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Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity

Remember AlphaGo, the first artificial intelligence to defeat a grandmaster at Go? Well, the program just got a major upgrade, and it can now teach itself how to dominate the game without any human intervention. But get this: In a tournament that pitted AI against AI, this juiced-up version, called AlphaGo Zero,…

What DNA Testing Companies’ Terrifying Privacy Policies Actually Mean What DNA Testing Companies’ Terrifying Privacy Policies Actually Mean

You probably wouldn’t hand out your social security number without having a pretty good idea of how that information was going to be used, right? That would be dumb. It’s extremely sensitive information. And yet, the consumer genetic testing market is booming thanks to people readily giving up another piece of their…

Here Are the Best Wildlife Photos of 2017 Here Are the Best Wildlife Photos of 2017

The Natural History Museum of London has announced the winners of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Highlights of this year include bioluminescent termite mounds, hoards of giant spider crabs, a juvenile gorilla lounging on the forest floor—and an absolutely heartbreaking image of a poached black…

What Happens to Facebook’s Mind Reading Project Now That Its Leader Is Gone? What Happens to Facebook’s Mind Reading Project Now That Its Leader Is Gone?

Regina Dugan, a tech exec with roots in the government sector as the former director of DARPA, is leaving Facebook and her departure calls into question the status of one of the craziest things Facebook has been working on.

Scientists Uncover a Clue About How Bacteria Develop Antibiotic Resistance Scientists Uncover a Clue About How Bacteria Develop Antibiotic Resistance

In recent years, superbugs have become one of the biggest threats to modern human health. At present, the CDC estimates that some 23,000 people die every year from multidrug-resistant infections in the United States. The threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to global health is big enough that this year the World…

World's Largest Mud Flow Probably Powered By Underground Magma Tunnel World's Largest Mud Flow Probably Powered By Underground Magma Tunnel

The largest mud volcano eruption has been raging in Indonesia since May 29, 2006. At its peak, 180,000 cubic meters of mud flowed daily from a site near a heavily populated region of Java—enough mud to completely fill the Empire State Building every six days. Almost 60,000 villagers have fled since then, and it’s…

Experts Cast Doubt On Viking Textile With ‘Allah’ Inscription Experts Cast Doubt On Viking Textile With ‘Allah’ Inscription

Researchers from Sweden made headlines last week after claiming to have found the Arabic characters for “Allah” and “Ali” woven into Viking burial costumes. The discovery suggested a more intimate cultural relationship between the Vikings and the Arab world, but some experts are now questioning key assertions made by…

Let’s Break Down What That Monumental Neutron Star Collision Actually Told Us Let’s Break Down What That Monumental Neutron Star Collision Actually Told Us

Astronomy has entered a new era, one where light and gravity both play a role in understanding the Universe’s craziest phenomena. On August 17, 2017, over 70 observatories around (and above) the world, including ones like LIGO and the Hubble Space Telescope, all spotted a flash of energy. This light came in many…

Scott Pruitt's EPA Says Maybe More Radiation Exposure Wouldn't Be So Harmful Scott Pruitt's EPA Says Maybe More Radiation Exposure Wouldn't Be So Harmful

Donald Trump’s appointment of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency this year drew eyebrows, because Pruitt had made his career as a longstanding legal opponent of the EPA and a prominent climate change skeptic. Since he’s been put in charge of the agency, Pruitt…

Scientists Document 'Opportunistic' Alligators Eating Sharks Scientists Document 'Opportunistic' Alligators Eating Sharks

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, or in the case of the southeastern United States, it’s an alligator-eat-shark kind of a world, according to an unsettling new study from Kansas State University scientists.

Compared to Wolves, Dogs Are Absolutely Terrible at Cooperation Compared to Wolves, Dogs Are Absolutely Terrible at Cooperation

Humans and dogs have a long history of working together, leading to the assumption that the collaborative abilities of dogs are the result of domestication. New research suggests this isn’t the case, and that wolves are far better at cooperation than their domesticated cousins, at least when they’re cooperating with…

Colliding Neutron Star Discovery Could Solve This Mystery About Our Expanding Universe Colliding Neutron Star Discovery Could Solve This Mystery About Our Expanding Universe

Today, physicists across the world celebrated as telescopes and observatories on Earth and in space captured a “kilonova.” Two neutron stars collided 130 million light years away, sending gravitational waves, x-rays, gamma-rays, radio waves, and light waves to the Earth. But these events also serve as a new kind of…

This Ancient Reptile Evolved a Weird, Bird-Like Head 100 Million Years Before Birds Did This Ancient Reptile Evolved a Weird, Bird-Like Head 100 Million Years Before Birds Did

Imagine an animal with the body of a chameleon, the feet and claws of an anteater, the humped back of a camel, and a tail that is both flattened like a beaver’s, but also like that of a scorpion. If you’re thinking this sounds like someone just threw your local zoo into a blender—or that it’s not far off from mythical…

Is Eating Synthetic Human Flesh Cannibalism?  Is Eating Synthetic Human Flesh Cannibalism? 

A disgusting factor which separates consuming human flesh from consuming muscle tissue of non-speaking animals is that you can’t separate eating dead humans from eating live humans. In the way that you call a baby cow “veal” or a pig “pork,” human flesh is just human flesh—you wouldn’t think about eating Dave’s…

Observatories Across the World Announce Groundbreaking New Gravitational Wave Discovery Observatories Across the World Announce Groundbreaking New Gravitational Wave Discovery

Vicky Kalogera, a Northwestern University physicist, took her week of much-needed vacation in Utah this past August. She promised her family she’d stay off of email for a week. It wasn’t a real promise, of course, but she was going to try. She’d arranged the perfect day for August 17. Her husband was going to take the…

China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Will Crash to Earth in the Next Few Months China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Will Crash to Earth in the Next Few Months

China’s 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 space station, originally launched in 2011, has seen its orbit rapidly decay and is now expected to hit the Earth in the next few months, the Guardian reported.

Northern California Wildfires Death Toll Rises to 38 Northern California Wildfires Death Toll Rises to 38

The 15 separate wildfires ravaging northern California over the past week have now claimed 38 lives, the L.A. Times reported on Saturday, and scorched an astonishing 220,000 acres.

Magic Mushroom Chemical Appears to Physically Change Depressed Brains Magic Mushroom Chemical Appears to Physically Change Depressed Brains

Magic mushrooms are a strange drug. They’re one part illegal music festival enhancer, one part promising treatment that could have important medical applications. That second use continues to look more and more promising.

Earth’s Tropical Forests Sprung a Major CO2 Leak During Last Year's El Niño Earth’s Tropical Forests Sprung a Major CO2 Leak During Last Year's El Niño

Earth’s tropical forests hoard huge amounts of carbon, but as temperatures rise and weather patterns shift due to climate change, scientists worry that their lush green canopies will start leaking more CO2. That concern got some serious validation this week, when a new study concluded that the recent El Niño period…

Intense Methane Rainstorms Carve Titan’s Icy Surface Intense Methane Rainstorms Carve Titan’s Icy Surface

If you were soaring above the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, you’d see mountains, rivers, lakes, and seas, but you might also run into a monsoon-like rainstorm. Severe weather doesn’t happen very often on Titan, but new research suggests than when it does, the skies unleash torrents of liquid methane that…

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