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Defense Secretary James Mattis Envies Silicon Valley’s AI Ascent

Defense Secretary James Mattis has a lot on his mind these days. North Korea, obviously. China’s expanding claims on the South China sea. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria. And, closer to home, the Pentagon lagging behind the tech industry in leveraging artificial intelligence. Mattis admitted to that concern Thursday during the Silicon …

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Review: Aer Fit Pack 2

You’re running late for work, so you dash out of the house in a desperate attempt to make it on time. Ten minutes later, inevitably, you realize you left something important at home and you can’t go back. Aer understands those inconveniences, which is why its backpacks are designed to …

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Lego-Like Brain Balls Could Build a Living Replica of Your Noggin

The human brain is routinely described as the most complex object in the known universe. It might therefore seem unlikely that pea-size blobs of brain cells growing in laboratory dishes could be more than fleetingly useful to neuroscientists. Nevertheless, many investigators are now excitedly cultivating these curious biological systems, formally …

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Space Photos of the Week: Black Holes Drink Massive Stars' Milkshake!

From Earth, the cosmos looks like an immovable tapestry of glittering stars, but it’s constantly changing. “The universe, so far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine,” said philosopher George Santayana. “Its extent, its order, its beauty, its cruelty, makes it alike impressive.” And watching it …

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Is Mindfulness Meditaton BS or Not? Yes

Speaking of moments: One phrase that hasn’t occurred in this piece so far is “living in the moment.” This may seem strange, since this theme is so commonly associated with mindfulness, and so emphasized by meditation teachers. Indeed, The New York Times recently defined mindfulness as the “desire to take …

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