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Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.<p>Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd.<p>In 2011, the lab showed it was possible to recreate movie clips just from observing the brain activity of people …

Machine Learning

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

The Dark Side of Photography: When Getting the ‘Best’ Shot is Just Plain Wrong

I firmly believe that photography is a powerful force for good in this world.<p>As reportage, it opens our eyes to tragedies we might otherwise ignore; …

Islamic State has a message for Muslims hoping to go to Europe

It's not just Europe telling refugees to stay where they are.<p>Islamic State, the Al Qaeda breakaway faction that controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria, has joined in the effort to dissuade would-be migrants from coming to Europe.<p>Last week Islamic State released a series of videos on social media …

Chinese men urged to donate sperm to earn money for the new iPhone 6S

Social media set alight after adverts appeared encouraging donors to visit sperm banks in order to afford the iPhone 6S, reports said<p>Chinese men are being encouraged to donate sperm in order to earn enough money to buy the latest iPhone, according to reports.<p>The adverts, from sperm banks in several …

iPhone

After Viral Putin Prank, Elton John Asks for Russian LGBT Rights

Elton John has turned a viral prank phone call into a plea to improve LGBT rights in Russia. “Pranks are funny. Homophobia, however, is never funny,” …

Azealia Banks calls the VMAs a ‘contest of the basics’

It was only a matter of time before Azealia Banks waded in on this year’s beef-filled VMA dramas, casually throwing shade at her musical contemporaries with a string of icy tweets, as well as the award show itself.<p>Earlier today, the NYC rapper tweeted: “It's so funny to wake up and see Nicki and …

Igor Levit: the leaner, meaner piano machine

He has been called the future of piano and the player of the century. But Igor Levit recently felt compelled to give himself a complete makeover to improve his performance. As he prepares for his Prom, the pianist talks about physio, losing 70lbs – and why he finds Chopin dumb

Isil jihadists blow up tower tombs at Syria's Palmyra

Three of the best preserved and most beautiful tower tombs are latest Islamic State targets for demolition in Syria's ancient desert city of Palmyra<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants have blown up three funerary towers in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, continuing a drawn-out …

Palmyra

Image of Drowned Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

Details emerge about 3-year-old from Syria who died off Turkish coast<p>His name was Aylan. He was 3 years old, from war-torn Syria.<p>His final journey was supposed to end in sanctuary in Europe; instead it claimed his life and highlighted the plight of desperate people caught in the gravest refugee …

World War II

8 Benefits To Having A Beard

Put down the razor.<p>Beards are not only crazy hot (hey, its science), they're actually good for you. So if someone ever brings up that one study that found feces particles in beards, you can counter with any of the following 8 facts:<p>1. A beard can protect your face from the sun's damaging rays.<p>"Men …

ISIS tried to silence him, but pianist won't stay quiet

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Shut up or I will throw you on top and burn you along with it!" barks a jihadi in black.<p>Aeham Ahmed is scared but unyielding. "What is wrong with having a piano?" he said.<p>The two stand for a moment, their eyes locked. A musician and his instrument. An ISIS terrorist and his AK.<p>Then the …

Iran bars Daniel Barenboim over Israeli citizenship

Famed conductor had planned to lead Berlin orchestra performance in Tehran but has been stopped from entering country<p>Iran has barred famed musician and conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the country because of his Israeli citizenship, thwarting his plan to lead a performance in Tehran, media …

Life’s a Beach House

Burrowing into the world of Baltimore’s beloved dream-pop duo<p>In a humid, third-floor space in a warehouse near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Alex Scally …

Oliver Sacks, eminent neurologist and Awakenings author, dies aged 82

Oliver Sacks, the eminent neurologist and writer garlanded as the “poet laureate of medicine”, has died at his home in New York City. He was 82.<p>The cause of death was cancer, Kate Edgar, his longtime personal assistant, told the New York Times, which had published an essay by Sacks in February …

KLM bans Ukrainian pianist from in-flight playlist after complaint over her political activism

Dutch airline KLM has removed tracks by a Ukrainian musician from its in-flight entertainment system after complaints from a passenger involved in a …

The Vatican is in damage-control mode after the Pope sent his blessings to a same-sex family

When Francesca Pardi sent Pope Francis her children’s book, <i>Why do you have two moms?</i> she probably wasn’t expecting a response.<p>In her letter, sent on June 19, Pardi expresses respect for Catholics and says many have treated her well, but also says that representatives of the church have been …

Judiciary

12-year-old boy trips in museum, breaks fall on 350-year-old painting worth $1.5 million

According to exhibition director Sun Chi-hsuan, the 350-year-old Paolo Porpora oil painting titled "Flowers" is valued at $1.5 million.<p>It will now undergo restoration in Italy.<p>Italian artist Porpora, best known for his baroque-style depictions of fruit and flowers, painted the 78-inch-tall canvas …

Residents of Ivory Coast’s largest city live in fear of pint-sized criminals

Ivory Coast taxi driver Mamadou Bamba had finished his shift and was walking home around midnight when a dozen children accosted him on the street and demanded his money. When he hesitated, the thieves pulled out small knives and stabbed him eight times before making off with fares totalling more …

Africa

Pentagon: China's man-made islands growing, now thousands of acres

China has built up and reclaimed even more land in the South China Sea than previously thought -- with an archipelago of man-made islands now spanning 2,900 acres, according to a new Pentagon report released Friday.<p>The size of China's artificial island territory in the disputed waters represents a …

Portugal's Spectacular Santa Justa Lift Takes Elevators Up A Level

It's the 'Eiffel Tower of Portugal.'<p>Most of us get around the usual, boring way: walking, driving, biking, busing or taking the subway. But for those who need to get around Lisbon, "The City of Seven Hills," it can be tricky (not to mention exhausting as hell) to navigate all those inclines.<p>Because …

Nicki Minaj wax figure removed from museum as fans repeatedly performed sex acts on it

The Nicki Minaj wax figure<p>By: Feng Qian<br>Madame Tussauds museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, was forced to remove the Nicki Minaj wax figure.<p>Nicki Minaj’s …

Masses of dead fish wash up near Tianjin blast site

The Chinese government has denied that the dead fish died from cyanide poisoning<p>Masses of dead fish have washed up on a riverbank near the Tianjin blast site where 3,000 tons of toxic chemical exploded last Wednesday in northern China.<p>A sea of dead fish washed up on a section of the Hai River on …

Music as stress reliever? Fine, but I like music that makes me stressed!

New research from the Royal College of Music definitively proves that performing and listening to music relieves stress, but experiencing stress and intensity is a vital part of much classical music<p>Most of us have known this for years, but it seems that research by the Royal College of Music’s …

Glenn Gould: The Rolling Stone Interview (Part One)

A couple of years before the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould retired from the concert stage at 32, he was scheduled to rehearse Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg …

15 Pieces of Classical Music That Showed Up in Looney Tunes

Bugs Bunny: smart aleck, dynamite enthusiast … Chopin fan? Sit the kids down for a <i>Looney Tunes</i> and <i>Merrie Melodies</i> marathon, and they’ll be humming …

Meryl Streep goes full rock star in 'Cold One' music video premiere

Meryl Streep is officially a rock star. She’s even got her own music video to prove it.<p>The Oscar-winning actress’ next role finds her as rock star …

Race and Gender Shape Views of Science in Surprising Ways

Data Points<p>A poll finds women tend to oppose genetically modified food and animal research, and African Americans are optimistic about population growth, regardless of political party.<p>If you’re a Republican and a fan of Sean Hannity, global warming is a scam. If you’re a Rachel Maddow-watching …