William Cordis

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'The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell'

<b>Pauline Dakin's childhood in Canada in the 1970s was full of secrets, disruption and unpleasant surprises. She wasn't allowed to talk about her family life with anyone - and it wasn't until she was 23 that she discovered why.</b><p>There was always something unusual about Pauline Dakin's family.<p>"My …

Crime

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Which makes lots of sysadmins' fave tracing tool cool for LinuxOracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun …

Linux

Americans Invented Modern Life. Now We’re Using Opioids to Escape It.

<b>It is a beautiful, hardy flower,</b> <i>Papaver somniferum,</i> a poppy that grows up to four feet in height and arrives in a multitude of colors. It thrives in …

Kellyanne Conway

Bill Gates warns Silicon Valley not to be the new Microsoft

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has a message for Silicon Valley: Don’t be Microsoft.<p>In the 1990s, the Seattle software giant became enemy number one for the US anti-trust regulators. Flexing its market muscle, the software giant elbowed out potential software and hardware competitors. Briefly, …

Silicon Valley

The African Anthropocene

The Anthropocene feels different depending on where you are – too often, the ‘we’ of the world is white and Western<i>By Gabrielle Hecht</i>Read at Aeon

Pollution

How Louisiana Buried the History of the Nation’s First Black Lieutenant Governor

Back in 1976, when Brian Mitchell was eight years old, a teacher in his Louisiana school system asked if anyone in the class was related to a famous …

Black History

Elon Musk's Tesla and SA Labor reach deal to give solar panels and batteries to 50,000 homes

At least 50,000 homes in SA will be given solar panels and batteries in a scheme by Elon Musk's Tesla and the SA Government to build the world's …

Jay Weatherill

The search for Jackie Wallace | NOLA.com

Jackie Wallace - Fumbles and recoveries<p>Jackie Wallace - Fumbles and recoveries<p>Jackie Wallace - Fumbles and recoveries<p>Jackie Wallace - Fumbles and …

New Orleans

How Chinese overseas students are learning harsh life lessons | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

When 22-year-old Langou Lian looks back at her decision to study in the United States, one influence sticks out: Disney Channel movie <i>High School</i> …

China

A look inside Facebook's open source program

Open source becomes more ubiquitous every year, appearing everywhere from government municipalities to universities. Companies of all sizes are also …

Social Media

NASA Poised to Topple a Planet-Finding Barrier

NASA optics experts are on their way to creating an ultra-stable telescope that can locate and scrutinize Earth-like planets for signs of life.

NASA

Containers, the GPL, and copyleft: No reason for concern

Though open source is thoroughly mainstream, new software technologies and old technologies that get newly popularized sometimes inspire …

Microservices

The GOP’s Biggest Charter School Experiment Just Imploded

The west side of Columbus, Ohio, is a flat expanse of one-story houses, grimy convenience stores, and dark barrooms, and William Lager, in his …

Education

How an industry-breaking bug stayed secret for seven months

How an industry-breaking bug stayed secret for seven months — and then leaked out<p>When Graz University of Technology researcher Michael Schwarz first reached out to Intel, he thought he was about to ruin the company’s day. He had found a problem with their chips, together with his colleagues Daniel …

RUBBISH!

It's past midnight. Over the whump of the wipers and the screech of the fan belt, we lurch through the side streets of Southeast Portland in a …

Ford plans to develop a connected car open-source platform

Ford Transportation Mobility Cloud paves the way for other automakers to jump in<p>If there’s a common theme in Ford Motor Company’s approach to the future of transportation, it’s that there needs to be some rules. Perhaps it’s that it was caught flat-footed when numerous other automakers were …

Materials—Shape-memory conductors

A novel approach that creates a renewable, leathery material—programmed to remember its shape—may offer a low-cost alternative to conventional …

Africa is changing China as much as China is changing Africa

Eight years ago I watched the movie “2012,” named after the year the Mayan calendar supposedly ends. In the film an American geologist learns that a solar flare is heating the core of the earth and causing its tectonic plates to shift drastically. Before long, mass earthquakes and tsunamis are …

China

Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time

On a cold Sunday early last month in the small Austrian city of Graz, three young researchers sat down in front of the computers in their homes and …

What's The Difference Between Children's Books In China And The U.S.?

What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids?<p>That's a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays.<p>And it's a question that inspired a team of researchers to set up a study. Specifically, they wondered how the …

Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre

The Beaufort Gyre, an immense 60-mile-diameter pool of cold freshwater and sea ice, is “stuck” in a clockwise rotation that should have ended years ago. Its eventual reversal could send massive amounts of chilly water straight toward western Europe, plunging it into brutal winters and disrupting …

My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror

A top CIA official once told me that his rule of thumb for whether a covert operation should be approved was, “How will this look on the front page …

Two Bags of Cash for Boko Haram: The Untold Story of How Nigeria Freed Its Kidnapped Girls

May 6, 2017<p>The convoy of Land Cruisers rattled down a dusty road near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, plunging into the remote forest stronghold controlled by fighters from Boko Haram. If everything went to plan, they would arrive at the rendezvous point before 4 p.m.<p>Inside the trucks sat five …

Africa

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cornel West, and the debate over America’s soul

It is Coates, not West, who emerges as the radical.<p>The ongoing discussion that was, until a few days ago, taking place between Ta-Nehisi Coates, a columnist for the Atlantic and best-selling author of <i>We Were Eight Years in Power</i> and <i>Between the World and Me</i><i>,</i> and Cornel West, author of the seminal …

Can We Suck Enough CO2 From The Air To Save The Climate?

As we try to slow our carbon emissions, we also need to get carbon out of the air. A new industry is springing up to meet the challenge, but can it scale fast enough?<p>If humans stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, we’d still have a problem: Since the industrial revolution, fossil fuels and …

Louisiana, Sinking Fast, Prepares to Empty Out Its Coastal Plain

Louisiana is finalizing a plan to move thousands of people from areas threatened by the rising Gulf of Mexico, effectively declaring uninhabitable a …

John Bel Edwards

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle

The disagreement between Coates and I is clear: his view of black America is narrow and dangerously misleading<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power, a book about Barack Obama’s presidency and the tenacity of white supremacy, has captured the attention of many of us. One crucial question is …

This Evangelical Leader Denounced Trump. Then the Death Threats Started.

Jen Hatmaker is one of the most popular religious figures in America—and she is paying a steep price for speaking out for what she believes.<p>Last fall, Jen Hatmaker, a popular evangelical author and speaker, started getting death threats. Readers mailed back her books to her home address, but not …

Faith

In a Divided Nation of Big Cities and Small Towns, Caity Cronkhite Thought She Knew Where She Belonged

She graduated from high school early to chase opportunity far from Kingman, Ind. A decade later, she starts to see what she left behind.<p>KINGMAN, Ind.—It took months for Caity Cronkhite to get up the nerve to go home again.<p>Ms. Cronkhite, 27 years old, had stormed out of Indiana after graduating from …

San Francisco Bay Area

Google's artificial intelligence built an AI that outperforms any made by humans

An AI That Can Build AI<p>In May 2017, researchers at Google Brain announced the creation of AutoML, an artificial intelligence (AI) that’s capable of …