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Man who claims Earth is flat says he'll prove his belief by taking flight in a DIY rocket

Man who claims Earth is flat says he'll prove his belief by taking flight in a DIY rocket Science has long been the target of conspiracy theories, some of which have persisted for centuries.


Sexual Misconduct Allegations Are Forcing Democrats to Face Up to the Politics of Predation Too

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Are Forcing Democrats to Face Up to the Politics of Predation Too Allegations against Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are putting Democrats in hot water over how to respond


Man Dies From Cancer Hours After Being Charged With Murder

Man Dies From Cancer Hours After Being Charged With Murder He had fatally shot a 27-year-old man in April, police said


What To Buy On Black Friday On Amazon

What To Buy On Black Friday On Amazon Last week, we shared with you a sneak peek at Amazon’s Black Friday deals that we just couldn’t wait for.


Apple might not be making a self-driving car, but it sure is interested in autonomous tech

Apple might not be making a self-driving car, but it sure is interested in autonomous tech

As one of the most secretive tech companies out there, Apple rarely reveals any details regarding hardware or software products that may be in development. But the company last week quietly disclosed self-driving car research that proves not only that Apple is interested in this field, but that it may have solutions to improve various aspects of it.

The paper details technology that can be used by existing self-driving cars equipped with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology for mapping their surroundings to better detect obstacles, including pedestrians and cyclists.

First spotted on arXiv by Reuters , the paper describes a so-called VoxelNet technology for autonomous cars, and appears to be the company’s first disclosed paper on this subject.

Apple said a year ago that it will let AI and machine learning researchers to share their research with the world. In July, the company launched the Apple Machine Learning Journal which covers the same topics. However, Apple’s blog did not cover self-driving cars before.

What the VoxelNet tech does, is to allow computers to detect moving obstacles with the help of LiDAR information only, without the necessity of additional sensors. Detecting 3D obstacles from a distance is a crucial aspect of self-driving car tech, as autonomous cars will have to interpret in real time, as fast as possible, everything that happens around them. The technology might be even better than what’s currently available out there.

Experiments on the KITTI car detection benchmark show that VoxelNet outperforms the state-of-the-art LiDAR-based 3D detection methods by a large margin. Furthermore, our network learns an effective discriminative representation of objects with various geometries, leading to encouraging results in 3D detection of pedestrians and cyclists, based on only LiDAR.

It’s unclear at this time what Apple plans to do with self-driving cars in the future, but the paper proves it’s a very hot topic at Apple.


Zimbabwe's New President Mnangagwa Makes A Triumphant Return

Zimbabwe's New President Mnangagwa Makes A Triumphant Return "Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new, unfolding democracy," said Mnangagwa, formerly the vice president and confidant of ousted leader Robert Mugabe


Uber faces pressure after it tried to cover up data breach

Uber faces pressure after it tried to cover up data breach The company is under heavy scrutiny after admitting it failed to disclose the hacking of personal information of 57 million customers and drivers and may have paid a ransom to the thieves.


What happens when vegetarians eat meat for the first time

What happens when vegetarians eat meat for the first time The human body is designed to consume both plants and animals. First, eating meat is harder to digest because it’s fattier and has more protein. Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, an NYU Langone gastroenterologist, explains more about what happens when a vegetarian eats a steak for the first time.


Good night, night: Light pollution increasing around globe

Good night, night: Light pollution increasing around globe CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's nights are getting alarmingly brighter — bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included.


Disgusting Picture of Fly's Head Infected with Parasitic Fungus will Fuel Your Nightmares

Disgusting Picture of Fly's Head Infected with Parasitic Fungus will Fuel Your Nightmares No, that isn’t a leaked image from the upcoming sequel to "The Last of Us." That’s a real close-up of what was left of a fly’s head after it was infected with the Cordyceps fungus. As a macro photographer in Singapore, Faiz Bustamente often has bugs in focus.


U.S. Declares Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar Is 'Ethnic Cleansing'

U.S. Declares Violence Against Rohingya in Myanmar Is 'Ethnic Cleansing' Over 600,000 have fled to Bangladesh


Scotland Whale Bone Mystery: Were They Beached or Forced Onto Shore?

