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DeepMind's AI can now learn from human preferences

One of artificial intelligence’s biggest problems is the need for handholding from pesky humans. New research by DeepMind and OpenAI aims to help an …

Optane SSD fast enough to be used as memory extender: Intel

Intel's 3D XPoint storage will not only outdo current SSDs, but can be used in memory pools, the chip giant claims.<p>Intel has taken the wraps off its …

Microsoft to flag state-sponsored hacking of its users' accounts

If you're using Microsoft's online email and file-storage services, you'll now get a special heads-up if your accounts are hit by state-sponsored hackers, a warning that you should take additional steps to secure your accounts.<p>The world's biggest software company had already been telling people …

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The Quadriceps-and-Hamstring Combo Move You’ll Want to Do Every Leg Day

Work the front and back of your legs, build a ton of lower-body muscle, and crush calories with this incredible combination exercise<p>I call this combo exercise a “quad-ham sandwich,” and it’s one of my favorite ways to simultaneously hammer the front and back of my legs.<p>First, perform a dumbbell …

Workouts

The best workout ever, according to science

It seems like every other week there’s a new study touting the best way to work out. And, really, how you do it depends a lot on your goal—someone …

Police departments on alert after cop killings

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: What we're expecting

It's almost time for a new Galaxy Note ...<p>We're just a few weeks out from IFA 2014, the annual consumer electronics show held in Berlin, Germany, …

How It Works: The Inner Earth

Know your planet!<p>Plate tectonics—the theory that explains the sinking, spreading, and slip-sliding of big chunks of Earth’s surface—is a bedrock of geology. But it can’t explain what happens to plates once they sink, or account for the forces that drive many of the planet’s volcanic hotspots. …

10 things Hong Kong does better than anywhere else | CNN Travel

Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents

When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran.<p>Seven years ago Balal, who is in …

Washington rescue workers continue search for mudslide survivors

Rescue workers were continuing to search for scores of people still listed missing after a catastrophic landslide in Washington state, as river water backed up behind the debris field.<p>Sixteen bodies had been pulled from the mud by Wednesday, and another eight have been identified but remain stuck. …

19 Places That Make Southeast Asia The Perfect Spot To Digital Detox

If the flocks of postgrad travelers in elephant print pants haven't told you already, Southeast Asia is having what we like to call "a moment."<p>And just because it definitely has its share of over-touristed sites, don't let the region fool you: there are some seriously stunning spots that are …

Unmissable South America

South America is home to dramatic landscapes, archaeological splendours from the past and a dizzying variety of wildlife - the largest collection of plant and animal species on earth, in fact. For the sheer awe factor, it's hard to top seeing Incan ruins through mist-covered cloud forest, spying …

Brazil Photos

See photos and get wallpaper of Brazil (including Rio de Janeiro, Carnaval, the Pantanal, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Brazil

100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime

And if you're stuck in front of a computer all day, then yours probably is, too.<p>We've updated our bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and 2014's travel hotspots.<p>From eating pizza in Naples to skiing in Japan, these are the 100 trips everyone should take in their …

10 Crazy Driving Laws Around the World

Driving on the left side of the road or converting the speed limit from kilometers to miles per hour is challenging enough. But in some places, you have a whole host of weird traffic laws to contend with, too. Here are 10 crazy laws that could really drive you mad!<p><b>Have a Beer While Driving in Costa</b> …

Atlantic storms hitting the UK and western Europe – satellite animation

A series of images from 29 January to 10 February 2014 shows a succession of storms moving east across the Atlantic Ocean and hitting the UK, Spain, France and Portugal. The white areas show clouds, bright red is the jet stream and the purple is cold air. The green areas are warmer, more moist …

A beginner's guide to Brazil

What do you get if you combine cinematic landscapes, kaleidoscopic culture, head-spinning biodiversity and a constant rhythm of carefree joie de vivre? Welcome to Brazil!<p>The world's fifth-largest country commandeers the lion's share of South America, all the way from the Amazon Basin – the world's …

Budget airlines: getting your money's worth

Budget airlines. Low-cost carriers. Whatever you want to call them, these no-frills airlines are appealing for the most basic of reasons: wallet-friendly prices and an incredibly extensive and diverse set of flight routes. But really, do you get what you pay for?<p>The bad bits: things we love to …

Highlights of Brazil

I have no photographs of my first holiday to Brazil – a two-week package deal in the early 90s including flights to Rio, a hotel in Copacabana and carnival tickets. I decided not to take a camera because I didn't want to "stand out as a tourist". But as I sat on the beach in my sensible swimsuit, …

13 Incredible Natural Wonders That Deserve A Spot On Your Bucket List

As humans, we built a Great Wall. We built some pyramids. We also built a lighthouse and a temple and some hanging gardens.<p>...but we can't just <i>build</i> an underwater river. It's time to make way for Mother Nature's craftsmanship on your list of must-see world wonders.<p><b>1. Pink lakes</b><p>A breed of tiny algae …

17 Places You Have To Visit To Truly Understand

Some places are portrayed just perfectly in photos-- in fact, they look even better in photos, because their real-life versions are polluted with crowds and chaos (cough, Eiffel Tower, cough).<p>Other wonders, however, are not so overrated. A picture could never do justice to their majesty, because …

The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is <i>the</i> highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. …

Pic: It’s busy enough down at the beach in Rio these days

It might be Baltic here, but half of Rio seems to have headed to the beach to escape the heat wave in Brazil.<p>While we tie everything we own to the …

VisaMapper Is A Magical Map Where You Can See Which Countries Require Visas To Visit

This might be the most brilliant thing a Reddit user has done in a while.<p>To curb the pain of the "do I need a visa?!" research headache, udit99 made a no-frills website called VisaMapper. Visitors select their nationality from a drop-down menu and instantly see, on a color-coded world map, which …

Quiz: Movies Around the World

Movie magic shines no matter what the language—or location. Travel around the globe and test your film trivia.

World's Most BIZARRE Food Etiquette Rules

You used the fork in front of you and suddenly everyone is staring… why? Table manners are as unique to a culture as the food before you—though not …

22 Unbelievable Places that are Hard to Believe Really Exist

Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs. Different …

The complete travel guide to Brazil's World Cup cities

Rio de Janeiro<p><b>State</b> Rio de Janeiro<p><b>The stadium</b> The Maracanã, which will host the 2014 final and six other World Cup matches, is the temple of Brazil's unofficial religion. Home to Rio's biggest club sides, Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense and Vasco de Gama, this is where footballing deities Pelé and …

10 Popular Places to Celebrate the New Year

The New Year is a family holiday, yet it doesn’t mean you should stay home and celebrate it with your folks only. There are many other fantastic …