NASA green lights self-assembling space telescope

His idea involves programming thousands of individual hexagon-shaped modules, each 1 meter across and topped with an edge-to-edge active (adjustable) mirror assembly. These would form the primary and secondary mirrors. Source: cornell

Introducing Nanoscope: An Extremely Accurate Method Tracing Tool for Android

Last October, Uber’s Mobile Engineering team kicked off an effort to improve app performance, and we’ve made great progress so far with speedups of well over 50 percent for some of our key transitions. Early on, we learned that certain classes of performance issues are trivial to root cause. It’s easy to spot I/O on […]

Computers Match Accuracy of Radiologists in Screening for Breast Cancer Risk

The new study suggests automated screenings are just as accurate as doctors in determining breast density from a mammogram, and may have other advantages as well. In addition to comparing assessments of breast density, the study funded by the National Cancer Institute also compared the automated andhumanbreast density assessments on two measures related to their […]

Australia Is Deploying 150 Solar Devices That Suck Water From Thin Air

The devices, called Source, are manufactured by an Arizona-based company called Zero Mass Water. Each ‘hydropanel’ weighs about 300 pounds and consists of an array of four foot by eight foot solar panels, an air filter, and a water reservoir that can hold up to 30 liters of water. Fans draw outside air through the […]

China is monitoring employees’ brain waves and emotions

Chinese businesses and the military are monitoring employees’ brain activity and emotions. The ’emotional surveillance technology’ helps employers identify mood shifts so they can change break times, an employee’s task, or even send them home. The technology reportedly increases productivity and profitability, with one company claiming its profits jumped by $315 million. Emotional surveillance adds […]

Tesla Doesn’t Burn Fuel, It Burns Cash

Tesla is going through money so fast that, without additional financing, there is now a genuine risk that the 15-year-old company could run out of cash in 2018. The company burns through more than $6,500 every minute, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Free cash flow—the amount of cash a company generates after accounting for […]

Lessons from Building Static Analysis Tools at Google

Here, we describe how we have applied the lessons from Google’s previous experience with FindBugs Java analysis, as well as from the academic literature, to build a successful static analysis infrastructure used daily by most software engineers at Google. Google’s tooling detects thousands of problems per day that are fixed by engineers, by their own […]

You are probably not getting enough sleep, and it is killing you

Walker argues that routinely getting only six or seven hours of shut-eye per night can do serious long-term damage to your health, and in some cases even kill you. He insists on a strict eight hours of ‘sleep opportunity’ for himself. That means he’s in bed for at least eight hours a night, even if […]

Switzerland: First country to have national referendum about Sovereign Money

On 10th June 2018 Switzerland will be the first country in the world to have a national referendum on the introduction of Sovereign Money. A referendum result that is as positive as possible in Switzerland will help monetary reformers worldwide to make significant progress. However, our opponents are powerful and will try to scare the […]

Tips for High Availability

Over the past four years, Netflix has gone from less than 50 Million subscribers to 125 Million subscribers. While this kind of growth has caused us no shortage of scaling challenges, we actually managed to improve the overall availability of our service in that time frame. Along the way, we have learned a lot and […]