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Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

Red states and blue states? Flyover country and the coasts? How simplistic. Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald and author of several books, says North America can be broken neatly into 11 separate nation-states, where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes …

A Study of Unfaithful Voles Links Genes to Brains to Behaviour

Prairie voles are meant to be models of monogamy. These adorable rodents form intense lifelong bonds, sticking with the same partner year after year, and raising many generations of pups together. But monogamy doesn’t mean fidelity. Male prairie voles will “cheat” on their partners, wandering into …

Neuroscience

Rise of the machines: Robots won’t just affect factory workers and clerks — but doctors and CEOs too

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CEOs
China

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Astrophysics

25 Greatest Internet DJ Mixes of All Time

Streams from Flying Lotus, Disclosure, DJ Snake and more<p>By , , , , , ,<p>There's no substitute for experiencing a skilled DJ in a killer space, mixing …

Miami Beach

The Hacking of Federal Data Is Much Worse Than It First Seemed

Cyber-attacks linked to China appear to have resulted in the theft of security-clearance records with sensitive data about millions of American military and intelligence personnel.<p>To truly understand just how rigorous and intrusive the process to get security clearance for the federal government …

Cyber-attacks

Just How Great a Threat Is China?

It is the most important country for America’s future. Does that mean it’s the most dangerous?<p>It’s still June 4, the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown that many young Chinese are completely unaware of, and about which the government is so hyper-sensitive that for years it has …

Political Science

Censorship and Salesmanship at America’s Biggest Book Fair

One evening last week, a group of writers, including Paul Auster, A. M. Homes, Jonathan Franzen, Ha Jin, Francine Prose, and Murong Xuecun, gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library to denounce censorship in China. Franzen read aloud a letter written by the Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti, …

Publishing

America's 'China Consensus' Implodes

In recent weeks a tsunami of papers, reports and articles have surfaced calling for a rethinking of U.S. policy toward China. They veer in all policy …

Geopolitics

Rescuers describe gruesome recovery of Chinese ship victims

Chinese military officials and soldiers described the grim task of removing hundreds of bodies from the salvaged wreckage of the capsized Eastern Star cruise ship Saturday as busloads of families gathered on the banks of the Yangtze River to mourn the dead.<p>Authorities who had worked through the …

China
Surveillance

What If One Country Achieves the Singularity First?

The possibility of a nationalistic singularity poses some scary ethical questions.<p>​<i>Zoltan Istvan is a futurist, author of The Transhumanist Wager, and founder of and presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party. He writes an occasional column for Motherboard in which he ruminates on the</i> …

Singularity

Killer robots will leave humans 'utterly defenceless' warns professor

Robots, called LAWS – lethal autonomous weapons systems – will be able to kill without human intervention<p>Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned.<p>Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research …

Robotics

'Deep Learning' Will Soon Give Us Super-Smart Robots

Yann LeCun is among those bringing a new level of artificial intelligence to popular internet services from the likes of Facebook, Google, and …