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Going to sleep isn’t always easy, even when you’re tired. Here are ways to combat insomnia.

“Good wakefulness and good sleep go hand in hand,” according to cartoonist Ellen Forney. But what happens when you’re battling insomnia? Lack of …

Sleep

Has wine gone bad?

If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 – which had just been crowned as the “best restaurant in the world” – you might have been served one of its signature dishes: a single, raw, razor clam from the North Sea, in a foaming pool of aqueous parsley, topped with a dusting of …

Wine

Is it rational to trust your gut feelings? A neuroscientist explains

Imagine the director of a big company announcing an important decision and justifying it with it being based on a gut feeling. This would be met with …

Would You Take Out a Loan for a Pair of Jeans?

A new kind of high-interest financial product aims to disrupt how you shop, and how you owe.<p>Jocelyn Vera Zorn is not eager to talk about the loan she took out to buy the pants. “It’s kind of embarrassing,” she grimaces.<p>Really, she just wanted the pants: a special-edition pair of Imogene + Willie …

Finance

The Never-Ending Foreclosure

How can the country survive the next economic crash if millions of families still haven't recovered from the last one?<p>GLENDORA, California—In retrospect, refinancing their home was a bad idea. But the Santillan family never thought that it would lead them to foreclosure, or that they’d spend years …

Science has outgrown the human mind

<i>The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and… attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either</i> …

Consciousness

The battle for control of data could be just starting

Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon happily take our data in exchange for convenience, lower prices or free services, but individuals and businesses are beginning to understand the value of controlling their data instead of simply handing it over to the world’s largest technology companies. …

Amazon Echo

China Challenges Nvidia's Hold on Artificial Intelligence Chips

In July, China’s government issued a sweeping new strategy with a striking aim: draw level with the US in artificial intelligence technology within …

The non-techie’s guide to machine learning

You find yourself at another startup meetup, leaning against the bar and sipping away at your drink. <i>Tonight’s the night</i>, you think to yourself.</i> …

Scientists discover 'sixth taste' that explains our love for carbs

Scientists have long known that there are four taste elements – sweet, salty, sour and bitter – but in 2009, a new savoury taste called Umami was …

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as …

North Korea

Samsung’s cellular smart tag lasts for a week on one charge

Smart products have given us the tools we need to track personal items, and even loved ones. Want to know where your kids are? Buy them a custom smartwatch. Worried about losing your suitcase? Grab some connected luggage. Looking to keep a watchful eye over your pet? Get a webcam-integrated smart …

IBM launches cross-border blockchain payments to grease international commerce

IBM is announcing today that it has created a new cross-border blockchain payments solution with KlickEx Group and Stellar.org. The move is designed to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of making global payments for businesses and consumers.<p>For the first time, public blockchain technology — a …

Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more

KRACK attack is especially bad news for Android and Linux users.<p>Researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows …

Taxi Medallions, Once a Safe Investment, Now Drag Owners Into Debt

Owning a yellow cab has left Issa Isac in deep debt and facing a precarious future.<p>It was not supposed to turn out this way when Mr. Isac slid behind the wheel in 2005. Soon he was earning $200 a night driving. Three years later, he borrowed $335,000 to buy a New York City taxi medallion, which …

Transportation

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?

Paper ... or glass?<p>Advances in laptops and technology are pushing screens into schools like never before. So what does this drive toward digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?<p>It may seem a wasteful and obsolete technology, ready to follow …

Princeton University

The Smartphone’s Future: It’s All About the Camera

SAN FRANCISCO — We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.<p>But it’s too soon to write off our smartphones as boring. The gadgets are still evolving with new technologies. And for a clue as to what the …

Augmented Reality

The Insta360 One is a consumer 360 camera with tons of flexibility

The Insta360 brand has quickly become known for consumer 360 photography products, and the new Insta360 One is its latest device designed for mobile immersive imaging. The new Insta360 One offers 4K video resolution, and 24 MP stills, as well as the ability to work in a completely standalone mode, …

4 Ways Going to the Doctor Is Radically Changing

The future of health care in the U.S. is far from settled, but how people receive it now is also undergoing a revolution. Health records are …

Digital Health

Google's Deep Mind AI has a new trick: taking a nap

Google has been pretty far ahead of the curve when it comes to its artificial intelligence research. The world was shocked when its AI beat a top human player at the game of Go. More recently the company taught AI to use imagination and make predictions. The latest trick in Google’s …

Andrew Ng will help you change the world with AI if you know calculus and Python

If the next era of human progress is built using AI, who gets to engineer it? Who will have the coding skills to use the software for creating AI products, or even more importantly, the skills to write that software?<p>In an attempt to make the answer to those questions “anyone who wants to,” Andrew …

Machine Learning

New Deep Learning Courses Released on Coursera, with Hope of Teaching Millions the Basics of Artificial Intelligence

FYI: If you follow edtech, you know the name Andrew Ng. He's the Stanford computer science professor, who co-founded MOOC-provider Coursera and later …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine: The smart person's guide

In 2016, Google gave businesses the ability to build machine learning models using its cloud platform. TechRepublic's comprehensive guide explains …

Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence: Professor Toby Walsh on 10 ways society will change by 2050

Leading Australian artificialintelligence scientist Professor Toby Walsh is warning that we are "sleepwalking" into an AI future in which billions of …

Google’s New Algorithm Perfects Photos Before You Even Take Them

Taking Instagram-worthy photos is one thing—editing them is another. Most of us just upload a pic, tap a filter, tweak the saturation, and post. If …

Amazing New Algorithms Will Fix Your Photos Before You Even Take Them

Smart like a pro.<p>New algorithms developed by Google and MIT engineers make it possible for smartphones to process and retouch photos in real-time, …

Machine Learning

This Is the Fastest-Growing Skill Demanded of Online Freelancers

As the world’s tech giants invest heavily in virtual reality, the relatively few workers who specialize in the nascent field are seeing big …