RIP Loon, Google’s balloon-based cellular network

The balloons used solar energy to power their on-board systems, but had no engines. (Project Loon/) It always seemed like an idea that was cool, far-fetched, and possibly helpful: Balloons, high above the earth, sending cell signals to people down below. The giant polyethylene flying machines could transmit LTE signals to people in disaster zones […]

Study shows how network of marine protected areas could help safeguard Antarctic penguins

New research led by BirdLife International, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and British Antarctic Survey highlights how a proposed network of marine protected areas could help safeguard some of the most important areas at sea for breeding Antarctic penguins. The findings, published today in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, show that if all […]

Network Connects Indigenous Knowledges in the Arctic and U.S. Southwest

On one level, the Arctic and the U.S. Southwest have little in common: One has kilometers of bone-chilling temperatures, ice, and months of darkness; the other has towering cliffs of red rock, parched soil, and broiling summers. But Indigenous Peoples in each region face similar challenges to food resilience and sovereignty. Because of […]

Researchers invent an optical convolutional neural network accelerator for machine learning — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the George Washington University, together with researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the deep-tech venture startup Optelligence LLC, have developed an optical convolutional neural network accelerator capable of processing large amounts of information, on the order of petabytes, per second. This innovation, which harnesses the massive parallelism of light, heralds […]

Network model for implicit measures of attitudes

Credit: Alina Grubnyak/Unsplash Our attitudes are composed of an interacting constellation of feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, and these elements can be in conflict with each other. For instance, a person might believe in principles like justice and equality while simultaneously harboring negative feelings toward a minority group. Building on a network theory of human attitudes, […]

Secrets behind ‘Game of Thrones’ unveiled by data science and network theory

What are the secrets behind one of the most successful fantasy series of all time? How has a story as complex as “Game of Thrones” enthralled the world and how does it compare to other narratives? Researchers from five universities across the UK and Ireland came together to unravel “A Song of Ice and Fire”, […]

Wildfires Threaten West Coast’s Seismic Network

As climate change increases the threat of wildfires, U.S. states are battling historic blazes. On the West Coast, the fires have put at risk several hundred seismic stations tasked with protecting citizens from earthquakes—nonseasonal but ever present scourges. The network of seismic stations inform ShakeAlert, an earthquake early-warning system designed to give people […]

Ethernet and a mesh network will permanently solve your WiFi issues

Wires are the solution to your wireless problems. Ironic. (Markus Spiske / Unsplash/) Working from home has many challenges, but there’s one that people everywhere, regardless of their setup, keep facing over and over again: slow, spotty Wi-Fi. If sprucing up your home network has not stopped your connection from snailing, or solved the dead […]