Airbnb and DNA-testing company 23andMe announced on Tuesday the two companies have partnered to help people “connect with their ancestry” through a heritage travel program.Genetics-based travel has risen out of the growing popularity of genetic-testing kits that purport to reveal all the places customers’ ancestors lived.“This form of tourism is growing rapidly and is increasingly popular as western societies age,” Dallen Timothy, editor of the Journal of Heritage Tourism, told Gizmodo last year for an article on genetic travel.“People want to get back to their roots, the simpler ways of life they tend to associate with their ancestors.It’s a way of stepping back in time.”In 2017, AncestryDNA seized on the trend by partnering with Go Ahead Tours to provide genealogy-themed guided tours.
Facebook has unified its Ads and Business Platform team that builds products for businesses under one mandate and leadership.The team used to be two separate groups, one focusing on paid products and ads and the other on free products and tools.The unified group will be led by longtime Facebook exec Dan Levy, who said the goal is to better serve businesses across the board.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Facebook is announcing today that it's overhauled its Ads and Business Platform (ABP) team that builds products for businesses under one mandate and leadership.The team used to be divided into two groups, one focused on developing paid products and ads and the other focused on free products and tools.
A desire for a simpler, cheaper way to do common laboratory tests for medical diagnoses and to avoid "washing the dishes" led University of Connecticut researchers to develop a new technology that reduces cost and time.The 3D-printed pipette-tip test developed by the researchers leverages what "has long been the gold standard for measuring proteins, pathogens, antibodies and other biomolecules in complex matrices," they say.The method still employs the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, also known as ELISA, but through a different route.They detailed their findings in a paper recently published online in Analytical Chemistry.For 30 years or more, ELISA has been used to test blood, cells and other biological samples for everything from certain cancers to HIV, from Lyme disease to pernicious anemia.Traditional ELISA tests are performed on plates featuring 96 micro-wells; each well works as a separate testing chamber where samples can be combined with various agents that will then react with the sample, typically by changing color.
Summer is coming soon and Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means the big retail merchants are lining up great sales on home appliances before the summer lull.Memorial Day is one of the holidays when many merchants and appliance brands get extra generous with discounts and sales.Now’s the time to cash in with big savings on washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, kitchen suite deals, and a select group of smaller appliances.Walmart has turned the holiday weekend into a week long event so you’ll find great deals on Apple iPads, Vizio and Samsung 4K TVs, laptops, Google Home devices, and other electronics.Home Depot’s Memorial Day Savings sale features appliance special buys up to 40% off through June 5.We found awesome deals at Home Depot on appliances from Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, LG Electronics, and Maytag.
A stunning video from NASA lets you experience what it would be like to fly inside the Orion Nebula that's 1,344 light years-away from Earth in outer space.Astronomers and visualization specialists from the space agency's Universe of Learning program were able to combine the visible and infrared capabilities of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to produce the spectacular, fly-through video.The dazzling imagery depicts a region in space bathed in pink and purple hues.The Space Telescope Science Institute describes the otherworldly video this way:"The glowing gaseous landscape has been illuminated and carved by the high-energy radiation and strong stellar winds from the massive hot stars in the central cluster.The infrared observations generally show cooler temperature gas at a deeper layer of the nebula that extends well beyond the visible image."
Staff at British chip designer ARM have been told to suspend all business with Chinese networking giant Huawei Technologies.It comes after President Donald Trump last week signed a national security executive order and immediately following that, Huawei was placed on an ‘Entity List’, which prevents it from acquiring parts and components from US companies.ARM of course is still based in the UK after it was acquired by Japanese giant Softbank in 2016 and its chip designs are used in most mobile processors around the world.Numerous American chip firms have already halted sales to Huawei, and even Google briefly restricted access to its Android operating system.That means for the next 90 days, the US Department of Commerce will allow Huawei to purchase US-made goods in order to maintain existing networks, and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.Into these developments stepped ARM, after the BBC reported that it had obtained internal ARM documents which instructed staff to suspend business with Huawei.
