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Hot diggity dog! A forkin' awesome conversation with the cast of 'The Good Place'

“The Good Place” ended its first season with an astonishing, ground-shifting bombshell — Eleanor (Kristen Bell), a human trying to save her soul by becoming a better person after death, figured out that the Good Place was, in fact, the Bad Place, which should have been obvious all along what with …

TV

In pursuit of the perfect AI voice

The virtual personal assistant is romanticized in utopian portrayals of the future from <i>The Jetsons</i> to Star Trek. It's the cultured, disembodied voice at humanity's beck and call, eager and willing to do any number of menial tasks.<p>In its early real-world implementations, a virtual receptionist …

A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet

If you’ve read anything about quantum computers, you may have encountered the statement, “It’s like computing with zero and one at the same time.” …

Quantum Physics

The best VPNs to help keep your online browsing private

Online surveillance and data breaches are, unfortunately, an almost inevitable part of internet life. But there are things you can do protect your …

Bitcoin Could Become Illegal Almost Everywhere, After Shocking Discovery in The Blockchain

There's something hidden inside it.<p>The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence …

Could the Weirdness of Quantum Physics Produce a New Kind of Star?

It would be silly to think that scientists and astronomers have spotted all of the different kinds of weird things that exist in space. After all, …

What sugar does to your brain

To tell the story of what sugar does to your brain, you have to start with the thought that triggers your need for a hit of sweetness.<p>It often …

These secret Netflix codes unlock hidden show and movie categories

The recommended content on your Netflix account comes from a complicated algorithm analyzing your viewing history.<p>And unless you are sharing your …

Impressive look at how Rachel got recreated in Blade Runner 2049

Visual effects house MPC offers a fascinating glimpse into the remarkable work they did to digitally recreate Rachel in <i>Blade Runner 2049</i>. Each …

This app is the secret to never forgetting your passwords again

Making “password” your password just won’t cut it. You need strong combinations of numbers, letters, and weird characters to stay safe online. But …

'Stargate: Origins' trailer has an 'Indiana Jones' feel to it (updated)

<i>Stargate: Origins</i> will come to Stargate Command, a new streaming service focused on the franchise, on February 15th. Now MGM has released a full trailer for the show, and it looks pretty spectacular.<p><i>Origins</i> will focus on Catherine Langford, the daughter of the person who discovered the Stargate on …

How to send large files for free: the easiest ways to send massive files

For bigger file transfers, email is a no-go. So what are your options?<p>E-mail is creaking under the demands of the internet, and nowhere is that more …

Software

What an AI ethics expert thinks of 'Black Mirror' Season 4

The best <i>Black Mirror</i> episodes don't just leave you wondering whether these futures <i>could</i> happen. They force you to consider what it would mean if they …

The best board games of 2017.

<i>This</i> <i>article</i> <i>originally appeared on the</i> <i>Strategist</i><i>.</i><p>The ongoing boom in tabletop board-gaming shows no sign of slowing any time soon; Boardgamegeek lists …

5 Things You Didn't Know Your Xbox One Could Do

Microsoft's Xbox One isn't the most popular gaming console, but it's still as relevant as ever. If you're new to the Xbox, there are plenty of …

The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books<p>2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the …

The physics of time travel isn’t just the stuff of science fiction

We’re all time travelers nowadays. We project ourselves mentally into the misty past and the risky future. We revisit and revise our memories. We invent possible futures and explore them with anticipation and desire. We’re temporal experts and manipulators; we have flashbacks and flashforwards and …

How science transformed the world in 100 years

<b>In an essay for the BBC, Nobel Prize-winner and Royal Society President Sir Venki Ramakrishnan contemplates the nature of scientific discovery - how it has transformed our worldview in a short space of time, and why we need to be just as watchful today about the uses of research as we've ever …

Physics

Sun-like star may have devoured 15 alien planets

A distant sun-like star may have devoured a dozen or more of its own Earth-size planets, new research shows.<p>Researchers named the star Kronos, after the Titan of Greek mythology who ate his own children out of fears they'd dethrone him, according to a statement from Princeton University. Kronos …

New Twists in the Road to Quantum Supremacy - MIT Technology Review

After decades of hype and headlines, quantum computers are finally poised to demonstrate their superiority over conventional machines.<p>Precisely when …

IBM scientists say radical new ‘in-memory’ computing architecture will speed up computers by 200 times

(Left) Schematic of conventional von Neumann computer architecture, where the memory and computing units are physically separated. To perform a …

Machine Learning

Scientists Have Concluded That The Universe Shouldn't Really Exist

And yet here we are.<p>Scientists just confirmed the problem at the centre of the Universe: it shouldn't really exist at all.<p>That's because at the very …

Physics

Senate diverges over renewal of internet spying law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate panel on Tuesday approved legislation to renew the National Security Agency’s internet surveillance program, while other lawmakers pushed a competing measure seeking to end the ability to search for data on Americans without a warrant.<p>Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) speaks …

Surveillance

Courting Democratic Ire, Republicans Open New Obama-Era Inquiries

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday announced investigations into two of President Trump’s most frequent grievances, unveiling new inquiries into actions of the Obama administration connected to Hillary Clinton.<p>In the first of two back-to-back announcements, the top Republicans on the House …

The infamous Trump/Russia dossier was funded in part by Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer

Lawyer Marc Elias paid Fusion GPS to research Trump’s ties to Russia.<p>It’s long been known that research that went into the “Steele dossier” — an infamous document filled with lurid allegations about Donald Trump’s links to Russia that eventually drew FBI interest — was funded by Trump’s political …

Breakdown in North Korea Talks Sounds Alarms on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Diplomatic efforts between the United States and North Korea are in peril with Pyongyang shunning talks in response to President Donald Trump’s increased public attacks on Kim Jong Un, according to multiple U.S. government and congressional officials.<p>Joseph Yun, a top American diplomat …

Schumer takes hard line with Trump on taxes

'There is a path forward, but only after this tax bill fails,' Schumer says in a new 'POLITICO Money' podcast.<p><i>Subscribe to POLITICO Money on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>NEW YORK — Chuck Schumer has shown he’s willing to cut deals with President Donald Trump. But the Senate …

Senate kills rule that made it easier to sue banks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote Tuesday night to repeal a rule that made it easier for Americans to sue their banks and credit card companies.<p>Senators passed the measure by a vote of 51-50, handing Wall Street its first major win since President Donald Trump took office …

Wall Street

4 Best Real-Time Strategy Video Games You Should Buy In 2017

By building off the foundations and bolstering the series with memorable missions, an incredible story, and awe-inspiring visuals, Blizzard has …