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Humans no longer required: Google tests robot to chat with friends for you

With its new Reply system the firm is taking the art of conversion one step forwards – or should that be backwards? We aren’t the robots … but is one of these girls talking to one? Photograph: Richard Baker/Corbis via Getty Images Are you tired of the constant need to tap on that glass keyboard …

Scott Pruitt Says He Had to Spend So Much on First Class Flights Since Backlash to Him Is So 'Toxic'

Photo: AP Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who either denies climate change or thinks it might be goood, actually depending on how he feels that day, has done his very best to decimate the agency’s ranks at the same time he’s spent hundreds of thousands in taxpayer money on elaborate security measures like 24-hour …

What Is Ultra-Processed Food?

We eat a lot of ultra-processed food, and these foods tend to be sugary and not so great for us. But the problem isn’t necessarily the fact that they’re ultra-processed. This is a weird and arguably unfair way to categorize foods, so let’s take a look at what “ultra-processed” really means. This terminology comes from …

See a single atom in this magnificent photograph

See the tiny dot in the center of the photo above? That’s a single strontium atom, visible to the naked eye. University of Oxford quantum physicist David Nadlinger’s photo (full image below) won this year’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s scientific photography competition.Embroidery Digitising “The idea of being able to see a single atom …

Why Booze Makes You Mean

Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip. Dramatic mood shifts while drinking alcohol are normal, but for some of us, booze takes us down a path toward nasty, belligerent, and downright aggressive behavior. By studying brain scans of drunk men, Australian scientists have pinpointed the parts of our brain that go weak when we drink, making us …

Scientists Have No Idea Why This Enriched Uranium Particle Was Floating Above Alaska

A NASA WB-57 plane, like the one that located the mystery particle. On August 3, 2016, seven kilometers above Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, a research plane captured something mysterious: an atmospheric aerosol particle enriched with the kind of uranium used in nuclear fuel and bombs. It’s the first time scientists have detected such a particle just …

Amazing Life-Sized Sculptures of Camels and Horses Discovered in Saudi Arabia

One of three sandstone outcrops, or spurs, containing the sculptures. (Image: G. Charloux et al., 2018) Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have discovered a series of rock reliefs dating back some 2,000 years. The life-sized sculptures show realistic impressions of several animals, though they have been badly damaged by years of erosion and rough treatment by …