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Isis: East Mosul residents under suspected chemical attack, says Red Cross

Iraqi forces have liberated eastern Mosul and are currently fighting to drive Islamic State out of west Mosul.<p>After several eastern Mosul residents …

Fujifilm X-T2 Full Review – One Camera To Rule Them All?

Share This:<p>The Opening…<p>I have been a Nikon DSLR shooter since day one, and as a landscape and nature photographer, I have always been pleased with …

Earth - Life may actually be getting better at evolving

In 1996, a young graduate student called Richard Watson sat down to read a paper on evolution. The article was provocative. It tackled a long-running problem in evolutionary biology: we do not fully understand how organisms can adapt so successfully to their environments.<p>Creatures do not seem to be …

Man deported over Kim Jong Un's half-brother's death speaks out

A North Korean national who was a suspect in the murder of the country's leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother has accused Malaysia of forcing him to …

North Korea

China reins in defence spending as Donald Trump boosts military budget

Beijing will increase its defence budget by about seven percent in 2017, an official said on Saturday, continuing what experts see as a trend of “reduced ambitions” from the Chinese military as Donald Trump seeks to build up US military might.<p>The announcement comes days after Mr Trump said he …

Skulls found in China were part modern human, part Neanderthal; possibly new species

Modern humans outlasted the Neanderthals by about 40,000 years and counting. But don’t pat yourself on the back too firmly for outliving those troglodytes. Neanderthals crafted tools and tamed fire. They cared for their dead. Animal horns and blackened fire pits encircling the remains of a …

Pinterest Labs aims to tackle the most challenging problems in AI

What happens when you add machine learning to a database of 100 billion image-rich objects and ideas? Pinterest is already scratching the surface of …

Officially, China’s Communist Party believes in atheism, but it makes an exception for two religions

China has for decades feared the power of organized religion. But religious suppression has intensified in recent years under the rule of president Xi Jinping—alongside a broader crackdown on civil society—according to a report (pdf) by Freedom House released yesterday (Feb. 28). For example, …

China

Early warning signs of heart attacks 'being missed'

<b>Early warning signs may have been missed in up to one in six people who died of a heart attack in English hospitals, a study suggests.</b><p>All heart attack admissions and deaths between 2006 and 2010 were analysed.<p>Imperial College London researchers found 16% of those who died had been admitted to …

A report from De Beers’s new diamond mine

GAHCHO KUÉ is too far north for trees. In the few snowless months, its surroundings in Canada’s Northwest Territories resemble a sprawling …

Angela Merkel

White Helmet to miss Oscars because Syria cancelled passport

Two rescue workers miss out on trip to Academy Awards, where film about their civil defence group is nominated<p>A Syrian cameraman and rescue worker whose documentary about the civil defence group known as the White Helmets has been nominated for an Oscar will not attend the awards ceremony because …

Middle East

The Future Of Learning: Why Skateboarders Suddenly Became Crazy Good In The Mid-80s

Skateboard legend and award-wining filmmaker Stacy Peralta recently shared a compelling insight as part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Speaker Series. He noted that when he inadvertently created the world’s first action-sports video in 1984, no one anticipated how it would dramatically …

S. Korea to conclude land acquisition for THAAD battery this week

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is expected to conclude the land acquisition for the U.S. advanced missile defense system this week with …

North Korea

There's a flaw in the homeland missile defense system. The Pentagon sees no need to fix it

The Pentagon is pushing ahead with an expansion of the nation's homeland missile defense system, despite a newly recognized deficiency that affects nearly all the system's rocket interceptors, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found.<p>The problem threatens the performance of small thrusters …

Our arrogant universities must embrace innovation | Sonia Sodha

They are finally going to be held to account for what they do with vast amounts of our money<p>Universities have a reputation for being hotbeds of innovation, but they’ve never been very good at innovating in providing undergraduate education. There’s a dinosaur-like tendency to do things the way …

