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"The asteroid impact threat is very easy to overstate and misunderstand" #AsteroidDay
A star-studded group of campaigners are promoting Asteroid Day to raise awareness of the threat of incoming rocks. Are we really facing imminent disaster?
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"A lot of the jokes that the system generates are kind of offensive and inappropriate – though often funny."
Software that makes you seem funnier by suggesting amusing images to use during online chat could pave the way to more human-like AI
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Sad to see such a situation(´・ω・`)
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"We've had all sorts of different reactions, from 'Disgusting, no thanks' to 'That's really nice'." Smog-flavoured meringue, anyone?
Gastronomic artists at New York's IDEAS CITY festival have been whipping up interest in the air we breathe
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These lizards dig corkscrew-shaped lairs and nobody knows why.
An Australian monitor lizard digs a looping tunnel 3-metres deep to provide its eggs with the most stable environment seen among reptiles
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Cooler air maybe...
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Could an inflamed brain be a hidden cause of depression? http://ow.ly/OWAsf
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A mysterious light show sometimes seen from a plane far above storm clouds has been caught on camera (video).
What causes mysterious 'fireworks' in the sky spotted from planes? Video and computer modelling are yielding insights
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After decades of stability, a fast-rotating baby pulsar called B0540-69 recently slammed on its brakes.
A bright young pulsar that seemed to be stable has slammed on its brakes. Understanding this shift in behaviour could help astronomers calibrate cosmic clocks
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Adam Benforado argues that most errors in criminal justice stem from the failure to take into account the frailties of human cognition, memory and decision-making. http://ow.ly/OQpK5
From false confessions to expert testimony that juries are ill-equipped to understand, our criminal justice system needs a radical refit, says a new book
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Justice relies on each & every person that is involved in the judicial process to be 100% unbiased.

What are the chances of that happening?

The fundamental concept behind finding justice is flawed by the natural behavior behind the Human psyche.

I still believe that it is possible to use a computer to recall the last image encoded on the optic nerve of a murder victim...which may (in some cases) be a pic of their murderer.

THAT technology would revolutionize forensics.
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Think females don't compete for sex? Take a look at these jumping spiders http://ow.ly/OWB5b
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"You want a really, really reliable rocket before you put people on it."
Hopes that privately built rockets can restart crewed space flight from US soil have taken a blow with a Falcon 9 failure within minutes of launch
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A very very consistent rocket.
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Not all the universe's clocks tick reliably.
A bright young pulsar that seemed to be stable has slammed on its brakes. Understanding this shift in behaviour could help astronomers calibrate cosmic clocks
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New software can help you come up with a funny and snappy response when chatting online – through the medium of pictures.
Software that makes you seem funnier by suggesting amusing images to use during online chat could pave the way to more human-like AI
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