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The world’s best player of what might be humankind’s most complicated board game was defeated on Tuesday by a Google computer program.

Adding insult to potentially deep existential injury, he was defeated at Go — a game that claims centuries of play by humans — in China, where the game was invented.

The human contender, a 19-year-old Chinese national named Ke Jie, and the computer are only a third of the way through their three-game match this week.

The victory by software called AlphaGo showed yet another way that computers could be developed to perform better than humans in highly complex tasks, and it offered a glimpse of the promise of new technologies that mimic the way the brain functions.

AlphaGo’s success comes at a time when researchers are exploring the potential of artificial intelligence to do everything from drive cars to draft legal documents — a trend that has some serious thinkers pondering what to do when computers routinely replace humans in the workplace. nytimes.com
The physiology of Himalayan Sherpas has evolved over thousands of years to help them become virtually superhuman mountain climbers, nimbly guiding and assisting others who seek to ascend the extreme heights of Mount Everest.

But what is it in their biology that enables them to overcome the hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) and altitude sickness that plague so many who visit the famous peak?

According to a new study, Sherpas are more efficient at using oxygen to power their bodies, giving them a natural advantage over 'lowlanders' who come from environments at sea level.

"Sherpas have spent thousands of years living at high altitudes, so it should be unsurprising that they have adapted to become more efficient at using oxygen and generating energy," says physiologist Andrew Murray from the University of Cambridge in the UK. sciencealert.com
One official told the Post that the line of questioning from the White House amounted to, “Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?”

This is a significant scoop for at least two reasons.

First, it adds to what we already know about a possible pattern of justice obstruction aimed at interfering with the FBI’s Russia investigation.

Second, it suggests that Trump—who pressured Comey to go easy on Flynn in a private meeting at the White House—wasn’t the only member of his administration who took concrete steps to try and quash the Flynn probe.

What’s strange is that the Post buried this news in the 13th paragraph of its story, choosing instead to focus on something else.

To be sure, the “something else” was also hugely important: According to the Post’s sources, Trump asked his director of national intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency to “publicly deny” that his campaign had colluded with the Russian government.  slate.com
A community is in mourning after two men and two boys drowned while on a canoe trip in northern Manitoba.

The bodies of Conor Sykes and his six-year-old son, Liam, were recovered along with those of Shane Cripps and his 14-year-old son, Dylan. All four were from Thompson, Man., about 650 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

"We were so happy; we were such a happy family," said a distraught Lindsay Catherine Rose Sykes, wife of Conor Sykes.

It was the first canoe trip of the year for the two men, who were best friends, she said. Her husband was 33 and Cripps was 44.

"I have a baby girl ... she's four and she lost her best friend, Liam, her brother; and her daddy," Sykes said through heavy sobs.

James Cripps, 18, said it's surreal that his father and younger brother are gone. cbc.ca
An Adelaide woman charged with being a member of terror group Islamic State (ISIS) will deny the allegations, her lawyer has said.

The 22-year-old Somalian born woman was arrested and appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court this afternoon accused of being a member of a known terrorist organisation.

Handcuffed and wearing a hijab, she made no application for bail, with her identity suppressed until another appearance in August.

The woman came to Australia as a 14-year-old and now has citizenship.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner for Counter-Terrorism Ian McCartney said she first came to the attention of authorities in July last year while trying to fly out of Australia.

She was stopped from leaving the country and police had been investigating her since, with the majority of her dealings with ISIS being online, where she connected with terrorism suspects around the world, he said. 9news.com.au
British intelligence services are probing the Manchester Arena suicide bombing suspect's links to terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Isis as a Manchester imam says he showed "the face of hate", The Telegraph reports.

The Sun and Guardian newspapers on Wednesday (NZT) published what they said were photos of suspect Salman Abedi as investigators continued to comb his Manchester home for clues.

Police set off a controlled explosion to enter the house in Elsmore Road in Fallowfield, further fraying the nerves of on-edge residents.

The electoral roll listed Abedi, 22, as living at the address. A neighbour caught the controlled explosion on camera.

An investigator in protective forensic gear was photographed carrying a booklet titled "KNOW YOUR CHEMICALS!" out of the house.

Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents of Libyan birth, US security officials said, citing British intelligence officials. 9news.com.au
Think flexible yogis are sexy? Well, did you know they can apparently do something with their stomachs that's out of a freakin' horror movie?

It's called Nauli, but it's apparently gotten the nickname "Alien Yoga," according to the Independent and you can see why:

The move supposedly helps massage internal organs, strengthening the core and aiding digestion. But it also looks like simply a fun way to scare people!

Though modern, Western versions of yoga usually don't teach the move, in some classical Yoga classes nauli is one of the first things you learn, according to nauli.org. It's, um, easier said than done. 

Yoga Journal recommends learning the move from an experienced teacher, especially in order to avoid injuries. distractify.com