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Walking

Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist, philosopher, and author of such classics as Walden and "Civil Disobedience," contributed a number of writings to The Atlantic in its early years. The month after his death from tuberculosis, in May 1862, the magazine published "Walking," one of his most famous …

Literature

Small wonders: The winners of the Macro Art Photography awards

The winners of the Macro Art Photo Project have been revealed with first place awarded to a magnificent shot of two mayflies perched atop a poppy. …

Art Photography

The spooky moment 'haunted doll speaks to ghost hunters'

Ghost hunters claim to have captured on camera the moment a possessed doll spoke to them.<p>Paranormal investigators The Haunted Hunts believe the doll, …

Paranormal

TOP 40: SCARIEST ANTI-SMOKING COMMERCIALS

<b>Countdown synopsis:</b> Tobacco is the single biggest cause of cancer in the world,killing nearly 6 million people each year – with half of its users …

'Mistakes' (New Zealand road safety advert)

Road Safety

Academics created a periodic table of mind-blowing tech, and it's a handy guide to how the world will change forever

Academics at Imperial Tech Foresight (ITF), an offshoot of Imperial College London, have been working to bring to life nebulous and intangible technological advances in a way you've never seen before.<p>They have created a table of disruptive tech, taking inspiration from the periodic table of …

Imperial College London

McDonald's

McDonald's

AI defeats elite doctors in diagnosis competition

BioMind artificial intelligence medical system scores up to 87 per cent accuracy when diagnosing brain tumours and predicting the expansion of brain haematomas<p>It was not the football World Cup, but the defeat was not unlike Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi losing on the same day. An artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

DARPA pushes for AI that can explain its decisions

Companies like to flaunt their use of artificial intelligence to the point where it's virtually meaningless, but the truth is that AI as we know it is still quite dumb. While it can generate useful results, it can't explain <i>why</i> it produced those results in meaningful terms, or adapt to ever-evolving …

Artificial Intelligence

Dangerous fissure opens in Grand Teton National Park

National Parks

Cormac McCarthy Explains the Unconscious

This past week, the novelist Cormac McCarthy published the first nonfiction piece of his career, a three-thousand-word essay titled “The Kekulé Problem,” in the popular science magazine <i>Nautilus</i>. It is studded with suggestive details about the anatomy of the human larynx, what happens to dolphins …

Thousands of leading AI researchers sign pledge against killer robots

For many researchers, giving machines the decision over who lives and dies crosses a moral line.<p>Thousands of scientists who specialise in artificial intelligence (AI) have declared that they will not participate in the development or manufacture of robots that can identify and attack people without …

Artificial Intelligence

Science fiction enthusiasts have a positive attitude to the digitizing of the brain

"Mind upload is a technology rife with unsolved philosophical questions," says researcher Michael Laakasuo.<p>"For example, is the potential for …

Guest post: 15 EdTech Resources to Use in Classroom

If you don’t use educational technology, you’re not a cool teacher. Whether you like it or not, that’s how today’s students see it. They are growing …

Sarah Palin Says Sacha Baron Cohen Tricked Her Into a Fake Interview for His New Show

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook Tuesday to let Sacha Baron Cohen know exactly how angry she feels about being duped …

Scientists Use DNA And A Test Tube To Develop A.I. That May Be Capable Of Creating Its Own ‘Memories’

A new study by Caltech researchers has shown that the A.I. they created is fully capable of reading handwritten numbers.<p>Scientists have been able to …

NASA asteroid warning: USA not ready for impact - Millions DEAD in shock destruction map

The National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan report warned an asteroid just 40metres to 60m-wide would be enough to cause …

5 game-changing TED Talks about education

All over the world, there’s growing consensus that our education systems are broken. Here are 5 TED Talks from educators who want to transform how …

Scientists Growing Neanderthal Brains To Put Inside Robots

Scientists are growing Neanderthal brains in Petri dishes, which they plan to put inside robots.<p>In case anyone wanted to know why Neanderthals went …

How large asteroids must be to destroy a city, state, country, or the planet

Scientists who study asteroids often say that Earth is drifting through a cosmic shooting gallery.<p>Some angry space rocks, like the recent Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over Russia, are big enough to shatter windows and crumble walls. Others, like the one that caused the Tunguska Event of …

Asteroids

Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI

A neural network from Google's DeepMind has impressive spatial reasoning skills.<p>New research from Google's UK-based DeepMind subsidiary demonstrates …

Deep Learning

7 terrifying ways that asteroids could wipe out life on our planet revealed

An asteroid is believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs - but could another strike from a massive space rock trigger the end of humanity.<p>Now scientists have spelled out exactly how an asteroid could kill the people unlucky enough to be caught underneath one if - or when - it smashes into Earth.<p>What …

#CareerBytes: These 6 online-courses will make you an AI expert

Artificial Intelligence is transforming the world; it's being integrated into various fields like healthcare, banking, transport, defense, education, …

Teens who laughed and recorded a drowning man in his final moments won't face charges

<b>(CNN) —</b> Five teenagers who taunted a drowning man as they recorded his death in Florida will not face charges because by law they were not required to help.<p>In a video recorded last July, the teens -- ages 14 to 19 -- laughed as Jamel Dunn, 31, struggled to stay afloat in a pond near his family's …

Crime

The reason thousands of Swedish people are inserting microchips into themselves

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards, and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many …

Singularity

Senators Ask Jeff Bezos Just How Many Complaints Amazon's Received About Eavesdropping Echoes

Lawmakers in the U.S. have taken a greater interest in the failures of tech companies lately but most of the focus has been on Facebook and Google …

The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.<p>Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin<p>At 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly …

Disease

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up.<p>The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.<p>The study took paid …

Samantha Bee returns with an angry apology

Samantha Bee apologized for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c–t” on her show “Full Frontal” Wednesday night — while adding that everyone should …

Become the creative you’ve always wanted to be by embracing these seven habits

The most commonly held belief about creativity is that it’s elusive, esoteric and unique only to the anointed few.<p>The ancient Greeks believed that creativity was a divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons. They …

Creativity