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Don’t get too excited about Facebook and Musk’s brain-interface ideas

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There has been a lot of excitement recently about developments in brain-computer interfacing. According to the team at Facebook, pretty soon we will be able to type using our minds and hear through our skin. And according to Elon Musk, one day soon we may be able to upload and download thoughts. Ideas such as the ability to type 100 words per minute with your mind, or learning kung fu a la The Matrix have been... Read More
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Turtle Rock’s Steve Goldstein believes the console game industry lacks risk takers

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I’ve formed a lot of opinions about the game industry over the years. And I recent got the chance to spout them in a conversation with Steve Goldstein, president of Turtle Rock Studios, the maker of the Evolve video game published by Take-Two Interactive’s 2K label in February 2015. At UCLA, we gave a talk before a group of game industry lawyers from the Video Game Bar Association. We were encouraged to talk about the whole industry’s trends, and we started about by noting how conservative the console game industry has become, with huge budgets that are forcing publishers to be very careful when it comes to la... Read More
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Inside the high-tech simulator where NYC ferry captains learn to avoid killing kayakers

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South Korean Youth Struggle To Find Jobs After Years Of Studying For Tests

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Enlarge this image Students try out a Samsung Electronics Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone at a shop in Seoul, South Korea, on April 27. Many post-college grads in South Korea spend years studying for tests in the ... Read More
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G7 Summit concludes with more questions than answers

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The G7 summit closed with a consensus on terrorism, compromise on trade and confusion on the environment. There was also condemnation of Pyongyang, and criticism of Moscow. For the first time, Washington split with its partners on a major, common challenge: climate change.CGTN's Mariam Zaidi reports from Taormina, Sicily.... Read More
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Welcome to Pandora, avatars are included

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The human brain isn’t accustomed to seeing mountains floating in the sky, so it’s hard to process exactly what you’re seeing the first time you step into Pandora: The World of Avatar. The latest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is mostly hidden as you walk the rest of the grounds, but cross the right bridge, and you’ll see those mountains, hovering off in the distance. It’s enough to cause a moment of legitimate cognitive dissonance: are they real? Is it an optical illusion? Are they actually floating? The mountains were a key piece of the landscape in James Cameron’s 2009 film: massive chunks of stone hovering magically in the air. The indigenou... Read More
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Google reportedly launched an AI investment program

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Google has reportedly launched a new program to support promising AI ventures. The initiative will provide services ranging from mentorship to workspace, according to Axios. The most promising startups or projects may receive co-investments from the new initiative and Google Ventures ranging from $1 million to $10 million. A Google spokesperson declined to comment. The new initiative could have something to do with Google’s ... Read More
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Rechler: LI’s continued economic growth requires industrial space

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Long Island’s economy is thriving and the lack of available industrial properties tells this story. Businesses are moving east at an exponential pace in search of the next available and affordable source of industrial space. Much like our grandfather did 60 years ago, my cousin Gregg and I see the potential for economic prosperity in parts of Long Island where others might not. The East End is primed to be the next frontier for industrial businesses, and we are working vigorously to stay ahead of the curve. The Hampton Business District, where we recently brok... Read More
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Robert Mercer Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In Finance And Conservative Politics

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Enlarge this image Billionaire Robert Mercer speaks on the phone during the 12th International Conference on Climate Change on March 23, 2017. The Washington Post/Getty Images... Read More
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Obesity Surgery May Work by Remaking Your Gut Microbiome

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If you want to lose weight, there’s an app for that. Actually, hundreds. Fitbits, step trackers, food logs, calorie counters—people are increasingly using digital tools to fight obesity. But every year nearly 200,000 Americans opt for a more extreme, old-fashioned solution: surgery. Physically altering the size and shape of the stomach has proven to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for morbid obesity, cutting the risk of premature death by up to 40 percent.Bariatric surgery comes in a few flavors; there are stomach staples and industrial strength rubber bands. The most successful approach of all—a technique known as... Read More
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Trump fan fight ends with higher energy standards

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Following two delays and litigation by New York State and ten other states and municipalities, the Trump Administration has set a date for new energy efficiency standards to take effect for ceiling fans. The Department of Energy on Jan 19 published new energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans set to take effect March 20. It then put them on hold. The Trump Administration delayed the rule’s effective date twice, prompting litigation by New York State as well as various other states and municipalities. New York State and 10 other states and municipalities on April 3 argued the Administration’s delays broke the law. The suit, filed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, argued that delaying the rule vio... Read More
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Trump Administration Reverses Course On Energy Efficiency Standard Following AG Lawsuit

