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Nearly 40% of Americans say they've lost faith in American democracy

At the South by Southwest festival today, I'm moderating a panel on "Reforming the Vote." Jon Cohen of SurveyMonkey, a great Axios partner, tees up …

Voter Fraud

Google says Bristlecone chip could ignite quantum computing

Google's quantum computing effort takes a big step forward, and the company thinks a prototype could outdo conventional machines in some tasks.<p>Google has a quantum computer chip, called Bristlecone, and the company thinks it'll outdo the classical computers using today's silicon processor …

Quantum Computing

China’s great leap forward in science

Chinese investment is paying off with serious advances in biotech, computing and space. Are they edging ahead of the west?<p>I first met Xiaogang Peng in the summer of 1992 at Jilin University in Changchun, in the remote north-east of China, where he was a postgraduate student in the department of …

China

Lottery scam mastermind Eddie Tipton rigged more drawing dates than first thought, new records show

CLOSE<p>Eddie Tipton apologizes for his role in an Iowa Lottery scam before being sentenced to 25 years in prison.<p>The computer program that a former …

Solo: Iron Man Director's Alien Character Revealed

Jon Favreau's role in Solo: A Star Wars Story has been revealed.<p>As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the Iron Man director will voice the new alien …

Microsoft’s CEO on the Power of Being a Learn-It-All | Heleo

“The person who has less, but is a learn-it-all, will ultimately [become] better.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>What his son’s cerebral palsy taught Satya</i> …

Oxfam was told of aid workers raping and sexually exploiting children in Haiti a decade ago

Aid agencies including Oxfam were warned that aid workers were sexually abusing children in Haiti a decade ago, The Independent can reveal.<p>Children as young as six were being coerced into sex in exchange for food and necessities, according to a damning report by Save the Children, which called for …

Ivory Coast

Chinese police are wearing sunglasses that can recognize faces

In the <i>Matrix</i> series, Keanu Reeves wears futuristic sunglasses to look cool when fighting against machines. But in China, police are now wearing sunglasses equipped with facial-recognition technology to catch criminal suspects.<p>Railway police in Zhengzhou, a central Chinese city, are the first in the …

Wrongfully convicted man says Chicago cops called him a 'lying-assed n-----’

Nevest Coleman had never been arrested, until he landed in an interrogation room filled with detectives investigating the 1994 rape and murder of …

Researchers who made praying mantises wear glasses discover a new type of vision

Praying mantises do not perceive the world as you and I do. For starters, they're not very brainy — they're insects. A human brain has 85 billion neurons; insects such as mantises have fewer than a million. But mantises, despite their neuronal drought, have devised a way to see in three …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Five major psychiatric disorders have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …

The Brain

The Weird Quantum Property of 'Spin'

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman</i> …

2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice died of cirrhosis of the liver.

Christopher Wong Won, popularly known by his stage name Fresh Kid Ice, died of cirrhosis of the liver, according to <i>TMZ</i>.<p>The 2 Live Crew founder died …

Researchers reveal how poker playing AI beat the best human players

AI developers have explained how the Libratus artificial intelligence came out on top in Texas Hold'em.<p>Mastering your facial expressions, learning …

Human Rights

New Evidence Is Forcing Scientists to Rewrite The History of Human Migration 'Out of Africa'

We may find our answer in Australasia.<p>Where did we humans come from?<p>Some 40 or so years ago, our origins seemed quite straightforward.<p>But now we see …

Meet the man behind the most important tool in data science

Wes McKinney hates the idea of researchers wasting their time. “Scientists unnecessarily dealing with the drudgery of simple data manipulation tasks makes me feel terrible,” he says.<p>Perhaps more than any other person, McKinney has helped fix that problem. McKinney is the developer of “Pandas”, one …

Data Science

New York District Attorney Indicted in Cover-Up of Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man

A New York district attorney was indicted by a state grand jury Friday afternoon on charges of official misconduct and perjury in relation to the …

Corruption

U2’s New Album Is a Study in Forced Optimism

Let’s talk about two great U2 songs. As tends to happen with this band in the 21st century, the first one is more than a quarter-century …

A body double, CGI skull, and secret filming sessions: Inside the yearlong process to bring this beloved character to the 'Blade Runner' sequel

With a total of 1,200 visual effects shots in "Blade Runner 2049" — that comes out to 1:45 of the movie's total running time of 2:43 — Oscar-winning VFX supervisor John Nelson and his team logged in major hours to go a step beyond the 1982 original movie's legendary sci-fi look.<p>But there was a …

Blade Runner

Scientists have found an exciting new clue about how 'super-agers' stay sharp as they age

So much for not being able to teach an old dog new tricks.<p>Some older people can remember things just as well as peers who are nearly half their age. Scientists are calling them "super-agers" for their unique ability to stay sharp into old age<p>Several months ago, researchers discovered at least one …

The Brain

For Minorities in Science, Building Community Matters

Leaders of diversity programs argue that providing mentorship and ongoing career guidance is key to keeping minorities anchored in research fields.<p>It …

National Science Foundation

NSA contractor leaked US hacking tools by mistake, Kaspersky says

User downloaded malware while pirating Microsoft Office before running virus scan on machine containing confidential software, says Russian firm’s founder<p>An incredible sequence of security mistakes led to a US National Security Agency contractor leaking his own confidential hacking tools to Russian …

Kaspersky Lab

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.<p>In 2009, California passed a law requiring …

Teaching

Memories of fear could be permanently erased, study shows

Research in mice reveals a new approach to wiping memories from the brain, demonstrating that specific memories can be weakened or strengthened<p>The eternal sunshine of a spotless mind has come one step closer, say researchers working on methods to erase memories of fear.<p>The latest study, carried out …

Neuroscience

You can now buy the brains behind Amazon’s Alexa

The deep neural networks that power Amazon’s popular voice assistant are up for sale.<p>Developers will now be able to build their own virtual personal assistants for platforms like Facebook Messenger and Slack with a tool called Amazon Lex, the company announced at its Amazon Web Services Summit …

Machine Learning

JavaScript 30

Yes! There are probably 100 different ways to solve each of these exercises, if your answer doesn't line up with mine, it means you did a really good …

Free resources for learning full stack web development

When getting started with new technologies and languages, it can be a bit daunting having to sift through all of the options for education resources. …

Programming

Science Inches Closer to a Universal Blood Test for Cancer

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> Medical Daily.<p>A universal blood test for any type of cancer is an oncologist’s dream come true, and a new study …

Strange Loner Planet Gets Astronomers’ Attention

In the hunt for exoplanets, some rather strange discoveries have been made. Beyond our Solar System, astronomers have spotted gas giants and …

Universe