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We May Have Accidentally Formed A Protective Bubble Around Earth

Stray radio waves may push part of the Van Allen radiation belts away from Earth, which is good news for our satellites; the high-energy particles trapped in the belts can destroy a spacecraft's electrical equipment. JHUAPL/LASP When the Navy wants to send a message to an underwater submarine, it sometimes uses very low frequency (VLF) radio waves. These long wavelengths, beamed from large towers on the ground, are unique in their ability to travel through salty water. But some end up in space instead. There, according to a new report, they may be forming a protective bubble around Earth’s atm
Bloomberg Businessweek
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Tech

In Ads We Trust

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he’d decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small fortune—to start a company. “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” he said. “That sucks.” Hammerbacher was getting at the idea that so many of the world’s best and brightest people flocking to Silicon Valley for jobs at companies such as Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. might be an unhealthy use of human capital. Sure, these companies offered plenty of interesting work, but much of it revolved
Popular Science
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Tech

Facebook Is Hiring 3000 New Content Monitors For A Job AI Cannot Do

Facebook Headquarters Entrance Sign Facebook HQ LIP.1, via Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0) Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is hiring 3,000 people to work on its community operations team, which reviews images, videos, and posts that users report. These new hires will join the 4,500 existing employees in an effort to minimize the reach of future events like the shooting of Robert Goodwin. It’s a considerable-but-essential investment for Facebook, but it leads us to a basic question: Can’t this job be automated? The scale of this labor is vast: Facebook is hiring more people than
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Rocked the scientific community…

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is the powerful true story of the woman who spawned a medical revolution. Skloot seamlessly weaves the stories of Henrietta’s life, her cells which rocked the scientific community, and a family struggling to cope with her mother’s immortality.

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It’s time to power down…

Facebook and phone games are addicting, but it’s hard to see how much they’ve shifted our behavior personally and societally. Alter makes connections between drug addictions and tech ones, and provides advice on how to overcome constantly checking emails to form meaningful IRL relationships once again.