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Earth Day 2018: the tech perspective

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TLC from the tech industry: expert tips on taking care of the planet ahead of Earth Day 2018 Observed by over 190 countries, Earth Day was established with the aim of conserving the planet’s resources and raising international awareness of issues impacting the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. From a technology perspective, research has found that digital businesses are created twice as fast as non-digital organisations in the UK. In fact, in London, a new tech business is born every hour. Without a doubt, this extensive growth places IT organisations in a position of great responsibility and influence. It is therefore of the utmost importance that this influential role is used to improve and support... Read More
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Last of the Newsies?

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“So many hurricanes I can remember,” he said with a rueful chuckle. “Three hundred and 65 days, without fail.”He has an uneasy relationship with this White House, which has alternately welcomed and shunned him; the current administration has restricted entry to a foyer where Mr. Singh would shelter on the coldest and wettest nights. The past months’ relentless chill has been especially punishing.But there are two good reasons Mr. Singh has prev... Read More
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In Suburban Connecticut, the Palestinian Avant-Garde

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The range of media includes paintings, textiles, installation pieces and photography. The unifying, and qualifying, theme of the artwork is that it is either by Palestinian artists or represents Palestinian life.“This is a dream,” said the artist Manal Deeb, whose mixed-media works — incorporating photographs, oil paint and Arabic calligraphy — hang in the gallery. Her work was also exhibited at the United Nations Visitors Center in New York in 2012—2013. Born in Ramallah, Ms. Deeb moved to America as a teenager in 1986. Speaking by telephone from her studio in Fairfax, Va., she said the new Palestinian museum will provide ... Read More
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Works in Progress: Dance Like the Principal Is Watching

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Middle school students study and dance all day in the Ballet Tech building on Broadway and 19th Street, but the high school students attend academic classes on 48th Street at Professional Performing Arts School until 1:18 and are then bused over for dance classes and rehearsals starting at 2 p.m. Continue reading the main story The Department of Educ... Read More
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Character Study: Master Manipulator

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He opens locks by manipulation — “dialing for dollars,” he calls it — relying on his sensitive fingers and ears, as well as his experience to figure out a combination.Mr. Sitar claims he has never met a safe he could not open. In the rare instances that he cannot manipulate a lock, he has drills to access the lock’s mechanism.At this former bank branch in Totowa, N.J., the vault had a four-number combination, said Mr. Sitar, who affixed a flashlight and magnifying glass on the vault door and began spinning the vault’s 100-number dial.... Read More
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Nixon Calls for New York to Fully Embrace Renewable Energy by 2050

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That brought a new response from Ms. Nixon, who blasted Mr. Cuomo’s new energy-efficiency goals as “rehashed,” and criticized other elements of his environmental record, saying that polluters were “still being given free rein under the Cuomo administration.”Mr. Cuomo’s campaign then responded by pointing out a range of his environmental accomplishments, including banning fracking in 2014, a plan to close down the ... Read More
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At City Agencies, Hundreds of Harassment Claims but No Consistent Response

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The data suggested challenges at numerous agencies, but the Department of Education stood out. There were 471 complaints filed with the department from the start of 2014 to the end of 2017, according to the data. Seven of those cases, or less than two percent, were substantiated, which means that investigators found probable cause that harassment occurred, according to the information provided by the city.Fourteen cases were determined to be unsubstantiated. But in 249 cases, or more than half of those brought before the education department, ... Read More
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‘Overwhelmed’ Postal Carrier Hoarded 17,000 Pieces of Mail, Officials Say

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When investigators interviewed Mr. Germash, he said the vehicle was his and that he had hoarded the mail because he was overcome by how much he had to deliver, according to the complaint.The amount of undelivered mail investigators retrieved was staggering: 10,000 pieces inside his vehicle, 6,000 in his apartment and 1,000 in his work locker. At least one item was postmarked in 2005, according to the complaint.Mr. Germash was released on $25,000 bail. Hi... Read More
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‘Minority Report’ adviser John Underkoffler ponders the user interfaces of the future

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John Underkoffler is the CEO of Oblong Industries, and he is perhaps best known as the science advisor for the landmark sci-fi film Minority Report. Long before the body suit of Ready Player One, Underkoffler helped envision Minority Report’s scene where actor Tom Cruise uses “data gloves” and gesture controls to manipulate a transparent computer. He talked about the creation of that experience and what comes next at our recent GamesBeat Summit event. To bring that vision to reality, he founde... Read More
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Last call on Amazon Echo discounts, sales on smart TVs and a Verge exclusive deal

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Between robotic vacuums, voice-activated light switches and virtual assistants, the smart home tech business is booming. As smart home devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, a hub from which to control your various gadgets is a good idea. We liked Amazon’s Echo, the device that introduced Alexa, back when it was introduced in 2015 and many improvements have been made in the intervening three years. Amazon Echo is on sale for $84.99 (usually $99.99) and the smaller ... Read More
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Nintendo Labo could be the second coming of Wii Fit

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Nintendo Labo hit the world today with an unusual quiet. Warm impressions of the winsome cardboard construction kits and their attendant video games flitted around the internet and the video game obsessed corners of Twitter, but there was hardly the fervor that usually follows when Nintendo foists some bizarre, beguiling entertainment on the world. Neither as noisy as when Amiibo frothed up obsessed collectors in 2014 nor as totally unnoticed as when Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and its dope-as-hell konga controllers hit ten years earlier. Labo just slipped out. To me, Nintendo Labo’s relea... Read More
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The new Star Wars novel goes deep into the past and future of Han Solo

