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Watch this learning AI smash Super Mario World with ease

How good are you at Super Mario World? Chances are, you’re not as good as a neural network and genetic algorithms. MarI/O may be just that, and it’s really good at…

Ride shotgun in this 360-degree Le Mans video

Sure, 360-degree video is practically old news at this point, but we've never seen an example that works as well as this. To coincide with the Le Mans 24

Boeing 787 Dreamliner wows with near-vertical takeoff - CNET

Boeing is prepping for the 2015 Paris Air Show by trumpeting the nearly unreal vertical takeoff powers of the next-gen passenger jet.

Ratchet & Clank on PS4 looks like a playable Pixar movie

Last year at E3, Insomniac Games revealed that it was working on a "reimagined" version of the original Ratchet & Clank for the PlayStation 4. Today the studio released the first footage of the...

Homebuilt laser shotgun is every bit as dangerous as it sounds

If you thought building your own laser weapon at home was hot stuff, you haven't seen anything yet. Do-it-yourself fan Styropyro has built a laser "shotg

Virtual reality Star Wars experiences are coming this year

Did you feel that? That great disturbance in the Force? It's as if millions of voices suddenly cried out not in terror, but from sheer joy. There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming Star...

Racing drones through a forest is the sport of the future

The crowd at East Grinstead makes for an odd sight — most of them are wearing plastic goggles with long antennas sticking up, apparently ignoring their surroundings and staring out into empty...

Watch Apple's all-singing, all-dancing alternate opening to WWDC 2015

Apple opened this year's WWDC event with a decidedly un-Apple-like video. Featuring the comedic talents of ex-Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader, the clip imagined a developer-focused show that...

Watch firefighters blast drone out of sky with hose - CNET

In drone versus firehose there is one clear winner. But was the drone controller invading privacy, or are the firefighters guilty of destroying his property?

The Best Strategy for Windows 10: Wait

The new laid-back Microsoft still plays fast and loose with its "freebies" enough that it can't be trusted.

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Europe's Philae comet lander finally wakes up

This doesn't necessarily mean that everything is back on track. Philae still has yet to send over 8,000 data packets that will say what happened over the past few days, for a start. And while the lander appears healthy right now, it'll likely take some time before the ESA knows for sure that it's smooth sailing from here on out. Researchers will need sustained contact before they can make up for a ton of lost time and expand humanity's understanding of how comets work.

BlackBerry may release an Android phone

BlackBerry is thinking about using Android for an upcoming smartphone, according to a report from Reuters . The potential move is said to be part of a pivot to focus on software and device management rather than owning the operating system from top to bottom. That may well make sense for BlackBerry — after several delays to its BlackBerry 10 OS and an unspectacular launch in early 2013, the storied Canadian company now has under 1 percent of the smartphone market.

How a keyboard changed what I look for in an editor

UPDATE: It occurred to me that I hadn’t even mentioned the “Home/End/PageUp/PageDown” cluster. This is an example of a set of functions that most hacker’s editors use some kind of key sequence or combo for, since their location is usually as problematic as that of the arrow keys, if not even more so. But the Kinesis puts these keys in the thumb islands, available without moving your hands or glancing down. A lot of editor tutorials will try to wean you off of these keys along with the arrows. But I’m finding I’m using the dedicated keys more and more (and the alternative keybindings less and less), because I’m no longer paying a price for it. Which is nice, because it means I can use the same muscle memory across all applications.

Jurassic World Has Biggest Global Opening of All Time - IGN

In the U.S., Jurassic World beat out Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron for biggest opening weekend this year, with $204 million versus Ultron's $191.3 million. This gives the dinosaur sequel the second best U.S. opening ever, behind 2012's Marvel's The Avengers , which captured $207 million during its opening weekend. If Sunday ends up being higher than projected, it's possible Jurassic World will have the biggest opening domestically when the final tally is in on Monday.

Samsung shows retail-ready transparent, mirrored OLED - CNET

The new technology utilizes reflective, see-through OLED panels that can be combined wtih augmented reality overlays powered by 3D cameras. You know, for shopping.

The redistribution game for news | Monday Note

The chart above illustrates the upcoming shift in news distribution. No doubt: We’re heading towards a new phase of massive re-intermediation, of reshuffling the layers between the news producers (traditional media houses or pure players) and readers. This raises important questions: What will publishers gain or lose in the process? Will they end up handcuffed to a cluster of gatekeepers or will they reap decisive gains for their business model.

