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Archeologists find Roman shipwrecks off Egypt's north coast

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:17:08 -0500

Archeologists find Roman shipwrecks off Egypt's north coastEgypt: Archaeologists find 3 shipwrecks from Roman times off Alexandria's coast, dating back more than 2,000 years


Where To Find The Best Travel Deals On Black Friday And Cyber Monday

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:35:28 -0500

Where To Find The Best Travel Deals On Black Friday And Cyber MondayIf you’re hoping to snag a good travel deal during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales weekend, you’re in luck.


Woman Put 4 Newborns in Concrete-Filled Buckets Because She Was Too Poor to Raise Them, Police Say

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:53:09 -0500

Woman Put 4 Newborns in Concrete-Filled Buckets Because She Was Too Poor to Raise Them, Police SayHuman remains were identified in buckets found in her condominium, police say


Man who claims Earth is flat says he'll prove his belief by taking flight in a DIY rocket

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Man who claims Earth is flat says he'll prove his belief by taking flight in a DIY rocketScience has long been the target of conspiracy theories, some of which have persisted for centuries.


Black Friday Subscription Box Deals That'll Make Gifting A Cinch

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:46:48 -0500

Black Friday Subscription Box Deals That'll Make Gifting A CinchIf you thought Black Friday was reserved for laptop deals, discount Apple products and clothing sales, think again.


Robert Mugabe Resigns as President of Zimbabwe After 37 Years in Power

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:12:14 -0500

Robert Mugabe Resigns as President of Zimbabwe After 37 Years in PowerMugabe called for a "smooth, non-violent transfer of power"


Gap And Old Navy Have Winter Clothes Half Off Right Now

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:05:29 -0500

Gap And Old Navy Have Winter Clothes Half Off Right NowGap and Old Navy are notorious for ridiculously-good year-round sales for wardrobe basics, but their Black Friday discounts blow their everyday sales out of the water.


Is An Open Relationship Right For You?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:21 -0500

Is An Open Relationship Right For You?Thinking about entering into an open relationship?


UN Court Sentences Ratko Mladic to Life in Prison for Bosnian War Crimes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:00:14 -0500

UN Court Sentences Ratko Mladic to Life in Prison for Bosnian War CrimesIncluding the massacre of Srebrenica, Europe's worst mass killing since World War II


What is net neutrality?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:57:58 -0500

What is net neutrality?A vote by the Federal Communications Commission on December 14, 2017 will decide the fate of net neutrality. But what is it?


What To Buy On Black Friday On Amazon

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:05:43 -0500

What To Buy On Black Friday On AmazonLast week, we shared with you a sneak peek at Amazon’s Black Friday deals that we just couldn’t wait for.


U.S. Declares Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar Is 'Ethnic Cleansing'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:01:39 -0500

U.S. Declares Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar Is 'Ethnic Cleansing'Over 600,000 have fled to Bangladesh


Elon Musk Has Already Sold More Than 150,000 of These Boring Hats

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:28:00 -0500

Elon Musk Has Already Sold More Than 150,000 of These Boring Hats"Thanks for buying our super boring hat."


Budget 2017: UK's driverless cars stuck on testing roundabout

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:12:03 -0500

Budget 2017: UK's driverless cars stuck on testing roundaboutIt's going to be difficult for UK government-backed autonomous vehicle projects to compete with Silicon Valley – unless they have something neat under the bonnet.


Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear incident claims

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:50:26 -0500

Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear incident claimsRussia’s meteorological service said on Tuesday it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that a nuclear incident had taken place. The data appears to back up a report by the French nuclear safety institute IRSN, which said on Nov. 9 a cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe had indicated some kind of leak had taken place at a nuclear facility either in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September. Neither Russia nor Kazakhstan has acknowledged any accident.


Will Uber's Data Breach Cover-up be the Final Straw for Its Most Loyal Users?

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:08:55 -0500

Will Uber's Data Breach Cover-up be the Final Straw for Its Most Loyal Users?Customers could start deserting the ride-hailing company after a strong of scandals


Justice Department Threatens to Sue Harvard University Over Admissions Policies

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:16:17 -0500

Justice Department Threatens to Sue Harvard University Over Admissions PoliciesThe school is under investigation for discrimination against Asian Americans


UK firms 'excluded' from space contracts by Brexit

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:28:14 -0500

UK firms 'excluded' from space contracts by BrexitAerospace firms also warn if the UK leaves the EU without a deal it will be "chaotic" for the sector.