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Attorney General Schneiderman had sued the Trump Department of Energy in April, charging that the Administration violated federal law. New York, NY - May 26, 2017 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s notice that it will end its delay of energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans that offer dramatic air pollution reductions, as well as energy- and cost-savings to consumers and businesses. Attorney General Schneiderman, leading a 11-member state and municipal coalition, had sued the Trump Department of Energy (DOE) in April, charging that the Administration’s continued d... Read More
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No. 219: Mark Cuban, Casper the friendly mattress and guess what’s selling better than Viagra

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TGIF: Welcome to the Friday edition and hope it’s capping an awesome week. The Innovate staff is celebrating the long Memorial Day weekend, so no Tuesday newsletter. Please do take a moment to thank the 1.8 million Americans who have died in uniformed service to our country. Today’s birthday troika: Peggy Lee, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz. 30 Rock rocks: The Feinstein Institute celebrated the remarkable achievements of its ... Read More
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Azure IoT Cloud enabled for Cisco Fog deployments

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Microsoft has announced a partnership with Cisco, to enable the Azure IoT suite to connect and interoperate with Cisco Fog deployments. The announcement, made at the Cisco IoT World Forum in London, is intended to extend the strengths of the Azure Cloud IoT Suite to the edge, to maximize IoT utility for clients of both companies. Connecting Azure to Cisco Fog is intended to benefit joint customers by allowing them to build and host applications for IoT devices in the Azure Cloud environment, then to extend those applications to the edge with Cisco Fog. Io... Read More
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Leaders speak of a ‘retrofitted’ suburbia

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Two transportation initiatives announced Wednesday will boost Long Island’s economy, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told local leaders at the Hauppauge Industrial Association Business Trade Show & Conference executive lunch today in Brentwood. Those projects – the MTA-approved funding for the proposed LIRR third track and the addition of Denver-based Frontier Airlines, which will start service at Long Island MacArthur Airport to Orlando – will help to retrofit suburbia, he said. The efforts will help to make the region competitive, attracting a young knowledge workforce. “It will create an environment in which they can thrive and make the region accessible to them,” he said. These initiatives ... Read More
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Stony Brook honors historian focusing on health

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Stony Brook University has named Paul Kelton, a historian who specializes in the impact diseases brought by Europeans had on Native Americans and history, as the first Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. The Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History last February created the chair thanks to an unspecified donation from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Kelton served as Professor of History at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and is the author of numerous books including Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast, 1492-1715. He got his Ph.D., from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 and has since specialized in studying the ... Read More
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How Unity convinced investors it’s worth $2.6 billion

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From what we hear, a lot of investors in Silicon Valley wanted to get in on Unity Technologies’ $400 million funding round. Unity received bids, or term sheets, for more than three times the amount of money it was seeking, according to a source familiar with the matter. And that puts John Riccitiello, CEO of San Francisco-based Unity, in a very good position. He raised money for the game engine maker at a time when he didn’t need it, and he was able to provide liquidity for some of the company’s 1,400 employees, as about half of the $200 million went to the employees. Riccitiello said... Read More
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Rackspace continues managed services pivot with TriCore acquisition

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Cloud services firm Rackspace is doubling down on its push to be a managed services provider with the acquisition of TriCore, a company that provides support and management services for applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence, and analytics systems. The deal is supposed to help Rackspace win more business from customers who want help running their critical applications. Prior to the acquisition, Rackspace wasn’t able to help those customers who wanted assistance managing applications like Oracle EBS, according to Matt Bradley, the company’s vice president of corporate development and strategy. Rackspace’s customers, however, are... Read More
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Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

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This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere. I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at The Wall Street Journal, and during that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the makers of the tech revolution, and to ruminate — and sometimes to fulminate — about their creations. Now, as I prepare to retire at the end of that very long and world-changing stretch, it seems appropriate to ponder the sweep of consumer technology in that period, and what we can expect next. Let me start by revising the oft-quoted first line of my first Personal Technology ... Read More
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Level up game dev with one platform for all stakeholders

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Presented by Assembla Collaboration is taking over game development. As studios become increasingly global and start adopting agile project frameworks, silos are breaking down, connectivity is increasing, and teamwork becomes the gateway to games shipped intact, on time, and without the bugs that piss off the players who’ve been waiting for your newest release. Open communication is key for identifying issues early, brainstorming new and innovative ideas, and coming up with solutions when a crisis occurs, especially as games become more complex — especially when you add virtual reality and augmented reality into the mix. That means teams are becoming more complex too. Rise of the st... Read More
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Worldpay demos system for making payments inside virtual reality worlds

