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Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

Can you hear these silent GIFs? You may have a new form of synesthesia.

Scientists are starting to figure out why these GIFs are so damn loud.<p>Can you “hear” visual motion? If so, you’re hardly alone. There’s a huge Reddit community of 114,000-plus people who post and discuss silent videos that have the illusion of making noise.<p>And now a new study in the journal …

Urban dwellers will like the sound of these noise-canceling windows

One of the joys of living in the countryside must surely be pushing open the windows each morning to allow the soothing sounds of birdsong to float …

“He’s Never Been Happier”: Inside the Red-Pilling of Kanye West

The new right’s message of radical self-reliance and rejection of identity politics could be appealing to a certain brand of self-made superstar—and nobody has had their eyes opened as wide as Kanye West. “It’s not, ‘Oh, Kanye is [saying] socialism sucks. Kanye is realizing Democrats are the real …

How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There - WSJ

HAMILTON, Ohio—Jobs at the paper mills and safe manufacturers on this stretch of the Great Miami River mostly dried up by the early 2000s, leaving behind closed factories and an abandoned downtown.<p>Today, a spruced-up waterfront, loft apartments and help-wanted signs give the appearance of economic …

Wall Street

Ecoanxiety is now a thing — and it’s ruining your sex life

An Earth Day dating survey finds trashing the planet is a deal-breaker for most singles.<p>Here’s one way to trash your sex life.<p>Littering is the …

How Sky Diving Cured My Depression

The door swung open 13,000 feet above the Arabian Peninsula, and I was sure this was the worst decision I had made in my entire life. Hindsight has since proven the opposite, but in the moment I recall my uneasiness multiplying as I noticed how calm everyone else in the plane seemed, looking almost …

Skydiving

Lessons From Europe's Densest Neighborhoods

Examine the densest areas in each country and you’ll find some striking trends: Many were built in the same era for the same reasons, but their current popularity is a far cry from where they began.<p>In the sprawl of a contemporary North American city, it can be tempting to envy urban Europe for its …

Urbanism

From pranks to nuclear sabotage, this is the history of malware

Since the dawn of modern computing, software has been as capable as the programmers who created it. Their intentions became its capabilities, and …

Toys R Us founder dies days after chain announced it will shut down

Charles P. Lazarus, the World War II veteran who founded Toys R Us six decades ago and transformed it into an iconic piece of Americana, died Thursday at age 94, a week after the chain announced it will shut down its stores across the United States.<p>Toys R Us confirmed Lazarus' death.<p>"There have …

Toys "R" Us

Video shows cops confront Costco thieves

Police received a tip about a shoplifting in progress at a Seattle Costco, and after waiting outside for the thieves to exit, cameras captured the cops busting the suspects.

Package explodes in San Antonio, then Austin police respond to reports of another incident

<b>(CNN) —</b> Austin, Texas has been on edge after a string of package bomb explosions -- but a possible blast reported Tuesday night turned out to be unrelated, police say.<p>The latest incident turned out to be a Goodwill worker who was injured by simulated military ordnance in a donation box.<p>The worker's …

What to Do If You're Caught in the Path of an Avalanche

You might understandably have the urge to panic, but it's of the utmost importance that you don't, <i>Mental Floss</i> notes. If you panic, your breath will …

Carbon Dioxide

White House officials alarmed at education secretary's '60 Minutes' performance

<b>(CNN) —</b> White House officials were alarmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' struggle to answer basic questions about the nation's schools and failure to defend the administration's newly proposed school safety measures during a tour of television interviews Sunday and Monday, according to two …

Donald Trump

The US military could begin drafting 40-year-old hackers

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service has begun seeking feedback on a host of possible changes to the way it could one day draft young men and women for military service. Currently, the “selective service requirements” preclude certain men and women, specifically those …

13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence

Wonder what emotional intelligence looks like in everyday life? Here are 13 examples.<p>In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing most of the world to the nascent concept of emotional intelligence. The idea--that an ability to understand and manage …

Emotional Intelligence

Is the Theory Behind Orangetheory Fitness Flawed?

Heartrate-based workouts are nothing new but there is a new gym chain in town that claims to have cracked the code. So I did some undercover …

7 Reasons You *Need* to Be Doing Deadlifts

Deadlifts legit changed my workout routine. I'd spent years developing my skills as a cardio bunny, but after watching a YouTube video about how …

Not the end of The World: the return of Dubai's ultimate folly

Underwater bedrooms, ‘Lohan Island’ and snow all year round – a decade after it was scuppered by the financial crash, the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial ‘countries’ is back in business. Has anybody learned anything?<p>I had the whole of Palestine to myself that day. It was only a short swim …

This Is the Worst Roommate Story You’ll Ever Read

<b>Alex Miller’s spare room</b> had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end …

‘We have to harden our schools’: Trump makes arming teachers his top safety goal

By John Wagner<p>, Reporter<p>Jenna Johnson<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump aligned ­himself with gun rights advocates on Thursday, signaling that his top priority would be arming hundreds of thousands of teachers across the nation in response to last week’s deadly school shooting in South Florida.<p>On Twitter …

Guns

Spice: Why some of us like it hot

Spicy food is about more than pleasurable pain. BBC Future investigates why we can’t say no to spice.<p>Human beings around the world delight in fiery foods. Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian – the cuisines that can take the roof off your mouth are numerous and flavourful.<p>Ranking the world's …

Spices

The Evolution of the American Tank

From the trenches of France to the desert of Afghanistan, tanks have been the U.S. Army’s armored spearhead for a century.<p>Evolved from slow, lumbering, and malfunctioning origins, the modern Main Battle Tank can cross long distances rapidly and engage targets at ranges unimaginable to soldiers and …

The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer — And Better

Old age demands to be taken very seriously–and it usually gets its way. It’s hard to be cavalier about a time of life defined by loss of vigor, …

The case for optimism

The world is better than ever before. And Harvard’s Steven Pinker can prove it.<p>It’s easy to look around and conclude that everything is horrible, that the world is getting less safe and more chaotic.<p>Steven Pinker, a Harvard psychologist and author of <i>Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science,</i> …

How Virtual Reality Affects Actual Reality

Book Talk<p>The technology helps quarterbacks learn plays, first responders recover from PTSD, and everyone get a grip on climate change.<p>Since tech wizard Jaron Lanier made virtual reality popular in the 1990s, many claims have been made about its transformative power. Most of these have proved to be …

Virtual Reality

The best ways to counter the negative effects of aging and live a long time — starting right now

The keys to a long and healthy life are right in front of you.<p>Instead of expensive face creams, a cache of vitamins and supplements, or a hard-to-follow diet, all you need are some research-backed tools to help you stay healthy as you age and fight cognitive decline.<p>These solutions involve simple …

Aging

5 incredible ways to use your smartphone's camera you never knew until now

Unless you’re a serious photographer, you probably don’t carry a digital camera anymore. There’s no need: A typical smartphone comes with at least one camera, and lenses are sharper and more dynamic than ever. Even pro photojournalists often turn to their Samsung Galaxy, and entire feature films …

Cape Town: What It's Like to Live Through Water Crisis

Capetonians collect water from the Kalk Bay spring on Feb. 1; at some springs, waits can drag on for hours. Mikhael Subotzky and Johnny Miller for …

We Locked Four Experts in a Room Until They Solved Immigration

Your move, Congress.<p>It’s a problem that has eluded top statesmen for nearly two decades: what to do with the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors—children who grew up in the U.S. going to American schools, living in American cities and towns and otherwise living more or …

Immigration