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The Guardian view on the ethics of AI: it’s about Dr Frankenstein, not his monster

Frankenstein’s monster haunts discussions of the ethics of artificial intelligence: the fear is that scientists will create something that has purposes and even desires of its own and which will carry them out at the expense of human beings. This is a misleading picture because it suggests that …

Artificial Intelligence

Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying

On January 7, 2016, a group of tourists set out to visit Chapman’s Baobab, one of the oldest and mightiest trees in Africa.<p>Visible from miles away, it had long served as a landmark for travelers and explorers, including David Livingstone. The cavity inside its trunks — with an outer circumference …

Ecology

A Crispr Conundrum: How Cells Fend Off Gene Editing

Human cells resist gene editing by turning on defenses against cancer, ceasing reproduction and sometimes dying, two teams of scientists have found.<p>The findings, reported in the journal Nature Medicine, at first appeared to cast doubt on the viability of the most widely used form of gene editing, …

Genetics

A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong, And It Could Change History as We Know It

Ooops.<p>One of the most important dating tools used in archaeology may sometimes give misleading data, new study shows - and it could change whole …

Archaeology

Japan forcibly sterilized tens of thousands of 'inferior descendants' in a massive eugenics program

TOKYO (Reuters) — One day when Saburo Kita was 14, he was taken from an institution for troubled children to see a doctor. Despite protesting that his health was fine, he was ordered to strip, lie down on a table, and was given a local anesthetic.<p>Then the surgery began.<p>He was left with a thick, …

Everything You Should Know About Your Clitoral Hood

Illustrations by Ruth Basagiotia<p>Let’s cut to the chase. If you’ve ever used a hand mirror to get an up-close look at yourself <i>down there</i>, then you’ve …

Rights & Freedoms

Actually We Don't Owe You Sex, And We Never Will

When incels talk about the 'redistribution of sex,' what they mean is the redistribution of our vaginas.<p>Alek Minassian, 25, was angry that he wasn't getting laid. That's why he drove a van into a crowded thoroughfare in Toronto on April 23, killing ten people. So was Elliot Rodger, 22, who …

Want to Raise Successful Daughters? 17 Things They Should Know About 'the Notorious RBG'

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the subject of a new documentary. Here's what to know first.<p>In six years of writing columns for Inc.com, my most popular effort ever is this one: <i>Want to Raise a Trail-Blazing Daughter? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Do These 7 Things.</i><p>Millions of …

Nature or nurture: unravelling the roots of childhood behaviour disorders

Humans have succeeded as a species in large part because of our ability to cooperate and coordinate with each other. These skills are driven by a range of “moral emotions” such as guilt and empathy, which help us to navigate the nuance of social interactions appropriately.<p>Those who lack moral …

Psychology

Scientists Reconstruct the Genome of the First Animal

The first animals emerged on Earth at least 541m years ago, according to the fossil record. What they looked like is the subject of an ongoing …

NASA Successfully Tested a Tiny Nuclear Reactor to Unlock Space Exploration

Exploring space beyond the orbiting International Space Station will require immense amounts of energy to help keep astronauts alive and well.<p>ON …

What Happens After Death? New Theory Suggests Consciousness Moves To Another Universe

A book titled “<i>Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe</i>“ has stirred up the internet, because …

Elon Musk Shares Stunning Images of Finished Tesla Solar Roof Installation

It looks amazing.<p>The Tesla solar roof is building up. CEO Elon Musk shared images on his Twitter page Wednesday of the renewable energy system …

Tesla

A Harvard scientist who's studied coffee for 20 years explains why the drink is amazing

Dr. Frank Hu just finished a 20-year study on the effects of coffee on the human body. People who drink more coffee it turns out, live …

Coffee

The world's 21 best universities by subject — from biology to business management

QS's latest ranking was released on Wednesday, tracking the best schools on the planet in 48 different subject areas, including standard subjects like business and history, all the way to more obscure degrees such as mining.<p>In total, 22 different universities are considered to be the best in the …

