How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

“In short,” she says, “I've got no control over what my brain chooses to process, and there's all sorts of things that trigger it and create stress.” And so when it comes to podcasts, sound design is especially important for Benjamin and other people with auditory processing disorder, because they hear lots of sounds that other people may not pick up on.

Malware Is Now Targeting Apple’s New M1 Processor

Malware Is Now Targeting Apple’s New M1 Processor

Longtime Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle published findings on Wednesday about a Safari adware extension that was originally written to run on Intel x86 chips, but has now been redeveloped specifically for M1.

Yet Another Year of Venture Capital Being Really White

Yet Another Year of Venture Capital Being Really White

This fall, after Howard heard from Black founders who were still struggling to raise money, he pulled data from Crunchbase to see what was happening industrywide.Some prominent venture firms set up special funds this year to get more money into the hands of founders from underrepresented groups.

Rare underwater find for NIWA photographer

Rare underwater find for NIWA photographer

NIWA’s Crispin Middleton, an accomplished underwater photographer, was swimming last November in the Poor Knights Marine Reserve when he spotted a football octopus inside a salp.2020 Special Award Winner - Crispin Middleton for 'Football octopus catches a ride inside a salp'.

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel

This might not sound like the secret to interstellar travel, but if that small lurch can be sustained, a spacecraft could theoretically produce thrust for as long as it had electric power.

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

Ruminating on why the 1918 flu pandemic wasn’t better remembered, the African historian Terence Ranger concluded in the early 2000s that the story wasn’t being told right.

Minecraft Dungeons Makes Dungeon Crawlers Accessible to All

Minecraft Dungeons Makes Dungeon Crawlers Accessible to All

Minecraft Dungeons, the first Minecraft spinoff developed directly by Mojang Studios, the studio that helms the core game, feels distinctly of a piece with those old Lego titles.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has Nothing Interesting to Say

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has Nothing Interesting to Say

Moreover, it wants to be a victory lap, an homage to the best Call of Duty game, and a title that gleefully gestures toward the franchise's past successes with all the self-congratulatory pleasure of a Star Wars sequel.

Hellvetica Puts a Spooky Twist on the World’s Most Popular Font

Hellvetica Puts a Spooky Twist on the World’s Most Popular Font

Last year, developer Tim Holman used this concept to create Smelvetica, a Helvetica-inspired font “for your worst enemies.” The spaces between the letters, or kerning, was “specially altered, to be, well, bad, terrible, awful and painful,” Holman wrote on Github.Similar to Smelvetica, Woodward says he only made one adjustment to the original font: the kerning.

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

In March, Yoshua Bengio received a share of the Turing Award, the highest accolade in computer science, for contributions to the development of deep learning—the technique that triggered a renaissance in artificial intelligence , leading to advances in self-driving cars , real-time speech translation , and facial recognition .Now, Bengio says deep learning needs to be fixed.

A Wild Plan to Crowdsource the Fight Against Misinformation

A Wild Plan to Crowdsource the Fight Against Misinformation

She’s currently the director of a new group called Civic, the Coalition to Integrate Values Into the Information Commons—which she runs with former founding director of the International Fact-Checking Network, Alexios Mantzarlis—and she came to TED 2019 to lay out her vision for the coalition: to bring the power of crowdsourcing to the fight against misinformation online.

The Godfathers of the AI Boom Win Computing’s Highest Honor

The Godfathers of the AI Boom Win Computing’s Highest Honor

Turing Award winners, left to right, Yann LeCun, Geoff Hinton, and Yoshua Bengio, reoriented artificial intelligence around neural networks. The other winners are Google researcher Geoff Hinton , 71, and NYU professor and Facebook’s chief AI scientist Yann LeCun , 58, who wrote some of the papers that seduced Bengio into working on neural networks.

