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One Simple Reason Why Touching The Sun Is So Hard

This past weekend, NASA successfully launched the Parker Solar Probe: the first spacecraft that will ever touch, with its own instruments, solar material directly in the vicinity of the Sun itself. It seems paradoxical: how could it be so difficult to collide with the source of 99.8% of the mass in …


8 Reasons You're Waking Up Mid-Sleep, and How to Fix Them

One minute you’re snoozing peacefully, the next you’re wide awake in the dead of night. Sound familiar? Unless you’re blessed enough to conk out like …


These 10 Tips For Using Light Will Supercharge Your Photos

We all know that using light is one of the most important factors in photography. At the same time, it can be one of the most challenging aspects of …

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Can you read at superhuman speeds?

If we cut the time spent moving our eyes, we can read at much greater speeds. Give speed-reading a try yourself in this video.<p>Reading English has been the same for centuries – you start at the top of the page and work left to right, line by line. But what if that was all about to change?<p>The problem …


Forget Doorframes: Expert Advice on Earthquake Survival Strategies

Indonesia’s Lombok quake revives the question of taking cover versus running outside

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Is it a Massive Planet or a Tiny Brown Dwarf. This Object is Right at the Border Between Planet and Star

Rogue planets are a not-too-uncommon occurrence in our Universe. In fact, within our galaxy alone, it is estimated that there are billions of rogue …


Incredible Planet Discovery Yields 44 Confirmed Exoplanets ‘In One Go’

Aside from the 44 confirmed extrasolar planets, the astronomers also found 27 planet candidates, 'most of which are likely to be real.'<p>In an amazing …


Fox News Thinks Trump Shouldn’t Talk to Mueller Because He’s Not Allowed to Even “Tell One Lie”

Apparently, it’s unfair that you can’t lie to federal investigators.<p>Fox News's devotion to Donald Trump can be a double-edged sword. Yes, the anchors get to exert an insane amount of control over what Donald Trump says and thinks, but they also give him a platform to run himself into the ground and …

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Corn Variety Grabs Fertilizer from the Air

A variety of corn from Oaxaca, Mexico, has aerial roots that harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria, allowing the corn to suck nitrogen straight from the …


Google's Duplex AI Scares Some People, but I Can't Wait for It to Become a Thing

Google's new assistant sounds almost scarily human

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Russian immigrant running for US House seat in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — At age 37, Dimitri Shein has already lived the American dream.<p>Born in the Soviet Union, Shein recalls standing in bread lines with his grandfather. After moving to Alaska in the early 1990s, he and his mother, who had married a man in Anchorage, wound up living in a shelter …


Trump's Russia Admission Is No Mere Scandal. It's a Betrayal.

During a presidential campaign, accepting help from Russia “to get information on an opponent” is an ugly and unpatriotic act. It casts contempt on the countless people who have put their lives on the line for our republic and the principles for which it stands.<p>In 2007 and 2008, I was honored to …

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4 Practical Benefits Of A Wide Angle Lens That You Should Know

When you first start out in photography, it is hard to get a feel for the benefits of a wide angle lens. There was a time when you bought a new …

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‘The Beginning of a Wave’: A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace

There is no shortage of predictions about how artificial intelligence is going to reshape where, how and if people work in the future.<p>But the grand work-changing projects of A.I., like self-driving cars and humanoid robots, are not yet commercial products. A more humble version of the technology, …

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Europe Deals A Blow To CRISPR Technology, U.S. Approves 'Bleeding' Veggie Burger

Last week was a momentous one for the future of genetically engineered foods, both in the U.S. and in Europe. On July 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Impossible Burger, an all-veggie burger that "bleeds" and sizzles just like meat. The burger's star ingredient — a protein …


The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …


Judge orders full restart of DACA program

A D.C.-based federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to restart in full the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.<p>The decision is the latest legal blow against President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Obama-era program, which offers deportation relief to …


Who is Q? Behind the conspiracy theory erupting at Trump rallies

TAMPA, Fla. — Amid the ‘‘Trump 2020’’ placards, the ‘‘Women for Trump’’ signs, and the ‘‘CNN SUCKS’’ T-shirts, the most inscrutable message that came …

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US appeals court upholds California bullet stamping law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California requirement that new models of semi-automatic handguns stamp identifying information on bullet casings when fired is a "real-world solution" to help solve gun crimes, a divided U.S. appeals court said Friday in a decision that upheld the novel law.<p>The stamping …


Even cops say this new Alexa 'skill' might scare off potential burglars

SAN FRANCISCO – Homeowners have always come up with clever ways to scare away potential burglars. They leave the television on while they’re away, install dummy cameras or plant the classic “BEWARE OF DOG” sign in the front yard, even though it’s just a teacup poodle in the backyard.<p>A new “skill” …

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8 things you’re better off buying used

You’ve probably heard buying secondhand is a good way to save more money. And that’s true—if you know how to do it right. That’s because it’s not …

Personal Finance

Citizen AI: Raising AI to Benefit Providers, Plans and Patients

Artificial intelligence (AI) now has a deeper touch in healthcare. It is much more than a technological tool—it is part of the workforce. AI is using …

Trump Urges Sessions To End Mueller Investigation, As Manafort Trial Day 2 Continues

<b>Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET</b><p>President Trump asked his attorney general to stop Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation Wednesday morning, as the first trial stemming from that investigation entered its second day.<p>Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, is on trial in Alexandria, Va., for …

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Jeff Bezos’s Parents Gambled on His Big Idea — and Now Could Be Worth Billions

In 1995, Jackie and Mike Bezos invested $245,573 into Amazon.<p>It may be the most successful venture investment of all time.<p>In 1995, Jackie and Mike …

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Rare blue diamonds may be Earth's deepest secret

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Hope Diamond, a rare blue diamond that is one of the world's most famous jewels, has had a complicated history, passing through the hands of monarchs and bankers and heiresses and thieves before landing for all to see at a Washington museum.<p>The geological history of blue …


Is it time to automate politicians?

A poll of British consumers conducted by software firm OpenText found that one in four Brits think robots would do a better job than humans as …

Artificial Intelligence

Is this the end of household chores?

We’re at the point where AI can take on mundane household tasks – if slowly. And the implications of this technology go far beyond folding laundry.<p>Few of us relish housework. Who wouldn’t welcome a helping hand to tackle chores like laundry?<p>So it may be exciting to learn that laundry-folding robots …


Flippy the burger robot gets call to the majors

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‘The map is different now’: Trump blows the 2020 race wide open

The next presidential campaign is going to be fought on unfamiliar battlegrounds.<p>For years, presidential campaigns followed relatively predictable lines of trench warfare, with the outcome decided in a handful of battleground states.<p>But the era of the hardened electoral map — 40 of 50 states voted …


What's going on with Donald Trump? Psychologist explains the president’s lies, reversals

Trump's lies and reversals are not due to mental illness but because he reacts to people and situations in the moment, with no thought of future or past.<p>When I saw CNN’s Jake Tapper suddenly blurt out, “What the hell is going on?” in an online video the other day, I thought I’d better speak up.<p>Like …

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