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Should We Cancel Daylight Saving Time?

It’s one of those debates that arises at the same time each year, like whether we should still celebrate Columbus Day, or what it’s still okay to wear as a Halloween costume. This weekend, like every March, thousands of groggy Americans will wonder, “Why do we even still have daylight saving?” Questioning the wisdom of daylight saving time is not new. It’s almost inevitable, as only 70 countries around the world observe it, and not even all 50 U.S. states! (Arizona and Hawaii opt out .) Even  John Oliver , patron saint of explaining silly things, dedicated a segment to the tradition last year.  But according to many experts, DST isn’t going anywhere soon. So what do campaigners hope to change this year — or ever? A Century of Falling Back Contrary to a popular misconception, daylight saving was not created for the benefit of farmers. It’s actually an energy conservation strategy that dates back to World War I .

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Egyptian Man Jailed For 3 Years Over ‘Unfaithful Wives’ Comments

CAIRO, March 12 (Reuters) – An Egypt ian court on Saturday sentenced a prominent Facebook user to three years in prison with hard labor after he asserted on television that many married women in the conservative country were unfaithful. Taymour el-Sobky was arrested last month and accused by prosecutors of slandering Egypt ian women and damaging their honor. His comments on a popular evening talk show in December caused a furore. “Thirty percent of Egypt ian women are ready for immorality, they just can’t find someone to encourage them,” said Sobky, whose Facebook page called “Diaries of a Suffering Husband” has more than one million followers. “These days, it is very normal for women to cheat on their husbands and seek it out … Many women are involved in extramarital affairs while their husbands are abroad,” he claimed.

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Go Lee Sedol!

Go, according to Wikipedia, is a 2,500-year-old Chinese game “and is one of the oldest board games played today.”{i} With relatively simple rules,{ii} Go, nonetheless, produces a game of exceptional complexity, using black and white playing pieces, called “stones” on a board with 19×19 grid lines. The current Go champion is a South Korean named Lee Sedol.{iii} I’d never heard of Lee Sedol, or Go, for that matter, until I read today that Lee Sedol just got beat playing Go with a Google supercomputer.{iv} Artificial Intelligence-1; Human Being-0. The bad news is, the best guy on the planet at Go just lost to a bunch of mindless circuits (if you’ve got time, you can watch the match on YouTube{v}.) The good news is, there are 5 total games to be played over the next week, so there’s hope. Go was chosen as an appropriate test of human vs. machine for this Google DeepMind Challenge because “the game depends hugely on intuition, since there are so many possibilities, and so mastery of the game was previously thought to be a human skill.”{vi} DeepMind, acquired by Google in 2014, says “The algorithms we build are capable of learning for themselves directly from raw experiences or data . .

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4 Reasons to be Optimistic About Encryption’s Future

As the legal dispute between the FBI and Apple continues to dominate headlines, there’s a great deal that privacy advocates and consumers should be concerned about. What if the FBI gets it way? Does that set a terrible precedent that will trickle beyond cases involving terrorism? Is this the first step towards opening a backdoor into encryption? How will that decision impact the tech sector? The litany of questions goes on and on.

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Experience SXSW in Real Time With 5 Free Apps

Can’t make it to South by Southwest this year? No need to fret. Missing SXSW only means that you won’t get lost in the massive crowds and have to pay thousands of dollars per night to stay at a hotel located in downtown Austin. Trust me, as a former UT Austin graduate, I can tell you from personal experience that not being physically present in Austin during SXSW isn’t as bad as you might think.

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10 Photos That Show What Astronaut Scott Kelly’s First Week Back On Earth Was Like

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s 340 days in space were quite magnificent. He  got to space walk and take some incredible out-of-this-world photos .  Now that he has returned home, Kelly has been busy enjoying what many of us would find more mundane, such as eating salads and going to the dentist. Since Kelly landed back on Earth  on March 2 after  nearly a year in space , he has offered an insider’s look at his life on land in  photos posted to Instagram . Not only are his daily activities vastly different to life on the International Space Station , but he told CBS News that he also has changed as a person. “I think I’m a little more compassionate now,” Kelly said. “I think it does change you when you spend all this time removed and detached from Earth

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What to Expect from South by Southwest

South by Southwest begins tomorrow in Austin, TX. This annual festival and conference brings together independent films, interactive media and emerging technology, and music for one of the largest events of the year. SXSW has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. Expectations have risen because artists like Hanson, John Mayer, Imagine Dragons and the Alabama Shakes were discovered at SXSW and brands like Twitter and Foursquare have gained global recognition at SXSW.

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Woman Roughly Drags Swan Out Of Water By The Wing For Selfie

A swan in Macedonia is the latest animal victim of human beings driven to idiotic extremes by the desire for a good selfie. A Bulgarian tourist visiting Lake Ohrid was photographed pulling the hapless swan out of the water as a prop for a selfie, the Macedonian International News Agency reported. Macedonian resident Nake Batev just happened to be at the lake when he saw the woman — whom he did not know — roughly handling the bird and snapped his own photographs of the horrific scene. “I was just walking by when I noticed her posing and grabbing for her friends to take the picture,” Batev told The Huffington Post via Facebook.

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