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Google says its AI-powered speech synthesis system almost indistinguishable from human speech

Google claims that the latest version of its AI-powered speech synthesis system, Tacotron 2, is almost indistinguishable from human speech – and has put some comparative examples online to demonstrate.<p>Tacotron 2 works directly from written text, and Google says it can use context to correctly …

Artificial Intelligence

Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”<p>It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers …

Surveillance

People Swear by This Easy, Unexpected Tea Recipe as an Insomnia Remedy

If you've ever experienced bouts of insomnia, then you know how unbelievably stressful and exhausting it can be to lay restless and unable to sleep at night, even when you'd like nothing more than to be embraced by slumber. Many insomnia sufferers search high and low for remedies, and it seems that …

There's A Physics Trick To Keep Your Shoes From Coming Untied

In order to tie your shoes, there’s a simple knot that almost all of us learn how to make when we’re small children: a “criss-cross and tuck” part, followed by a “loop-and-pull” part. That simple knot has three strong advantages to it over most other types:<p>It effectively takes up the rest of the …

CrissCross

What happens to political satire when the real world goes mad? ‘Veep’ is about to find out.

<b>On Nov. 8,</b> as the nation picked its 45th president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus spent the night observing a fake election.<p>The scene, filmed for an upcoming episode of the political comedy “Veep,” unfolded in what was supposed to be a polling station in a post-Soviet republic. Actors dressed as villagers — …

Comedy

16 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; or maybe it's simply that they're easy to be around. You just like them.<p>But scientists generally aren't satisfied with answers like that, and they've spent years trying to pinpoint the exact factors that draw one person to …

Psychology

An ancient memorization strategy might cause lasting changes to the brain

Using the memory techniques of the pros alters patterns in brain activity, new research says<p>Weird as it might sound, there are competitive rememberers out there who can memorize a deck of cards in seconds or dozens of words in minutes. So, naturally, someone decided to study them. It turns out that …

A handy reference guide to Donald Trump's terrible handshakes

Donald Trump's handshakes are just like Donald Trump: bizarre, aggressive and not presidential. But they sure are fun to make GIFs of.<p>Here is your …

Apple rolling out iOS 10.3 beta 2 for iPhone and iPad

Apple is rolling out the second iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The upcoming software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more. We’ll update and highlight any changes discovered below.<p>iOS 10.3 is currently …

Beta Testing

Herbal medicines can have dangerous side effects, research reveals

Herbal medicines can cause kidney failure and liver damage in some consumers because they contain toxic chemicals or heavy metals, or react harmfully with other drugs, a study has found.<p>The finding comes from a paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday. Researchers led by the …

Biomedicine

Your Personality Changes When You Move to a New Place

When people move across state lines, they usually think about what their new place will be like, their new neighbors, their new town — in short, all …

Psychology

I Asked a Psychopath How to Stop Caring About Rejection

As Dr. James Fallon describes, "When I get rejected, I feel bad for like negative-two seconds. I just don't give a shit."<p>I recently went on a date with a beautiful and smart girl who laughed at all my jokes and then never replied to my texts. I walked away from the date thinking <i>nailed it!</i> while I …

How to unlock Netflix to watch every movie and TV show using these secret codes

With this simple trick, Netflix users can unlock a whole new world of content.<p>Netflix users are already in treat with a wide range of movies and TV …

Dad Trolls His Daughter By Recreating Her Selfies

If you think your dad's embarrassing then you obviously haven't met Chris Martin (not the singer from Coldplay. Just to clarify). Because this guy …

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …

The Medical and Microbiological Consequences of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol consumption has been a part of human activity for millennia though not everyone does so responsibly. Back in the 1800s, public health officials first took note of the issue of alcohol abuse, which was known then as intemperance. They were keenly aware there was a link between the amount of …

Medical Research