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Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in just over a month. The standalone Star Wars film follows in the footsteps of Rogue One: a story that stands apart from the “saga” backbone of the franchise, ie, the story of the Skywalkers and their fight against the forces of evil in the galaxy. But unlike Rogue One, which featured a cast of brand-new characters to the franchise, Solo will focus on one of the franchise’s best-known characters: Han Solo. As we come closer to the film’s release date, one thing that has stood out about Solo is how unenthused everyone seems to be for it. Unlike The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi, Solo is... Read More
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Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

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Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest perturbation to a complex system (like the weather, the economy or just about anything else) can touch off a concatenation of events that leads to a dramatically divergent future. Unable to pin down the state of these systems precisely enough to predict how they’ll play out, we live under a veil of uncertainty. But now the robots are here to help. In a series of results reported in the journals ... Read More
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Former child stars say humor and snacks will make you a BFF

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Actresses from 'Full House,' '7th Heaven' and 'Step by Step' team for the reality series, 'Hollywood Darlings.' (April 20, 2018)Subscribe for more Arts and Entertainment News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet fast, accurate coverage of every arts and entertainment story making headlines worldwide, from festivals and premieres to births, deaths, scandals and arrests, plus celebrity reactions to news events.The Associated Press is t... Read More
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AI Weekly: Why all developers should watch ‘Westworld’

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I’m not what you would call a fan of Westworld. As an AI reporter, telling this to people often triggers an audible gasp, followed by a look of disbelief and disappointment. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the show, I plan to watch every episode of season two, which starts Sunday on HBO, and developers should too. Earlier this week, I attended a showing of episode one in San Francisco and had an opportunity to chat with members of the cast. I took the interviews because I wanted to know how people playing parts in a show that shapes the world’s perception of AI felt about the impact of AI. Shannon Woodward plays Elsie Hughes, a programmer whose job is to fix renegade robots. Ask her about the implications of ... Read More
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Matter: Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

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“We were so fascinated that they could stay underwater much longer than us local islanders,” Dr. Jubilado said. “I could see them literally walking under the sea.”Even as anthropologists study Bajau culture, biologists have grown curious about them, too. Bajau divers been observed plunging more than 200 feet underwater, their only protection a pair of wooden goggles — a physiological marvel.In 2015, Melissa Ilardo, then a graduate student in ge... Read More
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Cuomo doubles down by speeding up emissions effort

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is hitting the gas on his ambitious environmental agenda. The governor on Friday announced a dramatic acceleration of his energy-efficiency plans for New York State, including a comprehensive strategy to achieve significant greenhouse gas-emission reductions over the next seven years. Targeting annual efficiencies equivalent to the amount of energy required to power nearly 2 million homes, Cuomo’s revamped plan includes $36.5 million in new state investments that, according to the governor’s office, will help prepare more than 19,000 New Yorkers for new jobs on the energy industries. Also in the mix are a slate of new programs and incentives designed to help New... Read More
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How to Build Custom Alexa Skills for the Amazon Echo

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When Amazon first introduced developer tools that let people build stuff for Alexa, the company made a conscious decision to call these functions "skills" rather than apps. It was a subtle way of making Alexa seem capable, and also, suggesting to developers that building these skills would be a low lift. With just a "few lines of code," Amazon promised, "you can build entirely new experiences designed around voice." Amazon says most Echo users in the US have tr... Read More
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U.S. Said to Investigate AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim

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AT&T and Verizon together control about 70 percent of all wireless subscriptions in the United States. A technology that made it easy to switch carriers could lead to more churn and fewer subscribers for them.The investigation highlights a push by the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, to crack down on the opaque world of intellectual property, or I.P., standards. He has said the Justice Department will scrutinize potential coordination in standards-setting organizations that can hurt competition.... Read More
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Company Fixed The Worst Thing About Bike Pumps

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Stompump is a portable foot pump that claims to work three times faster than a hand pump. Stompump's creators worked previously on battle robots and utilised similar air pump technology for this product. Each pump has a storage compartment and can be clipped on to your bicycle. The Stompump works on bikes and scooters, but it can be used on cars and trailers too. See more from Stompump:... Read More
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New data link to allow LCS to simultaneously get imagery from more than one aircraft

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WASHINGTON — Today, a littoral combat ship can only receive surveillance data from one aircraft at a time. That is about to change due to new communications gear that will be fitted on LCS 25, 26 and 28, officials from L3 Technologies told Defense News. ... Read More
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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes defends AT&T merger in court

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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes was in court Wednesday, defending his company's proposed merger with AT&T. He told the judge the deal is necessary to compete with streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon. Janet Guyon, tech editor at Quartz, joins CBSN to discuss the case and what it could mean for consumers.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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Thankfully, Nintendo is already selling Toy-Con cardboard replacement parts for Labo

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Nintendo’s new cardboard creation experiment Labo is out today, but if you had concerns about your Toy-Con kits breaking or wearing out (because, well, they’re made of cardboard), fear not. Nintendo is selling replacement parts for nearly every piece of the Toy-Con kits over at its online store, as spotted by IGN. Parts range from $1.99 for more reflective stickers to up to $13.99 for the cardboard robot body, with plenty in between for other pieces and parts. ... Read More
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Delivery drones outfitted to make blood supply deliveries in Africa