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Many Chinese tech firms are equipping the country's farms with artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and blockchain technologies to monitor their pigs' health.But none of this hasmanaged to curb the biggest epidemic facing Chinese farms today — the outbreak of the African swine flu, a gruesome and deadly disease that's poised to leave 200 million pigs dead.It shows the limit to China's technological ambitions, which many observers consider dystopian and Orwellian.China is the world's largest consumer and producer of pork, and the swine flu is expected to affect the world's supply, demand, and price of pork.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.China is rolling out artificial intelligence, facial recognition and blockchain technology across its rural farms to protect its pigs — but it still isn't enough to curb a deadly swine flu that's spread across the country and is killing a third of its hogs.
EE will be the first UK network to introduce 5G, it confirmed today, as it is set to roll out the new technology to cities from 30 May.Read more: Nokia could benefit from Huawei saga, says chief executiveIt means the provider will beat Vodafone’s launch date of 3 July.EE will switch on its 5G service in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester on Thursday, 30 May.Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow will also receive 5G this year, chief executive Marc Allera confirmed today.“We’re adding 5G to the UK’s number one 4G network to increase reliability, increase speeds, and keep our customers connected where they need it most,” Allera said.
And the ops team replies: “it must be a code issue.”Developers and ops people sometimes have different perspectives on why a deployment went wrong.It really did work in stagingEveryone on the team wants to get things right the first time, deploying a quality product with every feature release.But, as the saying goes, we’re all only human.A slightly different network configuration here, an older version of a PHP extension or NPM module there, and suddenly the places where code is being tested before launching it to the world aren’t quite perfectly in sync.
Because all developers are special, afterallKubeCon Europe Darling of the OpenStack world Mirantis has continued its march into Kubernetes with a Bring Your Own Distribution support.Mirantis cofounder and marketing boss Boris Renski told The Register in Barcelona this week that developers were, in his mind, generally an opinionated bunch: rather than accept a prepackaged distribution, they instead usually go for something a little more customised and DIY.Local regulations on data and software can also drive devs off the beaten path, and force them to reshape their distro.The result is brownfield installations, typically hosted on-premises, that would not be supported by distro vendors.Mirantis, however, fresh from having to deal with the frequently byzantine world of OpenStack deployments is more than happy to roll in and handle the thankless task of keeping things up and running.
“One of our strategic goals is to deliver rich, on-demand business insights through big data.”Google and Informatica are deepening their partnership to extend functions enabling support for cloud data warehouse management and analytics on marketing data lakes.Informatica is expanding its offering on Google’s cloud platform to include enhanced Google BigQuery support for pushdown optimization that enables its clients to process large workloads within BigQuery.Pushdown optimization moves data transformation processing down into a relational databases.When target data and source data both reside in a relational database, processing can be pushed down into that database.Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) will also be made available to Google Cloud Platform customers allowing them to oversee data integration, data governance and data quality.
This week, Google announced its plans to crack down on misleading advertisements from anti-abortion groups that present themselves as abortion clinics online.Google updated its “Healthcare and medicines” policy after recent allegations that it provided $150,000 in free adverts to an anti-abortion group known for running misleading ads designed to discourage women from terminating their pregnancies.starting in june, ppl looking to advertise abortion services via google search will actually be *required* to disclose if they perform the procedure; this tiny change can cut out potentially hundreds of misleading pro-life crisis center ads https://t.co/VHGEiT5LOZ— shoshana wodinsky (@swodinsky) May 20, 2019In a statement on Google’s support page, it outlined that starting in June 2019, people looking to run ads using keywords in relation to “getting an abortion” will need to be certified as an organization that either “provides abortions or does not provide abortions.”Earlier this month, the Guardian reported that the Southern California-based Obria Group, which runs a network of clinics funded by Catholic organizations, successfully posted ads on Google suggesting that it provides abortion services at its medical clinics — when in fact, it tries to prevent “abortion-minded women” from ending their pregnancies.
