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What Big Banks Can Learn From Bitcoin's Technology

What Big Banks Can Learn From Bitcoin's Technology

Big banks just don't seem to be getting behind the rise of virtual currencies. With an average gain of $200 billion a year, it's easy to see why they wouldn't be jumping at the idea of changing an old and tested method for a newer one, that the majority of people don't completely understand. However, they can learn from the successes and failures of Bitcoin's technology and use it to give answers to questions they've had for a long time now.

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/baininsights/2016/09/09/what-big-banks-can-learn-from-bitcoins-technology/?ss=tech#47e8cf681ecb

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New Drug Target for Increasing Social Interaction in Autism

New Drug Target for Increasing Social Interaction in Autism

A new drug target that has the potential to treat the social interaction deficits of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been identified at the University of Pennsylvania. This new discovery can help scientists better understand the causes and brain changes in autism.

Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-mouse-potential-drug-social-interaction.html
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Neural Training Can Alter Opinions of Faces

Neural Training Can Alter Opinions of Faces

A recent study managed to change subjects' opinions on faces from neutral to positive and negative alike through brain training. This new technique, once fully developed, can be used in helping with traumatic experiences and treating disorders such as depression.

Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/brain-training-can-alter-opinions-faces?tgt=nr
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New Brain Circuit Identified for the Sleep-Wake Cycle

New Brain Circuit Identified for the Sleep-Wake Cycle

Scientists and researchers at Stanford University have identified a brain circuit which vital to the sleep-wake cycle. The identified circuit has a key role within our reward system; that's why every time we wake up, we're excited for the day and how we know not to look for food when we sleep. This new finding can lead to more discovery in psychiatry disorders, which are characterized by sleep-wake cycle disturbances. 

Source:  http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-brain-circuit-sleep-wake-states-sleep-preparation.html

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For some start-ups, Labor Day Weekend is Every Weekend

For some start-ups, Labor Day Weekend is Every Weekend

Silicon Valley is known to be the valley of productivity for startups and major tech companies. What's their secret? Well, many companies vouch that their employees know how to relax. Most tech start-ups and major companies allow for three (sometimes four)day weekends. So while relaxing on this long weekend, think about the possibilities for your future and seeing yourself playing hard and playing hard with a career in tech! 

Article(Source): https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemlee/three-day-weekends?utm_term=.ndm7ZDnze#.aqZJeG065

Photo Source: By David.Monniaux (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Retail Brands are Hiring Women to be apart of the Tech Teams

Retail Brands are Hiring Women to be apart of the Tech Teams

In the world of retail, women account for approximately 70%-80% of all consumerism. Therefore, top retail companies are aiming to hire more women to apart of their tech teams. Brands who cater to women, such as Kate Spade and Sephora, have joined with "Girls Who Code" as a part of their summer immersion program.

Article(Source):http://www.forbes.com/sites/haniyarae/2016/09/02/retail-women-tech/#66f10a7e184a

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How Changing Your Definition Of Success Makes You Successful

How Changing Your Definition Of Success Makes You Successful

Don't let labels, or gender norms, or other people obstruct your desires. It's important to follow the path you want, and feel confident in the choices you make. This is not only a lesson for STEM or your future career, but also for the rest of your life Find what makes you happy, and strive as hard as possible to turn that passion into every facet of every day.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/celinnedacosta/2016/08/31/how-changing-your-definition-of-success-makes-you-successful/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=559173764&utm_campaign=sprinklrForbesWoman#54948e6333e7

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10 Haiku Inspired by Facebook's Terrible New Trending News Algorithm

10 Haiku Inspired by Facebook's Terrible New Trending News Algorithm

Facebook fired its entire human trending team and replaced them with an algorithm that has failed miserably. After Microsoft released "Tay," a bot that was supposed to simulate a teenage girl's speech patterns turned into a racist, homophobic, fascist (completely true, and completely horrible), Facebook's trending services pulled up many NSFW topics, but the results are so laughably awful to go unnoticed. This is why humans still have use.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/gallery/10-haiku-inspired-by-facebooks-terrible-new-trending-news-algorithm/

 

New look at how water surface area has changed over the past 30 years

New look at how water surface area has changed over the past 30 years

A Dutch team of researches have created a system to measure the Earth's change in water surface area. Their finding showed some construction that weren't declared (a dam in North Korea) and others than weren't realized (Lake Mead is drying up, bad news for California). The system is designed to diagnose and not treat, but that doesn't take away from the utility of the tool.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-surface-area-years.html

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Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive

Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive

Google knows everything about your past. It knows the location of your previous vacations, the questions you orate, and the pitch of your voice. It's a little creepy.

