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Researchers find fossil of ancient creature with 45 arms

Today's oceans are full of interesting and bizarre creatures, many of which would seem utterly unfathomable to us if we hadn't learned of their existence from a young age. Take a starfish, for example. If you hadn't been taught about them as a child they'd seem otherworldly once you finally saw one.The same is true for long-extinct species that populated ancient Earth. Now, a new discovery reveals the existence of a very, very peculiar creature from Earth's past, and it's...
Tags: Science, Earth, Sollasina, Yale Imperial College London Oxford


Busts in Asia reveal scales from 38,000 endangered pangolins

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals in the past week, a global record that spurred calls for more protection for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine.
Tags: Asia, Science, Singapore, Ap


Democrats Introduce Bill Requiring Tech Companies To Check Algorithms For Bias

Inside Silicon Valley, the consensus is that artificial intelligence will be the most important technology for the next decade. Okay, but what the hell does that mean for the rest of us?Read more...
Tags: Science, Silicon Valley, Ron Wyden, Cory Booker, Yvette Clarke, Kate Crawford, Algorithmic Bias, Ai Now, Ai Eats The World


Photo Of Woman Researcher Creating First Black Hole Image Goes Viral

For the first time in the history of humanity, people around the worldWednesday were able to see an image of a black hole 50 million light-yearsaway
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Amazon's Human Helpers Are Quietly Listening in on Some Alexa Recordings

There’s been a number of incidents where Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has done things like misinterpret something it overheard and started sending random people recordings of private conversations, or audio files kept by the company wound up in the wrong hands. But a real-life stranger could potentially be…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Amazon Echo, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers, Alexa Who Else Is Listening


The black hole photo you've seen everywhere is thanks to this MIT grad's algorithm

You've seen the very first photo of a black hole, now meet the person who helped to pull it together.MIT grad student Katie Bouman was behind the algorithm which helped to image the black hole, residing in the middle of galaxy M87, some 55 million light years away.SEE ALSO: What's actually going on in that cryptic black hole photo?A photo of Bouman in disbelief, which was originally posted on her Facebook page, was shared on the MIT CSAIL Twitter account. The caption suggests it was take...
Tags: Science, Earth, Mit, Bouman, Katie Bouman, MIT Haystack Observatory, BlackHoleDay BlackHole


Meet Katie Bouman, the STEM hero behind today’s black hole photo

Astronomers today published the first ever images of a celestial phenomenon we’ve long known to exist, but were unable to capture: a black hole. And it’s thanks, in large part, to the algorithms created by Katie Bouman. Bouman, a graduate student at Harvard, worked with a team of three fellow researchers to create to develop the algorithms that made the image possible. Together, the team utilized enough image data to fill thousands of hard drives, seamlessly stitching together photos from eight ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Harvard, Antarctic, Katie Bouman, Katie Bouman Bouman, Hawaii Chile Mexico Spain Arizona


Trump signs orders for 'revival' of US energy

In the US oil heartland on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced the signing of two executive orders to accelerate the construction of oil and gas pipelines, dismaying environmentalists. "Too often, badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies, and radical activists," the president said in Crosby, near Houston. "I will sign two groundbreaking executive orders to continue the revival of the American energy industry and jobs," s...
Tags: Science, US, Houston, Donald Trump, Trump, Crosby


This superbug is a 'serious global health threat.' Here's what you need to know about Candida auris

A drug-resistant superbug deemed by the CDC as “a serious global health threat’’ has been proliferating in recent years, with 617 cases in the U.S.
Tags: Science, Cdc, Candida


BlackSky shares time-lapse satellite views

Seattle-based BlackSky says the first two Earth-imaging satellites in its Global constellation are up and running, with the ability to capture 1-meter-resolution views of the same spot on the planet on a frequent basis. The company provided a demonstration of the high-revisit capability this week at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs — and said it expected to make imagery from the Global constellation commercially available this spring. BlackSky's target for the demonstration was ...
Tags: Science, Earth, Seattle, Colorado Springs, Melbourne Australia, BlackSky


2 busts in Singapore reveal 38,000 endangered pangolins lost

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals in the past week, a global record that spurred calls for more protection for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine.
Tags: Science, Singapore, Ap


