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# Intelligence

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# Artificial Intelligence
One of the world's most advanced computers is only as smart as a four-year-old
The machine scored highly in vocabulary but lacks even the basic commonsense of a young child.
# doggy style
Here is the proof that dogs are smarter than cats*
*Or at least that they can compete.
Bolivia's Morales offers asylum to US leaker Snowden
Nicaragua and Venezuela have also offered asylum to the American – one days after denouncing the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane over Europe amid reports that the fugitive was aboard.
# whoops
How fake ‘celebrity geniuses’ fooled the internet
A story of Mensa, the media and Shakira.
# Children
Iodine deficiency during pregnancy could adversely affect children’s mental development
Even mild or moderate iodine deficiency during pregnancy could have a “significant” affect on the cognitive development of a child, according to new research.
# Boston Marathon
Boston police chief: We never got the warning about the Tsarnaevs
Russian authorities had alerted the FBI in 2011 about a possible threat from Tamerlan Tsarnaev – but Boston police were never told.
# Intelligence
16 ways to find out if you’re a genius
Business Insider’s picked out 16 of the world’s most popular IQ tests. Have a look and see how you’d score.
# Syria
Syrian rebels set up independent intelligence service
Members say they will be a security shield over the ‘sons of the revolution’ – but will hunt down abusers on either side.
# Revenue
Revenue seize €70,000 of cannabis in Drogheda
The seizure was a result of the controlled delivery of a package, originating in Nigeria, to a residential premises.
# Stigma
20 per cent think people with mental health problems are 'of below average intelligence'
More than 40 per cent of people surveyed said that undergoing treatment for mental health problem is a sign of personal failure.
# Cannabis
Smoking cannabis as a teenager lowers IQ - study
Habitually smoking cannabis as a teenager, when the brain is undergoing critical development, may have an adverse impact on IQ levels.
# Syria
Syria: Rebels bombard airbase near Aleppo amid reports of torture and execution
There have been further reports of human rights abuses from both government forces and rebels in Syria as the battle for its second city continues.
# Egypt
Egypt extends arresting powers to military and intelligence agents
Move sparks accusations military is trying to recreate expired emergency laws.
# Plot
'Undetectable' underwear bomb plot thwarted says CIA
The device was an upgrade of the Christmas 2009 underwear bomb plot but the would-be bomber had not yet picked a target or bought an airline ticket.
# Gifted Kids
How are gifted young people cared for in Ireland? spoke to the Irish Centre for Talented Youth to debunk some of the myths surrounding exceptionally-abled children and young people in Ireland.
# Terrorism
Danish intelligence service arrests three over terror attack plans
The three are suspected of plotting a terror attack in Copenhagen.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# Emotional Intelligence
Minister backs graphic novel promoting emotional intelligence in teens
Kevin Kelly’s ‘Xceptionalise’ hopes to encourage greater emotional intelligence, which in turn may lower suicide rates.
# baboon
Baboons can learn to spot real words - study
Baboons are able to identify recurring patterns and determine which four-letter combinations are real words, new research shows.
# Assassinations
Secret agents and magnetic bombs: the how and why of modern assassinations
Do assassinations achieve their political aims and how do agents really carry them out?
# sleep tight
Infographic: Why you should get more sleep
Your health, your mood and your sex life are all affected if you don’t catch enough shut-eye.
# Wikileaks
WikiLeaks releases 'spy files'
The Spy Files contain information on almost 300 companies that offer intelligence services. WikiLeaks said this secret industry has boomed since 9/11 and is worth billions per year.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Catch up on the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.
# Nazi Files
German intelligence agency admits destruction of files linking staff to Nazi SS, Gestapo
The destruction of files relating to around 250 BND employees was discovered during a historical inquiry into the organisation’s links with Nazi Germany.
# Bin Laden
CIA will be granted access to bin Laden house
US intelligence forces will be given an opportunity to search for fingerprints and other evidence in Abbottabad.
Petraeus tipped as new head of the CIA
US officials have indicated that the next head of the CIA will be General David Petraeus – the current head of international forces in Afghanistan.
# Triple Agent
Al-Qaeda operative worked for MI6, according to Guantánamo files
A man accused of bombing churches and a hotel in Pakistan was working for MI6 at the time the attacks took place.
# Intelligence
MI6 chief: we have nothing to do with torture
In the first ever public speech by a serving head of MI6, Sir John Sawer insists his organisation does not engage in torture.