Tracking a Night-Time River of Birds

Tracking a Night-Time River of Birds

© Debbie Leick Into the early 2000’s using a telescope to count birds that flew across the moon was the most common method of nocturnal research.

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

The Healing Power of JavaScript

The Healing Power of JavaScript

Ellen Ullman writes in her book Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology, “Until I became a programmer, I didn’t thoroughly understand the usefulness of such isolation: the silence, the reduction of life to thought and form; for example, going off to a dark room to work on a program when relations with people get difficult.”.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.

Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

But at the same time, Intel said it would outsource production of some of its most advanced chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.“It's a pretty deep hole for Intel,” says Linley Gwennap, president of the Linley Group, a chip industry analyst firm.

Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland’s Icy Past

Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland’s Icy Past

It shows the Greenland Ice Sheet can disappear with the kind of climate warming we’re projecting over the next century,” says William Colgan, a climatologist for the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland who was not involved in the research.

The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy

The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy

By the time he stepped onto a bus in downtown Toronto for the first leg of a trip to Lake Tahoe in December 2012, Geoff Hinton hadn’t taken a seat for seven years.

Research finds microplastics in fish muscle tissue

Research finds microplastics in fish muscle tissue

“This higher ingestion rate for flounder could be due to microplastics accumulating in marine sediments which makes up more of their diet compared to other species, or it could be because the flounder samples were all obtained from the Waitemata Harbour, which is closer to Auckland as a potential microplastic source,” she said.

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

“Google has shown an astounding lack of leadership and commitment to open science, ethics, and diversity in their treatment of the Ethical AI team, specifically Drs. Gebru and Mitchell,” he wrote in his own email to the workshop’s organizers, asking them to pass his decision and comments up to Google’s leadership.

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Writing today in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers in Norway and Australia describe how they got DyRET to learn how to lengthen or shorten its limbs to tackle different kinds of terrains.

Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok

Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok

“From our research experience we know that storytelling is key for communicating the climate crisis in a way that can lead to taking action.” According to Schinko, TikTok has incredible potential as an arts-based activist platform.

All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

Whether you want to spend as little as possible on a small, unassuming device, or can spring for the soundbar, there's something in the Roku family that should appeal to your needs.★ Top Pick—Streaming Stick Plus for $43 ($7 off) : The Streaming Stick Plus works with HD or 4K HDR televisions, and is our choice for most people.

Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

After the month-long testing period, they found that all psychological outcomes had improved since the start of the experiment for those in the microdosing group, including “in the domains of well-being, mindfulness, life satisfaction, and paranoia.” However, the same was true for the placebo group—with no significant differences between the two.

Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Two years after publicly launching a privacy-focused browser, Brave, founded by former Mozilla executive Brendan Eich, is taking on Google’s search business too.Bing’s own index of the web also helps to provide results in other Google rivals, such as DuckDuckGo which uses it as one of 400 sources that feed into search results.

Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

Provided that quantum mechanics is correct—an assumption few would quibble with—the team’s argument essentially guarantees that complex numbers are an unavoidable part of our description of the physical universe.“These complex numbers, usually they’re just a convenient tool, but here it turns out that they really have some physical meaning,” said Tamás Vértesi, a physicist at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences who, years ago, argued the opposite.

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

The Facebook algorithm, called Seer (for SElf-supERvised), fed on more than a billion images scraped from Instagram , deciding for itself which objects look alike.LeCun says self-supervised learning could have many useful applications, for instance learning to read medical images without the need for labeling so many scans and x-rays.

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Zimperium ran automated analysis on more than 1.3 million Android and iOS apps to detect common cloud misconfigurations that exposed data.

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

NIWA seabird ecologist Dr David Thompson says while seabird tracking research has not been carried out for all albatrosses and large petrels in New Zealand, we know that several species also spend time in Chile and Peru, in Japan and the USA in the north Pacific Ocean, while others visit Namibia and South Africa.

We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission

We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission

And because infections—especially asymptomatic ones—are more likely to be detected in the group that’s testing more frequently, the estimated 89.4 percent transmission-blocking effect of the vaccine is almost certainly too optimistic (a caveat the authors acknowledged, saying more research is needed to confirm their findings).

Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You

Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You

“There’s almost no evidence that cheese causes weight gain—and in fact, there’s evidence that it’s neutral at worst,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, the lead author of the 2011 paper and dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

On Friday, researcher Margaret Mitchell said she had been fired from the company’s AI lab, Google Brain, where she previously co-led a group working on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence.

The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

“The fundamental challenge that we face is that publishing has, for decades, functioned based on trust,” says Suzanne Farley, research integrity director at Springer Nature.

Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

A new international study using ancient swamp kauri from Northland shows a temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts leading to global environmental change and mass extinctions.

Nature Makes Wood. Could a Lab Make It Better?

Nature Makes Wood. Could a Lab Make It Better?

“The cells are suspended within this gel scaffold, and, over time, they grow and develop to fill out the scaffold volume and also transform into the cell types we’re interested in,” Beckwith says.

How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller Everywhere Else

How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller Everywhere Else

On your computer, you should see Wireless Controller pop up in the Add a device list, and you can click on it to pair.

How to See a Red Fox in Winter

How to See a Red Fox in Winter

© Steven Faiers/TNC Photo Contest 2018 A red fox on the hunt for voles in fresh snow is a spectacular winter sight – and one you can experience in many urban, suburban and rural areas of North America and Europe.

Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Perversely, some allergy researchers say, it is the researchers’ passion for their subjects—the close observation, the long hours of work each day, and the years of commitment to a research project—that puts them at such high risk.“It is true that some things cause allergies more often than others, but the biggest factor is the frequency of the interaction with the study organism,” said John Carlson, a physician and researcher at Tulane University who specializes in insect and dust mite allergies.

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

“If you inadequately monitor these fisheries resources, successful and sustainable management cannot take place in a timely manner,” says Dr. Richard Ogutu-Ohwayo, who has studied and worked on Africa’s Great Lakes for over 40 years and is currently the Executive Director of AFLANET, the African Lakes Network.

How to Keep Kids Engaged in School—With Games

How to Keep Kids Engaged in School—With Games

I create scavenger hunts for my classes, where I put the teens into teams via Zoom breakout rooms and give them a time frame (10 to 15 minutes) to search online for sources like research or experts to use for their assignments to write articles and op-eds.

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook and Telegram's Watch

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook and Telegram's Watch

The offers ranged from Facebook page operators willing to ship Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine—which is not authorized for use in the United States—from China, to apparent scammers on Telegram claiming to have access to Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca’s vaccines.