Archaeologists uncover ancient Viking camp from the 870s in village of Repton

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:46:59 -0500

Archaeologists uncover ancient Viking camp from the 870s in village of ReptonA team from the University of Bristol also discovered structures, dating from the winter of 873-874, such as paths and possible temporary buildings.


U.S. Military Investigation Finds More Remains in Niger

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:48:41 -0500

U.S. Military Investigation Finds More Remains in NigerThe Pentagon revealed it found additional human remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger.


Disgusting Picture of Fly's Head Infected with Parasitic Fungus will Fuel Your Nightmares

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:14:41 -0500

Disgusting Picture of Fly's Head Infected with Parasitic Fungus will Fuel Your NightmaresNo, that isn’t a leaked image from the upcoming sequel to "The Last of Us." That’s a real close-up of what was left of a fly’s head after it was infected with the Cordyceps fungus. As a macro photographer in Singapore, Faiz Bustamente often has bugs in focus.


Apple might not be making a self-driving car, but it sure is interested in autonomous tech

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:01:52 -0500

Apple might not be making a self-driving car, but it sure is interested in autonomous tech

As one of the most secretive tech companies out there, Apple rarely reveals any details regarding hardware or software products that may be in development. But the company last week quietly disclosed self-driving car research that proves not only that Apple is interested in this field, but that it may have solutions to improve various aspects of it.

The paper details technology that can be used by existing self-driving cars equipped with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology for mapping their surroundings to better detect obstacles, including pedestrians and cyclists.

First spotted on arXiv by Reuters, the paper describes a so-called VoxelNet technology for autonomous cars, and appears to be the company’s first disclosed paper on this subject.

Apple said a year ago that it will let AI and machine learning researchers to share their research with the world. In July, the company launched the Apple Machine Learning Journal which covers the same topics. However, Apple’s blog did not cover self-driving cars before.

What the VoxelNet tech does, is to allow computers to detect moving obstacles with the help of LiDAR information only, without the necessity of additional sensors. Detecting 3D obstacles from a distance is a crucial aspect of self-driving car tech, as autonomous cars will have to interpret in real time, as fast as possible, everything that happens around them. The technology might be even better than what’s currently available out there.

Experiments on the KITTI car detection benchmark show that VoxelNet outperforms the state-of-the-art LiDAR-based 3D detection methods by a large margin. Furthermore, our network learns an effective discriminative representation of objects with various geometries, leading to encouraging results in 3D detection of pedestrians and cyclists, based on only LiDAR.

It’s unclear at this time what Apple plans to do with self-driving cars in the future, but the paper proves it’s a very hot topic at Apple.


I Survived 2 Terrorist Attacks on 2 Continents. They Changed Who I Am

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:45:28 -0500

I Survived 2 Terrorist Attacks on 2 Continents. They Changed Who I AmThe Navy midshipman and author of Left Standing writes about surviving the Brussels airport attack and Boston marathon bombing


Woman Gets Prison After Boyfriend Dies From Meth-Laden Kiss

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:49:19 -0500

Woman Gets Prison After Boyfriend Dies From Meth-Laden KissShe passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into his mouth


More shoppers going online for groceries

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:37:24 -0500

More shoppers going online for groceriesEconomists wonder if the bulk of America's shoppers will reach for their smartphones.


A North Korean Defector's Dramatic Dash Across the Border Was Captured on Video

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:11:32 -0500

A North Korean Defector's Dramatic Dash Across the Border Was Captured on VideoNorth Korean soldiers fired about 40 rounds at the defector, who remains hospitalized


What happens when vegetarians eat meat for the first time

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:06:00 -0500

What happens when vegetarians eat meat for the first timeThe human body is designed to consume both plants and animals. First, eating meat is harder to digest because it’s fattier and has more protein. Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, an NYU Langone gastroenterologist, explains more about what happens when a vegetarian eats a steak for the first time.


60 Percent of Female Voters Say They Have Been Sexually Harassed, Poll Finds

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:49:53 -0500

60 Percent of Female Voters Say They Have Been Sexually Harassed, Poll FindsSixty percent of female voters have admitted experiencing sexual harassment, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.


The U.S. Military Is Preparing for War in Space: We're Drafting Laws to Be Ready for It

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:28:12 -0500

The U.S. Military Is Preparing for War in Space: We're Drafting Laws to Be Ready for ItA war in outer space sounds like the stuff of science fiction but it is something we need to consider. Its impact on everybody on Earth and its implications for future human space exploration would be devastating. The aim is to develop a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) that covers times of tension and outright hostility.


What in the World? Flat-Earthers Gather at First Conference

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:53:00 -0500

What in the World? Flat-Earthers Gather at First ConferenceA conference aimed at disputing the idea that the world is round just wrapped up in North Carolina.


