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China speeds up its subway with palm scanners and facial recognition

While New York attempts to update its public transportation system to run on time and use mobile tickets, commuters over in Beijing are looking at a …

Scanners

Q&A: Author Avi Goldfarb on How AI Will Change the World—Without Sci-Fi Glamour

Forget what you’ve heard about automated paradises or dystopian robot economies. Avi Goldfarb argues that the biggest game-changer of the current …

Artificial Intelligence

Kim Kardashian Makes Typos, Too. So She's Asking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for an 'Edit' Button

Kim Kardashian feels your pain.<p>About not being able to edit your tweets, that is.<p>The reality TV star reportedly spoke directly to Twitter CEO Jack …

Social Media

Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar

On a recent Saturday afternoon in Sahabevava village, on the east coast of Madagascar, 46-year-old vanilla farmer Lydia Soa brandished the latest in …

CSR

Daredevil raccoon's Minnesota skyscraper climb

<b>A daredevil raccoon has been safely rescued after leaving the internet on tenterhooks by scaling a 23-floor building in St Paul, Minnesota.</b><p>The critter, dubbed #MPRraccoon after the radio station opposite the high-rise, trended worldwide on Twitter.<p>Crowds gathered at the building after it went …

Cat Food

Facebook launches Fb.gg gaming video hub to compete with Twitch

Facebook wants a cut of the 3+ hours per week that young adult video gamers spend watching other people play. So today it launched Fb.gg — as in the post-competition courtesy of saying “good game” — a destination where viewers can find a collection of all the video games streaming on Facebook. …

Social Media

This Kickstarter project lets you experience the majesty of Earth in the palm of your hands

Fun fact: We all live on this planet!<p>Although we call Earth our home, it’s shocking that we know so little about it. It would be like not knowing the …

Humpback Whales

This hidden Apple Watch stat tells you whether to exercise or rest

Imagine if your Apple Watch could tell you which days were best for you to do a workout, and what kind of workout you should do. Well it can, sort of, thanks to a hidden feature that few people have yet discovered or know how to use.<p>Heart rate variability, or HRV, is a new metric that reveals your …

Apple Watch

China Is Warming Up To Bitcoin Again

Bitcoin is an innovation China cannot say “no” to.<p>That’s the message of a <i>Global Times</i> editorial, which praises the digital currency. “There’s an increasing belief that just saying no to Bitcoin won’t be the eventual solution to the cryptocurrency issue,” writes Xiao Xin, author of the editorial. “A …

Cryptocurrency

Researchers create the first 3D-printed corneas

Researchers at Newcastle University have been able to 3D-print a biocompatible corneal framework using a new gel formulations that “keeps the stem cells alive whilst producing a material which is stiff enough to hold its shape but soft enough to be squeezed out the nozzle of a 3D printer.”<p>There is …

Stem Cells

Tech Insider

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, but especially spiders who feed themselves to their babies

We’re not the only species with reason to be grateful.<p>On Sunday, phone lines across the world will be their busiest—if we all remember to call our mothers. But we’re hardly the only creatures with good reason to celebrate our moms. We’ve searched the <i>Popular Science</i> archives to give you a roundup of …

Google now says controversial AI voice calling system will identify itself to humans

Google is trying to stay ahead of the ethical and philosophical pitfalls of its new Duplex platform<p>Following widespread outcry over the ethical dilemmas raised by Google’s new Duplex system, which lets artificial intelligence mimic a human voice to make appointments, Google has clarified in a …

Artificial Intelligence

The Crypto Crime Wave Is Here

From stickups and drug deals to white-collar scams, cryptocurrency-related crime is soaring—and law enforcement is scrambling to keep up<p>On a Saturday afternoon in November, Louis Meza made plans to meet a friend and fellow cryptocurrency enthusiast for drinks at Ruby Tuesday in New York City’s …

Cryptocurrency

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Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Sweat So You Don't Forget: Exercise Breaks Improve Learning, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: In adult students, taking a short exercise break during a lecture can help to improve learning and recall, researchers report.Source: …

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Stronger People Have Healthier Brains, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: A new study reports a strong hand grip is correlated with better visual memory and reaction times in people with psychiatric disorders, such …

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Machine Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers have developed a deep neural network that can replicate the way in which humans process and categorize sounds.Source: MIT.Using …

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Fight, Flight or Freeze, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Olfactory system neurons appear to play a role in the connection between rhythmic breathing and emotional regulation, researchers …

Un hombre ebrio escala una montaña en los Alpes cuando intentaba llegar de madrugada a su hotel

Los servicios de rescate pasaron la noche intentando encontrar con perros y drones a un turista estonio que después de una fiesta acabó apareciendo …

$213 Train Ride Shows You All of America's Most Beautiful Sights

When it comes to travel, it can be one of the more rewarding and liberating experiences. It’s a time of learning and self-growth, absorbing the …

This blockchain-powered platform lets you enjoy live concerts — in virtual reality

Virtual reality is only getting bigger. The VR market is tipped to be worth more than $33 billion within the next two years. With the market growing to such heights, different industries are grappling with various ways to make the most of the opportunity, including the entertainment and live events …

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Kia is seeing 3 times more conversions through its chatbot than its website

At last count, Kia had more than 800 websites where a customer can ask about buying a car.<p>In November, to try and simplify the process, Kia launched …

Humanity's next challenge? Creating IRL avatars (Yes, really)

One day in the not-so-distant future, search and rescue workers could rush into disaster areas not on foot or in traditional rescue vehicles, but via …

Artificial Intelligence

This Pocket-Sized Sensor Can Identify The Exact Color of Anything

Take the guesswork out of color-matching.<p>If you're upgrading your home and need to paint your walls to match a certain color, the human eyes has its limitations. That's where the Nix Mini Color Sensor comes in.<p>This pocket-sized spheroid capable of identifying colors instantaneously. Just place it …

Elon Musk crashes SXSW panel to talk about space travel

Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, made a surprise appearance on the <i>Westworld</i> panel at SXSW. After getting cued up by Jonathan Nolan, the co-creator of HBO series <i>Westworld</i>, Musk walked out on stage to people cheering and one person screaming, “Elon, we love you!”<p>During his stage …