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New images of Betelgeuse’s dimming surface reveal the star’s changing shape, puzzling astronomers

Astronomers have observed the ever dimming surface of Betelguese with the aid of the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). The stunning new images they have captured not only reveal the star’s unprecedented dimming but also that the red supergiant in the constellation of Orion is changing shape. Betelgeuse began to noticeably dim in late 2019, with the red supergiant’s estimated drop in brightness currently at around 36% of its normal output. This is a change so extreme it is noticeable with the nak...
Tags: Security, Startups, Space, Orion, Eso, Betelgeuse, Syndication


The sustainability of wearables will depend on how we use them

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring how tech can help achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this year? Check out the full ‘Sustainable Societies‘ program here. The pace at which various high -tech products have proliferated in consumer markets during the past few decades has been furious. Think for instance the emergence of mobile phones in the 1980s in comparison to today’s nearly 5 billion mobile phone users. Yet the future forecast is even mo...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication


Human emotions must adapt to thrive in the machine age

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to bringing the biggest names in tech to showcase inspiring talks from those driving the future of technology this year? Tim Leberecht, who authored this piece, is one of the speakers. Check out the full ‘Impact‘ program here. “If there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out, don’t be brutal with it. Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watching others forget us sooner than we’d wan...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Tim Leberecht, Syndication


What developers can teach us about responsive design

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint‘ program here. Since the dawn of web design, we have measured our websites in pixels. A somewhat absolute measurement that describes the smallest visual unit of a screens resolution. I’ve developed a rather love-hate relationship with these little gremlins, certainly from an engineering point of view. On the one hand, the pixel is a ubiquitous measurement that is easy to v...
Tags: Startups, Design & Dev, Syndication


Humility, trust, and empathy: The skills needed to work with robots

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to bringing the biggest names in tech to showcase inspiring talks from those driving the future of technology this year? Tim Leberecht, who authored this piece, is one of the speakers. Check out the full ‘Impact‘ program here. Kate Darling, a robotics researcher at the MIT Media Lab, conducted an experiment: she asked the participants to hang out with robots (which were dressed up as cute baby dinosaurs), give them names, stare at them, and...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, MIT Media Lab, Tim Leberecht, Syndication


How to clear your computer of distracting clutter

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to bringing the biggest names in tech to showcase inspiring talks from those driving the future of technology this year? Nir Eyal, who authored this piece, is one of the speakers. Check out the full ‘Impact‘ program here. By the looks of his laptop, Robbert Van Els could be mistaken for a secret agent. His screen is an explosion of urgent files — a master control center for managing clandestine operatives. The man of mystery persona is typi...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Nir Eyal, Syndication, Distract, Robbert Van Els


Massive planet that would dwarf Jupiter has been discovered in our galactic neighborhood

Just 330 light-years from Earth, a massive baby planet named 2MASS 1155–7919 b has recently been born from a cloud of gas and dust. Researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) found this rare young gas giant, 10 times larger than Jupiter, orbiting far from its stellar companion— 600 times further from its parent star than the Earth is from the Sun. The star around which this planet orbits is also extremely young, having formed just five million years ago, roughly one-thousandth ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Jupiter, Rochester Institute of Technology RIT, Syndication


Research: Early humans in Africa may have interbred with an unknown species

One of the more startling discoveries arising from genomic sequencing of ancient hominin DNA is the realization that all humans outside Africa have traces of DNA in their genomes that do not belong to our own species. The approximately six billion people on Earth whose recent ancestry is not from Africa will have inherited between 1% and 2% of their genome from our closest but now extinct relatives: the Neanderthals. East Asians and Oceanians have also inherited a small amount of ancestry from t...
Tags: Startups, Science, Africa, Earth, World, Homo Sapiens, Syndication


10 smart note-taking tips that can boost your productivity

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to the future of work this year? Check out the full program here. I long ago stopped reading books on note-taking. They were always too vague and boring, full of platitudes that had little to do with the world outside academia. I especially avoided “how-to” style books on the subject. They would often list dozens of tips and tricks that had little to do with each other. There was never an overarching system for turning notes into concrete r...
Tags: Startups, Insights, Syndication, Growth Quarters, Sönke Ahrens Ahrens


The Historical Origins of Today’s Campaign Proposals for ‘Free College’

This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. A version of the article below was originally published at HNN. “Free college” is a visible and volatile issue in the Democrat candidates’ presidential campaign platforms. Bernie Sanders has showcased this proposal since 2016. Others, notably Elizabeth Warren, have since echoed the chorus. No Democratic candidate today can afford to ignore the issue, even if it means takin...
Tags: News, Education, Congress, California, Opinion, Kentucky, Virginia, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Harvard, West, United States, Ronald Reagan, Harry Truman, East Coast, University Of California


