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An 11-Year-Old Got Most Of Her Genes From Her Dad, And Almost None From Her Mom

Only about 25 people in the world — all girls — have been reported with this genetic syndrome.<p>An 11-year-old girl from the Czech Republic was born with genes that came almost entirely from her father, instead of half from each parent.<p>Only about 25 people in the world — all girls — have been …

Genetics

What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home

The ups and downs of software-defined networking—and having too many access points.<p><i>Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on</i> …

Wi-Fi

Japan’s World Cup team cleaned their own locker room and left a thank you note after losing to Belgium

Pure class.<p>Japan’s incredible run at the World Cup ended Tuesday after they were eliminated by Belgium in the Round of 16. The team was naturally heartbroken, but that didn’t stop them from doing what they thought was right.<p>This is Japan’s locker room after the game. It’s completely spotless, and …

Japan

Scientists Discover Dolphins Call Each Other by Name

“This is the coolest thing ever."<p>Video shot in Shark Bay, Australia, shows something incredible: dolphins are calling each other <i>by name</i>.<p>The video is …

Dolphins

That interstellar visitor from another solar system wasn't an asteroid after all

Scientists spotted a strange object flying through the solar system last year. It looked skinny, like a cigar, and may have been a quarter-mile in …

Astronomy

The secret to a meaningful life is simpler than you think

Some people seem to spend their whole lives dissatisfied, in search of a purpose. But philosopher Iddo Landau suggests that all of us have everything we need for a meaningful existence.<p>According to Landau, a philosophy professor at Haifa University in Israel and author of the 2017 book <i>Finding</i> …

University of London

How to log out when using JWT

JSON Web Tokens (JWT) is a way of statelessly handling user authentication. What does it mean? Well, JWT helps to organize authentication without …

JavaScript

ln2sql

<b>ln2sql is a NLP tool to query a database in natural language.</b> The tool takes in input a database model and a sentence and translate the latter in a …

People’s egos get bigger after meditation and yoga, says a new study

According to Buddhist teaching, the self is an illusion. The religion preaches a fundamentally selfless worldview, encouraging followers to renounce individual desires and distance themselves from self-concern. To advance this perspective, millions of people around the world practice yoga and …

Meditation

Physics Explains How a Long Jumper Leaped So Far He Almost Cleared the Pit

It isn't just about speed.<p>What were you doing when you were 19? Chances are, you weren’t breaking a 23-year-old world long jump record like Juan …

IAAF Diamond League

MIT fed an AI data from Reddit, and now it thinks of nothing but murder

Norman is a disturbing demonstration of the consequences of algorithmic bias<p>For some, the phrase “artificial intelligence” conjures nightmare visions — something out of the ’04 Will Smith flick <i>I, Robot</i>, perhaps, or the ending of <i>Ex Machina</i> <i>—</i> like a boot smashing through the glass of a computer screen …

Artificial Intelligence

GitHub users are already fuming about the company’s sale to Microsoft

Today (June 4) Microsoft announced that it will acquire GitHub, the popular code repository that’s like Google Docs for developers, for $7.5 billion.<p>The acquisition comes as Microsoft continues to court the open-source community under CEO Satya Nadella—but it’s still making GitHub users …

Open Source Software

Nine Questions Every Leader Must Ask Before Letting Someone Go

If you have worked in the professional world as a leader for any length of time you have undoubtedly found yourself managing a team member who was failing to live up to expectations. While it might be tempting to cut someone loose if their performance is sub-par, the turnover may cost more than you …

Leadership

Dramatic images capture lava exploding as it reaches Pacific

Geology

Alien asteroid discovered orbiting the Sun

An international team of astronomers has discovered an asteroid orbiting the Sun at roughly the same distance as Jupiter that appears to have …

Heavy rains in Kenya reveal a crack that shows Africa will split into two continents

Heavy rains caused havoc in Kenya in March, collapsing hospital walls, flooding entire neighborhoods, and closing off major highways. The downpour also exposed a fault line that geologists now say is evidence that the African continent will split into two over the next tens of millions of years.<p>The …

Earth Science

Deep Learning by Andrew Ng (deeplearning.ai): A Course-by-Course Review

Andrew Ng’s five courser aims to give newbies and practitioners a crash course on all things deep learning – from fully connected neural networks to …

Deep Learning

Want to Get Smarter? Read Something on This List

There’s a lot of hope today that playing mindless brain training games will make you smarter. But instead of trying a quick fix, why not read …

How a Multicloud World is Changing the WAN

Organizations worldwide are on an irreversible march towards embracing multiple clouds, drawn by the greater agility and flexibility, the specific functionality each one offers, as well as improved efficiencies and the ability to adapt to the fast-moving digital way of doing business. Numbers from …

The giant garbage vortex in the Pacific Ocean is over twice the size of Texas — here's what it looks like

There's far too much plastic in the world's oceans, and the problem continues to build up.<p>Every little bit of plastic that gets tossed into the ocean or swept downstream out to sea either sinks or is picked up by currents. Much of it is eventually carried into one of five massive ocean regions, …

Ubuntu Has Made its Minimal Images Even More Minimal — Just 28MB!

The Ubuntu minimal image has been reduced in size for the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver release. Ubuntu devs have reduced the images to …

Stephen Hawking Died on a Day That Cosmically Ties Him to Albert Einstein

"We will miss him forever."<p>Stephen Hawking, the legendary theoretical physicist, died early Wednesday in his home in Cambridge, England, at the age …

For the sake of society, we must let the English language evolve beyond gender

It’s been decades since I was a copyeditor, but I haven’t given up my long, trusting relationship with the Chicago Manual of Style. So when I learned that Chicago, along with the Associated Press (AP) had accepted the use of “they” as a singular pronoun last year, I was ready to go along. Not …

Language

Tintin and Captain Haddock came to Pondicherry, so why didn’t we know about it earlier?

French artist Jacques Beaumelle imagined his favourite childhood hero strolling through Pondicherry.<p>Over the past week, the familiar illustrations of …

Physicists Create New Form Of Light

In results published in <i>Science,</i> researchers suggest that this new light could be used to perform highly complex, incredibly fast quantum computations.<p>…

Hummus isn't meant to be a dip

Maybe you’ve had this sandwich: A thick layer of garlicky chickpeas, smooshed to the consistency of mashed potatoes cemented cucumbers, sprouts, tomatoes and havarti cheese between two slices of wheaty, seedy bread, avocado optional. When I was in college in the 1990s it was my lunchtime go-to. The …

Vegan

A study of more than 100,000 people has found that one food group is closely linked with cancer

If scientists told you there was a single lifestyle factor that may best predict whether you get cancer, you'd want to know, right?<p>Researchers in France may have found just that. After studying more than 100,000 adults for years, they found that eating processed food was more closely linked with …

Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries.<p>The test, called the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, is also expected to reduce the number of people exposed to radiation …

Medicine

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

The Brain

Starman has gone dark

Starman and his space Tesla have sent their last selfie from Earth orbit, Elon Musk announced. The car and its mannequin driver (in working SpaceX spacesuit) launched yesterday atop the Falcon Heavy rocket will eventually escape Earth orbit and travel outwards through the solar system — but not in …

Roadsters