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DeepMind AI’s Next Challenge: Prevent Blindness

July 5, 2016 Diabetes can result in a common complication—known as diabetic retinopathy—that damages the back of the eye, known as the retina. The chronic disease can cause vision loss if left untreated. It’s one the leading causes of blindness in American adults. But if caught early, patients can significantly reduce the risk...

ISIS Launches App -- For Kids

May 11, 2016 ISIL’s powerful propaganda team is now turning to apps to promote its message to children. The terrorist group has reportedly released an app to teach kids Arabic that is riddled with jihadist themes. The app—called Huroof—has games and songs to learn the Arabic alphabet. Screenshots obtained from the Long War...

Watch: This Is What It's Like to Live and Die for ISIS in Iraq

May 2, 2016 The so-called Islamic State regularly release videos of their fighters—it’s an important cog in its powerful propaganda machine. The slick videos often imitates famous Hollywood films and video games, making their fighters look strong and painting war as glamorous. A violent and graphic new video suggests the reality is anything...

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John Kerry Calls the Presidential Campaign an 'Embarrassment'

March 28, 2016 John Kerry’s job is being made harder by the run-up to the 2016 election. The US secretary of state—America’s chief diplomat—has finally opened up about the impact of some of the comments made by presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail. While not naming any candidate, Kerry admitted that world leaders...

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Google Says The Key to Good Teamwork is Being Nice

March 14, 2016 Google wants to know the secret to building a more productive team. The tech giant charged a team to find out. The project, known as Project Aristotle, took several years, and included interviews with hundreds of employees and analysis of data about the people on more than 100 active teams...

America's 'Plan B' for Syria Has a Very Ugly Past

February 25, 2016 A tentative ceasefire between warring parties in Syria is set to come to force on Saturday (Feb. 27), but the international community remains skeptical that it will hold. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has warned that if the ceasefire fails, the US might have to consider a Plan...

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Even the Obamas Can’t Get Good Wi-Fi at Home

February 8, 2016 Even the president’s official residence has Wi-Fi problems. Barack Obama moaned about the White House’s Wi-Fi coverage in an interview with CBS’s Super Bowl pre-game show. “This is an old building so there’s a lot of dead spots where the Wi-Fi doesn’t work… no, actually it’s an issue,” Obama explains....

You’re Not Alone: Even the Obamas Can’t Get Good Wi-Fi

February 8, 2016 Even the U.S. president’s official residence has Wi-Fi problems. Barack Obama moaned about the White House’s Wi-Fi coverage in an interview with CBS’s Super Bowl pre-game show. “This is an old building so there’s a lot of dead spots where the Wi-Fi doesn’t work… no, actually it’s an issue,” Obama...

Harvard Study: Criminals Aren’t Actually ‘Going Dark’ Using Encryption

February 2, 2016 The attacks in Paris and San Bernardino in the U.S. last year intensified a fierce global debate about encryption and privacy in the era of constant terrorism. Law enforcement warned that criminals were harder to watch thanks to encryption but Silicon Valley has refused to bow down to increasing pressure...

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Nuclear Weapons Technology Is Out of Date

January 26, 2016 There are nine countries that have nuclear weapons, which have been upgraded in devastation since they were first used in anger by the Americans in World War II. The tech that powers them, not so much. The U.K.’s nuclear deterrent is made up of four Vanguard-class submarines, each equipped with...