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Computer poem: A floor by any other name would still be ...

HANOVER, N.H. — In a Dartmouth College computer vs. humans contest, specifically how computers compared with people in writing poetry, scientists designed artificial intelligence algorithms to generate Shakespearean sonnets, of 14 lines and a particular meter. In every instance, judges were able to identify the sonnets produced by computer.

’Oppenheimer Blue’ diamond sells for over $51M, new record

GENEVA — The ‘Oppenheimer Blue’ has sold for a hammer price of 50.6 million Swiss francs ($51.3 million), setting a new record for a diamond sold at auction.

The 14.62-carat stone, billed as the largest Vivid Blue diamond ever put up for auction, obliterated Christie’s pre-sale estimate range of between 38 million and 45 million Swiss francs.

Breastfeeding pilots’ claims against airline seen as advance

DENVER — Charges by four female pilots that Frontier Airlines’ policies for pregnant women and new mothers are discriminatory could be seen as progress, an advocate says.

Decades ago, flight attendants were pushing just to keep their jobs after they became pregnant, said Phoebe Taubman, senior staff attorney with the advocacy group A Better Balance.

Founder of shoe giveaway company Toms looks back on 10 years

In Argentina, South Africa, Rwanda and elsewhere around the globe, there’s something that sticks out for Blake Mycoskie about the one-for-one shoe company, Toms, he started in his Venice, California, apartment 10 years ago.

While the idea was to give away one pair of his unique canvas slip-ons for every pair sold, another benefit emerged.

Will it be mama or papa, mommy or daddy? Experts explain babies’ first words

TORONTO — Sarah Mulholland vividly remembers the first time her 13-month-old son called out “Mama.”

She was cooking about two months ago when little Conri began clamouring for her attention, clinging to her legs and whining until he suddenly uttered those two simple syllables that send mothers’ hearts fluttering.