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Happily disgusted? Scientists map facial expressions for 21 emotions

Happy, sad and angry do not even begin to cover the range of emotions we express in our faces, a study has found.<p>Using new computer software, scientists mapped no less than 21 emotional states, including apparently contradictory examples such as "happily disgusted" and "sadly angry".<p>The research …

Ubisoft to Demo Watch Dogs, Trials Fusion, and More at PAX East

It's your chance to get hands-on with a number of highly anticipated games.<p>Publisher Ubisoft has today revealed its PAX East lineup, including highly …

What bitcoin needs next: education and an ecosystem, says Marc Andreessen

Since its introduction in 2009, bitcoin’s had a bumpy ride — and that should come as no surprise. According to Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, …

Oculus was the future of gaming. Now it’s the future of Facebook.

Facebook is buying VR headset company Oculus for $2 billion. The paycheck gets the founders a massive payday, but leaves a bitter taste for its …

Silicon Valley’s war on Wall Street is only just beginning

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a war brewing between Wall Street and Silicon Valley—for talent, political influence, and most importantly, the future of the American finance industry.<p>One of the most prominent fronts in this war is the high-profile battle between two polarizing figures. Carl …

Associated Press News

Daniel Espinosa Eyed to Direct 'Assassin's Creed' – /Film

Sony’s <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> adaptation got off to a pretty good start, snagging the white-hot <b>Michael Fassbender</b> to produce and star all the way back in …

A torture rehabilitation expert's view on The Railway Man

I saw this film with a colleague who knew Eric Lomax, whose memoir it is based on. He had been a victim of torture, too. We both found it strikingly realistic: the torture scenes are terrifying without being remotely sensationalist, as can sometimes be the case with film and TV.<p>Both Lomax's …

See Seth MacFarlane Act! The First Images From ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’

Today we have a first look at <i>A Million Ways To Die in the West</i> from Universal,a western directed by Seth MacFarlane, in which he also stars. It looks to be quite a departure for MacFarlane, as it doesn’t appear to star any talking animals and no one’s singing. In addition to Charlize Theron, Neil …

Study: Playing games can bleed into real-life perception, behavior

Playing games can affect our behavior and visual perception in real life, according to a new study published last month in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.<p>The study came from psychologist Mark D. Griffiths and doctoral researcher Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari, both of …

947 companies in 43 categories: the increasingly crowded marketing technology landscape

Ion Interactive CTO and marketing technologist Scott Brinker has released version 3.0 of his “marketing technology landscape supergraphic.”<p>It’s certainly super.<p>The icon-strewn graphic contains a staggering 947 companies that offer mostly web-based software as a service for marketers — yet another …

How Murray won over Dems

President Barack Obama was on the phone repeatedly with Sen. Patty Murray during the high-stakes budget talks and asked how he could help.<p>Murray’s response: I got this.<p>The veteran Washington Democrat, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, had quietly and methodically built a close relationship …

Grammys 2014: Jay Z Leads With 9 Nominations as Rap Dominates

Jay Z ended Friday's "Grammy Nominations Concert Live" event with nods in nine categories, leading the pack for the 56th Grammy Awards, which will …

Newborn babies may be more developed than we think

My baby could not look more like a subject in a laboratory experiment. Wearing a soft white skullcap attached by long wires to an EEG machine measuring his brain activity, he is also surrounded by computer equipment and fussing researchers at University College London. "Hopefully you'll be …

'Walking Dead' studio confirms 'Game of Thrones' video game series for 2014

Telltale Games, the studio behind the award-winning video game based on <i>The Walking Dead</i><i>,</i> has said that it will give the same treatment to HBO's fantasy epic <i>Game of Thrones.</i> The news confirms a rumor reported by IGN last month.As with other Telltale releases such as <i>The Walking Dead</i> and the recently …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Comet ISON Update November 2013: Will Comet Survive Pass by the Sun?

Comet ISON is skyrocketing toward the sun and the latest news is about whether the comet will survive its encounter.<p>The comet is slated to pass near …

Astronomy

The Higgs boson does a new trick (probably)

At a seminar at CERN this morning, Aliaksandr Pranko announced an interesting new result on the Higgs boson from the ATLAS experiment.<p>In brief - we know the Higgs boson is there, and is involved in giving mass to some fundamental particles. Today we saw strong evidence that it gives mass to all of …

Supreme Court will take up controversial Obamacare provision on contraception

<i>By Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent</i><p>The Supreme Court, taking up a controversial provision of Obamacare, agreed Tuesday to consider whether a company can refuse to provide contraceptive care to female employees on the grounds that doing so would violate its religious freedom.<p>It’s a …

Pope calls for sweeping church reforms

Pope Francis has issued the mission statement for his papacy, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more merciful church that is more engaged in helping the needy.<p>In the 85-page document, issued on Tuesday, Pope Francis pulled together the priorities …

Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Parents, does your 18-month-old seem wise beyond her years? Science says you're not fooling yourself.<p>Very small children can reason abstractly, researchers say, and are able to infer the relationships between objects that elude older children who get caught up on the concreteness of things.<p>In …

TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research.<p>Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, "The pay-TV industry has …

Pay-TV

How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year

It doesn’t get much bet­ter than the ex­hil­ar­a­tion Barack Obama felt when he looked out at the hun­dreds of sup­port­ers packed in­to Mc­Cormick …

Elections

How the “Alibaba of India” is teaching India to trust online shopping

<i>Quartz continues its series profiling companies around the world experiencing explosive growth.</i><p>A lack of trust is holding back online shopping in India, a market some call the world’s last major frontier for e-commerce. The country is home to a quickly expanding middle class and millions of new …

Drake Previews “Worst Behaviour” Video in New Orleans

A new stop on Drake’s “Would You Like A Tour?” means another surprise for fans. The Canadian superstar’s fall tour pulled into New Orleans Arena on …

Silicon Valley: How can it attract and keep more women?

From Twitter lacking a single female on its board to sexist prank apps at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, the past few weeks have seen increased debate about the discrimination faced by women in Silicon Valley.<p>The BBC World Service's Newshour gathered a range of women from the …

Silicon Valley

New study detects signs of autism in infants by their declining eye contact

Signs pointing to an autism diagnosis may be detectable in the first two to six months of life, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature.<p>While autism and related disorders are usually diagnosed in toddlers between the ages of three and five years, a new study from Emory …

Senate passes workplace protections for gay, transgender Americans

WASHINGTON -- The Senate gave its final approval Thursday to a bill that would offer historic new protections to gay and transgender individuals in the workplace, shifting the fight now to the Republican-led House.<p>Ten Republicans joined with all Democrats in a 64-32 vote to pass the proposed …

Rumored 'Star Wars Episode VII' Casting Sheet Suggests Main Characters Not Skywalkers or Solos – /Film

If true, the latest <b>Star Wars Episode VII</b> rumor blows the lid off everything we expected the sequels to be. Though co-writer and producer <b>Lawrence</b> …