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With virtual reality (VR) seemingly infiltrating every facet of our lives, from movie theaters and theme parks to TV broadcasting and internet searches, it’s only a matter of time before com... Read More
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Why Far Cry 5’s Mountain West extremism enables Ubisoft to criticize America

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Ubisoft is going to screw up Far Cry 5 — at least as far as my expectations are concerned. But it can only fail because it has made some fascinating and smart choices about where to set the next game in this open-world shooter series. Unlike the previous Far Cry games, which have repeatedly had players traveling to remote regions of the globe to kill well-armed locals, Far Cry 5 will take you to Montana. The publisher has all but confirmed that state is the setting in a handful of teaser videos, and it is planning a full unveiling on Friday. Earlier today, Ubisoft also revealed what looks like th... Read More
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Building a secure SD-WAN architecture

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Steve Woo, co-founder at VeloCloud, discusses the top requirements for a comprehensive SD-WAN security strategy… Security is often the single biggest concern that CIOs and CISOs have when they are contemplating a new networking architecture. They want to be sure that moving from a traditional WAN architecture to one that is software-defined (SD-WAN) improves security, especially in an environment where they need the business agility to get remote sites up and running quickly. An SD-WAN is a logical overlay network that encompasses any WAN transport – public, private, even LTE – and is independent of any particular carrier or service provider. The overlay occurs between any two SD-WAN nodes, ... Read More
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This isn’t the VR we’ve been dreaming of — and that’s a good thing

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When the term “virtual reality” first became a topic of general conversation, many people had grand expectations of what it would look like when it arrived. Spurred by sci-fi movies like 1982’s “Tron” and 1992’s “The Lawnmower Man,” we imagined complex, fully immersive environments entered using headsets and specialized haptic suits. A quarter-century later, we’re still not quite there. Hollywood studios and game developers still face challenges fulfilling that flashy vision of VR. What we’re seeing instead are different kinds of VR success stories – ones we never anticipated. For example, corporations have quietly been taking advantage of VR, with companies like PwC, Accenture, and travel center giant... Read More
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SteamWorld Dig 2 wants you to help write the game’s text

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Image & Form Games is hoping the community will steampower its latest Ambassador Challenge contest with enthusiasm for the SteamWorld universe. The studio’s latest challenge is to devise a robot mining proverb for the characters in SteamWorld Dig 2, which is slated to launch later this year as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. It’s the second contest held for the upcoming game, and the first one last month attracted nearly ... Read More
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Open19 Initiative launches for data centre and edge

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The Open19 Initiative, a foundation focused on open data center and edge solutions, has officially launched. The group hopes to create standardized solutions for open hardware and software solutions in data centers worldwide. Originally formulated by the engineering team at LinkedIn, the initiative launched with additional founding members including Flex, GE Digital, HP Enterprise, and Vapor IO. Open19 aims to develop a model for future data center construction that uses standardized racks and cages, and pre-defined network and power. The Open19 platform defines the form factor, power, and network to servers in the data center. The idea was to create a standard that could be applied in any 19-inch rack, promoting the ide... Read More
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Why AI won’t replace all human data analysts

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While artificial intelligence for self-driving cars and virtual assistants gets a lot of attention, the past few months have seen a wave of AI advancements focused on the tasks of analysts. “Analyst” is a ubiquitous role, found in every industry that touches data. Analysts use the measurements we take of our world and try to answer relevant business questions — a role that is critical to gaining value from data. Yet AI appears to be increasingly encroaching on the role of analysts. This month Apple acquired Lattice.io for $200 million to automatically turn unstructured data ... Read More
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The World Is Running Out of Sand

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Elon Musk “cautiously optimistic” about Paris climate deal after speaking to Trump

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US Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler for cheating emissions tests

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US Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler for cheating emissions tests - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoad... Read More
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Administration Moves Forward with Plans to Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Seeks Comments from the U.S. Public

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John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere On May 18, the Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As provided by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin. As part of the 90-day process – and in an effort to hear from you – the Administration has published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) soliciting public comments on the renegotiation. Per the FRN, the Administration seeks comments on general and product-specific negotiating objectives, as well as comments on specific provisions.  Fo... Read More
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New cloud framework for mobile biometrics

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Researchers from the IEEE have proposed a high-performance cluster cloud framework to help manage the mountains of data associated with mobile biometric authentication. In large-scale experimental tests, the team found that using a cloud-based biometric authentication framework, or BAMCloud, helped to achieve network speed performance of over eight times more than alternate methods, with a performance success rate of 96.23%. Additionally, a cost-benefit analysis of the BAMCloud system shows that the cost to install and run it is lower than alternate biometric authentication methods. The increasing adoption of biometric identity verification,... Read More
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9 ways AI isn’t going to be like Hollywood

