Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

Provided that quantum mechanics is correct—an assumption few would quibble with—the team’s argument essentially guarantees that complex numbers are an unavoidable part of our description of the physical universe.“These complex numbers, usually they’re just a convenient tool, but here it turns out that they really have some physical meaning,” said Tamás Vértesi, a physicist at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences who, years ago, argued the opposite.

There's a Surge of New EVs. We Take Them for a Spin

There's a Surge of New EVs. We Take Them for a Spin

Most have ranges well above 200 miles, and a few start below $40,000.Among the latest entries: Volkswagen’s ID.4 compact crossover, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, Hyundai’s Ioniq, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Polestar 2, Kia’s Niro EV, a new Chevy Bolt and larger Bolt EUV, and more affordable versions of Porsche’s performance-oriented Taycan.

John McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

John McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

According to court documents, McAfee and his associates raked in a combined $13 million between the two efforts, both of which relied on using McAfee’s popular Twitter account to push niche cryptocurrencies or promote initial coin offerings without disclosing that he stood to profit, either through investment gains or promotional fees.

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

The Facebook algorithm, called Seer (for SElf-supERvised), fed on more than a billion images scraped from Instagram , deciding for itself which objects look alike.LeCun says self-supervised learning could have many useful applications, for instance learning to read medical images without the need for labeling so many scans and x-rays.

We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission

We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission

And because infections—especially asymptomatic ones—are more likely to be detected in the group that’s testing more frequently, the estimated 89.4 percent transmission-blocking effect of the vaccine is almost certainly too optimistic (a caveat the authors acknowledged, saying more research is needed to confirm their findings).

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World

This year the stars aligned and I was finally free to spend Valentine’s Day exactly the way I’ve always wanted: playing Super Mario 3D World for 12 hours straight through online co-op.

Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars

Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars

The rover’s cameras imagine colors beyond the ones that human eyes and brains can come up with.“If there are sedimentary rocks on Mars that preserve evidence of any ancient biosphere, this is where we’re going to find them,” says Jim Bell, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University and the principal investigator on one of the rover’s sets of eyes.

Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You

Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You

“There’s almost no evidence that cheese causes weight gain—and in fact, there’s evidence that it’s neutral at worst,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, the lead author of the 2011 paper and dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Manufacturers selling these devices in France must give their products a score, or “repairability index,” based on a range of criteria, including how easy it is to take the product apart and the availability of spare parts and technical documents.

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

On Friday, researcher Margaret Mitchell said she had been fired from the company’s AI lab, Google Brain, where she previously co-led a group working on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence.

We Need a Global Outbreak Investigation Team—Now

We Need a Global Outbreak Investigation Team—Now

The most significant detail the group added was its apparent dismissal of the controversial laboratory release hypothesis , which Ben Embarek called “extremely unlikely.” The declaration was a boost to Beijing’s version of events, which has peddled unsubstantiated claims that SARS-CoV-2 could have originated outside of China, and kicked off a new round of geopolitical bickering over who should shoulder the blame for Covid-19 becoming a global pandemic.

Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light

Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light

Energy from the LEDs heats up the Mylar’s specially-coated underbelly, energizing air particles under the plastic and propelling the plates away with a tiny, but mighty, gust.

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Longtime Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy will become the company’s chief executive when Bezos steps away from the day-to-day job sometime in the third quarter of this year.Over time, AWS became Amazon’s main profit driver.

American Cities Are Way Underreporting Their Carbon Footprints

American Cities Are Way Underreporting Their Carbon Footprints

City officials build what’s called self-reported inventories, or SRIs, to get an idea of local emission levels.According to Gurney, officials there were incorporating retail sales from gas stations in the city’s SRI calculation, which is usually a perfectly reasonable way to estimate emissions from local vehicles.

The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It

The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .As well as understanding Night City in an instant, there’s a high chance those posters chosen at random will contain explicit and exploitative imagery, many far more so than the “Mix it up” poster.

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet

Speaking as part of a conference convened for International Data Privacy Day, Cook excoriated the social media business model, which is based on monitoring people’s behavior in order to target ads to them.“The fact is that an interconnected ecosystem of companies and data brokers, of purveyors of fake news and peddlers of division, of trackers and hucksters just looking to make a quick buck, is more present in our lives than it has ever been,” he said.

Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Spoken. But It Hasn’t Solved Much

Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Spoken. But It Hasn’t Solved Much

In a statement Thursday, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president for content policy, said the company would follow the board’s decisions to restore four items, including the Instagram post from Brazil.

The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers—and Keeping Schools Closed

The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers—and Keeping Schools Closed

Scott DiMauro, the president of Ohio’s largest teachers’ union, said even a widely distributed vaccine is “not a panacea,” noting that CDC distancing guidelines, which compel low-density classes and hybrid schedules, should continue through the end of the school year regardless of teacher vaccinations.

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

Wen leads a team at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI), a government-sponsored research lab that’s testing a powerful new language algorithm—something similar to GPT-3, a program revealed in June by researchers at OpenAI that digests large amounts of text and can generate remarkably coherent, free-flowing language.

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

Given the Russian government’s active efforts to isolate the country’s internet and gain access to all data, Parler could expose its users to Russian surveillance if the site someday does relaunch in full with DDoS-Guard.

What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal

What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal

It’s not until Greg body-swaps with his pet dog, via a bit of nonconsensual rainbow spirit magic, that mother and son can have a real, honest moment together.

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

From January through September of 2020, the number of people who have taken MHA’s anxiety screenings has increased by 93 percent over the entire previous year.A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation in July 2020 found that 53 percent of adults said the pandemic had a negative toll on their mental health.

Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket From a 747

Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket From a 747

Today’s launch marked the culmination of nearly a decade of work by engineers at Virgin Orbit , which is one of two rocket companies founded by billionaire Richard Branson .

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Moderna’s Melissa Moore explained why we should be excited about the dawn of mRNA vaccines; the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, talked about the cybersecurity issues that pose the biggest threat to our democracy; and Slack's Stewart Butterfield and Salesforce's Bret Taylor told us about how digital-first workplaces will become the norm even when we can return to the office.

Lucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the Limit

Lucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the Limit

The title will be developed by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment, marking the first time that a company outside of EA has produced a Star Wars game since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, ending nearly eight years of exclusivity.

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

“This model opens up a lot of possibilities, and it creates a dynamic where workers can leverage their power through an organization,” says Wes McEnany, the East Coast lead for CWA’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees.

The Tweets That Got Trump Banned Were Far From His Worst

The Tweets That Got Trump Banned Were Far From His Worst

On Friday night, with just 12 days left in his presidency and two days after a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol, leading to several deaths, Twitter said it had permanently suspended Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” The pair of tweets that did him in, however, wouldn't even crack his thousand most egregious:.

Ticketmaster Pays Up for Hacking a Rival Company

Ticketmaster Pays Up for Hacking a Rival Company

Ticketmaster has agreed to pay a $10 million criminal fine after admitting its employees repeatedly used stolen passwords and other means to hack a rival ticket sales company.Ticketmaster would then identify the rival company’s clients and “attempt to dissuade them from selling tickets through the victim company,” federal prosecutors said.

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

The Centre offers a range of investment support services helping countries to create long-term investment policies and plans, to design and implement investment projects with financing partners and to generate knowledge and build capacities related to investment.

The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020

The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .It’s all about tracking down spirits and bringing them under control for a parade of paid clients, whether you go in solo or with a series of friends.

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