UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error – BBC News

Media captionMiles Soloman tells Radio 4’s World At One how he discovered something the Nasa experts missed A British teenager has contacted scientists at Nasa to point out an error in a set of their own data. A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data. […]

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When Pedro Viloria was working the drive-through at a McDonald’s in Florida, he noticed that his customer was having trouble breathing. Just as he was about to serve the woman, who was an off-duty police officer, her SUV started moving away. Her foot had gone off of the brake, and the vehicle stopped up against […]

The real reason why self-driving cars won’t be on the roads anytime soon

Ten years ago, the autonomous car was science fiction. Now, its adoption is inevitable. Jeff Klei, president of Continental AG’s North American region, predicts that 54 million autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be on the road by 2035, and Boston Consulting Group estimates12 million fully autonomous units will be sold annually by that time. But the […]

Acting Federal Trade Commission head: internet of things should self-regulate

Maureen Ohlhausen, the commissions sole Republican and its acting chair under Trump, defended using big data to alter pricing from consumer to consumer The acting head of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under Donald Trump said that the agency is not primarily a regulator in a conversation with the Guardian on Monday. Maureen Ohlhausen, […]

How the internet found a better way than illegible squiggles to prove you’re not a robot

Captcha has evolved from identifying mangled letters to web users unwittingly training Googles AI. Now, finally, you wont have to do anything The experience of squinting at distorted text, puzzling over small images, or even simply clicking on a checkbox to prove you arent a robot could soon be over, if a new Google service […]

Trumps anti-Muslim policies may portend oil industry brain drain

The ban is already affecting hiring decisions, despite an oil industry desperate for specialists like ones from majority-Muslim nations to work in Texas Chemical, electrical and production engineers are among those who gather every Friday for a service at the Muslim Association of West Texas, a small mosque in Midland, Texas. According to Farook Rafeek, […]

Weapons of Math Destruction: Cathy O’Neil adds up the damage of algorithms

The Harvard PhD and data scientist talks about her new book and ponders how peoples fear and trust of math is akin to worshipping God People keep suggesting that democracy is alive and well because we have two parties that dont agree on everything. I think thats total bullshit. When you meet Cathy ONeil, a […]

EnLighten App Uses AI to Predict When Lights Will Turn Green

Silicon Valley is looking for guinea pigs, and not to beta test a new compression algorithm. Test subjects will need a body, sure, but theyll also need an iPhone 4 or newer model and a car, preferably a BMW. Welcome to the living lab of San Jose, where a pilot study with real-time traffic data […]

What Silicon Valley Can Learn From Buddhas Diet

As we walk, Dan Zigmond pulls on a black baseball cap. The sun is high, and the trees give little shade. It’s a big park—stretching across a good nine acres of grass, mulch, shrubs, and gravel paths—but from where we are, it looks much bigger. Beyond the nine acres, all we can see are more […]

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Social analytics firm Networked Insights is spending Election Day gauging the feelings and intentions of the American electorate and sharing the findings exclusively with WIRED. Here’s a peek into the methodology. Where are you getting your data? Our analytics engine Kairos processes unstructured data from millions of sites, blogs, and social platforms like Twitter and […]

How NASA Got Every Last Piece of Pluto Data Down From New Horizons

Last summer, as it sped through the Pluto system, the New Horizons spacecraft only had a few hours to pack its memory banks with as much data about the dwarf planetary system as possible. On October 25, the last few hundred bits of that data finally arrived in one of NASA‘s deep space radio dishes. […]

Facebook blocks Admiral’s car insurance discount plan – BBC News

“Protecting the privacy of the people on Facebook is of utmost importance to us. We have clear guidelines that prevent information being obtained from Facebook from being used to make decisions about eligibility,” said a Facebook spokesman. “Our understanding is that Admiral will then ask users who sign up to answer questions which will be […]

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The lesson of Trump’s victory is not that data is dead. The lesson is that data is flawed. It has always been flawed—and always will be. Before Donald Trump won the presidency on Tuesday night, everyone from Nate Silver to The New York Times to CNN predicted a Trump loss—and by sizable margins. “The tools […]

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The Associated Press had yet to call the presidential election for President-elect Donald Trump, and races in tight states like Pennsylvania and New Hampshire were still undecided, but Matt Oczkowski and everyone else on Trump’s data, digital, and technology teams were celebrating in San Antonio, Texas, where they’ve spent the past several months. Reached by […]

Google Music Taps Big Data to Build a Robot DJ Mind-Reader

Google Other than maybe the NSA, nobody knows more about you than Google. It’s got a read on where you are, what you’re doing, what you’re thinking and watching and searching for and chatting with your friends about. Which means nobody should be better equipped to soundtrack every second of your life than Google Play […]

Did Cambridge Analytica influence the Brexit vote and the US election?

