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The Nasa team keeping tabs on intergalactic death rays

A space mission tracking the most violent explosions in the Universe has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Richard Hollingham discovers how Swift has changed our view of the cosmos.<p>You do not want to get in the way of a gamma ray burst.<p>“They’re the most luminous, high energy explosions that …

Universe

First Images Of The World's Largest Aeroplane

Behold the first glimpse of Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen's crazy space venture: the largest airplane in history, a 117m wingspan beast designed …

Space Travel

AI Masters Almost 50 Atari 2600 Games Without Instructions

No problemo.<p>Researchers have developed a new kind of artificial intelligence that has demonstrated an ability to successfully teach itself how to …

How enterprises can use artificial intelligence

Enterprise IT shops are finding that artificial intelligence isn't just for robotics anymore.<p>Science fiction and blockbuster movies may portray …

Artificial Intelligence

How ISIS and Boko Haram could change the way countries purchase air power

Like spaceships and sports stadiums, military strike jets typically aren’t the kind of things that companies build—much less sell—off the shelf. Take …

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 …

What are the 12 risks to human civilisation

Now, researchers have been able to find out which of these could become a reality.<p>The University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and the …

Climate Change

4 Ways Your Looks are Essential to Entrepreneurial Success

It may be a sorry state of affairs, but in the business world, how you look says everything about whether you're competent or qualified.<p>More than perhaps most American adult males, I give much deference to Tina Fey's cult classic, high school comedy "Mean Girls." In what was Lindsey Lohan's …

Entrepreneurship

China's inflation figures just hit a five-year low.

China's inflation figures just hit a five-year low. Price growth is falling for consumers, and companies producing goods are already recording sharp deflation.<p>Why does it matter? One simple reason: debt.<p>China's debts as a proportion of GDP climbed to <b>245%</b> in 2014 from <b>144%</b> in 2007. That debt is worth …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The FAA has proposed new drone laws that could be a major headache for Amazon.</b> Under the new laws, Amazon's drone delivery program would be unable to operate.<p><b>2. Apple has hired British radio DJ Zane Lowe.</b> He's spent 12 years at BBC Radio 1 and is reportedly going to work on iTunes Radio.<p><b>3. A</b> …

NASA celebrates Solar Dynamics Observatory 5-year anniversary

NASA is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO. During the five years the SDO has been looking at the sun, it has …

Astronomy

16 Wine Phrases and What They Mean in English

<i>This piece originally appeared on VinePair.com.</i><p>One of the most difficult aspects of being a casual wine consumer is that it can often seem like the …

Google shares its plan to nab 80% of Microsoft's Office business

Flash forward to 2015, and the company has big plans to grab 80% of the users at Microsoft's biggest customers.<p>In 2005, "The whole industry looked at us like we were crazy," Rajen Sheth, a director of product management for Google's Enterprise team who worked on those early products, told us.<p>They …

Intel CFO: We're so far ahead that Apple has no choice but to work with us

It was a shock because Intel was the biggest chip maker for PCs that ran Windows, and Microsoft was Apple's biggest rival at the time. (Now Apple and Google are enemies.)<p>But Apple and IBM were having trouble designing chips that could keep up with Apple's ambitions for Macs and MacBooks, so Apple …

Android is suddenly surrounded by enemies

That threat isn't from Apple. Despite its record-breaking financial success, the iPhone doesn't pose an existential threat to Google's Android. Apple isn't prepared to drop its prices enough to compete in the low-end and emerging markets that Google dominates.<p>There's a very real and growing threat …

Mad Street Den raises $1.5 million to bring artificial intelligence to ecommerce

Click a picture of somebody wearing a dress you like, and MADstack – the artificial intelligence platform of one-year-old Indian startup Mad Street …

Artificial Intelligence

This Is Why Google Doesn't Hire People As Fast As It Could

When reporting its fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, (which missed EPS and revenue expectations a bit), CFO Patrick Pichette emphasized that the company was looking for growth in all areas.<p>Although it grew its workforce by over 5,800 people over the year, an analyst on the quarterly conference …

Microsoft Confused Over Safety Of AI

Artificial intelligence is totally safe, because humans will retain control of increasingly smart machines. Well, at least according to the point of view Microsoft’s research chief.<p>Eric Horvitz says humans will always be “very proactive” about how they deploy AI systems, which as a result would be …

Use Haskell for shell scripting

Right now dynamic languages are popular in the scripting world, to the dismay of people who prefer statically typed languages for ease of …

Programming

Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Blasts Puff, Bubble Blows Rough, and Rockets Sound Off

Northern lights gleam, stellar debris blows into a bubble, and gassy explosions leave behind pits in this week's best space pictures.

Designers Works Over Ten Years to Complete Gorgeous Grand Piano of the Future

Hungarian pianist Gergely Bognyi recently gave the classic grand piano a makeover with a futuristic twist. The Bognyi Piano presents a sleek two-leg design that looks like a sideways “V” in profile. The streamlined style offers practical benefits: Supporting the piano with two legs instead of three …

3 Rules Of App Design, According To Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

The ex-Googler and current Yahoo CEO spells out three rules anyone can use to make an app better.<p>A new book about embattled Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reveals her three rules of great app design. Written by Nicholas Carlson, <i>Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!</i> details everything from Mayer’s …

Advertising

17 Surprising Ways You're Ruining Your Clothes

You've been washing, folding, and storing your clothes all wrong.<p><b>1. You're using wire hangers when you should be using felt.</b> Wire hangers aren't supportive enough for heavier fabrics and will warp the shape of your clothes over time. Invest in felt hangers instead, which don't leave little points …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Microsoft had its earnings call last night.</b> Revenue was up 8% from last year, but stock dropped 4% in after-hours trading.<p><b>2. It's Apple's earnings today.</b> Analysts are expecting revenue to be up 17% on last year.<p><b>3. A British phone carrier may have accidentally revealed the name of the new Samsung</b> …

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

The Drone Defender

Meet the lawyer fighting for freer skies, one lawsuit at a time.<p>Twenty-nine floors up, inside a conference room of the New York law office of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, Brendan Schulman is hovering a drone in front of my face. It’s a Blade Nano QX—barely 2 inches tall—a four-rotor, …

Drones

Airport food workers protest against United Airlines

O'Hare International Airport food workers who supply onboard meals demonstrated outside United Airlines headquarters in Chicago on Thursday, demanding that the carrier pay its food vendors more so they, in turn, could provide affordable health insurance to their workers.<p>The "Nickel a Ticket" …

Health Care

Personal Home Robots – They’ll Soon Be At Your Service!

For those who remember Rosie the Robot from <i>The Jetsons</i>, Robby the Robot from the 1956 film <i>Forbidden Planet</i>, or “Robot” from <i>Lost in Space</i> (“Danger, …