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As futuristic and alien as this all sounds, it is not a new idea in scientific research. In fact, there is already an entire subfield of computer science called neural networking that is working from the premise that most brain activities can be reduced to computations.

Posted Apr 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Okay, so children are often a little more honest than we adults sometimes would want them to be or feel comfortable with ... occasionally brutally so.

Updated Apr 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Barney wasn't known for his judgment or nerves of steel. We all know Barneys. If we are honest, we can all think of one person who should never have a gun. Fix that person in your mind. Now, imagine they are drunk.

Posted Apr 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Although I am not a smoker, I have found myself intrigued lately by the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes. And with a family full of heavy duty smokers — many of whom are now converts to e-cigarettes — I have tried to educate myself...

Posted Apr 4, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Last month, Ebony Wilkerson, a pregnant mother of three, drove her minivan into the ocean off the coast of Daytona Beach, Fla. The South Carolina woman and her three children—ages 3, 9 and 11—were all in the van. Their lives were saved by a couple...

Updated Mar 31, 2014 at 8:02 AM

It was back in August 2013 that I first wrote about Rhys' amblyopia, commonly referred to as lazy eye even though it is a developmental problem in the brain and not any kind of neurological problem with the eye itself.

Posted Mar 28, 2014 at 1:01 AM

During the violence-laden years between 1984 and 1996, policymakers scrambled to find a way to throttle crime. In 1991, the national murder rate was 9.8 per 100,000 people. By 2012, the rate fell to 4.7, according to FBI data.

Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Motive is the most important element of any action.I find myself more concerned about why people do things instead of merely what they do.

Posted Mar 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

This week concludes the KISS fitness program that began 12 weeks ago. I'm extremely sad to see it go, not because of what I've lost, but because of what I have gained.

Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

The Rev. Fred Phelps, provocateur-in-chief of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., recently died at 84. The death of a pastor from a tiny Kansas church normally wouldn’t be national news, but Phelps and his flock gained infamy for turning...

Posted Mar 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

And I am amazed that this history of the town and complete catalogue of events, beautifully bound and illustrated, came to me without any charge. Under the title “The City of Sulphur” are these lines:...

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