Subliminal messages can make you forget memories without realising

New Scientist

If you try not to remember something, it really can become more difficult to recall it in future. Now a study of intentional forgetting has found that we can be told to forget things on purpose, and this can happen subliminally, without you even realising. We already knew that people can consciously suppress memories when asked to. A previous experiment used visual cues to tell volunteers to remember or forget words while they tried to learn a variety of word pairs.


Turkish Journalist Denies Sending Subliminal Message on Eve of Coup

U.S. News

Turkish officials reject the criticism, saying the extent of the crackdown is justified by the gravity of the threat to the Turkish state in the wake of the coup attempt, when soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets, bombing parliament and other key buildings in an attempt to seize power.


Drake 'More Life' Disses: 11 Subliminal Shots At Meek Mill, Jay Z And Tory Lanez

International Business Times

Drake may have wanted to make "More Life" a playlist for your summer, but that didn't mean the "Fake Love" rapper would hold back on his rap side. While there is a mix of dance songs and R&B tracks, Drizzy also uses a few songs to send disses to some of his enemies. From shots at Meek Mill and Jay Z on "Free Smoke," to calling out Tory Lanez on "Do Not Disturb," here are all of Drake's disses from "More Life": "How you let the kid fightin' / Ghost-writin' rumors turn you to a ghost?" ("Free Smoke") "All you did was write the book on garbage-ass Rollies / Ego strokin', picture postin' / Claimin' that you'd do it for motivational purposes only / But you just had to show me" ("Lose You") "Tried to serve me up a cheesesteak / I gave them back a clean plate... / That's when the phone starts ringin', like, are we straight? Drake may have said he was done with the Meek Mill beef, but the rapper opens up about the feud on three songs from "More Life." Drizzy makes references to Meek's ghostwriting claims and his love for Rolex watches.


This Google AI video classifier is easily fooled by subliminal images

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Google is currently in a bit of hot water with some of the world's most powerful companies, who are peeved that their ads have been appearing next to racist, anti-Semitic, and terrorist videos on YouTube. Recent reports brought the issue to light and in response, brands have been pulling ad campaigns while Google piles more AI resources into verifying videos' content. But the problem is, the search giant's current algorithms might just not be up to the task. A recent research paper, published by the University of Washington and spotted by Quartz, makes the problem clear. It tests Google's Cloud Video Intelligence API, which is designed to be used by clients to automatically classify the content of videos with object recognition.


Crystal-clear memories of a bacterium

Science

Information storage in DNA is the cornerstone of biology. Interestingly, prokaryotes can store information in specific loci in their DNA to remember encounters with invaders (such as bacteriophages--viruses that infect bacteria). Short samples of DNA from invaders are inserted as "spacers" into the CRISPR array. The array thus contains samples of DNA invaders in a defined locus that is recognized by Cas proteins that further process this information. This enables bacteria to adaptively and specifically respond to invading DNA that they have experienced before.