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Google Buys AI Startup, Hires Ethics Board To Oversee It

So we're good! Nothing to worry about here. Move along.<p>In an apparent move to feed its smart-hardware ambitions, Google has bought an artificial intelligence startup, DeepMind, for somewhere in the ballpark of $500 million. Considering all of the data Google sifts through, and the fact that it …

Artificial Intelligence

1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pathogen that caused one of the most devastating plagues in human history, shedding light on where the disease came from and how it spread.<br>The Plague of Justinian occurred in the sixth century AD and resulted in more than 100 million deaths by some …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

LinkedIn Expands Its Jobs Database With A New Volunteer Marketplace For Unpaid Non-Profit Work

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world, has gained a reputation as a place to go when you’re looking for a job, or a person to fill a vacant role. Now the company is expanding on that idea with the launch of a Volunteer Marketplace — a place people can go to post and look for unpaid …

The ballad of the Romanian shepherd

<b>Shepherds have a special place in Romania's history and in its culture, and their lifestyle has not changed much in centuries - until now. Social media has turned at least one of them into a celebrity, writes Caroline Juler.</b><p>On a dank Monday evening some weeks ago, a Romanian shepherd called Ghita …

Romania

The one theology book all atheists really should read

One reason that modern-day debates between atheists and religious believers are so bad-tempered, tedious and infuriating is that neither side invests much effort in figuring out what the other actually means when they use the word 'God'. This is an embarrassing oversight, especially for the atheist …

Is this the farm of the future? Scientists in China are mass producing cloned pigs to test out new medicines. http://bbc.in/1lXvpOy The BBC's David Shukman is taken on a tour of a former shoe factory in Shenzhen where cloning is carried out on an industrial scale.

WATCH My Philosophy For A Happy Life: Inspirational Student Sam Berns, Who Died From Porgeria, at TEDx 2013

Sam Berns was a 17-year-old student from Massachusetts who dreamt of playing in his high school's marching band. But, unlike other students, he was …

Religious groups face increased hostility worldwide - report

(Reuters) - Violence and discrimination against religious groups by governments and rival faiths have reached new highs in all regions of the world except the Americas, according to a new Pew Research Centre report.<p>Pakistani Christians take part in a candle-lit Christmas service at the Cathedral …