If you are slightly paranoid, you have good reason. Fortunately, you can delete your Google history by reaching www.history.google.com, which has all your random questions, and choosing which items you want Google to delete. Or, you can listen to how your younger self sounded and complain about much higher your voice was.

Source: http://qz.com/526545/googles-been-quietly-recording-your-voice-heres-how-to-listen-to-and-delete-the-archive/

Alison Brie Lands Starring Role in Jenji Kohan’s Netflix Wrestling Comedy ‘G.L.O.W.’

Alison Brie Lands Starring Role in Jenji Kohan’s Netflix Wrestling Comedy ‘G.L.O.W.’

Alison Brie, who voiced Unikitty in The Lego Movie, will know lead in a comedy about female wrestlers in the 1980's called G.L.O.W. (for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). Female comedians have been on the rise recently, with movies such as Ghostbusters, among others. No word yet on when the series will be released.

Source: http://www.indiewire.com/2016/08/alison-brie-jenji-kohan-netflix-wrestling-comedy-glow-1201721204/

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SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship splashes down in Pacific

SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship splashes down in Pacific

This is a good thing! Nobody was injured in the splash because this drop was an unmanned mission to provide goods from the International Space Station back to Earth. Additionally, miscellaneous tests were conducted on Dragon, mainly involving cell reaction to spatial conditions.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-spacex-dragon-cargo-ship-splashes.html

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For law enforcement, the rule must be no implementation without representation

For law enforcement, the rule must be no implementation without representation

Privacy for Americans is a fallacy. Plenty of spyware is employed on regular citizens by federal, state, and municipal governments to track practically everything and anything. Devin Coldewey writes a very pertinent and clear op-ed on the depravity of espionage on unsuspecting people within the U.S. borders. I highly suggest reading his take.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/29/for-law-enforcement-the-rule-must-be-no-implementation-without-representation/

Microsoft teases what looks like a black Surface Book 2

Microsoft teases what looks like a black Surface Book 2

Microsoft leaked a picture of an unnamed black, sleek looking device on its Instagram.  Speculation is that the picture models part of the Surface Book 2, with a slimmer hinge that differentiated and popularized the original Surface design. Still, this is more preliminary buzz than ready to release product.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/29/microsoft-teases-what-looks-like-a-black-surface-book-2/

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Japan scientists detect rare, deep-Earth tremor

Japan scientists detect rare, deep-Earth tremor

Earthquakes are impossible to predict, but a team from Japan located a tremor deep inside Earth and are saying the shake is related to a storm. The ocean floor between Greenland and Iceland was hit especially hard, causing the tremor. The waves scientists detected were S waves (there are two types of waves when discussing earthquakes: P-waves and S-waves) and S waves are much more faint. Hopefully this discovery makes tracking what occurs inside Earth simpler.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-japan-scientists-rare-deep-earth-tremor.html

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Cool nerve cells help mice beat heat

Cool nerve cells help mice beat heat

Scientists have made a fascinating discovery: through nerve cells in the hypothalamus mice are able to regulate their body temperatures, and save on their heating and air conditioning bills. These nerve cells contain a protein called TRPM2, which responded to heat after a battery of tests scientists performed. When mice with the protein and without the protein were subjected to heat, those with TRPM2 maintained a cooler temperature by 1 degree Celsius. Expect scientists to conduct more research on this in the future.

Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cool-nerve-cells-help-mice-beat-heat?tgt=nr

Startups will overtake enterprises in the new AI ecosystem

Startups will overtake enterprises in the new AI ecosystem

As AI's capabilities increase, the ability for computers to perform automatic tasks also increases. Everybody has access to high speed technology, allowing startup hopefuls to research, plan, and create a website with almost no effort.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/27/startups-will-overtake-enterprises-in-the-new-ai-ecosystem/

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