How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor.

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

“This is not black and white,” says Ben Lopman, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.From a mathematical perspective, determining how big a crowd is safe depends on a couple of key questions: How many people in a given area are infected with the disease?

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

“In order for it to be a good model, you want it to be as human as possible,” said Hank Greely, a law professor at Stanford University who specializes in ethical and legal issues in the biosciences.

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car —once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop

IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop

In 2017, after the company said it was closing in on the milestone, IBM researchers published results that appeared to move the goalposts.Soon, researchers from Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba, which has its own quantum computing program, released analysis claiming that the device could not do what Google said.

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining Getty Images Nobel laureate Richard Feynman once asked his Caltech students to calculate the probability that, if he walked outside the classroom, the first car in the parking lot would have a specific license plate, say 6ZNA74.

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

Meanwhile, search results within the European Union can differ from those elsewhere due to its right to be forgotten law, and web publishers around the world are still grappling with the effect of the sweeping EU privacy regulations that took effect this year.A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet.

Tumblr's Porn-Detecting AI Has One Job—and It's Bad at It

Tumblr's Porn-Detecting AI Has One Job—and It's Bad at It

“I believe they've forgot about adding enough cartoon data in this case, and probably other types of examples that matter and are SFW,” he says.“Computers are only recently opening their eyes, and it's foolish to think they can see perfectly.”Reza Zadeh, MatroidWIRED tried running several Tumblr posts that were reportedly flagged as adult content through Matroid’s NSFW natural imagery classifier, including a picture of chocolate ghosts, a photo of Joe Biden, and one of Burstein’s patents, this time for LED light-up jeans.

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)HotlittlepotatoThe price of bitcoin dropped another 10 percent Tuesday, extending a decline that has sent the virtual currency down 33 percent in the past month and 46 percent in the past year.Boom and bust cycles are par for the course for bitcoin.

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Huge fields of crops and tracts of forest should be planted across the British countryside to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a new report. “To get to net zero we need to find methods to take 130 million tons of carbon dioxide actively out of the atmosphere every single year.”

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

By the end of the century, there could be 33 of those very hot days annually in Cranford, according to a New York Times analysis, meaning that the number of “extreme heat days” during the school year could rise sharply.On Wednesday, three high school students at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School in Hackensack, N.J., were taken to the hospital to be treated for heat-related illness after running a mile in gym class as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees.“I’m very upset with the school,” said Joseph Dymarczyk, the father of a sophomore who was treated for exhaustion.

Ancient civilisation? Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human species

Ancient civilisation? Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human species

Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human speciesA new study from a climatologist and a professor of astrophysics has revealed a massive spike in global warming 56 million years ago.This spike was discovered in a dramatic change in the geological composition buried deep beneath Earth’s surface in an era known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).To investigate the idea of a possible pre-historic intelligent civilisation, the duo, Professor Adam Frank, of the University of Rochester and Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), examined what evidence we, as humans, would leave behind if we were to become extinct.Writing in The Atlantic, Professor Frank said: “There is a conundrum here.

Hothouse Earth: Humanity under threat as scientists predict NINE catastrophes brewing

Hothouse Earth: Humanity under threat as scientists predict NINE catastrophes brewing

Professor Johan Rockstrom, a leading member of the research team from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, said several "tipping points" will act as like a "row of dominoes", occurring one after the other and posing catastrophic risk to climate change.

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

This is a process which takes hundreds to thousands of years in nature at Earth's surface."The second thing we have done is to demonstrate a pathway which speeds this process up dramatically.Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING?

Earth quickly heading for 'point of no return' unless we takes immediate action, climate scientists warn

Earth quickly heading for 'point of no return' unless we takes immediate action, climate scientists warn

The researchers also say that the deadline to stop global warming reaching 1.5C has already passed, unless we commit to radical action now. Without that action, Earth will fall past the point of no return and it will be impossible to stop global warming, they warn.

Global warming could mean crop losses from insect damage double in ‘breadbasket of Europe’ by 2050

Global warming could mean crop losses from insect damage double in ‘breadbasket of Europe’ by 2050

“In some temperate countries, insect pest damage to crops is projected to rise sharply as temperatures continue to climb, putting serious pressure on grain producers,” said Professor Joshua Tewksbury, co-lead author of the study and a research professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.