The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The first, long championed by China, is net nationalism, which makes the State the predominant authority over all things internet, and at bottom sees the network as nothing more than an instrument of state power.

How Does a Sturgis-Sized Crowd Affect Covid? It's Complicated

How Does a Sturgis-Sized Crowd Affect Covid? It's Complicated

“Both policymakers and voters need to know that we still cannot answer most basic questions about this pandemic with the tools we have on hand,” says Douglass, who has been a vocal Twitter critic of the type of studies like the one published this week about Sturgis, and has coauthored a forthcoming paper on similar shortcomings in the rapidly ballooning Covid literature .

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s latest election-related policies, including its plan to deal with the possibility that a winner won’t be officially declared on Election Day. The company plans to use its new Voting Information Center “to prepare people for the possibility that it may take a while to get official results.” On Election Day, the information center will include authoritative information from Reuters and the National Election Pool.

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Apple and Google say the change was based on conversations with state public health authorities, who told the companies they were having difficulty building apps themselves.Apple and Google say they are “committed to supporting public health authorities that have deployed or are building custom apps.”.

The FDA Just OK'd Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

The FDA Just OK'd Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

Based on the president’s comments and those of FDA head Stephen Hahn and HHS director Alex Azar, the data that tipped plasma into getting this Emergency Use Authorization came from a nationwide program to give people wider access to convalescent plasma, led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

Ever Seen Inside a Mummified Cat? Well Now You Have

Ever Seen Inside a Mummified Cat? Well Now You Have

“But then there's a resolution limit to that technology,” says Swansea University materials scientist Rich Johnston, lead author on the new paper.“You can't really make out features, you can't do accurate measurements” at human-scale resolution, Johnston says.

Finding the Other Hand: How to Practice Science for Impact

Finding the Other Hand: How to Practice Science for Impact

I recently had a chance to check in with two of the authors, Steve Wood and Jon Fisher, environmental scientists with The Nature Conservancy and The Pew Charitable Trusts, respectively, for a wide-ranging discussion on the challenges of turning science into practice and why their paper is more timely than ever – especially as scientists struggle to help inform meaningful change in a world facing increasingly urgent challenges.

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at the international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and coauthor of the study.

Looking for Gravitons? Check for the ‘Buzz’

Looking for Gravitons? Check for the ‘Buzz’

Dyson’s 2013 calculation convinced many people that gravitational wave detectors were, at best, impractical probes for learning about quantum gravity.“There’s a kind of default consensus that it’s a waste of time to think about quantum effects and gravitational radiation,” said Frank Wilczek, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist at MIT who was a coauthor with Parikh on the new paper.

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and co-author of the study.

During Lockdowns, the Earth (Sort of) Stood Still

During Lockdowns, the Earth (Sort of) Stood Still

“We see it effectively moving around the globe as a seismic lockdown wave,” says Royal Holloway University of London seismologist Paula Koelemeijer, one of the paper’s coauthors.“Earthquakes are often really lower frequencies than the seismic signals from human activities,” says Koelemeijer.

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

© Ashok Biswal The Nature Conservancy in India has been engaging with the local communities and working closely with state government authorities since 2017 to undertake and facilitate cost-effective and pragmatic riparian restoration activities in the selected patches of Narmada riverbank.

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

“Deep neural networks are very computationally expensive,” says Song Han, an assistant professor at MIT who specializes in developing more efficient forms of deep learning and is not an author on Thompson’s paper.

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Some tech giants like Google and Facebook have already paused accepting requests for data from Hong Kong authorities.After the implementation rules were released, companies including Google, Zoom, Microsoft, and Telegram all said they would temporarily stop accepting requests for user data from the Hong Kong government.

Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

As the authors note in the paper, “Only 0.2% of ingested eggs survived gut passage, yet, given the abundance, diet, and movements of ducks in nature, our results have major implications for biodiversity conservation and invasion dynamics in freshwater ecosystems.”.

