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The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome

The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome

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Science, we are told, advances one funeral at a time1, but sometimes it progresses through resurrections. The French chemist Antoine Béchamp (1816–1908) was a life-long rival to the great microbiologist Louis Pasteur. Pasteur invented pasteurization and vaccines for rabies and anthrax and discovered that many diseases are caused by invisible germs. Béchamp was a bitter…

Senators Demand Answers From Amazon on Echo’s Snooping Habits

Senators Demand Answers From Amazon on Echo’s Snooping Habits

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A Portland woman recently told a local news outlet that her Amazon Echo device had gone rogue, sending a recording of a private conversation to a random person in her contact list. On Thursday, two senators tasked with investigating consumer privacy sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding answers. In the letter, Republican…

‘Ninjabot’ Reveals the Mantis Shrimp’s Wily Snail-Hunting Scheme

‘Ninjabot’ Reveals the Mantis Shrimp’s Wily Snail-Hunting Scheme

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The mantis shrimp is neither a mantis nor a shrimp, but it does wield perhaps the most stunning strike in the animal kingdom. Sitting below its face are two hammers, which the crustacean cocks back and launches at its prey with such speed that it shatters snail shells and tears crabs’ limbs right of their…

SEC Says Ether and Bitcoin Cryptocurrencies Aren’t Securities

SEC Says Ether and Bitcoin Cryptocurrencies Aren’t Securities

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The world’s second-most popular cryptocurrency isn’t an investment vehicle, at least according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. William Hinman, the agency’s director of the division of corporate finance, said Thursday that ether—the currency that powers the Ethereum network—shouldn’t be regulated in the same way as stocks and bonds. His statements follow similar ones made…

Neural scene representation and rendering | DeepMind

Neural scene representation and rendering | DeepMind

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GQN builds upon a large literature of recent related work in multi-view geometry, generative modelling, unsupervised learning and predictive learning, which we discuss here, in the Science paper and the Open Access version. It illustrates a novel way to learn compact, grounded representations of physical scenes. Crucially, the proposed approach does not require domain-specific engineering or…

6 Fitbit employees charged with stealing trade secrets from Jawbone

6 Fitbit employees charged with stealing trade secrets from Jawbone

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SAN JOSE – Six current and former Fitbit employees were charged in a federal indictment Thursday filed in San Jose for allegedly being in possession of trade secrets stolen from competitor Jawbone, according to information from the Department of Justice. The indictment charges the six people — Katherine Mogal, 52, of San Francisco; Rong Zhang, 45, of…

Crystal 0.25.0 released!

Crystal 0.25.0 released!

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Crystal 0.25.0 has been released! As every release, it includes numerous bugfixes, cool features and performance improvements – in 400 commits since 0.24.2 from 47 contributors. There needs to be a special mention to @MakeNowJust, @straight-shoota, @Sija and @bew for their hard work in this release. There were a ton of contributions merged in master…

App Maker, Google’s low-code tool for building business apps, comes out of beta

App Maker, Google’s low-code tool for building business apps, comes out of beta

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It’s been a year and a half since Google announced App Maker, its online tool for quickly building and deploying business apps on the web. The company has mostly remained quiet about App Maker ever since and kept it in a private preview mode, but today, it announced that the service is now generally available…

Frida Kahlo and the birth of Fridolatry

Frida Kahlo and the birth of Fridolatry

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Frida, the unapologetic bitch. Frida, the disabled artist. Frida, symbol of radical feminism. Frida, the victim of Diego. Frida, the chic, gender-fluid, beautiful and monstrous icon. Frida tote bags, Frida keychains, Frida T-shirts, And also, this year’s new Frida Barbie doll (no unibrow). Frida Kahlo has been subject to global scrutiny and commercial exploitation. She…

Facebook 测试即时文章 Instant Articles 的付费墙功能,但只在 Android 平台

Facebook 测试即时文章 Instant Articles 的付费墙功能,但只在 Android 平台

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Facebook 最近宣布将于未来几周,在美国和欧洲地区进行 Instant Articles 付费服务测试 。今年 7 月,有传闻称 Facebook 将测试 Instant Articles 付费墙,而 一个月后 ,Facebook 确认了这一消息。 首批参与测试的出版商有《图片报(Bild)》、《波士顿环球报(The Boston Globe)》、《经济学人(The… Read More