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The 'blob': Paris zoo unveils unusual organism which can heal itself and has 720 sexes

  • Meet the "blob," an unusual organism which will go on display to the public on Saturday at the Paris Zoological Park, as part of a first-of-its-kind exhibition intended to showcase its rare abilities.
  • And it can also split into different organisms and then fuse back together, according to the a press release from the Zoological Park.
  • A year later, it was able to remember that behavior, according to her research.
  • It is also capable of solving problems, such as finding the shortest way to exit a labyrinth and anticipating changes in its environment, according to scientific researchers at the Zoological Park.
  • Scientists initially grew the blob in petri dishes, feeding it oatmeal, its favorite food, according to a video published by the Zoological Park.

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The Warren Buffett Effect: Jim Cramer Joins Billionaire’s BoA Bandwagon

  • CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer proved that the Warren Buffett effect is alive and kicking on Wednesday evening.
  • The bombastic money manager cited billionaire Buffett’s plans to increase his investment in Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) as one of a multitude of reasons to buy big banking stocks.
  • It was headline-grabbing news on Tuesday when Bloomberg reported that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway was planning to increase its already sizeable stake in Bank of America.
  • Jim is particularly enamored with Warren Buffett’s beloved Bank of America stock (BAC) because of its focus on consumer banking.
  • In the event of a prominent slowdown, a lot of the money-losing tech stocks would be the first to lose their shirt, and capital would theoretically seek out Buffett’s armada of low growth, highly stable companies.

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TikTok jumps into eLearning market with EduTok in India

  • Short video creation platform TikTok has entered the eLearning market in India with the #EduTok program.
  • Under the program, the Bytedance-owned company will launch an original educational show aimed at fitness enthusiasts, and push an educational show and push learning videos in partnership with educational institutes.
  • The company claimed creators have made over 10 million videos tagged #EduTok, with over 48 billion views in total.
  • Today, it announced new tie-ups with more eLearning institutes such as Toppr, Made Easy, and GradeUp. TikTok has also partnered with Josh Talks, a media platform, and The/Nudge Foundation, a non-profit focused on education and poverty to educate 5,000 young creators.
  • Last July, YouTube launched its learning program to boost education-related videos.
  • TikTok, with over 200 million users in India, wants to diversify from merely surfacing entertaining content, and entering the burgeoning eLearning space, which is slated to grow to nearly $2 billion by 2021.

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Scientists pinpoint neural activity's role in human longevity

  • The brain’s neural activity – long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy – also plays a role in human aging and life span, according to research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.
  • The study is based on findings from human brains, mice and worms and suggests that excessive activity in the brain is linked to shorter life spans, while suppressing such overactivity extends life.
  • The key in this signaling cascade appears to be a protein called repressor element 1-silencing transcription (REST), previously shown[2] by the Yankner Lab to protect aging brains from dementia and other stresses.
  • Immediately, a striking difference appeared between the older and younger study participants, said Yankner: The longest-lived people, those over 85, had lower expression of genes related to neural excitation than those who died between the ages of 60 and 80.

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Guitar Machine

  • It is a “smart” or robotic attachment for a guitar that allows a human artist and a robot to share the act of playing the instrument.
  • Unlike many other automated instruments, Guitar Machine is not designed to replace the musician.
  • The hammering, bowing, tremolo picking, or electrically driven actuator components are controlled by the musician herself as an extension of her fingertips, merging the very natural human process of playing music with the computational power of machines.
  • A number of musicians have tried Guitar Machine, from music professors to jazz students, through sound effects designers, and more.
  • During those trials, I and my collaborator Abhinandan found that the robot helped them explore alternative sonic and musical spaces, effectively train complex musical patterns on the guitar, or even improvise along with the instruments.
  • The Guitar Machine not only showcases future applications for computation and robotics in creative domains.

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Apple IIa – ROM for the Apple IIe That Compiles Basic (2018)

  • By the time I got ZBasic I had been writing code in BASIC on my TRS-80 Model III for a few years.
  • After my friend Brad Grantham wrote an Apple IIe emulator, the thought trickled into my head that I could implement an alternative history where BASIC programmers could actually write decent video games.
  • I ran out of room after implementing most of BASIC, having to leave out floating point and string support.
  • Of course a real ROM would need these, and I don't know whether re-implementing the compiler in assembly would free up enough room for them.
  • I'm okay leaving floating point out of my implementation because any program that used it would see a much smaller speed-up from compilation.
  • Also, the original ROM BASIC didn't have floating point and people were able to write video games just fine.

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DejaVu: Caching versus Memoization

  • The main problem was “tearing” - a coexistence of different time slices in a one render(output) - some component might see the new State, while others might still see the old.
  • Problem with PUSH - if there is more than one change - consumer might be called more than one time, causing temporary inconsistencies as well as DejaVu. Caching versus Memoization - we are deriving data, one from each other, in a synchronous way, which is a PULL pattern, and the result is free from the problems above.
  • With different hooks updating independently you may, and will get temporary inconsistencies within a single component, leading to the (temporary)undefined behavior or even (temporary) broken state.
  • I was quite pathetic​ in my attempts to solve some state problems with hooks, until I've accepted - there no is such thing as an ideal tool.

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My Career Story

  • When I announced that I wanted to go to college for computer science my family responded with “what else would you take?” It wasn’t until years after working in tech that I realized that this is not an experience that most young women share.
  • For the next 2 years, I spoke at meetups and local events, taught myself as much as I could, and worked in application security helping developers make more secure apps.
  • I learned that software developers had a lot of aches and pains in regards to security that I had also felt when I was a developer, and especially during my work in incident response and AppSec. My goal in being a developer and cloud advocate was to help push the industry forward, and to help people create more secure software, everywhere.

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Angry commuters clash with climate protesters disrupting London travel during peak rush hour

  • Four people have been arrested so far due to the "obstruction incidents at Stratford and Canning Town," according to the British Transport Police (BPT).
  • The Jubilee line, meanwhile, is experiencing widespread delays due to "a customer incident," according to the Transport for London site.
  • Just this week, London became the first city to prohibit Extinction Rebellion from staging protests.
  • Police cleared activists from makeshift camps in Trafalgar Square and other sites in London, where Extinction Rebellion has congregated since its "International Rebellion" protest began last week.
  • Extinction Rebellion decried the London ban as "erosion of democracy," and called for greater attention to the climate crisis as hand.
  • The day after the ban was announced, the movement's co-founder, Gail Bradbrook, climbed atop the entrance of the UK Department of Transport while other activists glued themselves to the building below.

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Universal is using Alibaba technology to try and beat Disney in China

  • Hong Kong (CNN Business) - Universal has teamed up with tech giant Alibaba, a move that could be a big boost to the entertainment company's efforts to lure Chinese costumers to its upcoming Beijing theme park.
  • Visitors to the Beijing theme park -- set to open in 2021 -- will be able to use Alipay's facial recognition technology to enter, pay for meals and merchandise, and rent lockers at the park.
  • Universal Beijing visitors will also be able to use Alibaba's food delivery platform, Koubei, to get food and drink recommendations and order meals at the park online to avoid waiting in line.
  • Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin wanted to crush Disney's business in China with his own theme parks.

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