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Scientists Say Night Owls Have an Increased Risk of Dying Sooner, but the Joke’s on Them Because We’ve Already Embraced Death

A new study claims that people who stay up late have a "10% risk increased risk of all-cause mortality" than early risers. I mean, isn't that the point?

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Everyone Is Dunking on Mark Zuckerberg About His Facebook Congressional Hearing

Group catharsis.

Who would have guessed that a guy who dipped his feet in violating people's privacy for a Hot or Not knockoff in college and faced a disciplinary hearing for it at the time—despite how much he'd like to pretend it's not at all related—would wind up answering for the same lack of (or willful ignorance of) foresight in front of the United States Congress, on the much larger scale of a global userbase?

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I Want to Live Inside This Pro-Science, Female-Driven, Live Orchestra Concert Spectacular

A Light in the Void is described as "a first-of-its-kind live concert experience meant to inspire and sustain a life-long love affair with science through the emotional power of music and storytelling." Imagine a TED Talk-type setup with scientists talking to a live audience, only they're supported by a live orchestra, with documentary and animation video projections.

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MIT AlterEgo Headset That Listens to Your Thoughts Is Both Amazing and Disturbing

What if, instead of watching you with a camera and filling your head with propaganda through its speakers, the telescreen of George Orwell's 1984 could instead just read your thoughts and tell you what it wants you to hear just by vibrating the bones in your head? If that sounds like an absolutely terrible technology pitch, then wow do I have some bad news for you.

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Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison Talks Diversity in STEM: “They Think of It as a Nicety. No, It’s a Necessity.”

Doctor Mae Jemison, who was the first African-American woman in space, recently spoke to HuffPost about the importance of introducing kids to STEM education early in life - and that means all kids.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Releases Full, Commercial-Free Version of His Interview With Stephen Hawking

A mere ten days before Stephen Hawking's death, he recorded an interview with another renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, for Tyson's series, Star Talk, on National Geographic TV. The episode, which originally aired on March 4th, was released today in a commercial-free version in memory (and celebration of) the legendary Hawking.

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A Tribute to Stephen Hawking, Who Died Today at 76 Years Old

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died early this morning at 76 years old, leaving many of us very sad but also very inspired by his life, especially considering he was told he only had two years to live all the way back in 1963, at 22 years old, due to motor neurone disease. He beat the odds in a big way, bringing us all a lot of science and laughter over the years, and this is our small way of paying tribute.

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Warning: Your Amazon Alexa May Be Plotting Your Demise

A number of Alexa owners have reported their personal AI assistants displaying some disturbing behavior. One Twitter user posted a video of her Alexa randomly laughing maniacally, apparently with no provocation.

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HPV Vaccination Rates Are Still Upsettingly Low

The idea that a vaccine will make your child promiscuous is absolutely ridiculous, but in what world is cancer a better alternative to promiscuity? 

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From “Fancy My Hero” to “Tweet up Bat,” This Neural Network Wrote the Only Candy Heart Messages Fit for 2018

Researcher Janelle Shane, whose work with neural networks we've covered before, is at it again. This time, she tried to train a neural network to create its own candy heart messages.

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Now The Robots Are Skiing and Opening Doors

The robots have added two more skills to their repertoire: skiing and opening doors.

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The Reason Only Thor Can Pick up His Hammer Is … Science

The comics are pretty clear on the ground rules: "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he [OR SHE] be worthy, shall possess the power of THOR." But how does this work?

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New 2018 Emojis Will Include Superheroes and Villains

157 new emojis will be headed for smartphones in 2018. While redheads (and bald heads) will finally be getting some long-deserved representation, we're most excited about being able to express our geekery in emoji form.

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The Robots Are Even Beating Us at Scrabble Now

The robots can beat us at Jeopardy, chess, Go, and now ... Scrabble?

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Hilarious A.I.-Generated Coachella Band Name List Would Make Mouse Rat Proud

Or is it Scarecrow Boat?

The good people (and robot brains) over at Botnik Studios, creators of such wonderful neural network-generated monstrosities as Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash, are back at it again. This time, they've turned their attention on something already incomprehensible enough that a computer-created version is nearly indistinguishable from reality: the list of bands to play at Coachella.

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Apple Will Soon Let iPhone Owners Turn Off Performance Throttling

As long as you consider unexpected shutdowns to be better performance.

Recent confirmation that Apple actually uses its iOS operating system to slow down older iPhone models was met with a lot of uproar, even though the feature is specifically tuned to spread out battery usage over time to prevent phones with aging batteries from unexpectedly shutting off. Apple already launched an improvement to their battery replacement program to try to smooth things over, but now they're planning to let users opt out of the feature altogether.

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Google App Will Find Your Portrait Clone, Lorelai Gilmore-Style

You flinched!

Google has an app that will more-or-less perfectly (more often less, which is often more amusing anyway) match you up against portraits in museum collections with face recognition, and present you with a side-by-side comparison. It's not quite the festival of living art, but at least you don't have to worry about involuntary muscle spasms or ruining things with an unexpected phone call!

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Senate Democrats Will Force A Vote to Protect Net Neutrality, So It’s Time to Call Your Reps

Senate Democrats now have the 30 cosponsors they need to force a Senate floor vote on a bill to preserve net neutrality.

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Seriously, Do Not Drink “Raw Water”

A new trend sweeping up Silicon Valley is "raw water", or "unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water" that will definitely make you sick.

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How Do Machines Learn?

How do how machine learning and algorithm-based artificial intelligence actually work? And when we talk about machines "learning," what process are we really talking about? These YouTube videos help to explain.

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