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Pretty Much All Tech Demos Are Fake as Hell

At Google I/O earlier this month, CEO Sundar Pichai showcased an experimental Google Assistant feature called Duplex which can make routine phone …

Google Glass

15 horror movies now on Netflix that you need to see

From creature features to zombie apocalypses to straight-up slashers<p>The only thing worse than finding yourself trapped in a shadowy house with a knife-wielding serial killer is finding yourself trapped in the endless scroll of Netflix’s horror movie selection. “Violent movies”? “Ominous movies”? …

Horror

Republican lawmaker: Rocks tumbling into ocean causing sea level rise

The Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise. Global warming is helping grow the …

Climate Change

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Biology

1 Small Mistake Will Get Your Resume Rejected Immediately, According to Google's Former Head of HR

That resume you've been busy polishing all week? You should probably proof it one more time.<p>You can't get a job offer without first getting an interview, so your initial focus as a candidate is simple: position yourself to pass the first resume screen. According to Laszlo Bock, former SVP of People …

Employment

Report: Today The Day They Find Out You’re A Fraud

WASHINGTON—While experts agree you’ve been remarkably successful so far at keeping up the ruse that you’re a capable, worthwhile individual, a new …

Pew Research Center

50 Americanisms That Don't Make Sense To Foreigners

"Pocketbook! How on earth is a handbag called that? It’s not a book, nor does it fit into a pocket.”<p>The English language is a complicated beast. Often, it makes no sense at all to non-native speakers. And even those who grew up speaking English find it confusing when they hear the way Americans use …

Language

Following Trump’s Lead, White House Will Not Apologize for McCain ‘Dying’ Remark

Last September, Senator John McCain said President Trump still hadn’t apologized for disparaging his war record at the start of his presidential …

Donald Trump

AI is a Pandora’s Box We Should Not Open – Today in Politics

Self-restraint.<p>I first had this thought several years ago when the discussion of AI came into the public view. I read some article on AI and have …

Singularity

12 Dystopian Books to Read If You Couldn't Put Down The Hunger Games

There's a soft spot in our hearts for Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in Lionsgate's adaptation of <b>The Hunger Games</b>, but we definitely shouldn't forget about Suzanne Collins's dystopian novel that started the entire franchise. It's a page-turner of a book about the society of Panem, where …

Books

The Good Fight animated short that every American should see

At the end of this week’s installment of <i>The Good Fight</i>, creators Robert and Michelle King inserted an animated primer on the Constitution and how it …

The US attack on Syria is completely legal and utterly moral. Here’s what Trump’s critics need to know

President Trump’s calibrated and courageous decision to join France and Britain in striking chemical weapons targets in Syria before dawn Saturday drew support and opposition from members of Congress. Opponents have argued he should have sought congressional authorization for the military action in …

National Security

Gay rights lawyer immolates self in NYC in ecology protest

NEW YORK (AP) — A well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate burned himself to death in New York City on Saturday in a grisly protest …

New York City

Stephen Hawking death: The equation the professor asked to be put on his tombstone

Stephen Hawking, who has died at 76, said he knew what he wanted on his gravestone.<p>The Cambridge professor made clear that he would like what is …

Here's The Real Reason 'Breaking Bad' Ended After 5 Years

There's an X-Files connection<p>You can have too much of a good thing, but when <i>Breaking Bad</i> ended after just five years, it left fans hungry for more.<p>A prequel, <i>Better Call Saul</i>, would later air on AMC, but <i>Breaking Bad</i> creator Vince Gilligan has revealed he was keen to wrap up the original show after …

TV

Why Professor Stephen Hawking never won the Nobel Prize

Professor Stephen Hawking's groundbreaking work earned him dozens of accolades over his lifetime, but the coveted Nobel Prize always eluded him.<p>His discovery in 1974 that black holes should emit radiation was initially controversial as it was widely accepted that nothing, not even light, could …

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

The Final, Terrible Voyage of the Nautilus

On May 3, 2008, a sunny Saturday in Copenhagen, a crowd gathered along a dock to watch a 58-foot submarine be lowered into the water. Part art …

VW adopts WLANp wireless protocol to network all its cars in 2019

VW is betting big on connected cars by making all of its cars capable of communicating via WLANp.<p>Volkswagen wants to let you know that it has its eye on the future, specifically where vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-environment communication is concerned. You see, VW has committed to having all …

Internet of Things

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.<p>The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged …

Facebook Can’t Be Fixed.

Mark Zuckerberg has announced his annual “personal challenge,” which in the past has ranged from eating meat he personally kills to learning Mandarin.<p>…

Fake News

The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books<p>2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the …

Sessions' pot policy reversal is good news for America

Reversing Obama era policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has given federal prosecutors the discretion to prosecute marijuana traffickers. That’s good news for those who believe in the rule of law. And good news, too, for those concerned about public health and the safety of our nation’s youth.<p>On …

Cannabis

Two Experiments Show Fourth Spatial Dimension Effect

To the best of our knowledge, we humans can only experience this world in three spatial dimensions (plus one time dimension): up and down, left and …

‘You Lose Your Turn’

The social-justice warriors are coming for your board games.<p>These are boom times for tabletop gaming. According to data released by the NPD Group, a …

Board Games

The 10 TV shows from 2017 most worthy of your time

By now you’ve probably already read at least one “best of television in 2017” list, if not several of them. Many of these lists are quite good, explaining in detail why a wide variety of television shows are deserving of the accolades they’ve received. But these lists don’t take always into account …

TV

Magic Leap One MR Headset May Be As Big As The Internet

Finally, after six long years, Magic Leap has released information about their mixed reality headset that’s touted to transform virtual reality just …

Magic Leap

10 Tech Products I Retired in 2017

For most of my career, I have written and edited technology product reviews. I have always known that these reviews had a flaw: None of them told you …

A viral video in Alabama has led to a voter fraud investigation of the Senate race

A comment by one man in a viral online video has led to a voter fraud investigation in the Alabama Senate race, won by Democrat Doug Jones, according to WALA-TV.<p><b>What did he say?</b><p>After Jones was declared the winner, a WALA Fox 10 reporter interviewed a supporter who was celebrating the victory.<p>The …

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.<p>Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.<p>For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according …

Leonardo Da Vinci