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200,000 trillion calculations per second: U.S. launches the world’s most powerful supercomputer

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IBM have successfully built and launched the Summit supercomputer, the world's most powerful and smartest supercomputer.<p>The powerful computer is the next step toward a national goal of developing the world's first fully capable exascale machine …

Supercomputers

A Physicist Has Proposed a Grim Explanation For Why We Never See Aliens

The fault in our stars.<p>The Universe is so unimaginably big, and it's positively teeming with an almost infinite supply of potentially life-giving …

Universe

AI outperforms human doctors in spotting skin cancer

In January last year scientists reported that artificial intelligence was almost as effective at identifying skin cancer as dermatologists. Now, less than 18 months later, it's even better. In an experiment between a deep learning convolutional neural network (or CNN) and 58 dermatologists, …

Generation Z is already moving away from Facebook, and 8 more industries could be next

Ishan Goel, a 19-year-old marketing strategist with the Mark Cuban Companies, said it was "not cool" for his fellow Gen Zers to be on Facebook. For today's teens, Facebook is just a tool for group chats or keeping up with parents.<p>"People aren't wanting to post stuff consistently," Goel told …

Did Hobby Lobby Buy a Piece of the Bible Illegally Sold on eBay?

Sketchy doesn't even begin to describe the controversy surrounding artifacts in the new Museum of the Bible, which is backed by evangelicals …

6 Gruesome Origins Of Fairy Tales That Will Ruin Your Childhood Forever

We often think of fairy tales as being idyllic and gentle, just as we believe childhood itself is. What we tend to forget as adults, though — in an …

9 common punctuation mistakes that make you look dumb

National Punctuation Day is celebrated every year in the US on September 24.<p>Founded by Jeff Rubin in 2004, the day was created to celebrate the correct usage of all punctuation, from the "lowly comma" to the "ever-mysterious ellipsis."<p>In honor of National Punctuation Day this year, INSIDER rounded …

Animated Game of Thrones Prequel Tackles the Mystery of the Doom of Valyria

<i>Game of Thrones</i> will be over in two seasons, but HBO is already peering around the corner for what’s next. The network is working on at least four …

20 Free UX eBooks You Must Read

There is always something new that you can learn about UX, whether we’re talking about best UX practices, new trends, prototyping techniques, or …

Game of Thrones: 20 book bits they cut from the show, from Daenerys's lesbian sex to Tyrion's hideous crimes

Game of Thrones: 50 things you didn't know

Experts Predict When A.I. Will Beat Humans In Everything

We had a good run.<p>After three years, A.I. will likely beat humans at Angry Birds, according to a major new survey of A.I. experts.<p>After four years, …

Artificial Intelligence

How to improve your memory and never forget anything

Many of us regularly dream of the days when we can finally put our feet up and do the crossword after years in the workforce. However the answers to that crossword might not be as easy to recall as we imagine.<p>A recent study shows retirement causes brain function to rapidly decline, with short-term …

What is consciousness?

Where does human consciousness arise from? Was there an evolutionary moment when the light switched on? Are animals conscious, too? We ask the …

There Are More Games of Chess Possible Than Atoms In The Universe

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Mathematics

Digital Photography

An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, …

That One Time Kit Harington Accidentally Punched Another Game of Thrones Actor in the Face

“I had to buy him a pint after that one.”<p>Sunday’s installment of <i>Game of Thrones</i> finally gave fans the showdown they’ve been waiting for. As promised by the episode’s title, the installment was dominated by a “Battle of the Bastards” between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton. And as harrowing as the …

Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense

For Sunspring's exclusive debut on Ars, we talked to the filmmakers about collaborating with an AI.<p>Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of</i> …

Fans are coming up with some bizarre 'Game of Thrones' theories about Arya — but you shouldn’t believe any of them

We need to talk about Arya Stark.<p>Over the past several weeks, people in the "Game of Thrones" fandom have been digging for a greater purpose to Arya's lackluster storyline. Since the beginning of season five, most of Arya's screentime included getting beat down with a stick and assuring Jaqen she …

So it turns out there's another thing we missed in the "Game of Thrones" credits

If I’ve learned anything in the last 24 hours, it’s that I need to do a better job paying close attention to the <i>Game of Thrones</i> opening credits. My …

This "Game Of Thrones" Fan Theory About Cersei And Jaime Is Insane

Could history repeat itself?<p>* <b>Cersei wouldn't marry a prince, but a king.</b> At the time of the prophecy, Cersei expected to marry Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. But he later married Elia Martell and then was killed by Robert Baratheon, who became king – and Cersei's husband.<p>* <b>The king would have 20 children</b> …

Game of Thrones: What Did Margaery's Note to Olenna Mean?

Margaery managed to slip a message to Lady Olenna despite the watchful eye of her septa, but it was pretty cryptic<p><i>(Spoiler alert. This post contains</i> …

The 7 worst 'Game of Thrones' storylines ranked

Season six of "Game of Thrones" is the best the show's been in years, bringing together long-diverging storylines in exciting, unexpected ways and finally answering questions about the histories of the Starks, the White Walkers and, of course, poor Hodor.<p>The show's certainly come a long way in its …

These "Game Of Thrones" Fan Theories Might Happen Next Week

Get hype! Contains SPOILERS.<p>* Where The Fuck Is Gendry On “Game Of Thrones”?<p>* Benjen Stark Is Back And People Are Losing It<p>* This “Game Of Thrones” Fan Theory Might Reveal The Starks’ Future

"Game Of Thrones" May Have Foreshadowed A Major Character's Death In A Previous Season

This post contains GoT Season 6 spoilers.

Game of Thrones season 6 episode 7: ‘The Broken Man’ features writer’s favourite sequence in all six seasons

After a bit of a lacklustre episode 6, <i>Game of Thrones</i> fans’ attention is turning to S06E07, in which we can expect a big sequence that took a lot of …

The Hints That Reveal Margaery's True Intentions on Game of Thrones

The past couple episodes of of <b>Game of Thrones</b> have yielded quite a bit of action. We got reacquainted with one Benjen Stark, we caught a glimpse of the Mad King Aerys, and we even met the sassiest character to date. And yet, in one of the more confusing moments, Margaery Tyrell suddenly seems to …

TV Series

3 clues from recent 'Game of Thrones' episodes hint at a devastating fan theory

"Game of Thrones" fan theories are a dime a dozen, and they range from tinfoil levels of conspiracy to probable fact. With season six outpacing George R.R. Martin's book series, some theories are beginning to see more and more evidence from the show.<p>One of these predictions involves the iconic ice …