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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 16)

[ad_1] CRYPTOCURRENCY Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin FortunesNathaniel Popper | The New York Times“Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living in San Francisco, has two guesses left to figure out a password that is worth, as of this week, about $220 million. The password will let him unlock a small hard drive, known as an IronKey, which contains …

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Warming oceans will be extra hard on big fish

[ad_1] Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Warming ocean waters could reduce the ability of fish, especially large ones, to extract the oxygen they need from their environment, researchers report. For their new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers developed a new model to …

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MIT Unveils Design for Hybrid-Electric Airliner

[ad_1] Hybrid Plane A team of engineers at MIT has created a concept for a hybrid-electric plane that could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to smog and acid rain, by 95 percent. Nitrogen oxides have also been shown to be associated with respiratory diseases and cardiovascular disorders, resulting in about 16,000 deaths a year, according to …

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How Explainable Artificial Intelligence Can Help Humans Innovate

[ad_1] The field of artificial intelligence has created computers that can drive cars, synthesize chemical compounds, fold proteins, and detect high-energy particles at a superhuman level. However, these AI algorithms cannot explain the thought processes behind their decisions. A computer that masters protein folding and also tells researchers more about the rules of biology is much more useful than a …

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Saudi Arabia Is Building a Zero-Carbon City in a 100-Mile Straight Line

[ad_1] Saudi Arabia has unveiled its newest zero-carbon city project, called “The Line.” As its eyebrow-raising name suggests, the unusual metropolis will be built in a straight line more than a hundred miles in length. The unconventional city will feature “zero cars, zero streets, and zero carbon emissions,” according to a statement by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, and will …

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Bad Weather Leaves SpaceX Dragon Stuck at Space Station

[ad_1] Weather Delays A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship was supposed to autonomously undock from the International Space Station and head home on Monday morning, but bad weather down on Earth has left it temporarily stranded. For now, the cargo ship remains attached to the ISS while NASA and SpaceX work on a backup schedule to send it home, Space.com reports. …

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What will convince people to get COVID-19 vaccines?

[ad_1] Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. The key to effective communication to promote people getting the COVID-19 vaccines may lie in behavioral economics and consumer behavior theory, experts say. As the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines roll out, it is still unclear whether enough Americans will get the vaccine …

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 9)

[ad_1] ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AIWill Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review“OpenAI has extended GPT-3 with two new models that combine [natural language processing] with image recognition to give its AI a better understanding of everyday concepts. … ‘We live in a visual world,’ says Ilya Sutskever, chief scientist at OpenAI. ‘In the long …

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6 tips for sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions

[ad_1] Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. While most people break New Year’s resolutions within a few weeks, meuroscientist Vera Ludwig has six tips to help you through the process and stick with your goals. For many people, the new year marks a demarcation line for a fresh start, when …