Meek Mill Is In Jail for a Wheelie While Harvey Weinstein Roams Free

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:01:36 -0500

Meek Mill Is In Jail for a Wheelie While Harvey Weinstein Roams FreeThe writer and lawyer looks at the differences in prosecuting different types of crime — and how the race of a defendant may come into play


Apple is using teenagers to make its most expensive iPhone

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:42:16 -0500

Apple is using teenagers to make its most expensive iPhoneApple is facing accusations that the new iPhone X is being manufactures by high school students who are illegally working for 11 hours.


President Trump and Vladimir Putin Just Had an Hour-Long Phone Call

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:27:21 -0500

President Trump and Vladimir Putin Just Had an Hour-Long Phone CallIran and Ukraine were also on the agenda


The Religious Community Is Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence With #ChurchToo

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:34:41 -0500

The Religious Community Is Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence With #ChurchTooThe #MeToo social media campaign against sexual harassment has spread to the church


What Experts Have Learned So Far From the JFK Records Releases

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:05:41 -0500

What Experts Have Learned So Far From the JFK Records ReleasesIn the months since the document drops began, here's what experts have gleaned from newly released JFK assassination files


Man Dies From Cancer Hours After Being Charged With Murder

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:23:23 -0500

Man Dies From Cancer Hours After Being Charged With MurderHe had fatally shot a 27-year-old man in April, police said


Right is wrong: the surprising life benefits of being left-handed

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:28:29 -0500

Right is wrong: the surprising life benefits of being left-handedFor years, left-handedness was seen as an affliction to be cured, and it seems probable that there remains an ingrained – if unthinking – bias against left-handed people today. Indeed, even the word 'left' speaks of an Alpha and Omega, deriving as it does from the Anglo-Saxon 'lyft', meaning 'weak'. But being left-handed isn't all bad news. New research has indicated that being left-handed could be a significant bonus – for sports players at least. The study, published by academics at the University of Oldenburg, in northwestern Germany, found that the greater the time pressure in a game, the greater the number of professional players who are left-handed. (Time pressure in this sense is measured as the average time between a ball leaving one player and reaching another.) One in five top-flight cricket bowlers are left-handed, while a third of baseball pitchers use their left arm According to Dr Florian Loffing who led the research, the reason left-handers may do better is because most of their opponents are predominantly accostomed to responding to right-handers. Approximately ten percent of the world's population is left handed, but in sports where Loffing's research applies these odds are slashed dramatically. For example, one in five top-flight cricket bowlers are left-handed, while a third of baseball pitchers use their left arm. If you yourself are left-handed, but don't fancy turning your hand to either of those sports, then fear not: with the aid of some statistics and a splash of imagination, we've come up with five more reasons why being left-handed is brilliant. Lefties become President What do Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton all have in common? They're all lefties of course. Coincidence? Well, maybe. The preponderance of lefties in fields that are traditionally associated with intellect, such as mathematics and politics, has led to conjecture that left-handed people are simply smarter. Theories abound as to why: some claim it's due to left-handers' superior use of the right-hand side of the brain, while others suggest lefties train themselves to think problems through from a young age as they have to find solutions in the right-hand designed world. Whatever the reasoning, lefties do seem to rise to the top. Look at the list of Nobel Prize winners and you're faced with a disproportionate amount of left-handers, while Mensa says that 20 per cent of its members are similarly orientated (that's double the amount you'd expect). Lefties spend less time queuing Seriously. Imagine facing a line of 20 supermarket checkouts. Which one do you choose? Studies show that people tend to veer towards their dominant side: right-handers go right, left-handers go left. As a result, the queues on the left are often shorter - which means lefties spend less time waiting in line. Lefties are better at learning to drive (in the UK at least) Left-handed drivers are ten per cent more likely to pass their driving test, according to the AA Driving School. A significant reason for this could be the use of the gear and clutch, which require precise motor skills. Both are positioned to the left of the driver. Lefties are better at playing video games Between men, nothing secures bragging rights more than sweet victory in the world of video games. And as it is, left-handers are yet again at an advantage, as research from the Australian National University, shows that they outperform right-handers in processing a large amount of information at a fast rate, making them more capable of coping with any flying bullets and rogue zombies. Lefties make natural catwalk models As the best models know, you have to be able to turn left as well as right to reach the top of your game. As a leftie, turning left comes as naturally to you as throwing a left hook in a fight. Not that you ever would, of course - even the most bitter rivals in the modelling world wouldn't dream of harming a colleague’s face...