Scotland Whale Bone Mystery: Were They Beached or Forced Onto Shore? Archaeologists working on Scotland’s Island of Sanday made an “amazing and unexpected” discovery: two pits full of the bones of 19th century whales. A team of archaeologists based in Orkney, Scotland, originally traveled to Sanday to excavate a Neolithic site. Historical records told of a pod being stranded and later buried at Cata Sand, the site where the bones were found, but how and why they got there remains a mystery. The whales could have either been “ca’d”—driven into the shallows deliberately—by Sanday’s 19th century human inhabitants, or simply been beached on their own.


Right is wrong: the surprising life benefits of being left-handed

Right is wrong: the surprising life benefits of being left-handed For years, left-handedness was seen as an affliction to be cured, and it seems probable that there remains an ingrained – if unthinking – bias against left-handed people today. Indeed, even the word 'left' speaks of an Alpha and Omega, deriving as it does from the Anglo-Saxon 'lyft', meaning 'weak'. But being left-handed isn't all bad news. New research has indicated that being left-handed could be a significant bonus – for sports players at least. The study, published by academics at the University of Oldenburg, in northwestern Germany, found that the greater the time pressure in a game, the greater the number of professional players who are left-handed. (Time pressure in this sense is measured as the average time between a ball leaving one player and reaching another.) One in five top-flight cricket bowlers are left-handed, while a third of baseball pitchers use their left arm According to Dr Florian Loffing who led the research, the reason left-handers may do better is because most of their opponents are predominantly accostomed to responding to right-handers. Approximately ten percent of the world's population is left handed, but in sports where Loffing's research applies these odds are slashed dramatically. For example, one in five top-flight cricket bowlers are left-handed, while a third of baseball pitchers use their left arm. If you yourself are left-handed, but don't fancy turning your hand to either of those sports, then fear not: with the aid of some statistics and a splash of imagination, we've come up with five more reasons why being left-handed is brilliant. Lefties become President What do Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton all have in common? They're all lefties of course. Coincidence? Well, maybe. The preponderance of lefties in fields that are traditionally associated with intellect, such as mathematics and politics, has led to conjecture that left-handed people are simply smarter. Theories abound as to why: some claim it's due to left-handers' superior use of the right-hand side of the brain, while others suggest lefties train themselves to think problems through from a young age as they have to find solutions in the right-hand designed world. Whatever the reasoning, lefties do seem to rise to the top. Look at the list of Nobel Prize winners and you're faced with a disproportionate amount of left-handers, while Mensa says that 20 per cent of its members are similarly orientated (that's double the amount you'd expect). Lefties spend less time queuing Seriously. Imagine facing a line of 20 supermarket checkouts. Which one do you choose? Studies show that people tend to veer towards their dominant side: right-handers go right, left-handers go left. As a result, the queues on the left are often shorter - which means lefties spend less time waiting in line. Lefties are better at learning to drive (in the UK at least) Left-handed drivers are ten per cent more likely to pass their driving test, according to the AA Driving School. A significant reason for this could be the use of the gear and clutch, which require precise motor skills. Both are positioned to the left of the driver. Lefties are better at playing video games Between men, nothing secures bragging rights more than sweet victory in the world of video games. And as it is, left-handers are yet again at an advantage, as research from the Australian National University, shows that they outperform right-handers in processing a large amount of information at a fast rate, making them more capable of coping with any flying bullets and rogue zombies. Lefties make natural catwalk models As the best models know, you have to be able to turn left as well as right to reach the top of your game. As a leftie, turning left comes as naturally to you as throwing a left hook in a fight. Not that you ever would, of course - even the most bitter rivals in the modelling world wouldn't dream of harming a colleague’s face...  


Zimbabwe Is Toasting a New Beginning. But Will 'The Crocodile' Bring More of the Same?

Zimbabwe Is Toasting a New Beginning. But Will 'The Crocodile' Bring More of the Same? Some think Emmerson Mnangagwa might be even more repressive than Robert Mugabe


Uber hack exposes data of 57 million users

Uber hack exposes data of 57 million users The company is under fire for concealing the hack.


What Experts Have Learned So Far From the JFK Records Releases

What Experts Have Learned So Far From the JFK Records Releases In the months since the document drops began, here's what experts have gleaned from newly released JFK assassination files


The U.S. Military Is Preparing for War in Space: We're Drafting Laws to Be Ready for It

The U.S. Military Is Preparing for War in Space: We're Drafting Laws to Be Ready for It A war in outer space sounds like the stuff of science fiction but it is something we need to consider. Its impact on everybody on Earth and its implications for future human space exploration would be devastating. The aim is to develop a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) that covers times of tension and outright hostility.


