Adam Frank is an astrophysicist at the University of Rochester. He is a regular contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture.
What is going to happen when our machines wake up? What will happen when all these computers that run our lives suddenly become intelligent and self-aware? It's a question that makes sense to ask today, as the world marks the recent passage of John McCarthy.
From cubicle farms to auto factories, accommodating larger and heavier employees has become a fact of life. One in three U.S. adults is obese, and researchers say the impact on business can be boiled down to a number: $1,000 to $6,000 in added cost per year for each obese employee, the figure rising along with a worker's body mass index.
Residents wade along a flooded street on the outskirts of Bangkok Thursday. Clambering aboard bamboo rafts and army trucks, residents fled their homes as high waters moved closer to the heart of the city.
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Residents drive through a flooded street close to the overflowing Chao Phraya River Bangkok on Thursday. About 400 people have died from floods in the country since late July.
Thailand's capital Bangkok is facing the imminent threat of widespread flooding after three months of unusually heavy rain.
Panic buying has left grocery shelves empty of basics. Many are fleeing the city, and many areas are virtually empty. The government has declared a five-day holiday to encourage people to leave Bangkok for higher ground. Thursday, the government said it was no longer a question of if, but when the floods would come.