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Google CEO Says AI Is ‘More Profound Than, I Dunno, Electricity or Fire’

“AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on. It is more profound than, I dunno, electricity or fire.” Those words were not uttered from the lips of a stoned Gizmodo staffer, but said on a stage at a Recode- and NBC-sponsored “town hall” in San Francisco last month by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Read More >>

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North Korean Defectors Say Radiation Is Leaking From Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

North Korea’s infamous nuclear test site, a facility in Punggye-ri in Kilju County, has long been reported to maintain the standards one might expect for a pariah government low on everything but zeal and weaponry. Outsiders can only get a limited picture of the country, let alone the test site, thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world. But concerns have included tunnel collapses at the facility and the possibility Mount Mantap, where it is located, could implode under stress from repeated nuclear tests and release large amounts of radiation. Read More >>

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Ancient Parasite Found in Mummy Autopsy Tells a Timeless Horror Story

Who among us hasn’t drunkenly slung back a few raw oysters at a summer barbecue, or kicked back some uncooked clams just to feel alive? While it’s usually okay to enjoy a slimy shellfish or six, remains from very dead, mummified man show what happens when things go awry. Read More >>

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Nightmarish Crocodile Relative Terrorised Dinosaurs in Prehistoric Madagascar

Roughly 165 million years ago during the mid-Jurassic, Madagascar was an alien place. The famously large island has yet to fully cleave itself tectonically from India and Africa, still crammed together with the rest of the southern supercontinent of Gondwana. Primates have yet to evolve, and flowers aren’t even a thing yet. This Madagascar is instead alive with a spectacular diversity of dinosaurs and reptiles, racing along the dirt and soaring above the forests. But everything that slinks, bounds, and lumbers across this sun-baked, proto-Madagascan theatre is united in unshakeable wariness over the region’s most feared apex predator: Razanandrongobe sakalavae, an enormous, land-striding relative of crocodiles with a nightmare where its face ought to go. Read More >>

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Will Humans Have to Upgrade Their Bodies to Survive on Mars?

Living and boning in space — particularly on Mars — has fascinated our degenerate species for decades. Recently, SpaceX founder Elon Musk decided to put his very large amount of money where his mouth is by announcing his plans to colonise the Red Planet. NASA also likes to bloviate about its Journey to Mars in the 2030s, and there are a handful of other, shadier plans to colonise the Red Planet championed by celebrities, billionaires, and even the UAE. Read More >>

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The Head Transplant Doctor Has a VR System for Helping Patients With Terrifying Transition

There are few things that cause me to feel visceral horror the way head transplants do, specifically the potential of the body to reject the transplant. I lose it. Now, the questionable neurosurgeon involved says he has a VR system that will prepare patients for the shock of looking down and seeing someone else’s body. Read More >>

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The Sheer Force of the Super Typhoon in Taiwan Is Utterly Terrifying

Typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan Friday morning and reached winds of over 150 mph. Read More >>