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Capitalism will eat democracy -- unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis

Exclusive: How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down

In a searing investigation into the once lauded biotech start-up Theranos, Nick Bilton discovers that its precocious founder defied medical experts—even her own chief scientist—about the veracity of its now discredited blood-testing technology. She built a corporation based on secrecy in the hope …

Silicon Valley

You Will Never Cause As Much Chaos In 'GTA V' As This Humble Windmill Can

Round and round it goes, when it will stop, no one knows...

Capitalism vs. Socialism: A Changed Debate

(Image: LW / TO; Adapted: Matthew Henry, Damian Gladal)<p>Once again, private capitalism's contradictions, flaws and weaknesses threaten its own …

Major Discovery! 7 Earth-Size Alien Planets Circle Nearby Star

Astronomers have never seen anything like this before: Seven Earth-size alien worlds orbit the same tiny, dim star, and all of them may be capable of …

Exoplanets

Tomorrow's cities - nightmare vision of the future?

Technology reporter<p><b>The connected city never sleeps. The thousands of sensors embedded in roads, sewers, water pipes, streetlights are busy collecting information day and night. Perhaps even your bin, which might also be tweeting.</b><p>Sensor provider Enevo offers internet connection for bins in cities in …

Cities

When Apps Get Too Human, They Tumble into the Uncanny Valley

I recently returned from a vacation to find that Google’s algorithms had created a customized slide show of my trip. I hadn’t asked for one. But the …

Robots

Why don’t we have better drugs for autism?

Clinical trials for autism drugs have been plagued with problems: bad design, the wrong measures, too broad a range of participants. All that is …

Autism

Animated sidekick connects parents to children with autism | Spectrum

The Expert:<p>Ron Suskind<p><b>Founder</b>, The Affinity Project/Sidekicks<p>As a journalist and author, I’ve spent most of my life writing stories. But now, as an …

Autism

The Post-Human World

A conversation about the end of work, individualism, and the human species with the historian Yuval Harari<p>Famine, plague, and war. These have been the three scourges of human history. But today, people in most countries are more likely to die from eating too much rather than too little, more likely …

Dystopia

New Evidence for the Strange Idea that the Universe Is a Hologram - Facts So Romantic

One of the great mysteries of modern cosmology is how our universe can be so thermally uniform—the vast cosmos is filled with the lingering heat of …

Cosmology

Marine Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf to meet with Lebanon's Grand Mufti

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, cancelled a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf.<p>"You can …

Marine Le Pen

CNN host abruptly ends segment after guest makes 'fake news' claim

CNN host Don Lemon abruptly ended his show Friday night after one of President Trump's surrogates and a commentator continued to call a story they …

Fake News

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sharia? – An Oped by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Originally published in The Australian: 12:00AM February 18, 2017 Yassmin Abdel-Magied, an Islamic activist, has been paid by […]The post How Do You …

Sharia

What will we do when everything is automated?

Recently, I came across a study the caused me to think beyond the day-to-day world of code-slinging in which I live. According to the study Myth and …

Open Source

Autocracy: Rules for Survival

“Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you. We have lost. We have lost, and this is the last day of my political career, so I will say what must be …

Democracy

Robots Will Soon Do Your Taxes. Bye-Bye, Accounting Jobs

Tax season has arrived, as the Super Bowl recently reminded us: In the first half alone, two commercials encouraged viewers to trust computers to do …

Robots

No wonder Merkel is looking at Trudeau with doe eyes

Justin Trudeau has got it all: the looks, the accent, the charm, the politics. Just take a cursory look at the pictures of his official visit to …

Canada

An Unexpected Takeaway From The Early Autism Diagnosis Study

Findings from a new autism study suggest that changes in the brain in early infancy may predict diagnosis at age 2 in children who have higher odds of autism because an older sibling is autistic. The study, published in <i>Nature</i>, doesn’t tell us anything about causation, but it does incidentally …

Autism

AI can predict autism through babies' brain scans

Scientists know that the first signs of autism can appear in early childhood, but reliably predicting that at very young ages is difficult. A behavior questionnaire is a crapshoot at 12 months. However, artificial intelligence might just be the key to making an accurate call. University of North …

Autism

‘Oh! F— off’: Milo Yiannopoulos found a bromance with Bill Maher. Then he met his other guests

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lImHh7fqrQo&w=640&h=390]After much hype over Bill Maher’s invitation to host Breitbart provocateur Milo …

Comedy

Why Liberals Are Wrong About Trump

Why are the liberals completely overreacting to Trump’s unique style of governing?<p>They’re not. He’s a fucking sociopath. And here’s a recipe for …

Baking

Milo Yiannopoulos’ Guest Spot On ‘Real Time’ May Test Bill Maher’s Commitment To Free Speech

<i>Real Time</i> host Bill Maher is no stranger to controversy, especially when the University of California at Berkeley is involved. In 2014, he went back and forth with student groups after the latter voted to disinvite the talk show host from speaking at the school’s fall commencement speaker. Almost …

Comedy

Quebec, Ontario imams say apostates to be executed by The Islamic State

Since 2015 Sheharyar Shaikh serves as the <b>Imam</b> of the Islamic Society of Kingston, Ontario and he also <b>served</b> as the President of North American Muslim …

Christianity

Qubes, Whonix, or Tails: which Linux distro should you use for anonymity?

Qubes, Whonix, or Tails: which Linux distro should you use to stay anonymous?<p>Published by Jon Watson on February 15, 2017 in VPN & Privacy<p>There are a …

Linux

Russian spy ship spotted near U.S.

WASHINGTON - A Trump administration official says U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era arms control treaty.<p>The traditional U.S. adversary has also positioned a spy ship off the coast of Delaware, according to a report …

Cold War

Oklahoma Lawmaker: Pregnant Women Are 'Hosts' Whose Bodies Don't Belong to Them

Women, you may think that the flesh that covers you and the organs and muscles and neurons that make you breathe and poop and eat are your own, but …

20th Century Fox

Octopuses are taking over the oceans, and no one knows why

A new study published in the journal <i>Current Biology</i> has revealed some startling statistics — a group of researchers from the University of Adelaide …

Australian Universities

Why Munich should stick with Linux

Even Accenture, the Microsoft partner, which suggested Munich return to Windows, doesn't consider Windows as the sole best option.<p>Once more, the …

Microsoft