Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Electrical properties of dendrites help explain our brain’s unique computing power

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Electrical properties of dendrites help explain our brain’s unique computing power

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Neurons in the human brain receive electrical signals from thousands of other cells, and long neural extensions called dendrites play a critical role in incorporating all of that information so the cells can respond appropriately. Using hard-to-obtain samples of human brain tissue, MIT neuroscientists have now discovered that human dendrites have different electrical properties from…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | The new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is a clever little electric crossover

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | The new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is a clever little electric crossover

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more choice is good — 258-mile range and a “smart deceleration” mode we love. Jonathan M. Gitlin – Oct 24, 2018 5:57 pm UTC The traffic-packed drive from Malibu to West Hollywood was not conducive to getting some photography done, so please enjoy the following selection taken by Hyundai’s more talented photographers. Hyundai The Kona…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Amazon pitched its facial recognition to ICE, released emails show [Updated]

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Amazon pitched its facial recognition to ICE, released emails show [Updated]

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Super helpful — Emails in FOIA release show Amazon “ready and willing” to help with “vital” ICE mission. Sean Gallagher – Oct 24, 2018 5:00 pm UTC Department of Homeland SecurityDocuments obtained through a Freedom of Information Act filing by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) show that Amazon’s government sales unit was actively seeking…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Plastic found in the poop of eight people from eight different countries

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Plastic found in the poop of eight people from eight different countries

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Just one word — How it got there, and what harm it could do, are still open questions. Cathleen O’Grady – Oct 24, 2018 4:22 pm UTC Enlarge / Microplastics come from tiny plastic pieces in products like microbeads, as well as broken-down pieces of larger plastics.There’s plastic in your poop. Or at least, there’s…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Ars on your lunch break: What happens when China curb-stomps your startup

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Ars on your lunch break: What happens when China curb-stomps your startup

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i haven’t flown enough — 3D Robotics co-founder Chris Anderson on open source hardware and the price of competition. Rob Reid – Oct 24, 2018 4:00 pm UTC Enlarge / AAAAAH IT’S COMING RIGHT TOWARD ME!Lee HutchinsonToday we’re presenting the second installment of my wide-ranging interview with Chris Anderson. He was Wired magazine’s editor-in-chief for…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Tim Cook calls for strong US privacy law, rips “data-industrial complex”

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Tim Cook calls for strong US privacy law, rips “data-industrial complex”

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Tech and privacy — Cook: Tech companies should de-identify customer data or not collect it at all. Jon Brodkin – Oct 24, 2018 3:58 pm UTC Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Brussels.Apple CEO Tim Cook today called on the US government…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Another Windows 0-day flaw has been published on Twitter

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Another Windows 0-day flaw has been published on Twitter

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Check your privilege — And on GitHub there’s a proof-of-concept that’ll render your system unbootable. Peter Bright – Oct 24, 2018 3:50 pm UTC https://t.co/1Of8EsOW8z Here’s a low quality bug that is a pain to exploit.. still unpatched. I’m done with all this anyway. Probably going to get into problems because of being broke now..…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Atoms may come apart as the Universe’s biggest stars explode

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Atoms may come apart as the Universe’s biggest stars explode

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Squished — Something we found in a particle accelerator could explain massive stars’ supernovae. John Timmer – Oct 24, 2018 3:33 pm UTC Enlarge / This is what a quark-gluon plasma looks like when you don’t have several Suns’ worth of mass crushing it back together.The building blocks of atoms, protons and neutrons, are composed…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | The Wildebeest Is One Highly Toned Machine

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | The Wildebeest Is One Highly Toned Machine

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TrilobitesNew research shows the animal’s muscles are incredibly efficient for its size, more so than other large animals. ImageWildebeest in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Serowe, Botswana. The hardy animals have highly efficient muscles that allow them to walk dozens of miles for days without drinking water.CreditCreditVincent Grafhorst/Minden PicturesThis time of year, the temperature routinely…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | New crocodile species discovered by researcher from Florida International University

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | New crocodile species discovered by researcher from Florida International University

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For nearly 85 years, crocodile experts knew of just three species in Africa — the dwarf, Nile and slender-snouted. Researchers, including Matthew Shirley from Florida International University’s Tropical Conservation Institute and George Amato of the American Museum of Natural History, have been able recently to define the existence of two Nile and three dwarf species.…