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Eurovision clashes with Israel as host country

Ahead of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, organizers have required a promise from the Israeli government to grant visas irrespective of political …

Europe

◉ The Bullshit Web

My home computer in 1998 had a 56K modem connected to our telephone line; we were allowed a maximum of thirty minutes of computer usage a day, …

Belgian teacher wins world shrimp peeling championship

The fastest peeler of grey shrimp in the world is from Wenduine on the Belgian coast. The world championship peeling event took place in Dunkirk at …

Sex, drugs and puke: partygoers turn Amsterdam into an ‘urban jungle’

The liberal Dutch capital has long been a magnet for British tourists, but now their behaviour is testing the tolerance of locals<p>Richard Hemsley has visited Amsterdam every year in the past decade to let off steam with friends in the neon-lit alleyways of its red-light district. Now one of those …

Eastbourne

Grootste onderwaterfilmstudio van Europa komt in ... Vilvoorde

In de Fabriekstraat vlakbij het station van Vilvoorde is de bouw van het filmstudiocomplex, met de grootste onderwaterfilmstudio van Europa, volop …

Google Docs gets an AI-powered grammar correction tool

Suck at grammar? You’ll be happy to know that Google’s introducing a grammar checker into its Docs app; it’ll use the power of machine learning to spot your mistakes as you type.<p>The company says that its AI can identify a wide range of errors and suggest fixes for them, “from simple grammatical …

This Tiny Fern Is the "Most Economically Important' Fern On Earth

Meet the plant nicknamed 'green manure.'<p>Much like Frodo in <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, the fern <i>Azolla filiculoides</i> proves that the small can certainly pack …

Alibaba's new AI can generate 20,000 lines of copy in a second

Step aside humans, your copy writing days are almost done.<p>Chinese tech firm Alibaba has an AI that can generate 20,000 lines of copy (the text you see in an ad) in a second, and has even passed the Turing Test, reports Mumbrella. And it seems that brands, such as Esprit and Texas-based clothing …

Astronomers watch as black hole drags an exploding star to its death

Astronomers searching for supernova explosions accidentally stumbled upon a supermassive black hole recently as it devoured a wandering star that had fallen into its grasp. It is now hoped that this amazing discovery – captured for the first time – will help scientists understand the environment in …

One of Canada's biggest music festivals is on pause because of a small bird and its nest of four eggs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every July, people from all across Canada travel to Ottawa for Bluesfest, one of the country's largest music festivals.<p>But this year, preparations for the festival are on hold to protect one very special attendee: a mother bird and her nest.<p>Workers discovered the bird, a killdeer, guarding …

Festivals

A Literally Immortal Jellyfish Could Teach Scientists How to Live Forever

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Jellyfish

The Trouble With Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp isn’t here yet. Still, his presence is all around the 10,500-square-foot rented mansion at 16 Bishopswood Road in London’s Highgate …

Employees who practice mindfulness meditation are less motivated, having realized the futility of their jobs

In the NYT, a pair of behavioral scientists describe a forthcoming Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes article (Sci-Hub mirror) that …

A Theatre in Antwerp Accidentally Used a Hawkeye-Centric Fan Poster for Avengers: Infinity War

A few months ago, artist BossLogic created a very fun <i>Infinity War</i>-style poster that featured Hawkeye, Hawkeye, and more Hawkeye. It was a pretty …

How to find your home on Pangea

Step through time, or to the opposite part of the globe<p>Before there were the continents, there was Pangea. Two hundred million years ago, the enormous land mass began to break apart and we’ve been separated ever since — but a map tool can help you find where a given town would have been on the …

Handelaars zijn gebrekkige communicatie omtrent werken Cassiersstraat kotsbeu

Antwerpen -<p>Enkele winkeliers en horeca-uitbaters in en rond de Cassiersstraat, in de wijk 2060, zijn niet te spreken over de manier waarop de stad …

When A.I. Isn't Busy Powering Chatbots and Robots, It Can Get Weirdly Artistic

Beauty can be anything, when the eye of the beholder belongs to an A.I. system.<p>Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is being used for everything from facial recognition software to chatbots that interact with a company's potential customers.<p>But what about the artistic side of A.I.?<p>Some researchers want …

How Toronto Became a Global Powerhouse for Artificial Intelligence Startups and Giants

While speaking at Shopify’s annual conference in Toronto a few weeks ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in some trouble for a few choice …

AI researchers are halting work on human-like machines

Artificial intelligence researchers, who have seen little recent progress toward the creation of a machine that thinks like a human, have largely …

London launches world’s first contactless payment scheme for street performers

Here’s a casualty of the cashless society you might not have previously thought of: the humble street performer. After all, if more of us are paying our way with smartphones and contactless cards, how can we give spare change to musicians on the subway? London has one solution: a new scheme that …

New, cheaper lights on Flemish motorways!

Flemish motorways are turning out the lights, at least the orange lights that motorists are used to. Within four years all orange lights will be …

'The Robot Next Door' Envisions A Near Future When Robot Live Among Us

What would the world look like if robots became so common that we can't tell the difference between people and machines?<p>French photographer Nicolas …

Robotics

App Store Developers Form a 'Union' Ahead of WWDC Calling for Free App Trials, Better Rates

A group of App Store developers calling themselves "The Developers Union" today published an open letter to Apple asking the company to commit to allowing free trials for apps and a "more reasonable revenue cut."<p>The group says that it is first aiming to get Apple to implement free trials for all …

App Store

The priest whose blunt billboards have gone global

<b>On a typical Sunday, Father Rod Bower draws about 200 people to his church service in a coastal town in Australia.</b><p>But online, his messages are often viewed by millions.<p>For years, he has been posting provocative statements on a roadside billboard outside his Gosford Anglican Church in New South …

AI Made These Paintings

Less than a year after he got his high school diploma and left Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., for Silicon Valley, Robbie Barrat began teaching computers …

Hippos Poop So Much That Sometimes All the Fish Die

Their dung consumes the oxygen around it, creating lethal pulses of suffocating water.<p>At first, Chris Dutton and Amanda Subalusky had no idea why the fish were dying.<p>At a bridge on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, they noticed that whenever the Mara River rose by a few feet, dead fish would …

University of California

Adobe's XD app for interface design is now available for free

Adobe has unveiled a free starter plan for its XD app, which is aimed at UI and UX designers – allowing people to use it across platforms with all its features at no charge.<p>XD previously cost a minimum of $10 a month for access to the app’s macOS and Windows software, as well as its mobile preview …

Design

Bye bye 'beer bike'? Amsterdam determined to tame tourism

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Amsterdam unveiled far-reaching plans on Wednesday to rein in tourism, reflecting the dissatisfaction of many residents who feel the city’s historic center has been overrun.<p>The leading Green-Left and other parties negotiating a new municipal government after March elections …

This Is the Worst Use of Artificial Intelligence You Will Read About All Day. Thank You So Much, Google

Google Duplex is in development, but it's easily one of the worst examples of A.I. "advancement," causing more problems than it's worth. It could make phone calls even more annoying.<p>I had a reflex reaction to Google Duplex.<p>It was not to give anyone a high-five or lean back in my chair and think …

Elon Musk and Grimes are dating thanks to a super nerdy joke

Tech mogul Elon Musk and singer Grimes have something in common: they blend art history with artificial intelligence to make the nerdiest, most niche …

Artificial Intelligence