A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A gull strike forced a Russian airliner to land in a cornfield, Instagram is getting into the fact-checking game, and new technology is catching lightning from afar.

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

To protect the cognitive autonomy of individuals and the political health of society at large, we need to make the function and application of algorithms transparent, and the FDA provides a useful model.

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

The cameras that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong used were left on the moon, so Rise had to rely on archival NASA photos to understand the camera’s design.

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

The company has also been teasing Project Athena, a new set of laptop specifications and performance expectations that Intel says it will co-engineer with PC makers.

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News. Pinterest wants to calm you down, Equifax gets hit with a record fine, and facial recognition is still struggling with darker faces.

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Virtual reality has been a mainstay at the convention for some time now, but AR hasn't—and with new mixed-reality wearables coming to market since the last Comic-Con, I could think of a dozen ways that the anticipated show could leverage the technology.

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Lee's group has been instrumental in helping people get emoji representation by guiding them through the daunting process of preparing a proposal for the Unicode Consortium. The new is meant to make the basic requirements more clear, and hopefully encourage more people to get involved in the emoji proposal process.

The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible

The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible

A typical chunk of Spruce Pine pegmatite looks like a piece of strange but enticing hard candy: mostly milky white or pink feldspar, inset with shiny mica, studded with clear or smoky quartz, and flecked here and there with bits of deep red garnet and other‑colored minerals.

New Balance's Latest Shoes Come With 3D-Printed Soles

New Balance's Latest Shoes Come With 3D-Printed Soles

For these reasons, shoe companies have been actively experimenting with materials to replace EVA.Two years ago, running shoe giant New Balance teamed up with Somerville, Massachusetts–based 3D-printing company Formlabs to develop a new type of sole.

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

But, according to a report that DeLucia coauthored appearing in the journal Ecosphere today, if you’re a farmer trying to grow corn it means something very different: You need more water.

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

But it was also on Flickr that Smith discovered the then-small community of "light painters"—photographers who shoot at night, using colored light sources and long exposures to create intricately composed images.

Are Rare Earths the Next Pawn in the US-China Trade War?

Are Rare Earths the Next Pawn in the US-China Trade War?

China is the leading producer and processor of rare earths, with about 37 percent of the world's reserves, according to a US Geological Survey report. But nearly all the rare earths used in products that reach the US are processed in China, including ore mined in Mountain Pass.

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.

Meltdown Redux: Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets from Millions of PCs

Meltdown Redux: Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets from Millions of PCs

Like Meltdown and Spectre, the new MDS attack takes advantage of security flaws in how Intel's chips perform speculative execution, a feature in which a processor guesses at what operations and data it will be asked to execute or access ahead of time to speed up the chip's performance.

Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes

Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes

As I move through the day building out my top scope, I keep crossing off each item in turn, and as the list of checkboxes starts to color in, I can see, in a physical, graphical form, how I’m doing.

This Programming Tool Makes It Easier for Apps to Work Anywhere

This Programming Tool Makes It Easier for Apps to Work Anywhere

Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, introduced WASM in 2017 as a new way to create applications that run in browsers.

Facebook Is Finding Problems With Artificial Intelligence Too

Facebook Is Finding Problems With Artificial Intelligence Too

He, Obamehinti, and other technical leaders reflected on the challenges of using technology—particularly artificial intelligence—to safeguard or enhance the company’s products without creating new biases and problems. Facebook program manager Lade Obamehinti discovered that a prototype of the company's video chat device, Portal, had a problem seeing people with darker skin tones.

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Let’s say you are a transport specialist or an urban planner who wants to implement a transit-oriented development plan, because you know that TOD, as a planning and design strategy, can help transform your city.

Inside the Quietly Lucrative Business of Donating Human Eggs

Inside the Quietly Lucrative Business of Donating Human Eggs

“There's a huge lack of data there to really [allow women] to make informed decisions,” says Dr. Diane Tober, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies egg donors.

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

However, for chemistry simulations, the noise would be representative of the physical environment in which both the chemical system (e.g., a molecule) and the quantum device exist.

This Tiny Guillotine Decapitates Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

This Tiny Guillotine Decapitates Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

It’s a first step toward an eventual goal of a fully automated robotic guillotine, which could help Sanaria produce that elusive mass-produced, effective malaria vaccine. Sanaria’s vaccine, called PfSPZ, is thought to work by inducing killer T cells to attack the parasites in the human body as they’re developing in the liver.

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

About 22 percent of Estonians work for the government; that’s about average for European countries, but higher than the 18 percent rate in the US.Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer, began piloting several AI-based projects at agencies in 2017, before hiring Velsberg last year.

Finally! A DNA Computer That Can Actually Be Reprogrammed

Finally! A DNA Computer That Can Actually Be Reprogrammed

They showed it’s possible to use a simple trigger to coax the same basic set of DNA molecules into implementing numerous different algorithms. As these DNA tiles link up during the assembly process, they form a circuit that implements the chosen molecular algorithm on the input bits provided by the seed.

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Instagram's New Shopping Feature Works Like a Digital Mall

Enter the Explore tab and you’ll find, in addition to personalized interests like “Food” or “Travel,” a section for “Shopping.” It’s filled with shoppable posts from brands or accounts you follow, plus ones Instagram thinks you’ll like based on your browsing behavior.

A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You By Crispr

A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You By Crispr

Cow 401 and her herdmates were the product of two and a half years of research, Van Eenennaam’s attempt to create a strain of gene-edited cattle specially suited to the needs of the beef industry.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

Why It's So Hard to Restart Venezuela's Power Grid

Why It's So Hard to Restart Venezuela's Power Grid

Government statements and reports indicate that the blackout stems from a problem at the enormous Guri dam hydropower plant in eastern Venezuela, which generates 80 percent of the country's electricity.

Polio Is Nearly Wiped Out—Unless Some Lab Tech Screws Up

Polio Is Nearly Wiped Out—Unless Some Lab Tech Screws Up

To uncover those “ potentially infectious materials ,” the Global Polio Eradication Initiative hosts a big table that lists the dates and locations of wild poliovirus outbreaks, and the times each country did live-virus vaccinations, so labs around the world can scan the database and see whether their samples might have originated in a polio-prone area.

Ford Fesses Up on Emissions Early in Effort to Limit the Damage

Ford Fesses Up on Emissions Early in Effort to Limit the Damage

It’s too early in the investigation to say that.” Regulator Reaction The EPA said Ford informed the agency on Monday and briefed the regulator on its initial findings the following day.

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

As the CEO of an artificial intelligence research institute , I am calling on him to include a special visa program for AI students and experts to help us win this race for the sake of both economic vitality and national security.

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