What science says about your kids’ tech habits

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to bringing the biggest names in tech to showcase inspiring talks from those driving the future of technology this year? Check out the full ‘Impact‘ program here. It feels impossible to tell if the technology our kids use should be celebrated or feared. A few years ago I wrote a book, Hooked, about how technology can be used to change our habits. I intended the book to teach startups how to build healthy habits, but now I’m not so sure. Wit...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Syndication


Strange signals coming from space every 16 days are puzzling scientists

An odd radio signal is coming from space, starting and stopping in regular 16-day cycles. A team of Canadian astronomers was the first to report finding the source, which they discovered using a novel radio telescope. This newly-discovered burst of radio waves, called FRB 180814.J0422+73, does not fit any known cause, leading to range-ranging speculations on its nature, ranging from simple interactions between stars, to suggestions the waves are signals from intelligent lifeforms. A burst of ins...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


Why designers should be involved in the law-making process

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint‘ program here. Regulations cannot catch up to the speed of innovation. Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, etc All these platforms had seen light for a decade while a significant portion of the world still struggles to figure out the boundaries and implications to daily life, let alone setting regulations. If we take a broader lens to look at innovation, the rate of innovation is only...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Design & Dev, Syndication


Climate change: Why trains are not as green as you thought

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring how tech can help achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this year? Check out the full ‘Sustainable Societies‘ program here. The 2020s will have to involve some very big decisions about transport – the UK’s most polluting sector. The UK government’s response so far has been erratic, choosing to intervene to prevent the collapse of Flybe (Europe’s biggest regional airline) and give the green light for the high-s...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, World, Syndication, Flybe Europe


New research suggests stars don’t collapse — they explode!!!

By conducting experimental research with matter 10 million times denser and 25 times denser than that found at the centre of the sun, researchers have determined the nature of the nuclear processes that occur within intermediate-mass stars. Our understanding of the deaths of both low and high mass stars are fairly sound, but the team’s findings could change how we think about the fate of stars that lie in between. They suggest that such stars may not collapse, as previously believed, but instead...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


This mapping tool tracks the history of coronavirus and its recent outbreaks

In the final weeks of 2019, a virus slipped furtively from animal to human somewhere in the Chinese city of Wuhan. This inauspicious moment marked the sounding of a starting pistol, unheard at first but now echoing deafeningly across the globe. The race to stop a pandemic had begun. We have been trying to keep up with the novel coronavirus ever since. Each day, we are faced with worrying headlines reporting the latest twists and turns of this outbreak. We have seen the virus spill over China’s b...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech, Wuhan, Syndication


Data centers generate the same amount of carbon emissions as global airlines

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring how tech can help achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this year? Check out the full ‘Sustainable Societies‘ program here. Digital technologies are often put forward as a solution to environmental dilemmas. The spread of the internet came with claims of a huge reduction in printing, and by replacing paper with bytes, we thought we’d reduce our negative environmental impact But this early promise of solving en...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication


What designers can learn from Etsy’s minimalist icons

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint’ program here. No joke, I go on Etsy every single day. I browse Instagram as much as any other person, but when that becomes tiresome, I open up Etsy to casually scroll. I think what makes me come back to it repeatedly, without being triggered by a notification or alert, is that there’s a mix of finding what I’m looking for and being surprised and delighted with things I w...
Tags: Startups, Etsy, Tech, Design & Dev, Nir Eyal, Syndication


Why Tinder’s new safety features won’t end harassment on the platform

The dating app Tinder has faced increasing scrutiny over abusive interactions on the service. In November 2019, an Auckland man was convicted of murdering British woman Grace Millane after they met on Tinder. Incidents such as these have brought attention to the potential for serious violence facilitated by dating apps. Amid ongoing pressure to better protect its users, Tinder recently unveiled some new safety features. The US version of the app added a panic button that alerts law enforcement t...
Tags: Startups, US, Tech, Auckland, Syndication, Grace Millane


5 Moon myths and how to debunk them yourself

This year’s first supermoon will potentially grace the sky on February 9. A supermoon is usually defined as the largest full moon possible. This is a very loose definition and roughly means this happens when the full moon occurs within 10% of its closest to Earth. But in reality, supermoons are not huge at all. There are in fact countless misunderstandings about the Moon and how it appears in the sky. Here are five such examples – and how to disprove them yourself. The supermoon is huge From an ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Earth, World, Syndication


