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AI Beat Humans at Reading! Maybe Not

Wired - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:35
Microsoft and Alibaba claimed software could read like a human. There's more to the story than that.
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Babies are cared for by machines in 60s video

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:54
The footage, taken in 1960 as part of a news report, shows a nurse operating some 'High-Tec' baby care equipment in a state-of-the-art nursery in Budapest, Hungary, which was run by the Communist-regime at the time.
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'Life detection test' could prove alien life does exist

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:23
The system can directly detect and characterize life on other planets. It uses existing technology, and has already been tested in the Canadian high Arctic, which has similar conditions to Mars.
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Modern-day humans have lost acute sense of smell

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:05
The Jahai hunter-gatherers living in Malay find odours just as easy to name as colours and unlike most modern humans (stock image) they have not lost their sense of smell.
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Cancer Diagnosis from a Blood Draw? Liquid Biopsies Are Still a Dream

Wired - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:04
Blood tests can detect eight of the most common cancers—but their accuracy still isn’t high enough to be used clinically.
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Pictures capture phenomenon of snow rollers in Scotland

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:59
A field full of the unusual snow rollers was discovered in Glassford, South Lanarkshire, by Eunice Clarke on Tuesday.
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Meteorites brought water to Earth far earlier than thought

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:52
Rocks that crashed into our planet brought with them crucial elements our world uses to sustain life, but nobody has been sure when it happened.
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Fungus could pave the way for self-healing concrete

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:46
By mixing nutrients and a fungus called Trichoderma reesei, researchers at Binghamton University found that cracking in the concrete would spur production of calcium carbonate.
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Last year was the hottest on record without an El Nino 

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:43
The Met Office found that global temperatures for 2017 were 1°C (1.8°F) warmer than pre-industrial levels, and 0.38°C (0.78°F) warmer than the long term average.
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Facebook AI boss slams humanoid robot Sophia

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:40
In a fiery Facebook post, Yann LeCun, director at the social media giant's New York city AI research centre, claimed Sophia is a 'sophisticated puppet' that is not as intelligent as it seems.
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Bryan Adams fans may have more testosterone

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:39
Men with high levels of testosterone are likely to enjoy artists like Bryan Adams (pictured) whereas men with less testosterone favour classical music, according to researchers from Nagasaki University.
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Computer software as accurate as untrained people

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:10
Researchers from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire have cast doubt on more than a million decisions made in court based on the likelihood of a criminal reoffending.
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Fossils really do live in Buckingham Palace

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:56
A new study led by the Australian National University has found the building blocks of Buckingham Palace (pictured) and many other iconic buildings were made by microbes.
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Facebook tests 'Watch Party' tool see videos with friends

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:56
Watch Party could make watching videos more intimate as comments will not get lost, according to Palo Alto-based Facebook engineer Fidji Simo who announced the new feature.
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Amazon narrows list of cities for its second HQ to 20

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:55
Amazon's current headquarters is in Seattle, Washington, but it has been contemplating a second hub for months.
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WhatsApp to start letting business open accounts

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:24
Business accounts will allow them to set up automatic greetings, see statistics about their messaging and set up a profile page with hours of operation and other information.
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Monkey with moustache is entirely new species

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:16
A scientist from Virginia-based conservation experts the Primate Specialist Group has identified a monkey with a striking white moustache as a new species.
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Employees who share space are dissatisfied with their work

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:52
Researchers from CTF, Service Research Centre at Karlstad University in Sweden have found that open plan offices are counter-productive and bad for staff morale (stock).
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Video shows humans were used to test vehicles in Germany

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:51
The clip, which shows German car crash tests, aired on ABC's television program 'Ripleys Believe It Or Not' in 1985 to highlight the importance of wearing one's seat belt during a car crash.
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Two teenage boys saved from rip off Lennox Head by a drone

Daily Mail UK - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:49
Monty Greenslade, 16 and Gabe Vidler, 17, were pulled out to sea by a riptide off Lennox Head, in New South Wales, on Thursday morning but were saved when a drone dropped an inflatable.
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