Space Photos of the Week: Hurricane Dorian and Other Spirals

Space Photos of the Week: Hurricane Dorian and Other Spirals

We have the Voyager program to thank for some of this week’s spirals: When Voyager 1 first flew past Jupiter in 1979, it photographed the monster tempest swirling around and over on itself, and in 1989 Voyager 2 flew past Neptune and spied a small spiral storm that NASA nicknamed “Scooter.” Farther beyond are galaxies like our own spiral that contain gorgeous illuminated arms speckled with starlight.

Retreat? Pish. Democrats Dare Not Speak Climate Change's ‘R’ Word

Retreat? Pish. Democrats Dare Not Speak Climate Change's ‘R’ Word

But when moderators and audience members asked the Democratic hopefuls whether they’d relocate people away from coastal areas prone to flooding, the candidates called it virtually everything other than retreat.

Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt

Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt

Lambda says enrollment, now 2,700 students, is growing at 10 percent a month; it foresees soon bringing the ISA model to other subjects, like nursing.The challenge, Allred says, is overcoming the stigma of for-profit coding schools, especially among Silicon Valley firms—which is tricky when you’ve been around less than three years.

Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US

Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US

The nuanced answer is that no one knows for sure, because neither carbon ion nor proton therapy has “gold standard” evidence from randomized Phase III clinical trials showing patients live longer with the treatment than with standard radiation.

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

“If you start far from equilibrium, like in the early universe, how does the arrow of time emerge, starting from first principles?” said Jürgen Berges, a theoretical physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany who has studied this problem for more than a decade.

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

More notably, Samsung says this update includes more advanced health- and fitness-tracking options, taking aim at the biggest selling points of the fitness-forward Apple Watch.Samsung has taken a very different approach to smartwatch releases than Apple, which has introduced one new marquee wearable every fall for the past four years.

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

"Our main goal is to get a sense of the temperature of the industry, which spans from hobbyists and students to professionals working on big-budget projects," says Alex Wawro, an editor at XRDC and Gamasutra who has been involved with the annual survey since it began in 2016.While the pool of respondents is larger this year than ever before, the status quo remains unchanged in some ways.

Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon

Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon

The experiment was too simplistic to be useful for banks, but it’s a promising proof of concept; once bigger and smoother-running quantum computers are available, the researchers say, they hope to execute the algorithm faster than conventional machines.

The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV

The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV

In the 1970s a researcher named MR Pointer actually set out to account for all the colors reflected by the surfaces we humans see—a very different problem than the colored lights a screen might emit, but hold that thought.

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

But it’s never dreamed up ion propulsion, a fantastical new way to power robots by accelerating ions instead of burning fuel or spinning rotors. But that’s a ways off, because at the moment the four-thruster machine can produce a bit more thrust than it needs to get its weight off the ground.

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

On January 8, 2017, the Senate subcommittee released its final report, titled “’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” It pushed the theory that Lacey, Larkin, Ferrer, and their employees had invalidated their liability protections under Section 230: Rather than removing illegal and obscene content, the Senate said, Backpage had helped develop it, using clever moderation practices to “sanitize the content” and conceal it from the eyes of the law—all in the name of earning a few extra dollars.

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

But the city of San Francisco seemed to challenge that exclusivity late last month , when it announced it would open up a permitting process for a larger dockless bike-share program—a process that would be open to companies other than Lyft and Motivate.

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

“These offshore CO2 storage facilities are probably a reasonable idea because the benefits of storing 1 million tons per year of carbon are larger than the effects of the leakage that may occur,” says Klaus Wallmann, professor of marine biogeochemistry at the GEOMAR Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, and an author of the report.

Life at Huawei: Trains, European Design, and Lunch Naps

Life at Huawei: Trains, European Design, and Lunch Naps

On the surface, it wasn't: Huawei's new $1.4 billion Ox Horn production facility in Dongguan, where workers make smartphones and 5G equipment, looks more like medieval Europe than Silicon Valley. But at its core, the work culture at Huawei seemed the same to Frayer as at any massive tech company.

