Friday, October 19, 2018

This scientist keeps winning money from people who bet against climate change

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James Annan keeps winning. 

Annan, a climate scientist and director of the Blue Skies Research Organization, has won numerous bets over the last decade against scientists from a variety of academic backgrounds. 

In short, people keep betting him that the world will cool or warm slightly, rather than continue on its accelerating warming trend. Annan hasn't lost.

Most recently, Annan won $10,000 from two solar physicists at the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics in Russia — Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev — on a wager agreed upon 10 years ago. 

But now that the results have come in (showing that 2012-2017 was warmer than 1998-2003), his fellow gamblers won't pay up. Read more...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Huawei’s Nano Memory Cards are replacing microSD on its latest phones

Alongside the slate of new phones Huawei announced today was an interesting addition: a new type of expandable storage the company is calling Nano Memory (NM), which replaces the traditional microSD card in the newly announced Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

Huawei says that NM cards, which are identical in size and shape to a Nano SIM card, are 45 percent smaller than a microSD card, and come in at least a 256GB storage and 90MB/s transfer speed version that the company showed off onstage.

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On the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the NM Card goes in one of the slots on the dual-SIM tray, with users having to choose between extra storage or a second SIM card.

As of now, it seems that the NM Card is...

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2019 BMW X7 is BMW's biggest SUV with its biggest grille

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Yep, YouTube is down

YouTube is experiencing a major outage. Users across the world started to notice that the video service’s sites and mobile apps were down around 9:20pm ET, and everything remains inaccessible more than half an hour later. YouTube TV is also affected by the service disruption.

As with all Google-operated services, serious downtime for YouTube is pretty rare. YouTube TV did suffer service interruption at an inopportune time during this summer’s World Cup, however, and channel pages went down for a while in April. Perhaps most infamously, Pakistan’s government accidentally caused an hours-long global YouTube blackout a decade ago by attempting to censor a trailer for an anti-Islamic film.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

MIT is investing $1 billion in an AI college

<em>The initiative will establish a new cross-disciplinary college of computing. </em>

Ever since the beginning of the AI boom in the early 2010s, there’s been a corresponding drought in talented AI developers and researchers. The way to fix this is to educate more of them, and today, MIT announced a $1 billion initiative to do exactly that: it will establish a new college of computing to train the next generation of machine learning mavens.

Importantly, the college isn’t just about training AI skills. Instead, it will focus on what MIT president L. Rafael Reif calls “the bilinguals of the future.” By that, he means students in fields like biology, chemistry, physics, politics, history, and linguistics who also know how to apply machine learning to these disciplines. (Presumably, Reif feels safe borrowing the term...

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Friday, October 12, 2018

The speed boat that transforms into a submarine

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Volvo surprises with its stylish and quick S60 sedan

dims?resize=2000%2C2000%2Cshrink___PURIMWhen you mention safety and cars, most folks bring up Volvo. For decades, safety wasn't (as the kids say) cool. But in a world with increasing amounts of cars on the road in dense urban areas teaming with motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians and fear... https://ift.tt/2Eh9699
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Things in the middle of the Arctic are getting really strange

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In the deep middle of the remote Arctic Ocean, things are amiss.

With the passage of summer, the ice — diminished by the warm season — is expected to regrow as frigid temperatures envelope the Arctic. 

But, this year, it's not. 

Specifically, sea ice in the Central Arctic basin — a massive region of ocean some 4.5 million square kilometers in size — hasn't started its usual rapid expansion, and unusually warm temperatures in both the air and the ocean are largely to blame. 

"For the most part, Arctic sea ice normally begins rapidly refreezing this time of year," Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California Irvine, said over email. Read more...

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Hidden Secrets of Pulsars Revealed by Trippy Computer Simulations

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A new computer model is revealing the unseen and often bizarre behaviors of particles streaming around rapidly spinning neutron stars, also known as pulsars.

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Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot shows upgraded agility in 'Parkour' video

dims?crop=1600%2C900%2C0%2C0&quality=85&Just two years ago Boston Dynamics proudly showed off a new generation of its Atlas robot that could take an untethered stroll through the woods, before advancing to balancing on one leg and even landing a backflip. https://ift.tt/2ywS7tk
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