Nigel Oakess company is at the centre of a growing controversy over the use of personal data during elections. But is there any evidence that what it does works? On Saturday 23 June 2012, David Miller received an angry email. Miller, a professor of sociology at Bath University, runs something called the told the website […]

How The 18th-Century Steam Engine Helped Physicists Make A Quantum Breakthrough

The hissing sound you hear in the background when you turn up the volume of your music player is called noise. Most of this hiss is due to the thermal motion of electrons in the music-player circuitry. Just like molecules in a hot gas, electrons in the circuitry are constantly jiggling about in a random […]

You Will Probably Be Stereotyped If You Use These Words

Stereotyping happens. A new studyhelps identify how it happens and what it gets wrong by asking participants to make predictions about people based on their Tweets. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions hadsubjects read sets of 20 Tweets and predict the writer’s gender, age, political orientation, and education level based on the […]

The pedlars of fake news arecorroding democracy | Andrew Smith

If most adults get their news from Facebook we need laws to make the social networks accountable The most interesting question about 2016 is not why the Brexit result and Trump happened, but whether historians will regard both as incidental; whether this will go down as the year democracy revealed itself unworkable in the age […]

Google ‘must review its search rankings because of rightwing manipulation’

Hate sites are dominating and controlling searches on Muslims, Jews, Hitler and women, and search engine is failing to tackle problem, say academics Google must urgently review its search ranking system because of compelling evidence that it is being manipulated and controlled by rightwing propagandists, leading academics have said, after the Observer reported that hate […]

Cookie monsters: why your browsing history could mean rip-off prices | Arwa Mahdawi

By collecting data on how desperate we are to buy and how much we can afford to pay, companies are finding sophisticated new ways to squeeze extra cash from unwitting shoppers Even rocket scientists, I would wager, are befuddled by airline pricing. One minute, a flight youre looking at costs 400; 30 seconds later it […]

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Nearly three years have passed since Google announced it would offer an end-to-end encryption add-on for Gmail, a potentially massive shift in the privacy options of a piece of software used by more than a billion people. It still hasn’t materialized. And while Google insists its encryptionplugin isn’t vaporware, the company’s latest move has left […]

Waze Digs Into Your Cars Dashboard

Waze on your 5-inch smartphone screen is so last year. The hot new thing is Waze on the8-inch screen in your dashboard. The crowdsourced traffic and navigation appowned by Google isjoining the SmartDeviceLink Consortium and working with automakers and developers onopen source protocols for connecting smart phones to cars. That means that everything you do […]

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng: Yes, I am an anarchist!

Eugenia Cheng combines home baking with higher-dimensional category theory. She talks about pudding, infinity, and why geeks are the new alphas Eugenia Cheng is a British mathematician who is senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her main interest is higher-dimensional category theory but she has also written a book about […]

Could robots be marking your homework? – BBC News

Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly big issue for education – not least because many tech companies and publishers are circling around the huge commercial opportunities. But could students really get their answers from a robot rather than a teacher? Image copyright iStock Image caption Will robotics and automation take more professional jobs? There are […]

Trump Is Meeting With Tech CEOs, and Its Gonna Be Awkward

Donald Trump may have just met with Kanye West, but the tech execs meeting with the president-elect today may outshine even Mr. Kim Kardashian in sheer collective star power. The awkwardness may also run just as thick. The confirmed list of attendees include most of tech’s top leaders (which also reads like a who’s who […]

Londons New Way to Count Tube Riders? Tracking Their Phones

Counting crowds: harder than it looks. Especially when youre talking about swarms of humans trudging through subterranean networks and hopping between hurtling, silver boxes. Bring a complex and sprawling network like Londons Underground into the mix, where train routes cross like mating eels, and youve got yourself a real challenge. This aint Sesame Street—counting riders […]

