The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Makes You Pick Either Freedom or Money

Photo from DFATD | MAECD / Flickr On Oct. 5, 2015, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, was finalized after years of negotiations between 12 countries on the Pacific Rim. According to the New York Times, it is “the largest regional trade accord in history,” gathering 40 percent of the total global economy in to one partnership.… Read More The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Makes You Pick Either Freedom or Money

‘Bloodborne’ is Soaked in Atmosphere, Harder Than ‘Dark Souls’

Photo from From Software Throughout last week, “Bloodborne,” the latest in the “Souls” series by From Software, released worldwide.  To many fans of the series, this was the most anticipated game of 2015, especially with the return of Hidetaka Miyazaki, who directed all of the Souls games except “Dark Souls 2,” which many thought of… Read More ‘Bloodborne’ is Soaked in Atmosphere, Harder Than ‘Dark Souls’

Artificial Intelligence So Advanced It Can Play ‘Pong!’

Photo from Pierre Lecourt/Flickr Google DeepMind, formerly Deepmind Technologies, has developed an Artificial Intelligence, or AI, so advanced that it can beat Atari games from the 1980’s. Their findings were published by Nature on Feb. 25, 2015. Neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, along with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman, began development of DeepMind in 2011. Over the… Read More Artificial Intelligence So Advanced It Can Play ‘Pong!’

Finding a haven in Bangalore’s bookstores

One of the shoppers on the third floor of Blossom, browsing through some of the stock. (Photo: Kevin Matyi) Becoming a local landmark. Specializing in obscure, hard-to-find titles from centuries past. Fitting hundreds of thousands of books in a tiny storefront. These are the ways that independent bookstores are surviving in Bangalore. The stores have… Read More Finding a haven in Bangalore’s bookstores

Accidental Find Leads To Great Advancement For Solar Panels

Photo from ricketyus/flickr Some of the greatest scientific discoveries were complete accidents. Antibiotics were first discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928 after he left a petri dish open and mold began growing alongside a sample of Staphylococcus. Fleming saw that the Staph bacteria could not grow near the mold as easily. While more experiments were… Read More Accidental Find Leads To Great Advancement For Solar Panels