Why Meatpacking Plants Have Become Covid-19 Hot Spots

Why Meatpacking Plants Have Become Covid-19 Hot Spots

According to data reported Monday by the state health department, 19 out of 1,000 residents in Moore County have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19—10 times higher than the infection rates in the state’s largest cities.

Yet Another Consequence of the Pandemic: More Plastic Waste

Yet Another Consequence of the Pandemic: More Plastic Waste

If oil, and therefore plastic, is cheap to begin with—and the coronavirus crisis has thoroughly cratered the price of oil—it doesn’t make economic sense for a company to process and sell recycled materials if they end up being more expensive than the virgin plastic another company is making.

Stunning Mars Photos Show a Salty Landscape: Space Photos of the Week

Stunning Mars Photos Show a Salty Landscape: Space Photos of the Week

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThis group of rocks is called Squid Cove, and like Old Soaker, it has seen a lot of wet and dry spells.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.

What Causes Hangovers, and How Can I Avoid Them?

What Causes Hangovers, and How Can I Avoid Them?

As far as I can tell, no one has done rigorous tests.In 2012, hangover research experienced what felt at the time like a breakthrough. It’ll help slow the progress of the alcohol through your guts, and maybe even dilute the booze’s effect on your GI tract.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.