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Streaming music and movies over the internet may seem more eco-friendly than stocking up on CDs and DVDs. After all, you’re saving the plastic needed to make the physical media, the trees needed to print the liner notes, and the gasoline needed to ship all those discs across the country. But there’s a hidden cost […]

2016: the year AI came of age

Google and Amazon brought AI into the home and DeepMind built a computer that could outsmart humans at Go. Will 2017 hold similar advancements? Over the course of 2016, artificial intelligence made the leap from science fiction concept to almost meaningless buzzword with alarmingspeed. Everything has AI now. Period-tracking app Flo uses a neural network […]

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The keys are (more or less) under your control, and so, as you might guess, their management is very important. If you generate an encryption key, you—and no one else—will have the key stored on your device. If you let a company perform the encryption, say, in the cloud, then that company might also keep […]

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If your resolution for the coming year is to spend less time on your commute scrolling through Twitter or playing “Puzzler on the Roof,” there’s no shortage of fantastic and fantastical new books you can use to take a break from mindless screen time. Curating this year’s new arrivals was tough, but we managed to […]

A Supercomputer Just Made The Worlds First AI-Created Film Trailer  Heres How Well It Did

More people have been talking about the trailer for the sci-fi/horror film Morgan than the movie itself. Its partly because the commercial and critical response to the film has been less than lukewarm, and partly because the clip was the first to be created entirely by artificial intelligence. At the request of the filmmakers at […]

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What does 2017 hold for the world of tech and media? With so much changing at the end of 2016, it’s hard to be sure. Very hard. But we have a few guesses. Here you’ll find WIRED’s predictions for the coming year, and they come with one big wild card: Donald Trump. When the new […]

Florida librarians accused of creating fake borrowers to save stock

Two staff at East Lake library suspended after discovery of bogus loans, claimed to be a defence against automatic culling of unread books Florida librarians have come up with a unique way to boost reader numbers and protect book stock. But there is a snag: it involves a little creative accounting. Two staff at East […]

These Gadgets Are Designed To Save Your Sleep

The rules about technology and sleep used to be so simple: Don’t mix them.  But this year’s Consumer Electronics Show of more than 3,800 companies showcasing new products suggests the rules on sleep and tech are getting more complicated.  “It’s proven that sleep drastically impacts our overall health,” Allison Fried, director of global event technology […]

Your private medical data is for sale  and it’s driving a business worth billions

Although information is anonymized, data miners and brokers can build up detailed dossiers on individual patients by cross-referencing with other sources Your medical data is for sale all of it. Adam Tanner, a fellow at Harvards institute for quantitative social science and author of a new book on the topic, new report from the Century […]

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It’s a bad time to be a physicist. At least, thats what Oscar Boykin says. He majored in physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and in 2002 he finished a physics PhD at UCLA. But four years ago, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland discovered the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle first […]

The tech solutions to end global hunger

(CNN)What do you do when you see or hear something strange and want to learn more? Perhaps no one around you knows, so you go online or turn to social media. Within minutes, you can find or crowd-source an answer to your mystery, keeping it from perplexing you any longer. Now, take that scenario and […]

How statistics lost their power  and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies

The Long Read: The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over and putting democracy in peril In theory, statistics should help settle arguments. They ought to provide stable reference points that everyone no matter what their […]

Monero, the Drug Dealers Cryptocurrency of Choice, Is on Fire

For the cryptocurrency community, 2016 was a very good year. Bitcoin doubled in price. The far-out Bitcoin alternative Ethereum shot up by a factor of 10. But another, once-obscure cryptocurrency called Monero outpaced all of them, multiplying its value around 27-fold. That’s a windfall not just for cryptocurrency speculators, but for financial privacy advocates everywhere—including […]

Why UPS Drivers Dont Turn Left And You Probably Shouldnt Either

It might seem strange, but UPS delivery vans dont always take the shortest route between stops. The company gives each driver a specific route to follow and that includes a policy that drivers should never turn through oncoming traffic (thats left in countries where they drive on the right and vice versa) unless absolutely necessary. […]

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  Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – Splish […]

No one can read whats on the cards for AIs future | John Naughton

AI is now beating us at poker, but not even Google co-founder Sergey Brin can say with any certainty what the next steps for machine learning are Ten days ago, in a Davos still shellshocked by Trumps victory, one of the former masters of the universe sat down with an interviewer Google Brain, which focused […]

