Next-Gen Orchestra Makes Wild Music With Algorithms

Humanity has long harbored a fear of robots. Fear that they would take our jobs. Fear that they would, perhaps, annihilate us as a species. What we didn’t think to fear is that they might one day make a fine replacement for musicians, too. The orchestra you see here is …

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Asics Buys Runkeeper in Another Shoe and Software Team-Up

Following in the heel-strikes of fellow fitness software companies like MyFitnessPal and Runtastic, Runkeeper has jogged into the arms of Asics, a shoe and apparel company in search of software to call its own. In a Medium post (of course!) to announce the news, Runkeeper founder Jason Jacobs tidily sums …

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Every Galaxy Needs More Than Three People of Color

Science fiction authors are overwhelmingly white and so are the characters that appear in sci-fi books and movies. That lack of diversity is a major weakness for a genre that prides itself on exploring infinite possibilities. The prevalence of white characters in science fiction is so familiar that it’s often …

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Music Can’t Last Forever, Not Even on the Internet

Recorded music was once incredibly fragile. Before the days of digital music, an independent band might press only a few thousand, or even a few hundred copies of a vinyl record. Those albums only became more rare over the years as copies were scratched, broken, or thrown out. Likewise, master …

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Space Photos of the Week: A Diva Star’s Gotta Shine

Slide: 3 / of 4 . Caption: It might look like an icy bird floating in space, but it’s actually the planetary nebula Hen 2-437, one of around 3,000 similar objects residing in the Milky Way. It occurs when an aging low-mass star reaches the final stages of life. The …

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New Clues to the Mystery of How Our Brains Keep Time

Our brains have an extraordinary ability to monitor time. A driver can judge just how much time is left to run a yellow light; a dancer can keep a beat down to the millisecond. But exactly how the brain tracks time is still a mystery. Researchers have defined the brain …

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Uber Gets Money from a Russian Billionaire Because Global Domination

Getty Images The slew of worker misclassification lawsuits filed against on-demand companies just won’t stop. On Wednesday, class-action complaints were filed against on-demand food delivery companies DoorDash and GrubHub in California state court, alleging that the drivers should not be considered independent contractors, as their companies have deemed them, but …

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The ‘Jane Test,’ a New Way to Tell if Your Scripts Are Sexist

People often point to sexism in movies for what happens onscreen, but really, it’s in play before our heroine has a chance to say a line. It happens when she’s cast. It happens when she’s costumed. It happens when she gets her paycheck. But before all of that even has a chance to go down, …

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The Physics of OK Go’s Epic New Zero-G Video

If you haven’t seen OK Go’s new video: Upside Down and Inside Out, you should do so now. If you thought their previous videos were awesome, this one is 10 times more epic. Basically it’s a video recorded inside an accelerating aircraft to produce a zero-g environment. Let’s get to …

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Don’t Hit the Slopes Without These Essential Apps

Don’t hit the slopes unprepared: In addition to all your snow gear, there are a few apps that will make your skiing or boarding trip that much better. Find the freshest powder, navigate your way out of that blinding white, or find your friends on the mountain—with just a little …

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