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Metallurgy Breakthrough: 3D Printing High-Strength Aluminum

3D Printing

We're at the end of white Christian America. What will that mean?

After accounting for eight out of 10 Americans in 1976, white Christians are now a minority, a study has found. The political implications could be profound<p>America is a Christian nation: this much has always been a political axiom, especially for conservatives. Even someone as godless and immoral …

Religion

43 Percent of Canadians Say Science Is a ‘Matter of Opinion’

In a new survey, nearly half say the science of global warming is unclear.<p>For a relatively small country (population-wise) of 36 million, Canada has arguably punched above its weight when it comes to scientific discoveries. It was a Canadian who co-discovered insulin, and a team here who figured …

Science

​KDE is partnering with Purism to create a Linux smartphone | ZDNet

Want a free-software smartphone? KDE and Purism have started a crowdfunding campaign to build one.<p>Most people are happy to use Android smartphones. …

Linux

This company wants to grow A.I. by using blockchain

In the next phase of artificial intelligence development, the firm behind Sophia the robot — who once said she wanted to destroy humans — is …

Robots

An open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team and membership

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Why the flat-earth movement is the best symbol of the increasingly diminished value of truth and intelligence

We live on a miles-deep disc of rock and soil, a flat circle fixed in place and quite immobile.<p>Right in the centre, like the spindle of a turntable, …

Scientific Method

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?

Paper ... or glass?<p>Advances in laptops and technology are pushing screens into schools like never before. So what does this drive toward digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?<p>It may seem a wasteful and obsolete technology, ready to follow …

Education

The Aging Writer

I’ve noticed a few subtle changes in my writing process.<p>Those eloquent ‘perfect’ words that once rolled off the creative conveyor belt, unfettered, …

Aging

What I Learned By Looking at 734 Playboy Centerfolds in One Sitting

There’s no wrong way to read <i>Playboy</i>’s new coffee table book of naked ladies. You can breeze through the encyclopedic collection of centerfolds in …

Hugh Hefner

The Kindle Store is Officially Broken

Posted on July 18, 2017 by in KDP free days / Countdown Deals | Comments Off on The Kindle Store is Officially Broken<p><b>“Amazon’s continued inaction is</b> …

Publishing

Weaponized AI ushers in the Terminator era

by Cy Leclercq — in Contributors We knew one day we would have to face the prospect of weaponized AI, but now Kalashnikov has made a lot of people …

How to Monitor Linux Commands Executed by System Users in Real-time

Are you a Linux system administrator and want to monitor interactive activity of all system users (Linux commands they executes) in real-time. In …

Linux

My mum, the Auschwitz guard: Author's shock at long-lost mother's past as Nazi who proudly gassed Jews at death camp

Helga Schneider still remembers her mother’s words. Suitcase in hand, she bent down, looked her in the eye and said: “Mummy has to go away. Be a good …

European History

This sea creature found after Hurricane Harvey is pretty gnarly

Who says Twitter is just for political bickering and <i>Game of Thrones</i> hot takes?<p>The social media platform helped determine the species of a mysterious sea creature found on a Texas City, Texas, beach after Hurricane Harvey.<p>Preeti Desai tweeted out a photo of an elongated sea creature with fang-like …

Biological Species

‘That’s where the orgasm comes from’: Samantha the sex robot gets very turned on

She shocked and fascinated viewers in equal measures with her bizarre appearance on This Morning earlier this week – but that isn’t Samantha the sex …

Robots

Researchers have linked a human brain to the Internet for the first time ever

Brain Meets IoT<p>A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical …

The Brain

Proof Of 'God Playing Dice With The Universe' Found In The Sun's Interior

Deep inside the Sun’s interior, the fusion of lighter nuclei into heavier ones causes a tiny amount of mass to be lost, converted into energy via the famous <i>E = mc2</i>. At temperatures of 4,000,000 K or above, all the way up to 15,000,000 K in the Sun’s very center, hydrogen and helium isotopes build …

Physics

The robots are coming for Mozart

They’re everywhere now: in your office, your bed, your kitchen toaster. Of course, they’d make it to the philharmonic at some point.<p>At a robotics showcase in Pisa, Italy on Sept. 12, a robot—for the very first time in history—conducted an entire orchestra. The dual-armed robot, which was designed …

Robots

Purism and KDE to Work Together on World's First Truly Free Smartphone - KDE.org

KDE develops Plasma Mobile, a free, open and full-featured graphical environment for mobile devices. Plasma Mobile has been tested on several …

Linux

NASA Find on Vesta Shows Water is Everywhere in the Solar System

In his 1952 short story “The Martian Way,” science fiction legend Isaac Asimov imagined a future where settlers of the red planet, cut off from …

Space Exploration

Study Looks At How People Think About Free Speech

Some new research says that many people use free speech arguments only when convenient, and as a cover for their own feelings.

Social Justice

Experts Issue More Grim Warnings About The Future Of Sex Robots

Don’t come with me if you want to live<p>If you couldn’t wait to preorder when you heard the world’s first commercially available sex robot is on its …

Robots

Majority of California Democrats Now OPPOSE Free Speech

A new poll from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that the majority of Democratic California voters now oppose free speech.<p>The poll, …

Censorship

Sex robots are on the rise — but are they beneficial to society?

What is a sex robot?<p>Sex robots are anatomically correct hyperrealistic dolls that mimic human movements to create the experience of being with a real human. Some have extra features, such as built-in heaters to simulate body warmth, sensors that react to touch, and the ability to speak, give …

Robots

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

If dreams were movies, they wouldn't make a dime. They're often banal, frequently fleeting and they're screened for an audience of just one. As for …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

Agriculture

A Universal Basic Income Would Do Wonders For The U.S. Economy

It’s not a giveaway; it’s a permanent economic stimulus.<p>Introducing a universal basic income (UBI) would give a huge jolt to the U.S. economy, according to a new analysis, one of the first to consider the wider effects of giving everyone in the United States a regular, unconditional cash payment to …

Basic Income

This Time-Lapse Of A Cargo Ship's 30-Day Journey Is Just Gorgeous

​The world's oceans are incomprehensibly vast, a fact that's quite apparent in this spectacular time-lapse of a cargo ship's journey over the course …

Don’t Be Scared About The End Of Capitalism–Be Excited To Build What Comes Next

Instead of fixating on a fight between capitalism and socialism, imagine innovating a future economy that transcends old binaries.<p><i>This story reflects the views of these authors, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast Company<i>.</i><p>These are fast-changing times. Old certainties are collapsing …

Capitalism