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The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken<p>Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official …

Anthropocene

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 …

Anxiety in the air as world elite meets in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — In the couple of hours before Morgan Stanley chief James Gorman sat down Wednesday to speak on a panel in Davos, …

Could scientists create dragons using CRISPR gene editing?

<b>The mythical dragon has been associated with Wales for more than a millennium and famously graces the national flag.</b><p>But is it possible dragons could ever exist beyond the pages of Celtic mythology or the celluloid of fantasy film?<p>Academics have suggested in a recent essay the creation of large, …

World reacts to N. Korean announcement of hydrogen bomb test

Comments from around the world on North Korea's announcement that it conducted its fourth nuclear test, and its first of a hydrogen bomb, on …

Divers Captured Amazing Rare Video of a Giant Squid Near Japan's Coast

It's reportedly 13 feet long.<p>Humans have been around for a long time—thousands and thousands of years—but it wasn't until recently that we had definitive proof of a fellow beast's existence: the mysterious giant squid was photographed for the first time in 2004, and filmed for the first time in …

This Tower Would Let City Dwellers Tour The Natural World

Circumnavigate the globe by elevator<p>City dwellers are reportedly 40 percent more likely to develop mood disorders than people in rural areas. But walking for roughly 90 minutes in nature, according to a Stanford University study published in June, can calm the negative thoughts. The Essence …

4 Strategies to Help Men Get Through Depression

Caregiving is tough. It's one thing to see a loved one in the dirty trenches of illness; it is a whole other to jump headfirst into that trench with them. Caring for a man who is suffering from depression can be even harder, because depression isn't often seen - it's felt.<p>NIH and CDC statistics …

The 25 most ruthless leaders of all time

But while we can argue the validity and virtue of certain political agendas, the callous methods by which some leaders attain their goals are less up to interpretation.<p>After all, no matter how a historian tries to spin it, ordering a tower to be constructed out of live men stacked and cemented …

3 desperate ways the U.S. clings to the myth of American exceptionalism

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>The American empire has been reduced to dust. All that remains is the stale jingoism of our Republican candidates<p>Tom Engelhardt<p>October 1, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly …

Political Science

Students Were Giving Away Copies of Constitution in ‘Free Speech Zone.’ Then, Cop Confronted Them

A group of libertarian students distributing free copies of the U.S. Constitution during a free speech protest held in a “free speech zone” at Penn State University Friday were confronted by a police officer and told they needed to cease their activities and first obtain school approval.<p>Students …

Soft robotic hand can pick up and identify a wide array of objects

Robots have many strong suits, but delicacy traditionally hasn’t been one of them. Rigid limbs and digits make it difficult for them to grasp, hold, …

A British lord created a device that runs on free electricity from the air

The internet of things—millions of connected sensors, beacons, and wearables analyzing and mapping microscopic bits of data to make our lives better—is widely assumed to be the next big trend in digital technology. But however small a sensor may be, it still requires some energy to function—and, …

Internet of Things

4-D technology allows self-folding of complex objects

Using components made from smart shape-memory materials with slightly different responses to heat, researchers have demonstrated a four-dimensional …

Why a VR Game About Flirting Is as Scary as a Horror Game

On the surface, the two PlayStation VR games on display at Sony's Tokyo Game Show booth couldn't be any more different. One is a horror scenario that …

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Humanities

'Sicario' is a relentless, brutal look at the realities of the drug war

"Sicario" is as ugly and hopeless as the drug war itself.<p>The film wastes no time getting to the nitty-gritty as it opens with Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) leading the charge on her own FBI kidnapping task force. During the opening raid, forty-plus corpses are discovered in the walls of a home owned by …

No One Is Safe from This Adorable Video of a Dog Begging His Man for Forgiveness

We thought we were better than this.<p>We've earned the right to be deeply cynical about viral videos. Too many times we've been left with dry tear ducts by high school acquaintances who swore we'd weep over earnest Facebook posts. Too many times our minds have not been blown by what happened next. …

Funny Pictures – September 16, 2015

Pest control is probably the only industry where you can get away with using this slogan.<p>Secret giraffe handshake.<p>So…my dad went white water …