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In Northern California’s rural Yolo County, the startup Zipline has set up a distribution center to test it’s newest delivery drone. CGTN's Mark Niu shows you their testing. These drones fly over mountains and washed-out roads in Rwanda to drop blood at remote clinics.In the past year, Zipline partnered with the government to make more than 4,000 deliveries carrying 7,000 units of blood.It delivers 20 to 25 percent of the national blood supply of outside of the capital.Detected Closed Captioning: [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] It's Easy To Get Blown Away By The It's Easy To Get Blown Away By The It's Easy To Get Blown Away By The Techno... Read More
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Charges Sought in Eric Garner’s Death, but Justice Officials Have Doubts

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The federal inquiry into Mr. Garner’s death dragged on for years and has divided the Justice Department investigative team since the Obama administration. Prosecutors in New York argued against bringing charges, while civil rights prosecutors in Washington said it represented a clear case of excessive force. In the final months of the administration, the attorney general at the time, Loretta E. Lynch, sided with her civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, and authorized prosecutors to build a... Read More
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It’s 4/20, and an FDA Panel Just OK’d a Drug Made From Marijuana

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Yesterday morning a tall, lanky 16-year-old boy in a red polo shirt stood at a podium in front of a roomful of doctors, scientists, and regulators and told them about how a drug they were considering for approval had changed his life. “I had seizures for 10 years,” he said. “My parents tell me there were times I had seizures 100 times a day.” Now, he said, he has been seizure free for nearly two and a half years. “I can understand what goes on at school,” he said. “And I can have adventures that never would have been possible before.” He told them about how seizure freedom enabled him to study to be a Bar Mitzvah in 2016. He told them about a school trip he’d just taken without his... Read More
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‘Deceived and Betrayed’ by Nanny’s Family, Krims Want References Law

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In a Facebook post that followed Wednesday’s verdict, Mr. Krim said he and his wife were “deceived and betrayed by the defendant’s family, who remain wholly unaccountable for their role in the murders of our children.”Ms. Severino and Celia Ortega did not respond to email messages and telephone calls on Thursday.Assemblyman Steve Otis, a Westchester Democrat, said he is in the process of drafting legislation that would make it a crime for child ca... Read More
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Man Wrongly Convicted of Murdering Parents to Get $10 Million

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What is happening Friday is the last session of a class he has been teaching at Georgetown University with a lifelong friend, Marc Howard, who decided to go to law school because he wanted to help overturn Mr. Tankleff’s conviction. Mr. Tankleff himself recently passed the bar exam and expects to be admitted to the bar this year.In the class, called “Making an Exoneree,” students have re-examined the cases of four imprisoned men. They have interviewed the prosecutors and defense lawyers; spoken with experts in forensics, ballistics, witness testimony and false confessio... Read More
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Nintendo Labo’s creators explain how they built a new way to play out of cardboard

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One of the most interesting aspects of Nintendo Labo, the company’s new line of DIY cardboard accessories for the Switch, is how it can double as an educational tool. While building things like cardboard pianos and motorcycles, players are encouraged to learn more about how these objects’ function, and there’s also a creative mode where they can learn basic programming concepts and design their own interactions. And considering one of the leads on the project, Kouichi Kawamoto, previously wo... Read More
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23andMe Wants You to Share Even More Health Data

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Almost exactly a year ago, 23andMe earned the right to tell people what diseases might be lurking in their DNA. Since then, the consumer genetic testing company has turned tubes of spit into health reports for thousands of its customers. You can learn how your genes might predispose you to eight diseases with a well-known genetic component—things like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’... Read More
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The role of automation in the aging workforce

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America is getting older. The Administration on Aging estimates that the segment of the United States population age 60 or older will increase to 22.2 percent in 2020. This change — driven by increased longevity and the demographic bulge of the baby boom — represents the biggest percentage point increase in the over-60 that America has ever seen. But what does this mean from an employment standpoint? In the United States, a deep and youthful labor pool has been a differentiator for m... Read More
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Tech Tip: Protecting Privacy Inside and Outside the House

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Q. If I browse in incognito mode, can anyone still track my movements around the web?A. Incognito mode — also known as InPrivate or Private Browsing mode, depending on the browser — does offer some protection, but is mostly designed to shield your web travels from other people using the same computer. When you have the privacy setting enabled, the browser typically does not save cookies, searches, temporary files or a list of the pages you visited during... Read More
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Maryland Schools May Tell Children When It’s Time to Log Off

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Several pediatricians warned that heavy digital device use in schools or for homework could have unintended physical and emotional consequences for students, including vision problems, interrupted sleep and device compulsion. In particular, they noted that some classroom learning apps used powerful, video-game-like reward systems to engage and stimulate students, making it difficult for some children to turn them off.“The concern is that many programs students use in school are entertainment and gamified,” said ... Read More
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Tech We’re Using: Following the Trail of Online Ads, Wherever It Leads

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What do you like about these tools, and what could be better?The online ad tracking services are helpful for the desktop and mobile web, but I haven’t yet found an effective way to sort through the many, many ads that flow through Facebook and Instagram or across various mobile apps.Photo The online tools that have helped Ms. Maheshwari mo... Read More
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Huawei and ZTE Hit Hard as U.S. Moves Against Chinese Tech Firms

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Huawei is a global telecommunications equipment powerhouse, with $93 billion in revenue last year. It has spent millions trying to pry its way into the United States but found few takers — save for smaller, rural telecom companies that receive federal subsidies and would likely be barred from working with it by the F.C.C. rule.Huawei’s troubles in the United States have been mounting since 2012, when a congressional report warned that its gear could be used to spy on Americans or to destabilize American telecom networks. The company spent $1.2 million on lobbying that year. Last year, it spent $60,000.... Read More
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At RSA, sunlight is the best disinfectant for snake oil

