IBM’s Big Bet on Artificial Intelligence Training

The next time you call an 800 number with a gripe about a product or service, consider this: Even though it’s a real live person who answers, he or she might not be the one deciding how to deal with you. Instead, a complex series of algorithms may step in, to gauge your mood and […]

5 Reasons Jamie Dimon Isn’t Too Worried We’ll See A Recession in 2019

Jamie Dimon released his annual letter Thursday, offering his usual update on JPMorgan Chase’s activities along with a critique of financial regulation and government policy. Reading through the letter, which runs 95 printed pages, one contrarian theme stands out: Unlike many prominent economists and executives, Dimon doesn’t see a recession coming in 2019 or soon […]

Back To Black: Why Consumers Are Staying Loyal To The Illicit Cannabis Market

As people still go to jail for cannabis-related crimes, it’s a privilege to be able to carry a half-ounce bag of herb and not be doing anything illegal. But does this new freedom come with consequences? Most of California’s Proposition 215 supporters seem to believe so, particularly when it comes to high taxes inflating retail […]

Four-legged Whale Fossil Reveals When Whales Reached The Americas

A pair of Peregocetus hunt on the rocky coast of Peru. (Credit: A. Gennari) Whales evolved from hoofed, four-legged land walkers in south Asia more than 50 million years ago. Now researchers have unearthed the skeleton of an ancient four-legged whale in Peru. The discovery sheds light on how cetaceans dispersed from the Indo-Pakistan region […]

Governor of New Mexico Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

One month after policymakers failed to pass a bill legalizing marijuana in the state, New Mexico has signed into effect a law to decriminalize cannabis. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham authorized the legislation, which will reduce the punishment for possession of up to a half ounce of weed from up to 15 days in jail to a […]

Scientists Discover A Protein That Seems to Fight Aging In Our Skin

The fountain of youth may flow in our skin. (Credit: Rustle/Shutterstock) In the quest for everlasting youth, many women buy hope in a jar. But despite being a multi-billion dollar industry, many skin creams and serums on the market don’t deliver the age-defying results they promise. But now, scientists say that it may be possible to […]

When We Say 70 Percent, It Really Means 70 Percent

One of FiveThirtyEight’s goals has always been to get people to think more carefully about probability. When we’re forecasting an upcoming election or sporting event, we’ll go to great lengths to analyze and explain the sources of real-world uncertainty and the extent to which events — say, a Senate race in Texas and another one […]

Hayabusa2 is Going to Blow a Crater in an Asteroid Tonight

Hayabusa2 is going to blow a hole in the side of its asteroid Ryugu tonight. (Credit: JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita) The Japanese Hayabusa2 mission has been in orbit around the asteroid Ryugu since June 2018, but tonight is its most spectacular event. In a few hours, the spacecraft will drop off its carry-on impactor, scurry to a […]

Brainstorm Health: Brainstorm Health, Alexa for Health Care, Novartis Sues Amgen

Alexa, can you gain HIPAA compliance? Apparently the answer is… Yes! Tech giant Amazon announced Thursday that its popular smart speaker devices (voiced by the digital assistant known as Alexa) will now broaden its scope to allow certain companies to create health care-related “skills” (i.e., voice-powered apps) for Alexa. The first digital health firm to jump […]

GOP Senators Have Mixed Reaction as Trump Is Said to Pick Herman Cain for Fed Board

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Herman Cain, the former pizza company executive who ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump plans to announce his selection very soon, said three people, who asked not be identified discussing the nomination […]