Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

In 2018, Aayush Jain, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, traveled to Japan to give a talk about a powerful cryptographic tool he and his colleagues were developing.

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

For several years, Apple has been naming its annual software releases after California locales, and this year we're treated to Big Sur. If you want to be technical, it's macOS 11.You get a fresh look, widgets, and a whole lot more.

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new legal classification for Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and DoorDash deliverers—not quite employees, but not the independent contractors they’ve been until now.

‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

The idea is to create a technical specification that qualifies as a universal opt-out under the CCPA, so that exercising rights under the law would flip from being hopelessly complex to extremely easy.“This would provide a key component that’s called for in the California law, which is a simple way for consumers to invoke their right without having to go to each website and find the button,” said Ashkan Soltani, a privacy researcher who helped lead the effort.

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Here's everything you need to know about what humans can do to stop wrecking the planet.“This is really significant, because it sends a clear signal about where California is going in terms of its vehicle fleet,” says Ethan Elkind, who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley.

Elon Musk Promises a $25,000 Tesla in 3 Years—Again

Elon Musk Promises a $25,000 Tesla in 3 Years—Again

What happens when you load more than 200 Tesla shareholders—increasingly rich shareholders—into a Fremont, California, parking lot, and set CEO Elon Musk loose in front of them to talk about the company’s upcoming battery tech?

The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future

The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future

When state senator Bob Hertzberg learned that an ambitious privacy initiative had gotten enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in California, he knew he had to act quickly.

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

At Google, for example 42 percent of the US workforce is Asian, but only 30 percent of people in leadership roles.“I am not going to sit back and allow companies to make an excuse that the talent is not there,” says Thomas, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO.

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The cataclysm cut off telegraph communication with the East Coast, swamped the state’s new capital, and submerged the entire Central Valley under as much as 15 feet of water.

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

That was 130 years ago—now the observatory is plopped right above one of the most densely populated areas of the US!” How could Lick compete with the likes of the Hubble Space Telescope , which orbits far above both light pollution and smog?

A Former Uber Exec's Indictment Is a Warning Shot

A Former Uber Exec's Indictment Is a Warning Shot

The FTC demanded responses to written questions and required Uber to designate an officer to provide testimony under oath," US attorney for the Northern District of California David Anderson Sullivan said in remarks about the indictment.

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

“Even though the surface winds were pretty weak, there was a low-level jet above the mountains,” says Craig Clements, a fire weather researcher (and fire chaser ) at San Jose State University.

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

And to make matters even worse, in the middle of a heat wave, they can’t open their windows because air quality is now astonishingly bad as smoke continues to pour into the Bay Area.

What Happens If Uber and Lyft Flee California? Look at Austin

What Happens If Uber and Lyft Flee California? Look at Austin

If they can’t get the ruling overturned or delayed, Uber and Lyft say they will stop operating in California, where both companies began.The week after Uber and Lyft left Austin in spring 2016 was confusing, drivers from the city say.

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Proactive earthquake alerts will only be in California for now (which already has ShakeAlert and an established data set), and Google says that "over the coming year, you can expect to see the earthquake alerts coming to more states and countries using Android’s phone-based earthquake detection.".

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.

Why Are Plants Green? The Answer Might Work on Any Planet

Why Are Plants Green? The Answer Might Work on Any Planet

Nathaniel Gabor, a physicist at the University of California, Riverside, and his colleagues have developed a model for light collection in photosynthetic organisms that optimizes the reduction of “noise” over efficiency.

California's Air Pollution Cops Are Eyeing Uber and Lyft

California's Air Pollution Cops Are Eyeing Uber and Lyft

To hit that 60 percent target, the air board estimates that one-third of ride-hail vehicles will have to be electric, and that the companies will need to push their highest-mileage drivers to switch to EVs. The companies would also have to bring back their shared pooling services, which have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic .

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

When a company buys carbon offsets , it funds projects elsewhere to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as planting trees in Indonesia or installing giant machines inside California dairies that suck up the methane produced by burping and farting cows and turn it into a usable biofuel.

A Deep Dive With the Weirdest Fishes in the Sea

A Deep Dive With the Weirdest Fishes in the Sea

But the Twilight Zone specimens that Rocha and his colleagues bring back to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, including unique corals and fishes, are helping them piece together a snapshot of one of the weirdest habitats on Earth.

The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release

The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release

It's crunch time in the offices of Naughty Dog, the storied videogame developer in Santa Monica, California.Back in the early stages of playtesting, Naughty Dog was troubleshooting the rough infrastructure of the game: how its world holds up, what people felt drawn to, where they got lost.

Twitter Finally Fact-Checked Trump. It’s a Bit of a Mess

Twitter Finally Fact-Checked Trump. It’s a Bit of a Mess

Take one of the three bullet points in the top “What you need to know” section: “Though Trump targeted California, mail-in ballots are already used in some states, including Oregon, Utah and Nebraska.” This statement is itself misleading.

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Last week, we livestreamed the first in a series of chats with their scientists, which you can check out above.And stay tuned to our Facebook channel for more livestreams with California Academy scientists in the coming weeks.

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities.Social distancing is hard in prison workplaces, and incarcerated people are unable to self-quarantine to avoid Covid-19 when they’re off the job.

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

“If you look at a fire engine going down the street, there's four personnel inside who technically are not socially distanced,” says Mike Mohler, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

The state of California and three of its biggest cities sued Uber and Lyft Tuesday for misclassifying hundreds of thousands of drivers as independent contractors, in violation of a new state law.

The Legacy of Math Luminary John Conway, Lost to Covid-19

The Legacy of Math Luminary John Conway, Lost to Covid-19

In 1966, at McKay’s urging, Conway decided that he would discover the symmetry group of the Leech lattice, no matter how long it took.“He sort of shut himself up in this room and said goodbye to his wife, and was [planning] to work all day every day for a year,” said Richard Borcherds, a mathematician at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former student of Conway’s.

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

“We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.” These symptoms are likely to be particularly intense during coronavirus-related isolation, according to Lawrence Palinkas, who researches psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments at the University of Southern California.

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

GameStop, the country's most prominent videogame retailer, is working hard to remain open during Covid-19, apparently regardless of the toll that could have on their employees or overall public health.Today, Kotaku again reports that GameStop has closed its stores in California, but retail locations in other states remain open.

Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns

Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns

Blue Shield of California is the first insurer to cover rapid and ultra-rapid sequencing of babies and children who have life-threatening and unexplained medical conditions.

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