Will robots have rights in the future?

Perhaps sooner than we think, we'll need to examine the moral standing of intelligent machines.

  • If eventually we develop artificial intelligence sophisticated enough to experience emotions like joy and suffering, should we grant it moral rights just as any other sentient being?
  • Theoretical philosopher Peter Singer predicts the ethical issues that could ensue as we expand the circle of moral concern to include these machines.
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Can you really pick up on good and bad 'vibes'? Yes, suggests new research.

A newly discovered phenomenon shows that humans communicate outside of mere auditory and visual modes.

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Neuroscientists are generally skeptical of supernatural connections to our feelings and perceptions. And yet, feeling the “vibe" of a room or situation is a common human experience, no matter your spiritual or philosophical outlook.

A place might just not “feel right" — or, the people in a particular room might get a “funny feeling." There have been many explanations for it. One theory, for instance, says it's the strange facial expressions or vocal tones that we pick up from others subconsciously.

However, recent Dutch studies offer more convincing evidence as to why we can pick up good and bad vibes.

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The death of dinosaurs allowed mammals to ditch nocturnal behavior, study finds

Have you ever wondered why modern-day mammals have adaptations for nighttime activity? A new study suggests dinosaurs might be the reason.

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A Surprising Strategy Makes Kids Persevere at Boring Tasks

Kids say the darndest things. They're also far more adept at workflow management than adults are. What can we learn from them? 

Most likely, you don’t need to be convinced in the utility of perseverance - the ability to stick to a boring task, despite the fact that the Facebook tab is blinking with notifications in your browser. Implementing tactics that help us resist distractions in order to work towards long-term goals is crucial for success. Now, researchers have found an interesting strategy that has been proven to work for kids - imagining they're Batman. The study was published in the journal Child Development.

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You Might Be a Neanderthal If...

New studies shed light on how Neanderthal DNA is affecting the appearance and behavior of modern humans.

A model of Neanderthal man constructed on the basis of excavated bones, at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. circa 1920 (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
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