Kickstarter Campaign Claims to Have Developed 'Molecular Coffee:' But What Does That Actually Mean?

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DARPA Seeks to Make AI Robots More Moral and Less Potentially Psychopathic By Teaching Them Manners

DARPA Seeks to Make AI Robots More Moral and Less Potentially Psychopathic By Teaching Them Manners In the original 1979 Alien, the crew of the Nostromo is effectively sabotaged by its science officer, Ash, a Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2 android programmed to ensure that Weyland-Yutani obtains a living xenomorph specimen, regardless of the cost to human life in doing so. In doing so, Ash deceives his human colleagues, violates security protocol (disobeying a direct order), and later tries to murde

How the Bleak New 'Game of Thrones' Teaser Relates to the Destruction of the Great Sept and the Wall

How the Bleak New 'Game of Thrones' Teaser Relates to the Destruction of the Great Sept and the Wall As we approach its 8th and final season, we've re-examined our coverage of Game of Thrones over the last four years, partly in search of clues as to how the series will play out when it premieres on April 14th and partly in search – perhaps in vain – of some underlying logic or law aside from Lex Talionis that might guide the show's jarring deaths, horrifying twists of fate, and unexpected resur

Uncommon Knowledge - On Writing the Common App Essay

The Common App Essay is one of the most wildly misunderstood parts of the college application process. Prima facie, it seems like a simple enough task: write an essay of 650 words or less that responds to one of seven prompts, all of which contain innocuous questions that seem to be more or less on par with the tedious inquiries about interests and problem-solving that one might encounter at an entry-level corporate job interview. Despite its appearance of ease, however, it is the one component

Interview: Jack Murphy Discusses Nikola Tesla's Death Ray and Mysterious Death

On January 8, 1943, inventor Nikola Tesla was found dead in room 3327 in Manhattan's New Yorker Hotel where he spent the last years of his life. It was soon discovered that his room's safe had been broken into by his nephew Sava Kosanović and was missing a number of documents, plans, and journals.Within days, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the remainder of Tesla's papers which had been kept in a number of trunks at a storage facility. Investigators turned them over to the Office of 

How ‘Hollywood Weapons’ Green Beret Host Terry Schappert Would Train The Rebel Alliance in ‘Star Wars'

During a conversation with retired Green Beret Master Sergeant Terry Schappert , you could find yourself talking about anything. He is conversant on topics ranging from film history to literature to the physics of firing a .454 Casull pistol underwater, speaking with an engaging erudition often punctuated with laughter that belies his physical gravitas....
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