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Humanoid robot 'Sophia' makes surprise appearance at United Nations to share her views on artificial intelligence

A humanoid robot known as Sophia made a surprise appearance at a United Nations event yesterday, drawing rapturous applause from attendees.<p>Sophia has …

Further Research into Artificial Wombs Brings Us Closer to a Future Where Babies Grow Outside the Body

An Innovation in Artificial Incubation<p>Around 15 million babies are born preterm or premature every year, according to the World Health Organization …

Tripping For Knowledge: The Psychedelic Epistemologist

Interview by Lindsay Jordan.‘<i>One of the main ways we gain knowledge is by engaging with the world, talking to other people, and so on. So if a</i> …

Consciousness

What do our possessions say about us? – in pictures

Japanese artist Mami Kiyoshi has spent 15 years creating vivid portraits of people surrounded by their belongings – from wine bottles and violins to the odd stray pet

9 skills to master to become a great boss

<b>• An increase in responsibility requires a strong mastery of these hard and soft skills.</b><p><b>• If you want that promotion, or to run a team, being prepared for future tough spots is crucial.</b><p>There's no doubt that being a manager has its perks — increased prestige, recognition from upper management, and a …

Project Management

‘Traffickers take all that makes you human’: faces of modern slavery – in pictures

Survivors of human trafficking recount how they were raped, abused and exploited as they became 21st century slaves

70 Street Photography Tips For Beginners

Dear friend,<p>If you’re reading this, you are probably either an aspiring street photographer, or a street photographer with some miles under your belt …

Street Photography

New book about psychedelics and weird human experiences

David Luke, a University of Greenwich psychology lecturer and researcher of high weirdness, has a new book out with the compelling title of …

Silk Way Road Rally in Pictures

Bees under the macro lens – in pictures

Summer’s here, and so are bees. These new macro images by Alejandro Santillana are being showcased in the Insects Unlocked project at the University of Texas at Austin

10+ Stunning Photos Revealing The Beauty Of Romania

We often find Romania in difficult positions, from politics to migration and poverty. However, as a traveler you will not encounter many of such …

Google’s DeepMind AI Just Taught Itself to Walk & the Results Are Hilarious

For the past few years, Google has been experimenting with AI technology with a project called DeepMind. Now the tech giant has developed AI that has …

Is The Universe Conscious?

The history of science — in particular the physical sciences, like physics and astronomy — can be told as the incremental realization that there is large-scale coherence in the universe.<p>By large-scale coherence, I mean that some of the same physical laws hold at scales as diverse as the atom and …

Physics

Gorgeous goats – in pictures

Meet Ben, Bella, Sherlock and Sydney – the elegant goats turned into portraits by Kevin Horan. As the American photographer explains, he just treated them ‘like customers in a small-town photo studio’

Computer Lets Fully Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

When a new brain-computer interface reached the thoughts of completely locked-in patients for the first time ever, it found them engaged and happy to …

How the Government Conditions Citizens To Obey

<i>This article was written by Anthony Wile and originally published at The Daily Bell</i><p>Can you count how many ways the government manipulates people to …

My déjà vu is so extreme I can’t tell what’s real anymore

One drab afternoon a few years ago something very unusual happened to me.<p>I was lounging under a tree in a packed east London park when I experienced a sudden feeling of vertigo, followed immediately by an overwhelming and intense sense of familiarity.<p>The people around me vanished and I found myself …

Neurophilosophy

The Most Effective Psychotherapy For Borderline Personality

DBT vs TFP vs CBT vs What?<p>Borderline Personality Disorder is an illness that frustrates patients, disturbs their loved ones, and vexes clinicians who …

Scientists have developed AI that can read your mind and predict your thoughts

At one point in our history, the most impressive example of artificial intelligence was a computer that was really, really good at chess. Today, various pieces of software can do everything from chat with us on Facebook Messenger to guiding the Mars rover Curiosity while its human engineers catch a …

The Hubble Telescope's Greatest Hits

Few of us accomplish this much by our 25th birthday.<p>Earlier this year the Hubble Telescope turned 25. Ridiculed for its early bugs, the telescope …

"Mind reading" technology can now decode complex thoughts

In the past, "mind reading" systems have been able to guess what single-digit number a person might be thinking of, but deeper thoughts have been …

New Evidence Suggests That Our Solar System Has 10 Planets

by Patrick Caughill June 22, 2017 Hard Science 73365<p>Ten Strong<p>The Solar System hasn’t been the same since Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a …

Astronomy

These undergrads built a Generative Adversarial Net that creates art

I can’t tell you for sure if we have reached peak GAN, but there are far more people messing around with them than there were a year ago, and that’s a great thing. Two undergraduates at Williams College taught themselves introductory machine learning and read about 50 papers on the now almost …

This Website Reveals How JPEG Photos Were Edited in Lightroom

As photographers, we’re always interested in how other people edit their photos to achieve a certain look. Pixel Peeper is a new website that can …

Everyone keeps talking about A.I.—here's what it really is and why it's so hot now

Artificial intelligence is everywhere, from Apple's iPhone keyboard to Zillow's home price estimates. There's also a lot of stuff out there that …

China sends unhackable message nearly 750 miles using quantum satellite

Hacking as it relates to cyber warfare and espionage is as hot a topic as it’s ever been, and everyone from the government to major tech firms like …

Deep sea discoveries: sea pigs, a dumbo octopus and glow-in-the-dark sharks

Images of bizarre deep sea creatures found in May and June by the research ship Investigator as it travelled along the Australian coastline to the Coral Sea. The scientists aboard the ship mapped the sea floor to a depth of 4,000 metres and collected more than 1,000 different marine species, about …

Seafloor

Is the Universe Conscious?

Some of the world's most renowned scientists are questioning whether the cosmos has an inner life similar to our own.<p>For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to falling apples …

Consciousness