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When Hollywood isn’t doing comic book franchises, it’s doing AI. Why? Because AI gives us a window into our own souls by challenging us to consider what it means to be human, what it means to think, and what our place in the world is. It’s a topic that’s ripe for philosophical discussion, and hard-hitting directors such as Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, and Spike Jonze have all used it as a platform to explore what a world of AI looks like — and what it might mean to live in it. There’s also a long history of villainous AI, perhaps because those “just a machine” antagonists make human leads seem all the more heroic, or perhaps because science fiction has become increasingly dystopian over time... Read More
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Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

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There’s never a dull moment when you’re Phil Rugile, who pulls double duty as director of the hyperactive LaunchPad Huntington and as “human capital strategist” at eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting/corporate prepaid solutions specialist that remains one of Long Island’s great innovation success stories. When Innovate LI last Debriefed the media-savvy entrepreneur, LaunchPad Hunti... Read More
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China’s wild geese are dying because they’re too well-behaved for their own good

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A Curious Plan to Save the Environment With the Blockchain

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Magic internet money—also known as cryptocurrency—is at an all-time high. The experts who watch this stuff predict that one bitcoin (the most famous cryptocurrency) will soon be worth $2,000.The big selling point of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is their use of something called the blockchain to make any transaction mossstly trustworthy. In a cryptocash economy, the blockchain renders treasuries, banks, credit cards, and other financial organs vestigial. Enthusiasts believe these decentralized, cryptograp... Read More
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“Twin Peaks: The Return” and the Search for David Lynch

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European directors call on U.S. internet giants to help finance more films

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In the face of continued disruption of creative markets, a list of more than 80 notable European directors issued a call today at the Cannes International Film Festival for “internet giants” to invest more in the region’s film scene. Cannes has already been swirling with controversy this year due to the inclusion of two Netflix original films that had not previously been screened in movie theaters. This stoked ... Read More
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How Shadow of War will test your skill in breaking fortresses

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For those who miss The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, Warner Bros.’ games based on the J.R.R. Tolkien universe of Middle-earth are the next best thing. In fact, I find that the stories in the Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War games are truly Tolkienesque in quality. And that’s why Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and its Monolith Productions studio are putting so much effort into the new Middle-earth: Shadow of War video game. This sequel to 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor looks like it will be a worthy successor to perhaps the best Tolkien video game of all time. ... Read More
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Iceland Is Beautiful Except for the 2 Million Tourists

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Iceland is a windswept, volcanic island about the size of Kentucky. It’s a beautiful place, a land of vast tundra, stunning fjords, and tumbling waterfalls. You could call it idyllic. Quiet even. Well, before the tourists found it, that is.Cheap flights and the exposure brought by Game of Thrones conspired to make Iceland the vacation destination. The place teems with globetrotters, and French photographer Denis Meyer spent weeks among them in March for his series Iceland: The Silent Epidemic. “I wanted to see the consequences of tourism in ecological and societal terms,” he says. Calling it an epidemic feels a... Read More
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“Janesville” and the Costs of American Optimism

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Keep on truckin’: 5 companies disrupting the road freight industry

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So Uber officially launched its not-so-secret trucking business, Uber Freight, on Thursday, as the Silicon Valley tech titan looks to infiltrate another lucrative industry: long-distance road freight. Uber first announced the service back in September, but the program had remained in stealth mode ever since. In a nutshell, Uber Freight wants to do for the trucking and logistics industries what Uber has been doing for the personal mobility sphere for years — match supply with demand. More spe... Read More
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‘A Kingdom On Wheels’: The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen

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Enlarge this image A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus truck is unloaded as the "Out of this World" show is set up at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. This was one of the last few stops... Read More
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SteamVR Home beta test gets new social features

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SteamVR is an essential platform for virtual reality and, starting today, exploring it is about to get a whole lot better. In a community post published today, Valve Software is announcing a major update that will vastly improve the way users can interact with VR content and friends. SteamVR Home is the name of a new beta program that will bring a wealth of new options to users including new environments, avatars and social capabilities. ... Read More
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How one entrepreneur is building bridges to help spur American innovation

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As the U.S. becomes acclimated to the reality of a new president, something that’s on the minds of Americans is the changing economic landscape. People are fearful of the impact automation and technology has on their livelihoods — it’s estimated that 5 million jobs could be lost by 2020 because of the “fourth industrial revolution,” according to the 2016 World Economic Forum. Is the solution to all of this simply teaching workers how to code? Obviously not. “Countries will have to invest in transforming their workforce if they want to keep up with the changes and avoid a worse case scenario of ‘talent sho... Read More
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Why Destiny 2 is on Blizzard’s launcher, not Steam

