Subscribe: Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Sci-Tech
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/rss/sci-tech_2.rss
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
china  chinese  computer  facebook  harvard  new  officials  online  people  purpose  state  world  year  years  zuckerberg   
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Sci-Tech

seattlepi.com: Science & Technology News





 



Utah law that could send online bullies to jail criticized

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:28:46 UT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers hope a new, unusual law cuts down on increasingly troubling forms of cyber harassment by giving authorities the ability to send online bullies to jail for a year. Law enforcement, school officials and support groups back the effort, but some lawyers and a libertarian-leaning group have balked at what they call vague language in the law. The regulation won unanimous approval in the Legislature and makes it a crime to post information online that can identify someone, including their name, photo and place of employment, to "intimidate, abuse, threaten, harass, frighten, or disrupt the electronic communications of another." An advocacy group says the measure might have helped a gay Utah State University student who was afraid to come forward in 2013 to report being sexually assaulted after someone started posting his photo and phone number on Craigslist along with details on the forms of sex he was interested in.



Monstrous cyclones churning over Jupiter's poles

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:59:41 UT

NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather at the top and bottom of Jupiter once it began skimming the cloud tops last year, surprising researchers who assumed the giant gas planet would be relatively boring and uniform down low. With dozens of cyclones hundreds of miles across — alongside unidentifiable weather systems stretching thousands of miles — the poles look nothing like Jupiter's equatorial region, instantly recognizable by its stripes and Great Red Spot, a raging hurricane-like storm. Launched in 2011 and orbiting Jupiter since last summer, Juno is providing the best close-up views ever of our solar system's largest planet, peering beneath the clouds for a true portrait. Juno is moving so fast during these chummy encounters that it takes only two hours to get from the north pole to the south. Besides polar cyclones, Juno has spotted white ice caps on Jupiter — frozen bits of ammonia and water. During the teleconference, he played two minutes of the spacecraft's recording from February, adjusted for the human ear and full of percussion sounds as well as high-pitched beeps and squeals, and even flute-like notes.



Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:39:47 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to Harvard, where he launched Facebook and then dropped out, telling graduates it's up to them to bring purpose to the world, fight inequality and strengthen the global community. He shared stories about graduates such as David Razu Aznar, a former city leader who led the effort to legalize gay marriage in Mexico City, and Agnes Igoye, who grew up in conflict zones in Uganda and now trains law enforcement officers. In February, he sketched out an ambitious, if vague, vision for Facebook that committed the company to developing "social infrastructure" that would help build a "global community that works for all of us." It has connected people who would have never met otherwise, letting them form supportive networks online and offline. [...] it has allowed people to communicate in developing countries even if they don't have a phone number or a smartphone. [...] it has also served to spread misinformation bordering on propaganda, hateful views and bullying, reflecting the worst parts of humanity back to us. Later in the speech, Zuckerberg's voice cracked with emotion as he talked about a high school student he mentors who is living in the U.S. illegally. Others receiving honorary degrees included the actress Judi Dench, the composer John Williams (known for Star Wars, ''Harry Potter and many other scores) and Somali human rights activist and physician Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe.



Correction: Snowy Plover Chick story

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:52:10 UT

(AP) — In a story May 24 about the Western snowy plover, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Oregon requires dogs to be kept on leash in snowy plover nesting areas. (AP) — A Western snowy plover chick that hatched on an Oregon beach this spring is the first of its species to emerge successfully in that area in more than 50 years and provides hope that a management plan for the federally threatened species is working, wildlife officials said Wednesday. Biologists spotted it around the Nehalam Spit using a viewing scope but have had a hard time getting a good picture because the tiny, fluffy chick is roughly the size of two cotton balls. The news is a sign that a recovery plan developed by state wildlife officials and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is making headway in its goal to return the tiny birds to their habitat along the length of the Oregon coast without banning humans from the beaches, said Chris Havel, a spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Oregon entered into an agreement with federal wildlife officials that calls for the state to restrict beach activity in certain areas known to be ideal for the plovers in exchange for a pass from the federal government if a plover is accidentally killed in an area that's not part of the plan.



