Strictly 2019: Saffron Barker due for tragic exit after placing bottom in the leaderboard?

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 has been an interesting year for Strictly fans, as the BBC show has thrown a lot of curveballs at the contestants. Last week saw the tragic exit of Michelle Visage, after fans rallied around her the week before. This week, following on from the iconic Blackpool episode, saw the contestants struggle […]

Cambridge Analytica may have broken the law in 2014 by placing foreign nationals on US congressional campaigns

Parliament TV Cambridge Analytica may have broken US election laws by having dozens of its foreign employees serve in decision-making roles on Republican campaigns in 2014. Whistleblower Christopher Wylie said he sat in on several high-level campaign conference calls that featured foreign-born Cambridge Analytica leaders. The group advised these campaigns on how to target and […]

Researchers create less invasive method for placing brain electrodes

Our neurons are firing all the time, receiving signals from other neurons and sending signals of their own. To get a better understanding of how the brain works, scientists often listen in to those signals to see what kind of messages certain neurons send and how often they send them. Doing that often requires researchers […]

‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli says he used ‘poor judgment’ in placing a $5,000 bounty for Hillary Clinton’s hair

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli apologized on Monday to a federal judge after offering a $ 5,000 bounty for some of Hillary Clinton’s hair. In a letter addressed to Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, Shkreli wrote that he “used poor judgment” and “never intended to cause alarm or promote any act of violence.” “I wanted to […]

Placing humans at center of computer optimization yields hot plasmas

Enlarge / It looks like science. (credit: Tri Alpha Energy) If there is one thing I hate, it’s optimization. Computers don’t actually understand what they are optimizing. And that creates problems for everything from bicycles to nuclear fusion. The process goes something like this: you have a mathematical model of a bicycle. You want your […]

Barcelona SHUNS tourists by hiking prices and placing a BAN on new hotels

Spain’s thriving metropolis of Barcelona is fed up with visitors.  The city’s 1.6 million residents have been swamped with 32 million travellers last year alone.    New rules set out by Barcelona’s mayor mean you might be less welcome on your 2017 summer holiday.  Ada Colau has enforced a ban on any new hotels opening […]

Trump signs executive order placing ‘regulatory reform’ task forces within federal agencies

Rex Features via AP Images President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place “regulatory reform” task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades. Trump signed the directive in the Oval Office with chief executives of […]