Science & Technology
New Studies Support Existence of Massive 9th Planet
Two new academic papers, one published in The Astronomical Journal and the other in Physics Reports, present new evidence that a large, as yet undiscovered planet is lurking in the outer solar system. Both papers coincide with the three-year anniversary of an announcement by astronomers Michael Brown and Konstantin Batygin, both of Caltech, of their theory that a large, distant planet is responsible for the unique clustering of several Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) far beyond Neptune and Pluto. Specifically, these KBOs are in orbits perpendicular to the plane of the solar system.
Bill Gates: These breakthrough technologies are going to profoundly change the world
For much of human history, innovation has been focused on improving survival rates and longevity, Gates writes in an introduction to the list. But “because we’re living longer, our focus is starting to shift toward well-being,” Gates writes. “We’ve reached a point where we’re tackling both ideas at once, and that’s what makes this moment in history so interesting.”
RANKED: The most powerful countries on earth
The Power subranking is based on an equally weighted average of scores from five country attributes that related to a country's power: a leader, economically influential, politically influential, strong international alliances and strong military. The Power subranking score had an 8 percent weight in the overall Best Countries ranking.
Here's why there's no U.S. telecom giant like Huawei
Huawei dominates the industry, it’s dogged by accusations of stealing rivals’ technology and it now finds itself atop the Trump administration’s hit list of companies to ban in North America and Europe.But for U.S. government and industry, one reality underlies the great Huawei debate: America has no corporate dog in this fight. The world’s top wireless networking companies are, in order of market share: Huawei; Nokia, of Finland; and Ericsson, of Sweden.
Dems move to reinstate net neutrality nationwide, allow states to keep their own open internet laws
Congressional lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would re-instate open internet protections, known as net neutrality, nationwide and allow states to continue enforcing their own laws. The two-page “Save the Internet Act” would undo the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 vote to repeal net neutrality, a policy that required internet providers to treat all traffic the same, without speeding or slowing service to some sites over others.
Einstein 'puzzle' solved as missing page emerges in new trove
An Albert Einstein "puzzle" has been solved thanks to a missing manuscript page emerging in a trove of his writings newly acquired by Jerusalem's Hebrew University, officials announced Wednesday. The handwritten page, part of an appendix to a 1930 paper on the Nobel winner's efforts towards a unified field theory, was discovered among the 110-page trove the university's Albert Einstein archives received some two weeks ago.
13 Ways Automation May Impact Job Markets In The Near Future
Low unemployment has made the current economy a “workers’ market.” Yet, as technology advances, roles in the workforce are shifting with it. As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) progress, they may impact workers currently employed in certain jobs. Some positions may be phased out, while other new professions may open.
Dems put spotlight on diversity in tech
Lawmakers have expressed concerns about the lack of diversity at tech companies, the use of facial recognition technology, discriminatory ads, the lack of rules for handling sensitive race data and how biased algorithms can lead to discrimination. “Tools like algorithms are being used to make decisions, like who gets a job or a loan, that deeply affect people’s lives,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who is chairing the hearing, said in a joint statement.
Trade deal with China must address IP theft
Hayman Capital Management founder Kyle Bass thinks any trade deal with China must include enforcement mechanisms against intellectual property theft for the U.S. to truly benefit from it. “Over the last decade, they’ve stolen $2-to-$3 trillion in IP from us. The U.S.′ No. 1 asset, in my view, is our ingenuity, our intellectual property, our ability to innovate...
Countering the geography of discontent: Strategies for left-behind places
The 2016 election revealed a dramatic gap between two Americas—one based in large, diverse, thriving metropolitan regions; the other found in more homogeneous small towns and rural areas struggling under the weight of economic stagnation and social decline. This gap between two American geographies came as a shock to many observers.