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Movie studio AI predicts who will like a film based on its trailer

Fri, 2018-07-20 16:10
It’s difficult to know who will like a film, so 20th Century Fox have built an AI that watches movie trailers and predicts who’s most likely to go see it

We’ve started to uncover the true purpose of dreams

Fri, 2018-07-20 16:00
For the first time, researchers have got evidence that dreams help soothe the impact of emotional events in our lives, acting like overnight therapy

Baby poo reveals that even light drinking during pregnancy affects IQ

Fri, 2018-07-20 15:51
Occasional drinking during pregnancy may affect IQ, according to a study that tested newborn babies’ faeces to see if their mothers had consumed alcohol

Fewer baby boys were born after three major earthquakes in Japan

Fri, 2018-07-20 13:21
A lower proportion of boys were born nine months after Japan’s three worst earthquakes in recent history, suggesting stress makes it harder to conceive males

If we’re in the Meghalayan, whatever happened to the Anthropocene?

Thu, 2018-07-19 19:00
The decision to label our current geological phase the Meghalayan rather than the Anthropocene is misguided, say Mark Maslin and Simon Lewis

Spectacular new photos of Titan show Saturn’s moon like never before

Thu, 2018-07-19 18:35
Saturn’s moon Titan is shrouded in a thick orange haze, but 13 years of data from the Cassini spacecraft have allowed us to peer through to the frozen surface

Climate change is forcing geese to give up pit stops when they migrate

Thu, 2018-07-19 18:00
Barnacle geese are accelerating their migration journeys and taking fewer rest stops along the way to cope with early Arctic springs caused by a warming climate

Neanderthal hand axes were also used as lighters for starting fires

Thu, 2018-07-19 16:41
There is no doubt that our ancient cousins used fire but we’ve only just found clues that reveal how they lit these fires

Levitating glass particles are fastest spinning objects ever seen

Thu, 2018-07-19 12:00
Tiny particles of glass have been trapped in a laser and spun at more than 1 billion times per second, the fastest rotation of any object ever seen

Smart bandage sees when wound is infected and treats it automatically

Thu, 2018-07-19 11:00
A high-tech bandage can keep an eye on chronic wounds by detecting infections and releasing medication

Deaths from liver disease have been rising since the financial crisis

Thu, 2018-07-19 01:30
Cirrhosis deaths were falling in the US until the financial crisis hit in 2008, but have sharply risen since then, especially among young people

First snake found in amber is a baby from the age of the dinosaurs

Wed, 2018-07-18 21:00
Around 100 million years ago, this baby snake hatched on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean and then got stuck in resin oozing from a tree

Robotic grabber catches squidgy deep sea animals without harming them

Wed, 2018-07-18 21:00
The deep sea is full of weird undiscovered creatures. A foldable robotic grabber captures them gently without causing damage

The death of 9-year-old girl may be a tipping point for air pollution

Wed, 2018-07-18 20:00
The family of Ella Kissi-Debrah want an inquest to rule air pollution as the cause of her death, while other legal cases are challenging government inaction on dirty air

Deepfakes won’t wreck politics this year even if politicians might

Wed, 2018-07-18 17:55
Political footage faked by AI is talked about as an imminent threat to US democracy. There are good reasons to think it's not a big problem yet, says Tim Hwang

Robots and AI will actually create more jobs than they take

Wed, 2018-07-18 16:45
Artificial intelligence and robotics will displace up to 7 million jobs by 2037 - but will generate 7.2 million, leading to a net gain

No, mobile phones still won’t give you brain cancer

Wed, 2018-07-18 16:41
We are so glued to our phones that people can't seem to stop worrying that they give you cancer – but if they did, we would have seen a massive increase in tumours

Google hit with €4.3 billion fine from EU for abusing market dominance

Wed, 2018-07-18 14:57
The EU has fined Google 4.3 billion euros for using its Android mobile operating system to "cement its dominant market position in internet search"

Passing star may have disturbed the solar system billions of years ago

Wed, 2018-07-18 14:50
The outer solar system hosts a number of small bodies in mixed up orbits – and they may have been scattered there by a passing star

Lazy thinking – not bias – is the real reason we believe fake news

Wed, 2018-07-18 14:47
It was thought that we’re tricked by fake news because we like to believe stories that confirm our world view. But not thinking actually seems to be to blame