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We need to talk about an injustice

In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some …

Human Rights

I trained an AI to copy my voice and it scared me silly

Over the past year, I wrote about a bunch of companies working on voice synthesis technology. They were very much in the early stages of development, and only had some pre-made samples to show off. Now, researchers hailing from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms at the Universite de …

Machine Learning

Jeddah Tower: What does the world's next tallest skyscraper look like now?

<b>(CNN) —</b> These are the images that show what will soon be known as the world's next tallest building rising from the desert. When the 3,280-feet-tall (1,000-meter-tall) Jeddah Tower, in Saudi Arabia, opens in 2020, it will knock Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa off its throne as the tallest skyscraper in …

Jeddah

The French Built a Fake Paris to Fool German Bombers in World War One

In WWI, French authorities decided to build a replica Paris outside the city itself to fool German bombers into dropping their destructive loads …

Stone Tools Point to Mysterious Neighbor of Flores ‘Hobbit’

The sharp-edged stones were made at least 60,000 years before modern humans reached the island of Sulawesi—but who made them?<p>Stone tools found on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi predate the arrival of modern humans to the area by more than 60,000 years—but researchers aren’t sure who made …

Ancient History

What Motivated Japanese Aggression in World War II?

In the 1930s and 1940s, Japan seemed intent on colonizing all of Asia. It seized vast swathes of land and numerous islands; Korea was already under …

World History

Dark is beautiful: the battle to end the world's obsession with lighter skin

Skin colour bias has spawned a global, multibillion-dollar industry in cosmetic creams and invasive procedures. Mary-Rose Abraham talks to consumers and campaigners in India about the dangers this poses – and how to stop it<p>“It starts when children are young: the moment a child is born, relatives …

FDA

Voyager: Inside the world's greatest space mission

In 1977, two spacecraft started a mission that has redefined our knowledge of the Solar System – and will soon become our ambassadors on a journey into the unknown. BBC Future looks at their legacy, 40 years after launch.<p>In a beige-coloured cubicle, on the ground floor of a nondescript suburban …

Space

This foolish bird lover brought a few sparrows to America, and now there are 540 million of them

Don’t even mention the 220 million starlings…same guy<p>In the early 1850s, New York City’s trees were being ravaged by the larvae of the linden moth. …

Birds

Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition

The division of British India was poorly planned and brutally carried out, as fear and revenge attacks led to a bloody sectarian ‘cleansing’<p>On 3 June 1947, only six weeks before British India was carved up, a group of eight men sat around a table in New Delhi and agreed to partition the south Asian …

India

Kilian Jornet: Ten things no one tells you before you climb Everest (twice in one week)

Give yourself a pat on the back if you're able to get any of these things done twice in a week: going to the gym; cycling to work; sleeping for 8 hours; cooking a new recipe; forgoing Love Island to spend the evening reading War and Peace.<p>Now, savour that sweet pat on the back, because it's the …

Here’s what it looks like when a presidency falls apart, courtesy of Nixon’s squalid final hours

‘You don’t need another nail if you’re already in the coffin’<p>On an overcast Friday morning in August 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford and his wife, …

Donald Trump

It’s official: China suspects its “car-eating,” traffic-straddling bus is a total scam

China’s futuristic “car-eating” bus, already dead in its tracks, is now the focus of an investigation.<p>In theory, the Transit Elevated Bus, or TEB, is an electrically powered, 300-passenger vehicle that moves atop tracks straddling the highway while allowing road traffic to flow below. Billed as a …

China

13 Tips for the Perfect Campervan Trip

Looking to live your best #vanlife? Take this advice.<p>The campervan craze is sweeping the globe. Scan through your social media accounts, and you’re bound to land on someone’s trip through the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, or Iceland in one of these converted vehicles. Their popularity makes …

The Epic Untold Story of Nike’s (Almost) Perfect Marathon

<b>On the night</b> of May 5, 2017, Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s best marathon runner, lay awake with his eyes open and his mind racing.<p>Under ordinary …

Programmers who use spaces in their code get paid more than those who use tabs

No joke. Spaces vs. tabs has literally been dubbed the "eternal holy war," and is the subject of many a heated debate.<p>The debate centers on how to best line up those indented lines so that they are uniform, making the code easier to read.<p>Spaces vs. tabs was made famous by HBO's comedy "Silicon …

Silicon Valley

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Computer Science

Why you might want to disinherit your kids

(This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is adapted from the new book, “Entitlemania” by Richard Watts.)<p>Somewhere in our DNA …

Southern California

Manchester United condemn urban climbers who broke into Old Trafford in the wake of terror attack

Manchester United have blasted the 'stupid and irresponsible' men who sneaked into Old Trafford before climbing the stadium roof.<p>In a video released to Youtube called 'Sneaking into Manchester Stadium (Old Trafford), the parkour enthusiasts scaled the outside of the stadium before running across …

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace

The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo<p>Scattered over the land between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea lie the remnants of failed peace plans, international summits, …

Israel

Earth - The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous

Giving birth can be a long and painful process. It can also be deadly. The World Health Organization estimates that about 830 women die every day because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth – and that statistic is actually a 44% reduction on the 1990 level.<p>"The figures are just …

Pregnancy

Fifa: the video game that changed football

Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What’s the secret of its success?<p>Jan Tian stood in nervous silence in the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport. Beside him, his sister held an envelope containing a …

Soccer

Obama deserves praise for showing restraint on Syria

<b>To the editor:</b> When it comes to Syria, it is unfair to call a no-win situation a foreign policy failure. ("The tragic, unsurprising fall of Aleppo," Opinion, Dec. 18)<p>On the contrary,<p>President Obamaconsidered the long-term national security of the U.S. in deciding not to put large numbers of troops …

Amazon and online shopping are creating a huge problem for FedEx

Underneath those headline results, the company's release and subsequent earnings call revealed a growing challenge for the company: too many packages.<p>In a possible case of "too much, too soon" it appears that the growth of online shopping through Amazon and others has burdened FedEx with a sudden …

eCommerce

Holland appointed as England's assistant manager | Reuters

REUTERS - Steve Holland has been appointed England’s full-time assistant manager after an interim spell in the job, the Football Association (FA) said on its website.<p>Football Soccer - Swansea City v Chelsea - Barclays Premier League - Liberty Stadium - 9/4/16 Chelsea assistant first team coach …

Soccer

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem could provoke violent 'chaos', experts warn

Donald Trump’s oft-stated desire to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv has been seen by many as a grave threat to the Israel-Palestine peace process<p>Donald Trump’s plan to move the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be a “game changer”, according to diplomats, as senior Palestinian …

Israel

Why Jessica Alba's Honest Company Should Stop Acting Like a Tech Startup

Since its founding in 2011, the Honest Company has managed to tick all of the boxes required for a seemingly successful tech startup: regular …

Startups

'Loris Karius is like David De Gea'

Former Liverpool forward John Aldridge has backed the goalkeeper to bounce back from his poor form, stating that he might take time to settle in the Premier League<p>John Aldridge has claimed that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is taking time to settle in England, much like David De Gea did in his …

This 1983 test proved a ‘limited’ nuclear strike doesn’t exist. But the Obama administration still pursued it

Code named Proud Prophet, the exercise changed our whole strategy<p>Things are contentious again between us and Russia — our only serious nuclear rival, …