How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

Marc Howard , a cognitive neuroscientist now at Boston University, and Karthik Shankar , who was then one of his postdoctoral students, wanted to figure out a mathematical model of time processing: a neurologically computable function for representing the past, like a mental canvas onto which the brain could paint memories and perceptions.

VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

Volkswagen AG plans to save 1 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions a year by making production of its first electric model carbon neutral, part of an effort to clean up its image in the aftermath of the diesel-cheating scandal.

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Now, internet-based companies like Google and Facebook have added an entirely new wrinkle to this business model: instead of charging for their products, they give them away in exchange for vacuuming up our personal data and monetizing it in various ways.

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Plus: Lyft sues to halt a driver minimum wage law in NYC, LA Metro experiments with ride-hail, and we connect the dots between carbon fiber production and flying taxis.

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to “The First Lady of the Internet.” It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

To keep things going, Tesla is focusing its efforts on a few key areas, Musk said on an earnings call: reining in costs, improving its service operations, getting Model 3 sedans to customers in Europe and China, and preparing for production of the Model Y, the as-yet-unseen midsize SUV that will follow the Model 3.

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future As much as the Silicon Valley native is disrupting transport, its core business is building and selling cars.

Tesla's $7,500 Tax Credit Goes Poof, But Buyers May Benefit

Tesla's $7,500 Tax Credit Goes Poof, But Buyers May Benefit

Elon Musk's company just became the first automaker to lose access to the full $7,500 federal tax credit designed to spur the adoption of electric cars. Tesla sold that magic milestone car in July last year, and got another two quarters of full credit for its buyers.

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature Cohl Furey, a mathematical physicist at the University of Cambridge, is finding links between the Standard Model of particle physics and the octonions, numbers whose multiplication rules are encoded in a triangular diagram called the Fano plane.

Forget Elon Musk's Troubles—Tesla Had a Blockbuster 2018

Forget Elon Musk's Troubles—Tesla Had a Blockbuster 2018

Tesla won't release official figures until the new year, but Kelley Blue Book estimates the company had sold about 160,000 cars (including models S and X) through the end of November.

Inside Elon Musk’s Production Hell and More This Week in Cars

Inside Elon Musk’s Production Hell and More This Week in Cars

Inside Elon Musk’s Production Hell and More This Week in CarsWe took a ride in TuSimple's self-driving truck, which uses cameras that can watch the road up to 1,000 meters out.TuSimpleWhat’s it worth to save the world?

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

Then Tesla would start ramping up to 5,000 cars a week, the benchmark Musk had said the company needed to achieve.SIGN UP TODAYSign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.In the summer of 2016, however—soon after customers began reserving Model 3s—Musk called a meeting that changed everything, according to multiple people who attended or were briefed on the gathering.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Thus the fire sucks in surface winds.Researchers are using supercomputers and lookout stations like this to model the dynamics of wildfires in real time. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, atmospheric scientist Alexandra Jonko is using a supercomputer and a system called FIRETEC to model fires in extreme detail.

Porsche’s New 911 Listens to the Road to Weather the Wet

Porsche’s New 911 Listens to the Road to Weather the Wet

Find enough open Autobahn and you can reach the 190 mph top speed, though 4S owners will be able to just slip past the poor saps in the S models at 191 mph.New tech includes a “Wet Mode” that detects wet pavement via acoustic sensors in the wheel wells—as opposed to activating along with the windshield wipers or reactively sensing changes in traction—and adjusts the stability control, the rear wing position, and gearbox responsiveness to keep the car stable.

Cosmology Is in Crisis Over How to Measure the Universe

Cosmology Is in Crisis Over How to Measure the Universe

“The other,” says Scolnic, “is that our standard model of cosmology isn’t correct.” In other words, the way humans think about the early years, maturation, and fate of the universe might be wrong somehow.Over the past few years, scientists like Scolnic have investigated those first two hypothetical misunderstandings.

The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes

The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes

For most of the first half of the 20th century, population geneticists largely attributed genetic differences between populations and species to adaptation through positive selection.Motoo Kimura proposed in 1968 that most mutations might be neutral in effect rather than beneficial or harmful, and that shifts in the frequency of these neutral mutations dominated evolutionary change at the genomic level.Annual ReviewsBut in 1968, the famed population geneticist Motoo Kimura resisted the adaptationist perspective with his neutral theory of molecular evolution.