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

“It’s all fine and good for helping human moderators, but it's obviously not even close to the level of accuracy that you need,” says Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley and an authority on digital forensics, who is familiar with the Facebook-led project.

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

“The federal government doesn’t really keep track of a lot of this equipment that goes to local law enforcement agencies,” says Anna Gunderson, a political scientist at Louisiana State University who coauthored a 2019 study that examined the effects of the 1033 program on crime rates.

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

“That can convey basically anything, like ‘Duuuuude, that's awful,’” says University of Vermont applied mathematician Peter Sheridan Dodds, one of the study’s coauthors.Gray wrote a program that searched the data for stretched words, specifically looking for repeated letters.

Why Creating a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

Why Creating a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

In the US, this typically takes 10 months and is authorized through the Food and Drug Administration, though it’s virtually a given that regulators will speed up the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

“The only way that these sort of things can be effective, if we take that model from other countries, is if you test far more cases than come up positive,” says Sham Kakade, a computer scientist at the University of Washington and a coauthor of PACT, a similar set of contact tracing protocols.

The 14 Best Shows to Stream Right Now

The 14 Best Shows to Stream Right Now

Though it features some of the same basic archetypes as its American adaptation—the lovesick paper salesman (Martin Freeman); the engaged secretary who wants to be an artist (Lucy Davis); and the authoritarian assistant to the manager with a host of bizarre hobbies (Mackenzie Crook)—the original version of The Office is largely David Brent’s show, and all the better because of it.

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

France's competition authority says that Google must go back to the bargaining table to negotiate a rate that the search giant will pay to link to articles on French news sites.

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

"Mapping peatlands to know their location, extent and greenhouse gas emissions potential, can help countries to plan and better manage their land, water and biodiversity, mitigating climate change and adapting to it more effectively," says Maria Nuutinen, FAO's lead peatlands expert with the Forestry Department and co-author of the publication.

‘Hope You’re Well’: Emailing Through a Time of Pandemic

‘Hope You’re Well’: Emailing Through a Time of Pandemic

Most people are still not very emotionally invested in email.“When I think of all of the things that are going to change in the world after coronavirus, culturally and politically, I don’t think email is in the top 100,” says Randy Malamud, author of Email (Object Lessons).

With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram

With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram

Jeffers is a part of a small fleet of children’s book authors who have taken to Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube in the past few days to entertain and bridge the social distances for kids who are cooped up at home.

Real-World Lessons From a World of Warcraft Virtual Outbreak

Real-World Lessons From a World of Warcraft Virtual Outbreak

He and his Tufts colleague, Nina Fefferman, co-authored a 2007 paper published in Lancet Infectious Diseases examining the potential implications of the Corrupted Blood incident for refining existing epidemiological models, since they would be able to draw on hard data showing how players actually responded during an outbreak.

FDA Approves the First Commercial Coronavirus Tests in the US

FDA Approves the First Commercial Coronavirus Tests in the US

"The authorization of our diagnostic test for Covid-19 will help to protect patients and enable medical staff to respond swiftly to treat those who are ill and prevent the spread of infection," Thermo Fisher CEO Marc Casper said in a statement.

Is It OK to Make Coronavirus Memes and Jokes?

Is It OK to Make Coronavirus Memes and Jokes?

“I visited my daughter at Dartmouth, and in the bathroom someone had written, ‘A lot of people are dealing with anxiety, so it would be better to think twice before joking about coronavirus,’” says Paul Lewis, author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict.

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Beyond saying that authors, publishers, and vendors are responsible for ensuring their books don’t violate any laws, the only other guideline is that Amazon may remove books that provide a “poor customer experience.”.

The Internet Avoided a Minor Disaster Last Week

The Internet Avoided a Minor Disaster Last Week

An arm of the nonprofit Internet Security Research Group, Let’s Encrypt is a so-called certificate authority that lets websites implement encrypted connections at no cost.Let's Encrypt uses software called Boulder to make sure that it's allowed to issue a certificate to a site.

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