In Nat Geo's 'Genius,' Visualize Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 3:30pm
After struggling for years to be recognized for his controversial scientific ideas, Albert Einstein finally reaches science celebrity status in Chapter 5 of "Genius," which airs tonight on the National Geographic Channel.
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Google's AlphaGo AI Defeats the World's Best Human Go Player

Slashdot - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 3:20pm
It isn't looking good for humanity. Google's AI AlphaGo on Tuesday defeated Ke Jie, the world's number one Go player, in the first game of a three-part match. The new win comes a year after AlphaGo beat Korean legend Lee Se-dol 4-1 in one of the most potent demonstrations of the power of AI to date. Adding insult to the injury, AlphaGo scored the victory over humanity's best candidate in China, the place where the abstract and intuitive board game was born. Engadget adds: After the match, Google's DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis explained that this was how AlphaGo was programmed: to maximise its winning chances, rather than the winning margin. This latest iteration of the AI player, nicknamed Master, apparently uses 10 times less computational power than its predecessor that beat Lee Sedol, working from a single PC connected to Google's cloud server. [...] The AI player picked up a 10-15 point lead early on, which limited the possibilities for Jie to respond. Jie was occasionally winning during the flow of the match, but AlphaGo would soon reclaim the lead, ensuring that his human opponent had limited options to win as the game progressed.

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Watch Live @ 12:30pm ET: NASA 2018 Budget Presentation

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 3:00pm
Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot will hold a televised briefing with NASA employees today (May 23) at 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT) to discuss the Trump Administration's 2018 budget request for the space agency.
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Microsoft's New Surface Pro Features Faster Intel Kaby Lake Processor, 13.5 Hours of Battery Life

Slashdot - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 2:40pm
On the sidelines of Windows 10 China Government Edition release, Microsoft also announced a new Surface two-in-one laptop. The latest addition to company's hybrid computing line up, the "new Surface Pro" sports an improved design, and houses a newer processor from Intel. From an article: The new Surface Pro features the same 3:2 12.3-inch PixelSense display as its predecessor, providing a resolution of 2736 x 1824 (267 ppi) and 10 point multi-touch capabilities. Surface Pro is based on faster and more reliable Intel "Kaby Lake" chipsets in Core m3-7Y30 with HD Graphics 615, Core i5-7300U with HD Graphics 620, and Core i7-7660U with Iris Plus Graphics 640 variants, which should make for a better experience. As with the previous version, the Core m3 version of the new Surface Pro is fanless and thus silent. But this is new: The Core i5 versions of the new Surface Pro are also fanless and silent. And a new thermal design helps Microsoft claim that the i7 versions are quieter than ever, too. The new Surface Pro is rated at 13.5 hours of battery life (for video playback), compared to just 9 hours for Surface Pro 4. That's a 50 percent improvement. urface Pro can be had with 4, 8, or 16 GB of 1866Mhz LPDDR3 RAM. The new Surface Pro is built around the USB 3-based Surface Connect connector and features one full-sized USB 3 port and one miniDisplayPort port. Microsoft also announced a new Surface Pen (sold separately), and claims that the new pen is twice as accurate (compared to the previous version). No word on the pricing but it will be available in all major global markets in the "coming weeks." The new Surface ships with Windows 10 Pro. (Side note: Earlier Microsoft used to market the Surface Pro devices as tablets that could also serve as laptops. The company is now calling the Surface Pro laptops that are also tablets.)

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Astronauts Restore Space Station to Full Health in Quick Repair Spacewalk

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 2:14pm
NASA astronauts sped through an urgent spacewalk this morning (May 23) to replace a malfunctioning computer relay box outside the International Space Station.
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Microsoft Announces 'Windows 10 China Government Edition', Lets Country Use Its Own Encryption

Slashdot - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 2:00pm
At an event in China on Tuesday, Microsoft announced yet another new version of Windows 10. Called Windows 10 China Government Edition, the new edition is meant to be used by the Chinese government and state-owned enterprises, ending a standoff over the operating system by meeting the government's requests for increased security and data control. In a blog post, Windows chief Terry Myerson writes: The Windows 10 China Government Edition is based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, which already includes many of the security, identity, deployment, and manageability features governments and enterprises need. The China Government Edition will use these manageability features to remove features that are not needed by Chinese government employees like OneDrive, to manage all telemetry and updates, and to enable the government to use its own encryption algorithms within its computer systems.

