50,000 Photographs Combine to Form a Detailed Image of the Moon and Stars

Photographer Andrew McCarthy has transformed 50,000 individual images of the night sky into one very large and detailed photo of the moon. Every crater and lunar mare on the “light” side looks like it was shot from within the natural satellite’s orbit, when the image was actually created from a telescope and two camera setup 239,000 miles away in Sacramento, California.

McCarthy shares that his interest in the cosmos began as a kid when his father showed him the planets through his telescope, but it was a free telescope from Craigslist a few years ago that reignited his love Lees verder

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Scientists Warn Self-Driving Cars Could Worsen Inequality

New research suggests that introducing autonomous vehicles to the Washington D.C. area could worsen inequality and explores solutions.

Share the Road

Advocates of self-driving cars argue that by taking error-prone humans off the streets, there’ll be fewer accidents and less traffic.

But a new study shows that that may not actually be the case, as roads full of autonomous vehicles could worsen road congestion and increase inequality in large cities.

Swarm Robotics

The research, conducted by a nonprofit organization called the Union of Concerned Scientists, focused specifically on the impact autonomous vehicles might have on the Washington D.C. area.

Ultimately, the research suggests that introducing autonomous vehicles to the area would increase traffic by 66 percent, and that the added congestion would likely benefit Lees verder

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NASA Chief: Space Agency “Well on Our Way” to Discovering Aliens

Life on Mars

The sad report that the Opportunity Mars rover had died was accompanied by a bit of exciting news last week: NASA thinks it’s close to discovering alien life.

During a ceremony announcing Opportunity’s death, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine shared an update on the agency’s Mars 2020 mission, which will hunt for signs of alien life on the Red Planet.

“We’re going to be able to look at samples and determine if there’s a biosignature in there,” he said, according to Space.com. “The goal is to discover life on another world; that’s what we’re trying to Lees verder

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Those Health Apps Send Your Biometric Data Straight to Facebook

A Wall Street Journal investigation reveals that several popular health tracking apps send data to Facebook without ever asking or informing users.

Sharing is Caring

When you use an app to monitor your heartrate, track your period, or store any other private medical data, Facebook may be listening in.

That’s the result of a new Wall Street Journal investigation that revealed how Facebook collects data from 11 popular health data apps like Flo and Breethe — whether or not users signed into Facebook through the apps or even have a Facebook account at all.

Closed Doors

When someone adds information to the apps, they send what’s called an “App Event” to Facebook in the form of a transmission that describes the device, location, and personal data ranging Lees verder

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This Fast Food Drive-Thru Is Now Using AI to Take Orders

A fast food AI platform is taking orders at a drive-thru in Colorado, and it could be the latest sign that restaurants are prepared to lean on automation.

Fries With That

We already had a robot that could make fast food burgers. And now we have an artificial intelligence that can take your order for one.

Earlier this month, Colorado-based startup Valyant AI announced the launch of a voice-based AI customer service platform, which is now taking customer orders at the drive-thru at Denver’s Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard.

“We’re excited to deliver a customer service experience unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before,” Valyant AI CEO Rob Carpenter said in a press release.

Pull Forward

Unlike multipurpose assistants such as Alexa or Siri, Valyant’s Lees verder

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Legal Marijuana Could Threaten the Alcohol Industry, Says Report

The continued legalization and acceptance of marijuana could be a problem for the alcohol industry, according to a new report.

Risky Business

Marijuana is becoming more accepted — and that could be a problem for the alcohol industry, according to new research.

“Though not yet mainstream, cannabis adoption is certainly growing in states where it’s legal and does pose a risk to the beverage alcohol industry in the future,” Brandy Rand, U.S. president of the International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR), a company that collects data on the alcohol industry, said in a press release about its new report on alcohol and cannabis.

In the Weeds

On Thursday, the IWSR published a new report it created in partnership with BDS Analytics, a company Lees verder

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Hospital Goes Out of Business, Pulls Medical Records Offline

When an Arizona hospital went bankrupt, its servers full of people's medical records went offline. Now its patients need access to get medical care.

Medical Records

When two hospitals in Arizona went bankrupt in June, all of their medical records went into storage — meaning that patients can’t access them.

The Florence Hospital at Anthem and Gilbert Hospital took on various investors that are currently fighting over who’s to blame for the hospitals’ bankruptcy. Meanwhile, patients and their doctors are left waiting with no ability to pull their own medical records, according to The Arizona Republic — a worrisome indication of how reliant health care providers have become on digital records and how quickly those records can vanish.

Dangerous Standoff

The hospitals’ main largest investors were Indigo-DLI Holdings, Somerset Capital Group, and Medhost, Lees verder

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Dramatically Sweeping Dresses by Pierpaolo Piccioli Resemble Classic Winter Puffer Coats

Winter apparel brand Moncler has partnered with Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Picciolo to create massive gowns that reference classic cold-weather puffy coats. Each gown features the typical quilted style of down jackets, but instead of short form-fitting coats, the dresses sweep across the floors with voluminous hemlines and envelope the wearer’s neck and shoulders in cocoon-like shapes. Typical subdued winterwear colors are swapped out for a riot of jewel tones accented with variegated stripes.

The collaboration, which is part of Moncler’s Genius program, engaged Picciolo, as well as designer and Lees verder

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Police: Uber Data Helped Prove Jussie Smollett Faked Hate Crime

Chicago police claim data from Uber allowed them to crack their case against actor Jussie Smollett, whom they believe faked a hate crime against himself.

Actor Arrested

Data from Uber helped land actor Jussie Smollett in jail.

On Wednesday, Chicago police officially charged Smollett, an actor with a role on the hit Fox series “Empire,” with filing a false police report, a felony crime.

The next day, Smollett turned himself in to authorities, and they shared details on how they built their case — and it turns out that Uber data played a significant role.

Rideshare Snitch

If you haven’t been following this bizarre case, around 2 am on Jan. 29, Smollett filed a police report in which he claimed to be the victim of Lees verder

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Facebook Reportedly Let Marketers Advertise to Nazis

Once again, Facebook has been caught offering advertisers the ability to specifically market to neo-Nazis and people interested in Nazi music.

Targeted Ads

Facebook’s massive stash of user data allows advertisers to target their ideal customers with specially-crafted messages. However, several investigations have found that Facebook helps advertisers target specific unsavory demographics, including literal neo-Nazis, according to The Los Angeles Times.

In a recent attempt to test Facebook’s advertising service, the LA Times found that it could pay just $25 to advertise to thousands of Facebook users interested in Nazi leaders Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, and Josef Mengele, as well as fans of Nazi music.

Déjà Vu

Every time Facebook is caught in another advertising scandal — like when Pro Publica found in 2017 that Facebook Lees verder

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