Month: July 2019

When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches

As open source software grows more popular, and important, developers face an existential question: How to make money from something you give away for free? The Open Source Initiative standards body says an open source license must allow users to view the underlying source code, modify it, and share it as they see fit. Independent…

By NIKESHOE July 31, 2019 0

You Can't Photoshop This Mountain

The epic blue mountain-scape you see above is a composite of hundreds of image layers. But they weren't made with Photoshop—or a digital camera, for that matter. Instead, artist Wu Chi-Tsung turned to analog methods from the past. He drew from both the Western tradition of cyanotype-making, developed by Sir John Herschel in 1842, and…

By NIKESHOE July 30, 2019 0

The Alleged Capital One Hacker Didn't Cover Her Tracks

On Monday, the FBI and the bank Capital One disclosed a data breach of 106 million credit card applications that compromised information like names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth, along with 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 bank account numbers, and some credit scores and transaction data. It's one of the biggest breaches of…

By NIKESHOE July 30, 2019 0

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

In 2010, Emily Whitehead was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of certain cells in the immune system. This is the most common form of childhood cancer, her parents were told, and Emily had a good chance to beat it with chemotherapy. Remission rates for the most common variety were around 85 percent. It…

By NIKESHOE July 29, 2019 0

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

It’s not surprising that quantum physics has a reputation for being weird and counterintuitive. The world we’re living in sure doesn’t feel quantum mechanical. And until the 20th century, everyone assumed that the classical laws of physics devised by Isaac Newton and others—according to which objects have well-defined positions and properties at all times—would work…

By NIKESHOE July 29, 2019 0

Tesla Delivers More Cars—and More Losses

On one hand, Tesla is making and selling cars. Wednesday, the company said it had delivered 95,356 vehicles in the second quarter of 2019, beating its own record of 90,966, from the end of 2018. That’s a year-over-year increase of 134 percent. The figure also beat Wall Street’s prognostications, and seemed to signal that the…

By NIKESHOE July 29, 2019 0