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Meta Trained an AI on 48M Science Papers. It Was Shut Down After 2 Days
Galactica was supposed to help “organize science.” Instead, it spewed misinformation.
In the first year of the pandemic, science happened at light speed. More than 100,000 papers were published on COVID in those first 12 months — an unprecedented human effort read more
The job cuts in tech land are piling up, as companies that led the 10-year stock bull market adapt to a new reality.
Layoffs come as digital advertisers are cutting back on spending and rising inflation curbs consumer spending. Meta cut 11,000 jobs Wednesday in the biggest tech layoff of 2022. Here are the big ones that have been announced recently:
Meta: about 11,000 jobs cut (rightsizing after read more
Frederick E Blaisdell Pencil debuted in the 1800s The pencil was an improvement from grease pencils—all you had to do once the graphite wore out was unwrap up more of the pencil. Blaisdell Pencils were famous among artists and weren’t primarily as durable as the ones today. In some cases, artists blew through 60 pieces per day. Over the years, prominent names made orders for custom read more
In 1915, the Skaggs family owned a small grocery store in American Falls, Idaho. Originally owned by S. M. Skaggs, a Baptist minister, the store was opened to help provide for his family of 15 children. Shortly after the grocery was founded, it was purchased by one of Skaggs’s sons, Marion Barton Skaggs.
Marion Barton Skaggs, or M. B. as he was known, quickly developed an impressive business strategy. read more
The sun put on a happy face during a week full of solar flares and ejections.
Our local star seems to be taking the “sun is smiling down on us” phrase literally. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory snapped a portrait of the sun last week that makes it look like it has two dark eyes, a swirling round nose and a big happy grin.
“Say read more
Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.
The deal’s closing removes a cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Twitter’s business, employees and shareholders for much of the year. Musk appeared to acknowledge the takeover in a tweet Thursday night saying, “the bird is freed.”
Earlier this week, Musk visited Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters to meet with employees. read more
‘Momentous’: Actor Anna May Wong to be first Asian American on U.S. currency
More than 60 years after Anna May Wong became the first Asian American woman to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the pioneering actor has coined another first, quite literally.
For her contribution to read more
Qatar welcomes M-E’s first pandas ahead of World Cup
Qatar is the 20th country in the world that has the giant pandas. The public will have the opportunity to visit the giant panda park at the time of the launch of the World Cup 2022. (Ging Ging) Panda meaning in Chinese language Shining Crystal, is the male panda. It was born on Sep. 19, 2018, it given the read more
Embattled British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced she would step down from office Thursday after just 44 days in office
— making her the UK’s shortest-serving leader ever. The shunned leader has left office with a miserable 10% favorability rating among the British public, according to a recent YouGov poll.
Ricky read more
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope made the Pillars of Creation famous with its first image in 1995, but revisited the scene in 2014 to reveal a sharper, wider view in visible light, shown above at left. A new, near-infrared-light view from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, at right, helps us peer through more of the dust in this star-forming region. The thick, read more
Australia will set aside at least 30% of its land mass for conservation
in a bid to protect plants and animals in the island continent famed for species found nowhere else in the world, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said.
Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent and has one of the worst rates of read more
Floridians are facing devastating scenes after Hurricane Ian, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the U.S., swept across the state.
The storm, which made landfall in southwest Florida as a powerful Category 4 hurricane Wednesday, flooded numerous buildings and streets, ripped off roofs, left people trapped in their homes and knocked out power to millions of read more
Every year, a wonderful event celebrating the beauty of nature and humanity’s connection with it takes place over a weekend in Scotland.
The European “Land Art” Festival and Stone Stacking Championships were held for the fifth time in Dunbar on the shores of Scotland. Organized originally as the “John Muir Stone Stacking Challenge,” taking the name read more
PREDAIA, Italy, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Apple farmers in the north of Italy are using natural refrigerators carved under a hillside to store their harvest in a controlled environment that remains at a constant temperature in all seasons. Three hundred metres beneath their fruit orchards in Predaia, a small town in the Trentino region, the Melinda group has read more