Early Black Friday Deals on Dyson, Amazon Echo, and More

Early Black Friday Deals on Dyson, Amazon Echo, and More

It has a full-color 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen that shows the indoor and outdoor temperature as you walk past, built-in Alexa, and can easily manage humidifiers and ventilators, as well as your HVAC system.Buy the Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat for $199 (Was $249).Amazon DealsAmazon Echo Sub Bundle with Two Echo Plus Speakers for $330 ($100 off).

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Today, machine learning algorithms can detect over 100 types of cancerous tumors more reliably than a trained human eye. In Guatemala City, images and algorithms were used to locate “soft-story” buildings – buildings at least two stories high that have a structurally weak first floor.

Where Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Really Come From?

Where Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Really Come From?

While Facebook’s head of global policy Monika Bickert spoke, protesters from a group called Freedom From Facebook, seated just behind her, held signs depicting Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s heads atop an octopus whose tentacles reached around the planet.Freedom From Facebook has garnered renewed attention this week, after The New York Times revealed that Facebook employed an opposition firm called Definers to fight the group.

Kilogram Redefined. The Metric System Overhaul Is Complete

Kilogram Redefined. The Metric System Overhaul Is Complete

Platinum iridium is an extremely hard material and difficult to scratch, but “it makes you paranoid,” he says.Abbott also has to monitor the weights, to check that their masses stay the same over time.

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Of course the story is more complicated than that, but the ability for members of society to privately smoke weed was essential for putting it on the path to legalization.We don’t yet know which subversive ideas and illegal acts of today will become political causes and positive social change tomorrow, but they’re around.

FilmStruck Has 2 Weeks Left—Spend Them With These 10 Movies

FilmStruck Has 2 Weeks Left—Spend Them With These 10 Movies

But because 2018 is the year in which literally nothing good has happened, their pleas are likely to be ignored.For those hoping to cram one last movie-blitz before the site departs, here are 10 invaluable classics that illustrate FilmStruck’s breadth, depth, and sheer art-house-in-your-house joy.Alice in the Cities (1974)The first entry in writer-director Wim Wenders’ famed mid-’70s “Road Movie” trilogy casts Rüdiger Vogler as an aimless, irritable writer who’s tasked with accompanying a rebellious young teenager (played by Yella Rottländer) from America to Germany.

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against

Speaking first in support of the resolution, Silicon Valley has lost its soul, Noam Cohen, journalist and author of "The Know-It-Alls." Ladies and gentlemen, Noam Cohen.Noam Cohen: So I wanted everyone to take a moment and think about the first time they used the internet 20, 25 years ago.

Fantastic Beasts Is About to Make Grindelwads of Cash (and Other Culture News)

Fantastic Beasts Is About to Make Grindelwads of Cash (and Other Culture News)

PicturesIt's time once again to turn on The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from CGI-heavy trailers to casting to box office news.

The Hail Mary Plan to Restart a Hacked US Electric Grid

The Hail Mary Plan to Restart a Hacked US Electric Grid

After failures plague Utility B, Utility A then needs to step in, restarting to offer redundant power to that same critical customer.In order to interact and safely share electricity, utilities also need to get their electromagnetic frequencies in tune at around 60 hertz, so part of the exercise involved not just getting Utility A and B running, but syncing them."We had 18 substations, two utilities, two command centers, and we had two generation sources that we had to bring up a crank path and synchronize," says Stan Pietrowicz, a researcher at Perspecta Labs who is working on a black start network analysis and threat detection tool through RADICS.

Cities Cause Hurricanes to Dump Extra Rain on Them

Cities Cause Hurricanes to Dump Extra Rain on Them

“We said, what if we replaced the urban area of Houston with cropland?” Using a system called the Weather Research and Forecasting model to simulate climate and its changes over a region (as opposed to models with lower resolution but wider geographic scope), that’s actually possible.

Mozilla's 'Privacy Not Included' Gift Report Highlights Security Concerns

Mozilla's 'Privacy Not Included' Gift Report Highlights Security Concerns

And in some cases, it’s easy to forget that they’re even connected to the internet.”Among the important signifiers of a trustworthy stocking stuffer, according to Mozilla’s rubric: the use of encryption, pushing automatic software security updates, strong password hygiene, a way to deal with vulnerabilities should they arise, and a privacy policy that doesn’t take a PhD to parse."We’re trying to give people essentially a way to look at any product and what to look for, what questions to ask."Ashley Boyd, MozillaThe most surprising result of Mozilla’s testing may be how many products actually earned its seal of approval.

Forage Wild Nuts for Your Holiday Feast

Forage Wild Nuts for Your Holiday Feast

Also called American filberts (Corylus americana), wild, native hazelnuts taste like the cultivated kind, but are half the size. They taste good, especially roasted, and they’re plentiful, usually producing an annual crop of nuts.

