Category: Technology

  • A little taste of everything that’s out there

    A little taste of everything that’s out there

    If the spectacular images from the NASA James Webb Space Telescope have you hankering to learn more about what’s Out There—or at least to see more pretty pictures of it—The Short Story of the Universe arrives just in time to sate your craving. Like all of the books in the Short Story of… series, Gemma […]

  • A bioengineered cornea can restore sight to blind people

    A bioengineered cornea can restore sight to blind people

    One unexpected bonus was that the implant changed the shape of the cornea enough for its recipients to wear contact lenses for the best possible vision, even though they had been previously unable to tolerate them. The cornea helps focus light rays on the retina at the back of the eye and protects the eye […]

  • The weekend’s best deals: Apple MacBook Air, Resident Evil bundle, and more

    The weekend’s best deals: Apple MacBook Air, Resident Evil bundle, and more

    Ars Technica It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a nice discount on Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air, which is currently down to $850 at Best Buy. That’s about $150 off Apple’s MSRP and tied for the lowest price we’ve […]

  • How to craft effective AI policy

    How to craft effective AI policy

    So to your first question, I think you’re right. That policy makers should actually define the guardrails, but I don’t think they need to do it for everything. I think we need to pick those areas that are most sensitive. The EU has called them high risk. And maybe we might take from that, some […]

  • Poliovirus detected in NYC sewage; health officials urge vaccination

    NY county with polio has pitiful 60% vaccination rate; 1,000s may be infected

    Enlarge / Transmission electron micrograph of poliovirus type 1. Health officials in New York are ramping up efforts to boost polio vaccination rates in local children as yet more poliovirus has surfaced in sewage sampling. On Friday, August 12, New York state and New York City health officials announced that poliovirus had been detected for […]

  • Predicting the climate bill’s effects is harder than you might think

    Predicting the climate bill’s effects is harder than you might think

    Human decision-making can also cause models and reality to misalign. “People don’t necessarily always do what is, on paper, the most economic,” says Robbie Orvis, who leads the energy policy solutions program at Energy Innovation. This is a common issue for consumer tax credits, like those for electric vehicles or home energy efficiency upgrades. Often […]

  • CDC no longer gently recommends COVID precautions most weren’t following anyway

    CDC no longer gently recommends COVID precautions most weren’t following anyway

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its pandemic guidance today, offering slightly looser recommendations that likely won’t change much about how Americans handle the pandemic these days. According to the updated guidance, people who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations—i.e., unvaccinated people or people who have not received the recommended number of […]

  • Deep learning can almost perfectly predict how ice forms

    Deep learning can almost perfectly predict how ice forms

    Researchers have used deep learning to model more precisely than ever before how ice crystals form in the atmosphere. Their paper, published this week in PNAS, hints at the potential to significantly increase the accuracy of weather and climate forecasting. The researchers used deep learning to predict how atoms and molecules behave. First, models were […]

  • One of 5G’s biggest features is a security minefield

    One of 5G’s biggest features is a security minefield

    True 5G wireless data, with its ultrafast speeds and enhanced security protections, has been slow to roll out around the world. As the mobile technology proliferates—combining expanded speed and bandwidth with low-latency connections—one of its most touted features is starting to come in to focus. But the upgrade comes with its own raft of potential […]

  • Why can’t tech fix its gender problem?

    Why can't tech fix its gender problem?

    Not competing in this Olympics, but still contributing to the industry’s success, were the thousands of women who worked in the Valley’s microchip fabrication plants and other manufacturing facilities from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Some were working-class Asian- and Mexican-Americans whose mothers and grandmothers had worked in the orchards and fruit can­neries of […]