Why laptops could be facing the end of the line

Microsoft’s recent announcement that it would end support for users of its Windows 7 operating system had stress written all over it. The company advised that important day-to-day tasks such as personal banking and online shopping would no longer be safe on users’ now out-of-date and hacker-friendly Windows computers. It’s hard to know how many people are affected but one estimate suggests it could be hundreds of millions. The company’s recommendation was to upgrade immediately and ideally buy a...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Tech, Syndication


How the tiniest particles in the cosmos saved us all from annihilation

Ripples in spacetime known as gravitational waves could reveal the answer to one of the greatest questions in the study of the Cosmos — why anti-matter in the early Universe did not completely annihilate every particle of matter and vice versa. According to widely-accepted models of the Big Bang, the enormous energy of the explosion soon began to freeze into subatomic particles. As the Universe continued to expand and cool, matter and anti-matter formed (theoretically) in equal amounts. Were tha...
Tags: Startups, Space, Cosmos, Syndication


What UX from 1989 can teach us about product design

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint‘ program here. Let me take you back to a time before iPhones, Game of Thrones, and Netflix. The year is 1989. The hairstyles are big and curly. The earrings are huge. George H. W. Bush is sworn in as the 41st president of the United States. A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Berlin Wall comes down. Madonna is sin...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Netflix, Beijing, United States, Madonna, Design & Dev, George H W Bush, Syndication, Tiananmen Square Berlin Wall


AI will never replace good old human creativity

The European Patent Office recently turned down an application for a patent that described a food container. This was not because the invention was not novel or useful, but because it was created by artificial intelligence (AI). By law, inventors need to be actual people. This isn’t the first invention by AI – machines have produced innovations ranging from scientific papers and books to new materials and music. That said, being creative is clearly one of the most remarkable human traits. Withou...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, European Patent Office, Syndication


Why Nike’s high-tech Vaporfly shoes are banned from World Athletics events

Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge last year became the first person to run a marathon distance in under two hours. But instead of being a pure celebration of human performance, the achievement (though not technically an official world record) led to criticism of Kipchoge’s shoes, an advanced design of the Nike Vaporfly. It represented an intensification of concern that the Vaporfly design was turning the humble trainer into an unfair form of performance enhancement. Now Kipchoge’s Vaporflys have been...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Nike, Eliud Kipchoge, Kipchoge, World Athletics, Syndication, World Athletics Despite


Today’s Presidential Candidates Go Where the Voters Are—But These Past Campaigns Succeeded by Bringing the Voters to the Candidates

This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. A version of the article below was originally published at HNN. The ways that Presidential candidates have reached out to voters over the course of U.S. History have changed partly because the franchise has been opened to more people so more voter participation in campaigns has naturally ensued. During the Jeffersonian Era, candidates followed the maxim that the Founding F...
Tags: Politics, News, Uncategorized, Indianapolis, Ohio, Cleveland, Jim Crow, Garfield, Bryan, Canton Ohio, Canton, Harrison, Harding, University of Mississippi, Warren Harding, James Garfield


Google’s Meena is impressive, but AI chatbots are still “cheap imitations” of humans

This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. This week, Google introduced Meena, a chatbot that can “chat about… anything.” Meena is the latest of many efforts by large tech companies trying to solve one of the toughest challenges of artificial intelligence: language. “Current open-domain chatbots have a critical flaw — they often don’t make sense. They sometimes say things that are inconsistent with wha...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Meena, Syndication


I fixed the infamous Iowa Caucus app in 30 minutes

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint’ program here. Last week everyone was talking about Iowa. I usually wouldn’t bother covering the controversy here if not for two things. First of all, even though I currently live in Sopot, Poland, Iowa is a significant part of my life. Back in 1999, I finished high-school in Marion, IA (with not the best grades), and that was a life-changing time for me. A nerdy web-desig...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Iowa, Design & Dev, Syndication, Marion IA, Sopot Poland Iowa


This solar telescope just released its first close-up video of the Sun — and it’s stunning

Astronomers using the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii have released their first public images of the Sun, and they are the most detailed images of our parent star ever taken. Images from the next-generation National Science Foundation (NSF) solar observatory reveal details on the surface measuring just 30 kilometers (18 miles) in diameter. The new four-meter (157 inch) instrument (the largest solar telescope in the world) recorded images and video of turbulent plasma on the surfac...
Tags: Startups, Space, Hawaii, NSF, National Science Foundation NSF, Daniel K Inouye, Syndication


How deceptive UX patterns trick you into doing what companies want

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint’ program here. In this article, I’ll describe what a dark pattern is, how they work, the difference between bad UX & dark UX and, take a look at some recognizable patterns you should never use in your digital products. A definition of dark patterns To put it plainly, dark pattern design is deception and dishonesty by design. Going a little deeper, a dark pattern is a term ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Creativity, Design & Dev, Syndication