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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> …

The Silicon Valley Diet

Tech’s body obsession<p>Not very long ago, while en route to lunch in downtown <b>Palo Alto</b>, I bumped into my dour pal, Arthur. He’d lost so much weight I hardly recognized him. He looked like a walking snake or eel. His eyeballs, which protruded slightly, were the only round things on him. My first …

Silicon Valley

10 'Bad' Habits That Are Actually Signs You're Smarter Than You Think

Not an excuse to be gross though!<p>Here's the thing about bad habits. Many of them can hurt you when taken to the extreme. But in small doses, those …

DARPA's new brain device increases learning speed by 40%

Cheap and Non-Invasive<p>New research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has successfully …

Researchers warn of new botnet that could take down the internet

Security group Check Point Research claims to have discovered a rapidly growing and evolving botnet which they believe could eventually take down the …

Here's A Very Scientific Way Of Showing What Makes Up Happy

A Photo Tour Of London's Most Instagram-Friendly Bathrooms<p>Check Out Episode Six Of The Grazia Life Advice Podcast Featuring Emma Barnett<p>Has Eating …

Google's artificial intelligence computer 'no longer constrained by limits of human knowledge'

The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring “intuition” has become even smarter, its creators claim.<p>Even more startling, the updated version of AlphaGo is entirely self-taught — a major step towards the rise of machines that achieve …

Artificial Intelligence

Astrophysicists want to shield Earth from solar flares with … a giant magnet?

When FDR said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he must not have been aware of solar flares: those tremendous ejections of energy …

AI and robots could threaten your career within 5 years

Unlike Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who warns of the dangers of artificial intelligence, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates doesn't believe the new …

Intel’s new ‘Loihi’ chip mimics neurons and synapses in the human brain

Loihi chip (credit: Intel Corporation)Intel announced this week a self-learning, energy-efficient neuromorphic (brain-like) research chip codenamed …

Deep Learning

Physicists Want to Rebuild Quantum Theory From Scratch

Scientists have been using quantum theory for almost a century now, but embarrassingly they still don’t know what it means. An informal poll taken at …

European heatwave deaths could skyrocket: climate study

Deaths due to extreme weather in Europe could increase fifty-fold from an estimated 3,000 per year recently to 152,000 by century's end if global …

Everything Now Hinges on Three Republicans in the Senate

By midnight on July 20, 2017, it seemed increasingly likely that Donald Trump will fire the special counsel, Robert Mueller.<p>Mueller embodies what is admirable in U.S. public service: a wounded and decorated Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, longtime prosecutor and U.S. Attorney under both Republican …

How to master the startup skills you don't learn in school

Got a million dollar idea but no way to make it a reality? It’s time to go back to school and get your startup education. Now you may be thinking, …

Big Bang Confirmed Again, This Time By The Universe's First Atoms

The Big Bang is the leading theory as to where our Universe came from. The Universe was hotter, denser, more uniform, and smaller in the past, and is only as vast as it is today due to the fabric of expanding space. This idea was extremely controversial for many decades, until detailed observations …

Physics

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Microsoft Just Announced the Perfect Small Business Laptop

The perfect small-business laptop? Yes, and it's from Microsoft. The Surface Pro has an outstanding new stylus, a useful keyboard cover, 13.5 hours of battery life, and more power.<p>This one really goes below the surface.<p>At an event in China today, Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro, which will …

CRISPR kills HIV and eats Zika 'like Pac-man'. Its next target? Cancer

There’s a biological revolution underway and its name is CRISPR.<p>Genetically-modified humans: what is CRISPR and how does it work?<p>WIRED …

Milk bread: How to make the addictive, iconic bread

Bread: it’s one of life’s most simple but greatest pleasures. Bread is always there for you, whether sandwiching together delicious fillings or just …

Learn any of these 16 programming languages and you'll always have a job

Someone has to write that software. Why not you?<p>There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others.<p>When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — even as relatively …

Programming Languages

Machine learning algorithms surpass doctors at predicting heart attacks

Doctors are not clairvoyant, but it looks like technology is getting awfully close. Thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham …

Courts Are Using AI to Sentence Criminals. That Must Stop Now

There is a stretch of highway through the Ozark Mountains where being data-driven is a hazard.<p>WIRED OPINION<p>About<p>Jason Tashea (@justicecodes), a …

A CEO and former Googler shares 2 tricks for cold emailing anyone

Wayup CEO and former Google employee Liz Wessel loves to cold email people. Here she shares 2 tips to get responses. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>I'm a big cold emailer, so first of all do it. Don't question yourself. Worst case they don't respond and then who cares?</i><p><i>A couple tricks. First</i> …

College & University

Scientists Want to Pay You $17,000 to Lie in Bed for Two Months

Couch potatoes, sign up here.<p>Finally, there's a job out there where being lazy pays off. <i>The Guardian</i> reports that French scientists are seeking candidates to lie on their backs and do nothing for two whole months. Once they're done, they'll get paid €16,000 ($17,000).<p>So where does this dream job …

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

They edit their own genes!<p>Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve …

AI Learns to Read Sentiment Without Being Trained to Do So

The Sentiment Neuron<p>Much of today’s artificial intelligence (AI) relies on machine learning: where machines respond or react autonomously after …

Young Americans Have No Interest in the Most In-Demand Jobs, New Data Finds

There's a huge disparity between the work that will need to be done in the next decade and the people who will be willing to do it.<p>In a decade, who's going to fix your vehicle, deliver your mail or landscape your yard? Probably not the teenagers you know, at least if they have anything to say about …

Simulation suggests 68 percent of the universe may not actually exist

According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and evolved, the …

Dark Matter

Liberal green light for Chinese takeover deal a turning point for Canada: experts

The Trudeau government's decision to approve a Chinese takeover deal originally rejected in 2015 as too risky for national security marks a significant shift in Canada's approach to Beijing, and may encourage China to invest more heavily in cutting-edge Canadian firms that might have been …