UN Court Sentences Ratko Mladic to Life in Prison for Bosnian War Crimes

UN Court Sentences Ratko Mladic to Life in Prison for Bosnian War Crimes Including the massacre of Srebrenica, Europe's worst mass killing since World War II


Archaeologists uncover ancient Viking camp from the 870s in village of Repton

Archaeologists uncover ancient Viking camp from the 870s in village of Repton A team from the University of Bristol also discovered structures, dating from the winter of 873-874, such as paths and possible temporary buildings.


Woman Put 4 Newborns in Concrete-Filled Buckets Because She Was Too Poor to Raise Them, Police Say

Woman Put 4 Newborns in Concrete-Filled Buckets Because She Was Too Poor to Raise Them, Police Say Human remains were identified in buckets found in her condominium, police say


The Religious Community Is Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence With #ChurchToo

The Religious Community Is Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence With #ChurchToo The #MeToo social media campaign against sexual harassment has spread to the church


President Trump Has Imposed New Sanctions on North Korea and Chinese Trading Firms

President Trump Has Imposed New Sanctions on North Korea and Chinese Trading Firms A North Korean corporation involved in sending workers overseas was also targeted


Gap And Old Navy Have Winter Clothes Half Off Right Now

Gap And Old Navy Have Winter Clothes Half Off Right Now Gap and Old Navy are notorious for ridiculously-good year-round sales for wardrobe basics, but their Black Friday discounts blow their everyday sales out of the water.


Woman Gets Prison After Boyfriend Dies From Meth-Laden Kiss

Woman Gets Prison After Boyfriend Dies From Meth-Laden Kiss She passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into his mouth


Elon Musk Has Already Sold More Than 150,000 of These Boring Hats

Elon Musk Has Already Sold More Than 150,000 of These Boring Hats "Thanks for buying our super boring hat."


President Trump and Vladimir Putin Just Had an Hour-Long Phone Call

President Trump and Vladimir Putin Just Had an Hour-Long Phone Call Iran and Ukraine were also on the agenda


Meek Mill Is In Jail for a Wheelie While Harvey Weinstein Roams Free

Meek Mill Is In Jail for a Wheelie While Harvey Weinstein Roams Free The writer and lawyer looks at the differences in prosecuting different types of crime — and how the race of a defendant may come into play


60 Percent of Female Voters Say They Have Been Sexually Harassed, Poll Finds

60 Percent of Female Voters Say They Have Been Sexually Harassed, Poll Finds Sixty percent of female voters have admitted experiencing sexual harassment, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.


Where To Find The Best Travel Deals On Black Friday And Cyber Monday

Where To Find The Best Travel Deals On Black Friday And Cyber Monday If you’re hoping to snag a good travel deal during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales weekend, you’re in luck.


An investigation suggests Big Sugar hid evidence of sucrose’s health effects

An investigation suggests Big Sugar hid evidence of sucrose’s health effects The real truth about sugar isn’t very easy to swallow. It’s incredibly difficult to avoid sugar in your diet. Globally, we generate over 170 million metric tons of the sweet stuff every year—most which is added to our food. Despite the fact that it’s everywhere, the nutritional case against sugar is strong, and has been…


The Internet Has Feelings About Trump's Presidential Turkey Pardon

The Internet Has Feelings About Trump's Presidential Turkey Pardon This one's for you, Drumstick


Justice Department Threatens to Sue Harvard University Over Admissions Policies

Justice Department Threatens to Sue Harvard University Over Admissions Policies The school is under investigation for discrimination against Asian Americans


Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear incident claims

Russia finds 1,000-times normal level of radioactive isotope after nuclear incident claims Russia’s meteorological service said on Tuesday it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that a nuclear incident had taken place. The data appears to back up a report by the French nuclear safety institute IRSN, which said on Nov. 9 a cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe had indicated some kind of leak had taken place at a nuclear facility either in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September. Neither Russia nor Kazakhstan has acknowledged any accident.


U.S. Military Investigation Finds More Remains in Niger

U.S. Military Investigation Finds More Remains in Niger The Pentagon revealed it found additional human remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger.


Black Friday Subscription Box Deals That'll Make Gifting A Cinch

Black Friday Subscription Box Deals That'll Make Gifting A Cinch If you thought Black Friday was reserved for laptop deals, discount Apple products and clothing sales, think again.


