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End Times for the American Republic?

Two historians discuss today’s political climate and whether it has parallels with other periods.<p>The election of Donald Trump, and the early days of his presidency, have driven many Americans to rummage through history in search of context and understanding. Trump himself has been compared to …

Political Science

We will all have personal robot assistants within the next decade

You decide to confide in your robotic assistant, who asks you a series of questions about what's most important to you: Nearby schools, bars, or parks? A price range? A home for two or seven?<p>After some back-and-forth, it tells you your affordable dream home is two miles away from a reputable public …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft says it faces 'difficult' challenges in AI design after chatbot Tay turned into a genocidal racist

Microsoft issued an apology in a blog post on Friday explaining it was "deeply sorry" after its artificially intelligent chat bot turned into a genocidal racist on Twitter.<p>In the blog post, Peter Lee, Microsoft's vice president of research, wrote: "Looking ahead, we face some difficult - and yet …

Chatbots

Is Artificial Intelligence Dangerous?

Compelled by a nascent desire for innovation and advancement, mankind’s quest for technological prowess is rooted in its earliest days. In fact, we have always been tinkerers. Through the use of an abundant imagination and burning desire to bend the limitations of what was once deemed impossible, …

Singularity

The Great Republican Revolt

The GOP planned a dynastic restoration in 2016. Instead, it triggered an internal class war. Can the party reconcile the demands of its donors with the interests of its rank and file?<p>The angriest and most pessimistic people in America aren’t the hipster protesters who flitted in and out of Occupy …

Tea Party

Aladdin Flies Through the Streets of NYC

“I can show you the… Lower East Side. “<p>Social media talent Casey Neistat teamed up with YouTube personality Jesse Wellens from PrankvsPrank to create an Aladdin reimagining that takes place on the streets of New York. Similar to a previous stunt where Neistat snowboarded through the very same …

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Paleontology

Page 2 of Andrew Luck: The Natural

Just 25 years old, he's the NFL's most complete QB — and might also be its most humble (and likable) superstar<p>Early in the morning, in a little place …

The World Until Yesterday

<b>Modern societies don't always think as clearly as we should about the dangers that we face.</b><p><b>-- Jared Diamond --</b><p>In our current global society the most critical mission we all must deal with is the seeking out of truth. Our plight is to grapple with a constant harangue of misinformation designed to …

Pulitzer Prize

Why Is The University Still Here?

Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis.<p>And yet after years of efforts, we …

Higher Education

Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Researchers in Germany have grown complete spinal cords in a Petri dish<p>• The man who grew eyes • The lab-grown penis comes closer<p>As regenerative medicine and stem cell technologies continue to progress, so the list of tissues and organs that can be grown from scratch – and potentially replaced – …

43 Facts About Your Brain That Will Blow Your Mind

If this year's iPhone release taught us anything, it's that we're a society which craves new technology, jumping at the chance to replace last year's …

Nobel Prize

College Football Playoff contenders, as analyzed by a total dunce

Who's going to the inaugural College Football Playoff? Let's ask someone who's almost certainly 100 percent wrong.<p>Week 4 has come and gone, and college football now shifts to the conference play portion of its schedule. With the lion's share of non-conference games in the books, it's time to take a …

A Crisis of Faith in America

"The opposite of faith is not doubt, it is certainty."<p>Though the origin of this quote is uncertain, there is no doubt in its application to today's …

Scientists Move Closer to Inventing Artificial Life

Synthetic biology advances with a man-made chromosome inserted into live brewer's yeast.<p>In a biological first, an international team has inserted a man-made chromosome into brewer's yeast, producing a life form that thrives and successfully passes the designer genes on to its offspring.<p>The …

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and Conan Share a Lyft Car

Peer-to-peer ride-sharing service Lyft just got its first big celebrity endorsement, of sorts. Via Conan O’Brien, here’s “Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and …

Kara Swisher

Apple, coffee and techno: Jonathan Ive's recipe for success

A biography of the iPhone and iMac's British designer sheds new light on technology's most-watched design team<p>It is cluttered with bikes, skateboards and designers' models, but the ideas factory that sits at the symbolic heart of Apple's vast Californian campus is also the workspace of perhaps the …

How to Safeguard Liberty Through Discourse

What I told a group of college libertarians<p>Over the weekend, I spoke for about 40 minutes to a room of college students affiliated with the group Students for Liberty. The audience had me pegged as an independent who is friendly to spreading liberty but not an orthodox libertarian. So I appreciated …

Native Americans Give Other Groups A Taste Of Casual Sports Team Racism

Native Americans have long tried to raise awareness about the racism inherent in their portrayal in sports team iconography like the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins.<p>President Obama recently stirred the long-simmering pot of this dispute by weighing in on behalf of Native Americans. “I …

Inside the Republican Suicide Machine

It's open warfare within the GOP – and all of America is caught in the crossfire<p>The day before Congress broke for its August recess, on an afternoon …

10 most appalling comments from the right — just this week

A Republican congressman actually argued that Obamacare is as bad as the Fugitive Slave Act<p><b>1. On Fox TV, it is assumed that the Nicaraguan meteorologist knows all about tacos.</b><br>It’s fairly obvious by now that Fox News is a place where being offensive and ignorant is not just permitted, but …

Avegant's head-mounted virtual retinal display offers brilliant definition, we go hands-on (video)

We've never seen a product quite like this, and for Avegant, that's very good news. The startup's prototype virtual retinal display (VRD) delivers insanely sharp definition and a realistic image even with low-resolution sources by projecting directly into each eye using an array of two million …

The Rise of the Antiwar Libertarians

Their principles trump party politics—and are the best hope to stop a U.S. war on Syria. By Nick Gillespie.<p>If you’re among the majority of war-weary …

Cage Match

How science is transforming the sport of MMA fighting<p>Greg Jackson, the single most successful trainer in the multi-billion-dollar sport of professional mixed martial arts fighting, works out of a musty old gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not far from the base of the Sandia Mountains. On a recent …

Up to Speed: Five Things You Need to Know on Syria

Christopher Dickey on the factions involved in the war, the U.S. objective, the real game changer, and more.<p>One way or the other, the United States …

With 3D Chips, Samsung Leaves Moore's Law Behind

Moore’s Law is over, at least for one segment of the market.<p>Samsung Electronics earlier this month began to commercially produce three-dimensional V-NAND flash memory chips capable of holding 128 gigabits of memory. And today the company showed off the first solid-state drives made with the chips …

Why Does the NCAA Exist?

"The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletics practices of the time," so states the National Collegiate Athletic Association on its official website.<p>The NCAA often likes to harp on tradition and the sanctity of the term "student-athlete," but it …

College & University

Federal Poverty Line Doesn't Adequately Reflect Cost Of Living In America, Analysis Finds

Just because the government doesn't define you as poor, doesn't mean you have enough money to live.<p>The federal poverty line for a family of four was $23,283 last year, nearly one-quarter of what it takes to live in New York City and slightly more than one-third of what it takes to live in St. …