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  • US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low
    By on November 30, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Hugh Pickens writes “The Washington Post reports that the U.S. birthrate is at its lowest since 1920, the earliest year with reliable records. The rate decreased to 63.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age — a little more than half of its peak, which was in 1957. The overall birthrate decreased by 8 percent between 2007 and 2010, but the decline is being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, with a much bigger (more…)

  • A.I. Advances Through Deep Learning
    By on November 25, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the NY Times: “Advances in an artificial intelligence technology that can recognize patterns offer the possibility of machines that perform human activities like seeing, listening and thinking. … But what is new in recent months is the growing speed and accuracy of deep-learning programs, often called artificial neural networks or just ‘neural nets’ for their resemblance to the neural connections (more…)

  • Gilroy overcomes pre-match nerves
    By on November 25, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Debutant winger Craig Gilroy says he overcame a major bout of nerves before playing a leading part in Ireland’s win over Argentina.


  • Tolkien Estate Sues Over Lord of the Rings Slot Machines
    By on November 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “The Tolkien Estate has filed an $80 million copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court over the use of Lord of the Rings slot machines. The complaint hinges on a contract between the estate and Warner Bros. which allows the creation of LotR merchandise but not LotR ‘intangibles,’ like the experience of playing a slot machine game. According to the estate (PDF), ‘Not only does the production of gambling (more…)

  • Di Matteo takes blame for defeat
    By on November 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo takes responsibility for the defeat at Juventus that leaves them close to a Champions League exit.


  • Winger Ioane back for Australia
    By on November 15, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Fit-again wing Digby Ioane returns to the Australia side as they make four changes for Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham.


  • Sinofsky Dismisses Trying To Take Over Windows Phone, Developers
    By on November 15, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Nerval’s Lobster writes “When Steven Sinofsky stepped down as head of Microsoft’s Windows division earlier this week, multiple publications cited friction with other executives as the primary reason behind the departure. Whether or not that’s the case—neither Sinofsky nor Microsoft has offered an official explanation, aside from the usual platitudes—someone with connections to Microsoft is claiming that Sinofsky’s departure (more…)

  • Davenport retires from swimming
    By on November 11, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Double Commonwealth champion and three-time Olympian Ross Davenport retires from swimming at the age of 28.


  • Climate Change Could Drive Coffee To Extinction By 2080
    By on November 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Hugh Pickens writes “Coffee is the world’s favorite beverage and the second-most traded commodity after oil. Now Nick Collins reports that rising global temperatures and subtle changes in seasonal conditions could make 99.7 per cent of Arabica-growing areas unsuitable for the plant before the end of the century and in some areas as soon as 2020. Even if the beans do not disappear completely from the wild, climate change is highly likely (more…)

  • Robbie Savage: Talking Tactics
    By on November 5, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Where Arsenal went wrong against Manchester United and how they can put it right