LGBTQ characters are finally starting to come out in tentpole movies. The post Power Rangers' Gay Moment Is a Good Step, But a Small One appeared first on WIRED.
Genetics expert Adam Rutherford discusses the science of "Life" and "Ex Machina", and why alien life could be the most significant discovery in human history.
Software nasty can burn through 1.7 million account numbers per hour
Cybercrooks are using a bot to automate the process of breaking into and draining online gift card accounts.…
The electric-car company's solar roof efforts are beginning to take shape.
TV Guide's Sadie Gennis is here to run down the list of shows debuting in April. From Fargo to American Gods to Silicon Valley, there's something for everyone on her list.
The few surviving Galaxy Note 7's could be killed off after this move.
Apple starts selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in red as part of a program to help raise money for HIV and AIDS programs and research.
The Sense Home Energy Monitor promises to track the output of individual devices, but ultimately falls short.
In this week's Gadget Lab podcast, we talk to the director of the final episode of Planet Earth II. The post It's Hard Out Here For a Pigeon appeared first on WIRED.
Science is in a phase of pretty intense soul-searching. Over the past few years, systemic problems that lead to unreliable scientific results have become more and more obvious. There’s a litany of woes for good science: publication bias leads to buried data, single studies don’t stand well on their own yet not enough people are replicating them, and flaws in the peer-review process are showing. And that’s before we even get to the (hopefully occasional) research fraud.
John Ioannidis, one of the heroes of the science-scrutinizing movement, has some news in PNAS this week that is simultaneously uncomfortable and comforting. Ioannidis, along with colleagues Daniele Fanelli and Rodrigo Costas, scoured thousands of scientific papers to uncover some of the most common causes of bias. Their findings suggest that, for the most part, people are worrying about the right things, including small studies that spark a lot of scientific conversation. But they also pinpoint other causes for concern that haven’t attracted much attention so far: early career researchers and isolated scientists.Data about data about data
Fanelli is a meta-researcher: a scientist whose research is itself about scientific research. In order to get a broad view of the biases at play across all of science, he went hunting for meta-analyses. These are scientific studies that combine the data from a range of separate studies in the same area. Meta-analyses often give a more comprehensive picture of the current evidence than any individual study.
DirecTV and its owner, AT&T, have promised the US Department of Justice that they will not illegally share information with rival pay-TV providers in order to keep the price of TV channels down.
The DOJ sued DirecTV and AT&T in November 2016, saying the satellite-TV company colluded with competitors during contentious negotiations to broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games. AT&T initially said that it looked forward to defending itself in court. But yesterday, the company agreed to a settlement "without trial or adjudication of any issue of fact or law."
The proposed settlement, pending court approval, "will obtain all of the relief sought by the department in its lawsuit," the DOJ said in its announcement.
Elastic cloud snaps back
Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity.…
The midsize luxury sedan gets a head-to-toe overhaul with better tech, performance and comfort, but it still keeps its core BMW-ness intact, for better or worse.
Bicycles into the sunset
Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…
A fresh look at the Martian landscape shows a collection of wormy-looking curved dark sand dunes.
Approximately ten thousand times each day, the DNA in our cells receives some damage, but most of that damage is repaired by our cells' built-in DNA repair systems. The efficiency of these DNA repair systems decline with age, however, and that's thought to lead to age-related health problems and cancer.
A recent paper published in Science shows that a chemical used in the DNA repair process, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), has a concentration that declines with age. This decline may drive the age-associated accumulation of DNA damage—a finding that suggests supplementing NAD+ might offset some of the effects of aging.
The team behind the paper used human embryonic kidney cells (which grow well in the lab) to look at the role of this chemical. The authors found that NAD+ binds to the protein “deleted in breast cancer 1” (DBC1), which—as its name implies—was previously implicated in cancer. DBC1 normally binds to and inhibits another protein that performs DNA repair. But NAD+ blocks this interaction, releasing the inhibition on DNA repair.
Microsoft's embrace of open source software continues, with Azure Service Fabric making the first tentative foray into the open world. Today, the SDK was (mostly) published to GitHub under the MIT license. The team behind the move described it as the "beginning stages" of a wider use of open source.
Service Fabric, first revealed in 2015, grew out of the infrastructure Microsoft developed to build and run large-scale cloud services, including Azure SQL, Cortana, and Skype for Business. It provides scaling and fault tolerance for services, both stateless and stateful, running in containers across clusters of (virtual) machines. It runs in Azure, naturally, but the runtime is also freely downloadable and can be deployed across on-premises Windows systems, or even onto Windows virtual machines in non-Microsoft clouds. A Linux version of the runtime is currently in development, too.
Microsoft has already been using GitHub for tracking feature requests and bugs within Service Fabric. Users of the runtime have expressed a greater interest in the design and features of Service Fabric, and opening up the SDK is seen as the next step in engaging with the community and helping drive the development direction.
One of the more interesting exchanges from IBM Interconnect 2017 was between IBM CEO Ginny Rometty and Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff [Disclosure: IBM is a client of the author]. Benioff commented that both had recently gone to Washington to address the issue that the U.S. workforce isn’t ready for artificial intelligence (AI). Both companies have platforms that are now partnered, IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein. The problem is twofold, both firms are currently focused on augmenting people, but if people aren’t trained to work with AI, the easier path may become replacement and that path creates a massive problem connected to unemployment and unemployed people not only don’t buy products, they tend to revolt.
The BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones gets a beer poured for him by a robotic barman - but how long does it take?