In His Words: Mark Zuckerberg addresses Harvard Class of '17

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:26:20 UT

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday, 12 years after dropping out to focus on what's now the world's biggest social network. President Faust, Board of Overseers, faculty, alumni, friends, proud parents, members of the ad board, and graduates of the greatest university in the world: How many of you remember exactly what you were doing when you got that email telling you that you got into Harvard? I was playing "Civilization" and I ran downstairs, got my dad, and for some reason, his reaction was to video me opening the email. Mine was Computer Science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis. [...] any of you graduating can use that line. Today I want to talk about purpose. [...] I'm here to tell you finding your purpose isn't enough. Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void. To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact. [...] as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that's what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we'd build. Without a sense of higher purpose, this was the startup dream come true. After one tense argument, an adviser told me if I didn't agree to sell, I would regret the decision for the rest of my life. Relationships were so frayed that within a year or so every single person on the management team was gone. Today I want to talk about three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on big meaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world. [...] let's take on big meaningful projects. Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio. [...] let me tell you a secret: If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn? [...] we're all entrepreneurial, whether we're starting projects or finding or role. [...] an entrepreneurial culture thrives when it's easy to try lots of new ideas. Right now our society is way over-indexed on rewarding success and we don't do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take lots of shots. There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can't afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business. Look, I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and I don't know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they might not make enough money. [...] I know lots of people who haven't pursued dreams because they didn't have a cushion to fall back on if they failed. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn't know I'd be fine if Facebook didn't work out, I wouldn't be standing here today. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. [...] as technology keeps changing, we need to focus more on continuous education throughout our lives. [...] yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn't free. In one year, three of four U.S. millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity. When Priscilla graduate[...]



Dear, Harvard: 10 memorable quotes from Zuckerberg's speech

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:40:21 UT

Dear, Harvard: 10 memorable quotes from Zuckerberg's speech Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard with a message on fighting inequality and taking risks in the name of innovation. Zuckerberg, who, like the graduates, is a millennial, started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room in 2004. If I had to know everything about connecting people before I got started, I never would have built Facebook. There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can't even afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. [...] I promise you, if you just take an hour or two a week — that's all it takes to give someone a hand and help them reach their potential. [...] it's tough to care about people in other places when we don't first feel good about our lives here at home. The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism.



Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:48:58 UT

(AP) — President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter. The budget proposal marks the latest skirmish in the decades-old controversy pitting ranchers and rural communities against groups that want to protect the horses from Colorado to California. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and other interests have been urging the BLM for years to allow sales of wild horses for slaughter to free up room in overcrowded government corrals for the capture of more animals. Doug Busselman, executive vice president of the Nevada Farm Bureau, blamed the stalemate on the "emotional and anti-management interests who have built their business models on preventing rational and responsible actions while enhancing their fundraising through misinformation." Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also grappled with the spiraling costs of managing the nearly 60,000 horses on the range and 45,000 others in U.S. holding pens and contracted private pastures.



Qatar hack, bloody Bahrain raid follow Trump's Mideast trip

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:52:39 UT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar found itself on the defensive once again Thursday as more Arab nations blocked access to websites of its flagship Al-Jazeera news network, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast visit positioned America squarely with Sunni Arab countries against Shiite power Iran. Bahrain and Egypt joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in blocking the websites, the latest development in a regional crisis sparked by what Qatar described as hackers publishing fake comments on Iran and other issues via its state-run news agency this week. While Trump's visit reassured a six-nation Saudi-led Gulf alliance of its regional standing, tiny, energy-rich Qatar has found itself on the fringes of the Western-backed alliance as the hack rekindled long-standing suspicions over its support of Islamists. [...] the peninsular nation's relations with its neighbors were thrown into chaos this week after Qatari authorities say its state-run news agency was hacked. Messages on the news agency's Twitter account that Qatar also blamed on the hackers said it planned to recall some of its ambassadors from Arab nations.



Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:06:24 UT

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad For more than a decade, bees and other pollinators have been rapidly declining with scientists blaming a mix of parasites, disease, pesticides and poor nutrition. The survey, originally started by the U.S. government and now run by a nonprofit, is based on information from nearly 5,000 beekeepers who manage more than 360,000 colonies. University of Montana's Jerry Bromenshenk said the study gives too much weight to backyard beekeepers rather than commercial beekeepers.



Computer wins 2nd game against Chinese go champion

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:25:39 UT

WUZHEN, China (AP) — A computer beat China's top player of go, one of the last games machines have yet to master, for a second time Thursday in a competition authorities limited the Chinese public's ability to see. Internet users outside China could watch this week's games live but Chinese censors blocked most mainland web users from seeing the Google site carrying the feed. State media reports on the games have been brief, possibly reflecting Beijing's antipathy toward Google, which closed its China-based search engine in 2010 following a dispute over censorship and computer hacking. The official response to the match, a major event for the worlds of go and artificial intelligence, reflects the conflict between the ruling Communist Party's technology ambitions and its insistence on controlling what its public can see, hear and read. Censorship orders to Chinese media are officially secret and government officials refuse to confirm whether online material is blocked.



New Zealand test rocket makes it to space but not to orbit

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:35:24 UT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — California-based company Rocket Lab said Thursday it had launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn't reach orbit as hoped. Rocket Lab was given official approval last week to conduct three test launches from the remote Mahia Peninsula on the North Island. New Zealand has never had a space program but officials hope regular launches could change perceptions of the South Pacific nation and generate hundreds of millions of dollars each year in revenue. Rocket Lab plans to keep costs low by using lightweight, disposable rockets with 3D-printed engines.



Chinese go champion begins 2nd game against computer

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:17:48 UT

Internet users outside China could watch the games live but Chinese censors blocked most mainland web users from seeing the Google website carrying the feed. State media reports on the games have been brief, possibly reflecting Beijing's antipathy toward Google, which closed its China-based search engine in 2010 following a dispute over censorship and computer hacking. The official response to the match, a major event for go and artificial intelligence, reflects the conflict between the ruling Communist Party's technology ambitions and its insistence on controlling what its public can see, hear and read. Censorship orders to Chinese media are officially secret and government officials refuse to confirm whether online material is blocked. The company shut down its China search engine and visitors were automatically transferred to another Google service in Hong Kong, but that stopped after Chinese authorities objected.



Now you can raise money for school or medical bills using Facebook

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:40:23 UT

When you have a huge unexpected expense come up such as a funeral or large medical bill, figuring out how you’re going to pay can sometimes be a challenge. In recent years, sites like GoFundMe have helped people raise money for personal expenses when they need it, and now Facebook is getting in expanding its



Need cash? Facebook expands personal fundraising tools

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:49:21 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is expanding its fundraising tools that let users ask friends and strangers to give them money to help pay for education, medical or other expenses. With the latest update unveiled Wednesday, it has added sports and community fundraisers as options.



Science Says: What's known and not known about marijuana

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:42:28 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new marijuana study joins a limited record of scientific knowledge about the harms and benefits of pot. The research published Wednesday is the first rigorous test of a marijuana compound in treating a certain form of severe epilepsy. Federal drug regulators have not approved marijuana itself, but they have allowed man-made, chemically related medicines to treat loss of appetite in people with AIDS, and nausea and vomiting caused by cancer therapy. A marijuana extract is sold in Britain for nerve pain and other problems from multiple sclerosis. In January, a U.S. advisory committee concluded that the lack of scientific information about marijuana and its chemical cousins, called cannabinoids, poses a risk to public health. — Can treat muscle stiffness and spasms in multiple sclerosis as measured by what patients say, but less strong evidence if the changes are measured by doctors — Boost appetite and ease weight loss in people with HIV or AIDS — Ease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and improve outcomes after traumatic brain injury