19 pieces of great advice from top tech execs to help you win in work and life

We've compiled quotes from 19 of the biggest names in tech. Some are investors; others are founders, CEOs, or executives at the most renowned tech companies in the world. Their words will inspire you to achieve more in work and in life.

Jack Dorsey is the only person who can be Twitter's next CEO

Would Dorsey be a good CEO? That's hard to say. He was fired in his first stint as Twitter CEO, but he was young and undisciplined at the time. He's matured and developed into a capable CEO at Square. He has learned to delegate and trust people. He would have to do that at Twitter.

The science behind viral content

For digital marketers and online content providers, creating viral content is the ultimate win. When a single piece of content gets 100,000 views, that’s 100,000 potential converts for your brand. Sounds impossible? Other people do it, and you can too – the key is to understand the science behind making content go viral.

Inhabitat's Week in Green: fish domes and 3D-printed bridges

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

My stroke of insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

Pizza Hut has a new box that turns into a movie projector for your smartphone

If you don't have Netflix, Pizza Hut has cleverly printed a QR code on each box that you can scan with your smartphone to download a free movie. There are four different styles of Blockbuster Box, with each corresponding to the genre of the free movie that comes with it: There's the Fully Loaded box for action movies, Slice Night for scary movies, Hot & Ready for your romance, and Anchovy Armageddon for the sci-fi fans.

Berlin becomes first German city to make rent cap a reality

From Monday, landlords in the capital will be barred from increasing rents by more than 10% above the local average. Such controls were already in place for existing tenants but have now been extended to new contracts.

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

Could we get something published? Probably. But beyond that? I thought it was sure to fizzle. We science journalists like to think of ourselves as more clever than the average hack. After all, we have to understand arcane scientific research well enough to explain it. And for reporters who don’t have science chops, as soon as they tapped outside sources for their stories—really anyone with a science degree, let alone an actual nutrition scientist—they would discover that the study was laughably flimsy. Not to mention that a Google search yielded no trace of Johannes Bohannon or his alleged institute. Reporters on the health science beat were going to smell this a mile away. But I didn’t want to sound pessimistic. “Let’s see how far we can take this,” I said.

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How autism freed me to be myself

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

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How this FBI strategy is actually creating US-based terrorists

There's an organization responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and ISIS combined: The FBI. How? Why? In an eye-opening talk, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson reveals a disturbing FBI practice that breeds terrorist plots by exploiting Muslim-Americans with mental health problems.

The top 25 hedge fund managers earn more than all kindergarten teachers in U.S. combined

The top 25 hedge fund managers earn more than all kindergarten teachers in U.S. combined

Teaching kids real math with computers

From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach — calculation by hand — isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.

How America's justice system failed our children

Charlie had been slowly stroking his mother’s hair, desperately hoping that she would open her eyes. The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants. Charlie thought his mother might be dying or was maybe even already dead. He had to call an ambulance. He stood up, flooded with anxiety, and cautiously made his way to the bedroom. Charlie saw George on the bed asleep and felt a surge of hatred for this man. He had never liked him, never understood why his mother had let him live with them. George didn’t like Charlie, either; he was rarely friendly to the boy. Even when he wasn’t drunk, George seemed angry all the time. His mother had told Charlie that George could be sweet, but Charlie never saw any of that. Charlie knew that George’s first wife and child had been killed in a car accident and that was why Charlie’s mom said he drank so much. In the eighteen months that George lived with them, it seemed to Charlie that there had been nothing but violence, loud arguments, pushing and shoving, threats, and turmoil. His mother had stopped smiling the way she used to; she’d become nervous and jumpy, and now, he thought, she’s on the kitchen floor, dead.

What It's Like Living in the Coldest Town on Earth | WIRED

It gets down to well below zero in Oymyakon, Russia, long known as the coldest inhabited place on Earth. If that kind of climate is hard to wrap your brain around, such a temperature is so cold that people here regularly consume frozen meat, keep their cars running 24/7 and must warm the ground with a bonfire for several days before burying their dead.

The opportunity of adversity

The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

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PHOTO: Raccoon Balances on Gator

At first glance, this photo may look like a raccoon balancing on a log in the water. But if you take a closer look, you'll see the raccoon is actually standing on the back of another animal -- an alligator.

The magic of the placebo

Sugar pills, injections of nothing — studies show that, more often than you'd expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something's not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are disturbed by needles or blood.)

