Alyssa Hammen

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These Are What the Google Artificial Intelligence’s Dreams Look Like

Spoiler alert: they're as weird as electric sheep<p>Google's servers drive the much of the world's data, and apparently, they dream as well, according to a Google blog post by two Google software engineers and an intern.<p>Google’s artificial neural networks (ANNs) are stacked layers of artificial …

The 9 Coolest Train Station Restaurants

Grand Central Oyster Bar<p>Grand Central Oyster Bar is a New York City landmark. Opened in 1913 on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal, the oyster …

Trains

These Stunning Photos of New Zealand's Largest Gang Will Give You Sleepless Nights

New Zealand photographer Jono Rotman got unprecedented access to around 200 members of the Mongrel Mob. We asked how he did it.<p>In the 1960s, a gang of variously disaffected youth sprang up in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. They didn't ride bikes, but they quickly developed all the trimmings of an outlaw …

New Zealand

15 photos that capture Earth's turbulent drama and blissful serenity

The deadline is rapidly approaching for National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest with the first place contestant winning an eight day …

Nature

World's best benches: in pictures

Kevin Brady

‘Inside Out’ Star Phyllis Smith’s Journey From G-Stringed Dancer to ‘The Office’ and Pixar

Amy Poehler might dominate the ads for Pixar’s brilliant new film. But the real star of the movie is ‘Office’ alum Phyllis Smith, who plays, of all …

Animation

Dynamic Duos: How To Get More Nutrition By Pairing Foods

What are the makings of a great salad? You need fresh greens, of course, and then a layer of colorful vegetables like tomatoes and carrots.<p>That's a good start. But to help the body absorb more of the nutrients packed into this medley, you may want to add something else: a cooked egg.<p>A small study …

Nutrition

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Anthropology

Creative Artist's Instagram Feed Forms One Endless Work of Colorful Art

Artist Micah Milner has transformed his Instagram feed into a never-ending, continuous scroll of designs that revolve around pop culture. Rather than prompting you to click through to each individual image, Milner makes the overview of his portfolio the art itself. As you scroll through Milner's …

Modern Art

Bill Nye explains climate change in 90 seconds using only emoji

Bill Nye the Science Guy is back to explain climate change using a language everyone can understand — emoji. It's climatology emojified!<p>To put it …

Climate Change

Converse in 25 Collaborations

In 1921, American basketball player Chuck Taylor became a salesman, then ambassador for Converse, adding his name to the iconic sneakers launched in …

Shoes

Pictures of the Week 6.26.15

San Juan

10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

American pulp fiction first appeared on cheap, wood pulp paper. In the early 20th century, it lived in fiction magazines that cost no more than a …

Literature

12 Incredible American Mansions That Are Open to the Public

What used to be homes for the rich are now playgrounds for history lovers and architecture buffs.<p>What used to be homes for the rich are now playgrounds for history lovers and architecture buffs.<p>Miami, FL: Villa Vizcaya<p>Sleepy Hollow, NY: Kykuit<p>Hyde Park, NY: The Vanderbilt Mansion<p>Westbury, NY: Old …

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.<p>Maps are big these days. Blogs and news sites (including this one) frequently post maps and those maps often go viral—40 maps that explain the world, the favorite TV shows of each U.S. state, and so on. They’re all over Facebook, Twitter, and …

The Week in Review: Supreme Court Rules on Marriage Equality

Today, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in an historic 5-4 ruling. The decision was quickly celebrated by gay rights advocates across the country, as well as President Obama, who extended his congratulations and support in a phone call on live television.<p>Along with heads …

BET Awards Red Carpet Winners And Losers

Some celebs hit the mark, while other's missed completely.

Kendrick Lamar

A Wheatgrass Margarita for the Sanctimonious Lush

Wheatgrass! It’s an earthy addition to a smoothie, a swampy shot you take after spinning, a literal dose of living chlorophyll. At Dimes, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where crop tops meet for breakfast over acai bowls, it’s the star ingredient in their wheatgrass margarita, mixed up by cocktail …

Recipes

Yogurt-Chia Pudding

The ultimate do-ahead, portable power breakfast; it’s also great with fresh fruit.<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt<p>1½ tablespoon chia seeds<p>1 tablespoon agave syrup, plus more<p>Cocoa nibs, sunflower seeds, and/or toasted coconut (for serving)<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Mix yogurt, chia seeds, and agave …

Breakfast

YouTube Just Released the Most Beautiful Tribute to Marriage Equality

"My son is not an issue, he is a person. Just like you."<p>Today, YouTube released an emotional tribute in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage as well as LGBTQ pride month.<p>Over the last 10 years, YouTubewrote, "everyone from moms to presidents have uploaded videos in …

The World Shows Its Gay Pride: Pictures

Cincinnati

The best albums of 2015 so far

14 Women Artists Who've Changed The Way We Think About Design

Much like today, the design world of 1950s and '60s America buzzed with big names. Crack open a history book on the era and you'll find chapters devoted to them -- Buckminster Fuller, Frank Lloyd Wright, Isamu Noguchi, Donald Judd, Richard Serra. Except, unlike today, there was a discernible, if …

The original smartwatches: Casio's history of wild wrist designs

The Apple Watch has been out for over two months now, and other modern smartwatches well before that. It’s no longer the stuff of sci-fi to consider using your watch to play music, control your TV, or track your fitness. But these are all things that you’ve been able to do for a surprisingly long …

Watches

Why I Vote GIF

Up until now, we didn’t have much of a choice but to build our digital world around a keyboard-centric way of talking to each other.<p>To communicate with computers, keyboards are kick-ass; we’ve pretty much figured that out. But, to communicate with humans, keyboards … maybe they’re not so good. …

Mobile

The 10 Best New Cameras (and the Bags to Carry Them In)

Unless you are a professional photographer or a tourist on the trip of a lifetime, the idea of toting a camera around day-to-day might seem like a foolish waste of precious handbag space. But before you dismiss the freestanding camera as a museum piece, consider this: Not even the most up-to-date …

Cameras

See How One Artist Turns Fruits and Veggies Into Beautiful Junk Food

As kids, we were scolded for playing with our food more times than we can count. But our parents might have been more forgiving had our meals turned …

Junk Food

Crazy art installation puts an LED thunderstorm in a glass house

German artist Leigh Sachwitz displays a wildly interactive and immersive art piece that creates a raging storm inside the gallery.<p>Grab your virtual umbrellas and raincoats, as the forecast calls for a significant chance of thunderstorms in this art installation by German artist Leigh Sachwitz of …

Drums