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Baidu has created a ‘no code’ platform to make building AI models easier

Hoping to make up ground in the hotly contested artificial intelligence battleground, Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc. is releasing a tool that …

Machine Learning

Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the same amounts as it is consumed. That said, it’s impossible to get the balance right all the time. So operators make grids more flexible by adding ways …

Energy Storage

Harbor seals and their brethren have a superpower that lets them track their prey even without sight or sound

Harbor seals and their brethren have a superpower that lets them track their prey even without sight or sound. It’s their whiskers, which are sensitive enough to follow the trail left by a single fish thirty seconds earlier. The secret to the whisker’s sensitivity lies in its shape. Instead of a uniform, circular cross-section, the seal’s whisker is oval-shaped and its width varies along the length in a wavy pattern. So unlike a straight cylinder, which vibrates when towed through water, the …

Google Unveils A Major Security Enhancement For The Chrome Browser

The stable build of the Chrome browser (Chrome 67) has been ungraded with a major security enhancement called Site Isolation that protects users from malicious websites that steal sensitive data. The Spectre CPU vulnerability is an example. Site Isolation is currently operating in Chrome for …

Chrome Browser

What I’ve learned from competing in machine learning contests on Kaggle

Recently I decided to get more serious about my data science skills. So I decided to practice my skills, which led me to Kaggle.<p>The experience has …

Is Your Router Infected? Use This Tool to Find Out

The now-notorious Russian VPNFilter malware, designed to infect several dozen models of home Wi-Fi routers and network-attached storage drives, shows …

Microsoft just bought a startup it invested in — and it built its business on a key Google technology

First, Microsoft invested. Then, Microsoft acquired.<p>On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Bonsai, an artificial intelligence startup based in Berkeley, California.<p>Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All told, Bonsai had raised a relatively modest $13.6 million since it started up …

We are all part virus — the role of human endogenous retroviruses | Research article | Pharmaceutical Journal

Metronidazole — a member of the nitroimidazole class of antibiotics — provides potent bactericidal action against anaerobic bacterial and protozoal …

AI at Google: our principles

At its heart, AI is computer programming that learns and adapts. It can’t solve every problem, but its potential to improve our lives is profound. At …

WebAssembly and the Death of JavaScript - JS Monthly - February 2018

U of T Engineering AI researchers design ‘privacy filter’ for your photos that disables facial recognition systems

Each time you upload a photo or video to a social media platform, its facial recognition systems learn a little more about you. These algorithms …

Bose

Is Humanity Ignoring Our First Chance For A Mission To An Oort Cloud Object?

In 2003, scientists discovered an object beyond Neptune that was unlike any other: Sedna. While there were larger dwarf planets beyond Neptune, and comets that would travel farther from the Sun, Sedna was unique for how far it always remained from the Sun. It always remained more than twice as …

Astronomy

A Chemist Shines Light on a Surprising Prime Number Pattern

When a crystallographer treated prime numbers as a system of particles, the resulting diffraction pattern created a new view of existing conjectures …

How Google's 'Material Theming' will change your Android experience

Prettier, more consistent apps are on their way.<p>This week, Google announced a new set of tools called Material Theming that helps developers implement the Material theme across apps, including mobile and web. App-makers can choose from a variety of components and design transitions and Google even …

Lobe’s ridiculously simple machine learning platform aims to empower non-technical creators

Machine learning may be the tool de jour for everything from particle physics to recreating the human voice, but it’s not exactly the easiest field to get into. Despite the complexities of video editing and sound design, we have UIs that let even a curious kid dabble in them — so why not with …

Water filter inspired by Alan Turing passes first test

Membrane's structure predicted in mathematician's lone biology paper.<p>Researchers in China have developed a filter that removes salt from water up to …

A High Schooler Has Upended a Fundamental Chemistry Theory

Time to rethink everything you learned about carbon.<p>You may not remember much from high school chemistry, but you probably recall learning the …

Amazon threatens to suspend Signal's AWS account over censorship circumvention

Last week, we received the following email from Amazon:From: [redacted], [redacted] <[redacted]@amazon.com><br>Subject: Notification of potential account …

Ten Things I Learned from a Job Hunt for a Senior Engineering Role

I recently went on a search for a new full time gig and I learned that today’s job search is <b>not</b> what it used to be. Here’s the quick summary of what …

Why Flutter Will Change Mobile Development for the Best

If you’re an Android developer, you may have heard of Flutter. It’s a relatively new, supposedly simple framework designed for making cross-platform …

Berkeley offers its fastest-growing course – data science – online, for free

Data science is increasingly popular at Berkeley because the world is increasingly data-driven

Red Hat looks beyond Linux

The Red Hat Linux distribution is turning 25 years old this week. What started as one of the earliest Linux distributions is now the most successful open-source company, and its success was a catalyst for others to follow its model. Today’s open-source world is very different from those heady days …

Red Hat

Agile’s dark secret? IT has little need for the usual methodologies

Agile is supposed to be yesterday’s news. Advanced companies? They’ve jumped to DevOps. Except, a lot of application teams not only haven’t adopted …

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

Technology (India)

How a Norwegian comment section turned chaos into order—with a simple quiz

SXSW: NRK’s dedicated tech team employs “open source” tactics to fight trolling.<p>AUSTIN, Texas—The five-person team behind a simple WordPress plugin, …

How We Reverse Engineered the Cuban “Sonic Weapon” Attack

Examining overlooked clues reveals how ultrasound could have caused harm in Havana Illustration: Stuart Bradford Illustration: Stuart Bradford See</i> …

Stack Overflow’s 2018 Developer Survey reveals programmers are doing a mountain of overtime

Stack Overflow has released its annual developer survey. The document examines attitudes among developers with respect to the tools they use, the industry they work in, and most interestingly, how they got there. Each year, there’s inevitably an interesting takeaway. While reading through this …

Stack Overflow

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Code Reviews

Inside Google’s plan to make the whole web as fast as AMP

Can the most contentious piece of the web form the basis of a new standard?<p>In a blog post today, Google is announcing that it’s formally embarking on a project to convince the group in charge of web standards to adopt technology inspired by its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) framework. In theory, …