Outdoors for Everyone? We Need Better Access

Outdoors for Everyone? We Need Better Access

If we want the outdoors to be for everyone, we need to find access solutions to meet people where they are. Bringing people out to nature with discounted Lyft rides and organized camping trips is another solution REI (the outdoor clothing and gear company) is experimenting with.

Australian Magpies Are the Real Angry Birds

Australian Magpies Are the Real Angry Birds

But nowhere is the “swooping season” as scary as in Australia, where cyclists and pedestrians alike live in sheer terror of one very angry bird: the Australian magpie.

Should We Let Kids Eat Dirt?

Should We Let Kids Eat Dirt?

As a parent in an era where half of my news feed cautions of the perils of living in an overly sanitized world and the other half highlights the dangers of flesh-eating bacteria, just how much exposure to soil are we supposed to give our children?

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

Although flooding is likely in the West Coast due to the upcoming heavy rainfall, this will also mean significant increases in soil moisture levels across much of the South Island during the next week.

Reducing sedimentation

Reducing sedimentation

While soil erosion and sedimentation are entirely natural processes, the rates increased markedly due to loss of forest landcover with the arrival of people in New Zealand, says Dr Swales.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

With the rain amounts expected in the east and north, soil moisture levels are anticipated to improve in the next week, while soil moisture should stay near constant or slightly decrease in the rest of the island where many locations will see total rain amounts less than 15mm.

Fieldays - farming for the future

Fieldays - farming for the future

NIWA’s Chief Scientist, Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards, Dr Sam Dean says that by making sound choices now, and in the future, farmers can adapt, increase resilience, and reduce risks and costs for themselves and future owners of their farms.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

An area of low pressure south of the country will bring a threat for heavy rain to the West Coast on Friday evening and Saturday with rainfall of 50-100 mm possible.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

Parts of Queenstown-Lakes District in Otago, the Grey and Buller Districts in the West Coast, northeastern Marlborough, and the Waimate District in southern Canterbury experience well below average rainfall for this time of year, while the rest of the island had near normal rainfall.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

The current pattern of higher than normal pressure and prevailing westerlies, bringing generally dry conditions especially in the east, is expected to continue over the next seven days.

The DIY Tinkerers Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

The DIY Tinkerers Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

“High school students can now do things that the best researchers in the world could not have done a few years ago,” says Andrew Ng, an AI researcher and entrepreneur who has led big projects at Google and China’s Baidu.The A.I. IssueClive ThompsonHow to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common SenseJessi HempelFei-Fei Li's Quest to Make AI Better for HumanityShaun RavivThe Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AIPeople like Ng have big hopes for the amateur AI explosion: They want it to spread the technology’s potential far from Silicon Valley, physically and culturally, to see what happens when tech outsiders “train” neural networks according to their own priorities and ways of seeing the world.

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

By this point, they were accompanied by a pair of F-16 fighter jets scrambled by the Portuguese air force, which led the Embraer south toward the airport in Beja.Even when your navigation systems are working, that kind of guidance is helpful because it gives you one less thing to worry about.

Making a Stormtrooper Out of Bodies Is Easier Than You'd Think

Making a Stormtrooper Out of Bodies Is Easier Than You'd Think

In 2009, they launched an entire Shadowland show, all based on the shapes people could act out with their bodies and maybe a few stretch-y pieces of clothing."Limitations are awesome for creativity," says Renee Jaworski, one of Pilobolus’ artistic directors "They are super helpful, because if the world is your oyster then it’s really hard to make a decision.

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Building resilience to climate change and natural disasters is a long journey that calls for good policies, effective coordination at different levels of government and across sectors, and mobilization of significant financial resources.To limit the consequences of natural disasters, countries around the world adopt policies to reduce private asset losses.

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Despite growing demand for home solar systems and other off-grid renewable energy solutions in Africa and Asia, there is a growing shortage of job-ready talent to finance, develop, install, operate and manage these systems.

When the Baby in Family Photos Is Actually Made of Silicone

When the Baby in Family Photos Is Actually Made of Silicone

Kunz has seen posts on eBay or Facebook from women trying to sell their doll, saying “they aren’t getting along with their babies." But mostly, people buy Reborns because they make them feel good.On the web, they're everywhere.

The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Camp Fire

The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Camp Fire

“We have a weather event, in this case a downslope windstorm, where, as opposed to the normal westerly winds, we get easterly winds that are cascading off the crest of the Sierra Nevada,” says Neil Lareau, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Nevada, Reno.A windstorm barreling from the east just set the stage for this week's burning disaster.

The rise of local mapping communities

The rise of local mapping communities

OpenDRI started its work with OSM by supporting the growth of local mapping communities in  Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, including through the Open Cities Project.

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