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Google’s AlphaGo beats world’s best player in latest Go match

The Go-playing artificial intelligence from DeepMind defeated Ke Jie in the first of three matches taking place this week in Wuzhen, China

Taking down New Orleans’ monuments: Not what you think

In The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction, Charles Lane describes the events — several years of events including the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, though only briefly — that led up to the Colfax Massacre. What happened was incredibly complex and only a…

In bid to balance, Trump budget slashes benefits

President Donald Trump releases a 2018 budget request on Tuesday that includes huge Medicaid cuts and changes to anti-poverty programs as it strives to balance the budget within a decade, the White House said in previewing the plan.

Trump on sharing intelligence with Russians: I never said ‘Israel’

President Trump seemed to confirm during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he had given some Israeli intelligence to top Russian diplomats.

Israel lays on 10,000 extra police during Trump visit as Palestinian factions threaten 'day of rage'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and dozens more members of the coalition government greeted Mr Trump in a short ceremony as Air Force One landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport at lunchtime on Mon...

Trump praises Sisi, says he hopes to visit Egypt

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he hoped to visit Cairo soon, praising President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after a meeting in Saudi Arabia and declaring that "safety seems to be very strong" in Egypt. Speaking through a translator,...Show More Summary

After criticising opponents for not saying 'radical Islamic terrorism' Donald Trump rules it out of Saudi Arabia speech

Donald Trump will not use the words "radical Islamic terrorism" during a speech in Saudi Arabia despite criticising Barack Obama for not using the phrase. Mr Trump often used anti-Islamic rhetoric during his presidential campaign and repeatedly stressed the need to say the words. The phrase is missing from a draft of Mr Trump's speech.

Your Intelligence Genes: 52 and Counting

The genes only explain a small portion of the differences in intelligence among people.

Understanding star formation in the nucleus of galaxy IC 342

An international team of researchers used NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, to make maps of the ring of molecular clouds that encircles the nucleus of galaxy IC 342. The maps determined the proportion of hot gas surrounding young stars as well as cooler gas available for future star formation. Show More Summary

On Wednesdays we post pink, so here are strawberry anemones...

On Wednesdays we post pink, so here are strawberry anemones and a rosy rockfish. And no, you can’t sit with them.

Notable Women in the Physical Sciences

Did you ever hear the expression, “You’re a real card!” Well, if you are a notable woman in the physical sciences, you just might be a card! My sister has a project, and Amanda and my niece Koren and some others are involved, that puts notable women in the physical sciences on cards, with a…

An Electrifyingly Bad Decision

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s decision to give $647 million to California to electrify a San Francisco commuter rail line tells states and cities across the nation that they should plan the most expensive and wasteful infrastructure projects they can and the Trump administration will support them. Show More Summary

Marijuana Extract Reduces Seizures in Kids with Rare Disorder

A clinical trial finally supports what anecdotal evidence had suggested for some time.

Police Numbers Since 2010

Police numbers are falling. In England and Wales between March 2015 and March 2016 (the most recent government figures), "frontline" positions shrank from 110,853 to 106,411. Recruitment was down and the number of dismissals and resignations were up, continuing a five-year trend. Show More Summary

The Other Side of the Night

Don Green points us to this quantitative/qualitative meta-analysis he did with Betsy Levy Paluck and Seth Green. The paper begins: This paper evaluates the state of contact hypothesis research from a policy perspective. Building on Pettigrew...Show More Summary

Labeling a bacterial cell 'jacket': Team invents scientific method to track cells implicated in immune diseases

You have three to five pounds of bacteria living in and on your body right now. That's some 38 trillion bacteria, researchers estimate. Your immune system has to manage all of them, sorting out the good from the bad bugs.

Researchers identify genetic variants that help plants grow in low-iron environments, which could improve crop yields

Just like people, plants need iron to grow and stay healthy. But some plants are better at getting this essential nutrient from the soil than others. Now, a study led by a researcher at the Salk Institute has found that variants of a single gene can largely determine a plant's ability to thrive in environments where iron is scarce.

South Sudan wildlife surviving civil war, but poaching and trafficking threats increase

The first aerial assessment of the impact of South Sudan's current civil war on the country's wildlife and other natural resources shows that significant wildlife populations have so far survived, but poaching and commercial wildlife...Show More Summary

TrumpCare: 23 Million Uninsured

The Congressional Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released their scoring of the Republitrump Health Insurance reform bill, passed recently by the House but not yet taken up by the Senate. The OMB says the bill will leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026, compared to sticking with Obamacare.

The Case for Calling them Losers

President Trump made headlines with his impromptu remarks after he learned of the tragic attack in Manchester earlier this week. President Donald Trump put the latest incident in perspective: “So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. Show More Summary

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