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Microsoft is using Excel as a gateway drug to AI

We all interact with artificial intelligence every day: It builds our Google searches, our Facebook feeds, and predicts the next word we’ll type. In this way we’re consumers of AI, rather than using it ourselves.<p>But many of us use Excel. In an attempt to make it easier to work with machine learning …

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Killing cancer by clogging its garbage disposal system

Beating cancer in all its forms isn't likely to come from a single "eureka!" moment, but numerous little advances and new techniques that add up to …

Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than …

Return of the White Death: TB could make our progressive, innovation-driven world unsustainable

The emergence of antibiotic resistant TB can kick off a public health emergency that we are not equipped to handle.<p>We live in a world where …

Circadian rhythms and the microbiome: Disrupting daily routine of gut microbes can be bad news for whole body

<b>(Getty/azgAr Donmaz)</b><p>This offers one pathway to explain a Pandora’s box of possible adverse health effects from aspects of modern life<p>Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens<p>December 25, 2016 12:30am (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>We’ve known that bacteria …

Medical Research

8 OTHER Household Uses for Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is a staple in most households, and you already know it can be a huge help in the kitchen—you probably use it all the time when you're …

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

The World's First Solar Road Opens in France

The world’s first road made of solar panels opened Thursday in a small town in Normandy, French officials said.<p>The French Ministry of the Environment …

This $300 Device Lets You Steal A Mac Encryption Password in 30 Seconds

If you’re worried about someone messing with your Mac when it’s unattended, patch!<p>If you're paranoid, and you know what hackers can do when they can get their hands on your computer even for just a few moments, you probably already know that you shouldn't leave your laptop unattended.<p>Now, if you're …

47 Insanely Clever Storage Ideas For Your Whole House

Your mother-in-law will be totally impressed.

Science Hasn't Figured Out How to Build the Perfect City Yet

And that's a problem, according to British physicist Laurie Winkless.<p>In the next quarter century, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in …

How will driverless cars make life or death choices? Google exec admits he doesn't know

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I think of morality as a feather that shifts in the wind and occasionally brushes your face delightfully as it falls to earth.<p>I'm still perturbed, however, whether technology has a fine grasp of it. Or …

Economist says uploaded brains will take over all jobs within 100 years

Robin Hanson predicts in "The Age of Em" that we'll develop cheap technology for emulating brains on computers in the next 100 years.<p>He expects emulations, or ems, to be like human brains but able to run 1,000 times faster and be copied. He predicts they will quickly put every human out of work and …

Get Ready for the iPhone 7 'Powder Keg' and 'Super Cycle'

If you think this could be a bad year for Apple and the iPhone, you’re not seeing the bigger picture, an analyst at Cowen & Co. says.<p>In a research …

Three Scientifically Proven Steps For Talking With Strangers

Behavioral scientists have found that strangers are more open to small talk than you might think.<p>Want to be better at small talk? Of course you do–or you will the next time you find yourself at a dinner party, business meeting, or networking event. You can practice the “art” of small talk, or you …

Facebook's director of product design on why websites may be a dying business

It feels like we were facing the end of print only years ago, but the time may be ripe to begin lamenting the end of the website.<p>After the dominance …

Snappy dresser: Model poses for underwater fashion shoot with sharks, in pictures

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How The Language You Speak Changes Your View Of The World

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

Language Learning

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Here’s the Full Transcript of TIME’s Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with TIME’s Nancy Gibbs and Lev Grossman on March 10 to discuss his company’s rapidly escalating fight with the FBI over …

Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …

The Interesting Link Between Your Height, Your DNA, and Who You Find Attractive

<i>By Korin Miller, Glamour</i><p>Photo: CN Digital Archive<p>Your genes determine a host of things that make you, well, <i>you</i>. Your hair color, sex, eye color, and much more are all coded into your DNA.<p>But scientists have recently discovered that two seemingly unrelated genes--the ones that control your height …

Community Health

A researcher may have found a way to treat sleep-paralysis, the terrifying experience of waking up unable to move

Annalia first heard the creature slip into her bedroom when she was six years old. It — whatever <i>it</i> was — jumped onto her sleeping body, stifling her movement and speech with its weight. She awoke frightened, seeking an explanation.<p>Everyone in Abruzzo, a small city in southeastern Italy, told said …

The biological wonders of this miniature marvel could jump-start an agricultural revolution that saves the world from drought-ridden starvation

These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100 percent water loss, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionising radiation, and the vacuum of outer space.<p>Scientists have discovered that to …

Protein

Airstrip and IBM aim to rebuild the world of medicine

Imagine you’re waiting to see your doctor for an annual checkup. Instead of leafing through a months-old copy of People Magazine in a stale waiting room for 30 minutes (despite arriving ten minutes early), you’re sitting on your couch at home perhaps finishing up some last minute work. You pick up …

World’s Best Islands for Food 2015

“This is a foodie paradise and beach paradise rolled into one,” observed one voter in our WBA survey. The small British isle has a prolific food …

AliveCor Apple Watch ECG Heart Monitoring Band Announced

When Apple announced the Apple Watch late last year, one of the possible applications for the wearable was as not just a fitness device, but as a …

Discoverers of Shape-Shifting Particles Win the Nobel Physics Prize

Finding some of nature’s weirdest particles has won two experimenters the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. Japanese scientist Takaaki Kajita and Canadian …