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We matched NBA faces with paintings on Google, and the results are hilarious - CBSSports.com

Do NBA players have look-a-likes from famous paintings? We found out on the new Arts & Culture app<p>You can't open your Twitter or Instagram timeline …

LaVar Ball

The Highs of ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Outweigh the Lows

Is it possible for a piece of pop culture to be an imitation when it’s already being imitated?<p>That’s the tricky hypothetical facing <i>Philip K. Dick</i>’<i>s</i> …

Science Fiction

AI researcher Monty Barlow teaches a computer to figure out American accents

Monty Barlow is a researcher at Cambridge Consultants and his recent work involves teaching a computer to discern between British and American accents. The project, which Barlow sees as part of a suite of machine-learning solutions that will grow to encompass “true” AI, appeared at CES last …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to <i>Mad Max</i>—if not George Miller’s insanely influential …

Philip K. Dick

When It Comes to Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind

In 2015, a black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company’s Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as …

Google

‘The Lowest White Man’

I guess Donald Trump was eager to counter the impression in Michael Wolff’s book that he is irascible, mentally small and possibly insane. On Tuesday, he allowed a bipartisan session in the White House about immigration to be televised for nearly an hour.<p>Surely, he thought that he would be able to …

Racism

These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire

Even more proof Australian wildlife is nuts.<p>It's pretty hot in Australia right now. A brutal heatwave that's incinerated temperature records …

Birds

Why dolphins are deep thinkers

The more we study dolphins, the brighter they turn out to be, writes Anuschka de Rohan<p>At the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi, Kelly the dolphin has built up quite a reputation. All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until …

Dolphins

The extraordinary life of Nikola Tesla, a virgin inventor who spoke 8 languages

Match the following figures – Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Nobel and Nikola Tesla – with these biographical facts:<p>Spoke eight languages<br>• Produced the first motor that ran on AC current<br>• Developed the underlying technology for wireless communication over long distances<br>• Held …

Thomas Edison

Beyond the gossip, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury reveals a president in crisis

Donald Trump’s staff knew he shouldn’t be president. Now they have to deal with the fact that he is.<p>As the old saying goes, every cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and ends as a racket. Donald Trump’s political career has proceeded in reverse. It began as a racket, became a business, …

Donald Trump

KweliTV is Netflix for black people, by black people, starring black people

Kweli.tv aims to be the go-to streaming media platform for black filmmakers all over the world to share their content and make money from its distribution. KweliTV handpicks all of its content, with 98 percent of the content having been official selections at film festivals worldwide.<p>“There are a …

Streaming

Time for Unrest: Why Patients with ME are demanding justice

“I feel <i>seen</i> for the first time!” exalts one viewer. “I feel vindicated. I finally understand what’s wrong with me, I think I’ve had this all my …

Fibromyalgia

Ravens Are So Smart, One Hacked This Researcher's Experiment

Researchers had to remove the bird because they were worried it’d teach the others.<p>We're entering the Dawn of the Planet of the Ravens.<p>In fact, these birds are so intelligent that they're able to plan ahead for future events—something that has only been seen in humans and great apes until now—and …

On its hundredth birthday in 1959, Edward Teller warned the oil industry about global warming

Somebody cut the cake – new documents reveal that American oil writ large was warned of global warming at its 100th birthday party.<p>It was a typical November day in New York City. The year: 1959. Robert Dunlop, 50 years old and photographed later as clean-shaven, hair carefully parted, his earnest …

Climate Change

The Divide Between America’s Prosperous Cities and Struggling Small Towns—in 20 Charts - WSJ

About 1 in 7 Americans lives in rural parts of the country—1,800 counties that sit outside any metropolitan area. A generation ago, most of these places had working economies, a strong social fabric and a way of life that drew a steady stream of urban migrants. Today, many are in crisis. …

21st Century

Anarchy united them, but nudity tore them apart

<b>How a splintered group of self-defined outcasts lost a battle of “nudes versus prudes”</b><p><b>(This article is the fourth in a 5-part series about</b> …

Puget Sound

13 Surprisingly Weird Reasons Why Crows And Ravens Are The Best Birds, No Question

They're definitely better than monkeys.<p>We're sure you have your favourite animal. It may even be a really smart one. But corvids - such as crows, …

Birds

Instability-in-Chief

Why you can’t blame mass incarceration on the war on drugs

The standard liberal narrative about mass incarceration gets a lot wrong. A new book breaks through the myths.<p>There’s a “Standard Story” that many Americans, particularly on the left, believe about mass incarceration: During the 1970s and ’80s, the federal government dramatically escalated its war …

Prison

Deep Voice 3: 2000-Speaker Neural Text-to-Speech

Today, we are excited to announce Deep Voice 3, the latest milestone of Baidu Research’s Deep Voice project. Deep Voice 3 teaches machines to speak …

Machine Learning

Baidu’s text-to-speech system mimics a variety of accents ‘perfectly'

Chinese tech giant Baidu's text-to-speech system, Deep Voice, is making a lot of progress toward sounding more human. The latest news about the tech are audio samples showcasing its ability to accurately portray differences in regional accents. The company says that the new version, aptly named …

Artificial Intelligence

There Might Be A Universe Inside Every Black Hole

Most experts agree that the universe started as an infinitely hot and dense point called a singularity. Wait a minute. Isn't that what people call …

Space Science

Science You Might Have Missed in 2017

Birds barter shrewdly, jellyfish sleep brainlessly, and researchers raise their statistical standards.<p>This year it was easy for any story about science or nature to get, quite literally, eclipsed. When the world wasn’t fixated on the total solar eclipse that traversed the continental U.S., …

Science

Why red and green are the colors of Christmas

The evolution of red and green as Christmas colors is a convoluted story. According to Arielle Eckstut, the coauthor of "The Secret Language of Color," both nature and Coca-Cola had a hand in shaping that history. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Arielle Eckstut:</b> So there is no definitive …

Christmas

Three books Stanford asks every new student to read

Fresh off the excitement of gaining acceptance into the most competitive university in America, Stanford University incoming freshmen will likely …

Books

What's the Ideal Number of Humans on Earth?

Earth might be looking a little worse for wear, after the last four-hundred years of reckless wide-scale resource extraction, but to its credit it …

Geography

14 Netflix Series And Movies That Will Totally Mess With Your Head

If Black Mirror wasn't enough for you, here are some picks with more nightmares, disturbing visions, and very weird plots.<p><i>This post was translated from Portuguese.</i>

Netflix

Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear

We asked a group of writers to consider the forces that have shaped our lives in 2017. Here, science fiction writer Ted Chiang looks at capitalism, Silicon Valley, and its fear of superintelligent AI.<p><b>This summer,</b> <b>Elon Musk spoke</b> to the National Governors Association and told them that “AI is a …

Silicon Valley

A three-mile-wide asteroid just slipped by Earth, but its next pass will really be one for the books

It’s Monday, and since you didn’t die in a fiery apocalyptic hellscape over the weekend that means that the massive space rock named 3200 Phaethon …

Space Exploration