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Google's AI Research Head Will Take Over Search

A new driver of the engine<p>Google searches might get a lot smarter than they already are.<p>Amit Singhal, Google's head of search, announced he will be retiring at the end of February, and will be replaced by John Giannandrea, the current head of Google's machine learning and artificial intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

Detroit-area officer gets 13 months in prison for assault

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area police officer whose bloody beating of a motorist was captured on dashcam video was sentenced to at least 13 months in …

Justice

Lifespan of mice extended by as much as 35 percent; no adverse effects found

Researchers have shown that senescent cells -- cells that no longer divide and accumulate with age -- negatively impact health and shorten lifespan …

Huawei has shipped an impressive 10 million P8 Lite smartphones since launch

Huawei has announced via a short press release that it has shipped more than 10 million P8 Lite units since it launched last Spring. More interestingly, the manufacturer states that the P8 Lite is its first ever smartphone to be more popular internationally that it is in China, showing that its …

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Solar Panel

And let the device recharge itself<p>Instead of searching for an outlet to keep your phone alive, what if all you needed was some sunshine? An MIT startup has created a transparent coating that transforms surfaces into solar panels.<p>The Trick<p>Typically solar panels soak up photons from the sun’s rays …

Clean Energy

Virginia Tech students bought supplies before stabbing girl, says prosecutor

Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, arranging a pre-dawn rendezvous online after buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, a prosecutor alleged Thursday.<p>Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt …

Martin Shkreli smirks at Congress and refuses to answer questions at drug price hearing

Martin Shkreli was subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this morning to discuss the astronomical drug price hikes he oversaw while running a pharmaceutical company, but while he showed up, the panel didn't manage to get a thing out of him. Shkreli …

Canonical's new Ubuntu tablet can also be your PC

Canonical still believes in convergence. The company that makes the open-source OS Ubuntu and tried to raise $32 million for a smartphone that can power a PC has announced its first ever tablet, promising that the device is just a keyboard and mouse away from a full desktop experience. Plug in …

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Employment

New Ubuntu tablet wants to replace your PC

Canonical’s Ubuntu OS perhaps isn’t the household name that iOS and Android are, but as each year passes, it inches closer to its dream of a fully converged platform – one that runs the same core code across all of its devices.<p>In part, it’s already achieved this with the launch of its latest BQ …

Mobile

iPod or LP? Surprising Ways Emerging Adults Think About Religion and Science

The Iowa caucuses apparently taught us that "religion" (a reasonably vague term) is significant in American politics. In my recent posts, I've been musing about American religious life and particularly how much less religious, and particularly committed to local congregations we are then it might …

Facebook is killing medical marijuana pages

Representatives of Breakwater Wellness and Treatment Center in Cranbury and Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center told NJ.com their pages had been shut down, and that when they attempted to log in they were greeted by the following message: "We remove any promotion or encouragement of …

Bill Cosby's big attempt to get his criminal case thrown out just failed

A former district attorney who did not bring sex-crime charges against Cosby a decade ago testified last week that a verbal agreement he made with the star prevented the current prosecutors from proceeding against him in the sexual assault case, The Associated Press reported at the time.<p>But Common …

It's ridiculously expensive to fly Air Force One

The FY15 cost per flying hour for Air Force One (VC-25A) includes "fuel, flight consumables, depot level repairables, aircraft overhaul, and engine overhaul," according to the letter from the Department of the Air Force Headquarters Air Mobility Command to Judicial Watch.<p>According to the National …

Space shuttle piggyback 747 unveiled | CNN Travel

(CNN) — It may sound impossible to some, but once upon a time, airplanes regularly took off and landed with 83-ton spaceships on their backs.<p>Someone has wisely decided to put one in a museum.<p>On Saturday, Space Center Houston in Texas unveils an exhibit featuring one of two powerful Boeing 747s that …

Space Exploration

The asteroid with a 625-1 chance of hitting the earth

The body known as '2011 AG5' might hit the Earth in 2040. But what else has the same kind of odds?<p>We need to talk. You'd better sit down. According to astronomers at the Mount Lemmon observatory in Arizona, there is an asteroid – they're calling it "2011 AG5" – whose current orbit gives it a one in …

In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All

In September, 2014, after investing in a ride-sharing company called Sidecar, Richard Branson declared that it was "early days and, like a lot of other commodity businesses, there is room for innovators on great customer experiences.” He added that he was not putting his money into a …

Appeals Court Judges Limit Reach Of Arizona Death Penalty Decision

A day after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision potentially upending dozens of Arizona death sentences, some of the judges who disagreed with Tuesday's decision limited its immediate effect.<p>WASHINGTON — A day after a federal appeals court decision appeared to signal the likely …

Judiciary

Sex-crime charge marks a turning point in the Bill Cosby saga

He was an entertainment legend, a trailblazing stand-up comedian and actor who won multiple Emmys and America's hearts. He became the first African-American to star in a television drama series and later played the part of a beloved doctor, in a show named after him.<p>When rumors of sexual misconduct …

Crime

Our brains can be fooled into healthier eating

Labelling and tax are not the only answers – we must be smarter if we are to tackle the obesity crisis<p>Our experience of being human starts with food. It’s central to the journey that our species took to get here. As we evolved, we began to use tools that were associated with food; either the …

Behavior

Finding, or not, a new particle could change the world. Here's one way how

What have we learned this year from particle collisions at a new, record-breaking energy at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider?<p>On 15th December the two biggest experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) reported on what has been learned this year from particle collisions at a new, record-breaking …

Physics

The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know today.<p><b>1. On Wednesday, Bill Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a first-degree felony.</b> The charge relates to a sexual assault alleged to have happened more than a decade ago.<p><b>2. While Brussels was in lockdown in the hunt for terrorist</b> …

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explains why it doesn't matter if only a handful of people have a Windows phone

He said the company would be doing a "disservice" to itself by measuring its success solely by market share. "If you think of this more like a graph," he said of how people use products, "these [devices] are all nodes. Sometimes the user will use all of these devices … sometimes they'll use only …

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Putting the big chill on cryotherapy

For about $40 and a few minutes, a person can get a dose of icy air in a chamber colder than Antarctica.<p>It’s called whole-body cryotherapy, and …

Muscle

Controversial Steve Jobs documentary airs on TV this weekend

If you haven’t suffered Steve Jobs overload already (and the disappointing box office results for Aaron Sorkin’s <i>Steve Jobs</i> suggests that many people have), Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s controversial feature-length Jobs documentary, <i>Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine</i>, debuts this Sunday on CNN.<p>The …

Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …