A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

For West Yorkshire, 74 people from 100 were predicted to commit serious violence with a gun or knife.For serious violence with a gun or knife, the accuracy dropped to between 14 and 19 percent for West Midlands Police and nine to 18 percent for West Yorkshire.

The NSA's Tips to Keep Your Phone From Tracking You

The NSA's Tips to Keep Your Phone From Tracking You

Every Saturday we round up the security and privacy stories that we didn’t break or report on in depth but think you should know about.How the NSA Keeps Phones Safe From TrackingThis week, the National Security Agency shared a three-page primer on how to limit your location data exposure.

Trump's WeChat Ban May Alienate His Chinese Supporters

Trump's WeChat Ban May Alienate His Chinese Supporters

President Trump's executive orders seeking to ban China-owned WeChat and TikTok in the US had been signaled for months.With the election less than 90 days away, and (if the executive order is actually executed) as WeChat might be paralyzed by late September, some Chinese Trump supporters are wondering if the president realizes the implications of what he's doing.

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

Photograph: GoogleAt the moment, Nearby Share is available for select Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones, but Google says that because the feature is a part of Google Play Services, you do not need to wait for an over-the-air update from your manufacturer or carrier to get it.

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20 percent.Philip Trathan, also at BAS, said: “The new breeding sites are all in locations where recent model projections suggest emperor penguins will decline.

Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won’t Fix Climate Change

Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won’t Fix Climate Change

Writing today in the journal Nature Climate Change, an international team of scientists calculates that the coronavirus lockdown may only cool the planet by about 0.01 degree Celsius by the year 2030.

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

In what appears to be a massive coordinated strike against Reddit , hackers took over dozens of pages on Friday afternoon, using their access to plaster pro-Donald Trump imagery across subreddits with huge followings.

Trump’s Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

Trump’s Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

“The Chinese government is the one that is actively in the banning business, and they’ve got a big head start on the Trump administration,” Donald Clarke, a Chinese law specialist at George Washington University wrote in a blog post.

Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’

Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’

Are there any side effects, which you really have to get out in those large phase 3 groups and even after that through lots of monitoring to see if there are any autoimmune diseases or conditions that the vaccine could interact with in a deleterious fashion.

The End Is Nearer for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Wrappers

The End Is Nearer for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Wrappers

“This action follows new analyses of data that raised questions about potential human health risks from chronic dietary exposure—findings that warrant further study,” FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn and Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, wrote in a statement.

Researchers on hunt for fish nurseries

Researchers on hunt for fish nurseries

However, NIWA fisheries scientist Dr Mark Morrison says no research was undertaken at the time of the closure of Separation Point to determine if the fish nurseries were present, nor has there been any since.

The Tragic Physics of the Deadly Explosion in Beirut

The Tragic Physics of the Deadly Explosion in Beirut

Early reports of the blast revealed that the building that sparked the eruption may have been storing large quantities of ammonium nitrate, a flammable chemical that has relatively harmless manifestations as fertilizer but has also been experimented with as a rocket fuel.

Why Do Razor Blades Get Dull So Quickly?

Why Do Razor Blades Get Dull So Quickly?

That’s the thinking behind a recent experiment by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who tried to find out why steel razor blades go dull so quickly, especially when they are just cutting soft human hair.

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead,” says Anupam Chander, a professor at Georgetown University who studies China.“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead.”.

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

“The hybrid model is probably among the worst that we could be putting forward if our goal is to stop the virus getting into schools,” says William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

According to a new nationwide survey, conducted by a consortium of researchers at Rutgers, Northeastern, Northwestern, and Harvard universities, most people are not getting results within the 24- to 48-hour window recommended by public health experts to aid effective contact tracing.

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

“Some might at first think that the walking catfish just wash out of the storm drain into the parking lot, but you never see peacock bass or other fish that live in drains,” Bressman says.

Facebook Has More to Learn From the Ad Boycott

Facebook Has More to Learn From the Ad Boycott

Led by Rashad Robinson, Color of Change has engaged in previous struggles to defund the right-wing political group ALEC, make net neutrality a civil rights issue, and end Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox. But Facebook has been, pardon the expression, Robinson’s white whale—he believes that the biggest network the world has ever seen is a divisive force that spreads hate and racism.

Your Income Predicts How Well You Can Socially Distance

Your Income Predicts How Well You Can Socially Distance

Writing in the journal PNAS, researchers from several California universities describe how they used anonymized cell phone location data and census info to show a dramatic reversal in how mobile Americans have been this year.

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

To make them, Tully needed only to gather a few hundred images of Hanks online and spend less than $100 to tune open-source face-generation software to his chosen subject.

Squat lobster memoir hot off the press

Squat lobster memoir hot off the press

Written by marine biologist Kareen Schnabel, the 350-page treatise presents everything we currently know about the different kinds of squat lobster living in New Zealand’s waters.Kareen’s memoir gives detailed information about 87 species of squat lobster in the New Zealand region.

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline (GOHH) launches today as a free text-based hotline that anyone can use to begin talking about the emotional issues that emerge all over the gaming industry.

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

At its second annual Galaxy Unpacked event of the year, Samsung has announced a spate of new devices, including new flagship smartphones, a foldable phone, tablets, smartwatches, and wireless earbuds.Photograph: SamsungSamsung's flagship phones have always hogged the limelight at its Unpacked events, and this year is no different.

Mulan, Tenet, and the Future of Going to the Movies

Mulan, Tenet, and the Future of Going to the Movies

The studio previously planned for an August 12 release date, but that seemed increasingly likely to expose American moviegoers to the coronavirus—hence Rogen's quip about Nolan and his fans.

Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

Since the iMac now has a 10-core i9 upgrade option, Apple is also bumping the base model of the iMac Pro to offer the same processor, and this version is also available to order today.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Is a Freewheeling Breath of Fresh Air

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Is a Freewheeling Breath of Fresh Air

In a crowded and self-serious genre that regularly involves items like “Extended Quick-Draw Mag” and “field upgrades,” an utterly tangential, silly sort of survival-slash-battle-royale game is welcome—especially if winning requires demonstrable skill.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, the researchers will present their findings, which suggest that high-wattage IoT botnets—made up of power-guzzling devices like air conditioners, car chargers, and smart thermostats—could be deployed strategically to increase demand at certain times in any of the nine private energy markets around the US.

Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities

Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities

The study looked at the big three protocols used in email sender authentication—Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM), and Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC)—and found 18 instances of what the researchers call "evasion exploits."

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

If it passes, the resulting revenue, which the state estimates would be on the order of a few billion dollars each year, would be used to shore up litter mitigation efforts and provide subsidies to the recycling industry, which struggles to compete with virgin plastic that’s cheaper than ever to produce, given the low price of oil .

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