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How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

Creative Writing

George Orwell Creates a List of the Four Essential Reasons Writers Write

Everyone should learn to write well, I used to tell students in Composition classes, and I believed it. To write well, in a certain sense, is to …

The 17 Steamiest Movies Of 2017

Happy holidays! Before we can fully embrace the avalanche of pop culture 2018 has in store for us, we need to take a look back at the unrelenting …

19 Bathtubs Around the World With Breathtaking Views

You'll want to spend the entire day soaking in these incredible landscapes.<p>There are several things that can make or break a trip: airport …

Comcast changed its website and net neutrality fans may not like it

So it begins. The Federal Communications Commission voted on Dec. 14 to repeal the net neutrality rules that prevent US telecoms from blocking, slowing, or charging more for certain content. Those protections are gone. What’s left is an assurance that the Federal Trade Commission will enforce the …

Net Neutrality

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality

<b>There’s a revolution afoot,</b> and you will know it by the stripes.<p>Earlier this year, a group of Berkeley researchers released a pair of videos. In one, …

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

Artificial Intelligence

An AI god will emerge by 2042 and write its own bible. Will you worship it?

In the next 25 years, AI will evolve to the point where it will know more on an intellectual level than any human. In the next 50 or 100 years, an AI might know more than the entire population of the planet put together. At that point, there are serious questions to ask about whether this AI — …

Artificial Intelligence

Tom Petty, Rock Icon Who Led the Heartbreakers, Dead at 66

Singer suffered cardiac arrest and was taken off life support at hospital<p>Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the …

Music

Bitcoin is a fraud that will blow up, says JP Morgan boss

Jamie Dimon claims cryptocurrency is only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living in North Korea<p>Bitcoin is a fraud that will ultimately blow up, according to JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon, who said the digital currency was only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living …

Cryptocurrency

Artificial Intelligence Develops Its Own Language

"I know now why you cry."<p>We haven't quite reached the terrifying sci-fi hellscape described by the Terminator franchise, but researchers at Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence

'Salvation's' EmDrive: The Engine That Might Break Physical Laws

Last night (July 19) in the fictional television show "Salvation" on CBS, where an asteroid is on its way to slam into the Earth in six months, …

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

This Computer Language Is Feeding Hacker Values into Young Minds

<b>Last year,</b> I went to Nigeria with Mark Zuckerberg. One of the first stops on the trip was a program that taught kids how to code. When Zuckerberg …

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

Author: Cade Metz. Cade Metz Business<p>Date of Publication: 04.16.17.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the …

3 ways AI will change project management for the better

If you’ve read any tech media recently, then you’re probably hearing a lot about artificial intelligence (AI). Some people herald it as the promise of the future, while others are skeptical — even fearful — of its impacts on society, culture, and our workplaces.<p>As it turns out, the buzz around AI …

Project Management

27 Ways to Learn to Program Online

Whether you are looking to switch careers and become a full-time programmer, want to try to build a website or app on the side, or are just looking to round out your skill set, learning to code has certainly been something a lot of people have started to do lately. And while being a programmer …

Within the Next Decade, You Could Be Living in a Post-Smartphone World

The Way of the Beeper<p>One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines …

Augmented Reality

Google’s Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results

ASK THE GOOGLE search app “What is the fastest bird on Earth?,” and it will tell you.<p>“Peregrine falcon,” the phone says. “According to YouTube, the …

'Raw' Review: Cannibal Coming-of-Age Movie Is a Modern Horror Masterpiece

Intense French thriller on student with taste for human flesh is clever feminist parable – and a contender for best horror movie of the decade<p><i>It's</i> …

Meet the Next Superfood Flour Coming Straight from a Science Lab

Crystal ball (and a food scientist) says the most exciting thing in coffee's future is baked goods.<p>What if you could temper the crazy blood sugar spike you get from eating a chocolate chip muffin...with an ingredient baked into the muffin? And what if that ingredient was not only something totally …

Coffee

'4-D Printing' Technique Creates Objects That Change Over Time

While 3-D printers are versatile tools, the objects they create are largely static — but a new technique from Harvard's Wyss Institute, inspired by structures in plants, allows for creations that change their shape over time.<p>Instead of pushing out heated plastic, the printer head lays down …

Harvard

Stop Fighting Your Inner-Critic: The Biggest Obstacle Your Writing Faces is Yourself

There are three things I encounter daily that I hate:<p><b>Powdered Coffee Creamer:</b> This is a bane on modern day humanity.• <b><br>Terrible Drivers:</b> I firmly …

Inventor pitches detachable airplane cabin to save lives during crashes

The latest innovation in airplane safety might just be a detachable cabin, at least according to a Russian inventor who released his designs for the …

Low Gas Prices Expected To Continue In 2016

Gas prices are under $2 a gallon across much of the country. That's because crude oil has plummeted to the lowest price in nearly a decade.<p>The average U.S. household has saved an estimated $700 this year because of lower gas prices. And drivers can expect more savings in 2016.<p>Recently, Sharlene …

Oil & Gas Industry

How Fed rate hike affects housing, autos

The Federal Reserve's Wednesday hike in its benchmark short-term interest rate — combined with rate increases the next few years — is likely to ripple across the U.S. economy, nudging up rates on everything from mortgages to bank savings rates and corporate bonds. But Fed policymakers have stressed …

Economics

5 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Writing | Inc.com

I've been coaching a couple of clients to help them improve their writing, and one thing I'm noticing is how much trouble they have editing their own stuff. They work hard to create a first draft, but then have difficulty making that draft better. As one person told me, "I read what I've written, …

Creative Writing

White House taking a look at women and the military draft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is deliberating whether to propose Selective Service changes that would make women eligible for the military draft, …

Military

World’s toughest animal has tons of foreign DNA - Futurity

Scientists were shocked to find tons of foreign DNA in the genome of tardigrades, the only animal known to survive the extreme environment of outer …

Biology