People, businesses, and machines are generating data at a staggering pace.The business expectation is that you will use this data to gain insight, increase competitive advantage, and become truly data-driven.But with so much data, created so quickly and from so many different sources, it’s hard to control.Today we find ourselves in the midst of data’s perfect storm—exponential growth coupled with an expanding list of regulations (i.e., General Data Protection Regulation, the Basel Accords, BCBS 239, Solvency II, and HIPAA) that require businesses to document how they process data.In a recent MIT Sloan Management Review article, research showed that the gap between access and effectiveness has expanded by nearly 50 percent from 2016 to 2017 and is now the largest it has ever been over the last six years.More data does not always mean better results.
Keen Android users who’ve been following a somewhat obscure Google Issue Tracker thread from November of last year are celebrating a new development: the thread, in which a user asked about a dark mode to improve battery life on Android phones with OLED screens, has been closed.The issue was marked “fixed,” and the Google employee who initially responded in the thread saying he would bring the feedback to the Android engineering team said that the “engineering team has added this feature,” noting how “it will be available in a future Android release.” The change, which users responded to quite enthusiastically, was spotted by DroidLife, which reported the news earlier today.It’s not clear when this dark mode will debut, or whether it will be in the forthcoming Android P release slated to be unveiled at Google I/O in May (and presumably be released in the fall).Android already has a low-key dark mode of sorts that, up until last October, was exclusive to the Pixel 2.It allows users to change from a light to dark theme based on their phone’s wallpaper, and it came to the original Pixel with Android 8.1, as noted by AndroidPolice.Google may decide to expand that feature to more phones in a future Android update, or the company could be planning to tweak it to work without being dependent on the phone’s wallpaper.
A decade after it was founded, Dropbox has filed to go public.The beloved, easy-to-use (if somewhat stagnant) file syncing service had documents unsealed at the SEC today revealing plans for an initial public offering, where Dropbox is looking to raise up to $500 million.The company will trade on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBX.”Some details we’re learning about Dropbox thanks to its first public filing: the company’s revenue has been increasing for the past three years, growing from $603 million in 2015 to $1.1 billion last year.And while the company lost money overall all of those years, it’s been losing less and less, falling from a loss of $326 million in 2015 to $111.7 million last year.Dropbox has done very well over the past two years.
Inspired by the human eye, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an adaptive metalens, that is essentially a flat, electronically controlled artificial eye.The adaptive metalens simultaneously controls for three of the major contributors to blurry images: focus, astigmatism, and image shift."This research combines breakthroughs in artificial muscle technology with metalens technology to create a tunable metalens that can change its focus in real time, just like the human eye," said Alan She, a graduate student at SEAS and first author of the paper."We go one step further to build the capability of dynamically correcting for aberrations such as astigmatism and image shift, which the human eye cannot naturally do.""This demonstrates the feasibility of embedded optical zoom and autofocus for a wide range of applications including cell phone cameras, eyeglasses and virtual and augmented reality hardware," said Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at SEAS and senior author of the paper.The Harvard Office of Technology Development has protected the intellectual property relating to this project and is exploring commercialization opportunities.
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Despite its outwardly modest appearance, this little glass slide has the potential to revolutionize a wide range of processes, from monitoring food quality to diagnosing diseases.The slide is made of a 'nanoplasmonic' material -- its surface is coated in millions of gold nanostructures, each just a few billionths of a square meter in size.Plasmonic materials absorb and scatter light in interesting ways, giving them unique sensing properties.Nanoplasmonic materials have attracted the attention of biologists, chemists, physicists and material scientists, with possible uses in a diverse array of fields, such as biosensing, data storage, light generation and solar cells.In several recent papers, Prof. Shen and colleagues at the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), described their creation of a new biosensing material that can be used to monitor processes in living cells.Capturing such information can reveal clues about cell behavior, but creating nanomaterials on which cells can survive for long periods of time yet don't interfere with the cellular processes being measured is a challenge, she explains.