Google, H&M partner up to create custom dresses based on your data
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The United States has no national database tracking fatal shootings by police. The absence of good data has meant that much of the research on the role of implicit racial bias in these deaths takes place inside laboratories. Officers play word association games or go through virtual reality simulations to measure bias. But these methods […]

India’s ‘big data’ election: 45,000 calls a day as pollsters target age, caste and religion

Names with 430 variations and a registered voter aged 7,982 are among the challenges that political campaigns face in pivotal Uttar Pradesh election VIA: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Spoiler alert: most people want to remain in the dark, finds study

Research showed most people prefer not to glimpse the future, whether for the results of a football match or to find out if their marriage will last Whether anticipating good news or bad, it turns out that most people would prefer to remain in the dark than sneak a glimpse of the future. According to […]

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Pharmaceutical companies typically develop new drugs with thousands of staff and budgets that run into the billions of dollars. One estimate puts the cost of bringing a new drug to market at $2.6 billion with others suggesting that it could be double that cost at $5 billion. One man, Professor Atul Butte director of the […]

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If youre thinking of coming out, this is the place to do it! This is an emotional time, but these GIFs of jubilant crowds are here to support you every step of the way. Say the words Im gay. Say them out loud! via giphy.com Worried that no one will understand? This GIF of a […]

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No one wants to be the Miranda of their group! 1. Shes rude This is a far cry from killing 3,000 Americans if, in fact, 9/11 happens to be an unmentioned reality in the show, but remember when Miranda ate cake out of the garbage? *shudders* 6. Shes a know-it-all

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Hello. Lets begin. OH HUBBA HUBBA! Here are the pictures of the Channing Tatum, the Dictator Of Lust, all slick and glistening with both his oils and his juices dripping down his muscles and making him look like a shimmering disco ball of pure Groin! Please look at these pictures of Tatum and remain horny […]

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If there were any doubts about just how much Google knows about you, let one Reddit user’s experience put them to rest for you; Google Now offered a person condolences over the loss of their parent. A man going by the username barney13took to the r/Android subreddit to share his story about an unexpected message […]

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When a rogue researcher last week released 70,000 OkCupid profiles, complete with usernames and sexual preferences, people were pissed. When Facebook researchers manipulated stories appearing in Newsfeeds for a mood contagion study in 2014, people were really pissed. OkCupid filed a copyright claim to take down the dataset; the journal that published Facebooks study issued […]

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The long read: In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar and not fat was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the worlds top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long? Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the University […]

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Big Data is scary. That’s the one thing that four people from very different professions agreed on during a panel at a Kenyon College political-science conference about technology’s impact on privacy in the 21st century. Julia Angwin, a senior reporter at ProPublica, described her attempt to completely avoid being tracked while writing a book about […]

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Apparently, these guys couldnt be bothered to finish their masterpieces, so now its on you to pick up the slack. Slap some lips on these things and be done with them. Slide Slide Slide Slide Slide Slide Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/splitpic/plop-some-lips-these-unfinished-masterpieces-and-c-4052

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The mass expansion of higher education, the arrival of high fees in English and Welsh universities, the ongoing technology revolution and the Great Recession have pushed and pulled the graduate labour market in contrasting directions over the last 15 years. So a new study published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies to help us to […]

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Okay, this is starting to get really weird. 1. Recently, I broke out an old copy of Ken Griffey Jr.s Slugfest, only to find the video-game version of The Kid himself threatening me with his bat if I didnt share my bowl of ice cream with him. It wasnt until I smeared some against the […]

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NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg says there’s a connection between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The two presidential candidates elude facts and attract voters with rhetoric, the former mayor of New York City said at a keynote speech for a Bloomberg Philanthropies summit Tuesday. “I’m not trying to knock Donald Trump, but I do think […]

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Looking for the perfect place to settle down? These five cities are diamonds in the rough for any parent whose kid is clearly going nowhere. 1. Toledo, Ohio With high salaries and low housing prices, Toledo brings incredible value to the table. The schools arent great, so if you already know your kids ceiling is […]

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Big data offers us a window on the world. But large and easily available datasets may not show us the world we live in. For instance, epidemiological models of the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa using big data consistently overestimated the risk of the diseases spread and underestimated the local initiatives that played a […]

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Affordable, stylish, and perfect for any home! 1. DIY Wooden Wall Clock Via makerskit.com If youre looking for that extra pop of green, and your kids have recently picked up and heaved several mason jars at full force towards your face, this is the project for you! The other day, my darling Leah, Jeanette, and […]