Daimler Plans to Make Its Cars Carbon Neutral by 2039

Daimler Plans to Make Its Cars Carbon Neutral by 2039

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler AG has set the most ambitious target of any major automaker to cut its planet-warming emissions, promising a fully carbon-neutral fleet of passenger cars by 2039.The German company said Monday that electric vehicles will make up more than half its total car sales by 2030, and that it’s working to roll out lines of zero-emissions trucks, vans, and buses.

A Bet on Uber Is a Bet on Self-Driving

A Bet on Uber Is a Bet on Self-Driving

Uber's self-driving cars could be crucial to the company reversing operating losses that topped $3 billion last year. If it works, that self-driving technology might finally lead the ride-hailing company to the kind of profitability its investors—who have sunk more than $22 billion into Uber already—would like to see.

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

To cover the travel and material expenses for such a project, they turned to the internet, where they found a few dozen strangers willing to fund their little scheme thanks to a brand-new platform called Kickstarter.

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.

Recovery: How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

Recovery: How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

“In 1995 we sold 12,000 acres of the preserve to the BLM; and we’ve been working cooperatively on the whole area, using an integrated approach.” This, she explained, included herbicides, hand pulling where possible, and biological control via introduced insects that coevolved with the weeds (and which, when caged, had passed rigorous “starvation tests” by dying rather than eating related native plants).

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

The first time I saw the Helsinki company’s prototype headset, nearly two years ago, it was little more than a kludge: an Oculus Rift that Varjo had rigged to project an ultra-high-resolution micro display into the center of my field of view.

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

If Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno want to keep operating in the city, they’ll have to provide the TLC with even more finely detailed data than they do now: the date, time, and location of pickups and drop-offs (at least down to the intersection), the vehicle’s license number, the trip mileage, itemized trip fare, route (including whether the vehicle entered traffic-choked Midtown), and how much the driver was paid.

Speed Up Your Kitchen Routine: Get a Food Processor

Speed Up Your Kitchen Routine: Get a Food Processor

But Shannon wanted to know if she should switch to a fancier and more expensive new model—specifically one of those from Magimix, Cuisinart, or [Breville], the latter two having built-in mini processors, which, thanks to a bowl insert, helps you process smaller quantities of food.

A Crocodile-Like Robot Helps Solve a 300-Million-Year Mystery

A Crocodile-Like Robot Helps Solve a 300-Million-Year Mystery

But today, in an epically multidisciplinary paper in Nature , researchers detail how they married paleontology, biomechanics, computer simulations, live animal demonstrations, and even an Orobates robot to determine that the ancient critter probably walked in a far more advanced way than was previously believed possible.

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

“We already know that 80 percent of consumers are bringing a phone or a tablet into the bathroom to do something,” says Kohler project lead Jonathan Bradley.

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shapes a New Political Reality

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shapes a New Political Reality

Thus when a 29-year-old former bartender of Puerto Rican descent beats a senior Democratic leader of the House, and then proceeds to set the political agenda during her first week in office, it’s more than a cute social media story.

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

"Important work is not getting done." President Trump says he will not sign legislation to operate large chunks of the federal government unless Democrats agree to approve more than $5.7 billion for a wall along the Mexican border.

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

Alexa has gotten smarter, in ways so subtle you might not yet have even noticed.Machine HeadSo-called active learning, in which the system identifies areas in which it needs help from a human expert, has helped substantially cut down on Alexa’s error rates.Those may sound like small tweaks, but cumulatively they represent major progress toward a more conversational voice assistant, one that solves problems rather than introducing new frustrations.

Feed the Bears to Save Them?

Feed the Bears to Save Them?

And that’s why it was a bit jarring to read about a leading wildlife conservationist and wilderness advocate feeding grizzly bears. These bears are largely found in the Great Gobi A Strictly Protected Area, a wilderness region five times larger than Yellowstone National Park.

Dark Matter Hunters Pivot After Years of Failed Searches

Dark Matter Hunters Pivot After Years of Failed Searches

Even DAMA’s results have been called into question: In December, Maruyama’s team published that their detector, a South-Korea based DAMA replica made of some 200 pounds of sodium iodide crystal, failed to reproduce its Italian predecessor’s results.These experiments are all designed to search for a specific dark matter candidate, a theorized class of particles known as Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, or WIMPs, that should be about a million times heavier than an electron.

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