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Google's New AI Plays Atari Games As Well As You Can, Or Better

Conquering the world, one videogame at a time<p>Researchers at Google's DeepMind team have developed an artificial intelligence that's loosely inspired by how the human brain works… and that's able to play 49 classic Atari 2600 games, including Space Invaders and Pong.<p>The AI doesn't need to know the …

Gear: Sleeprite Cot could be a camper's dream

Sometimes campers may want a little space between themselves and Mother Earth or Father Tarp.<p>The Sleeprite Cot provides a humble but helpful alternative to lying on the ground. The 70-by-30-inch polyester sleeping surface is elevated about 6 inches using a system of shock-corded cross supports and …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Skype Too Simple? Try This ASCII Video Chat Client for Devs

Sometimes, older is better. And this ASCII video chat client on GitHub might not replace Skype or Google Hangouts anytime soon (or anytime ever), but it’s certainly worth checking out if you’re an inquisitive dev familiar with terminal.<p>You’ll need to be comfortable compiling your own software if …

Why are we short-sighted?

Myopia is among our most common complaints – but have we fundamentally misunderstood its origins and its treatment? David Robson squints at an answer.<p>When I was a teenager, my eyesight slowly began to fail and I had to wear spectacles. What began as tiny slithers of glass soon started to approach …

Immune System

Out of Fuel, Venus Express Is Falling Gently to Its Death in Planet's Skies

After more than eight years orbiting Venus, the European spacecraft's comes to an end.<p>Just above the surface of Venus, one of Earth's most intrepid robots is slipping into a sulfuric hereafter.<p>Over the next few months, Venus Express will fall slowly through the 150-mile-thick (250 kilometers) …

Birds knew to flee before tornado hit

While tracking a population of golden-winged warblers, scientists discovered that birds in the mountains of eastern Tennessee fled their breeding …

Birds

Watch: Double amputee given world's first shoulder-level mind-controlled arms

Man becomes first double amputee to receive two shoulder-level prosthetic limbs that can be controlled via his mind<p>A <b>US</b> man has made history by becoming the first double amputee to control two shoulder-level prosthetic arms with his mind.<p>A groundbreaking experiment by <b>Johns Hopkins University Applied</b> …

Evolution: Why are most of us right-handed?

Right-handed people are dominant worldwide – but why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>We humans don’t typically agree on all that much, but there is at least one thing that an impressive amount of us accept: which hand is easiest to control. If you use one hand for writing, you probably use the same …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts rule

<b>Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU's highest court has ruled.</b><p>The European Court of Justice was asked to consider the case of a male childminder in Denmark who says he was sacked for being too fat.<p>The court said that if obesity could hinder "full and effective …

Why it’s time to let go of Let it Go

Three in the morning is the darkest hour of the night and the human soul. As an insomniac, I’ve always found it difficult. At 3am past mistakes come back to haunt you with complete clarity and the horrors of childhood seem eminently possible. Nightmares happen at that time of the day. I can prove …

Leaked Sony Emails Reveal How Much Movie Studios Hate Google

It’s no secret that some big movie and music companies hate Google, which they have long accused of making it easy for users to find pirated content …

Online Life

Insecam Webcam Site Creator: 'I'm Not Sorry. And MY Cameras Were On My Site Too'

The creator of a website which showcased broadcasts from thousands of private webcams from inside private offices, homes and even childrens' bedrooms …

Rosetta Finally Reaches 'Rubber Ducky' Comet

Now to figure out where to land…<p><b>The View From Rosetta.</b> <i>Credit: European Space Agency/BBC News</i><p>Are you ready for your closeup, Comet 67P?<p>After a 10-year journey, the Rosetta spacecraft finally reached its destination this morning. Launched by the European Space Agency in 2004, the spacecraft has …

What's The Fastest Way To Die In Space?

<i>Space is a hostile environment for human beings. No part of it will permit you to survive longer than a minute. But what’s the fastest way to die in</i> …

Inner Solar System Orbit Diagrams

Inner Solar System Orbit Diagrams<p>Below are diagrams of the inner solar system on 2018 January 1. A description of these diagrams is given at the …

Google Naps, For When You Need A Nap Nearby

Dear Google, please don’t sue the guys who built this adorable Google Maps parody.<p>Following on today’s theme of laziness, two men from the Netherlands named Kakhiel and Venour have developed a smart little tool to help you find the nearest nap.<p>Meet, Google Naps.<p>Of course, this is just a parody app, …

James Franco Will Direct Film Based on the Making of THE ROOM

Florida Friday: Armed Robber Penis Slaps Victim During Home Invasion

America’s dong was the scene of a brazen dong-slapping this week, after an armed robber slapped his victim with his penis during a home invasion in Miami. I must’ve missed that scene in <i>Heat</i>.<p>After forcing their way into a Brownsville house at gunpoint, one of the robbers proceeded to slap a helpless …

Spiritualized, Beach House, Youth Lagoon, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers Make Songs With Space Sounds

Youth Lagoon: "Worms" (via SoundCloud)<p>Lefse recently shared a new track from Youth Lagoon called "Worms". It's one of 14 on a new compilation called <i>Space Project</i>, which features artists incorporating space sounds into original tracks. The comp is out April 19 (for Record Store Day) and features …

Vinyl Records

The last place on Earth without human noise

Is there anywhere left utterly free of man-made sound? In the first of a series for BBC Future called Last Place on Earth, Rachel Nuwer sets out to find havens where silence still rules – but discovers that avoiding civilisation’s clatter is harder than it seems. In fact, there’s one human noise …

Superhuman Energy Cultivated by Meditators: It's Science

The energy emitted by people who have reached an advanced level in meditation practice has been shown by multiple studies to exceed normal human …

The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!<p>It’s the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You’ve seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year. Up …

The 20 most popular TED Talks, as of December 2013

UPDATED: To see all these talks at one click, check out our updated Playlist: The 20 Most Popular Talks of All Time.<p>As 2013 draws to a close, TED is …