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New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Neural Networks

Even as machines known as “deep neural networks” have learned to converse, drive cars, beat video games and Go champions, dream, paint pictures and …

Deep Learning

The company that makes AK-47s just built a working hoverbike

Just don’t call it a ‘flying car’<p>The Russian company that makes the iconic AK-47 machine gun is branching out into rideables — specifically flying rideables. (Is that a thing?) Kalashnikov Concern — part of the Russian defense giant Rostec, which is named after AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov — …

This is why you shouldn’t use texts for two-factor authentication

Researchers show how to hijack a text message<p>For a long time, security experts have warned that text messages are vulnerable to hijacking — and this morning, they showed what it looks like in practice. A demonstration video posted by Positive Technologies (and first reported by <i>Forbes</i>) shows how …

6 Ways to Nix Gossiping at Work | Inc.com

Ideally, in your workplace people support one another, assume the best, and never speak disparagingly. If it's not always the case, there are specific things you can do to positively affect the environment where you spend the majority of your waking hours. That's according to Frank Calderoni, CEO …

Consciousness

Scientists Link ‘Cat Parasite' to Common Human Neurological Disorders

A new study shows that <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i>—a brain parasite often transmitted to humans by cats—triggers various changes in the human brain which …

Sitting All Day Is Definitely Bad, But Does Getting Up Once in a While Help?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that sitting for long periods of time is bad for us. But new research suggests it’s not just the total amount of time …

Your Superstar Employee Doesn't Fit the Company Culture--So Fire Them | Inc.com

What if you were faced with firing one of your top performers? Not because they weren't performing. Not because they broke a law. But because they were destroying your company's culture from the inside out.<p>Would you know it was the right decision, or would you or other people question your …

Leadership

Why Using Logic Alone To Persuade Others Will Fail Most Of The Time | Inc.com

No matter your level, the size of your company, the industry in which you work, or your role, you need to be able to persuade and influence people. Those that do it really well do so in a way that maintains and even builds solid relationships.<p>What works best? Logic? Emotion? Both?<p>It might depend on …

Psychology

New device can heal with a single touch, and even repair brain injuries

A new device developed at The Ohio State University can start healing organs in a "fraction of a second," researchers say.<p>The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), has the potential to save the lives of car crash victims and even deployed soldiers injured on site. It's a dime-sized …

Cell Biology

Scientists successfully used CRISPR to fix a mutation that causes disease. This is huge.

CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that’s revolutionizing science at a breathtaking pace.<p>One of its most exciting, taboo, and controversial applications is tweaking the genes of eggs, sperm, or early embryos to alter a human life. This could one day mean the ability tocreate smarter or more …

Genetics

The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

“MDZhB” has been broadcasting since 1982. No one knows why.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of …

Doorhandle

How to make a $7 cellphone sniffer

Please don’t use it for anything creepy<p>Tracking cellphone signals is much, much easier than you think. This demo from Danish IT pro Keld Normal uses a $7 USB device to snoop in on cell signals, essentially sniffing out any cellphones connected to a tower nearby.<p>There’s a lot of Ubuntu and Python …

The Extraordinary Reason Exceptional People Avoid Mediocre Friends (They Rewire Your Brain) | Inc.com

You're told entrepreneurs are loners, and that visionaries go it alone. To be successful, you've heard you must leave naysayers behind and surround yourself with others who think like you. Is there really any truth to this? What's the science behind why the right crowd can propel us ahead, while …

Entrepreneurship

Physicists Develop Method to Send Secure Messages Using Quantum Memory

A Quantum Future<p>In a rather remarkable demonstration, physicists from the University of Science and Technology of China and the Nanjing University of …

5 Mistakes Millennial Entrepreneurs Make With Money

I've seen too many startups die because the founders blew the money. Here's how your startup can avoid becoming the next victim.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Building a new company isn’t easy. Only a fraction of the startups founded each year survive for five years, …

How to Build a Business That's Ripe for Acquisition, According to a Former P&G Marketer

There’s an unusual story in the history of computer networking giant, Cisco, involving three engineers and $2.38 billion in acquisitions. Over the course of 10 years, these engineers repeatedly left the company to co-found three different startups. Each one received funding from Cisco and was …

Innovation

This app uses artificial intelligence to turn design mockups into source code

While traditionally it has been the task of front-end developers to transform the work of designers from raw graphical user interface mockups to actual source code, this trend might soon be a thing of the past – courtesy of artificial intelligence.<p>Copenhagen-based startup UIzard Technologies has …

This technology could unleash the self-driving revolution for older vehicles

Knowing how to talk to different OEM vehicles is half the battle.<p>Truly, we are living in the age of the software-defined vehicle. Beginning with …

Psychology shows it’s a big mistake to base our self-worth on our professional achievements

Contemporary society has some very wrong-headed ideas about what constitutes success. Popular thinking holds that a person who went to Harvard is smarter and better than someone who attended Ohio State; that a father who stays at home with his kids is contributing less to society than a man who …

Kickstarter has a plan to free products from manufacturing limbo

No, it's not making gadgets itself.<p>If you have ever bought into a Kickstarter campaign and waited for what may have felt like forever to get what you paid for, you're among the millions of victims of the dreaded “manufacturing complications.” I recently received the Gnarbox hard drive I backed in …

Einstein's biggest blunder turned out to explain one of the greatest scientific revelations of the 20th century

Brian Greene, Columbia University physicist and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains how today's physicists and mathematicians use an Einsteinian formula to explain the universe that Einstein himself originally thought was false.<p>You can learn more fascinating science at this year's …

Andrea Petersen's New Book Gives Anxiety Sufferers Something to Hold Up

<i>On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety</i> starts with the worst: our protagonist is 20 years old, and she thinks she is dying. For those who have had a …

‘There has never been a better time to raise money’

There's one ingredient that every startup and small business needs almost without exception: capital. But getting access to the funding you need, whether to make sure your new venture sees the light of day or to fuel next-stage growth, can be tough.<p>"Fundraising is a bloody nightmare," said Sarah …

8 things that set truly confident people apart

Successful people often exude confidence — it’s obvious that they believe in themselves and what they’re doing. It isn’t their success that makes …

VCs see fertile ground in agtech

Agriculture startups that raised seed rounds in recent years are blossoming into businesses sought after by later-stage investors.<p>Investment in the agtech space is up sharply this year, driven by a spike of rounds at Series B and later stages, according to Crunchbase data. Altogether, agtech …

How to find investors for early stage startups

How do you find an investor for your startup? Should you look for business angels, friends, accelerators, public funds, venture capital or banks to finance your company? This is an introduction to startup funding, with a focus on how to get business angels on board, including a case study from a …

Venture Capital

Would You Edit Your Babies’ Genes to Keep Them Healthy?

Two week ago, I asked readers, “Will Editing Your Baby’s Genes Be Mandatory?” That is to say, parents are sometimes charged with crimes when religious beliefs cause them to deny their child lifesaving antibiotics, or an appendectomy, or a blood transfusion. In the future, if and when editing a …

Genetics

NASA's new "space fabric"

This is NASA's new "space fabric" in development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.<p>The metal textile is 3D printed in one piece yet can be easily …

Newly discovered 'super-Earth' may be the 'most exciting exoplanet'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the last year, researchers have found nearby exoplanets that could potentially support life, like Proxima b and the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets. Now, a "super-Earth" has been found 39 light-years away, according to new research in the journal Nature.<p>Researchers believe it may be one of …

Science Says Parents of Successful Kids Have These 13 Things in Common

How do you measure up?<p>Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things as adults.<p>And while …