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The problem with Nigeria trying to spend its way out of extreme poverty by cash handouts

The Nigerian government has just launched a collateral-free loan scheme which will see two million petty traders receive $28 repayable in six months.<p>It’s the latest social intervention program under Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari. The government also offers free meals in public primary …

Africa

How a Battery Breakthrough May Lead to Electric Cars That Charge in Seconds

Why "flow batteries" might be the answer.<p>An impediment to electric car adoption is the fact that they can take a long time to charge. That means for …

Clean Energy

The first graphene jacket is here, and it’s magical

And it only costs $695.<p>At $695 a pop, Vollebak’s new graphene jacket isn’t for everyone. But if even half of what its creators promise is true, it could be worth every cent. According to the company, it shares many of the magical properties of graphene–absorbing heat and then warming you up over …

Graphene

Google location tracking: Turn it off for real

Google is watching you. That's what everyone says half-jokingly about the search giant, which has often been accused of Big Brother-style monitoring of your searches, voice activity and location.<p>Now it appears that even if you manually disable Google Location History, Google Maps and other apps may …

Maps

Analyst: Renewable energy will be 'effectively free' by 2030

Analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS believe that by 2030, we could all be living without much of a carbon footprint — at least at home. The analysts believe that the cost of renewable energy will continue to dive heading into the next decade, and that by 2030, costs will be so low they will …

Renewable Energy

16 Hilariously Bad Signs That'll Make You LOL And Facepalm

"This library is now selling free coffee for $1."

Selling

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Mathematics

The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid - MIT Technology Review

A pair of 500-foot smokestacks rise from a natural-gas power plant on the harbor of Moss Landing, California, casting an industrial pall over the …

Natural Gas

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of …

Metformin

A beginner's guide to AI: Natural language processing

<i>This is the third story in our continuing series covering the basics of AI. While it isn’t necessary to read the first article, which covers neural networks, doing so may add to your understanding of the topics covered in this one. If you’d like to know how computers “see,” visit the second article</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Evolutionary algorithm outperforms deep-learning machines at video games - MIT Technology Review

With all the excitement over neural networks and deep-learning techniques, it’s easy to imagine that the world of computer science consists of little …

Deep Learning

Data mining reveals fundamental pattern of human thinking - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1935, the American linguist George Zipf made a remarkable discovery. Zipf was curious about the relationship between common words and less …

Could The Present Ever Change The Past?

In our everyday lives, things seem to happen in a particular order. Things that happen to us seem to be triggered by earlier events. The upset stomach we have in the evening is caused by that third taco we had at lunch. Doing well on a final exam is thanks to studying the entire week before. Our …

Quantum Physics

I'm Bill Browder. Here's the Biggest Mistake Putin Made When Trying to Get Access to Me Through Trump

I wasn’t watching the Donald Trump–Vladimir Putin press conference from Helsinki. But when my phone started burning up with messages, I knew …

Russia

This AI Startup Could Be The Next DeepMind

Most people find it a pain to receive parcels in wide time slots like, say, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., so when delivery startup Paack offered a service in which everyone could narrow that window down to one hour, with no extra charge, it had a challenge on its hands. The startup’s routing engine …

Machine Learning

13 Books To Read After "Crazy Rich Asians"

To celebrate Hollywood's first all-Asian cast in 25 years, here's a list of some of my favorite books by Asian and Asian American authors.<p><b>If you’re like me</b>, you’ve been counting down the days until Hollywood’s first all-Asian cast in 25 years hits the big screen. To celebrate, I’ve compiled a list …

YouTube time traveler says he has footage of Las Vegas from the year 2120

On the same day YouTube announces measures to keep the fake news from spreading, a video of an alleged time traveler is gaining steam on the video …

Six Books that Will Change the Way You Think

Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink have selected the six Spring Finalist books for the Next Big Idea Club.<p>The votes are in! …

Black Lives Matter

10 Books That Will Make You More Interesting

We’re firm believers in the power of a good book to change lives, and it’s for this reason we set aside time every single day to knock down a few …

Physical Attraction Can Be Explained by More Than Just Evolution

A recent study sparks new debate about an age-old question.<p>Scientists still haven’t figured out exactly why humans are attracted to each other. …

Evolution

This Song Will Instantly Lower Your Stress Level By 65 Percent

It’s well-known that the right playlist can help you focus, sleep, and even make you happier in less than 30 seconds, but now, thanks to a team of …

Man, Crows Are Even Smarter and Scarier Than We Thought

They seem to be able to learn from each others' tools.<p>As humans, we love to think we have a monopoly on brain power. But the more we learn about the …

What makes a great leader, explained in eight counterintuitive charts

A couple of years after starting my most recent company, I had a scary realization. I noticed that by the time the business had grown to a hundred employees, my day-to-day role had gone from “guy who decides and builds things” to “guy who manages other people who decide and build things”—and I had …

Outer Space Could Revolutionize Air Conditioning

Americans love their air conditioning—and the rest of the world is catching on fast. The International Energy Agency predicts that the number of …

National University of Singapore

Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest upgrade in over a decade

WPA3 certification starts today<p>Wi-Fi devices have been using the same security protocol for over a decade. But today, that’ll begin to change: the Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees adoption of the Wi-Fi standard, is beginning to certify products that support WPA3, the successor to the WPA2 security …

This is how the robot uprising finally begins - MIT Technology Review

The robot arm is performing a peculiar kind of Sisyphean task. It hovers over a glistening pile of cooked chicken parts, dips down, and retrieves a …

Artificial Intelligence

The reason thousands of Swedish people are inserting microchips into themselves

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards, and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many …

Singularity

So You Want to Read Comedic Fantasy: Here’s Where to Start

The Tales of Pell<p><i>Iron Druid Chronicles</i> author Kevin Hearne and <i>Star Wars: Phasma</i> author Delilah S. Dawson’s <i>Kill the Farm Boy</i> is a take-no-prisoners …

Books

BCG vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, eight-year study shows

The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, an eight-year study has shown.<p>US researchers found that just one jab, followed by a booster four weeks later, brought down average blood sugar levels to near normal within three years, and the effect …

Diabetes

Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer's Disease

Two common herpes viruses appear to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.<p>The viruses, best known for causing a distinctive skin rash in young children, are abundant in brain tissue from people with Alzheimer's, a team of scientists reports Thursday in <i>Neuron.</i> The team also found evidence that the …

Dementia