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Government workers cope with fallout from Ashley Madison hack

"No justification." That's how one attorney at the Department of Justice describes his use of cheating site Ashley Madison while in the office.<p>"That time of my life was just not good personally," he told CNNMoney. And now that he's been exposed? "You look like a moron," he said.<p>The massive data …

Ashley Madison

Reddit Is An Incubator Of Hate

Reddit’s decision to police “behavior, not ideas” isn’t just foolish — it’s reckless.<p>If, last week, as the world mourned the brutal church murder of nine black men and women in Charleston, South Carolina, you were to visit Reddit's most popular racist community and scroll down the right side of the …

10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

American pulp fiction first appeared on cheap, wood pulp paper. In the early 20th century, it lived in fiction magazines that cost no more than a …

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Artificial Intelligence

Historic photographs transformed into surreal animated GIFs by Nicolas Monterrat

The GIF works of Nicolas Monterrat, who uses vintage photographs as a base for his unsettling, trippy, subtle little animations.<p>[thisiscollosal via …

Philae comet lander 'wakes up' from hibernation to resume Rosetta mission

Spacecraft makes contact with scientists for first time in seven months after losing power following touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko<p>From aliens bursting forth from crew members’ chests to onboard computers developing a psychopathic mind of their own, waking from space hibernation …

The USGS Is Mapping Human-Caused Earthquake Hazards

Earthquake mapping reveals humans can actually cause earthquakes.<p>Just days after Oklahoma's government embraced the idea that human actions could, in fact, cause earthquakes, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a report outlining how they could potentially provide earthquake mapping …

Search for Ancient Teotihuacan King’s Tomb Takes Mercurial Twist

TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico -- A Mexican archaeologist hunting for a royal tomb in a deep, dark tunnel beneath a towering pre-Aztec pyramid has made a discovery that may have brought him a step closer: liquid mercury. In the bowels of Teotihuacan, a mysterious ancient city that was once the largest in the …

Archaeology

What is dark energy?

We need dark energy to explain why gravity seems to be driving galaxies in our universe apart instead of pulling them together.<p>The nature of dark …

To protect teens, don't keep them offline - Futurity

The best way to keep teenagers safe isn't keeping them off the internet entirely. Teaching them to be resilient is a better option, say researchers.

The Homer Simpson effect: forgetting to remember

New research suggests that the act of remembering causes forgetting of similar but irrelevant memories.<p>Homer Simpson wasn’t a neuroscientist, but he evidently had some insight into how the brain works. In one episode of the long-running series, he explains why education is wasted on him: “Every …

Study Explains Why Your Brain Makes You Snack

Breaking News Emails<p>Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.<p>SUBSCRIBE<p>You’ve tried every diet. You know to never eat standing at the fridge, you know to cut back on sugar, fat and other calorie-dense foods. You know to only eat when …

Neuroscience

Robots Used In Long-Distance Surgery Can Easily Be Hacked

Telemedical security could really use a facelift<p>In 2001, a doctor in New York completed what may seem like a routine surgery to remove a patient’s gallbladder. But in fact that procedure wasn’t routine at all, because the patient was in France. That was the first successful long-distance robotic …

Why looking at food could temporarily turn off cravings

Anew study in the journal Nature suggests that simply looking at food could turn off cravings for a short time<p>Staying away from sugary and fatty treats might seem like the best way for dieters to resist temptation.<p>But a new study in the journal Nature suggests that simply looking at food could turn …

Nutrition

Youthful binge drinking changes the brain - for the worse - into adulthood

The adult brain that was awash in alcohol during its formative years looks different and acts differently than an adult brain that skipped the youthful binge drinking, says a new study conducted on rats.<p>All grown up, the brain exposed to periodic alcoholic benders during adolescence and young …

The Brain

#GOTscience: The Fact and Fiction of Head Transplants

Political maneuvering and plain old hanky-panky have been taking center stage on "Game of Thrones," HBO's sword-and-sorcery series, but there's a Frankenstein tale taking place in the background: A discredited maester named Qyburn is doing something nefarious with a strongman's body in his …

TV Series

A weird 'platypus' dinosaur made of mismatched parts

Paleontologists have unearthed a strange new species of dinosaur that is unlike anything they have seen before.<p>The newly described <i>Chilesaurus</i> <i>diegosuarezi</i> was an ostrich-size dinosaur that walked upright like a <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> but had the teeth of a more primitive long-necked plant eater.<p>"The …

Dinosaurs

Watch DARPA's magic bullets change course to hit moving targets

We already have smart guns, but DARPA has taken the next logical step — the defense agency has built smart bullets. The military agency has shown off new footage of its Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance — shortened to EXACTO rounds — that show the smart bullets maneuvering in mid-air to hit moving …

The subtle science of selling – a six-step guide

Salespeople can lure you into buying their products with simple psychological tricks. Tiffanie Wen explores how they work.<p>If I told you this is the most important article you’ll read this week, you probably wouldn’t believe me. But what if I could say that 75% of your friends agreed? Or if I could …

Psychology

The mind-bending cuts in every movie you watch

The best recent long reads in science and technology, including dolphin conversation, death in space and the discombobulating effects of cinema.<p><b>Vision</b> | What it’s like to go blind<p>A blind person explains. “To many sighted people, the prospect of going blind is terrifying. They think about what they …

Elon Musk

Sonar app listens for signs of sleep apnea - Futurity

ApneaApp transforms a smartphone into an active sonar system that tracks tiny changes in a person's breathing movements while they sleep.

Sleep Apnea

Mystery of sun's corona solved? It's nanoflares, scientists say

One of the greatest mysteries of how stars behave has been right in our own backyard: the sun's corona. Scientists have long wondered what heats this thin, ethereal shell of particles to roughly 300 times the temperature of the surface of the sun itself.<p>Now, after combining evidence from a sounding …

Astronomy

Neurons translate noises into brain 'languages' - Futurity

Scientists studied a single neuron to observe one of the brain's fundamental transformations of information—in this case, sounds.

Neuroscience

Video: Star Wars Fan Builds Tiny Working Droid

BB-8? Great!<p>Full-length trailers for the latest Star Wars film aren’t even out yet, but a new character is already fast become a fan favorite. BB-8, an orange droid that looks like a half-dome head resting on top of a ball, appeared onstage earlier this month at the Star Wars Celebration in …

We should do more to secure our digital memories

On bit rot, Donkey Kong and old photographs<p>Recently I rescued some data from an old laptop with a broken screen and a failing disk drive. It was a very emotional experience.<p>This isn’t physics data. These are megabytes of music not petabytes of particles. Actually they are the songs I downloaded …

Corinthian students face difficult choices after shutdown

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) — Students lined up for hours under a blistering sun Tuesday outside now-closed Corinthian Colleges, hoping to get their transcripts and frustrated with their options: If they find another school willing to accept their credits, they won't qualify to have their existing loans …

College & University

The Shocking Secret of the Green Tea Kit Kat

Before leaving on a recent trip to Japan, friends and family kept asking me the same question: "Will you bring me back a Green Tea Kit Kat?" They could have asked for anything -- beautiful paper, handmade ceramics, cutting-edge electronics -- but all they wanted was candy. Easy enough, I thought. …

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction<p>What are sinkholes and what causes them?<p>A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in …

Porridge could be key to a long and healthy life, says Harvard University

Eating porridge, brown rice or corn each day could protect the heart against disease, Harvard University has found<p>A small bowl of porridge each day could be the key to a long and healthy life, after a major study by Harvard University found that whole grains reduce the risk of dying from heart …

Holistic Medicine