Primary schoolchildren who have been raised in homes surrounded by more greenspace tend to present with larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas of the brain.This is the main conclusion of a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives and led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation, in collaboration with the Hospital del Mar (Spain) and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (UCLA FSPH).The study was performed in a subcohort of 253 schoolchildren from the BREATHE project in Barcelona (Spain).Brain anatomy was studied using high-resolution 3D magnetic resonance images (MRI).The data analysis showed that long-term exposure to greenness was positively associated with white and grey matter volume in some parts of the brain that partly overlapped with those associated with higher scores on cognitive tests.A previous study of 2,593 children ages 7 to 10 from the BREATHE project showed that, during the 12-month course of the study, children who attended schools with higher outdoor greenspace had a greater increase in working memory and a greater reduction in inattentiveness than children who attended schools with less surrounding greenness.
But biogenic transformation processes in sewage and water treatment systems are a "natural enemy" of conventional plants, frequently causing damage to concrete and metal elements that is expensive to repair.As a result, it is not uncommon for wastewater systems to have a lifespan of under ten years, before they need to be refurbished or individual components replaced.The research team comprises two TU Graz staff members - Cyrill Grengg of the Institute of Applied Geosciences and Florian Mittermayr of the Institute of Technology and Testing of Construction Materials - as well as Günther Koraimann of the University of Graz's Institute of Molecular Biosciences.According to the researchers, there is often a lack of awareness of these processes and the resulting threat to wastewater infrastructure and human health.In Germany alone, the economic impact of wastewater system repairs is put at around EUR 450 million per year.Although no data are currently available for Austria, the costs can be extrapolated and also applied to other European countries.
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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority as the 2018 winner of the Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award for its innovative and sustainable stormwater and deicing treatment system.The Speas award is cosponsored by AIAA, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) and will be given on March 1 at the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design & Construction Symposium in Denver.Casey Reis, P. E., Director, Engineering and Facilities, and Roy Hawkins, Planning Engineer, Grand Rapids, Mich., will accept the award on behalf of the airport.The award recognizes the airport's development of a $20 million stormwater/glycol treatment system, which is a national example of how airports can address community needs while meeting operational and regulatory requirements.Residual amounts of aircraft deicers were flowing from the Gerald R. Ford Airport located in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area into a tributary, locally known as "Trout Creek."The deicer chemical was food to biofilm, a thin, sticky film of bacteria, which flourished and impacted the stream's ecology.
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This week, at the Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium, researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Harvard University presented a paper describing a new system, dubbed Veil, that makes private browsing more private.Veil would provide added protections to people using shared computers in offices, hotel business centers, or university computing centers, and it can be used in conjunction with existing private-browsing systems and with anonymity networks such as Tor, which was designed to protect the identity of web users living under repressive regimes.Wang is joined on the paper by his two thesis advisors: Nickolai Zeldovich, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, and James Mickens, an associate professor of computer science at Harvard.With existing private-browsing sessions, Wang explains, a browser will retrieve data much as it always does and load it into memory.When the session is over, it attempts to erase whatever it retrieved.Generally, a browser won't know where the data it downloaded has ended up.
While some may see corporate diversity initiatives as nothing more than glitzy marketing campaigns, a PSU business school professor's research shows that companies that hire a more diverse set of employees are rewarded with a richer pipeline of innovative products and a stronger financial position.A variety of businesses large and small have launched initiatives to attract a more diverse and inclusive workforce.But no one has measured how diverse business practices actually impact a company's bottom line.In her paper "Do Pro-Diversity Policies Improve Corporate Innovation?"published in the journal Financial Management in January 2018 and co-authored with two colleagues from North Carolina State University, Jing Zhao, assistant professor of finance in The School of Business at Portland State University, attempts to measure diversity's impact on Corporate America.The study showed that companies that promote a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusion, specifically attracting and retaining minorities, women, the disabled and LGBTQ employees, were more efficient in generating new products and patents.
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NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 23, 2018) - Single-cell analysis holds enormous potential to study how individual cells influence disease and respond to treatment, but the lack of cost-effective and user-friendly instrumentation remains challenging.In the study, the researchers describe the 3D-printed custom device, which, along with its electronic and pneumatic components, can be easily obtained and assembled for a total cost of about $600, a fraction of the cost of comparable commercial systems.The device occupies a small footprint as well, not much larger than a tissue box."Most commercial microfluidic instruments are very costly; as a result, not every lab has access to exciting technology for single-cell analysis," said William Stephenson PhD, Senior Research Engineer in the NYGC's Technology Innovation Lab, who led the development of the instrument and is a lead author on the study.The portability of the controller permitted patient samples to be processed on-site and immediately after surgery, minimizing handling and transport to optimize sample quality."This dataset gave us the opportunity to identify individual subpopulations of cells that could drive the progression of RA, even if they have not been previously characterized," said Rahul Satija PhD, a Core Faculty Member at NYGC, Assistant Professor of Biology at NYU, and senior author on the study.