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

“It gives you a lot of diversity and it gives you the power to explore areas of a design space that you wouldn't normally go into,” says research scientist David Howard, who developed the evolving leg system and recently published a framework for evolutionary robotics in Nature Machine Intelligence .

Return of the Obra Dinn Is the Best Indie Game Around

Return of the Obra Dinn Is the Best Indie Game Around

Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn won big at this week's Independent Games Festival. Since nearly everyone involved in the videogame industry spent the week at the Game Developers Conference discussing the future and reflecting on the past, a lot of news came out of that annual gathering.

'Black Panther' Won Three Oscars—and Made History

'Black Panther' Won Three Oscars—and Made History

Ruth Carter won for Best Costume Design, becoming the first African-American woman to win in the category. Carrie Fisher Probably Didn't Want That Dedication The biggest shock of last night's Oscars telecast came at the end, when Green Book overcame many controversies to win Best Picture.

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

Marc Howard , a cognitive neuroscientist now at Boston University, and Karthik Shankar , who was then one of his postdoctoral students, wanted to figure out a mathematical model of time processing: a neurologically computable function for representing the past, like a mental canvas onto which the brain could paint memories and perceptions.

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

When security threatens that, then it becomes a priority, so win-win." "It seems inexcusable that Apple allows this and many other bugs to make it into production code." Patrick Wardle, Digita Security The bug stemmed from a logic issue with FaceTime's group calling feature, which Apple introduced at the end of 2018 as part of launching its new iOS 12 mobile operating system.

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

In Maine, a large Nature Conservancy property along the Upper St. John River is now demonstrating another way to diversify revenue streams on private forestland: storing carbon.

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

When the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, I found comfort amid the nominees for Best Documentary—alongside Liu’s transformative portrait of abuse was Hale County This Morning, This Evening , director RaMell Ross’s impressionistic meditation on black southern life in Selma, Alabama.

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

When he wasn’t roping cattle or gunsmithing with his father, Ward spent his free time searching for rocks among the sagebrush and saguaros.Ward’s father started taking him to gem and mineral shows, and one day young Ward made his way into the booth of Debra Heidelar, a prominent meteorite dealer, who heard a voice saying “Excuse me, ma’am” but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from until she looked down, below her counter, and saw a tiny cowboy asking very politely if he could please buy a piece of the Canyon Diablo iron.

NIWA joint winner of 2018 Terry Healy Coastal Project Award

NIWA joint winner of 2018 Terry Healy Coastal Project Award

Rob Bell, Paula Blackett and Scott Stephens were among five lead authors who worked on the Ministry for the Environment’s updated coastal hazards and climate change guidance for local government.

Juul Can Breathe After Dodging Full FDA Ban on Flavored E-Cigs

Juul Can Breathe After Dodging Full FDA Ban on Flavored E-Cigs

“I think Juul is breathing a big sigh of relief,” says Marc Scheineson, a former FDA associate commissioner and partner at the law firm Alston & Bird.Gottlieb said the agency still must finalize its policies, which did not specify how convenience stores or other retail outlets could develop a section that makes products “not visible or accessible to persons under the age of 18.” Vape shops that limit entrance to buyers 18 and older won’t be affected, he added.The FDA’s approach is a creative way to address e-cigarettes while avoiding some legal pitfalls, according to Azim Chowdhury, a partner with Keller and Heckman who leads the firm’s tobacco and e-vapor practice.

How Trump Could Trigger Armageddon With a Tweet

How Trump Could Trigger Armageddon With a Tweet

Woodward just adds some wonderful color, explaining that Priebus took to calling Trump’s bedroom, where many of the tweets originated, “the devil’s workshop” and called the president’s favorite time for tweeting “the witching hour.” (The prediction that Twitter could get us into a war was reportedly made by an unnamed national security official.)About the AuthorJeffrey Lewis is a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey and the author of The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States.It is unsettling, the idea that the president could spark a nuclear war with the same carelessness that he picks fights with D-list celebrities.