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Destiny 2 is coming to PC … eventually, but it’s not coming to Steam. But this doesn’t signify that Activision Blizzard is preparing to battle Valve over selling third-party games. Bungie unveiled Destiny 2 yesterday, and the blockbuster game studio revealed that the PC version of the sci-fi cooperative shooter is due out on just the Blizzard app at some point in the future (the studio did not confirm that Destiny 2 will hit PC alongside the console versions on September 8). This means that you’ll find it sitting with Hearthstone, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft on Battle.net — although Bl... Read More
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Stony Brook University Celebrates 57th Commencement Ceremony

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Stony Brook, New York - May 19, 2017 – Words of encouragement, wisdom and sage advice  prevailed from all who addressed the class of 2017 during the 57th Commencement Ceremony at Stony Brook University today, including honorary degree recipients Michael J. Fox and Jonathan Oringer, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and student speaker, Danielle Jean. “Every single one of you has the power within you to impact the world, if you choose to act," said Fox, who received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. "You represent a world of endless possibilities," he told the ... Read More
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How video games help improve real-world AI

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For decades, video games have been criticized for purportedly wasting time, stifling creativity, and even influencing violent behaviors. Now, it seems that video games have become an unlikely tool for AI researchers to improve their systems. Seeing stop signs Take, for example, Artur Filipowicz, an AI researcher at Princeton University who’s been trying to develop software fo... Read More
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‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change

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‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};... Read More
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Big investment, tiny particles and a giant leap for BNL

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BY MICHAEL FAIRLIE // Brookhaven National Laboratory is stepping up its electromicroscopy game, in a big way. The fiscal year 2017 New York State budget includes $15 million for the Upton laboratory to purchase and install a cryo-electron microscope, which will work in tandem with the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the world’s brightest synchrotron light source. ... Read More
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Hackers Are Trying to Reignite WannaCry With Non-Stop Botnet Attacks

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Over the past year, two digital disasters have rocked the internet. The botnet known as Mirai knocked a swath of major sites off the web last September, including Spotify, Reddit, and the New York Times. And over the past week, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak crippled systems ranging from healthcare to transportation in 150 countries before it an unlikely “kill-switch” in its code shut it down.Now, a few devious hackers appear to be trying to combine those two internet plagues: They’re using their own copycats of the Mirai botnet to attack WannaCry’s kill-switch. So far, researchers have managed to fight... Read More
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THIS SUNDAY! JOIN LEGISLATOR KENNEDY AND LEGISLATOR WALKER FOR “CLEAN-UP MASSAPEQUA PRESERVE DAY”

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Nassau County Legislators James D. Kennedy and Rose Marie Walker are sponsoring a neighborhood clean-up at the Peter J. Schmitt Massapequa Preserve on Sunday, May 21st  All neighbors are invited to join the clean-up!         WHEN:          Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am WHERE:       Peter J. Schmitt Massapequa Preserve                         Meeting location:  Corner of Parkside Blvd and Pittsburgh Ave. “Our environme... Read More
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EA is getting spectators to watch Madden NFL and FIFA esports matches

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This weekend, a lot of gamers are going to sit around and watch cyberathletes play video games in the FIFA 17 world championships, just a week after the Madden NFL 17 finals. In the physical world, pro football and soccer events are among the biggest spectator sports in the world. But Electronic Arts is making progress in getting fans to watch digital versions of those sports in the form of video game esports tournaments. It may sound like the strangest thing in the world that fans would spectate gamers playing a multiplayer match of a Madden NFL Football video game or FIFA 17. But EA is drawing bigger and bigger crowds as it levels up “competitive gaming,” as it prefers to call the esports phenomenon. Todd Sitri... Read More
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Microsoft’s renewed embrace of developers, developers, developers, developers

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Stony Brook’s Susmita Pati Receives National Recognition for Innovative Pediatric Program

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Stony Brook’s Susmita Pati Receives National Recognition for Innovative Pediatric Program Susmita Pati, MD, MPH STONY BROOK, NY, May 19, 2017 -- Susmita Pati, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, received the Academic Pediatric Association Healthcare Delivery Award for Stony Brook C... Read More
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World of Warcraft in the streets, edtech MMO in the sheets

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Presented by Intel Immersed Games is an early-stage edtech (educational technology) startup unlike any other, the brainchild of a diehard MMORPG player and PhD candidate Lindsey Tropf, born in the wake of a World-of-Warcraft­triggered epiphany. And suddenly Tropf found herself the founder and CEO of a game company. The WoW moment “I had been a pretty hardcore gamer myself, but not into game development at all,” Tropf says. “I was working on more an educator path, but I realized the immense power games have for learning while playing World of Warcraft one day.” In the midst of a game session, she turned to her husband and asked where to find something, Tropf recalls. ... Read More
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Why machine learning is set to transform identity and access management

