Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Dirty Secret of the Global Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

The Dirty Secret of the Global Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

The Paris agreement on climate change charts a narrow path to avoiding a global apocalypse. Just one problem: Its centerpiece is a technology that basically doesn’t yet exist. By Abby Rabinowitz, Amanda Simson.

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A Breakthrough for U.S. Troops: Combat-Ready Pizza

A Breakthrough for U.S. Troops: Combat-Ready Pizza

The latest entree to join the Army’s roster of M.R.E. field rations is a Sicilian-style slice that stays fresh for years and took decades to develop.

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China appears to be accelerating development of a super-heavy lift rocket

China appears to be accelerating development of a super-heavy lift rocket

The Long March 9 rocket would be on par with the Saturn V booster.

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Why does our brain needs at least 8 hugs a day?

Why does our brain needs at least 8 hugs a day?

Hugging is a particularly intimate and intense way to express emotions. Through a hug we can convey joy or sorrow, we can say to a person that can count on us unconditionally and understand his state of mind without speaking. But the fact is that embraces not only help us connect with others and express what we feel, also have a very positve effect on the emotional balance and brain health.

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A Japanese Probe Is About to Drop Two Hopping Robots Onto Asteroid Ryugu

A Japanese Probe Is About to Drop Two Hopping Robots Onto Asteroid Ryugu

A Japanese asteroid-sampling probe is about to get up close and personal with its target space rock. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft will drop two tiny rovers onto the asteroid Ryugu this week, possibly as early as Thursday (Sept. 20), if all goes according to plan. The Hayabusa2 team began prepping seriously for the epic maneuver last week. The current schedule calls for the mother ship to descend toward Ryugu today (Sept. 19) and for the two little disk-shaped robots...

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New species of blind eel that burrows through the soil discovered

New species of blind eel that burrows through the soil discovered

Considered by many to be the least fish-like of fishes, swamp eels are a real oddity and rarely documented. Now Museum scientists have described an entirely new species. The fish was discovered not in water but in damp soil. Museum researcher Dr Rachunliu G Kamei uncovered it while searching the rainforest for an entirely different group of animal, the legless amphibians called caecilians.

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Self-Creating Neural Networks That Explain Themselves

Self-Creating Neural Networks That Explain Themselves

On the hardware side, the next frontier for deep learning innovation will be in getting the performance, efficiency, and accuracy needed for inference at scale. But the newest battleground in software will be further optimization of neural networks—everything from quantization to pruning and beyond.

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