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Ian McEwan 'dubious' about schools studying his books, after he helped son with essay and got a C+

Ian McEwan, the award-winning author, has admitted feeling "a little dubious" about people being compelled to study his books, after helping his son with an essay about his own novel and receiving a C.<p>McEwan, author of works including Atonement, Amsterdam, and On Chesil Beach, said he remained …

Books

North Korea says denuclearization pledge not result of U.S.-led sanctions

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearize, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.<p>Impoverished North Korea has been hit by a series of U.N. and U.S. …

North Korea

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is using a powerful rocket technology. NASA advisers say it could put lives at risk.

When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea — keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the tanks.<p>But the approach comes with a major risk, …

Space Travel

India inches ahead in the race to build a Hyperloop

Plenty of places have committed to exploring the economic viability of building a Hyperloop, but nobody has been brave enough to say they'll actually construct one. It's why the news coming out of India's latest announcement is such a big deal, because it includes a pledge to build a working test …

What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life - Vox

What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.<p>When I finally puked on the fourth night, I felt an odd sense of pride.<p>Inside the loud, stuffy ceremony room, people were laughing, crying, chanting, gyrating, and, yes, vomiting, around me. When my time finally comes, I think: Just aim …

Toyota's boxy e-Palette may be the shareable future of transport

The e-Palette concept previews a future where autonomous vehicles are flexible and seamlessly shareable between people and businesses for a variety of uses.<p>Toyota unveiled its new e-Palette concept vehicle this morning at a press conference at CES 2018. Its boxy silhouette is a bit dull at first …

Pizza Hut

Google and Others Are Building AI Systems That Doubt Themselves - MIT Technology Review

The most powerful approach in AI, deep learning, is gaining a new capability: a sense of uncertainty.<p>Researchers at Uber and Google are working on …

Machine Learning

SpaceX to run a static test fire of Falcon Heavy this week

SpaceX is planning to perform a static test fire of its massive Falcon Heavy rocket later this week, the company revealed today in a statement from company President and COO Gwynne Shotwell. Now that the rocket is vertical on launchpad LC-39A, a static test fire to ensure the rocket’s 27 Merlin …

Did the Curiosity Rover just discover evidence of alien fossils on Mars?

More than five years after it landed on the red planet, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is still cruising around and discovering curious things that have …

The extraordinary life of Nikola Tesla, a virgin inventor who spoke 8 languages

Match the following figures – Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Nobel and Nikola Tesla – with these biographical facts:<p>Spoke eight languages<br>• Produced the first motor that ran on AC current<br>• Developed the underlying technology for wireless communication over long distances<br>• Held …

Google is teaching its AI how humans hug, cook, and fight

The artificial intelligence that will power future robots and content filters now has a new resource for understanding humans.<p>Google, which owns YouTube, announced on Oct. 19 a new dataset of film clips, designed to teach machines how humans move in the world. Called AVA, or “atomic visual …

Artificial Intelligence

Microwaves will be obsolete by 2027. Here’s what’s going to replace them

Imagine an appliance that lets you throw veal, zucchini, and tomatoes on one pan and have them all come out perfectly cooked. When Miele introduced …

Kitchens

NASA says it’s hard to ignore the evidence of a ‘Planet Nine’

We might not actually know how many planets are in our solar system — and no, this isn’t a trick regarding Pluto’s status. For years, scientists have …

Why So Many People Believe Conspiracy Theories

William of Occam would have hated conspiracy theories. A 14th-century philosopher and Franciscan friar, William is celebrated for developing the “law …

'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

Since the beginning of time, humans have been searching for ways to make ourselves feel better fast. Unfortunately, history has shown that many of those ways — cannibalism, cocaine tooth drops, ingesting heavy metals — left us sick, broke, or both. Yet we keep looking for that fast cure.<p>Dr. Lydia …

War

Romanian Artist Turns Tree Stumps into Beautiful Artworks

42-year-old Gabi Rizea only discovered his talent for wood carving three years ago, and has since put it to good use, saving dozens of old tree …

Here’s what it’ll be like to hail one of Airbus’ futuristic flying taxis

Coming to the Paris Air Show next week<p>Deborah is a computer-generated human who needs to get from the Hotel de Anza in San Jose to Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, post haste. Traffic on the 101 is a nightmare, so rather than spending hours in traffic, she whips out her smartphone and hails an …

Airbus is Landing Flying Cars with Lasers

Okay, so it’s not a flying car in the sense we grew up imagining, but Airbus A^3’s octocopter personal aerial vehicle, Vahana, is still quite …

How does Elon Musk’s spacesuit design stack up against Nasa's?

Elon Musk has unveiled the first glimpse of the spacesuit astronauts will wear aboard his SpaceX Dragon Capsule. The suits, revealed in an Instagram …

Space Exploration

London Tube platforms are being painted green to cut congestion

Transport for London has a new idea to keep London Underground passengers in line: painting platforms green.<p>Last month, TfL laid down patches of …

England

A First Look at the Spacesuits of the Future

After years of anticipation, Elon Musk has finally revealed the design that could take humans to a new level of space exploration.<p>In true Elon Musk fashion, the latest SpaceX creation has been revealed with dramatic flair.<p>Posting on his Instagram account early Wednesday morning, Musk unveiled the …

Elon Musk

Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg's understanding of AI is 'limited'

It's a battle of the tech billionaires.<p>Tesla (TSLA) boss Elon Musk and Facebook (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg are locked in a very public feud over the future of artificial intelligence.<p>Musk has repeatedly warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence, describing it as a potentially …

Artificial Intelligence

The secret system that prevents pilots who hate each other from sharing a cockpit

Imagine spending the best part of 17 hours stuck in a tiny room with somebody you really dislike, with no opportunity to escape, while being required to constantly interact.<p>This is what happens when two pilots who don’t get on are rostered on the same flight route.<p>Pilots may all sound the same over …

American Airlines

SpaceX successfully launches and recovers second Falcon 9 in 48 hours

SpaceX has succeeded in launching another Falcon 9 into space, this time for client Iridium, a global satellite telecommunications provider. The Iridium-2 mission on Sunday saw a Falcon 9 take off from SpaceX’s Vandenberg Air Force base in California, with a payload of 10 satellites destined to …

SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket for the second time

The seventh at sea, and the 12th successful landing overall<p>SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time. The rocket’s first stage — the 14-story-tall core that houses the fuel and the rocket’s main engines — touched down on one of the company’s …

Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

This worm grew a second head after a trip to space

There are all kinds of experiments going on aboard the International Space Station, but they all probably don't produce results as strange as this one. An article published today in the journal <i>Regeneration</i> details a recent experiment in which an amputated flatworm grew two heads -- twice.<p>Planarian …

Musk’s SpaceX Joins the Military

Not long ago, SpaceX founder Elon Musk cracked what he once labeled a monopoly for Defense Department space launches, successfully breaking into a …

US intelligence agencies are beginning to build AI spies

A US intelligence director says a lot of espionage is more boring than you might think, and much of it could be handed over to artificial intelligence.<p>“A significant chunk of the time, I will send [my employees] to a dark room to look at TV monitors to do national security essential work,” Robert …

Machine Learning

It's a Little Too Easy to Pick a Lock

Thanks to some key manufacturing errors.<p>Turns out it's incredibly simple to pick a padlock, which means committing minor trespassing and/or larceny is easier than ever! As a new video from HelpfulLockPicker, highlighted by Digg, explains, it is virtually impossible for a manufacturer to make a …