Elon Musk’s Boring Company Inches Closer to Making Hyperloop a Reality

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Inches Closer to Making Hyperloop a Reality

On Thursday, almost two years after Musk’s tweet, the company took a small but necessary step toward making the Loop a reality: It published a sprawling, 505-page draft environmental assessment.

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

Roufanis, who earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering, came to believe that the way large metropolises like London are designed is partly responsible for why people feel so lonely in them.

The Evolution of Stereotypical Color-Coded Childhoods

The Evolution of Stereotypical Color-Coded Childhoods

Project I of the series, shot in 2005 as part of Yoon's MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, featured young girls with their pink belongings and boys with the blue.

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

The funding agreement was signed today by FAO Assistant Director-General for Programme Support and Technical Cooperation, Roberto Ridolfi, and the Deputy Director of GCF's Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, Andreas Biermann, at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

A company spokesperson could not immediately say when Stratolaunch planned to complete additional flights, and the aircraft will need certification from the Federal Aviation Administration before it can begin to carry rockets and satellites into space.

Photographing All 2,000 Miles of the US-Mexico Border

Photographing All 2,000 Miles of the US-Mexico Border

When photographer Elliott Ross and writer Genevieve Allison decided to travel all 2,000 miles of the US-Mexico border for their latest book project, they estimated it would take around five weeks.

Recovery: Darters and Values

Recovery: Darters and Values

In 1973, 18 weeks before President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA), University of Tennessee ichthyologist Dr. David Etnier discovered a new darter in the Little Tennessee River, site of TVA’s Tellico Dam, already under construction.

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

“New machine learning capabilities or research results might enable us to do new things that Google doesn't now,” says Dean.

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

This comes as hiring needs in the industry are expected to grow 12 percent by 2026.Simply put, automating elements of the construction process is more than good engineering; it is also smart business.

Apple's AirPower Gets the Ax, Rickshaws Get a Boost, and More News

Apple's AirPower Gets the Ax, Rickshaws Get a Boost, and More News

Apple's AirPower Gets the Ax, Rickshaws Get a Boost, and More News. Pour one out for Apple's AirPower project. Al Gore likes the Green New Deal. Al Gore didn't invent the Green New Deal, but he does dig it.

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

"Within five seconds, you can be playing the game." Stadia doesn't simply present a challenge to traditional consoles and computers, but to distribution platforms themselves.

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

But as designers make that choice, they run the risk of reinforcing gender stereotypes, that female AI assistants should be helpful and caring, while machines like security robots should have a male voice to telegraph authority.

Track a Tank Shell With a Mirror and Polar Coordinates

Track a Tank Shell With a Mirror and Polar Coordinates

Track a Tank Shell With a Mirror and Polar Coordinates If the internet was your online physics textbook, The Slow Mo Guys would be writing a good number of those homework questions.

Hack Brief: Google Reveals 'BuggyCow,' a Rare MacOS Zero-Day Vulnerability

Hack Brief: Google Reveals 'BuggyCow,' a Rare MacOS Zero-Day Vulnerability

So like clockwork, 94 days after Google alerted Apple to a bug in its MacOS operating system that could allow malware to inject data into the most privileged code running on its computers, Mountain View's hackers are revealing that fresh zero-day vulnerability to the world.

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Her experience wasn’t a fluke: In 2016, Apple sued a company in New York for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of its accessories on Amazon, like charging cables. On Thursday, the company announced Project Zero , a program designed to reduce the number of fake products for sale on Amazon.

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

With a shrug of resignation, the officer explained that harvesting firewood in forest reserves and national parks was illegal and incidents like the one I had just witnessed were increasing tensions between the community and the Department of Forestry.

Inside the Alexa-Friendly World of Wikidata

Inside the Alexa-Friendly World of Wikidata

The connections forged between nuggets of knowledge in Wikidata allow computers to answer complex questions in fractions of a second, without having to trawl through multiple web pages or databases.

Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

If sustained this may gradually wean the rural population even in disadvantaged regions like Brazil’s Northeast off their dependence on state support.One thing has not changed in my evaluation of the productive alliance concept three years after my first visit: the role of local leadership.

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

Federal contracting records indicate that Google, Oracle, IBM, and SAP have signaled interest in working on future Defense Department AI projects. John "Jack" Shanahan, who leads the JAIC, said the unit will focus on rapidly deploying existing AI algorithms and tools, often contracted from technology companies, in military scenarios.

A Photographer Recreates the Snapshots in Old Family Albums

A Photographer Recreates the Snapshots in Old Family Albums

Yet for her series, Yamada had a strict set of criteria: Any album she used for her project had to contain at least 100 photos and she would only re-stage portraits where the subjects were aware they were being photographed.

This Jagged Little Pill Could Make Diabetes Easier to Treat

This Jagged Little Pill Could Make Diabetes Easier to Treat

Traverso says the next project is to test the capsules in larger animals, to understand what happens if they inject repeat doses day after day, as a Type 2 diabetic would require for it to be useful.

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora If Amazon is looking for a partner to help it move seriously into the robo-car space, Aurora is a logical bet: It's led by a trio of industry veterans and is one of the few independent self-driving developers.

Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation Financing with River Basin Organizations

Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation Financing with River Basin Organizations

Supporting transboundary action to address Climate Change 07/12/2018, AfDB Pavillion A new report Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins: Preparing bankable projects prepared jointly by the World Bank with other development partners, including the African Water Facility, International Network of Basin Organizations, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, highlights some good practices for countries seeking to access financial resources for climate adaptation in a transboundary river, lake, or aquifer basin context.

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

In Maine, a large Nature Conservancy property along the Upper St. John River is now demonstrating another way to diversify revenue streams on private forestland: storing carbon.

The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record

The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record

The record-setting project involved the world’s most powerful supercomputer, Summit, at Oak Ridge National Lab. The machine captured that crown in June last year, reclaiming the title for the US after five years of China topping the list.

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

“You can’t use a factory to view our Wisconsin investment.” That’s a problem for the village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County, which agreed to give Foxconn $764 million in incentives and more than 3,000 acres of land in exchange for the promise of factory jobs.

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR The New Frontier program at this year's Sundance Film Festival—typically a bellwether of what's to come in filmmaking—saw an influx of augmented and mixed reality projects this year.

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

The work of the antidiet crowd asks anyone touched by diet culture to entertain the possibility that body weight doesn’t, in itself, cause health issues.

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

In a project that drew on roughly 700,000 medical records from US veterans, the agency worked with Google parent Alphabet’s DeepMind unit to create software that attempts to predict which patients are likely to develop AKI.

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

5. Preserving and managing the environment Photo Credit: World Bank In 1993, the World Bank supported the Government of Maldives to develop a National Environment Action Plan with the aim of helping Maldivians maintain and improve the environment of the country, and to manage the natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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