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Alvaro Hoyos, CISO at OneLogin, suggests why sophisticated access control should be a key priority in a business’ security strategy… Security breaches, ransomware, and (suspected) state-sponsored cybersecurity incidents, are making headlines every day and the average person is on higher alert for anything security-related. This, of course, has percolated into boardrooms and management discussions. If security and risk management is not one of the top five priorities your business is focused on, then you might be in for a rude awakening, sooner rather th... Read More
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AI Weekly: Google shifts from mobile-first to AI-first world

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: “An important shift from a mobile first world to an AI first world,” declared Google CEO Sundar Pichai, summarizing the Google I/O 2017 keynote yesterday. His description of the changes underway at his company apply to nearly every business today. Almost all of Google’s announcements touched on AI in one way or another. From introducing a ... Read More
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How Boring Old Pension Funds Might Curb Global Warming

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If civilization still exists a century from now, Earth ought to throw a parade for pension funds. For all their fiscally conservative stodginess, the people tasked with safeguarding your nest egg are forcing the financial world to pay attention to climate change.Last week, some retirement funds and church endowments, along with BlackRock, the world’s largest investment bank, approved a proposal that Occidental Petroleum begin researching and reporting its ... Read More
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Gerhard Steidl Is Making Books an Art Form

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The University of Göttingen, in Germany, owns one of the world’s rarest books: an intact Gutenberg Bible. When Gerhard Steidl, a printer and publisher of photography books, was growing up in Göttingen, in the nineteen-fifties and sixties, the book—one of only twenty surviving complete copies, and one of only four printed on vellum, rather than on paper—was sometimes on display at the university’s library. Steidl, whose father worked as a cleaner in the presses of the local newspaper, had developed a precocious interest in the technical aspects of printing, and one day he asked the librarians if he might examine the book. “I wanted to learn as mu... Read More
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The Senate Starts to Look at Trump’s Businesses

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Where data ends, the real business intelligence begins

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By GREGORY ZELLER // In the Big Data era, simply having data isn’t enough – it’s what you do with it that counts. That’s the thinking behind SFL Scientific LLC, a 2015 startup that puts the intelligence in “business intelligence” by not only crunching numbers, but helping clients understand what the algorithms and other data-driven discoveries really mean – and how best to capitalize on them. Technically headquartered in Boston, but with the bulk of its operations based in Huntington, the industry-agnostic data-science consultancy is very much “a traditional kind of professional-service consulting firm,” according to cofounder and CEO Michael... Read More
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Remembering a visionary, Spectronics co-founder Bill Cooper

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Bill Cooper was ahead of his time, coming up with ideas for products made with ultraviolet light long before they caught on. He came up with using ultraviolet light to detect counterfeit bills and to detect air conditioning leaks in cars. Those products caught on worldwide, as he helped turn ultraviolet light into a tool for safety and efficiency – and helped grow his firm to about 180 employees – with jobs currently open for another ten. Cooper, the co-founder and CEO of Spectronics and a visionary entrepreneur whose products are used around the world from automobiles to counterfeit detection, died recently. A Lloyd Harbor resident whose firm is based in Westbury, Cooper passed away on March 27 of heart failu... Read More
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Destiny 2 new additions: Clans, more co-op play, and Red War story mode

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Activision and Bungie revealed the first new details of the Destiny 2 science-fiction shooter that comes out on the consoles and the PC in September. Among those details are the first fragments of the game”s main campaign narrative. The Red War campaign will send you across the solar system and back, said Steve Cotton, one of the development leaders. The first mission is Homecoming, where the Guardians of humanity are hit with a surprise attack as they defend the last safe city on Earth in the science fiction shooter. The game will also feature clans for multiplayer fans for the first time. Strikes will take you to the Red Legion territory. There will be a new map where you can go and find live events that are scheduled t... Read More
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Google unveils Daydream 2.0 with standalone headset support, Cast, and a VR browser

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Google is prepping big things for the future of its mobile virtual reality program. The company revealed plans to update Daydream, the hardware-software platform that powers Google’s VR services, to version 2.0 in the near future. This update, which Google is calling Daydream Euphrates, is about making VR easier to explore and experience. One of the biggest new features is Chrome VR, which will enable Daydream owners to navigate the web inside their headsets when it rolls out this summer. “We were an early supporter and contributor to WebVR standards,” Google VR boss Clay Bavor wrote ... Read More
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Fotis Sotiropoulos Recognized Nationally for Advancing Hydraulic Engineering

