David Cochran

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Why Germany Still Has So Many Middle-Class Manufacturing Jobs

Only about 1.1% of the world population is German. However, 48% of the mid-sized world market leaders come from Germany. These firms, which I call “Hidden Champions,” are part of what makes German economic growth more inclusive: by my calculations, they have created 1.5 million new jobs; have grown …

Evidence Suggests Early Exposure to Antibiotics Might Lead to Long-Term Behavioural Changes

The mice showed increased anxiety and aggression.<p>Researchers have found that giving low doses of a common antibiotic to pregnant mice and their …

Microbiology

Physicists who created 'pure nothingness' say they detected something astonishing inside of it

According to quantum mechanics, a vacuum isn't empty at all. It's actually filled with quantum energy and particles that blink in and out of existence for a fleeting moment — strange signals that are known as quantum fluctuations.<p>For decades, there had only ever been indirect evidence of these …

This Is How AI Will Change Your Work In 2017

Don’t fear artificial intelligence. It’s what’s going to help you do your job faster and better in 2017.<p>Artificial intelligence is growing fast. Recent research puts it as a $5 billion market by 2020, and Gartner estimates that 6 billion connected “things” will require AI support by 2018. Connected …

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions

An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure …

Not Your Mother's Artificial Intelligence

Back in the days when ‘Bubbles’ – the liquid-cooled Cray 2 – was the fastest supercomputer in the world and before LISP was the programming language of choice in Marvin Minsky’s new AI Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the pioneers of Artificial Intelligence had lofty goals.<p>They …

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 people’s fear and trust of math is akin to worshipping God<p>Support our fearless, independent journalism with a contribution or by becoming a member<p>“People keep suggesting that democracy is alive and well because we have two …

Mathematics

The Universe Might Have a Delete Button - And It Could Destroy Physics as We Know It

Eep.<p>Here’s something to think about - physicists have proposed that the Universe could have a 'self destruct' mechanism, whereby everything in …

British Standards Institution releases official robot guidelines aimed at keeping humans safe

The new standard for robots is written along similar lines to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.<p>A UK standards body has released a set of …

Microsoft’s cancer moonshot: Debug the disease as if it’s a computer glitch

Microsoft researchers are doing a bug bash on cancer, complete with software code names like “Project Hanover.”<p>Some of them are actually drilling …

Fatigue Is All in Your Head

Samuele Marcora, the 47-year-old director of research at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at England’s University of Kent, doesn’t consider himself an endurance athlete. But he’s fast becoming one of the most talked-about researchers in the field. Marcora, who is originally from Italy, …

World's First Off-Grid ReGen Village Will Be Completely Self-Sufficient Producing Its Own Power and Food

ReGen Villages, a completely self-sufficient village that can power and feed itself, is rising across Europe—and hopefully, one day, around the world.<p>…

Clever Attack Uses the Sound of a Computer’s Fan to Steal Data

In the past two years a group of researchers in Israel has become highly adept at stealing data from air-gapped computers—those machines prized by …

A $50 Million Hack Just Showed That the DAO Was All Too Human

Sometime in the wee hours Friday, a thief made off with $50 million of virtual currency.<p>The victims are investors in a strange fund called the DAO, …

Influence of religion and predestination on evolution and scientific thinking

Generally seen as antithetical to one another, evolution and religion can hardly fit in a scientific discourse simultaneously. However, biologist Dr …

Evolution

How Mozart Unlocked a Galactic Secret

As he wrestled with his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein could not have imagined that the confirmation of his life’s work had been vibrating …

Time Travel

Members of CWA pledge to intensify attacks on US govt

Monday, we reported that a hacker followed through on a promise to release personal information on over 30,000 employees from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).<p>The hacker, it turns out, is a 16-year-old boy who is believed to be the notorious …

Cyber-attacks

Dridex malware exploit distributes antivirus installer—hack suspected

Cause is still unknown, but the chief theory is it's the work of a whitehat hacker.<p>It sounds like a scene from an absurdist play or a companion to …

The U.S. Government Is Betting $28 Million That We Can Replicate The Brain

The great reverse engineering expedition<p>We've talked a lot about making a computer that works like the mammalian brain.<p>The U.S. government is now betting $28 million dollars that all these projects are wrong.<p>A series of three grants snagged by Harvard University from Intelligence Advanced Research …

Football Coaches Are Turning to AI for Help Calling Plays

In 1996, IBM’s Deep Blue became the first supercomputer to defeat a chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in a game. A year later Deep Blue edged …

US Intelligence director’s personal e-mail, phone hacked

"Crackas With Attitude": We routed Clapper's calls to Free Palestine Movement.<p>The same individual or group claiming to be behind a recent breach of …

Say “Cyber” again—Ars cringes through CSI: Cyber

CBS endangered cyber-procedural: Plane hacking! Software defined radio! White noise! OMG!<p>There are lots of cringeworthy technology moments on …

The Geopolitics of Cheap Oil

The market was supposed to save the planet.That, at least, was the argument of many economists grappling with the problem of climate change. As …

Analysis confirms coordinated hack attack caused Ukrainian power outage

BlackEnergy was key ingredient used to cause power outage to at least 80k customers.<p>The people who carried out last month's first known hacker-caused …

Juniper drops NSA-developed code following new backdoor revelations

Researchers contradict Juniper claim that Dual_EC_DRBG weakness couldn't be exploited.<p>Juniper Networks, which last month made the startling …