Genetics Spills Secrets From Neanderthals’ Lost History | Quanta Magazine
How many Neanderthals were there? Archaeology and genetics have given very different answers. A new study helps to reconcile them and reveals the lost history of these ancient people — including an early brush with extinction.
articles  evolution  genetics 
2 days ago
Hexagonal Grids
Hexagonal grids are used in some games but aren’t quite as straightforward or common as square grids. I’ve been collecting hex grid resources for nearly 20 years, and wrote this guide to the most elegant approaches that lead to the simplest code, largely based on the guides by Charles Fu and Clark Verbrugge. I’ll describe the various ways to make hex grids, the relationships between them, as well as some common algorithms.
articles  geometry  algorithms  programming 
2 days ago
Modern Love: Are We Ready for Intimacy With Robots? | WIRED
Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself.
articles  robots  community  love 
2 days ago
The Danger of President Pence | The New Yorker
Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.
articles  politics 
2 days ago
AuthedMine – Non-Adblocked Version – Coinhive – Monero JavaScript Mining
We implemented AuthedMine as a solution to these problems. The JavaScript Miner, Simple UI and Captcha, when loaded from authedmine.com, will never start without asking for consent from the user or (for the Simple UI and the Captcha) letting them explicitly start mining through a click.
cryptocurrency  programming 
2 days ago
Theo Tait reviews ‘Demon Fish’ by Juliet Eilperin · LRB 2 August 2012
Demon Fish: Travels through the Hidden World of Sharks by Juliet Eilperin
Duckworth, 295 pp, £18.99, January 2012, ISBN 978 0 7156 4291 7
articles  animals 
2 days ago
Sean Wilsey reviews ‘Rats’ by Robert Sullivan · LRB 17 March 2005
Rats: A Year with New York’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
Granta, 242 pp, £12.99, January 2005, ISBN 1 86207 761 4
articles  urban_planning  animals 
2 days ago
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas reviews ‘Melancholia’s Dog’ by Alice Kuzniar · LRB 22 February 2007
Melancholia’s Dog by Alice Kuzniar
Chicago, 215 pp, £16.50, October 2006, ISBN 0 226 46578 0
articles  dogs 
2 days ago
How a Tonic Wine Brewed by Monks Became the Scourge of Scotland - Gastro Obscura
Despite its pious origins, Buckfast has become associated with hooliganism.
articles  scotland  Food_and_Drink 
2 days ago
A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer | Quanta Magazine
Elephants did not evolve to become huge animals until after they turned a bit of genetic junk into a unique defense against inevitable tumors.
articles  genetics  evolution  immunology 
2 days ago
‘Crazy’ Supernova Looks Like a New Kind of Star Death | Quanta Magazine
Astronomers are mystified by a strange star explosion in a distant galaxy that might be a relic from an earlier cosmological era.
articles  astrophysics 
2 days ago
Coinhive review: Embeddable JavaScript Crypto Miner - 3 days in
Coinhive offers a JavaScript miner for the Monero Blockchain (Why Monero?) that you can embed in your website. Your users run the miner directly in their Browser and mine XMR for you in turn for an ad-free experience, in-game currency or whatever incentives you can come up with.
articles  cryptocurrency 
2 days ago
No boundaries: Exfiltration of personal data by session-replay scripts
You may know that most websites have third-party analytics scripts that record which pages you visit and the searches you make.  But lately, more and more sites use “session replay” scripts. These scripts record your keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior, along with the entire contents of the pages you visit, and send them to third-party servers. Unlike typical analytics services that provide aggregate statistics, these scripts are intended for the recording and playback of individual browsing sessions, as if someone is looking over your shoulder.
articles  security  surveillance  internet 
2 days ago
Faster Growth Begins With a Land Tax in U.S. Cities - Bloomberg
This would lower land costs, encouraging affordable housing and more density.
articles  taxes  real_estate  economics 
2 days ago
Closest Temperate World Orbiting Quiet Star Discovered | ESO
ESO’s HARPS instrument finds Earth-mass exoplanet around Ross 128
articles  space  exoplanets 
2 days ago
Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced | GQ
He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. But Colin Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson—athletes who risked everything to make a difference.
articles  football  race 
2 days ago
A penetration tester’s guide to sub-domain enumeration
As a penetration tester or a bug bounty hunter, most of the times you are given a single domain or a set of domains when you start a security assessment. You’ll have to perform extensive reconnaissance to find interesting assets like servers, web applications, domains that belong to the target organisation so that you can increase your chances of finding vulnerabilities.
