How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence Cheryl Chenet/Corbis/Getty Images When the US government shut down on December 21st there was an overlooked victim: the Violence Against Women Act, which expired the same day.

Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

Google's New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

A new feature in Google Assistant, called Interpreter Mode, turns the virtual assistant into a real-time language translator between two people who are trying to chat in the same physical space.

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York City's plans to dodge transit disaster during the L train shutdown included building more infrastructure for cyclists, bus riders, and walkers.

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

[ Amazon ] —Robbie Gonzales Knopf John Carreyrou, Bad Blood The astonishing thing about Elizabeth Holmes, the Stanford dropout who raised $1.4 billion to start the blood-testing company Theranos, was how badly the people in her orbit wanted to believe her story.

These Magnified Frost Crystal Images Are Totally Enchanting

These Magnified Frost Crystal Images Are Totally Enchanting

"You don't necessarily know what scale you're looking at—it could be taken from an airplane, or it could be an inch across." Like the water droplets she photographs, Blackmer's frost crystals are defined by their ephemerality.

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime Bill Anders/NASA Half a century ago, astronauts aboard NASA's Apollo 8 mission become the first humans to leave low Earth orbit, traverse the 240,000 miles separating our planet from its moon, and loop around that natural satellite to look upon its forever-hidden far side (not dark side) with their own eyes.

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

The company fired its safety drivers in that state and has no plans to return.The relaunch comes amid reports of neglect in Uber’s self-driving team in the months leading up to the fatal Tempe crash.

How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

GraffChina's 5 Steps for Recruiting Spies"One of our officers, probably working out of the American embassy, would have surveillance 24 hours a day; they'd have teams of people following them," says Mendez, who spent years as the CIA's disguise chief.

Lyft Bets Big on Bikes in NYC, and Uber Is None Too Happy

Lyft Bets Big on Bikes in NYC, and Uber Is None Too Happy

But both Uber and Lime say they’ve been snubbed, and that they want to expand service to more lower income New Yorkers.A mock-up of Lyft's branded dockless bikes, which the company says it might deploy in cities all over the US.

You Won't Win the Thanksgiving Fight. But You Can Survive

You Won't Win the Thanksgiving Fight. But You Can Survive

According to Peter Coleman, who studies the dynamics of peace and conflict resolution at Columbia University, the Thanksgiving myth that the dinner table will bring family catharsis is rooted in contact theory, the idea that if you confront your ideological opposition in person it will humanize them.

Should I Delete My Tweets?

Should I Delete My Tweets?

That might mean a few days or a few weeks, if you’re someone who habitually engages in threads or long conversations on Twitter—you don't want your half of the discussion disappear before the conversation is even finished!You can download your archive of tweets before you delete them, if you worry that maybe the MOST BRILLIANT THING you’ve ever said is buried back in your twitter history, and one day you’ll dig through and find it.

The Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AI

The Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AI

According to the most popular modern Bayesian account, the brain is an “inference engine” that seeks to minimize “prediction error.”In 2001, Hinton left London for the University of Toronto, where he became one of the most important figures in artificial intelligence, laying the groundwork8 for much of today’s research in deep learning.8 In 2012, Hinton won the ImageNet Challenge, a competition to identify objects in a 15-million-image database built by Fei-Fei Li. ImageNet helped propel neural networks—and Hinton—to the forefront of AI.Before Hinton left, however, Friston visited his friend at the Gatsby one last time.

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

Individual acts of conservation—alongside intense political engagement—are what signal an emergency to those around us, which will set larger changes in motion.It’s true that fossil fuel companies bear the lion’s share of responsibility for this crisis, and that consumers buying efficient light bulbs will not set things right; we need government action to shift our energy sources from coal and gas to sunlight and wind.

Apple's Latest iPhones Are Packed With AI Smarts

Apple's Latest iPhones Are Packed With AI Smarts

On the more expensive XS models, portrait mode includes an impressive new function that makes it possible to change the depth of field on a photo after it has been taken, blurring or sharpening the background.App developers can play with the power of Apple’s new neural engine through Core ML, a framework the company offers to help programmers deploy machine learning on Apple devices.

How Our Biological Clock Could Dictate Medical Treatments

How Our Biological Clock Could Dictate Medical Treatments

(The gold-standard test, the dim light melatonin onset assay, or DLMO for short, involves closely monitoring a patient's melatonin levels by sitting them in a dimly lit room and collecting their spit or blood every 30 minutes for a day or more.) And second, it's not always easy or practical to tell which therapies would benefit most from optimally timed administration.This week, researchers announced advances that confront both those issues: A simple blood test that researchers say could help infer a person's circadian rhythm, and a database of clock genes that encode targets for thousands of existing drugs.

Silicon Valley Wants to Use Algorithms for Debt Collection

Silicon Valley Wants to Use Algorithms for Debt Collection

To Ohad Samet, cofounder and CEO of TrueAccord, a San Francisco debt-collection startup that has raised nearly $30 million, it’s a software problem.“We believe that we can use technology to radically change the user experience and really help people with their day-to-day finances,” he says.Instead of robocalls that go unanswered, letters lost in a pile of mail, and pushy collection agents who work on commission, TrueAccord contacts people through email, text, and the occasional Facebook ad, nudging you to check your inbox for an email from TrueAccord.

Is It Possible to Find Love Without Dating Apps?

Is It Possible to Find Love Without Dating Apps?

Dating apps reward homogeneity, sifting everyone into two-dimensional profiles that look the same, sound the same, and in some cases, even algorithmically identify which picture is best to represent you for the largest possible audience.Of course, people don't love each other for what makes them the same; they love them for what makes them unique.

Apple Issuing a Second Green Bond to Finance Clean Energy

Apple Issuing a Second Green Bond to Finance Clean Energy

While companies in recent years have issues tens of billions of dollars in green bonds for projects that cut global-warming emissions, the size of Apple’s first issuance fueled speculation that other companies would follow.