Education

How the 80/20 Rule Helped Me Double My Income in Two Months

Learn how you can apply the 80/20 rule to your business.<p>Content Provider<p>Due<p>This story originally appeared on Due<p>When I first read about the 80/20 rule, or the Pareto Principle, I had a healthy skepticism for it. I couldn’t wrap my head around how 80 percent of my work would only lead to 20 percent …

Business Strategy

22 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22

<b>1.</b> Confidence is built on accomplishments.<p><b>2.</b> Failure is the foundation of success; the more you fail the more you will succeed. Do not fear failure.<p><b>3.</b> No amount of schooling or research is a substitute for experience.<p><b>4.</b> Overall happiness and success is built on discipline.<p><b>5.</b> You are as good as the …

Selfies

500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political elite was afraid of free trade

But by 1525, all of China's "Treasure Fleet" ships had been destroyed — burned in their docks or left to rot by the government. China had been poised to circumnavigate the globe decades before the Europeans did, but instead the Ming Dynasty retracted into itself and entered a 200-year-long …

This bizarre image-translation tool turns drawings into photographs

Or at least it tries to.<p>A new machine learning-based image generator, called the Image-to-Image Demo, is getting attention for the bizarre creations it produces.<p>The interactive image-translation demo uses inputted outlines, or “edges,” to produce a complete photographic image, based on a body of …

Machine Learning

Xiaomi to announce its 'Pinecone' mobile chipset this month

Following reports from earlier this month, today Xiaomi confirmed on Weibo that it will be announcing its very own mobile chipset, named after its subsidiary "Pinecone," in Beijing on February 28th. Little else is mentioned, but rumors going as far back as October are pointing to a Mi 5c aka "Meri" …

If I Only Had a Brain: How AI ‘Thinks’

AI can beat humans in chess, Go, poker and Jeopardy. But what about emotional intelligence or street smarts?<p>Artificial intelligence has gotten pretty …

Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of human history

Can Facebook help humanity take its “next step”?<p>Mark Zuckerberg’s 6,000-word manifesto on the future of Facebook begins with a capsule narration of human achievement. “History is the story of how we've learned to come together in ever greater numbers,” Zuckerberg writes, “from tribes to cities to …

Social Media

Uber launches 'urgent investigation' into sexual harassment claims

Move comes after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote blog outlining allegations of discrimination and sexism at cab-hailing app company<p>A former Uber engineer has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, claiming that management repeatedly dismissed her complaints, …

Sexual Harassment

Holo app is like a cross between Pokemon Go and Snapchat

Have you even taken a video and thought to yourself, "man, this would be way better with a holographic meme?"<p>Well, eccentric videographer, Los Angeles-based 8i has just the app for you. Holo, scheduled for release later this year, lets you impose holographs of celebrities, memes and more atop …

Pokémon Go

If golf really wants innovation, how about a second cut for Saturday? | Ewan Murray

In these days in which golf and innovation are suddenly bedfellows, one wonders what might happen next. The most fascinating aspect relating to the wearing of shorts during practice rounds, music accompanying players on the driving range or potential for fireworks on tees is the level of attention …

Golf

Entry-level Nokia 3 smartphone also has its full spec sheet divulged

HMD Global is already having trouble making good on its promises of releasing a “wide” Nokia-branded smartphone portfolio with a global focus off the …

India launches record-breaking 104 satellites from single rocket

India’s space agency has announced the successful launch of a record-breaking 104 nano satellites into orbit, all onboard a single rocket.<p>The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said the milestone launch, from the Sriharikota space centre in the country’s south, overtook the 2014 Russian …

Space Exploration

'Digital Geneva Convention' needed to deter nation-state hacking: Microsoft president

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft President Brad Smith on Tuesday pressed the world's governments to form an international body to protect civilians from state-sponsored hacking, saying recent high-profile attacks showed a need for global norms to police government activity in …