articles  security 
2 days ago
Even This Very Long, Super-Nerdy NBA Podcast Is Making Money - Bloomberg
Dunc’d On proves there’s an audience thirsty for hours and hours of two dudes talking about pro basketball.
articles  basketball  Media 
2 days ago
The Kepler Project — Kepler
The Kepler Project is dedicated to furthering and supporting the capabilities, use, and awareness of the free and open source, scientific workflow application, Kepler.  Kepler is designed to help scien­tists, analysts, and computer programmers create, execute, and share models and analyses across a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines.  Kepler can operate on data stored in a variety of formats, locally and over the internet, and is an effective environment for integrating disparate software components, such as merging "R" scripts with compiled "C" code, or facilitating remote, distributed execution of models. Using Kepler's graphical user interface, users simply select and then connect pertinent analytical components and data sources to create a "scientific workflow"—an executable representation of the steps required to generate results. The Kepler software helps users share and reuse data, workflows, and compo­nents developed by the scientific community to address common needs.
science  reference  information 
10 days ago
Colliding Neutron Stars Could Settle Cosmology’s Biggest Controversy | Quanta Magazine
Newly discovered “standard sirens” provide an independent, clean way to measure how fast the universe is expanding.
articles  cosmology  astrophysics 
12 days ago
Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data | Quanta Magazine
To efficiently analyze a firehose of data, scientists first have to break big numbers into bits.
articles  algorithms  data_processing 
12 days ago
Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes | Quanta Magazine
Physicists theorize that a new “traversable” kind of wormhole could resolve a baffling paradox and rescue information that falls into black holes.
articles  astrophysics  quantam_mechanics 
12 days ago
Ohm: Parsing Made Easy - Nextjournal
 Ohm is a parser generator for JavaScript, which was created at HARC to support our programming language research. We think of it as a language implementation toolkit that lets you quickly prototype new languages and experiment with extensions to existing languages. You can use Ohm to parse custom file formats or quickly build parsers, interpreters, and compilers for programming languages.
nodejs  javascript  programming 
12 days ago
Crypto-Shilling – Modern Money Matters – Medium
Why Crypto shills are shilling for a Shilling Somali style
articles  cryptocurrency 
12 days ago
Are Facebook, Twitter, and Google American Companies? - The Atlantic
This week’s Senate hearing highlights a deep tension in the tech giants’ self-definitions.
articles  silicon_valley 
12 days ago
X-Men: The Animated Series — Unlikely Story of the '90s Cartoon Hit | Hollywood Reporter
The influential Fox Kids cartoon only hit the air after a studio exec bet her career on it, with the show going on to prove the Marvel Universe "had commercial value far beyond what anybody estimated."
articles  comics  tv 
12 days ago
Diary of an African Cryptocurrency Miner - Bloomberg
A young Kenyan goes from doing odd jobs on the farm to growing virtual coins, as cryptocurrencies spread across the continent.
articles  cryptocurrency 
12 days ago
Pankaj Mishra reviews ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ by Edward Luce, ‘The Fate of the West’ by Bill Emmott, ‘The Road to Somewhere’ by David Goodhart, ‘The Once and Future Liberal’ by Mark Lilla and ‘The Strange Death of Europe’ b
The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

The Fate of the West: Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea by Bill Emmott

The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart

The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray
articles  books  ideas 
12 days ago
Paradise Papers: Apple's secret tax bolthole revealed - BBC News
The world's most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show.
articles  taxes  corruption 
12 days ago
Josh Gordon on Addiction, His NFL Comeback, and Using Before Games | GQ
In a candid new interview, the Browns receiver admits he had something in his system "probably every game of his career."
articles  sports  football 
12 days ago
The Atomic Theory of Origami | Quanta Magazine
By reimagining the kinks and folds of origami as atoms in a lattice, researchers are uncovering strange behavior hiding in simple structures.
articles  math  physics  materials 
12 days ago
Life’s First Molecule Was Protein, Not RNA, New Model Suggests | Quanta Magazine
Which mattered first at the dawn of life: proteins or nucleic acids? Proteins may have had the edge if a theorized process let them grow long enough to become self-replicating catalysts.
articles  evolution  biology 
12 days ago
How to Build a Robot That Wants to Change the World | Quanta Magazine
The computer scientist Christoph Salge is trying to circumvent the need for rules that guide robots’ behavior. His strategy: Give them a goal of making us more powerful.
articles  robots  ai  learning 
12 days ago
Why Police in the Philippines Are Using a Country Song for an Anti-Drug Campaign - Noisey
There's a thriving country music scene in the Philippine mountains, and the Philippine National Police want to use it to help fight Duterte's drug war.
articles  music  phillipines 
12 days ago
Secure ledgers don't require proof-of-work
As Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other blockchain-based systems have gained popularity, there’s been a push in the decentralized Web space to use blockchains as a hammer for every nail: databases, user identity, key distribution, and even basic hosting.