The Mystery of the Brand-New Bay Bridge's Corroded Steel | WIRED

But right now, the main focus is on these rods and what caused them to corrode where others did not. Maroney says the failed rods all came from the same batch, which he calls the 2008s—after the year they were fabricated. Though he couldn’t yet say for sure, Maroney points to overcomplicated manufacturing techniques. He says that if he were looking at a brand new bridge project, he’d order two sets of rods from the outset: “One to test rigorously, destructively before accepting the second batch,” he says. “I would spend a million or two on extra testing before, because we spent 10 million after.”

How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market

"I think in the long term it’s less important because most people should not use their own racks even if it’s Open Compute. It solves a short-term problem, so for a while it will be relevant because there are a lot of legitimate use cases where you don’t have another choice. In that sense, it competes with the Dells of the world ... It will be relevant only for the very, very large companies — for the Facebooks, the Ebays, the Microsofts."

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'Game of Thrones' has officially passed the books, and that's okay

The show has finally caught up to, surpassed or completely bypassed the events of the novels, and the great equalizing of fan experiences has begun. Expected or not, it feels a bit odd as an ASOIAF reader to suddenly be in the dark.

Apple Has More Cash On Hand Than All These Different Countries

"As Moody details, the combined cash of Apple, Microsoft, Google, Verizon Communications and Pfizer climbed to $404 billion at the end of last year," he continued. "That figure is up over 16.4% from the prior year and is in excess of some of Asia’s most cash-laden nations including South Korea, with foreign exchange reserves of $336 billion, Hong Kong ($311 billion), Singapore ($270 billion) and India ($268 billion). America’s top five holders of cash not only have more in the bank than most Asian states, but their savings are also in excess of the entire Eurozone’s ($221 billion)."

Female Scientists Respond Brilliantly To Biochemist Calling Women Distractions

After asserting that female scientists should be segregated from their male peers because they distract them, fall in love with them and cry, British biochemist Tim Hunt issued a half-hearted apology Wednesday -- and women in science are letting him have it.

Brain Hacking Is Having Incredible Effects And It's Just Getting Started

First you strap a small device to your head, making sure that its electrodes are lined up in just the right way, and then flip a switch. A small jolt of electricity is delivered to your brain. All of a sudden, you feel a slight buzz that soon fades. Fogginess and anxiety clear away — you're suddenly able to solve puzzles that stumped you before, you can discern patterns out of noise, and your memory works significantly better.

Behind the scenes at the final DARPA Robotics Challenge

Pratt encouraged teams to make their robots more autonomous by adding a further challenge: once they enter the interior portion of the course, communication between the robots and their human operators deteriorates. The teams made impressive strides beyond joint-by-joint teleoperation, but their robots still have only a basic level of autonomy. Robots working outside highly structured spaces like factories struggle with perception and object recognition, so in the competition, humans had to do it for them, annotating their robot’s LIDAR map with a 3D image of a door handle, telling the robot to open it, then checking its plan to make sure it wouldn’t accidentally punch a wall. The robots are human-shaped, tool-using tools, operated by people sitting in a garage on the other side of the fairground.

This chart shows how the Hyperloop could destroy all other forms of transportation

For example, while Musk's Hyperloop plans called for speeds of 700 mph, or close to the speed of sound, the plans in the document call for a pod traveling at about 500 to 550 mph. But even at that rate traveling via Hyperloop is still almost as fast as traveling by plane.

What will we eat on Mars?

“We all preferred the days when we were allowed to cook. Those meals were just better,” says Vermeulen. “During our mission we always cooked with two people, and this had an interesting psychological benefit. When people are in the kitchen cooking, they are also talking. It’s a good way to keep the communication lines open. It’s also a really good outlet for creativity — something you really crave for when you’re locked up in a small space. And then when the food is served, you’re actually proud of what you made and you’re serving it to your colleagues. It generates more social cohesion,” says Vermeulen. “The disadvantage is that it does take a little more effort and time. So it’s a trade-off. Do you want your crew to be super-efficient and just heat something up in a couple of seconds and then continue working, but over the long term suffer from psychological consequences? Or do you give the crew time to make sure that the appreciation of food and the social and psychological benefits are maximized? I think for a future long-term stay on a surface, it’s probably going to be a combination of both.

Why I faked being black for med school

But what happened to Boots next chilled me to my marrow. He began applying to medical schools and we both figured he would sail through, get many interviews and then have his pick. Boots was a year older and medical school was everything he had worked for since starting at the University of Chicago. His grades and test scores were better than mine because, unlike me, he actually studied. But when he applied to 15 medical schools, got only two interviews and was accepted to exactly zero schools, he felt like a college running back who thinks he’ll go to the Patriots in the second round and is stunned when he’s relegated to playing in the CFL.

