The Kilogram Standard Is Changing
It's like taking a physics class in high school for many of us: Trying to understand the concept of mass and weight – and electromagnetism – as we try to grasp the way a kilogram is defined.
Yes, the kilogram is in question. Since 1889, the standard for 1 kilogram of weight has been the Le Grand K bar in a Paris vault. Currently, the kilogram is defined by the weight of the platinum-based ingot. It has been the basis of the international system of measuring weights. Several replicas were made and distributed around the globe.
Sophia The Robot Connects With People Emotionally
That robots can perform complicated movements with elegance is well known.
But how about a robot that can cry, laugh, and frown just like us?
Enter Sophia, a robot whose widespread appeal lies not in big, dramatic actions (her torso is often fixed to a rolling base), but rather an uncanny humanoid appearance, coupled with the ability to express emotions,
Mice Grown From Parents Of Same Gender
It takes two parents of different genders to make a mammalian baby, right? Wrong. Scientists in China have bred healthy mice from two mothers using a gene-editing technology. This is a significant feat as scientists study mammalian reproduction, but carries with it ethical and safety questions.
IBM Buys Red Hat In $34 Billion Deal
IBM is buying open-source software company Red Hat in a $34 billion deal, one of the biggest deals this year. The puchase could change the face of the cloud computing industry.
16most significant tech acquisition of 2018
38The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market
Genetic Link In Addiction Found
Scientists have now discovered a clue to why some people are more prone to addiction than others. An ancient retrovirus that dates back earlier than modern humans may explain why people suffer from addiction, they have said.
Retroviruses are viruses that can inject their DNA into the genome of the host.
The Meter: How A Measure Came To Be
“Measurement is one of the most banal and ordinary things, but it’s actually the things we take for granted that are the most interesting and have such contentious histories,” said Dr Ken Alder, history professor at Northwestern University and author of The Measure of All Things, a book about the creation of the metre.
Does It Work Or Does It Not? Welcome To Placebo Buttons
The world is full of buttons that don't function,
47placebo buttons48illusion of control.49
56They do have a psychological effect
Placebo buttons, like the pedestrian crosswalk button or the thermostat in a hotel room, are found in all big cities of the world.
New iPhone Xs, Features For Smartphones Expected At Apple Event
Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to announce a new set of iPhone Xs on Wednesday at the company's annual product launch ahead of the holiday shopping season.
26unprecedented number of leaks27have a pretty good idea of what to expect when Tim Cook heads out on stage on Wednesday
Twitter Not To Ban InfoWars And Alex Jones
The CEO of Twitter says it will not ban InfoWars or its founder Alex Jones because their accounts do not violate the social media platform's rules.
A number of tech giants, including YouTube and Facebook, deleted the right-wing conspiracy theorist's content this week, citing hate speech.
Jones has accused the platforms of unfair censorship of his accounts.
WhatsApp Sets New Rules To Curb Rumors In India
WhatsApp has said it will limit how many times messages can be forwarded in India, to curb the spread of false information on its platform.
The announcement comes after a spate of mob lynchings were linked to messages that circulated on WhatsApp groups, report the
Developers Anxious Over New Facebook Policies
As Facebook's annual developers' conference is on, many developers seem unhappy about the state of Facebook since the data breach scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook's F8 conference is shaping up to be the biggest Facebook event ever, with 5,000 developers flying in from around the world.