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IBM Watson Is Giving Developers Five New AI Tools To Play With

After opening its impressive artificial intelligence tools to developers last year, IBM Watson has today added five new APIs for developers to take advantage of.<p>The new tools available in the Watson Developer Cloud include speech recognition, synthesizing natural-sounding language from text, image …

Project based learning for schools comes to life with new BBC Earth natural history film, Enchanted Kingdom

Originally posted on the Microsoft News Centre UK.<p>Microsoft teams up with BBC Earth and Broadclyst Primary School to provide schools with an …

SCOTUS, Interrupted: Wolf PAC Takes Citizens United Repeal To The States

Close your eyes and imagine America circumventing a do-nothing Congress, and a blatantly partisan Supreme Court of the United States, to effect …

Government

10 Lies You Tell Yourself To Feel Better About Bad Decisions

Everyone’s guilty of making poor choices once in a while, but some people engage in bad decision-making more often than others. There’s often a cycle …

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

<b>10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little …

Africa Needs to Move Forward on Renewable Energy — Global Issues

Thursday, January 22, 2015<p>Inter Press Service<p>ABU DHABI, Jan 22 (IPS) - Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable …

Is China Starting To Crackdown On Alibaba's "Illegal Operations"?

It appears the Chinese government has decided it is time to remind the nation's richest man (and millions of retail investors in America) who is in …

China

The 30,000 futures of the brain

<i>How will we crack the brain?</i><p>If you would like see things straight out of a science fiction movie, you should visit a neuroscience laboratory. …

Insects Wear Tiny Spacesuits, for Science

What's the best way to keep an insect from exploding in a powerful vacuum? Wrap it in a tiny spacesuit.<p>Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) provide incredibly detailed images of biological specimens, but the instruments have not been able to image living organisms because of the powerful vacuum …

R700 billion lost to corruption in South Africa

South Africa has lost R700 billion to corruption over the last 20 years, the Institute of Internal Auditors said on Wednesday.<p>“The cost of corruption …

Africa

How a global ivory mafia is killing Africa's elephants

Working in partnership, Asian and African criminal gangs control the entire supply chain from source to market<p>Shortly before 11am on the last …

You don’t have a soul: The real science that debunks superstitious charlatans

<b>Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in "Ghost" (Paramount Pictures)</b><p>Trust science, not myth: Religious hucksters with claims of immortal souls are lying. Let’s embrace reality<p>Julien Musolino<p>January 25, 2015 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain From Letting Go of Our …

President Barack Obama to meet, pay respects to new Saudi King

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in order to meet the newly appointed monarch, King Salman, and pay his respects to the family of the late King Abdullah, the White House said Saturday.<p>Vice President Joe Biden was originally set to have led a delegation to …

Surreal Paintings of Whimsical Hybrid Creatures by Jacek Yerka

Polish artist Jacek Yerka has the ability to transform ordinary concepts into incredibly imaginative, surreal scenes, as he demonstrates in his paintings of extraordinary creatures. With vivid colors and lush details, Yerka brings to life whimsical beasts that inhabit worlds filled with fantasy and …

Live Broadcast from Inside the Nerve Cell

<b>For the first time, Max Planck researchers observe protein degradation in intact brain cells.</b><p>Scientists estimate that our brain consists of about ten …

Neuroscience

Scientists Design Biological Safety Switch For GMOs

In a bid to reduce the risk of genetically modified organisms escaping into the environment and disturbing natural ecosystems, two groups of …

Biology

Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect

Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the …