Georgia Lawmakers Punish Delta Air Lines Over NRA Feud

Republican lawmakers in Georgia made good on a threat to eliminate a proposed tax break for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, after the carrier declined to reverse a decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association.<p>Earlier this week, Delta — the state's largest private employer, with 33,000 …

Delta Airlines

How biased is your news source? You probably won’t agree with this chart

Are we even aware of our biases anymore?<p>If you look at this chart and are convinced your “extreme” source belongs in the middle, you just might be …

Alex Jones

Stephen Colbert Nails The NRA's Complete Hypocrisy In A Single Sentence

"Late Show" host's gun control tweet goes viral.<p>Stephen Colbert doesn’t understand why the National Rifle Association is upset that rental car company Enterprise cut ties with the gun rights group, ending discounts for members at its locations.<p>Using his personal account on Twitter, the CBS “Late …

When the Supreme Court Doesn't Care About Facts

The conservative justices seem prepared to decide Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, a case that could harm public sector unions, without so much as a factual record.<p>Midway through Monday’s oral argument in <i>Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and</i> …

Scientists just got a step closer to treating incurable diseases using a revolutionary gene-editing tool

In people with Huntington's disease, the nerve cells of the brain start to break down over time.<p>The disease is fatal, often within 10 to 30 years, and as of now, there is no cure.<p>But Huntington's disease is caused by a single genetic mutation— it's triggered by an inherited gene, making it …

The Swiss own millions of guns, but have barely any gun deaths — here's what they do differently from the US

Switzerland is a country of chocolate, cheese, cuckoo clocks, and lots of guns. Right? Not quite.<p>The Swiss have often been touted by the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a standout example of a country with little gun control and a homicide rate near zero.<p>Citizens of the country have even …

Justice Dept. to target opioid manufacturers, distributors in new push to curb deadly epidemic

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that a new task force would target drug manufacturers and distributors for their roles in the opioid epidemic, raising the possibility of filing criminal charges against them.<p>The Justice Department also said it would file a statement of interest in …

Medicine

China's hypersonic aircraft would fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

The double-wing plane just aced wind tunnel tests at speeds of nearly 5,600 miles per hour.<p>A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have tested a hypersonic plane in a wind tunnel to speeds of Mach 7, or 5,600 miles per hour, according a paper published (PDF) in the Chinese journal</i> …

Aviation

Amateur Astronomer Finds NASA Satellite Long Given Up For Dead

NASA's IMAGE spacecraft spent five years studying the Earth's magnetosphere, but when its signal blinked off in 2005, the space agency called it a mission and moved on.<p>Twelve years later, enter amateur astronomer Scott Tilley.<p>Tilley was scanning the S-band frequency range looking for something …

Astronomy

This peptide may explain female sexual behavior

A new study finds that a particular peptide — kisspeptin — plays a vital role in female sexual behavior. It could open the door to better treatments …

The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?

Studies suggest the Y chromosome is on its way out, so what does that mean for the future of the human race?<p>The Y chromosome may be a symbol of …

World history would be very different without the blood moon eclipse of 1504

On January 31st, half of the Earth will experience a very special moon moment: “a super blue blood moon.” The term, according to NASA, describes three simultaneous celestial events: a “supermoon,” in which the moon is closer to Earth in orbit and appears 14% brighter than usual; the second full …

Super Blue Blood Moon

Andrea Werhun: 'It’s a really good time to talk about sex work'

Andrea Werhun grew up in a loving Toronto home, with supportive parents in whom she was always able to confide. When, aged 22, she told her father she had started to work as an escort, he gave her his blessing. The situation was more complicated with her mother, a devout Catholic, or as Werhun, now …

Human Rights

Scientists discover a way to prevent stem cell loss and improve tissue regeneration

by Kyree Leary December 8, 2017 Health & Medicine 4914<p>Stem Cells and Aging<p>The stem cells found within the average adult human are capable of …

Stem Cells

The Right and Wrong Way to Apologize and Why It Matters | Inc.com

These past few weeks, we have seen what feels like an unusually high number of people faced with accusations of wrongdoing, sexual misconduct and unethical behavior. For most of them, the first response is one of denial and disputation. But as evidence and corroboration emerge, that strategy …

Positive Thinking