I think this is almost a great idea! But, we’re not evaluating the cost of proof-of-work properly, and we need to consider whether we need it at all.
articles  blockchain 
12 days ago
China’s Race to Find Aliens First - The Atlantic
As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.
articles  China  seti  aliens 
12 days ago
Yjs is a framework for offline-first p2p shared editing on structured data like text, richtext, json, or XML. It is fairly easy to get started, as Yjs hides most of the complexity of concurrent editing.
17 days ago
Seashells lets you pipe output from command-line programs to the web in real-time, even without installing any new software on your machine. You can use it to monitor long-running processes like experiments that print progress to the console. You can also use Seashells to share output with friends!
programming  debugging  Tools 
18 days ago
Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution - Bloomberg
In the past decade, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation has become the most influential supporter of research on IUDs and expanding access to the contraceptive
articles  politics  Government  healthcare  women 
23 days ago
New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning | Quanta Magazine
A new idea called the “information bottleneck” is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might also explain how human brains learn.
articles  ai  deep_learning 
23 days ago
People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info
"There's a growing trend at the Department of Homeland Security to be snooping on the social media of immigrants."
articles  immigration  surveillance 
23 days ago
Genetic Struggles Within Cells May Create New Species | Quanta Magazine
Mitonuclear conflict — a struggle between the genes in a cell’s nucleus and those in its mitochondria — might sometimes split species in two.
articles  genetics  evolution 
23 days ago
Drain the Swamp - Guernica
Over fifty years ago, author J.G. Ballard was giving us words for today's hurricanes.
articles  science_fiction 
23 days ago
Psychotic Breaks Have Become a Race Privilege - Guernica
The consequences of undermining mental health needs for the ‘war on terror.’
articles  race  mental_health  terrorism 
23 days ago
The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis
You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opioid crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?
articles  healthcare  medicine  politics  corruption 
23 days ago
Streaming Dataframes
This post describes a prototype project to handle continuous data sources of tabular data using Pandas and Streamz.
articles  data_processing  python 
23 days ago
Anthony Bourdain on Weinstein, John Besh, and meathead restaurant culture.
The celebrity chef on Harvey Weinstein, John Besh, and the male-dominated industry that made him a star.
articles  culture  women  bourdain 
23 days ago
Colliding neutron stars apply kiss of death to theories of gravity | Ars Technica
Primary alternative to dark matter can't deal with gravitational waves' speed.
articles  astrophysics  cosmology 
23 days ago
Machine Learning Predicts Laboratory Earthquakes - Rouet-Leduc - 2017 - Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online Library
We apply machine learning to data sets from shear laboratory experiments, with the goal of identifying hidden signals that precede earthquakes. Here we show that by listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory fault, machine learning can predict the time remaining before it fails with great accuracy. These predictions are based solely on the instantaneous physical characteristics of the acoustical signal and do not make use of its history. Surprisingly, machine learning identifies a signal emitted from the fault zone previously thought to be low-amplitude noise that enables failure forecasting throughout the laboratory quake cycle. We infer that this signal originates from continuous grain motions of the fault gouge as the fault blocks displace. We posit that applying this approach to continuous seismic data may lead to significant advances in identifying currently unknown signals, in providing new insights into fault physics, and in placing bounds on fault failure times.
articles  earthquakes  machine_learning 
23 days ago
Can we turn tiny amounts of waste heat into thermoelectricity? | School of Engineering
A team of engineers show how tiny devices called nanopeapods might funnel excess heat away from computer chips, for instance, turning wasted thermal energy into electricity.
articles  energy  electricity 
23 days ago
​A promising new kind of battery is based on sodium, not lithium | School of Engineering
Lithium ion batteries may remain tops for sheer performance, but a team of engineers find that a battery based on sodium may offer far more cost-effective storage.
articles  energy  batteries 
23 days ago
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