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Unite to Save Their EV Tax Credits

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Unite to Save Their EV Tax Credits

Just as Elon Musk's automaker has started to hit its stride—churning out Model 3s, outselling Audi and Cadillac, making a profit—the federal tax credit that can knock $7,500 off the price of its electric cars is expiring.That credit, established in 2008, starts to phase out once a manufacturer sells 200,000 fully or plug-in electric vehicles in the US.

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

If I had a view of the "falling" model from the side, I could easily get position-time data using video analysis by looking at each frame in the scene.Alas, I don't have that view.

Science Isn't About 'the Truth'—It's About Building Models

Science Isn't About 'the Truth'—It's About Building Models

This is the basis of science.Science Is Not About the Truth; It's About Building ModelsWhen you think of the word "model," do you think of a small plastic thing that looks like a car or a plane?

Los Angeles Must Pay Billions to Adapt—or Slip Into the Sea

Los Angeles Must Pay Billions to Adapt—or Slip Into the Sea

But much of it is in trouble: Sea level rise is coming for Los Angeles County and its 74 miles of coast.According to a new report from the New York Academy of Sciences, it’ll take LA as much as $6.4 billion to fortify itself against an impending increase in coastal flooding, with moves such as nourishing its beaches with extra sand and elevating its ports.

Forget the New iPhones. These Older Models Are a Better Deal

Forget the New iPhones. These Older Models Are a Better Deal

Apple also axed its last compact, truly affordable phone: the $399 iPhone SE.So, none of the new iPhones in 2018 has a trusty home button (fingerprint sensor), and they're all $749 or higher.

Hurricane Florence: Your Forecasting and Climate Questions Answered

Hurricane Florence: Your Forecasting and Climate Questions Answered

As for fatalities, the deadliest storm on record in the United States happened in 1900, when surging waters killed more than 6,000 people in Galveston, Tex. This was before modern weather forecasting, however, and many people failed to evacuate the area.How is climate change influencing Hurricane Florence and hurricanes more generally?NOAA says to think of warm water as the engine that fuels hurricanes.

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

But if owners of a Model S manufactured before then don't turn on that PIN—or don't pay to replace their key fob with the more strongly encrypted version—the researchers say they're still vulnerable to their key-cloning method.Keys to the KingdomLike most automotive keyless entry systems, Tesla Model S key fobs send an encrypted code, based on a secret cryptographic key, to a car's radios to trigger it to unlock and disable its immobilizer, allowing the car's engine to start.

What to Expect From Apple's Big iPhone Event This Wednesday

What to Expect From Apple's Big iPhone Event This Wednesday

Apple's own apps...well, that depends on who you ask....Wild CardsAs referenced earlier, Bloomberg reported last month that Apple plans to launch three new iPhones this year: the upgrade to the iPhone X, the larger phone with a 6.5-inch display, and the less expensive device.

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

But Can It Understand This Headline?Casey ChinIn 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers’ ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet. It ushered in an exciting phase for computer vision, as it became clear that a model trained using ImageNet could help tackle all sorts of image-recognition problems.

Mercedes Challenges Tesla With an All-Electric SUV

Mercedes Challenges Tesla With an All-Electric SUV

Mercedes Challenges Tesla With an All-Electric SUVThe all-new EQC's range and performance specs may not match those of the Model X or Jaguar I-Pace, but the SUV brings traditional luxury and German performance to the electric segment.Daimler AGMercedes-Benz unveiled its first fully electric SUV today in Stockholm, the first in a long line of electric vehicles the automotive juggernaut will roll out over the coming years as part of its new EQ sub-brand.

Climate models predict the world will be ‘anomalously warm’ until 2022

Climate models predict the world will be ‘anomalously warm’ until 2022

Our work, published in Nature Communications, is important as such forecasts help predict the chances of events like heatwaves or cold snaps months in advance, and it is now well established that anomalous climatic events have a direct human impact.

Heatwave warning: Soaring temperatures to kill tens of thousands in the future

Heatwave warning: Soaring temperatures to kill tens of thousands in the future

Heatwave warning: Soaring temperatures to kill tens of thousands in the future HEATWAVES will kill people in their tens of thousands in the near future unless humanity can find a way to adapt to soaring global temperatures, researchers have found.

Modeling forests' future – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Modeling forests' future – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

The megafires paper is one of two recently released studies based on data from NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, or ABoVE, that will help scientists better understand and predict both short- and long-term changes in the ecosystems of Alaska and Northern Canada.

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