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When, if ever, is it justified to use stolen data in the pursuit of academic research? Thats the question put forth in a recent paper authored by two social scientists who found themselves in an ethical quandary over a hacked database. While the information it contained would undoubtedly enhance the researchers findingsthe study examined challenges […]

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The Eco-Safe Digester (BioHiTech Global) Food waste is one seriously smelly dilemma for anyone serving a large amount of people on a daily basis. But the creative minds at Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.-based BioHiTech have come up with a modern-day solution to this age-old problem. Whatever you do, just dont call it a computing garbage disposal. […]

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Geoff Manaughs A Burglars Guide to the City reveals that thieves still interact with architecture in a very specific way, though physical burglary is declining For a burglar, private space is public space. A building with a doorman can be broken into just as easily as a suburban house with an open window; its just […]

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A-list celebrities live a life of luxury thats beyond most peoples wildest dreams. For proof, look no further than Daniel Craig, because the $1,200 tent that he lives in will completely blow you away! Jaw, meet floor. This isnt just any old tent that Daniel Craig lives in. This is a top-of-the-line tent with over […]

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Ah, jeez. These oafs were trying to put on their shirts, but at the point in the process when shirt goes over head, something went wrong. Could you help these buffoons get their shirts over their heads, please? Slide Slide Slide Slide Slide Slide Slide Slide Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/splitpic/help-these-oafs-get-their-shirts-over-their-heads-4187

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Swapping the NSA for BPM, the whistlebowers song with the electronic music legend has hit the web, including a Bourne-style video In 2013 Edward Snowden rocked the world of government surveillance when he dropped bombshell revelations about the National Surveillance Agency. On Thursday it was the music world Snowden rocked, when he dropped a red-hot […]

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Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins has been very, very good and quiet all week. If you like, you can reward him with a wet press of the kiss right on his forehead. Go ahead; dont be shy! Slide So sweet! He loves it, and who wouldnt? Refresh the page if youd like to give […]

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U.S. officials are helping presidential campaigns resist a rising tide of digital attacks, the nation’s top intelligence official said Wednesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said at a Bipartisan Policy Center event in Washington that officials had “some indications” of hackers trying to break into presidential campaigns’ computers. “As the campaign intensifies,” he added, […]

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Two bitter rivals have agreed to drop mutual antitrust cases across the globe. Why? To fend off the greater regulatory threat of democratic oversight Microsoft and Google, two of the worlds greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they Satya Nadella, is eager to push the vision […]

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Hundreds of millions of hacked usernames and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia’s criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters. The discovery of 272.3 million stolen accounts included a majority of users of Mail.ru <MAILRq.L>, Russia’s most popular email service, and smaller fractions of Google <GOOGL.O>, […]

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No matter what youve done, nothing should stop you from enjoying this list. 1. Yes, you broke the law, but should that prevent you from living your life? No. So please, if you have a criminal record, feel free to look at this photo of Academy Award winner Bradley Cooper for as long as you […]

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For hundreds of thousands of people, the mobile app Entrain helps figure out the most efficient way to recover from jet lag after traveling. But some users opted-in to a second use for the app: science. Researchers asked users if they would like to submit their sleep data to a citizen science project run by […]

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Anyone who loves tennis but hates when the players hit the ball will definitely know what were talking about! 1. The cautious optimism you feel as you approach the tennis stadium, thinking that today might just be the day that the players finally do not hit the ball. The Simpsons via broccoleafveins.tumblr.com 3. That moment […]

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Nearly a decade later, the country is still reeling from the aftermath of the Great Recession. Big banks have become synonymous with greed. We share a deep-seated distrust of financial professionals hawking supposedly low-risk, high-return investments. And then there are the massive data breaches, which have become part of everyday life. Its time we get […]

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Washington (CNN)Donald Trump’s aides and the Republican National Committee are beginning to craft voter models in key general election states, signaling a new attention to campaign analytics from the presumptive GOP nominee. Even as the candidate downplays the investment he’ll make in such efforts, it is a signal that his campaign and the GOP are […]

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Im fed up with this. 1. I had a slice of pizza. I wanted it heated up. Not that hard, right? But I guess his or her majesty is just too posh for leftovers. The power was on and the buttons worked, but it refused to even so much as warm the slice. What microwave […]

