Drawing analogies means linking different spheres of knowledge to either clarify or problem solve in new ways. Researchers have come up with a way to teach AI what this means -- and it could be really big.
With a week until 2017's much-anticipated total solar eclipse, Amazon has recalled several eclipse glasses sold on its site over concerns they may not have come from trusted manufacturers. Since the rare phenomenon is unsafe to view with the naked eye, many eager people hoping to safely catch a glimpse of the moon passing in front of the sun purchased protective eyewear in advance. However, as Oregon broadcaster
KGW reported, in some cases, those who purchased the glasses from Amazon recently received email from the company recalling glasses from certain third-party vendors. Amazon is also offering full refunds for recalled products. SEE ALSO: You can do some really cool science during the total solar eclipse In a statement, Amazon said the decision was made out of "an abundance of caution" and that purchasers of affected glasses were notified last week: The company also noted to
KGW that anyone who purchased glasses from the manufacturers in question received an email, but for those still concerned here's how to tell if your eclipse glasses or solar viewers are safe. Got the email from Amazon today about the solar eclipse glasses I bought. pic.twitter.com/U4aLkt67xM — Neil Steiner (@neilsteiner4) August 12, 2017 While the recalls and refunds were much appreciated, with the Aug. 21 event fast-approaching, some who purposely bought their glasses in advance can't help but be bummed out over Amazon's oversight. Just got an email that our solar eclipse glasses I bought months ago may not be safe and now they're sold out everywhere... — Julia Bacon (@missjuliabacon) August 13, 2017 Received email from @amazon this morn: my solar eclipse glasses not NASA apprvd.Don't use. Cred my acct.Now none avail!Bad bus. JustCYA — bloginthewheelLife (@bloginthewheel) August 12, 2017 Though the recall
is last minute, have no fear. You can find a list of reputable eclipse glasses and viewers vendors here, and NASA also released an educational DIY video teaching us all how to create a pinhole camera from a cereal box. This way the eclipse can be viewed safely, even without Amazon-purchased eyewear. WATCH: 20 questions you're too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.
A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Monday, carrying tons of science experiments, plus ice cream. As has become customary on these cargo flights, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after lift-off, a key to its long-term effort to recycle rockets and reduce costs. It was the 14th successful booster landing for SpaceX and the sixth on the giant X at the company's designated touchdown spot at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, just a few miles from its NASA-leased launch pad at Kennedy Space Centre. Falcon 9 rocket bound for the International Space Station being launched from Cape Canaveral Credit: SPACEX/SPACEX Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds (2900 kg) of cargo, which should reach the orbiting lab Wednesday. That includes 20 mice that will return alive inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule in about a month. The Dragon is also doubling as an ice cream truck this time. There was extra freezer space, so NASA packed little cups of vanilla, chocolate and birthday cake ice cream, as well as ice cream candy bars. A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lands its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after liftoff from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Credit: John Raoux/AP The mice are part of a study aimed at better understanding visual problems suffered in space by some male astronauts. Scientists will study the pressure in the animals' eyes, as well as the movement of fluid in their brains. Thirty days for mice in space is comparable to three years for humans, according to Florida State University Michael Delp, who's in charge of the experiment. The investigation may help explain why female astronauts don't have this vision problem, which can linger long after space flight, he added. Also going up on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation: protein crystals that, in space, might shed light on Parkinson's disease. This is the 13th delivery by SpaceX , one of two private shippers hired by NASA.
President Trump’s initially vague critique of the white supremacist march through Charlottesville, Va., is being viewed in Europe as a clear sign of divergence between American and European leadership in the face of new expressions of hate in the West. Europeans have expressed doubts about Trump's commitment to post-war bodies such as NATO and to the liberal ideals that undergird the transatlantic relationship. Trump more forcefully denounced white nationalism Monday, telling journalists at the White House that “racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups.” For some observers, however – even across the Atlantic – the delay meant it rang hollow.
Ms. Charry, who is in her mid-20s, recently earned her master’s in library science and now works as a part-time librarian for various Boston Public Library (BPL) branches. Charry says “more and more” Millennials are interested in being librarians. And just as we need to rethink the stereotypical librarian, she says, we need to reimagine what libraries can do for young people. “Before I started working in a library I would hang out in libraries all the time, just as a place where people are willing to have a conversation or make recommendations for me,” says Charry, in between helping patrons at Boston's South End branch.
A common pesticide used on crops compromises a queen bumblebee's ability to lay eggs, threatening her colony with extinction, according to a study released Monday. Lab experiments used doses of thiamethoxam -- one of the controversial neonicotinoid family -- that corresponded to what a queen bee might encounter in the wild. Exposure to the chemical shifted the timing of colony formation and reduced the number of eggs by more than quarter, the researchers said.
At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble and overwhelming the city's morgues. An AFP journalist saw several homes submerged in Regent village, a hilltop community, and corpses floating in the water in the Lumley West area of the city, as the government held an emergency meeting to plan its response to one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the city. Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the death toll was 312 but could rise further as his team continued to survey disaster areas in Freetown and tally the number of dead.
With millions purchasing protective eyewear ahead of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, Amazon is working to remove potentially counterfeit glasses from its marketplace and issue refunds to those who have already bought them online. "The offers from sellers who provided this safety documentation remain available to customers," the spokesperson said. Amazon did not name any of those listings or specific brands in its statement.
Leaders of at least two universities and the national college Republicans organization are moving to denounce white supremacist views after a member of at least one campus GOP chapter appeared to attend at a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend.
Anti-fascist counter-protesters wait outside Emancipation Park to hurl insults as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” are forced out after the “Unite the Right” rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.
SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — A couple who gained notoriety for crashing a New Jersey wedding reception and leaving the newlyweds a card apologizing for their actions said they did it as a lark while on their first date.
Whether through peaceful rallies, prayer vigils, or family discussions, many Americans gave a strong reproof to the claims of racial superiority that were behind the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Va. Their president may have failed to quickly join the widespread condemnation. The popular rebuke of racial hatred after Charlottesville, however, seems hardly enough after so many high-profile cases of racially charged violence in the United States.
NASA astronauts have already visited Mars in virtual reality. Now the agency is exploring new ways to apply virtual and augmented realities for scientists and engineers, from designing next-gen spacecraft to interpreting cosmic data.
Harvesting fish and shellfish from offshore farms could help provide essential protein to a global population set to expand a third to 10 billion by mid-century, researchers said Monday. Suitable open-sea zones have the potential to yield 15 billion tonnes of fish every year, more than 100 times current worldwide seafood consumption, they reported in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. Coastal and inland aquaculture already accounts for more than half of the fish consumed around the world.
Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a group of people who were protesting the presence of white supremacists who had gathered in the city for a rally. Critics are rightly castigating President Trump for issuing a series of vague, opaque statements in the wake of white supremacist-fueled violence that rocked Charlottesville, Va., this weekend. In response to the violence that claimed three lives and injured many, Trump said this: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” before repeating “on many sides,” as if to emphasize that it was really the “many sides” that were at fault.
After coming under fire for not naming the hate groups involved in violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, President Trump delivered a statement from the White House on Monday explicitly condemning them.
We’re nine days from the first total solar eclipse to be seen in America in nearly a century, and eclipse-watchers are frantically organizing travel and equipment to ensure a good view, including protective glasses. But some people who purchased those glasses on Amazon received warnings today from the retailer not to use them. Amazon’s email…