Amazon AWS S3 outage is breaking things for a lot of websites and apps

Amazon AWS S3 outage is breaking things for a lot of websites and apps

Amazon’s S3 web-based storage service is experiencing widespread issues, leading to service that’s either partially or fully broken on websites, apps and devices upon which it relies. The AWS offering provides hosting for images for a lot of sites, and also hosts entire websites, and app backends including Nest.

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AI System Finds Another Game to Dominate Humans

AI System Finds Another Game to Dominate Humans

AI has been quietly invading our lives. From our operating rooms to our roads, and even our homes. Still, we never expected AI to infringe on one thing in particular, our Super Smash Brothers. If you haven’t heard of Super Smash Brothers, do yourself a favor. Super Smash Brothers is a popular video game series spanning multiple generations of gaming consoles. Unlike what we have seen AI do before with professional players in chess, poker, and the ancient game of Go— Super Smash Brothers is a particularly tricky game for AI.

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For the First Time in History Brain-Machine Interfaces Achieve Two-Way Communication

For the First Time in History Brain-Machine Interfaces Achieve Two-Way Communication

A prosthetic limb can recover the lost motor function partially when it is controlled by brain activity directly. This is made possible by decoding neuronal activity that is recorded with electrodes and then translating these into robotic movements. Due to the absence of sensory feedback from the artificial limb, these systems do however suffer from limited precision.

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Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is six feet tall, lifts 100 pounds, and jumps up to four feet

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is six feet tall, lifts 100 pounds, and jumps up to four feet

By now, most of us are familiar with Boston Dynamics’ work. They brought us the terrifying giraffe bot and Spot, the robot dog. The company’s great at bringing us nightmare fuel. Be afraid.

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The Body Orifice Security Scanner is why the rectally smuggled phone is called “Beat the BOSS”

The Body Orifice Security Scanner is why the rectally smuggled phone is called "Beat the BOSS"

When I saw that the cell phone designed for rectal smuggling was called "Beat the Boss," I assumed "The Boss" was a synonym for "The Man," but it turns out it's a reference to a specific product: Xeku's Body Orifice Security Scanner (BOSS), a "hygienic cavity search" chair that scans prisoners for rectal contraband.

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Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on housing. Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open up Germany to people fleeing conflict and persecution has polarised the country and boosted hate crime.

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NASA Wind Tunnel Tests X-Plane Design for Quieter Supersonic Jet

NASA Wind Tunnel Tests X-Plane Design for Quieter Supersonic Jet

Supersonic passenger airplanes are another step closer to reality as NASA and Lockheed Martin begin the first high-speed wind tunnel tests for the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane preliminary design at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The agency is testing a nine percent scale model of Lockheed Martin’s X-plane design in Glenn’s 8’ x 6’ Supersonic Wind Tunnel. During the next eight weeks, engineers will expose the model to wind speeds ranging from Mach 0.3 to Mach 1.6…

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