FCC Chairman Moves to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Chairman Moves to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules The decision will reach a vote on Dec. 14


Is An Open Relationship Right For You?

Is An Open Relationship Right For You? Thinking about entering into an open relationship?


What in the World? Flat-Earthers Gather at First Conference

What in the World? Flat-Earthers Gather at First Conference A conference aimed at disputing the idea that the world is round just wrapped up in North Carolina.


UK firms 'excluded' from space contracts by Brexit

UK firms 'excluded' from space contracts by Brexit Aerospace firms also warn if the UK leaves the EU without a deal it will be "chaotic" for the sector.


Budget 2017: UK's driverless cars stuck on testing roundabout

Budget 2017: UK's driverless cars stuck on testing roundabout It's going to be difficult for UK government-backed autonomous vehicle projects to compete with Silicon Valley – unless they have something neat under the bonnet.


L.L. Bean rebuffs boycott over granddaughter’s big Trump donation

L.L. Bean rebuffs boycott over granddaughter’s big Trump donation A man wipes off the headlights of the L.L. Bean Bootmobile in the parking lot at the facility where the famous outdoor boot is made. L.L. Bean is pushing back against a boycott led by a group urging consumers not to shop at retailers that support President-elect Donald Trump after it was revealed that Linda Bean, heir of the Maine-based company’s founder, had donated to a political action committee that helped elect Trump. “We are deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L. Bean as a supporter of any political agenda,” Shawn Gorman, L.L. Bean’s executive chairman, said in a statement posted to Facebook late Sunday.


Union leader who says Trump lied about Carrier deal refuses to back down

Union leader who says Trump lied about Carrier deal refuses to back down Trump tours a Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Dec. 1, 2016. Chuck Jones, the union leader who claims President-elect Donald Trump lied to Carrier employees while touting a deal to keep jobs in the U.S., says he started receiving harassing phone calls a half hour after Trump slammed him on Twitter. “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years,” Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999, told CNN on Thursday morning.


Working, eating and sleeping at the office

Working, eating and sleeping at the office The sight of workers sleeping on the job is common in China, where a surplus of cheap labor can lead to downtime and employees at startup companies work long hours.


Obama seeks ‘irreversible’ opening to Cuba

Obama seeks ‘irreversible’ opening to Cuba This story is part of a weeklong Yahoo series marking one year since the opening of relations between the United States and Cuba.


The Last Days Of Streit's, New York's Jewish Willy Wonka Factory

Photographer Joseph O. Holmes photographs the last days of the 90-year-old Manhattan matzo factory. Located on Rivington Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Streit's Matzo Factory has been pumping out as much as 900 pounds of matzo an hour to feed New York's Jewish community for almost a century. After 90 years, though, Streit's is closing-up shop, shutting down its Manhattan factory and ...

Propeller kills factory worker

A 26-year-old factory worker was killed when he was hit by a propeller when the machine he was cleaning reportedly got switched on unintentionally.

Union might postpone vote seeking to organize Boeing's South Carolina plant

By Alwyn Scott NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Labor union officials say they could postpone a vote seeking to organize 3,000 workers at Boeing Co's factory here in South Carolina if their campaign fails to gain enough traction against fierce opposition from the company and local politicians. Organizers for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) are going door-to-door ...

Union might postpone vote seeking to organise Boeing's South Carolina plant

Labour union officials say they could postpone a vote seeking to organise 3,000 workers at Boeing Co's factory here in South Carolina if their campaign fails to gain enough traction against fierce opposition from the company and local politicians.     Organizers for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) are going door-to-door this week to gauge backing for the April 22 vote, and to ...

Film industry hopes Wednesday rally makes government ‘rethink’ tax credit cut

A film industry rep is expecting one of the biggest rallies in the province’s history Wednesday as talks between the industry and government on the film tax credit continue. Screen Nova Scotia chair, Marc Almon, and other industry members met … Continue Reading

Nova Scotia film industry hopeful about tax credit after meeting with government

Nova Scotia's film industry maintained pressure Tuesday on the provincial government over a change to its film tax credit, although the sides emerged from a meeting with different interpretations over a potential compromise. Key industry players expressed some optimism, describing a two-hour meeting with Finance Minister Diana Whalen and her officials as productive. Screen Nova Scotia chairman ...