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  • 1 day ago
    Current Event rawlings

    Elon Musk's dreams of merging AI and brains are likely to remain just that — for at least a decade

    Elon Musk wants to fix disability, replace language as we know it, and use brain implants to usher us into a telepathic world. And he wants the first part of this to be done in the next four years. All of this could theoretically work, experts say. But probably not on the timeline that Musk has set.

  • 9 days ago
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    Amazon opens up Alexa’s microphone and voice processing technology to hardware makers

    Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa might show up in a lot of new devices soon. That’s because the online retail giant has decided to open up what amounts to Alexa’s ears, her 7-Mic Voice Processing Technology, to third party hardware makers who want to build the digital brain into their devices. The new development kit also includes access to Amazon’s proprietary software for wake word recognition, beamforming, noise reduction, and echo cancellation as well as reference client software for...

  • 13 days ago
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    Norway police neutralize explosive device, arrest suspect

    Norway's police have defused an explosive device found near a busy subway station in the capital and arrested a suspect. The discovery of the explosive Saturday night brought police to evacuate late night bars and restaurants. Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as "bomb-like," was an explosive. The police Twitter account said it had been defused or neutralized.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis rawlings

    Our Brains Instantly Make Two Copies of Each Memory

    For decades, we’ve thought that memories were formed in two distinct stages—short-term first, then long-term later. We might be wrong. New research suggests that our brains make two copies of each memory in the moment they are formed. One is filed away in the hippocampus, the center of short-term memories, while the other is stored in cortex, where our long-term memories reside.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion ultrasound mandate

    A federal judge has blocked an Indiana mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion, ruling that the requirement is likely unconstitutional and creates “clearly undue” burdens on women, particularly low-income women. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s ruling, issued late Friday, grants a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the ultrasound waiting period. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Woman who circumcised her 4-year-old son is charged with child abuse

    An Eritrean asylum seeker in Israel is facing a charge of child abuse and 14 years behind bars after she performed a circumcision on her four-year-old son. The unnamed woman, who works as a hotel cleaner and has been in Israel for over a decade, carried out the circumcision at her home in March 2016 and did not use the traditional instruments used in Jewish rituals.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Iran rejects U.S. terror claim by Mattis, blames Saudi

    Iran rejected an allegation by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that it was "the primary exporter of terrorism" and said on Saturday that the main source was U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. "Some countries led by America are determined to ignore the main source of Takfiri-Wahhabi terrorism and extremism," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by Iran's state news agency IRNA as saying.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    This teacher raised enough money to buy new bikes for each student in her school

    Students jumped with joy, hugged one another and squealed with delight as teachers at their South Carolina elementary school revealed hundreds of custom-made bicycles beneath parachutes normally used for P.E. class. The new set of wheels Thursday came courtesy of first-grade teacher Katie Blomquist. "I made a really conscious effort to watch their faces and let it soak in and imprint in my brain when those tarps went up," she told TODAY. "It was that moment I've been waiting ...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Ahead of New Protests, Russia Starts Blocking Web Pages

    A man shouts anti-government slogans in downtown Moscow on March 26, 2017. AP Photo / Andrew Lubimov. With Russia’s opposition leader in jail for disobeying police at last Sunday’s anti-corruption protest in Moscow, the country is set for more nationwide demonstrations this weekend. And Russia’s General Prosecutor ain’t having it.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Anarchist Cookbook author William Powell dies aged 66

    The author of one of the most notorious books of the last century died of a heart attack – six months ago. William Powell’s The Anarchist Cookbook was used by Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh in 1995 and the Columbine high school killers in 1999. His death has become public after it was noted in the closing credits of a new documentary about his life. The writer suffered a fatal heart attack while on holiday with his family in Nova Scotia on 11 July, at the age of 66. Though news of his death...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Maine is poised to make it a lot harder for police to steal your stuff

    Maine is poised to make it a lot harder for police to seize your property without charging you with a crime, as lawmakers introduced a bill this month to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. With civil asset forfeiture, police can seize cash, vehicles and even homes, provided only that the property is suspected of being used in a crime. Often, no charges or convictions are required. Senator Eric Brakey, along...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Judge orders Omaha teen who threw baby out window to serve probation, live in group home

    An Omaha teenager who threw her newborn baby out the window needs to start getting therapy, a judge said Friday, and she isn’t getting it while in the Douglas County Youth Center. Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Christopher Kelly ordered Antonia Lopez to be placed on probation, live in a group home, take part in individual and family therapy, delete her Facebook account and perform 50 hours of community service.

  • 1 month ago
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    Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles

    Five new particles have been discovered 'hiding in plain sight' at the Large Hadron Collider. The discovery comes from the collider's LHCb detector, or LHC beauty, which searches for objects such as antimatter. The five new particles are examples of baryons, which means they are made up of three fundamental particles called quarks, and all of them were discovered at once. "The exceptionality of this discovery is that observing five new states all at once is a rather unique ev...

  • 1 month ago
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    Stephen Hawking is going into space thanks to Richard Branson

    Stephen Hawking has been studying, theorizing, pondering, and writing about the universe and everything that makes it tick for decades upon decades, and now he’ll finally get his chance to head into the great unknown for himself. Hawking just revealed that he’s booked a flight on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, thanks to the latter’s offer to help the renowned physicist and cosmologist make his dream of spaceflight a reality.

  • 1 month ago
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    Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role for the Cerebellum

    One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total volume, but contains more than 50 percent of its neurons. Despite all that processing power, it's been assumed that the cerebellum functions largely outside the realm of conscious awareness, instead coordinating physical activities like standing and breathing. But now neuroscientists have discovered that it plays an important role in the reward response - one of the main drives ...

  • 1 month ago
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    Thailand coin-eating sea turtle 'Piggy Bank' dies

    A turtle in Thailand that had an operation to remove nearly 1,000 coins from her stomach two weeks ago has died from blood poisoning. The 25-year-old sea turtle fell into a coma after a second operation on Sunday, following intestinal problems. Named Omsin, meaning "Piggy Bank", she was found to be eating coins thrown into a public pond where she lived, in Chonburi province.

  • 1 month ago
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    Half of Canadians support mairjuana legalization, poll finds

    As Canadians await an expected bill on the legalization of marijuana, a new poll shows the country sharply divided on the issue. Fifty-one per cent of Canadians said they were in favour of legalization in the online survey by NRG Research Group, compared to 33 per cent who said they were in opposition, and 14 per cent who neither support nor oppose the measure.

  • 1 month ago
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    Stretchy electrode paves way for flexible electronics

    Paving the way for flexible electronics, Stanford chemical engineers have developed a plastic electrode that stretches like rubber but carries electricity like wires. The brain is soft and electronics are stiff, which can make combining the two challenging, such as when neuroscientists implant electrodes to measure brain activity and perhaps deliver tiny jolts of electricity for pain relief or other purposes.

  • 1 month ago
    Expression rawlings

    The nightmare scenario of an America without net neutrality

    cture this: It's six months into the great Comcast-Verizon War of 2018. A buddy texts you how insane the third season of Stranger Things is, but he knows he's just rubbing it in. You can't legally watch it, since Netflix sided with Verizon in the conflict, and your neighborhood only gets Comcast. You try to visit the Wikipedia page to read the summary, and not even that works. Ever since Congress voted to defang the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), there's nothing kee...

  • 1 month ago
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    Feds cause standstill for promising marijuana cure for Alzheimer's

    Promising new research conducted last year at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has shown that marijuana extracts may hold a key to treating Alzheimer's disease. The next step: To conduct tests on mice and, if the results are promising, move on to human trials.