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As cybersecurity professionals milled about the convention floor at the RSA security conference, vendors peddled wares metaphorically doused in machine learning and artificial intelligence. At one both, a company took that formula for success to its logical end, hiring an actor complete with fake mustache and top-hat to hawk the “extract of AI in a bottle,” an overt snake-oil salesman amidst a sea of plausibly deniable snake-oil salesmen. From the exposition floor to the panel chambers, there is a pervasive sense that Machine ... Read More
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At RSA, sunlight is the best disinfectant for snake oil

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As cybersecurity professionals milled about the convention floor at the RSA security conference, vendors peddled wares metaphorically doused in machine learning and artificial intelligence. At one both, a company took that formula for success to its logical end, hiring an actor complete with fake mustache and top-hat to hawk the “extract of AI in a bottle,” an overt snake-oil salesman amidst a sea of plausibly deniable snake-oil salesmen. From the exposition floor to the panel chambers, there is a pervasive sense that Machine ... Read More
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G.E. Makes a Sharp ‘Pivot’ on Digital

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But the rethinking of GE Digital, with its future still under review by Mr. Flannery, points to the difficulty of producing modern software for industrial businesses as they adopt digital technology.No one disputes the overarching vision of the so-called industrial internet of things — which includes low-cost sensors and a flood of data and clever software that should deliver insights to cut costs, conserve fuel and design better products, faster. But the company greatly underestimated the challenges of creating all the software needed to achieve that grand vision, said analysts and former G.E. managers.... Read More
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A.I. Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit

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“There is a mountain of demand and a trickle of supply,” said Chris Nicholson, the chief executive and founder Skymind, a start-up working on A.I.That raises significant issues for universities and governments. They also need A.I. expertise, both to teach the next generation of researchers and to put these technologies into practice in everything from the military to drug discovery. But they could never match the salaries being paid in the private sector.... Read More
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A Stunning Gene-Therapy Breakthrough in the Fight Against Beta Thalassemia, a Devastating Blood Disease

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In 1976, my final year of medical school, I travelled abroad and spent several months working in the hematology clinic at Hadassah Hospital, in Jerusalem. Every day, I attended to children and teen-agers suffering from a blood disorder called beta thalassemia. They were easy to identify in the clinic waiting room. Their skin was a pale yellow, their skull and facial bones were distorted, and their abdomens bulged from an enlarged liver and spleen. Many were short of breath, with swollen legs and other signs of heart failure. Beta thalassemia, like its better-known cousin sickle-cell disease, is caused by a congenital defect in the globin protein, a key component of hemoglobin, the substance that allows our red blood cells to carry oxygen... Read More
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‘Outrageous’ $17 Toll to Cross the Verrazano Vexes Drivers

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Meanwhile, it costs nothing to take the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges across the East River to Manhattan.“There is no rhyme or reason to the tolls that people pay,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said when he addressed the issue in January by calling for “lowering the outer-borough tolls, which are crazy high” as part of any congestion pricing plan.For commuters like Marcel Vantuyn, the tolls add up quickly, even with E-ZPass discounts. He p... Read More
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It Could Be Game Over for a Onetime King of Donkey Kong

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Clearly this is a world where the phrase “it’s only a game” does not apply.There had been doubts ever since before the documentary. But the inquiry began just last year when a senior member of Twin Galaxies, Jeremy Young, filed a dispute claiming that some of Mr. Mitchell’s arcade score performances were generated using modified Donkey Kong arcade hardware.... Read More
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Daisy is Apple’s new iPhone-recycling robot

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Ahead of Earth Day, Apple has debuted a new robot named Daisy that can take apart iPhones in order to recover valuable materials inside, as reported by TechCrunch. The robot is a successor to Liam, another recycling robot made by... Read More
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New Imaging Method Identifies How Normal and Cancer Cells Move and Adapt

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New Imaging Method Identifies How Normal and Cancer Cells Move and Adapt Caption: A human breast cancer cell (green) in a zebrafish blood vessel (magenta) during part of the metastatic process. Captured from a still of a moving image, a cancer cell mimics the behavior of immune cells, where the cell ‘rolls’ thru the vessels. Credit: T. Liu et al./Science 2018 ... Read More
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Apple introduces iPhone-shredding Daisy robot ahead of environmental report

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Ahead of Earth Day and the release of its annual environmental report, Apple announced today that it has developed Daisy, a second-generation iPhone recycling robot capable of turning three iPhones per minute into sorted piles of parts. Rather than just leaving old devices intact, the machine enables Apple to reclaim “precious materials” — a process originally handled by a less capable robot, Liam, disclosed by the company in 2016. Made with some of Li... Read More
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Hearing the Cohen Case: A Soft-Spoken Judge Who ‘Carries a Big Stick’

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Although she had done nothing illegal, Judge Wood, 74, was a casualty of politics and continued on the bench at Federal District Court in Manhattan, one of the country’s highest-profile judicial stages.Over the years, she has handled several prominent cases, earning a reputation for being sensitive, demanding and — as could be relevant in Mr. Cohen’s matter — unequivocal in her expectations of public officials.“She’s sort of the judicial equi... Read More
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‘Outrageous’ $17 Toll to Cross the Verrazano Vexes Drivers

