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How Humor Has Not Evolved

Christian Hempelmann | Posted 10.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Christian Hempelmann

If our programs can identify jokes reliably, our algorithms might be doing it in the same way that humans do. Luckily, though, we're still far from computers that appreciate humor, rather than just detecting it.

WATCH: The Surprising Reason We Find Babies Cute

Dan Dennett | Posted 10.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Dan Dennett

2013-08-01-dennetpull.jpgIt is a mistake to think that first there was sweetness, sexiness, and cuteness, and then we evolved to love these properties. That's just about backwards

Do We Have Evidence for Life on Mars?

Christopher P. McKay | Posted 09.17.2013 | Science
Christopher P. McKay

Is there life on Mars? Engineer and former Viking program team leader Gilbert Levin and microbiologist Steve McDaniel debate NASA Planetary Scientist Christopher McKay on that statement below.

Alabama Will Knock Off Notre Dame to Become a Dynasty

Marquavius Burnett | Posted 03.08.2013 | Sports
Marquavius Burnett

This should be one for the ages -- two classic programs with great talent and great coaching staffs. It will come down to which quarterback can make more plays and smart money says to go with AJ McCarron over Notre Dame's Everett Golson.

The Improbable Dream of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Joshua Vowles | Posted 03.08.2013 | Sports
Joshua Vowles

So here we are. Notre Dame vs. Alabama for the whole damn thing. Once again, the Irish are an underdog according to both public opinion and Vegas oddsmakers -- and that's exactly how this particular team likes it.

Change My Mind: Should the Government be Feeding Your Kids Lunch?

Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

Most kids are picky about what they eat, at any age. Even before they can speak they can make facial expressions that indicate, in no uncertain terms,...

Proposal 3 Would Cost Michigan $12 Billion

Howard Edelson | Posted 01.06.2013 | Detroit
Howard Edelson

At first glance, Proposal 3 looks like a great idea. I support renewable energy. But I oppose Proposal 3 because it's bad for Michigan. Proposal 3 would force Michigan to gamble $12 billion on today's renewable energy technology.

Saving Michigan's Auto Industry And Michigan Families

Beth Cox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Beth Cox

Communities in Michigan have suffered enough. Collective bargaining is a fundamental right that we must preserve for future generations. It works and it is time we allow it to work for more Michiganders.

Real Facts About NITC Make Proposal 6 Common Sense

Mickey Blashfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Mickey Blashfield

Governor Snyder has portrayed the bridge issue as cut and dry: Michigan will get a "free" bridge, with the cost shouldered entirely by Canada. While this sounds good in theory, there are still many pressing issues for which the governor simply has no answers.

Vote YES on Proposal 3 for a Stronger Michigan Future, Energy Economy

Susan P. Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Susan P. Smith

Michiganders can vote for a future that will create jobs today and for the next generation, rein in high energy costs and reduce dangerous pollution that harms our air and water as well as the health of our children.

Prop 2 Power Grab

F. Vincent Vernuccio | Posted 11.01.2012 | Detroit
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F. Vincent Vernuccio

If Proposal 2 fails in Michigan, government-employee unions may be forced to recognize that their agenda doesn't align with those of the reform leaders and the taxpayers who voted them into office.

Why The Tigers Deserve To Win The World Series

Lauren Cavanagh | Posted 12.25.2012 | Detroit
Lauren Cavanagh

I never thought we would be here. Maybe the Giants expect this kind of thing. They've been to the World Series recently. Good for them. But WE deserve this now. We are better.

Why The Giants Deserve To Win The World Series

Malaika Bobino | Posted 12.25.2012 | San Francisco
Malaika Bobino

The San Francisco Giants have been here before. We all know that once you taste that victory, it's hard to get it out of your mouth. Two years ago, the Giants won the World Series. They are back again, but this time facing Detroit.

Urban Meyer's Buckeyes Will Come Up Big Against Michigan State

Jim Lodico | Posted 11.29.2012 | Sports
Jim Lodico

If the Buckeyes can contain the Spartan ground game and force them to pass, it could be a long day for Michigan State.

Notre Dame Will Edge Michigan State In Gritty Game

Joshua Vowles | Posted 11.14.2012 | Sports
Joshua Vowles

At the beginning of each college football season, we are reminded that teams will make their biggest improvements from week 1 to week 2. While that ma...

Michigan State Defense Will Dominate Notre Dame

The Enlightened Spartan | Posted 11.14.2012 | Sports
The Enlightened Spartan

Gotta love the life of being a Michigan State Spartan... There ain't nothing like taking on the Irish Catholics under the lights, on national televisi...

You Can Still Make It... If You Know Where To Live

Marcus Baram | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money
Marcus Baram

The American dream may be more out of reach, but it's not impossible to achieve.

The Middle Class Is Dying

Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.13.2012 | Money
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Bonnie Kavoussi

The U.S. is being split into a collection of islands for the rich and a vast land mass for the poor. Just as in third-world countries, if you want to lead a comfortable life, you have to be rich.

The Missouri Tigers Will Debut in the SEC With a Bang

Ryan T. Hood | Posted 11.07.2012 | Sports
Ryan T. Hood

The eight-month long honeymoon between Missouri and the Southeastern Conference abruptly ended late last Saturday night. Just minutes after No. 7 Geo...

Georgia Will Give Mizzou a Not So Warm Welcome to the SEC

Michael Booker | Posted 11.07.2012 | Sports
Michael Booker

This weekend is undoubtedly a big game for both Georgia and Missouri, but more-so for Missouri, and for good reason. Ever since the SEC schedule was r...

The Marijuana Myth: What If Everything You Think You Know About This Plant Is Wrong?

Laurel Dewey | Posted 11.04.2012 | Fifty
Laurel Dewey

A strange thing kept happening. The more I dug into what some opponents refer to as "the green menace," the more I continued to find research studies I wasn't aware existed.

Why You Shouldn't Buy Lottery Tickets

Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.16.2012 | Money
Bonnie Kavoussi

The lottery is ruining your life. Whether you buy lottery tickets once a day or once a year, the lottery is destroying you because it is insidiously convincing you that the only way you can succeed in life is through luck instead of skill.

Fifty Shades of Grey: No Harm Done

Kathleen Schmidt | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Kathleen Schmidt

I had bought 'Fifty Shades of Grey' on my Kindle when all the hoopla began, but was too much of a book snob to dig into its pages. I thought, "Why would I waste my time reading something that has been said to degrade women, is terribly written, and called 'mommy porn'?" I was wrong.

Fifty Shades of Prey

Pastor Douglas Wilson | Posted 09.21.2012 | Books
Pastor Douglas Wilson

Fifty Shades of Grey began as Twilight fan fiction. This is no accident at all. The two publishing phenomena are using the same basic device -- women who learn to view themselves as prey.

Responsible and Realistic Restaurants-On-Wheels: The New Food Truck Ordinance

Joe Moreno | Posted 09.01.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

Chicago's new food truck ordinance has a significant number of reforms, which can seem complex, but were established to ensure public safety, dispel the competitive concerns of established businesses and help the food truck industry grow.