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Kristina Gutchess, a Ph.D. candidate in Earth Sciences, is the lead author of an article in the prestigious journal Environmental Science and Technology (ACS Publications).Her co-authors at Syracuse include Laura Lautz, the Jesse Page Heroy Professor and chair of Earth sciences, and Christa Kelleher, assistant professor of Earth sciences.Rounding out the group are Li Jin G'08, associate professor of geology at SUNY Cortland; José L. J. Ledesma, a postdoctoral researcher of aquatic sciences and assessment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; and Jill Crossman, assistant professor of Earth and environmental sciences at the University of Windsor (Ontario)."While various models have been used to assess potential future impacts of continued de-icing practices, they have not incorporated different climate scenarios, which are projected to impact hydrogeology in the 21st century."Central to their experiment was INCA (short for "INtegrated CAtchment"), a semi-distributed catchment-modeling platform that assesses environmental-change issues.Gutchess calibrated the model for a historical, or baseline, period (1961-90), and used the results to make projections for three 30-year intervals: 2010-39, 2040-69 and 2070-99.
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With fewer than two months before tax returns are due, the FBI is warning of an increase in new scams that try to trick taxpayers and employers into sending employee records, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and other sensitive information.The scams are most often directed at human resources departments in an attempt to trick workers into sending records for large numbers of employees."Individual taxpayers may also be... targeted, but criminals have evolved their tactics to focus on mass data thefts," FBI officials wrote in an advisory published Wednesday."This scam is just one of several new variations of IRS and tax-related phishing campaigns targeting W-2 information, indicating an increase in the interest of criminals in sensitive tax information."Using a technique known as business email compromise (BEC) or business email spoofing (BES), fraudsters posing as executives send emails to payroll personnel requesting copies of Forms W-2 for all employees.The Form W-2 contains the employee's name, address, Social Security number, income and withholdings.
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The National Rifle Association on Friday gave Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai its "Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award" for his push to repeal net neutrality regulations.The award was handed out on the second day of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, about 6 miles outside of Washington, DC."Ajit Pai is the most courageous, heroic person that I know," said Dan Schneider, the executive director of the American Conservative Union, The Hill reported."He has received countless death threats.Chairman Pai, thank you for everything you've done."On Thursday, the FCC published the final notice of the repeal in the Federal Register, which starts a 60-day clock until the rules are removed.
For over a decade, Customs and Border Protection has failed to properly verify e-passports (which contain biometric data) as "it lacked the software to do so," according to a new letter sent by two top senators.According to a 2010 report authored by the Government Accountability Office, the problem needed fixing then—and eight years later it still hasn’t been resolved.An e-passport is essentially a passport that includes machine-readable RFID chips containing a traveler's personal information.These more digitally secure passports, which began to be required by the United States for visitors form visa waiver countries beginning in 2007, are scanned at the border by a CBP agent’s computer.However, without a digital signature, it is impossible to validate that the data contained on the passport is actually authentic.Matthew Green, a professor of cryptography at Johns Hopkins University, called out CBP on Thursday about the issue.
San Francisco-based agency TBD announced the appointments of Leila Moussaoui and Sara Uhelski, art director and copywriter, respectively.The pair have previously worked together for several years in San Francisco at Intel and Pereira & O’Dell.Both, their new agency said, “bring a shared history of creativity to TBD’s growing team, furthering the agency’s global mindset.”Moussaoui, a native of Morocco, began her career at Pereira & O’Dell as an art director, where she initially met Rafael Rizuto who was a creative director at the time.The two worked closely together on projects for brands such as the Ad Council and Airbnb.As a member of Intel’s in-house creative team, Moussaoui was instrumental in developing Lady Gaga’s 2017 Super Bowl halftime show.