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Meanwhile, it costs nothing to take the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges across the East River to Manhattan.“There is no rhyme or reason to the tolls that people pay,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said when he addressed the issue in January by calling for “lowering the outer-borough tolls, which are crazy high” as part of any congestion pricing plan.For commuters like Marcel Vantuyn, the tolls add up quickly, even with E-ZPass discounts. He p... Read More
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Trump admin rolls out new rules for weapon, drone sales abroad

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But the changes may fall short of what the defense industry was hoping for, particularly when it comes to the export of military drones. The new rules, rolled out April 19, create broad new language emphasizing the need to consider economic benefits when looking at potential weapon exports to partner nations. ... Read More
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Matter: Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

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“We were so fascinated that they could stay underwater much longer than us local islanders,” Dr. Jubilado said. “I could see them literally walking under the sea.”Even as anthropologists study Bajau culture, biologists have grown curious about them, too. Bajau divers been observed plunging more than 200 feet underwater, their only protection a pair of wooden goggles — a physiological marvel.In 2015, Melissa Ilardo, then a graduate student in genetics at the University of Copenhagen, heard about the Bajau. She wondered if centuries of diving could have led to the evolution of trai... Read More
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iRobot CEO says the future of the smart home is going to mean making friends with robots

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What is the future of robotics and automation in the home? Over the last few years, the most obvious trend has been for virtual assistants like Alexa to link together smart devices through voice commands. But Colin Angle, the CEO and co-founder of Roomba creator iRobot, has other ideas. In an interview with The Verge, Angle says he believes the smart home of the future should itself be an “inside-out robot,” with sensors and mechanical controls for things like heating and lighting. A device like a Roomba would provide a key function, moving around the house to map out its rooms and feed this data into a home operating system. Paired with voice commands, the result would be a more intuitive smar... Read More
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Learn about the latest technological innovations in China

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Published on Apr 19, 2018From quantum satellites to solar-powered floating farms, learn more about the latest technological advances that are being developed in China. CGTN's Zhe Zheng reports. Category License Standard YouTube License No Closed Caption... Read More
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Are you Export Savvy? Get the Edge on Exporting with New Export.gov Resources

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. By Curt Cultice, Senior Communications Specialist, and Jennifer Stone Marshall, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service Setting your compass in international trade can be rewarding, but challenging. Are you wondering “What is my firm’s potential for international sales?” or “How do I find greater success abroad?” We have two new online tools that can help you chart a course: export.gov’s exporter (self) assessments and export business tip emails. Exporter Assessments Point the Way Forward T... Read More
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Why Can’t We Fix Puerto Rico’s Power Grid?

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And then the lights went out. Again. The loss of electrical power in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria churned across the islands in September 2017 was already the second-biggest blackout in the history of power on Earth—3.4 billion lost customer-hours. But in recent weeks, various agencies were touting their success in restoring Puerto Rico’s flattened grid. The numbers were encouraging; the US Department of Energy, working from data from the Puerto Rican power authority Pre... Read More
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Nest will provide 1 million thermostats to low-income homes as part of new Power Project

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Nest announced the Power Project today, an initiative that the company says is meant to raise awareness about the burden that utilities like energy can place on low-income families. The average US household spends 3.5 percent of income on energy, but one in five families spends 20 percent or more on their bill, and that can lead to a real struggle and hard decisions when budgeting. “We’re committed to installing one million energy- and money-saving thermostats in homes that need them most over the next five years by collaborating with energy companies, housing agencies like Fannie Mae, and non-profit organizations that are working to b... Read More
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Widescreen laptops are dumb

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I’ve been thinking about aspect ratios. After years of phones, laptops, tablets, and TV screens converging on 16:9 as the “right” display shape — allowing video playback without distracting black bars — smartphones have disturbed the universality recently by moving to even more elongated formats like 18:9, 19:9, or even 19.5:9 in the iPhone X’s case. That’s prompted me to consider where else the default widescreen proportions might be a poor fit, and I’ve realized that laptops are the worst offenders. Ask me to name the best laptops on the market, and my answer would be some ordering of Apple’s MacBook Pro, Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and Surface Book, and Google’s Pixelbook. Not coinci... Read More
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College Guide: Tuition Tips & Inspiring Your Teen

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HELPING STUDENTS PAY FOR COLLEGE With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, it’s never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college – and reduce reliance on student loans. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York stated that in 1995, 54 percent of graduates had loans averaging $11,491. It’s more recent data in 2015 showed 71 percent of graduates joined the workforce with student debt averaging slightly more than $35,000. What’s more, The Fed estimates 25 percent of those who owe federal student loans are delinquent or in default. The good news is that anyone willin... Read More
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Watch this robot bend pipe cleaners into hearts and stars

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Pipe cleaners probably played a large role in your life when you were a kid. Remember all those hours spent twisting the furry wires into weird and fun shapes? If the thought of doing that for hours hurts your hands, a Japanese tinkerer named Yoshihito Isogawa has created a robot that does the bending for you (as spotted by Gizmodo). When a pipe cleaner is fed into the machine, the robot moves the wire along until two robotic prongs can grab and bend the pipe cleaner into shape. It’s a clever machine, an... Read More
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How Tesla and Waymo are tackling a major problem for self-driving cars: data

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There’s a race happening right now that stretches from Silicon Valley to Detroit and back: who can make a self-driving car that behaves better than a human driver? It’s a far harder task than it sounded even a few years ago because human drivers know a lot — not just about their cars but about how people behave on the road when they’re behind the wheel. To reach that same kind of understanding, computerized cars need lots of data. And the two companies with the most data right now are Tesla and Waymo. Both Tesla and Waymo... Read More
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The Clever Vine-Like Robot That Grows and Steers With Air

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In a hallway of an engineering building at Stanford University, some devilish researchers have built a sprawling obstacle course. To make it through, competitors have to wind over sand, through a door, up some steps, and finally, through a forest of small pillars. Sounds like the Rube Goldbergian machinations of an grad student with too much time and Red Bull on their hands, but no: This is a robot training ground. See, a tracked robot might be able to navigate the sand and the steps, but good luck in the forest. A wheeled automaton could wel... Read More
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The Clever Vine-Like Robot That Grows and Steers With Air

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In a hallway of an engineering building at Stanford University, some devilish researchers have built a sprawling obstacle course. To make it through, competitors have to wind over sand, through a door, up some steps, and finally, through a forest of small pillars. Sounds like the Rube Goldbergian machinations of an grad student with too much time and Red Bull on their hands, but no: This is a robot training ground. See, a tracked robot might be able to navigate the sand and the steps, but good luck in the forest. A wheeled automaton could wel... Read More
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Tax Refund Tech Deals: Roomba, Essential Phone, Dell, Sony

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If you're in the mood for shopping, this is a great, great week. Especially if you're awaiting a juicy tax refund, why not treat yourself to something you probably need? Nintendo's Labo kits come out this Friday and are currently available for pre-order. You can learn more about the kits, which we love, and how to order them, here Our friends at TechBargains have also found our ... Read More
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How DNA Transfer Nearly Convicted an Innocent Man of Murder

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This investigation was published in partnership with The Marshall Project and FRONTLINE (PBS). When the DNA results came back, even Lukis Anderson thought he might have committed the murder. "I drink a lot," he remembers telling public defender Kelley Kulick as they sat in a plain interview room at the Santa Clara County, California, jail. Sometimes he blacked out, so it was possible he did something he didn't remember. "Maybe I did do it." Kulick shushed him. If she was ... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: A Q. & A. With the New L.I.R.R. President

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Photo Phillip Eng, the newly appointed president of the Long Island Rail Road, at the Jamaica station yesterday. Credit Johnny Milano for The New York Times Good morning on this cold and rainy Thursday.... Read More
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Nintendo Labo review: an incredible learning tool that’s a blast to play

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For the past few days, my living room has resembled a mid-1990s arcade. There’s a fishing game in a corner with a physical rod so you can reel in a digital catch. Beside it is a motorcycle racer where players can use their bodies and hands to navigate a twisting race track. There’s also a piano where you can record your own tracks and manipulate sounds with a series of strange knobs. Smack dab in the middle is a massive, angular backpack that y... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: Robotics and agriculture tech are promising sectors for young tech hubs

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This week, Startup Genome — an organization that researches tech ecosystems around the world — released its annual Global Startup Ecosystems report. While the report largely focused on international hubs like Beijing, Paris, and Tel Aviv, it also measured promising activity in U.S. cities like Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, and Houston. The report found that early-stage investment activity in sectors that Silicon Valley is most known for — adtech, gaming, and digital media — is declining, while it’s increasing in sectors like advanced manufacturing, robotics, and a... Read More
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Why Can’t We Fix Puerto Rico’s Power Grid?

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And then the lights went out. Again. The loss of electrical power in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria churned across the islands in September 2017 was already the second-biggest blackout in the history of power on Earth—3.4 billion lost customer-hours. But in recent weeks, various agencies were touting their success in restoring Puerto Rico’s flattened grid. The numbers were encouraging; the US Department of Energy, working from data from the Puerto Rican power authority Pre... Read More
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Do You Know Which Dog Breeds Are in a Mutt? Scientists Want to Find Out

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My qualification for dog guessing is that I spent my childhood studying the American Kennel Club breed book the way other kids studied baseball cards and automobile grills. It has stood me in good stead. My proudest moment in dog identification came when I correctly asked, about a small dog scurrying around a plant nursery in the Adirondacks, “Is that a Schipperke?”Yes! It was.I hav... Read More
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Manhattan Nanny Is Convicted in Murders of Two Children

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Ms. Ortega never disputed that she killed Leo Krim, 2, and his sister Lucia, 6, in the bathroom of their family’s Upper West Side apartment at 57 West 75th Street on Oct. 25, 2012.The children’s mother, Marina Krim, with her middle child in tow, came home around 5:30 p.m. and discovered the two children lying lifeless in the tub, stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife... Read More
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This autonomous robot can build an IKEA chair in less than 21 minutes

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Artificial intelligence has mastered something that humankind has failed at, repeatedly.An autonomous robot, designed by mechanical engineers in Singapore, can now assemble an IKEA chair from scratch without a manual in less than 21 minutes.Such a feat has been described as the “equivalent of the moon landings for robotics” because the skills required are straightforward but immensely complex. Damn those wooden dowels!And it illustrates the tremendous distance that automated systems robots have traveled in a short period time. The study was published Wednesday in Science Robotics.Video by: Suárez-Ruiz, Zhou, Pham, Sci. Robot. 3, eaat6385 (2018)Music by:Scot... Read More
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Dynetics wins $38 million contract for Gremlins drone program

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Dynetics has been awarded a 21-month, $38.6 million award for the third phase of a research effort that aims to recover drones in mid-air. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Gremlins program seeks to launch and recover quantities of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems. Dynetics, the sole performer on Phase 3 of the contract according to the company, will deploy a towed, stabilized capture device below, and away ... Read More
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RSA founders wrestle with how governments might use blockchain

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At the penultimate opening keynote at the encryption technology conference named after the company and technology he co-founded, Ronald Rivest admitted that his cryptography panel had something of a name problem. Rivest, who together with his co-panelist Adi Shamir helped establish the RSA system and a standard for public-key encryption, wanted to remind attendees, that “crypto is for cryptographers, and there should be something else for the cryptocurrency people.” ... Read More
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New York Attorney General Seeks Power to Bypass Presidential Pardons

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While Mr. Schneiderman’s jurisdiction does not encompass many of the areas being investigated by Mr. Mueller, a president has no authority to commute sentences or pardon offenses at the state level. That leaves convictions obtained by the state attorney general’s office or any other local prosecutor outside the president’s ability to intervene. The proposal would be structured so that it would not affect people who sought clemency after long jail sentences, an aide to Mr. Schneiderman said.If the proposed law is passed, anyone indicted o... Read More
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Mysterious Iranian missile on display in Army Day parade

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What the latest strike on Syria succeeded at (and what it didn’t)

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On April 13, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched the largest barrage of cruise missiles since the opening of the Gulf War. One hundred and five cruise missiles launched from sea and air struck three alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria. The majority of the US military's strike package—75 cruise missiles—targeted a cluster of three buildings on the outskirts of Damascus, in the midst of Syria's greatest concentration of air defenses. But while President Donald Trump was quick to tweet "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED," US military officials have already acknowledged that the strikes did little to blunt Syria's capacity to manufacture and deliver chemical weapons.... Read More
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How Elon Musk could recover rockets with balloons — just not the party kind

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On Sunday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned his Twitter followers that he had an idea that was “gonna sound crazy:” his company might use a “giant party balloon” to recover the upper stage of its Falcon 9 rocket from orbit. How could a party balloon help SpaceX bring back a rocket that’s traveling thousands of miles per hour through space? Well, Musk has made bizarre SpaceX decrees before, which have later become reality: The company did launch his Tesla into deep space, after all. And this balloon concept does have a history: for decades, NASA and other researchers have studied how to use i... Read More
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Avengers: Infinity War may be gearing up to fix Marvel’s X-Men continuity problem

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Warning: major spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron and the comics crossover event House of M ahead. In 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios introduced the speedster hero Quicksilver — and then promptly killed him off. There are a lot of potential reasons for Pietro Maximoff to die in the film series, rather than joining the Avengers with his sister Wanda, aka the Scarlet Witch. Marvel Studios may have wanted to avoid confusion with the version of Quicksilver appearing in th... Read More
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Assembling Ikea furniture should be a new benchmark for robot dexterity

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It can be difficult to keep track of the progress being made in robotics, but one useful (if informal) marker is how good machines are at assembling Ikea furniture. Why? Because putting together your average Billy bookcase involves skills that are intuitive for humans but challenging for robots. Figuring out how a number of components fit together to make a finished product is basically one big 3D puzzle involving complex movements and the manipulation of delicate items like pins and screws. For bigger pieces of furniture, you also have to coordinate multiple actors. (Although admittedly, robots find this part easier than humans.) With that in mind, here’s your latest Ikea Robot Assembl... Read More
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A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown

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And just like that, humanity draws one step closer to the singularity, the moment when the machines grow so advanced that humans become obsolete: A robot has learned to autonomously assemble an Ikea chair without throwing anything or cursing the family dog. Researchers report today in Science Robotics that they’ve used entirely off-the-shelf parts—two industrial robot arms with force sensors and a 3-D camera—to piece together one of those ... Read More
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Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt says Silicon Valley will need ‘AI principles’ before working with US military

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Silicon Valley is going to have to work through its qualms about providing AI services to the military, said Alphabet board member and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Schmidt said that AI would be useful for “defensive and perhaps offensive purposes” in warfare, and developing the technology would have to be done with the help of the private sector. When asked by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) how this would work considering the “reluctance” of tech companies to work with the Department of Defense, Schmidt suggested that firms will need ... Read More
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ScienceTake: How a Common Beetle May Offer Deep Insights Into Evolution

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“As valuable as knowing everything about Drosophila is, it’s not the whole universe,” he said.Excerpts of a telephone conversation with Dr. Parker are below, edited for clarity and length.Q. How old were you when rove beetles became your passion?A: Seven years old was when I started. All of the rest of the world fell away and it was just me and insects. Gr... Read More
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Trilobites: New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses

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“They are a potential source of human infection,” said Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, the epidemiologist at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia who was the senior author on the study. “The real message is that these things are everywhere.”The mice appeared to be healthy, and Dr. Lipkin said he presumes that they are carriers of the bacteria but are not affected by them.Dr. Lipkin said it was not clear whether the mice were getting the antibiotic-resistant bacteria from people — say, by eating food contaminated with the feces of someone taking antibiotics — or whether the bacter... Read More
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Judge Orders New Lead Inspections in New York Public Housing

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The housing authority will contest the record at a hearing next week, Jasmine Blake, a spokeswoman for the agency, said.Before her ruling from the bench, Justice Edmead questioned Nycha’s ability to carry out the inspections without a court order.“There is a whole credibility issue if we should leave this to Nycha or a Nycha-selected contractor,” she said.A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the mayor’s role in the lead paint inspections.“This administration did not start these pr... Read More
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VW vows to build massive electric car charging network across US

