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John Oliver tackles online harassment, and how little law enforcement will help women

John Oliver does a pretty good job of taking often complex subjects and boiling them down to easily digestible explanations of what's going on. What you're left with is an often over-simplified look at a complex topic, but a good way to get up to speed when you learn more.<p>And last night's 16-minute …

You won’t believe what the smarter robot is reading these days…

AI techies have discovered that the distinctive structure of the Mail Online is ideal for teaching machines intuitive language skills. Should we be worried?<p>I never thought I’d find myself writing this, but the <i>Daily Mail</i> has finally done something useful for society. Mind you, it’s done it …

Game of chances: inheritance is a question of probability, not destiny

We must get over the idea that genes determine – in all but a handful of cases, they simply create minuscule changes in the odds<p>His nickname was “the Hexed”, and his curse left him childless – probably sterile – along with a suite of disabilities so profound that no single disease can be …

How email became the most reviled communication experience ever

<i>By John Pavlus</i><p>It wasn't until I heard that a colleague had nuked his personal email account—on purpose, for good—that it hit me: <i>Email is the most reviled personal technology ever.</i> Mat Honan, the San Francisco bureau chief at <i>BuzzFeed</i>, was so fed up with email that he did the 21st-century equivalent …

10 reasons to start using Google Photos

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YouTube Gaming to capitalise on PewDiePie, Minecraft and live videos

New spin-off will launch in the summer as a site and app, gathering YouTube games videos in one place, and taking on Amazon’s Twitch<p>YouTube is launching YouTube Gaming, a new spin-off app and website for gamers that will make its debut in the summer, initially in the US and UK.<p>It will seek to …

Facebook will favor posts in News Feed based on time friends spend looking at them

Facebook is about to get a much better idea of what you do and don't like in your News Feed — even if you don't click the like button. The company is about to start measuring how long you look posts, photos, and comments in your feed. The thinking is, if you linger on a status update and read a …

Russian man to undergo world's first full head transplant

Mr Spiridinov, from Russia, suffers from Werdnig Hoffman disease, a muscle wasting condition that seriously diminishes his physical capabilities and left him dependent on a wheelchair.<p>Now he has announced his intention to become the world’s first subject of a full head transplant, so that his brain …

Google self-driving car gets rear-ended in 13th accident since 2009

1.8 million miles later, turns out Google self-driving cars seem pretty safe.<p>Google has sustained its 13th car accident since it began testing …

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376 of the best one-liners on the internet

<b>One one-liner a day keeps the doctor away…so, here is a shortlist of the best one-liners you can find on the internet today. Have fun!</b><p>1. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.<p>2. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to …

Weekend Reading: A History of Tickling; A Study in Oversharing

One of the strangest and most enjoyable things that I’ve read this week is Aaron Schuster’s “A Philosophy of Tickling,” which appeared in the summer issue of <i>Cabinet</i> magazine. This inquiry into the weirdness of tickling as a physiological phenomenon and social interaction is scholarly, but written …

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked …

Dawn of a revolution

<i>Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who attended Harvard, returns to campus this weekend for a question-and-answer session as part of the launch of The</i> …

Edward Snowden 'living incognito in Russia'

Edward Snowden is living under guard at a secret location in Russia, but is able to travel around the country freely without being recognised, according to the Russian lawyer of the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor.<p>"We believe the danger remains quite high and, as I see it, it is …

Expedia And Zillow Founder Rich Barton Wants To Fund ‘Power To The People’ Startups

Rich Barton may still be best known for his role as a founder at pioneering web properties such as Expedia and Zillow, but in recent years he has emerged as an investor in some really interesting startups, from mobile-only hotel booking app HotelTonight to neighborhood-focused social network …

Mechanical Keyboards: BlackWidow, Osmium, G710+

Today we review three of the most popular mechanical keyboards around: the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium, Logitech G710+, and Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013. …

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The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

Author: James Bamford. James Bamford Security<p>Date of Publication: 03.15.12.<p>Time of Publication: 7:24 pm. 7:24 pm<p><b>The spring air in the small</b>, …

Safeguards keeping the NSA from spying on Americans were removed by the Obama administration

According to a new report from <i>The Washington Post</i>, President Obama's administration sought to relax restrictions on National Security Agency surveillance in 2011, winning permission from a surveillance court to deliberately search for the intercepted phone calls and emails of citizens without a …

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Julian Assange hasn’t set foot outside Ecuador’s London embassy in more than a year—avoiding extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault. But physical confinement seems only to enhance his reach. The WikiLeaks founder has video-addressed the U.N., launched a Senate campaign …

Hands-on with HP's Recline 27 all-in-one, whose touchscreen sits close to your lap

We admittedly didn't initially get the point of HP's new "Recline" family of all-in-ones. Sure, we understood the <i>concept</i> well enough; these machines use a patent-pending hinge allowing the touchscreen to hang off the table, close to your lap. But we couldn't understand why HP would opt for such a …

Home 3D printers take us on a maddening journey into another dimension

Testing a Printrbot and a Makerbot leads to heartache, annoyance, and problems.<p>This started off as a review of the Printrbot Simple, a low-cost 3D …

The decline of serial killers and rise of the sharing economy

The booming market for peer-to-peer business is a reflection of Americans' renewed faith in strangers<p>In San Francisco and Los Angeles, fleets of amateur taxi drivers have taken to the streets, using services like Lyft and Sidecar to find fares, ferrying total strangers around to earn extra cash. In …

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Why Do Stars Twinkle?

Stars appear to twinkle, planets don’t. Here's why.<p>Did you know you can distinguish between stars and planets in the sky?<p>Stars twinkle, planets don't.<p>Okay, that's not actually correct. The stars, planets, even the sun and moon twinkle, all in varying amounts. Anything outside the atmosphere is …

Can 'Brain Freeze' Cause Long-Term Brain Damage?

And is it already too late?!<p>We've all sucked down a milkshake so quickly that it causes a sudden headache—the dreaded brain freeze. But . . . milkshake. Tasty. Must. Drink. Could chugging the rest of that shake cause lasting brain damage?<p>First, let's get one thing straight. "This condition is …

Language learning heats up: Voxy gets $8.5M to help the world learn English

These are interesting times for language learning startups. In the past few months, several companies in the space have been acquired or raised …

FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI employs a number of high-tech hacker tactics in its efforts to round up information on suspects, including the ability to remotely activate microphones on Android devices and notebook computers, according to one of its sources who is described as a …

Slow Ideas

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?<p>Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics, both of which were discovered in the nineteenth century. The first public demonstration …

Why Are Some People So Smart? The Answer Could Spawn a Generation of Superbabies

Zhao Bowen is late for a Satanic heavy metal concert. After haggling the doorman down to half price, he pushes into a Beijing bar with a ceiling low …

98% of murders in Mexico last year went unsolved

The capture of Mexican drug lord Miguel Angel Treviño Morales earlier this week has brought Mexico’s crime scene into the limelight, but its criminal justice system is perhaps what most deserves scrutiny.<p>Some 27,500 people were murdered in Mexico last year. That’s more than Colombia and …