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Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been selected to receive the 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI). The annual award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to hydraulics and waterways. Sotiropoulos will accept the award in May at the EWRI World Congress in Sacramento, CA. The award acknowledges Sotiropoulos’ leadership in waterways research and application, and for generating a quantum leap forward in the development and application of computational fluid dynamics for waterways. “Dr. Sotiropoulos’ groundbreaking r... Read More
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Plarium brings Skynet upon us with Terminator Genisys mobile game

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Skynet is upon us. Are you for it or against it? The artificial intelligence network that takes over the world in The Terminator films has now arrived on our mobile phones in the form of Terminator Genisys: Future War, a new mobile game for iOS and Android. Tel Aviv, Israel-based Plarium is launching the clan-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) strategy game, which pits man against machine in a global battle for the fate of humanity. Plarium has expanded the narrative that follows the conclusion of the Terminator Genisys Skyd... Read More
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Aporeto Raises a Combined $14.5 Million of Funding from Wing Venture Capital and Norwest Venture Partners to Deliver Simpler, Stronger, More Scalable Cloud-Native Security

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Company Launches Beta Program of Cloud-Native Security Solutions for the Developer-Driven Enterprise SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 18, 2017– Aporeto, Inc., an innovation leader in cloud-native security, announced today that it has completed its Series A funding round of $11.2 million led by Norwest Venture Partners. Matthew Howard, a managing partner at Norwest, has joined the company’s board of directors alongside Peter Wagner, founding partner of Wing Venture Capital. This new funding round follows a $3.3 million seed round led by Wing, with participation from Data Collective Venture Capital and private individuals. The new investment will accelerate the delivery of ... Read More
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Zomato hacked, 17 million users’ data stolen

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Food tech company Zomato has been hacked in a security breach which leaked over 17 million user records. The stolen data includes user email addresses and password hashes. A hacker, known as ‘nclay’, claims to have hacked Zomato and stated that he was looking to sell the data across the Dark Web. The cybercriminal set the price for the whole package of data at $1,001.43 (approx. £770), and published snippets of the stolen records in order to prove their legitimacy. As the leaked passwords are hashed, or scrambled into incoherent characters, the chances of converting these into plain text are very slim. Zomato passwords, belonging to its 120 million users, are also thought to be salted, meaning that the chara... Read More
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Chelsea Manning Walks Back Into a World She Helped Transform

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Today, Chelsea Manning walked out of the military prison that held her for seven years, and into a world largely remade by her actions.“Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now—which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me,” she said in a statement through her ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio. Manning marked the occasion with a photo of her first steps of freedom on Instagram, an app that launched in 2010. That’s the same year that Manning, serving as a private in the US army in Iraq, leaked a trove of classified documents to Wikileaks to reveal what she believed were atrocitie... Read More
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Google unveils Android Studio 3.0 with new performance profiling tools, Instant Apps, and Kotlin

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At its I/O 2017 developer conference, Google today unveiled Android Studio 3.0, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE). You can download the new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux now directly from developer.android.com/studio. The latest release isn’t yet ready for all developers, but you can get a preview of what’s coming in the Canary channel. The biggest news is Kotlin support, but even if you’re not interested in that, there’s p... Read More
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Ladakh’s Ice Stupa Project – earthrise

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All life depends on snow in Ladakh, with the high-altitude desert region receiving only 50mm of rainfall a year. Agriculture relies mainly on the water that comes from snow and glacial melt, but with rising temperatures and changing weather patterns, most villages in the area are experiencing severe water shortage. Since 1980 the average temperature has increased by more than two degrees, with a huge effect on the local environment. The glaciated area in Ladakh has been lost, meaning that glaciers are much smaller and in some areas have disappeared altogether.Sonam Wangchuck has been on a mission to help villagers to adapt to the changing climate through his ice stupa concept. The ice stupa bui... Read More
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3 reasons AI isn’t ready to replace human sales reps just yet

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According to a study by Oracle, almost 80 percent of businesses have already implemented or are planning to adopt AI as a customer service solution by 2020, and a recent report by Deloitte and Oxford University suggests telesales could be the next to go. Other experts are ambivalent about whether AI is really advanced enough to take over the role of a talented sales representative. AI i... Read More
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Hearthstone’s next update is about keeping 70 million players happy

