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  • 2 days ago
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    This Is Woody Harrelson's Vegan Plea to the Vatican

    What if the world’s top leaders, entertainers, doctors, and scientists asked you to go vegan? That’s the hope for a new campaign from the team that brought you Veganuary. Celebrity supporters include Paul McCartney, actor Woody Harrelson, musician Moby, Joaquin Phoenix, Evanna Lynch, and PCRM founder Dr. Neal Barnard.

  • 10 days ago
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    Millennials are struggling. Is it the fault of the baby boomers?

    he late 1940s were about bombsites, rationing, loss and mourning, but amid the gloom a new generation was emerging. In the grim, grey aftermath of war, children were born on an unprecedented scale in a population explosion: the baby boomers – born between 1946 and the mid-60s – had arrived. It was time for a new life. It was time for the young to grow up with faith in a better tomorrow.

  • 13 days ago
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    Verizon Super Bowl ads honor California firefighters after throttling their data speeds

    Verizon paid tribute to California first responders in a pair of Super Bowl advertisements Sunday following criticism for throttling firefighters' data speeds last summer during the one of the state's largest wildfires. The service provider slowed down a fire department's internet services because it hit the plan limit while coordinating trucks and personnel fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, which torched 410,203 acres.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Siri Gets Much Smarter as Apple's Investments Pay Off

    Apple's digital assistant just vaulted past Alexa and Cortana in an 800-question test. When Apple acquired Siri back in 2010, the digital darling was groundbreaking, but competition quickly loomed. Apple was slow to adapt the artificial intelligence (AI) that powered its digital assistant, while competitors invested heavily and gained momentum in the nascent area.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Lyft Offers Free Rides To Warming Shelters

    Lyft announced Tuesday its drivers will offer free rides to warming centers for those seeking refuge from the cold. The company is partnering with Greater Twin Cities United Way 2-1-1 to provide two rides for up to $25 each for those escaping extreme cold. Riders can use the code MSPJAYDEN19 to access the rides through 11:59 p.m. Friday.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    AI dramatically cuts time to process chest X-rays

    New research has found that a novel Artificial Intelligence (AI) system can dramatically reduce the time needed to ensure that abnormal chest X-rays with critical findings will receive an expert radiologist opinion sooner, cutting the average delay from 11 days to less than three. Chest X-rays are routinely performed to diagnose and monitor a wide range of conditions affecting the lungs, heart, bones, and soft tissues.

  • 1 month ago
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    In blow to Los Angeles, SpaceX is moving some Mars spaceship and booster work to Texas

    In a reversal of a deal local officials had touted as a win for Los Angeles tech, SpaceX will no longer build its Mars spaceship and rocket booster system at the Port of Los Angeles. Instead, work to develop and test the prototype will be done in south Texas. SpaceX said in a statement Wednesday that the decision was made to “streamline operations.”

  • 1 month ago
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    The Media Merger Frenzy And Its Impact On Net Neutrality

    Allowing mergers like AT&T and Time Warner will profoundly reshape the American media landscape and may eliminate net neutrality.

  • 1 month ago
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    Artificial intelligence and bias: Four key challenges

    John Villasenor discusses the sources of bias in artificial intelligence, how to identify instances of bias, and what can be done to mitigate it.

  • 1 month ago
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    The Limits of Logic

    Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness? 

  • 1 month ago
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    This robot picks a pepper in 24 seconds using a tiny saw, and could help combat farm labor shortage

    To pick a single pepper takes about 24 seconds, though the researchers say they purposefully slowed down the robot's movements for safety reasons. Sweeper is also equipped with LED lights so that it can work regardless of the time of day, for about 20 hours/day. Still, the robot is far from perfect, with only 61 percent accuracy in picking ripe fruit.

  • 2 months ago
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    The 25 Best TV Performances of 2018

    Acting is a malleable art, especially on TV. Many of the best performances of 2018 are, of course, star turns—leads or co-leads capturing our attention week in, week out for the length of the season, or indeed for a number of years. But others, including our top pick, are supporting performers in strong ensembles, recurring players, guest stars—actors who, in the space of a single episode, even a single scene, manage to make an indelible impression.

  • 2 months ago
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    Why The Free Market For Drugs Doesn't Work And What To Do About It

    The United States faces a major problem with prescription drug prices. Even as the prices of most goods and services have barely budged in recent years, the cost of drugs has surged. During the presidential campaign, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump cited the high cost of prescription drugs as an issue that needed to be addressed. Most recently, the president-elect took direct aim at the pharmaceutical industry, saying it’s “getting away with murder” and arguing “new bidding procedu...

  • 2 months ago
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    The creators of The Outer Worlds on learning to make better RPGs

    I recently visited Obsidian Entertainment to see the studio's new RPG The Outer Worlds, which I called a blend of Firefly and Fallout. It may look like the space cowboy version of Bethesda's recent Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, but its roots run deeper than that: lead developers Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain created Fallout together in the 90s, along with other famous PC RPGs like Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines.