How to watch gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics — the finals are free to stream on Peacock

  Summary List Placement Gymnastics are one of the most anticipated events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Qualification subdivisions start on July 23 and the last gymnastics final is on August 3. Coverage will be rebroadcast during primetime on NBC and you can stream select events live on Peacock for free. Women will compete on four apparatuses: balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars, and vault. Men will compete on six apparatuses: floor exercise, horizontal bar, parallel bars, pommel horse, rings, and vault. On Team USA, Simon Biles is looking to repeat her successful performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she won four gold medals and one bronze medal. If… Read More

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SpaceX to launch the Europa Clipper mission for a bargain price

NASA has selected SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to launch the Europa Clipper, the first mission to conduct detailed reconnaissance of this Jovian moon. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] After years of speculation, NASA officially announced Friday that SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy would launch arguably the space agency’s most important Solar System exploration mission of the 2020s— Source:: Ars Technica       

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Resurfaced video shows Activision Blizzard execs on panel that joked about over-sexualized female characters

Summary List Placement A video showing Activision Blizzard executives joking about over-sexualized female video game characters resurfaced this week after California sued the company, accusing the gaming giant of having a “frat boy” culture where women were routinely harassed. The video, from 2010, shows a woman asking the executives at a panel about female characters in the online game “World of Warcraft.” “I love the fact that you have a lot of very strong female characters, however, I was wondering if we could have some that don’t look like they’ve stepped out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog?” the woman asked. The panel, made up of all men, laughed and asked… Read More

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Researchers demonstrate that malware can be hidden inside AI models

Enlarge / This photo has a job application for Boston University hidden within it. The technique introduced by Wang, Liu, and Cui could hide data inside an image classifier rather than just an image. (credit: Keith McDuffy CC-BY 2.0) Researchers Zhi Wang, Chaoge Liu, and Xiang Cui published a paper last Monday demonstrating a new technique for slipping malware past automated detection tools—in this case, by hiding it inside a neural network. The three embedded 36.9MiB of malware into a 178MiB AlexNet model without significantly altering the function of the model itself. The malware-embedded model classified images with near-identical accuracy, within 1% of the malware-free model. (This is possible because the number… Read More

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Extra Crunch roundup: finding GTM, China’s edtech clampdown and how to define growth

Image Credits: Lucas Knappe/EyeEm (opens in a new window)/ Getty Images Few startups go to market with the exact product their founders first envisioned. Today, Tractable is known for developing tech that allows drivers to upload photos of their vehicles after a collision so its AI can assess the damage. Its first paying customer, however, used Tractable to inspect plastic pipe welds. And as fate would have it, that customer also fired them just as the founders were raising their first round. “We struck gold with car insurance,” says co-founder Alex Dalyac, as it was “a huge and inefficient market in desperate need of modernization.” In an Extra Crunch guest post, he shares… Read More

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Extra Crunch roundup: finding GTM, China’s edtech clampdown and how to define growth

Image Credits: Lucas Knappe/EyeEm (opens in a new window)/ Getty Images Few startups go to market with the exact product their founders first envisioned. Today, Tractable is known for developing tech that allows drivers to upload photos of their vehicles after a collision so its AI can assess the damage. Its first paying customer, however, used Tractable to inspect plastic pipe welds. And as fate would have it, that customer also fired them just as the founders were raising their first round. “We struck gold with car insurance,” says co-founder Alex Dalyac, as it was “a huge and inefficient market in desperate need of modernization.” In an Extra Crunch guest post, he shares… Read More

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Ever forget stuff? You may have Alzheimer’s, says maker of $56K Alzheimer’s drug

Enlarge / The exterior of the headquarters of biotechnology company Biogen in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (credit: Getty | Boston Globe) Do you ever forget things, like a doctor’s appointment or a lunch date? Do you sometimes struggle to think of the right word for something common? Do you ever feel more anxious or irritable than you typically do? Do you ever feel overwhelmed when trying to make a decision? If you answered “no, never” to all of those questions, there’s a possibility that you may not actually be human. Nevertheless, you should still talk to a doctor about additional cognitive screenings to check if you have Alzheimer’s disease. At least, that’s… Read More

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NASA’s Europa Clipper will fly on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy

Image: NASA NASA’s Europa Clipper will start its journey to Jupiter’s icy moon aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket built by SpaceX. NASA will pay SpaceX $178 million to launch the vehicle in October 2024. The Europa Clipper got the green light from NASA in 2015. It will fly by the moon 45 times, providing researchers with a tantalizing look at the icy world, believed to have an ocean lurking under its icy crust. The Clipper is equipped with instruments that will help scientists figure out if the moon could support life. For years, the Clipper was legally obligated to launch on NASA’s long-delayed Space Launch System (SLS). But with the… Read More

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Pro tips from the team behind Kickstarter’s most funded app

Alex Ruzh Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Ruzh is the CEO and co-founder of memoryOS, an edtech startup developing AI-powered gamified software teaching people how to remember anything. Here at memoryOS, we have a saying we repeat often: “Most of the Kickstarter happens before the actual Kickstarter.” Preparation is the key. But even if you understand that most of the work is done in advance, you should still prepare yourself for some sleepless nights after the launch date. The usual startup mantra will apply to your crowdfunding campaign just as well: Measure, analyze and adjust along the way. As you may know, crowdfunding fits some B2C products better than it… Read More

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Pro tips from the team behind Kickstarter’s most funded app

Alex Ruzh Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Ruzh is the CEO and co-founder of memoryOS, an edtech startup developing AI-powered gamified software teaching people how to remember anything. Here at memoryOS, we have a saying we repeat often: “Most of the Kickstarter happens before the actual Kickstarter.” Preparation is the key. But even if you understand that most of the work is done in advance, you should still prepare yourself for some sleepless nights after the launch date. The usual startup mantra will apply to your crowdfunding campaign just as well: Measure, analyze and adjust along the way. As you may know, crowdfunding fits some B2C products better than it… Read More

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Here’s what you’ll find inside a turtle’s shell

Summary List Placement Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: A turtle’s shell is as much a part of its body as our rib cage is of ours. In fact, it is their rib cage, and their spine, and their vertebrae, and their sternum. Basically, a turtle’s skeleton is inside out. And just like you can’t take a skeleton out of a person, right, you can’t take a turtle out of its shell either. But if you could, you’d probably be surprised by what you’d discover. Maria Wojakowski: Here’s the inside of a turtle. Narrator: That’s Maria Wojakowski, a biologist who’s been studying turtle ecology for more than a… Read More

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The 5 best Kindles and e-readers we tested in 2021

Summary List Placement We read novel after novel on several e-readers and Amazon Kindles to find the best e-readers at every price point. A few page-turners later, we found that the Amazon Kindle Oasis remains the absolute best e-reader you can buy in 2021. We also recommend more affordable Kindles and e-readers from Kobo, Amazon’s main competitor. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky To a bookworm, there is no greater pleasure in life than diving into a good book. Although many people still prefer paperbacks, there are those who simply prefer ebooks and e-readers. Ebook readers have come quite a long way since Amazon’s first Kindle came out in 2007. They… Read More

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How to watch swimming at the Tokyo Olympics — the qualifying heats begin on July 24

  Summary List Placement Table of Contents: Masthead StickyTV (small) Swimming events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics start on July 24 and continue daily until July 31. Live coverage will be broadcast on NBC and the USA network. The USA team has several strong competitors in women’s and men’s divisions, but all eyes will be on Katie Ledecky when she gets in the water. Ledecky already has an impressive collection of five gold medals and one silver medal coming into the Tokyo Olympics. If she snags three more gold medals in Tokyo, Ledecky will tie swimming legend Jenny Thompson as the winningest female US Olympian of all time. In the… Read More

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