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Sharing and playing Hearthstone with your friends is about to get easier and more rewarding. And Blizzard is hoping you appreciate it — so much so that you’ll keep logging in to play every day. The studio announced two big features coming to Hearthstone, its digital card game behemoth for PC and mobile, in the coming weeks. Friendly Challenge will let players complete their daily quests while competing against people on their friends list. Blizzard is also finally making it easier to share decks with friends. You can now copy a code inside the game that will share your deck with anyone. And, if you have... Read More
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Veridium’s New Software Biometric Authentication Solution is now Verified as Citrix Ready®

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VeridiumAD, with new Citrix Connectors, is a unique biometric authentication solution for organizations with Microsoft Active Directory and Citrix environments seeking to enhance security by eliminating passwords enterprise-wide QUINCY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 16, 2017– Veridium, a leader in biometrics-based authentication, today announced that ... Read More
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This Pacific island is covered in 38 million pieces of trash — mostly plastic

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No. 216: Top craft brews, Buffalo bots and you can’t imagine what you coulda made with Amazon

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It’s May 16: A happy Tuesday, everybody and welcome new readers including Nora, Raul and Zak. Happy to have you all aboard. Nikola Tesla filed a patent on this day in 1900 covering “The art of transmitting electrical energy through the natural mediums.” Spaghetti-Os made their debut in 1965. But first, this: Thirty-nine-year-old Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as the president of France on Sunday, becoming the youngest leader in the country’s “modern” history, which dates back to 1848 and the previous youngest president, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, the 40-year-old nephew of the man from Elba. (Limited by the constitution to one term, Louis later staged a coup d... Read More
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Water: Save every drop – earthrise

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Estimates say that by 2030, if we carry on as we are, the world will only have 60 percent of the water it needs. In India's Ladakh, rising temperatures are leading to glacial melt and water shortages in the mountains of the Himalayas. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is also sturggling as it experiences severe drought. earthrise travelled to both Ladakh and Jordan to understand the local solutions being applied to help ease the increasingly worrying water problems. Ladakh's Ice StupasAll life depends on snow in Ladakh, with the high-altitude desert region receiving only 50mm of rainfall a year. Agriculture and survival depends mainly on the water that comes from snow and glacial melt, bu... Read More
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Report: Trump shared secret info about ISIS with Russians

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week, The Washington Post reported Monday.The newspaper cited current and former U.S. officials who said Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The threat was related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. The White House denounced the report."This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced," said Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, who attended the meeting.Na... Read More
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Diesel engines pollute much more than we thought — and that’s bad for our health

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Major ASCE honor for Stony Brook engineering dean

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University researcher working to put tide-powered electricity turbines in New York City’s East River has earned a prestigious award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Fotis Sotiropoulos, who was named dean of SBU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in September 2015, has received the 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraul... Read More
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Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney fears the Metaverse will be a proprietary technology

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Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, believes the future of gaming is coming faster than we think. But he’s also worried that industry giants will try too hard to own the platforms upon which those games are built, and that will lead to toll booths, a lack of open standards, and a loss of privacy. During a talk at our recent GamesBeat Summit, Sweeney said that we’ll figure out how to create the Metaverse —  the concept of a virtual world where people digitally exist simultaneously with the real world, as first envisioned by Neal Stephenson in 1992 — within the next several years. That world wi... Read More
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Facebook to launch ParlAI, a testing ground for AI and bots

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Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) today announced plans to launch a testing environment in which AI researchers and bot makers can share and iterate upon each other’s work. While the initial focus is on open-sourcing the dialogue necessary to train machines to carry on conversations, other research on ParlAI will focus on computer vision and fields of AI beyond the natural language understanding required for this task. The combination of smarts from multiple bots and bot-to-bot communication will also be part of research carried out on ParlAI. Researchers or users of ParlAI must have Python... Read More
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Fotis Sotiropoulos to receive ASCE’s Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award

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Fotis Sotiropoulos to receive ASCE’s Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering AwardStony Brook’s CEAS Dean Recognized Nationally for Advancing Hydraulic Engineering Fotis Sotiropoulos, PhD Stony Brook, N.Y., May 15, 2017 – Stony Brook University’s Fotis Sotiropoulos,P... Read More
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Your Fidget Spinner Is (Maybe) Making You Smarter

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Skip Suva is a fidgeter. When he worked at paper-intensive administrative jobs, he’d doodle incessantly; when he started a coding career last year, he took up fiddling with an SD-card reader that made pleasant snick noises. “Popping the SD card out and clicking it back in,” he laughs.His fidgeting can seem like a crazy tic, Suva admits. But it helps him focus. “When my brain is moving a lot faster than my fingers can,” he says, “it feels like I need something to ground myself.” Recently, Suva bought a tool just for fidgeting: the Fidget Cube, by Antsy Labs. It has six twiddly mechanisms on its faces, and each ... Read More