Facebook apologises for blocking Prager University’s videos

Image copyright Facebook Image caption PragerU accused Facebook of “ratcheting up their algorithms” against conservative content Facebook has apologised for removing several videos posted to its platform by a US right-wing non-profit group. Prager University had said some of the clips had been falsely accused of containing hate speech. The conservative organisation specialises in publishing…

Improved nutrient use gives cereal crops a boost

NEWS AND VIEWS 15 August 2018 Manipulation of the transcription factor OsGRF4 can improve the efficiency with which some high-yielding cereal crops use nitrogen. This discovery has implications for sustainable agriculture. Fanmiao Wang & Fanmiao Wang is at the Bioscience and Biotechnology Center, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan. Search for this author in: Makoto Matsuoka…

63 Startups from YC S18 Demo Day 1

From “cheese 2.0” to connecting flights for satellites, Y Combinator showed off a wide array of early stage startups fresh from its YC Summer 2018 batch. A total of 63 companies took to the stage in front of a full audience at the Computer History Museum today in Mountain View to pitch on-off switches for…

Microsoft: We are taking new steps against broadening threats to democracy

It’s clear that democracies around the world are under attack. Foreign entities are launching cyber strikes to disrupt elections and sow discord. Unfortunately, the internet has become an avenue for some governments to steal and leak information, spread disinformation, and probe and potentially attempt to tamper with voting systems. We saw this during the United…

“What is a cryptocurrency?”

A video by the Central Bank of Turkey The following video was released from CBRT’s Youtube account on August 3, 2018. Below is a translation of its transcript. What is a cryptocurrency? What is a cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrencies, also known as virtual money, only exist in the electronic medium. Today, hundreds of different cryptocurrencies have come into…

Minting our 100th Parcel

Cryptovoxels is a virtual world that is made up of parcels. Each parcel is a piece of land, with an x1,y1,z1 and x2,y2,z2. Six coordinates that define where the parcel is in the world. If you own that parcel, only you can prescribe what is built within those confines. 51 Block Fork The first parcels of…

7 Awesome Solar System Destinations That Will Kill You – Facts So Romantic

Even if you make it past the interplanetary radiation, you’re still confronted with any number of hazards, and they don’t stop once you land.Image by SyFy / YouTube In the why-aren’t-you-watching-this television show The Expanse, humanity has spread out into the solar system. Mars and Earth stand as bitter rivals, with Ceres settlers somewhere in between….

They Don’t Build Them Like They Used To: The New Construction Shortage

● Despite healthy and persistent growth, U.S. home construction rates remain far behind historic norms.● If construction over the past decade matched historic norms, accounting for population change, the country would have had 2.3 million more single-family home permits.● Consequently, U.S. housing stock is staying in service longer and getting older fast. Escalating housing prices…

GDPR. Don’t Leave It to Lawyers

As a matter of fact, one should rather say don’t leave it only to the lawyers; just that we were told that tag-lines should be the shortest possible. First, let’s quickly recap what brought us to this 4-letter word. Next, let’s understand how the system has been rigged to benefit mostly to the lawyers; of…

Demystifying the Security of Blockchains

Security is a word we hear a lot, especially in conversations about blockchain. But when a project claims security, what guarantees does it provide exactly? Maybe more importantly, are there some critical aspects of security missing from existing blockchains? To answer these questions, a clearer definition is needed. In this post we aim to clarify…

A novel probabilistic forecast system predicting anomalously warm 2018-2022

Probabilistic forecast system To make climate predictions we developed a PRObabilistic foreCAST system (PROCAST system) based on transfer operators. This method has been successfully used in a large range of scientific studies from statistical physics6 to geophysical fluid mechanics7,8,9. The basic principle behind the use of transfer operators is a statistical approach to rationalize the…

NSA Cracked Encrypted Networks of Russian Airlines, Al Jazeera, Other Targets

The National Security Agency successfully broke the encryption on a number of “high potential” virtual private networks, including those of media organization Al Jazeera, the Iraqi military and internet service organizations, and a number of airline reservation systems, according to a March 2006 NSA document. A virtual private network, or VPN, uses an encrypted connection…

SpaceX REST API

Open Source REST API for rocket, core, capsule, pad, and launch data Docs See the Docs for full API Documentation Usage Example Response curl -s https://api.spacexdata.com/v2/launches/latest | jq { “flight_number”: 67, “mission_name”: “Merah Putih”, “launch_year”: “2018”, “launch_date_unix”: 1533619080, “launch_date_utc”: “2018-08-07T05:18:00.000Z”, “launch_date_local”: “2018-08-07T01:18:00-04:00”, “rocket”: { “rocket_id”: “falcon9”, “rocket_name”: “Falcon 9”, “rocket_type”: “FT”, “first_stage”: { “cores”: […