Rosetta's ultimate mission: Landing on a comet

Scientists have jokingly dubbed Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko a “rubber duck” in space due to its irregular shape. Others say it would be more accurately described as a “black swan” due to the deep black color caused by its non-reflective surface. Explanations for the comet’s unique shape vary. Some experts believe it is a true “contact binary,” meaning it is made of two objects that melded together after impact. Alternatively, it could have been molded into its irregular form through impact with other objects.

Europe Has The Potential To Dominate Industrial IoT, But Can It Deliver?

Finland, like others across Europe, is a country of industrial manufacturing and high-tech skills, but it’s facing a rapidly changing environment. It’s a small country hit hard by a few major changes inside a short period of time: iPads ate the markets of two economic cornerstones, Nokia and the paper industry; the Russian export business declined rapidly; and the population, like many in Western European nations, is aging at an alarming rate.

Beautiful Roman "Swiss army knife" is star archaeological attraction at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum | Culture24

A six-pronged silver invention is the most popular online exhibit in the incredible collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Here's why © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge With a spoon, knife, fork and toothpick, a spike used for deducing meat from the shells of seafood or removing stones from horses’ hooves and a spatula which could have worked as a toothbrush or for scooping paste from bottles, it’s little wonder a highly versatile Roman version of a Swiss army knife has provoked popular intrigue at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Nearly 38,000 visitors have wondered how this implement might have been used 2,000 years ago, making it the most popular object on the museum’s website. And the answer might be less practical than we thought: curators say it’s “hard to avoid” concluding that the neatness of the knife might just have made it a possession Romans wanted to show off with. “The fact that this is made of silver, and so beautifully crafted, definitely marks it out as a luxury item,” says the museum. “Most likely it was the possession of a wealthy person who was a frequent traveller – one can imagine him getting it out at an inn and showing off with it, not unlike having the latest type of iPhone, except that this would also have rarity value.

Apple brings side-by-side multitasking to the iPad in iOS 9

Frustrated that your iPad has all that screen real estate, but you still have to use one app at a time? That won't be a problem when iOS 9 arrives -- Apple has revealed that its new mobile software will bring side-by-side app multitasking to its tablets. The feature will let you display two live apps at once, Windows 8 -style, if you're using an iPad Air 2 (which has extra memory and performance); otherwise, you can pin apps to the side of the screen to get back to them quickly. There's a picture-in-picture mode that will let you watch a video without disrupting what you're doing, too. This upgraded multitasking will only be available for the iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and other relatively recent Apple slates, so you'll definitely want to ditch that old iPad 2 if you're eager to juggle multiple programs. Gallery | 9 Photos Apple iPad multitasking + See all 9

Teacher: Why I don’t want to assign Shakespeare anymore (even though he’s in the Common Core)

Here then, is my argument: If we only teach students of color, as I have been fortunate to do my entire career, then it is far past the time for us to dispense with our Eurocentric presentation of the literary world. Conversely, if we only teach white students, it is our imperative duty to open them up to a world of diversity through literature that they may never encounter anywhere else in their lives. I admit that this proposal, that we leave Shakespeare out of the English curriculum entirely, will offend many.

The $5 Billion Battle For The American Dinner Plate

Big-city dwellers are also used to spending a lot of money on food, since the cost of living tends to be high where they live. This is another reason they might be more amenable to boxed meals, which are an expensive proposition. Taranto says that his target demographic is what he describes as the "evolved eater," which is, according to Plated's proprietary research, a 31 million strong segment of the American population that cares deeply about the quality of their food and has enough disposable income to invest in eating well. Taranto says that while $12 a meal is a costly dinnertime time option for many, it is a reasonable expense to a segment of consumers whose alternative options include eating out, either at fast casual chains like Panera Bread or at fine dining establishments, or buying groceries from upmarket grocery stores like Whole Foods. "We’ve been very deliberate about going after the high end first," he says. "As our logistical network expands we will be able to deliver at lower price points to more and more people."

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How The Most Successful People Poop At Work

With all the newly minted but same old messages about wellness at the workplace, perhaps leadership will consider adding 'one firm bowel movement everyday' to the list of core behaviors. A stretch behavior could be two movements. A menu behavior could be it hits the water like an Acapulco Diver with little to no splash, is a light golden brown, slightly curves at the end...and floats. Yes floats. This means you're eating the right foods and will most likely cost yourself and your employer far less in medical bills in the long run. And while you may not exit the bathroom like my cat from the litter box who then gallops from end of the house to the other afterwards, you'll leave the bunny warren of stalls with a sense of pride and a feeling of great joy, to help overcome that bathroom anxiety. That's my two dingleberries!

