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30-minute Python Web Scraper

I’ve been meaning to create a web scraper using Python and Selenium for a while now, but never gotten around to it. A few nights ago, I decided to …

Python Programming

How to unlock your phone for use with another carrier

Happy with your current phone but not your current network? Thanks to the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, it's perfectly legal to unlock your phone and switch to a new carrier.<p>Unlocking your phone is legal, but some restrictions, as they say, may apply. Your phone needs to …

Five reasons why Switzerland is top in innovation

Switzerland is top in the world when it comes to innovation, according to an index by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It’s the …

Elon Musk's Artificial Intelligence Project Just Got a Free Supercomputer

An Elon Musk-backed artificial intelligence research group just got a brand new toy from chip maker Nvidia.<p>Nvidia (nvda) said on Monday that it had …

Researchers crack homomorphic encryption

Thankfully nobody's using it yetHomomorphic encryption is one idea offered to secure data in the cloud: the idea is to let software work on data …

Stardust Trapped Deep Within The Ocean Has Revealed a 2.6-Million-Year-Old Mystery

The debris of a cosmic explosion.<p>A little under 3 million years ago, a massive star exploded in our galaxy about 300 light-years away. This supernova …

Hackers Have Allegedly Stolen NSA-Linked 'Cyber Weapons' and Are Auctioning Them Off

The United States government can’t seem to catch a break in cyberspace.<p>Hackers claim to have stolen attack code from a team of sophisticated cyber …

University of California claim to have found particle to prove 5th force of nature

New hints of a fifth fundamental force: 'Revolutionary' X boson could rewrite laws of physics - if it really exists<p><b>Could be joined to the</b> …

IBM's New Artificial Neurons a Big Step Toward Powerful Brain-Like Computers

Thanks to a sleek new computer chip developed by IBM, we are one step closer to making computers work like the brain.<p>The neuromorphic chip is made …

Google formulates real-life version of Asimov’s three laws of robotics for safe & reliable AI

Any SF fan will be familiar with Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics, designed to ensure that robots were safe to be around. Scientists at Google, OpenAI, Stanford and Berkeley have just published a paper proposing the real-life equivalent for AI systems.<p>In a blog post summarising the proposal, …

Elon Musk Is Wrong. We Aren't Living in a Simulation

A simulated apple can't feed anybody, and other reality checks by a philosopher and a cognitive scientist.<p>Recently Elon Musk made internet headlines by claiming that the probability we live in "base reality" is one in billions. Instead, we are much more likely to be living in a historical ancestor …

Why Haven't We Explored the Ocean Like Outer Space?

The final frontier is right here on Earth.<p>Depending on who you ask, there exists not one—but two—final frontiers of discovery. Deep space has long captivated our imaginations, but the deep ocean, right here on Earth, remains one of the most underexplored places known to humans.<p>Only five percent of …

The head of the American Medical Association calls many health apps pure “snake oil”

In the 1850s, America was full of self-proclaimed doctors peddling patent medicines that, if they didn’t kill you, rarely cured you. It took doctors and regulators decades to extinguish fraud and ban toxic products. Now, claims Dr. James Madara, head of the American Medical Association (AMA), we …

Digital Health

This week in patents: Charge your phone with your hand, Amazon patents conversations, and more

Autonomous or self-driving cars are almost ready to be deployed on the roads across the world. One use of these cars is that they can be used to build an autonomous taxi service (an automated Uber). In fact, Uber has been working along with Ford and Google to develop such a service.<p>This week Ford …

What’s Next for Artificial Intelligence

The best minds in the business—Yann LeCun of Facebook, Luke Nosek of the Founders Fund, Nick Bostrom of Oxford University and Andrew Ng of Baidu—on what life will look like in the age of the machines<p>HOW DO YOU TEACH A MACHINE?<p>Yann LeCun, director of artificial-intelligence research at Facebook, on …

