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How to reverse-engineer a rainforest

Engadget

But 2019 was the year the earth burned. In Australia, the world watched in horror as bushfires destroyed 10.3 million hectares, marking the continent's most intense and destructive fire season in over 40 years. Earlier that fall, California saw more than 101,000 hectares destroyed, with damages upward of $80 billion. Alaska saw nearly a million. Record-breaking fires also hit Indonesia, Russia, Lebanon -- but nowhere saw the sheer mass of media coverage as the fires that tore through the Amazon nearly all last summer. By year's end, thousands of global media outlets had reported that Brazil's largest rainforest played host to more than 80,000 individual forest fires in 2019, resulting in an estimated 906,000 square hectares of environmental destruction. At the time, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research reported it was the fastest rate of burning since record keeping began in 2013. But amid the charred ruins of one of the largest oxygen-producing environments on the planet, a secret lies buried beneath the soil.


Deforest Launches Technology Practice - Leaders League

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The technology practice will be headed by Etienne Luquet Farías and Israel Cedillo Lazcano, specialists in the field who will offer comprehensive and strategic legal advice in all issues relating to innovation, both in the private and public sectors. They will be responsible for the design and supervision of projects relating to the development of technology-focused startups, software and hardware IP, technology transfer, privacy policies and venture capital, as well as fintech, crypto assets, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The technology practice will assist clients in the determination of possible civil or criminal liabilities arising from the creation and use of algorithms, the assignment of rights, the drafting of codes of ethics and regulation through the use of technologies, among other needs. "Technology law involves a plurality of legal norms and technical issues, making it a particularly complex cross-disciplinary practice. Through the use of new technologies, legal problems can be solved in a new way, creating new opportunities," the firm said in a statement.


Intel/MobilEye Promises Self-Driving Robotaxi Service In 2022, While Others Back Off

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 07: Mobileye CEO and Intel Senior Vice President Amon Shashua speaks ... [ ] during an Intel press event for CES 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 8-11 and features about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 180,000 attendees. At the EcoMotion self-driving conference held (in cyberspace) from Israel this week, Amnon Shashua, founder and CEO of MobilEye, now a unit of Intel INTC, declared their intention to offer robotaxi service, with no safety drivers, in early 2022. They will begin in their headquarters town of Jerusalem, then move to Tel Aviv, then France, Korea and China. He makes this statement while many other companies, particularly car OEMs, are scaling back their plans and timelines on full robocar service.


Fever-Detecting Drones Don't Work

Slate

This article is part of Privacy in the Pandemic, a Future Tense series. Since the pandemic began, authorities in New Delhi, Italy, Oman, Connecticut, and China have begun to experiment with fever-finding drones as a means of mass COVID-19 screening. They're claiming the aircraft can be used to better understand the health of the population at large and even to identify potentially sick individuals, who can then be pulled aside for further diagnostic testing. In Italy, police forces are reportedly using drones to read the temperatures of people who are out and about during quarantine, while officials in India are hoping to use thermal-scanner-equipped drones to search for "temperature anomalies" in people on the ground. A Lithuanian drone pilot even used a thermal-scanning drone to read the temperature of a sick friend who didn't own a thermometer.


Gibbons Will Receive ACM's Kanellakis Award

CMU School of Computer Science

The Association for Computing Machinery has announced that Carnegie Mellon University's Phillip Gibbons, professor in the Computer Science and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments, will receive the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award. Gibbons will share the award with Noga Alon of Princeton University and Tel Aviv University, Yossi Matias of Google and Tel Aviv University and Mario Szegedy of Rutgers University. The award recognizes them for their seminal work on the foundations of streaming algorithms and their application to large-scale analytics. In a series of papers published in the late 1990s, Gibbons and his colleagues pioneered a framework for algorithmic treatment of streaming massive datasets, the ACM said. Their algorithms remain the core approach for streaming big data and constitute an entire subarea of the field of algorithms.


Massive Growth Of Global Lab Automation Industry 2020:Booming Worldwide Top Key Players Perkinelmer, Inc., Danaher Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Agilent Technologies, Inc – 3w Market News Reports

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By Equipment the market for lab automation is segmented into automated liquid handlers, automated plate handlers, robotic arm, automated storage and retrieval systems. By software the lab automation market is segmented into laboratory information management system, laboratory information system, chromatography data system, electronic lab notebook, scientific data management system. On the basis of analyzer the market is segmented into biochemistry analyzers, immuno-based analyzers, hematology analyzers segments. By application the segmentation of the market is drug discovery, genomics, proteomics, protein engineering, bio analysis, analytical chemistry, system biology, clinical diagnostics, lyophilization. Based on end user the lab automation market is segmented into biotechnology & pharmaceuticals, hospitals, research institutions, academics, private labs. On the basis of geography, lab automation market report covers data points for 28 countries across multiple geographies such as North America & South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Some of the major countries covered in this report are U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, China, India, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Brazil among others. In 2017, North America is expected to dominate the market.


New Major Joins Computation, Cognition MIT Spectrum

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When Doron Hazan '21 was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) after high school, he had the opportunity to join the army's intelligence unit. It was the obvious choice for the self-described "math and physics nerd" from Kiryat Shmona, a small town in Israel's Hula Valley just south of the Lebanese border. But Hazan was not one to make obvious choices. "All of my life I've been interested in human behavior," says Hazan, a junior who is enrolled in one of MIT's newest majors: computation and cognition, or Course 6-9. Launched in the fall of 2019, Course 6-9 is a joint curriculum offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS).


Mobileye CEO Sees 'Great Consolidation' Ahead in Autonomous Car Sector

U.S. News

Amnon Shashua, CEO of Intel's Israel-based Mobileye, said the strategy of having individual companies each focusing on one component, like safety, sensors or maps, is not sustainable because it's an "end-to-end system" that cannot be broken down.


Iran Supreme Leader Says Americans Will Be Expelled From Iraq and Syria

U.S. News

Iran almost got into a full-blown conflict with the United States when a U.S. drone strike killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3, prompting Tehran to retaliate with a missile barrage against a U.S. base in Iraq days later.


AI/DC: Artificial Intelligence Writes an AC/DC Song MetalSucks

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We still don't know when we'll get to hear actual new AC/DC, but in the meantime, this actually kinda-sorta suffices: a YouTuber known as Funk Turkey put all of the legendary Australian band's lyrics into the program lyrics.rip, The resulting song, "Great Balls," is about as accurate a parody of AC/DC as you're likely to ever hear. And even if you don't agree with that assessment, well… the lyrics are pretty goddamn funny.