National Enquirer Is Put Up for Sale After Bezos, Trump Scandals

Following accusations of extortion by billionaire Jeff Bezos this year and an earlier flap over killing embarrassing stories about Donald Trump, American Media said Wednesday that it would unload the weekly imminently. A heavy debt load has put an additional burden on the company, and — despite being a staple of supermarket checkout aisles for decades — the Enquirer’s circulation is sliding. Leon Cooperman, an investor in American Media, said he believes an unspecified buyer is interested in m...
Tags: Science, Jeff Bezos, Leon Cooperman, American Media, Donald Trump American Media


More U.S. states push ahead with near-bans on abortion for Supreme court challenge

North Dakota Republican Governor Doug Burgum signed legislation on Wednesday making it a crime for doctors to perform a second-trimester abortion using instruments like forceps and clamps to remove the fetus from the womb. The move came the same day that Ohio's Republican-controlled legislature passed one of the nation's most restrictive abortion bans - outlawing the procedure if a doctor can detect a heartbeat. Georgia's Republican-controlled legislature in March also passed a ban on abortion...
Tags: Science, Georgia, North Dakota, Ohio, Doug Burgum


No nausea for Beth Moses, Virgin's space tourist trainer

Beth Moses was in the cabin of a Virgin Galactic spaceship when it climbed to 56 miles above California's Mojave Desert on February 22, crossing the boundary of the atmosphere into space and becoming one of the few non-astronauts to achieve the feat. The Virgin employee, who will now train the company's future space tourists, made the vertical ascent propelled by a rocket at three times the speed of sound. Virgin Galactic is one of two companies, along with Blue Origin owned by Amazon's Jeff B...
Tags: Amazon, Science, California, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Mojave Desert, Beth Moses, Beth Moses Virgin


NASA’s Curiosity rover just drilled a new hole on Mars

The year 2019 started off on a bittersweet note for NASA with the unfortunate demise of the incredibly trusty Opportunity rover on Mars. It was a sad day for the scientific community as a whole, but it wasn't the only rover cruising around on the Red Planet, and NASA's Curiosity rover has continued its stellar work even as it (probably) mourns the loss of its comrade.Now, continuing on its quest to learn more about the Martian landscape, Curiosity has successfully drilled another hole in...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Red Planet, NavCam, Aberlady


SpaceX postpones first commercial launch due to strong wind

SpaceX postponed Wednesday what would have been its first commercial launch with the Falcon Heavy rocket, citing strong wind in the upper atmosphere. The rocket is to carry a Saudi satellite operated by Arabsat, a year after sending founder Elon Musk's red Tesla roadster into orbit as a test. The Falcon Heavy had been scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space center in Florida at 6:36 pm (2236 GMT) and place the six-ton Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit about 22,500 miles (36,00...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Falcon Heavy, Arabsat, Elon Musk s red Tesla, Kennedy Space


Millions Rush to Join a Wild New Health Plan From Jack Ma's Ant

Ant’s Xiang Hu Bao, which means mutual protection, has attracted 50 million people since its October inception, or more than five times the population of New York City. The product operates somewhat like a collective, in which members contribute evenly to payouts of as much as 300,000 yuan ($45,000) when a participant falls critically ill. It’s free to sign up, there are no premiums or upfront payments, and disputes about claims are adjudicated by volunteer members, according to a statement fr...
Tags: Science, New York City, Xiang Hu Bao


12 Things You Don't Understand About Parkinson's Unless You Have It

People with Parkinson's disease share symptoms and challenges of the disease you won't understand unless you have Parkinson's as well.
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How the first picture of a black hole captures a big 2019 mood

For decades, pictures from space have forced humanity to reckon with our own cosmically small insignificance. But they have nothing on today's monumental first in space photography.  The Event Horizon Telescope captured a phenomenon so mysterious, so literally awesome that, for many years, scientists believed it would be impossible to depict: a black hole. EHT's international group of astronomers revealed "a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole t...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Chelsea Peretti, Sauron, Carl Sagan, Daniel Howell


