If you speak about time in terms of a container being filled, you might have a tougher time gauging how much time it's taking for this cup to fill.
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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?
Time travel is usually only possible in one direction: plodding ever-forward at the pace of a ticking second hand on a clock. We can't make leaps into the past or future, however much we'd enjoy the break from our present.
Stephen Hawking is making apocalyptic predictions again. The respected theoretical physicist warns that humanity needs to become a multi-planetary species within the next century if we don't want to go extinct. Last year, he prophesied that we had maybe 1,000 years left on Earth, and the inspiration for this newly-urgent timeline is unclear—except for the fact that Hawking's new documentary about colonizing Mars is coming out soon.
It's a big deal when people don't take the medications prescribed to them. In fact, studies estimate that patients failing to pop their pills—a problem known as non-adherence or noncompliance— costs the American health care system as much as $289 billion each year, and leads to roughly 10 percent of hospitilizations.
It's very important that you look at these pictures of stumpy-legged doggos. You know, for science.
The L-15B prototype attack jet made its grand debut in a ceremony last week. Fanfare—including giant red banners and uniformed PLAAF officers—suggest the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Hongdu Aviation Industry Group have high hopes for this multi-role light fighter.
Last week, the Cassini spacecraft made its first dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings. It sent home some pretty spectacular pictures, and now NASA has stitched them together into a video. Behold:
Algae can be used for anything. You can grind it into cattle feed or squeeze it into jet fuel. You can even make it into algae butter. For now, algae-based products remain woefully expensive, but a group of California scientists is working on making them a whole lot cheaper.
The internet is an entirely human phenomenon. It is a an unfathomably vast interconnected sea of computers that hold roughly the entire sum of human knowledge to this point. It's as available to the wealthiest billionaire as it is to the kid on library WiFi, browsing on his cheap Android phone. What keeps the internet open and equal is a principle called “net neutrality,” which is as much a technological tool as an economic argument and a moral stance.