Tom Higley

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Freshwater under stress as acidity rises, scientists say

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some freshwater ecosystems are acidifying rapidly as carbon dioxide emissions rise, according to research by German scientists, raising fears over fish stocks and water quality.<p>Only 1 percent of the world’s water is freshwater, but 40 percent of all fish are …

Climate Change

How Technology Is (and Isn’t) Changing Our Reading Habits

<i>How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives?</i> <i>Alexandra Alter</i><i>, who covers the books industry for The Times, discussed the tech she’s using.</i><p><b>Given that you write about</b> <b>the books industry,</b> <b>how do you prefer to read books? On a</b> <b>Kindle or iPad or some other</b> …

Publishing

The 11 Top Threats To The World In 2018 Are All Pretty Terrifying

If you thought that 2017 involved a lot of disasters and near-misses, you'd better brace yourself for 2018. The World Economic Forum (WEF) released a …

Climate Change

The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Although it …

Genetics

Google’s AutoML lets you train custom machine learning models without having to code

Google today announced the alpha launch of AutoML Vision, a new service that helps developers — including those with no machine learning (ML) expertise — build custom image recognition models. While Google plans to expand this custom ML model builder under the AutoML brand to other areas, the …

Machine Learning

Bannon Avoids Trump Testimony, Citing ‘Novel’ Definition of Executive Privilege

Steve Bannon was at the center of some of the biggest controversies of President Trump’s first year in office, and even months after his departure he …

Steve Bannon

GE's Impending Breakup's Underlying Root Cause: The Need For A Single Overarching Strategy

GE has failed the cocktail napkin test. If you can’t explain your strategy to someone on the back of a cocktail napkin, it’s too complicated. The best performing organizations have a single, overarching strategic posture that everyone in the organization understands. More complicated organizations …

Thomas Edison

NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?

Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable …

Space Exploration

Genome of Man Who Died in 1827 Has Been Reverse-Engineered Without Any Remains

This Icelandic settler had an incredible story.<p>Hans Jonatan was born in the Caribbean in 1784, migrated to Iceland in 1802, and died in 1827 – and …

DNA

While You Were Sleeping

Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignore his daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantly write about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to get this balance right, which is why I pause today to point out some incredible technological changes …

Women in Tech

Cryptocurrency doesn’t have the same price between countries — here’s why

In the last six months while I’ve been actively writing about blockchain and cryptos, there’s one question that people keep asking me “Why is the price of Bitcoin different between countries? Does that mean I can make money from arbitrage?”<p>The short answer to that question is, ‘Yes.’ Of course, …

Cryptocurrency

As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

BERLIN (Reuters) - The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos.<p>The Global Risks Report highlighted several …

Economy

A major geopolitical crisis is set to erupt over who controls the world’s longest river

When Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn visits Egypt this week to discuss bilateral cooperation in sectors like health, education, and agriculture one contentious issue will stand out: the completion of Africa’s largest dam.<p>It is no secret what Egypt thinks about the Grand Ethiopian …

Africa

Conspiracy theory: These accidental missile alerts aren’t actually accidents

World governments are doing trial runs on their own citizens. I swear to god.<p>On Saturday, residents of Hawaii were on the receiving end of a …

North Korea

7 predictions for the evolution of enterprise AI in 2018

While artificial intelligence applications in business and industry remain limited to narrow machine learning tasks, we are seeing progressive improvements in the convergence of algorithms and hardware that will have significant implications for how well and how quickly we can implement AI. …

Intelligence

Don Norman: What Went Wrong In Hawaii, Human Error? Nope, Bad Design

The author and eminent design researcher examines how poorly designed software spread panic in Hawaii–and offers tips for avoiding such incidents in the future.<p>“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” That was the false alert sent to people in …

David Ige

A sleep expert gives the best tips for falling asleep quicker

Sleep expert Matthew Walker describes the perfect conditions for falling asleep quicker. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Matthew Walker:</b> My name is Matthew Walker. I am a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California Berkeley and I am the author of the book, "Why …

Wellness

Bitcoin breaks under weight of regulatory scrutiny

Speculators beware: the once-high-flying digital currency Bitcoin is again feeling the heat from regulators in Asia, causing its price to go into free fall.<p>Bitcoin, the best-known cryptocurrency whose skyrocketing price in the past year captured the imagination of speculators and skeptics alike, …

Cryptocurrency

Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms

WASHINGTON — A newly drafted United States nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including what current and former government officials …

War

How Georgia State University Used an Algorithm to Help Students Navigate the Road to College

As AI continues to develop, a major test of its potential will be whether it can replace human judgment in individualized, complex ways. At Georgia State University, we investigated a test case where AI assisted high school students in their transition to college, helping them to navigate the many …

Education

Why a “Genius” Scientist Thinks Our Consciousness Originates at the Quantum Level

Human consciousness is one of the grand mysteries of our time on earth. How do you know that you are “you”? Does your sense of being aware of …

Consciousness

Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board, which advises the federal government on management of the country’s national parks, have jointly …

National Parks

It Can All Go To Zero

Perspective can be a useful thing. Cryptocurrencies have had a bad 24 hours.<p>Last night Amy and I watched The Big Short for the second time. If you’ve …

Steve Carell

Computers are getting better than humans at reading

The robots are coming, and they can read.<p>Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) have beaten humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.<p>"This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test," Alibaba said in a statement …

Artificial Intelligence

Creative thought has a pattern of its own, brain activity scans reveal

People who are flexible, original thinkers show signature forms of connectivity in their brains, study shows<p>Donatella Versace finds it in the conflict of ideas, Jack White under pressure of deadlines. For William S Burroughs, an old Dadaist trick helped: cutting pages into pieces and rearranging …

The Brain

U.S. Plans New Nuclear Weapons

Pentagon weighs ‘low-yield’ warhead and sea-based cruise missile, igniting debate over strategy<p>WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is planning to develop two new sea-based nuclear weapons to respond to Russia and China’s growing military capabilities, according to a sweeping Defense Department review of …

North Korea

The Transformations That Work—and Why

RELATED EXPERTISETransformation, People & Organization<p>By , , , , and<p>Even large and successful companies need to transform themselves in response to …

Spotify Disrupted the Music World, Now It’s Doing the Same to Wall Street

When the streaming service goes public, banks will collect a fraction of the fees underwriters make in a big IPO<p>Spotify AB upended the world of music with its popular streaming service. Now it is threatening to do the same to Wall Street.<p>Banks working on Spotify’s unusual public share listing stand …

Finance

CPUC's latest order backing batteries spells more trouble for fossil-fuel power plants

California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas.<p>The California Public Utilities Commission approved an order …

Energy