This MIT Bot Can Accurately Predict Your Race Using an X-Ray. Scientists Have No Idea How It Works.

Artificial intelligence has a racism problem. Look no further than the bots that go on racist rants, or the facial recognition tech that refuses to see Black people, or discriminatory HR bots that won’t hire people of color. It’s a pernicious issue plaguing the world of neural networks and machine learning that not only strengthens … Read more

There’s a Major Issue With How We Treat Lab Mice, And It Could Affect Study Results

Over 120 million laboratory rats and mice are used worldwide each year. Many are used to study distressing conditions like cancer, arthritis and chronic pain, and nearly all spend their lives in small, empty box-like cages: a kind of permanent lockdown. Our new analysis shows that this restrictive, artificial housing causes rats and mice to … Read more

Astronauts Have Distinct Brain Changes Even Months After They Return to Earth

Flung into freefall for months on end, our bodies adjust in ways that makes for a long list of health concerns for space travelers. The latest evaluation of microgravity’s warping effect on our biology focuses on the spaces surrounding the blood vessels that weave through our brain, revealing concerning changes that remain with astronauts between … Read more

Forget Botox: Regular brisk walks make you look AND feel 16 years younger by middle age

A lifetime of brisk walking can make you feel 16 years younger by the time you reach midlife, scientists say. University of Leicester researchers who studied the genes of 400,000 Britons found a clear link between walking faster and a reduced biological age. Quicker participants – defined as those who walked quicker than 4mph – … Read more

Estonian yoga teacher, 33, says she can ORGASM stimulation-free

A yoga teacher has taught herself how to orgasm ‘almost instantly’ and without any stimulation— and scientists insist she’s not faking it. Karolin Tsarski, from Estonia, spent a decade learning how to achieve ‘deep sexual satisfaction’ because she found normal intercourse painful. She claims she can now orgasm for up to 10 minutes without any … Read more

Macron’s reelection push troubled by ‘McKinsey Affair’

PARIS (AP) — As French President Emmanuel Macron prepares to hold his first big rally Saturday in his race for reelection, his campaign has hit a roadbump. It’s been dubbed “the McKinsey Affair,” named after an American consulting company hired to advise the French government on its COVID-19 vaccination campaign and other policy. A new … Read more

UK hits record COVID-19 levels; nearly 5 million infected

LONDON (AP) — The prevalence of COVID-19 in the UK has reached record levels, with about 1 in 13 people estimated to be infected with the virus in the past week, according to the latest figures from Britain’s official statistics agency. Some 4.9 million people were estimated to have the coronavirus in the week ending … Read more

Michigan reports 1,661 new COVID cases, 33 deaths — average of 831 cases per day

DETROIT – Michigan reported 1,661 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 virus-related deaths Friday — an average of 830.5 cases over the past two days. Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 2,080,612, including 32,863 deaths. These numbers are up from 2,078,951 cases and 32,830 deaths, as of Wednesday. … Read more

Vladimir Putin’s reported cancer checkups and antler blood baths

Oh deer. Russian despot Vladimir Putin has had 35 secret meetings with a cancer doctor — and been bathing in the blood of deer antlers, a report said Friday. The investigative report by the Russian outlet The Project tracked the medical care that the 69-year-old Putin has received since becoming president of Russia a decade … Read more

High energy costs are hitting UK. It’s about to get worse

LONDON (AP) — Tia Rutherford is worried about her 3-year-old son. As energy prices soared last fall, she tacked fleece blankets over her doors and windows to keep the cold out and started serving Jacob breakfast in his room so she didn’t have to heat the living room. But she’s consumed by worry that she … Read more