Mathematicians think they've worked out what happened to Flight MH370

More than a year since the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 there are still unanswered questions. The exact fate of the plane - and the 239 lives aboard - remains a mystery. Now an international team of researchers has used mathematical modelling to come up with an explanation for why no wreckage from the crash has ever been found. In a report published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society , a team of researchers used computer simulations to compare five scenarios of water entry. Based on their calculations, they conclude the plane took a vertical nosedive into the Southern Indian Ocean.   "Aviation experts generally agree that how the airliner enters the water determines its breakup, which then yields major clues and directions of the search operations," write the authors , who were led by applied mathematician Goong Chen from the Texas A&M University at Qatar. This, of course, is why so much of the search effort for MH370 was focusing on scanning the surface of the water - without much luck. But if the plane entered the water at a 90-degree angle (head first), the wings and tail of the plane would have been torn away, and the fuselage could sink within less than a minute, without ever resurfacing.

Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications — that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)

2015: The year that gaming handhelds feel like they're finally fading away - CNET

At this year's E3, we'll hear a lot about PCs, game consoles, and virtual reality. But we've heard very, very little about portable gaming -- unless it's on a phone.

Monday Note

The chart above illustrates the upcoming shift in news distribution. No doubt: We’re heading towards a new phase of massive re-intermediation, of reshuffling the layers between the news producers (traditional media houses or pure players) and readers. This raises important questions: What will publishers gain or lose in the process? Will they end up handcuffed to a cluster of gatekeepers or will they reap decisive gains for their business model.

If You Sit On The Toilet, You Don't Know Squat

To raise awareness for World Toilet Day 2014, My Toilet showcased photos taken by Panos Pictures of women and girls around the world posing with their toilets. Across the globe, 2.5 billion people don’t have access to basic sanitation, a human rights issue that disproportionately affects women and girls.

51 Mesmerizingly Creepy Handprint Shows We're All Crawling With Bacteria
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53 Your childhood's dead: Marge and Homer Simpson are splitting up - CNET
54 How architecture helped music evolve
55 Sauerkraut Might Be The Secret To Curing Social Anxiety
56 The World's Mother Tongues Mashed Up Into A Big Data Bubble
57 The meta-frog: CT scan reveals frog inside another frog - CNET
58 My hopes, dreams, fears for my future black son
59 The Best Conditions For Building A Unicorn
60 Snoop Dogg wants to be Twitter's new CEO - CNET
61 The Science Of Why We Talk Too Much (And How To Shut Up)
62 Spotify Is Gearing Up for the Fight of Its Life | WIRED
63 Nest's first home camera will look familiar, but its app won't
64 Scientists seek surfer butts to study super-bacteria - CNET
65 Teen discovers new planet 1,000 light years away - CNET
66 Google explains how it will make Chrome suck less battery
67 Glam up your garden with copper leaf planters
68 Referral Marketing 101: 7 Tactics to Launch Your Own Referral Campaign – Shopify
69 THE APP-STORE MARKETING REPORT: User Acquisition, Retention, And Strategies For Getting Apps To Stand Out
70 Facebook Now Cares About How Long You Look At Stuff In Your News Feed
71 Artist JeeYoung Lee Converts Her Tiny Studio Into Absurdly Elaborate Non-Digital Dreamscapes
72 Sextronauts Want Your Help Funding The First Porno Shot In Space
73 Game of Thrones became its own worst enemy, and I need to let it go
74 FTC announces it will go after scummy Kickstarter projects that steal backers' money
75 Scientists defy gravity with 'perpetual' water pump
76 iPhone users can block ads in Safari on iOS 9
77 How People Around the World Take Exams
78 Networking Is Over. Welcome Sweatworking?
79 Apple unveils iOS 9 at WWDC
80 Greater Good in Action
81 Dueling Realities
82 What It's Like To Drink Bulletproof Coffee Every Morning For Two Weeks
83 Google creates Sidewalk Labs to redesign city living with technology
84 Kick Your Social Strategy Into Overdrive: The Ins & Outs of Testing S…
85 With Crystal Pepsi set for a comeback, here's why the original failed according to its creator
86 Scientists just got the first close-up look at some perplexing white spots in space, and they're more mystified than ever
87 Meet 12 More "Rejected Princesses" Who Were Too Badass For Disney (But Not This Book)