Artificial Intelligence

Ancient, hidden cities uncovered by lasers in Cambodia's jungle

Vast, ancient cities hidden in thick jungle have been uncovered by lasers in Cambodia.<p>Australian archaeologist Damian Evans unveiled the details of the temples in full at the Royal Geographic Society in London on Monday, the Guardian reported.<p>Found near the famous Angkor Wat temples, a United …

World’s oldest computer from 60BC used to read stars and tell future, study reveals

An astronomical calculator dating back to 60BC Ancient Greece may have also been used to predict the future, researchers have revealed.<p>The …

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Elon Musk is building a supply chain to Mars

SpaceX’s aim to colonize Mars is inspired by the Age of Exploration, but the plans themselves look a lot more like a white board at a global logistics firm.<p>The Elon Musk-led company, which announced in April that it will send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to Mars in 2018—following years of research …

Space Travel

We're about to become more intelligent than at any other point in human history

We know of humans that we consider super-intelligent, but we don't yet know how to engineer that intelligence — or exceed it — in people.<p>But some researchers think that advances in genomic science and machine learning are going to open up new avenues of possibility in that realm, potentially …

How to burn fat

All gym rats have the same primary goals: Build muscle and burn fat. But melting away that pudgy layer to reveal the six pack you’ve worked so hard …

Samsung Releasing Smart Contact Lenses That Are Straight Out of Spy Movies

"Mission Impossible" was once a TV series, with commands given to the leader of a secret black-ops team via a tape recording, which was usually picked up at some secret but very public location (often a phone booth). Then the team went to work, devising incredible schemes to bring down …

Mission Impossible

Genetic engineering of humans has great potential, says Nobel winner

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan says risks and benefits of germline therapy, which is banned in Britain, should be debated<p>The genetic engineering of humans has great potential to help those destined to inherit serious, incurable diseases, according to one of Britain’s most prominent scientists, who says the …

Genetics

Ignore Most Productivity Advice: This Is the 1 Thing You Need to Know About Habits

Wake up early? Journal? Meditate? Here's the trouble with these and other oft-recommended habits.<p>If you're looking to increase your productivity, there's no shortage of advice out there. Sir Richard Branson thinks you should wake up at 5am every day. Or maybe try journaling. Others swear by …

Productivity

5 Battle-Tested Dale Carnegie Quotes That All Entrepreneurs Need to Remember

Embrace these Carnegie quotes as a part of your daily entrepreneurial mantra.<p>Dale Carnegie's business philosophies have always had a seat at our family's dinner table and my two sisters and I were required to read the famous book <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i> (thanks, dad). Selling over 30 …

Self-improvement

Amazon open-sources its own deep learning software, DSSTNE

Amazon has suddenly made a remarkable entrance into the world of open-source software for deep learning. Yesterday the ecommerce company quietly released a library called DSSTNE on GitHub under an open-source Apache license.<p>Deep learning involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data …

Harvard researchers have isolated a key to happiness, and Iceland is helping them test it

Reykjavik<p>Michael Porter, a Harvard economist who made his name working on ideas around competition, has come to the capital of Iceland to talk about social process and how to measure it. Here at a conference on the topic, he reminds the audience that economic indicators—while we’re very used to …

Economics

What Happens If I Swipe My Debit Card as Credit?

Relax, it's fine—sometimes it's even better to swipe as credit.<p>You swiped your debit card as credit and now you’re panicking. Will you pay a fee? …

Debit Cards

8 Amazingly Healthy Smoothie Recipes You've Never Heard Of

Unique ingredients are key 🔑.<p>Beyond the slew of avocado toasts that bait us on Instagram, the colorfully arranged #smoothies on the app are even more of a studied art. In fact, the chilled drink craze is part of the inspiration behind New Yorker Rachel Drori's line of delicious frozen smoothies …

Why we have blood types and why they matter

If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types - a biological mark of distinction.<p>It didn't take long for me to recognize just how silly that feeling was and tamp it down. But I didn't learn much more about what it really meant to have type A+ blood.<p>By …