At its annual SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that it is adding new features to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.The company began its presentation with the announcement of SharePoint Home Sites which it describes as “employee experiences” that integrate with the mega-menu in SharePoint intranet portals.These landing pages allow employees to share and comment on articles, videos and other internal materials based on their role and permissions either from their desktop or via SharePoint's mobile app's home view.SharePoint Home Sites are connected to the enhanced SharePoint Start Page which was previously known as SharePoint Home.The new Start Page features improved navigation, activity insights across sites, document views and content users have saved for later.Microsoft expands open data push
The US administration is ratcheting up pressure on China’s technology champions amid reports that it is also considering restrictions on the ability of video surveillance group Hikvision to buy American products.The move would likely inflame tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.Coming hot on the heels of US President Donald Trump’s decision to add Huawei to a US trade blacklist, which is threatening to put the Chinese telecoms giant out of business outside of China, it is now looking at similar limits on Hikvision, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.The US Commerce Department may require that American companies obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision, limiting the company’s access to technology that helps power its equipment, according to The New York Times.China has promised to retaliate against American industries.The combination of more traditional surveillance equipment with new technologies like AI, speech monitoring, and genetic testing is helping make monitoring networks increasingly effective – and intrusive.
When the animals can invent new technologies, such as when bacteria produce a new enzyme to dismantle a sleepy component of their broth, then we face a problem.“Through the invention and diffusion of technology, humans alter and expand their niche, redefine resources, and violate population forecasts.”Professor, History, Columbia University, and Director of the Hertog Global Strategy InitiativeWhen people ask “is the world overpopulated,” I always want to ask them: who did you have in mind?If you want to get specific about the things that people really do care about—Is there going to be enough food?And Oxfam came out with a study about four years ago that estimated the world’s richest 1% probably emit 30 times more than the poorest 50% of the planet.
You might not have done an intensive astronaut training course, but NASA still wants you to get involved in its next mission to Mars.The space agency is giving regular people like you and me a chance to send their name -- etched onto a microchip -- on the Mars 2020 mission.Not only that, but if you get your John Hancock etched into the spacecraft that flies to Mars, you'll also rack up "frequent flyer" points and a souvenir boarding pass to show off to your Earth mates.It's part of a campaign to build buzz around NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which is sending a rover to the Red Planet to search for signs of past microbial life, collect samples and study Mars' climate and geology.NASA is also billing the mission as "the initial leg of humanity's first round trip to another planet" so being part of the expedition brings significant bragging rights.NASA has done this kind of thing before with the Orion mission and the InSight mission.
The agency breathlessly speculated this morning that existing airports could develop the capability for spaceplanes to take off and deploy satellites, or send vehicles on sub-orbital jaunts.We, however, would point out that $2m could just about purchase a pokey-looking three bedroom flat in Fitzrovia, London, let alone be used to build the infrastructure and training needed to further Brit ambitions of derring-do outside of the atmosphere.Rather than build actual infrastructure, the money is more likely to disappear into the production of endless PowerPoint presentations or, as the UK Space Agency put it on Wednesday, "help develop ambitious proposals".Still, the UK does have several launch sites in varying states of development.In 2018 Spaceport Cornwall was bravely trumpeting a partnership with Virgin Orbit to bring its LauncherOne to UK shores.LauncherOne consists of a rocket slung beneath an old Virgin Boeing 747, fired at 35,000ft and capable of delivering between 300 to 500kg to orbit.
These are just a few examples of the ugly far-right propaganda and disinformation that has flooded Facebook ahead of parliamentary elections in the European Union this week.As part of its investigation, Avaaz's global network of volunteers reported more than 500 "suspicious" pages and groups to Facebook.The content they spread was viewed 533 million times over the past three months, according to the report.Facebook confirmed that it had taken some accounts and pages down, but did not provide specific numbers.As we have said, we are focused on protecting the integrity of elections across the European Union and around the world," a Facebook spokesperson said.We also took action against pages that repeatedly posted misinformation.
Up until now, we’ve only heard reports of Sony closing up shops in Southeast Asia and the Middle East to name a few markets.Traditionally, Sony has been pretty quiet about its mobile presence in regional markets and it seemed its secrecy will continue now that the business has been swallowed up by a larger Electronics Products & Solutions business.But while it hasn’t exactly named names, a recent corporate strategy presentation confirms which markets Sony’s mobile phones have left and what little remains of its focus regions.Long story short, Sony is now only going to focus on Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Europe.It has long exited the US market and doesn’t seem to be interested at all in Russia and China.Sony’s map, however, also reveals countries it has defocused.