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Several evenings a week, after a day’s work at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, Sergey Brin drives up the road to a local pool. There, he changes into swim trunks, steps out on a 3-meter springboard, looks at the water below, and dives. Brin is competent at all four types of springboard diving—forward, back, […]

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Sean Parker knows a thing or two about sharing. In 1999, he cofounded Napster, the notorious file-sharing service that became a household name as people discovered online music piracy for the first time. Parker later became the first president of Facebook, where, of course, more than a billion people regularly share links, media and status […]

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At Twitters behest, US intelligence agencies have lost access to Dataminr, a company that turns social media data into an advanced notification system, according to the Wall Street Journal. While that may sound like a win for privacy, its a bit more complicated in practice. The move leaves government officials without a valuable tool. Somewhat […]

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It smelled like rain and asphalt, paint and metal, and I kept my coat on all day to prevent the concrete chill from seeping into my body. Being bundled up made it a bit difficult to assemble a cardboard robot, but eventually I made one that could move and even dance. It was an odd […]

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David Sparshott Invoke the word autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds collected on sites like Damn You Autocorrect. But despite the inadvertent hilarity, the real marvel of our mobile text-correction systems is how astoundingly good they are. It's not too much of an exaggeration […]

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You gave your word. No going back now. 1. Better Call Saul Five-O Via fanpop.com Some critics say that this is the greatest television episode of all time. I say that you need to stop sitting on your hands and watch it already, because the husks over my current eyes are growing thicker every day. […]

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On May 8, a group of Danish researchers publicly released a dataset of nearly 70,000 users of the online dating site OkCupid, including usernames, age, gender, location, what kind of relationship (or sex) theyre interested in, personality traits, and answers to thousands of profiling questions used by the site. When asked whether the researchers attempted […]

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A recent report published by Forter, a fraud prevention firm, and PYMNTS, the media company focused on the payments industry, reveals that , after the switchover to EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chipped credit cards began in earnest.

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FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past. FindFace, launched two months ago and currently taking Russia by storm, allows users to photograph […]

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Violence. 1. Fighting. 5. Tension. 8. Tarantino…the original madman… Via Seinfeld/NBC 11. Imagine that a very small comet comes crashing down from the sky and bonks someone on the head. That person, who doesnt know that a comet was responsible for the bonk, turns around and punches the face of the person standing directly behind […]

Heres How to Fix Facebooks Fake News

Transparent algorithms and unfiltered newsfeeds may not be enough to fix the digital delivery systems that have made fake news a fixture. Whats needed is a software overhaul.”> For those of us who (despite a big blow to our confidence) still believe in the power of ideas to generate good, Facebooks fake news problem should […]

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You Will Probably Be Stereotyped If You Use These Words

Stereotyping happens. A new studyhelps identify how it happens and what it gets wrong by asking participants to make predictions about people based on their Tweets. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions hadsubjects read sets of 20 Tweets and predict the writer’s gender, age, political orientation, and education level based on the […]

How The 18th-Century Steam Engine Helped Physicists Make A Quantum Breakthrough

The hissing sound you hear in the background when you turn up the volume of your music player is called noise. Most of this hiss is due to the thermal motion of electrons in the music-player circuitry. Just like molecules in a hot gas, electrons in the circuitry are constantly jiggling about in a random […]

How NASA Got Every Last Piece of Pluto Data Down From New Horizons

Last summer, as it sped through the Pluto system, the New Horizons spacecraft only had a few hours to pack its memory banks with as much data about the dwarf planetary system as possible. On October 25, the last few hundred bits of that data finally arrived in one of NASA‘s deep space radio dishes. […]

Facebook blocks Admiral’s car insurance discount plan – BBC News

“Protecting the privacy of the people on Facebook is of utmost importance to us. We have clear guidelines that prevent information being obtained from Facebook from being used to make decisions about eligibility,” said a Facebook spokesman. “Our understanding is that Admiral will then ask users who sign up to answer questions which will be […]

Weapons of Math Destruction: Cathy O’Neil adds up the damage of algorithms

The Harvard PhD and data scientist talks about her new book and ponders how peoples fear and trust of math is akin to worshipping God People keep suggesting that democracy is alive and well because we have two parties that dont agree on everything. I think thats total bullshit. When you meet Cathy ONeil, a […]