Computer scientists at the University of Reading have announced that a conversation bot named Eugene Goostman has convinced a third of its interlocutors that it is a genuine human being, possibly meeting Alan Turing's iconic definition of a thinking machine. But can it really think?
In response to US sanctions aimed at Russia's space industry, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin suggested that US astronauts get to the space station using a trampoline. Given a big enough trampoline, could that actually work?
A survey conducted by a trio of political scientists and published on the Washington Post's Web site has found the more wrong Americans are about the location of Ukraine on a map, the more likely they are to support US military intervention.