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Best college commencement advice for new graduates

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. In the coming weeks, students around the nation will hear their names read aloud, walk across a platform and move their tassels to signify graduation from high school or college. After years of working toward receiving their diploma or degree, they are now off to start a new adventure in their lives. And, for others, there may be the apprehension of not knowing what is next. As a college president, here are five pieces of advice I have for graduating seniors.


Scholarships for students with disabilities

ZDNet

In 2017, the National Disability Institute completed a financial survey. It showed that students with disabilities take out fewer loans than nondisabled individuals. However, 36% of respondents with student loan debt did not complete their degree. As someone living with a disability, you have other payment options -- like scholarships. Scholarships for students with disabilities can help you avoid some student loan debt.


Can Computers Learn Common Sense?

The New Yorker

A few years ago, a computer scientist named Yejin Choi gave a presentation at an artificial-intelligence conference in New Orleans. On a screen, she projected a frame from a newscast where two anchors appeared before the headline "CHEESEBURGER STABBING." Choi explained that human beings find it easy to discern the outlines of the story from those two words alone. Had someone stabbed a cheeseburger? Had a cheeseburger been used to stab a person?


Anthony Mackie is reportedly launching his own movie studio in New Orleans

Mashable

Anthony Mackie is putting his money where his hometown is. The New Orleans-born actor who now wears the mantle of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe closed a deal on Friday to purchase 20 acres of land in New Orleans East. It's believed that the location will be the home of East Studios LLC, a Mackie-led film studio, as multiple sources told the local news outlet NOLA.com. Any specifics beyond that are unknown at this point, though Mackie has leveraged his Marvel success in recent years to take a more high-profile role on the projects to which he's connected. He was credited as the executive producer on the 2019 science fiction film Io, and he's listed as a producer on two more recent streaming projects -- The Banker on Apple TV and Outside the Wire on Netflix.


Why precision spraying is keying agriculture's Moneyball moment

#artificialintelligence

Greg Kruger pauses for what seems like an eternity during his presentation, but it actually just lasts six seconds. The senior agronomist for BASF's xarvio digital farming division did it to prove a point about BASF's Smart Farming joint collaboration with Bosch that includes precision spraying technology the firms call Smart Spraying. The strategy teams machine-learning algorithms with computer vision to enable "green-on-green" spraying that distinguishes between weeds and crops in-season. Kruger's presentation was part of a BASF media briefing held before this week's Commodity Classic in New Orleans. "In the six seconds that I paused, we've taken 1,000 images [with Smart Spraying] on the boom," says Kruger.


Scientists identify five key characteristics in famous PSYCHOPATHS

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have identified the five key personality traits that are common among famous psychopaths, including serial killer Ted Bundy, disgraced fraudster Bernie Madoff and robber Clyde Barrow. The US academics looked for shared traits in six men - Ted Bundy, Bernie Madoff, Clyde Barrow, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes and Chuck Yeager - who have previously been identified as psychopathic. They found that Bundy, Madoff and Barrow are all psychopaths guilty of callousness, manipulativeness, dishonesty, arrogance and cruelty. However, Bond, Holmes and Yeager likely are not psychopaths, and may have been misidentifed in the past due to their fearlessness and boldness, the experts say. Clyde Barrow (1910-1934): Along with Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow went on almost two-year crime spree that spanned several US states.


Lightning bolt extending across 3 US states sets global record

Al Jazeera

A lightning bolt that stretched for 768 kilometres (477.2 miles) across the southern United States in 2020 is the new world record holder for the longest single flash, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The mega flash extended across the states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on April 29, 2020, beating the previous record set on October 31, 2018, in Brazil of 709km (440.6 miles), the United Nations agency said on Tuesday. Reporting a separate record, the WMO said a single lightning flash over Uruguay and northern Argentina on June 18, 2020, lasted 17.1 seconds, eclipsing the old-time record of 16.7 seconds. WMO has verified 2 new world records for a lightning #megaflash Longest distance single flash of 768 km (477.2 miles) across southern #USA – 60 kilometres MORE than old record Greatest duration of 17.102 seconds over #Uruguay and northern #Argentina https://t.co/6AzyzTgMIO The findings by WMO's Committee on Weather and Climate Extremes were published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.


Can artificial intelligence better predict flooding in coastal areas?

#artificialintelligence

Coastal communities around the world are especially vulnerable to flooding, storms, hurricanes and heavy rainfall. Now, scientists are studying whether artificial intelligence can better predict the impact of the storms. More information would help areas like New Orleans, Louisiana, which is forced to fix and rebuild after severe flooding. Clint Dawson, a professor at the University of Texas Austin, is part of a team of investigators working on a project funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research. "The only reason that place still exists is because there is fairly extensive levy system that protects it," Dawson said.


See the Mississippi River's hidden history, uncovered by lasers

National Geographic

For cartographers and cartophiles, Harold Fisk's 1944 maps of the lower Mississippi River are a seminal work. The centerpiece of his report was 15 maps showing the meandering Mississippi and its historical floodplains stretching from Missouri to southern Louisiana. More than seven decades later, Daniel Coe, a cartographer for the Washington Geological Survey, wanted to re-create Fisk's maps with greater accuracy and a new aesthetic. Coe had the advantage of hyperprecise U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data collected using lidar, a system of laser pulses sent from aircraft to measure topography. The lasers detect the river's shape along with everything around it--every house, tree, and road.


When The Art Connoisseur Is a Robot

#artificialintelligence

Popularly, art connoisseurs are portrayed as sophisticados who carry themselves with an aura of mystery, in command of an inner portal to truth that the rest of us inexplicably just don't possess. Presented with an unassuming Renaissance painting purchased for $1,000 in New Orleans, for instance, one might be stricken with certainty that the painting was authored by no other than Leonardo da Vinci; another attributes hundreds of paintings to Rembrandt and claims that his genius is obvious to the "experienced eye." The elusive certainty of connoisseurship has always come with raised eyebrows: can you tell a garage sale replica from the real deal, let alone a workshop painting from an Old Master one? Can we trust anyone who claims to know? Recent developments in machine learning applied to photographs of artwork promise to lend more objectivity to processes of attribution when the provenance is uncertain.