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  • Earthquake-warning system that could provide smartphone alerts to Pacific Northwest gets funding boost

    The U.S. Geological Survey is greatly increasing funding for the region's seismic network, putting it on track to send public alerts of impending earthquake shaking within the next two years, the network's director said.
  • Wemo WiFi Smart Light Switch 3-Way review: One of the best ways to render a three-way circuit smart

    Wemo has handily solved a common complaint lodged against smart light switches: Many don’t support three-way circuits, and the ones that do typically require the presence of a companion switch at the other location(s) controlling the circuit, thus increasing the cost and the complexity of any installation. The Wemo WiFi Smart Light Switch 3-Way doesn’t, and it can also be used as a single-pole switch. This new switch looks identical to Wemo’s older single-pole switch, so it will blend right in...

  • Jia Tolentino: ‘I like to write about instincts that are in some way good and in some way dangerous'

    Hailed as the Joan Didion of our times – informed, funny and fearless – the New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino is making sense of the world one essay at a time Until recently, one of New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino’s best-kept secrets was that she spent the summer of her 16th year filming a reality show called Girls v Boys: Puerto Rico. A cheerleader then, she got permission from her school, which was situated in the middle of a Texan megachurch so large they called it the Repentagon, by telling...

    the Guardian
  • 'Stereotyping' emotions is getting in the way of artificial intelligence. Scientists say they've discovered a better way.

    Emotions are complicated. For example, facial expressions don't map neatly to emotional states. A recent review paper from researchers at Northeastern and the California Institute of Technology found a massive disconnect between common assumptions about how emotions work and what actually happens when people express emotions and how they're understood.  This could lead to major problems. As artificial intelligence grows more prevalent, the researchers warn that "the science of emotion is...

    Business Insider