Yes, those who follow the industry closely might have read the list of winners at Thursday night's 21st annual DICE Awards (where Nintendo generally—and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild specifically—cleaned up).Video gaming's most "official" award show struggles to even get the same kind of attention as The Game Awards, a bombastic, marketing announcement-fueled spectacle that grew out of an embarrassing Spike TV telecast.For Meggan Scavio, who took over as president of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) last August, this isn't a surprising or especially worrisome state of affairs.Of course gaming's academy award show is never going to have the inherent star power attraction of Hollywood's various awards shows, where many tune in just to see what telegenic mega-celebrities are wearing.But that doesn't mean the DICE awards lack the ability to raise the usually behind-the-scenes profile of some of the best game creators."I really want to showcase the developers," Scavio said.
Absolut Vodka is a uniquely Swedish company, but even as it touts its ‘Nothing to Hide’ campaign with naked employees in its home country, the global brand travels a more hipster route for its latest campaign in New York City.The New York-centric campaign launched in late 2017 with out-of-home billboards and wild postings in specific neighborhoods around the city that captured and reflected insider takes on the New York experience.Now, the campaign has been expanded, using mini-documentaries featuring eight New York celebrities, icons and influencers.In the video shorts, people like journalist Michael Musto, rapper Jim Jones, DJ Stretch Armstrong, author Lizzie Goodman, model/singer Amanda Lepore and radio personality Miss Info give their takes on their favorite neighborhoods and venues, their takes on what it means to be a New Yorker and what makes the city so inclusive and accepting.“Absolut was determined to work with the people who were not only the best fit for the brand, but also the campaign, which is all about a distinctly New York dialect of honesty and freedom of expression,” said vice president of strategy Douglas Brundage, of Team Epiphany, which worked with Absolut on the project.“We wanted to work with real people who are iconic in New York City, and ideally also harken to Absolut’s history as a progressive brand that launched in the US for the first time in 1979 right here in New York City.
And, while she’s at it, how to tell which man is going to become which.As a researcher she’s interested in the interactions of genes and environment, and the reasons some delinquent children—but not all—turn into crime-committing adults.So it’s worth querying Moffitt’s taxonomy to see if it offers any order to that chaos, even if it wasn’t built for it.“Grown-ups who use aggression, intimidation, and force to get what they want have invariably been pushing other people around since their very early childhood,” Moffitt says via email from a rural vacation in New Zealand.“Their mothers report they were difficult babies, nursery day-care workers say they are difficult to control, and when all the other kids give up hitting and settle in as primary school pupils, teachers say they don’t.Moffitt and her colleagues found that about a quarter of the males in the study fit the criteria she’d laid out for “adolescence limited” antisociability; they’re fine until they hit their teens, then they do all sorts of bad stuff, and then they stop.
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Today’s guilty plea by Rick Gates might be one of the least surprising developments in the Mueller investigation: It had been clear that the former Trump campaign aide would likely seek a deal almost since the day Gates and his business partner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort were indicted in October, and we’ve seen reports for weeks that negotiations between Mueller and Gates have been underway.The move does, though, apply new pressure to Manafort, who will now face in court not just the bank records that originally led to his indictment but also testimony from his former close associate and accomplice in the money-laundering scheme that allegedly involved upward of $60 million.Yesterday's new indictment—together with Tuesday’s guilty plea by Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer associated with Gates, Manafort, and Ukraine; last Friday's bombshell indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian entities; and now the Gates plea—underscores that Mueller is applying the full strength of the US government’s resources to follow every thread of the investigation.But almost as intriguing are the threads that Mueller has left hanging, the questions that go unanswered in otherwise highly specific court documents—like the identity of “Person A” in the charges filed against van der Zwaan Tuesday, a veiled reference to someone else involved in the Gates/Manafort/Ukraine milieu who might now face legal jeopardy in the investigation.Mueller clearly knows where this investigation is going and is methodically building it brick by brick: His first wave of charges, against Manafort, Gates, and George Papadopoulos, established that the Trump campaign had been lying about its contacts with Russians; his second wave—the guilty plea by Michael Flynn—established that those lies extended to figures inside the White House; his third wave of charges, against the Internet Research Agency, establishes that there was a criminal conspiracy to help Trump and undermine Hillary Clinton.But we’ve still not seen charges concerning active cyber intrusions—most notably, the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and the stealing of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s emails—one of at least five related probes Mueller is leading right now.
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