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Facial expressions give clues on bank policies

Facial expressions give clues on bank policies

Technology
Software can be used to analyse the facial expressions of central bank governors and predict policy changes, researchers have claimed.Two artificial intelligence researchers in Japan have been using technology to measure the momentary expressions on the face of Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan, during press conferences.The research uses computer vision technology to detect minuscule changes which humans might not pick up on, and which could otherwise be subjectively interpreted.The technology was developed by Microsoft as part of its cognitive services products, and uses an algorithm to analyse an image and return a confidence rating for eight emotions: anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, neutral, sadness and surprise.Mr Kuroda's expression was seen as neutral most...
Primate study offers insights into relationship between of jealousy and monogamy

Primate study offers insights into relationship between of jealousy and monogamy

Science
Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The origins of jealousy and the evolutionary significance of the emotion are difficult to parse, especially in humans. But new analysis of jealousy among primates has offered scientists fresh insights into the neurobiology behind the powerful emotion.The latest research suggests the emotion triggers an increase in neural activity among parts of the primate brain associated with social pain. But it also excites parts of the brain associated with social bonding."Understanding the neurobiology and evolution of emotions can help us understand our own emotions and their consequences," Karen Bales, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a news release. "Jealousy is especially interesting given its role in romantic relationships -- and also in domestic vi...
Lupita Nyong'o accuses Harvey Weinstein of harassment

Lupita Nyong'o accuses Harvey Weinstein of harassment

Entertainment
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment. She spoke out in a New York Times article, saying she was lured to his room under false pretences. He then said that he wanted to give her a massage, she claimed, saying she initially thought he was joking.Weinstein faces allegations of sexual misconduct and assault from dozens of women. He has "unequivocally" denied having "non-consensual sex". Tarantino knew about Weinstein's alleged misconduct No way back for Weinstein, says Tom HanksNyong'o, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, was a drama student at the time of the alleged incident. She said she had been invited to his family home in Connecticut, apparently to watch a film, shortly after they first met in 2011.He then ...
Derek Carr hits Michael Crabtree with no time left as Oakland Raiders drop Kansas City Chiefs

Derek Carr hits Michael Crabtree with no time left as Oakland Raiders drop Kansas City Chiefs

Sports
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree with no time remaining, lifting the Oakland Raiders to a stunning 31-30 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders marched 85 yards in 11 plays for Carr's touchdown pass, tying the game 30-30. Giorgio Tavecchio kicked the extra point. Carr threw what was initially ruled to be a 29-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jared Cook with 16 seconds left. However, after a review, Cook was ruled to be down by contact inside the 1. Crabtree then caught a 1-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left, but he was flagged for offensive pass interference. Carr threw incomplete on the next play, but Chiefs safety Ron Parker was penalized for holding. A holding ca...
'We don't leave anyone behind': Search for soldier never stopped after Niger ambush

'We don't leave anyone behind': Search for soldier never stopped after Niger ambush

World
U.S. Africa Command has launched a formal investigation into the circumstances surrounding an ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded two others. The investigation comes as the Pentagon said Thursday that the fourth soldier, Sgt. La David Johnson, was "separated" from his fellow soldiers but never left behind. "We don't leave anyone behind.... He was separated," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said of Johnson, whose body wasn't recovered until more than 24 hours after the Oct. 4 firefight. Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told reporters during a Pentagon briefing that U.S., French and Nigerien forces never left the battlespace until Johnson's body was found by local Nigerien soldiers. Until today, U.S. Africa Command had been conducting an infor...