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Afghan forces struggle as ranks thinned by 'ghost' soldiers

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces are struggling to man the front lines against a resurgent Taliban, in part because of untold numbers of …

Razer's gaming Ultrabook lets you bring your own video card

The Razer Blade Stealth has an optional dock that transforms it from an ultraportable laptop to a gaming monster.<p>If you're a gamer, you don't have it easy when buying laptops: You may want a sleek, lightweight Ultrabook when you're traveling, but you also want the big, powerful desktop replacement …

Laptops

The Japanese Professor Who's Spent Three Decades Perfecting a Human Avatar

Susumu Tachi feels like the moment for telexistence has finally come.<p>When Susumu Tachi made his first prototype telexistence machine in 1981, he was amazed at what he saw. As he peered through the contraption, he glimpsed another version of himself from behind, looking through the very same …

Ending Canada Post’s death march | The Star

<i>“We will stop Stephen Harper’s plan to end door-to-door mail delivery in Canada and undertake a new review of Canada Post, to make sure it provides</i> …

Why 2015 Was a Breakthrough Year in Artificial Intelligence

After a half-decade of quiet breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, 2015 has been a landmark year. Computers are smarter and learning faster than …

Japanese bullet trains could be serving India’s biggest city by 2023

Mumbai and Ahmedabad are both fast-growing cities. Getting between the two by rail? Not especially fast. Covering a little over 500 kilometers (310 miles) on India’s western side, the trip currently takes about eight hours and involves rickety trains.<p>But by 2023, it could take about two hours and …

ISIS loses ground: Iraq military recaptures neighborhood outside Ramadi

Iraqi troops on Tuesday retook a neighborhood on the outskirts of Ramadi, a provincial capital west of Baghdad that was captured by the Islamic State group earlier this year, officials told The Associated Press.<p>The retaking of the area comes just over a week after Iraqi forces announced the capture …

Smartphones to die out 'within five years', says new study

According to a new study of 100,000 consumers, mobile technology is expected to be replaced by artificial intelligence<p>Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson.<p>The company's ConsumerLab …

Secrets, Spies and Sacrifice: 11 Captivating Novels About World War II

By Chris Delaney | Off the Shelf<p>There are many sides in a war -- and many stories to tell. From the French countryside to Leningrad, from Tokyo to the home front, these novels provide a kaleidoscopic view of World War II. As we remember the terrible events of December 7, 1941, these eleven novels …

First 'Dragon Ball Super' TV Series Footage Released

As Dragon Ball Super starts its run on Japanese TV this July, we’ve now had our first taste of what the series will look like in the form of a new teaser trailer.<p>Set after the end of the Majin Buu saga and before the start of the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament the story of Super will cover Goku …

One step closer to artificial intelligence: Scientists create cells replicating human brain processes

Australian scientists have for the first time developed an electronic long-term memory cell that mimics the work of a human brain. Researchers say …

Islam Could Become the World's Largest Religion After 2070

Decades from now, Christians and Muslims may account for two-thirds of the global population—suggesting that not all societies are becoming more secular.<p>Who can predict what the world will look like in 55 years? If there's one group willing to go boldly forth into the statistical unknown, it's …

Pew Research Center

NASA officially backs mission to explore Europa

Another celestial body has been added to NASA's bucket list with the space agency officially asking the US Congress for US$30 million for the first …

Hipster jihadis, cheesecake and miscarriages: Life inside Isil for Western women

Around 550 Western women are thought to have joined Islamic State, according to a startling new study that reveals their bizarre existence. Radhika Sanghani reports<p>“Oreo cheesecake a la @OumMujahid93 and me,” writes a young woman on Twitter. It’s the sort of thing you find all over social media – …

If Frodo & Sam Had Google Maps Of Middle Earth

<i>Created by Mark Crosby, found via reddit</i><p>If Sam and Frodo had had this Google Map of Middle Earth, their journey would likely have been a lot easier …

Google Maps

The ISIS Prisoner: A Month in Captivity in the Islamic State

News<p>It All Began with a Phone Call<p>It was summer, and exams had just finished. The young man was on break. The voice on the other end of the line was familiar — a classmate from his medical school in Denmark. But the woman was panicked, and what she said jolted the young man. "If… you’re my friend,” …

Humanity is ending its Goldlilocks geological era

In the space of one lifetime, human interference is bringing the conditions of the Holocene - the only ones in which we know we can flourish - to an end, writes Geoffrey Lean<p>It has been a Goldilocks geological era. The last 11,700 years have not been too hot, or too cold, too wet or too dry and …

10 New Rules of Lean Eating

Our expert nutritionist shares his advice for melting fat faster—and easier—than ever

Ancient miniature solar system hints at existence of alien life

A miniature version of solar system with planets like Earth existed 11 billion years ago and could have held ancient life, say scientists<p>A miniature solar system with five Earth-sized planets existed 11 billion years ago, at the dawn of the universe, scientists have discovered.<p>The planets clustered …

Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality

How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?<p>A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.<p>Bobby, as her friends called her (theirs is a generation of nicknames), was a farmer’s …

North Korea And Russia Are Undermining America's 'Weaponization Of Finance' Plan

Russia's Ministry for the Development of the Far East recently announced that Russian businesses doing trade through North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank can make payments in rubles.<p>And last October the ministry announced that Russia was looking to expand economic exchanges with the hermit nation, …

10 Of Our Favorite Limited Edition Consoles And Handhelds

Limited edition madness has hit the game industry yet again. This time, Nintendo is causing a fuss among gamers with the sought-after Majora’s Mask …

Retrogaming

Xbox Boss Ponders HoloLens' Potential on Console and PC

Phil Spencer, the director of Microsoft's Xbox division, says his team is thinking hard about the creative and commercial possibilities of supporting HoloLens on Xbox One.<p>On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled its radical concept for rich augmented reality glasses, called HoloLens, which can render …

Virtual Reality

Russia pulls out of two-decade deal to co-operate with U.S. on safeguarding its nuclear stockpile

Russia has ended two decades of co-operation with America designed to safeguard the Kremlin’s nuclear sites and protect the world’s biggest stockpile …

We’re About To Visit A Tiny Planet In The Asteroid Belt For The First Time

The Dawn spacecraft arrives at Ceres this March, and it could be the most surprising space mission in decades<p>While the world awaits the first visit to Pluto this July, another space mission will reach a strange world much closer to home. And months sooner.<p>A small robot named Dawn is nearing the end …

Kremlin hard-liner: Russians would 'rather starve' than surrender Putin to Western aggressors

Russia's deputy prime minister, speaking at the World Economic Forum, says that his country's dispute with the US and Europe goes far beyond issues over Ukraine<p>The Russian people will endure any hardship to defend President Vladimir Putin against aggression by the West even if they don't have …

Scientists take first step towards Star Trek transporter

German engineers create a machine which can scan an object, destroying it in the process, then transmit it over the internet and recreate it anywhere in the world using a 3D printer. Could it be the first prototype of a teleportation machine?<p>German engineers have created a machine which can take a …

Could a robot write a novel?

It sounds like a science-fiction fantasy: researchers are using artificial intelligence to produce novels and short stories. But are they any good? Hephzibah Anderson finds out.<p>Artificial intelligence has long fascinated sci-fi and fantasy writers. Arthur C Clarke, William Gibson, Iain M Banks – …

Artificial Intelligence

Text-Only Video Games Don’t Need Graphics to Be Beautiful, Innovative, and Complex. Hadean Lands Proves It.

The best video game I played last year is a science-fiction thriller about alchemy, and it has no graphics or sound effects. With little more than …

Interactive Fiction