Hellboy's Blood-Soaked Horns Are Too Dull to Leave Much of an Impression

In the months leading up to Hellboy’s release, much noise was made about how much comic creator Mike Mignola (who co-wrote the film with Andrew Cosby) didn’t want the movie to be an origin story that retread ground Guillermo del Toro staked out in his Hellboy movies. But that seems to have been almost all but lip…Read more...
Tags: Comics, Science, Lionsgate, Guillermo Del Toro, Hellboy, Ian Mcshane, Daniel Dae Kim, Milla Jovovich, Mike Mignola, Dark Horse, David Harbour, Neil Marshall, Andrew Cosby


Notorious 'Trisis' Hackers Caught Targeting Another Critical Infrastructure Facility

The hackers behind the notorious malware known as Trisis, code that targets crucial safety systems at dangerous industrial facilities, are back.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cybersecurity, Fireeye, Trisis


Trump Signs More Executive Orders to Push Pipeline Projects Through at All Costs

President Donald Trump further solidified his love for oil, gas, and the pipelines that transport these dirty fuels with the signing of two executive orders Wednesday. Read more...
Tags: Science, Oil And Gas, Donald Trump, Pipelines, Trump Administration, Real Great Dude


Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon.com Inc. employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers. In marketing materials Amazon says Alexa “lives in the cloud and is always getting smarter.” But like many software tools built to learn from experience, humans are doing some of the teaching. The team comprises a mix of contractors and full-time Amazon employees who work in outposts from Boston to Costa Rica, India and Romania, according to the people, w...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Boston, Romania, Alexa, Amazon com Inc, Amazon Workers, Costa Rica India


The 2019 measles outbreak is spreading — here’s what you need to know

New York isn't the only state affected by an outbreak this year. Here is a look at how measles is spreading across the U.S. — and what you need to know about the epidemic overall.
Tags: New York, Science


Superbug fungus a 'serious global health threat' as over 600 in US are infected: CDC

A type of fungus that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling a “serious global health threat” is sparking a great deal of concern among the medical community after the number of cases has risen across the United States. Candida auris first popped up on the CDC’s international radar in 2016, and it wasn’t long before the first cases of infection were reported in the U.S. According to the CDC’s latest figures, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has risen to 617, with the...
Tags: Science, Cdc, US, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, New York City New Jersey, United States Candida


The three finalists in the DARPA Launch Challenge include a mystery competitor

Three teams have qualified to go into the rocket-launching phase of the DARPA Launch Challenge: Vector Launch, Virgin Orbit’s VOX Space subsidiary … and a team to be named later. In making today’s announcement, DARPA said the third team asked to stay anonymous for a few months more, for competitive reasons. That mystery team will come out of stealth in advance of the fly-off, which has been shifted to take place early 2020. Like previous DARPA competitions, the Launch Challenge is meant to boost...
Tags: Science, Darpa, Vox Space, Vector Launch Virgin Orbit


Amazon's growing ties to oil industry irks some employees

Amazon is getting cozy with the oil industry — and some employees aren't happy about it. The online shopping giant, which already works with BP and Shell, has been trying to woo more oil and gas companies to use its technology to help them find drillable oil faster, angering workers who have been pushing Amazon to do more to combat climate change. Workers at Amazon's Seattle headquarters have been meeting regularly, spreading the word and encouraging more involvement to put pressure on the com...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Bp, Seattle, Shell


Trump signs orders targeting states' power to slow energy projects

Trump's orders direct his Environmental Protection Agency to change a part of the U.S. clean water law that has allowed states to delay projects on environmental grounds. New York has delayed pipelines that would bring natural gas to New England, for example, and Washington state has stopped coal export terminals. "My action today will cut through destructive permitting delays and denials ... what takes you 20 years to get a permit, those days are gone," said Trump, surrounded by workers in ha...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Environmental Protection Agency, New England, Trump


SpaceX delays mega rocket launch due to high wind shear

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has delayed the launch of its newest mega rocket because of dangerously high wind. The Falcon Heavy was poised to blast off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday night with a communication satellite. But SpaceX chief Elon Musk said upper-level wind shear was extremely high. SpaceX […]
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, News, Ap, Nasa, Nation, Falcon Heavy, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla, Kennedy Space Center


Facebook's Latest Changes Will Only Promote Well-Established Fake News

Facebook, in an attempt to clean up the mess it’s created, has announced yet another set of changes meant to help it be less awful.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Misinformation, Fake News, delete Facebook



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