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AI wants to make your writing more polite

AI wants to make your writing more polite

Getty Images Remember how your parents told you to always say "please" and "thanks"? Now AI can take care of the polite-speak for you.Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised a technique that's designed to automatically make written communication more polite. Rather than merely scanning text for politeness, as past computational linguistics methods have, this…
NASA wants you to design a space toilet for missions to the moon

NASA wants you to design a space toilet for missions to...

Now is your chance to design the space toilet built just for astronauts. NASA If you could create a toilet worthy of space travel, what would it look like? NASA is preparing to return to the moon by 2024 and it needs to develop a new way for astronauts to go about their business on…
CERN wants to build a new $23 billion super-collider that’s 100 kilometers long

CERN wants to build a new $23 billion super-collider that’s 100...

A visitor takes a photograph of a large backlit image of the Large Hadron Collider at the Science Museum's "Collider" exhibition on Nov. 12, 2013, in London.  Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images The Large Hadron Collider, at 27 kilometers in length, is the world's highest-energy particle collider. It's also the largest machine ever built by human…
CERN wants to build a new $23 billion super-collider that’s 100 kilometres long

CERN wants to build a new $23 billion super-collider that’s 100...

A visitor takes a phone photograph of a large back lit image of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the Science Museum's 'Collider' exhibition on November 12, 2013 in London, England.  Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images The Large Hadron Collider, at 27 kilometres in length, is currently the worlds highest energy particle collider. It's also literally…
Family Wants Russian Hospital Investigated For Its Handling Of COVID-19

Family Wants Russian Hospital Investigated For Its Handling Of COVID-19

A Russian family believes the death of a relative from the coronavirus was both unnecessary and uncounted by the state.
Star Trek captain wants to join NASA’s historic Demo-2 mission

Star Trek captain wants to join NASA’s historic Demo-2 mission

William Shatner as Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series. CBS There's a ready and willing replacement waiting in the wings if NASA astronauts Bob Behnken or Doug Hurley can't make it on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon for its historic launch next week. Star Trek actor William Shatner has volunteered for the journey to…
Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch the next generation of space telescopes

Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch the next generation of space...

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SpaceX is building ever bigger rockets that Musk hopes could send bigger telescopes to space.  SpaceX SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told scientists Monday that he'd like to collaborate with astronomers on seeing deeper into space, and perhaps even getting clearer pictures of exoplanets that might host life. "I'm very excited about a future of space-based telescopes…
Scientist wants to know how octopuses go house hunting

Scientist wants to know how octopuses go house hunting

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Giant octopus Dofleini against the backdrop of turquoise sea. 30 meters depth. Japan sea, Far East.  Shutterstock / Kondratuk Aleksei A big back yard, a good neighborhood, nearby food options -- what do octopuses look for when they go house hunting? Biologist Abigail Pratt wants to answer that question this week at the Ocean Sciences…
Trump Wants Insurers and Hospitals To Program Real Costs To Clients

Trump Wants Insurers and Hospitals To Program Real Costs To Clients

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One rule announced by the Trump administration Friday puts pressure on hospitals to reveal what they charge insurers for procedures and services. Critics say the penalty for not following the rule isn't stiff enough to be a an effective deterrent. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption toggle caption Catie Dull/NPR One rule announced by the Trump administration…
Usage Your Kids to Get Your Method

Usage Your Kids to Get Your Method

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Being strategic about what you say to your partner in front of your kids is pretty crucial. And most of that strategy involves what you don’t say. Around the time we realize that our kids are actually starting to understand our words, we’ve got to (mostly) rein in the cursing, we have to really consider…

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