Fast computers, 5G networks and radar that passes through walls are bringing ‘vision’ closer to reality

Seeing through walls has long been a staple of comics and science fiction. Something like it could soon be a reality. Paul Gilligan/Photodisc via Getty Images Aly Fathy, University of Tennessee Fast computers, 5G networks and radar that passes through walls are bringing ‘X-ray vision’ closer to reality Within seconds after reaching a city, earthquakes can …

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Chatbots that resurrect the dead: legal experts weigh in on ‘disturbing’ technology

Chatbots that resurrect the dead: legal experts weigh in on ‘disturbing’ technology Tatiana Shepeleva/Shutterstock Edina Harbinja, Aston University; Lilian Edwards, Newcastle University, and Marisa McVey, Aston University It was recently revealed that in 2017 Microsoft patented a chatbot which, if built, would digitally resurrect the dead. Using AI and machine learning, the proposed chatbot would …

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The science of ‘mind-reading’: our new test reveals how well we understand others

The science of ‘mind-reading’: our new test reveals how well we understand others Nope, we are not talking about telepathy. Sanja Karin Music/Shutterstock Rachel Clutterbuck, University of Bath; Lucy Anne Livingston, Cardiff University; Mitchell Callan, University of Bath, and Punit Shah, University of Bath Mind-reading sounds like science fiction. But the term, also referred to as …

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Love in the time of algorithms: would you let artificial intelligence choose your partner?

Love in the time of algorithms: would you let artificial intelligence choose your partner? Shutterstock David Tuffley, Griffith University It could be argued artificial intelligence (AI) is already the indispensable tool of the 21st century. From helping doctors diagnose and treat patients to rapidly advancing new drug discoveries, it’s our trusted partner in so many ways. …

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For the birds? Hardly! Valentine’s Day was reimagined by chivalrous medieval poets for all to enjoy, respectfully

The view of Valentine’s Day as a day for lovers can be traced back to two medieval poets who stood up for romance and the freedom to choose.

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7 research-based resolutions that will help strengthen your relationship in the year ahead

7 research-based resolutions that will help strengthen your relationship in the year ahead Consider some science-backed ways to keep the home fires burning in 2021. Gabriele Grzelewski/iStock via Getty Images Plus Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Monmouth University The new year is going to be better. It has to be better. Maybe you’re one of the …

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Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem? Why the Gospels disagree over the circumstances of Christ’s birth

Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem? Why the Gospels disagree over the circumstances of Christ’s birth A doll representing the infant Jesus in St. Catherine’s, the Franciscan church in the town of Bethlehem. David Silverman/Getty Images Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III, Fuller Theological Seminary Every Christmas, a relatively small town in the Palestinian West Bank comes …

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President Donald Trump departing the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday 8 November. Steve Helber/AP/AAP

Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose?

Cover: President Donald Trump departing the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday 8 November. Steve Helber/AP/AAP Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose? Evita March, Federation University Australia When US President-Elect Joe Biden and Deputy Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris gave their victory speeches on Saturday evening, local time, the tally of …

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Something about our current moment seems to have put a particular strain on our personal relationships. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Why friendships are falling apart over politics

Cover: Something about our current moment seems to have put a particular strain on our personal relationships. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images Why friendships are falling apart over politics Something about our current moment seems to have put a particular strain on our personal relationships. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images Melanie Green, University at Buffalo …

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Protestors hold anti-mask signs at a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Education Images/Getty Images

How did mask wearing become so politicized?

Cover: Protestors hold anti-mask signs at a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Education Images/Getty Images Video: How did mask wearing become so politicized? Protestors hold anti-mask signs at a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Education Images/Getty Images Matthew Facciani, Vanderbilt University The United States has lagged behind much of the world in its efforts to …

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