.6 million Chiron is the fastest car in the world

Bugatti Chiron<p>You might think the super-wealthy have it pretty easy, what with their private islands, private jets and the ability to buy just about …

Sports Cars

The Man Who's Building a Computer Made of Brains

A new startup is fusing lab-grown neurons onto computer chips in hopes of improving artificial intelligence.<p>Last month, Google's AI division, DeepMind, announced that its computer had defeated Europe's Go champion in five straight games. Go, a strategy game played on a 19x19 grid, is exponentially …

Here's Why the FBI Went After Apple When It Did

J. Edgar Hoover was a master at this game. The legendary FBI director would latch on to the latest boogeyman—the Lindbergh kidnapper, a big-name …

Here's how high you can jump on other planets and moons in the solar system

1/<p>This is Earth. You've jumped here before.<p>2/<p>This is a normal vertical hop for a person on Earth. The top of your head might break 7 feet.<p>3/<p>On to the …

Sick Of Political Parties, Unaffiliated Voters Are Changing Politics

Independent Voters In Colorado, Florida And Arizona<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>The biggest group of voters politicians will have to woo this November are the ones who often don't get a say in which candidates make it to the general election ballot.<p>Turned off by the partisan wars in Washington, 39 percent of …

Should Obama lock Tim Cook in the White House? Welcome to tonight's Republican debate

At a loony debate tonight filled with yelling and schoolyard attacks, CNN asked a few of the remaining Republican candidates if they would side with Apple or the FBI in the government's fight to hack an alleged terrorist's iPhone. They're all on team FBI, and it was a mess.<p>Marco Rubio was given the …

Why so many theater chains are refusing to screen Netflix's 'Crouching Tiger' sequel

Netflix's latest movie release, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny," will hit theaters Friday, but it won't pack much of a punch at the U.S. box office.<p>That's because the follow-up to the Oscar-winning martial arts epic will only play in about a dozen IMAX theaters around the country …

There's an unsettling reason why we know about the gigantic fireball that no one ever saw

This fireball likely exploded with the energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, but it did so over the Atlantic Ocean more than 600 miles away from the nearest inhabited region.<p>So, if no one saw or heard this enormous explosion — which, to date, is the largest since the Chelyabinsk meteor rampaged …

'Fallout 4' Survival Mode looks savage

<i>Fallout 4</i>'s Survival Mode isn't going to be pretty. As <i>VG247</i> reports, enterprising Redditor ShaneD53 dug through in-game files to pull out text pertaining to the upcoming game mode and got <i>a lot</i> of info.<p>The biggest changes concern saving and health. The only way to save in Survival Mode will be to …

Bethesda

This is the week the robot-controlled future arrived in all its terrifying glory

There's no stopping this future.<p>This week, two of the largest technology companies in the world offered unnerving glimpses of the future as they see …

US Elections 2016: Interview With Transhumanist Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan

<i>"We will be governed by a robot in a 100 years. The real question is what comes after robots? Organized energy that has an intelligence? I'm not sure, but certainly a robot will be able to lead the world better than a human being." -- Transhumanist presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan</i><p>Zoltan Istvan …

Apple wants to make it impossible for the company to comply with law enforcement's demands for data

According to new reports published by the Financial Times and The New York Times, the Cupertino, California-based technology giant is introducing new security measures that will make it impossible to access customers' data, both on devices and in the cloud.<p>Apple did not immediately respond to a …

How Sci-Fi Invented the Superman Memory Crystal

From Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, to Jedi Holocrons, to… your office?<p>Here’s the dilemma: you want to store something big, like, <i>entire King James Bible</i> big, for, say, a billion years. What do you do? Researchers at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Center have an answer. …

Photonic Propulsion Could Send a Spacecraft to Mars in As Little As 3 Days

If the technology can actually be scaled enough to use on space probes, it might be the key to visiting worlds outside our solar system.<p>There's no argument in the astronomical community—rocket-propelled spacecraft can take us only so far. The SLS will likely take us to Mars, and future rockets …

Space Travel

Mental Floss

How 6 of Star Wars' Iconic Sounds Were Conceived

From baby talk to walruses, how sound legend Ben Burtt made some of the most recognizable cinematic sound effects in the world.<p>When George Lucas began work on <i>Star Wars</i> in the mid-1970s, he tapped a USC classmate to craft all the strange sounds for this risky sci-fi movie about a sheltered kid on a …

Star Wars

The 10 States Where Millennials Could Sway The Election

As the presidential race shifted to Nevada with Democratic caucuses last week and Republican caucuses Tuesday night, more young voters had a chance to chime in to the political process. Nevada is a state with a huge young, diverse population.<p>But there is the perennial question: Do young people …