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Machines Taught by Photos Learn a Sexist View of Women

Last fall, University of Virginia computer science professor Vicente Ordóñez noticed a pattern in some of the guesses made by image-recognition …

Lens Guru Mathieu Stern Shows You How to Easily Remove Mold from Vintage Lenses (VIDEO)

We typically turn to lens guru Mathieu Stern for tips on cheap, vintage lenses that can be adapted for use with today’s modern digital cameras. But …

Videography

Scientists figure out how to create affordable smart windows

Imagine having the power to tweak your windows' opacity depending on the weather. That's one application a group of MIT scientists believe they've made possible by conjuring up an equation that can predict how light goes through a rubber-like polymer structure. The rubbery material they used called …

Watch this robot solve a Rubik's Cube in about a second

Ah, the Rubik's Cube. Few novelty puzzles have had as long of a career.<p>Since its invention in 1974, the cube has become on one of the best selling …

Startups like Spotify are relying on Pager, an 'Uber for healthcare'

Pager made a name for itself as the “Uber for doctor house calls.” Instead of ordering a car, anyone in San Francisco or New York can schedule a …

Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence software — and it's open source

On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow , a new AI system that's used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.<p>And in a rare move for Google, it's making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.<p>The …

Artificial Intelligence

Guinness Removes Fish Guts From Its Recipe—Wait, What?

The Irish beer is removing fish guts. Yep, they were in there.<p>Guinness, the famed Irish brewery, is changing its recipe for the first time in 256 years. Beer-loving vegans will now be able to sip, or chug, the black stout, starting in 2016 when fish guts will be removed from Guinness ingredients, …

Can Genetic Engineering Save Endangered Rhinos? - MIT Technology Review

The world’s rhinoceros species are in dire straits. Only one subspecies, the Southern white rhino in Africa, is in a relatively secure position. The …

Endangered Species

Are Fences the Solution for Protecting Africa’s National Parks?

Wildlife<p><b>With the expansion of human populations, instances of human-wildlife conflict become increasingly frequent. One proposed solution to protect both people and wildlife is the implementation of fences around established protected areas. Many conservation scientists argue that these fences may</b> …

Helping Angola's Youth: From Schooling To Skimboarding To Hair Advice

"Sometimes, when you live in an underprivileged area, you limit yourself to what you think you can be, to what you think you can achieve. But you can always have a dream."<p>That's the philosophy of Angela Helena Carvalho de Sa, a 23-year-old who spends as much time as she can helping others achieve …

The village where men are banned

Photograph: Georgina Goodwin for the Observer<p>‘I heard of a women’s community from gossip in my old village’: Seita Lengima, 68.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/12/1439378797207/a0139b19-a47b-4df5-80ea-eed02c8c5983-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Georgina Goodwin for …

Selling

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The Black Mambas, a Mostly Female Anti-Poaching Force, Have Won a Top U.N. Environmental Award

Since it was first created in 2013, South Africa’s Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit has arrested six poachers, shut down five poacher camps, and …

Salt and a car battery: Unusual tools to make clean water in Kenya

You can survive for months without food. But when it comes to water, you only have days.<p>Lack of access to safe, clean water is a life-threatening reality for hundreds of millions of people, and charitable solutions are often short-term.<p>Now one company is using technology designed for the U.S …

Developing Countries

South Africa’s pioneering social network loses out to Whatsapp and shuts down

On Friday (Oct. 23), Mxit, the South African-born instant messaging service, once dubbed Africa’s largest social network, announced that it was giving up the battle to compete against other mobile messaging platforms.<p>The company is “shutting down its commercial operations” reports Fin24, opting to …

South Africa

White fat in mice can be forced to burn energy like brown fat by flipping a molecular switch

The technique could be used to help prevent weight gain in humans<p>Scientists say they have figured out a way to make white fat cells in mice burn energy — just by flipping a molecular switch. If this mechanism works similarly in humans, it could open up new ways to help combat obesity.<p>There are two …