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Artificial lights are eating away at dark nights — and that's not a good thing

Earth is losing its darkness. A new study using satellite data finds that artificially lit surfaces around the world are spreading and growing brighter, producing more light pollution at night.<p>The findings, described in the journal Science Advances, track what researchers called a worrisome trend …

Ecology

My mother spent her life passing as white. Discovering her secret changed my view of race — and myself.

I’d never seen my mother so afraid.<p>“Promise me,” she pleaded, “you won’t tell anyone until after I die. How will I hold my head up with my friends?”<p>For two years, I’d waited for the right moment to confront my mother with the shocking discovery I made in 1995 while scrolling through the 1900 …

Racism

Ethics And AI: The Key To Building Trust And Empowerment

AI is having an identity crisis. Or, more specifically, the concept of artificial intelligence is often wrongly portrayed as a thing, a noun or …

Intelligence

Over 274,000 people registered as organ donors in China's Hong Kong - Xinhua

HONG KONG, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- More than 274,000 people have registered as organ donors in Hong Kong, secretary for health of the government of …

China

Amid GMO Strife, Food Industry Vies For Public Trust In CRISPR Technology

There's a genetic technology that scientists are eager to apply to food, touting its possibilities for things like mushrooms that don't brown and pigs that are resistant to deadly diseases.<p>And food industry groups, still reeling from widespread protests against genetically engineered corn and …

Agriculture

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

Machine Learning

Abortion clinic accused of paying staff bonuses for persuading women to terminate pregnancies

A damning report has accused one of the UK’s biggest abortion providers of paying its staff bonuses for encouraging women to go through with a …

Rights & Freedoms

Discounts, guarantees and the search for ‘good’ genes: The booming fertility business

When Julie Schlomer got the news that she was finally pregnant at the age of 43, her thoughts turned to the other mothers. There were three of them in all, complete strangers, but they shared an extraordinary bond made possible by 21st-century medicine and marketing.<p>They were all carrying …

IVF

Stanford researchers built a 'gaydar' for photos — and it reveals something disturbing about facial recognition technology

Facial recognition technology may catch a lot more in a photo than a winning smile or sparkling eyes.<p>Psychologist Michal Kosinski and his colleague Yilun Wang at the Stanford Graduate School of Business caused a stir last month when they suggested that artificial intelligence could apply a sort of …

Machine Learning

Giant art installation displays 3D selfies on an enormous 850,000-LED ‘head’

Love it or hate it, but selfies are a pretty potent part of today’s popular culture. To some, they’re a symbol of a narcissistic generation in love …

Art

This Artist Gathered 2,000 Words for Women—and Now, She Wants You to Walk All Over Them

On View<p>Lin Tianmiao's installation at Galerie Lelong puts contemporary language on top of antique carpets.<p>,<p>Peer in the window of Galerie Lelong in …

Art

Loving Vincent: The film made entirely of oil paintings

New film Loving Vincent is made entirely of oil paintings. Alex Stanger visited the production studio in Poland to find out how it was created.<p>“I saw 50 or 60 painters painting, and someone told me: ‘Oh it’s you! I’ve been painting you for six months.’ Probably a lot of them knew my face better …

Animation

Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god

Way of the Future, a religious group founded by Anthony Levandowski, wants to create a deity based on artificial intelligence for the betterment of society<p>Intranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology? Check. Obviously the next logical project for a successful …

Singularity
Crime

What's missing from our 'evil' debate

<b>(CNN) —</b> The day after the massacre in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump used the word "evil" three times during a brief speech at the White House.<p>He called the shootings an "act of pure evil," said evil cannot shatter the country's unity and urged Americans to pray for a day when "evil is banished."<p>…

Stephen Paddock

How Ta-Nehisi Coates Gives Whiteness Power

BERLIN — In the study of German history, there is the notion of sonderweg, literally the “special path,” down which the German people are fated to wander. In different eras, and depending on who employed it, the term could imply different things. It began as a positive myth during the imperial …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Eye-opening maps reveal how and where Americans die

National mortality rates are helpful if you want to learn about the US as a whole, but they don't say much about the slew of ways people in particular locations died — the heart disease cases in Michigan, the HIV/AIDS in Florida, and the lung cancer in Kentucky.<p>To see those patterns, you need more …

Public Health

Jeff Shriner: The creative process of mathematics

Precision and creativity. At first thought, one might consider these words to be incompatible. However, many things we enjoy allow space for both.

Boulder

PHOTOS: A 4-Year Mission To Present A New Vision Of Beauty

Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc spent nearly four years shooting portraits of — and collecting stories about — women from around the world.<p>The product of her vision — and her travels to 50 countries — can be seen in her book The Atlas Of Beauty,hitting shelves Tuesday.<p>The project, she says, …

Beauty

Asking you to stop being disrespectful isn’t the same as being offended

<b>It’s like we need a glossary of terms for the insults hurled from either side of online debates.</b><p>Snowflake, triggered, cuck, etc., are thrown around …

Should we ban sex robots while we have the chance?

AI sex dolls are on their way, with potentially sinister social consequences. So before they hit the market, we must ask whether they should<p>People are blowing a fuse about sex robots – or rather, “rape robots”. Journalists from the New Statesman and the New York Times among others have all reported …

Robots

Here's why hurricane season has been exceptionally disastrous — and why new storms are still showing up

• <b>The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is "extremely active," according to the definitions used by the National Hurricane Center.</b>• <b><br>That's largely because there have been excellent conditions for hurricanes to form: low wind shear and high ocean temperatures.</b>• <b><br>This year will set some records but won't</b> …

Weather

DiCaprio: History will ‘vilify’ Trump for not fighting climate change

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio says history will judge President Trump harshly for his inaction on climate change.<p>Speaking Tuesday at a Yale University …

Allison Eid on course to replace Neil Gorsuch on federal appeals court after tussle with Senate panel

WASHINGTON — Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid tussled Wednesday with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, but none of the …

Neil Gorsuch

An Accident On The Moon, Young Lawyers To The Rescue

When Alexia Boggs was applying to law school, she initially considered all the big specialties, but none of them seemed quite right.<p>"I was looking for a field of law where none of my family could ever seek my help," she says, sarcastic but also not really joking.<p>She found what she was looking for …

Space Law

A Chilling Study Shows How Hostile College Students Are Toward Free Speech

featuring John Villasenor via The Washington Post<p>Here’s the problem with suggesting that upsetting speech warrants “safe spaces,” or otherwise conflating mere words with physical assault: If speech is violence, then violence becomes a justifiable response to speech.

College & University

Science of the arts: The new field of neuroaesthetics is probing the relationship between art and the brain - Washington Post

This browser is not fully supported. Please update for the best experience.<p>This is your brain on art<p>By Sarah L. Kaufman, Dani Player, Jayne Orenstein, May-Ying Lam, Elizabeth Hart and Shelly Tan<p>Published Sept. 18, 2017<p>Scroll down to continue.<br>Presentation includes sound.<p>Published Sept. 18, …

The Brain

Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class

ISTANBUL (AP) — Students in Turkey are returning to school where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their biology classes. Next fall, evolution and Charles Darwin will be scrapped from their textbooks.<p>Turkey has announced an overhaul of more than 170 topics in the country's school …

From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones was released last month after serving more than two decades in an Indiana prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son. The very next day, she arrived at New York University, a promising Ph.D. student in American studies.<p>In a breathtaking feat of rehabilitation, Ms. Jones, now 45, …

Education