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Image of the Day

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 2:00pm
NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this view of a storm on Jupiter known as the Little Red Spot.
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Zuckerberg-Backed Data Trove Exposes the Injustices of Criminal Justice

Wired News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 1:00pm
A new tool called Measures for Justice brings the black box of the nation's court data into the light. The post Zuckerberg-Backed Data Trove Exposes the Injustices of Criminal Justice appeared first on WIRED.
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LeEco Said To Lay Off Over 80 Percent of US Workforce

Slashdot - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: LeEco, a Chinese company that made a big splash in the U.S. last fall, is preparing for a round of layoffs that may happen as soon as Tuesday, according to sources. Two people told CNBC the company is planning massive layoffs in the U.S., with one source saying that only 60 employees will be left after the cut. The company's current headcount in the U.S. is over 500, according to this person. CNBC obtained an email calling employees together for a Town Hall Meeting that will occur in three of the company's U.S. locations, including San Diego, Santa Monica and San Jose, at 10 a.m. PST. The email asks employees to attend unless they're off for the day, in which case they're asked to call in. It's not clear what will be announced at the meeting, but a second source told CNBC that layoffs will be announced tomorrow. Under the restructuring, LeEco will refocus on encouraging Chinese-American consumers to watch LeEco's Chinese content library, one person said.

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Storytelling Platform 'Makers Men' Profiles Astronaut Leland Melvin | Video

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 12:30pm
Makers Men “highlights a select group of men who have taken concrete actions to help make the world a more equal place for women,” according to the shows producers. The NASA astronaut fits the bill.
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Astronaut Leland Melvin Celebrated for Work Championing Women

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 12:30pm
Leland Melvin, the NFL football player turned NASA astronaut, now spends his days inspiring women and minorities to pursue careers in STEAM fields.
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Microsoft’s Surface Pro Laptop Returns With Bigger Brains

Wired News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 12:15pm
At long last, the Surface Pro gets a spec-bumping refresh. The post Microsoft’s Surface Pro Laptop Returns With Bigger Brains appeared first on WIRED.
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Let’s Explore the Physics of Inertia With a Fidget Spinner

Wired News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 12:00pm
America's latest fad provides yet another opportunity to explain physics. The post Let’s Explore the Physics of Inertia With a Fidget Spinner appeared first on WIRED.
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Orbit of Earth-Size Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1h in Alien Solar System Nailed Down

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:05am
Astronomers have nailed down the path of the outermost planet in the TRAPPIST-1 system, finding that this world takes 19 Earth days to complete one lap around its small, faint host star.
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Your Handy Field Guide to the Surprisingly Few Factions of the Far Left, From Pastel Bloc to BAMN

Wired News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:00am
They may not market themselves as well as the far-right, but the antifa has its movements. The post Your Handy Field Guide to the Surprisingly Few Factions of the Far Left, From Pastel Bloc to BAMN appeared first on WIRED.
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Can the American Heartland Remake Itself in the Image of Silicon Valley? One Startup Finds Out

Wired News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:00am
One Denver startup learns what it's like to find funding, attract talent, and launch a minimum viable product outside of the Bay Area tech scene. The post Can the American Heartland Remake Itself in the Image of Silicon Valley? One Startup Finds Out appeared first on WIRED.
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Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Birth of D&D

Wired News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:00am
An excerpt from the gorgeous "Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D." The post Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Birth of D&D appeared first on WIRED.
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Hot-Donut Earth? Planet May Once Have Taken on Odd 'Synestia' Form

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:00am
Earth probably became a "synestia" for a brief period about 4.5 billion years ago. That's the term for a newly proposed cosmic object: a huge, hot, donut-shaped mass of vaporized rock that results from the collision of two planet-size bodies.
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Watch Astronauts Do a Quick But Vital Spacewalk Repair Today

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:00am
Two NASA astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station today (May 23) on an unplanned spacewalk to replace a vital computer data relay box.
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Why Occam's Razor Doesn't Apply to Physics

Space.com - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 10:25am
According to astrophysicist and educator Ethan Siegel, this modus operandi of Occam's razor does not often suit the complicated world of physics.
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