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Moving Beyond The Turing Test To Judge Artificial Intelligence

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 4:03pm

A computer program known as "Eugene Goostman" passed the Turing Test by convincing a group of people, via chat, that it was actually a 13-year-old boy. Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus argues that the Turing Test needs an update for the 21st Century.

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Unstealing Treasures: A Reverse Burglary

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 4:48am

The American desert was once filled with hidden treasures — Native American baskets, pots — but no longer. They've been looted. Now, a reverse burglary. Time to return the loot.

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Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 1:11pm

Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.

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Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded Mix

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 1:03pm

Evidence from bone growth now suggests that T. rex and its kin had the best of both worlds. Their muscles and nerves fired fast like ours, but they burned energy slowly, more like lizards do.

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Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:10am

An FDA official warned that wooden boards used to age cheese could harbor harmful bacteria. But cheesemakers say they've long had safety measures in place to prevent any contamination from the boards.

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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:09am

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 7:45pm

Scientists can't prove a causal link, but the disturbing correlation in the data deserves a closer look, researchers say. Some countries seemed more resilient than others.

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Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:41pm

After a Hollywood environmentalist told us the answer to this question was no, we posed it to the followers of the @NPRFood Twitter account. We got a big — and diverse — response.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Gains Fans, But Remains Unproven

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 1:50pm

Pro athletes and duffers alike are trying injections of platelet-rich plasma to treat chronic injuries like tennis elbow. But despite thousands of studies, it's not clear that the treatment works.

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