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Cosmologists Conflict Over the Origin of the Universe

In 1981, many of the world’s leading cosmologists gathered at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a vestige of the coupled lineages of science and theology located in an elegant villa in the gardens of the Vatican. Stephen Hawking chose the august setting to present what he would later regard as his most important idea: a…

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In Praise of Dadfluencers

All around me, I see good dads. They’re kissing boo-boos at the park, rushing to pick their kids up from daycare, they’re posting proud photos on Instagram and funny conversations they have with their children on Twitter and Facebook. The role of fathers in America is rapidly evolving, with millennial dads on average far more…

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Snow Prime’s Fireplace Pit Makes Me Admire Tenting Over again

I first saw Snow Peak’s pack-and-carry fire pit at Snow Peak Way, the cult outdoor brand’s yearly camping retreat. A few fire pits were set up in the field, deep in the wooded recesses of the Columbia River Gorge. Kids of all ages gathered around them, helping themselves to marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, while…

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Fb builds virtual homes to coach A.I. brokers in lifelike environments

Researchers at Facebook, which is no stranger to artificial intelligence, have created Habitat, a platform that allows A.I. agents to rapidly learn about the physical world by living in realistic environments within virtual homes. Teaching A.I.-powered robots to accomplish tasks within the real world takes a significant amount of time. While it may be possible…