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Volkswagen wants to sell more electric cars in the US, but to do that, it needs to spend millions of dollars on building out the country’s underdeveloped charging infrastructure. Toward that end, the auto giant’s subsidiary, Electrify America, announced today that it plans to install EV charging stations at more than 100 Walmarts in 34 states by mid-2019. The announcement came a few days after Porsche, which is owned by VW Group, hinted at plans to build 500 of its own EV charging stations in the US. The Walmart charging stations are part of a broader Electrify America project to install 2,000 chargers at nearly 500 charging stations across ... Read More
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A Rule Is Changed for Young Immigrants, and Green Card Hopes Fade

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“They are looking for what he calls ‘loopholes,’ and what we call protections, and trying to close them,” said Wendy Young, the executive director of Kids In Need of Defense, a nonprofit organization that represents young immigrants who come to the country unaccompanied. “Under this administration, everybody is presenting a fraudulent claim, rather than, ‘Why is this child here and do they need protection?’”So far, at least 81 applicants from the New York City area have been denied or were told they would soon be denied by the ... Read More
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U.S. Moves to Block Sales by Chinese Telecom Equipment Makers

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Huawei is a global telecommunications equipment powerhouse, with $93 billion in revenue last year. It has spent millions trying to pry its way into the United States but found few takers — save for smaller, rural telecom companies that receive federal subsidies and would likely be barred from working with it by the F.C.C. rule.Huawei’s troubles in the United States have been mounting since 2012, when a congressional report warned that its gear could be used to spy on Americans or to destabilize American telecom networks. The company spent ... Read More
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Economic Scene: Facebook Is Creepy. And Valuable.

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We don’t know.“We don’t understand the value to us of the new data economy nor the risks it entails,” said Leonard Nakamura, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia who has studied the economic impact of data. “We just let it rip and now are trying to catch up.” Unfortunately, we have only rudimentary tools to measure the good and the bad.As the data-driven economy continues evolving at breakneck speed, catching up may be beyond our reach; we will build the guardrails by trial and error. The risk is that policy will be driven mostly by fear.... Read More
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Supreme Court Divided on Sales Taxes for Online Purchases

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“Is there anything we can do to give Congress a signal that it should act more affirmatively in this area?” Justice Sotomayor asked.But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that “it would be very strange for us to tell Congress it ought to do something in any particular area.”Both he and Justice Elena Kagan said the fact that Congress has so far chosen not to act was itself a telling indication that it was satisfied with the current system.The chief justice added that the marketplace may already be addressing the problem.... Read More
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Trump’s new drone, defense export rules expected this week

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Restrictions on unmanned exports expected to be eased WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration this week is expected to announce new guidance on the export of defense equipment, as well as new rules loosening restrictions on drone exports, all as part of a broader push by President Donald Trump to encourage growth in the defense ind... Read More
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Spread your arms like a bird and control a drone with this exosuit

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Have you ever wanted to fly a drone with your body? How about while wearing a VR headset that shows you a first-person perspective from the drone and where it’s flying in real time? This is now a reality, thanks to a drone and exosuit developed by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne University in Switzerland. It’s called the FlyJacket, and the user controlling the drone wears a VR headset and a soft upper-body exoskeleton that syncs their movement with the drone’s. The user spreads their arms wide (like wings), and when they turn or roll their body, the drone will mo... Read More
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Do You Know Which Dog Breeds Are in a Mutt? Scientists Want to Find Out

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My qualification for dog guessing is that I spent my childhood studying the American Kennel Club breed book the way other kids studied baseball cards and automobile grills. It has stood me in good stead. My proudest moment in dog identification came when I correctly asked, about a small dog scurrying around a plant nursery in the Adirondacks, “Is that a Schipperke?”Yes! It was.I hav... Read More
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How debate around one unique skeleton shifted from aliens to mutations to ethics

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EnlargeBhattacharya et al. 2018 In 2003, Oscar Munoz found a mummy in the Atacama Desert ghost town of La Noria. The six-inch-long mummy, now called Ata, has an elongated skull, oddly shaped eye sockets, and only ten pairs of ribs... which helped fuel wild speculation that she was an alien hybrid. Ata was sold several times—probably illegally—and ended up in the private collection of Barcelona entrepreneur and UFO enthusiast Ramón Navia-Osorio. A 2013 documentary called Sirius... Read More
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Google’s New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn’t Need AI

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Google’s heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company’s software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What unlikely feats could be next? The company’s new head of AI says he’d like to see Google move deeper into areas such as healthcare. He also warns that the company will face some tricky ethical questions over appropriate uses for AI as it expands its use of the technology. The new AI boss at Google is Jeff Dean. The lean 50-year-old computer scientist joined the co... Read More
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TED 2018: Soul-Searching at the Inspiration Assembly Line

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Somewhere between my eighth and eighteenth turmeric lattes, I realized I was dangerously close to falling for TED. The annual conference, which gathers elite technologists, thought leaders, scientists, economists, futurists, visionaries, activists, physicists, poets, enthusiasts, academics, entertainers and billionaires has a binary reputation: For anyone who hasn’t been, it’s an object of easy mockery. For anyone who has, it’s a religion. After five days in the garden of TED, downing blueberry mint kombucha, champagne gummy bears and green juice described as “good for when you feel like you’re being chased by a... Read More
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Tax Refund Tech Deals: Roomba, Essential Phone, Dell, Sony

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If you're in the mood for shopping, this is a great, great week. Especially if you're awaiting a juicy tax refund, why not treat yourself to something you probably need? Nintendo's Labo kits come out this Friday and are currently available for pre-order. You can learn more about the kits, which we love, and how to order them, here Our friends at TechBargains have also found our ... Read More