At the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, a team of about a half-dozen technicians analyzes pictures down to their pixels, trying to determine if the faces, hands, clothes or cars of suspects match images collected by investigators from cameras at crime scenes. The unit specializes in visual evidence and facial identification, and its examiners can aid investigations by making images sharper, revealing key details in a crime or ruling out potential suspects. Here be gadgets Not here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged. Here But the work of image examiners has never had a strong scientific foundation, and the FBI’s endorsement of the unit’s findings as trial evidence troubles many experts and raises anew questions about the role of the FBI Laboratory as a standard-setter in forensic science. FBI examiners have tied defendants to crime pictures in thousands of cases over the past half-century using unproven techniques, at times giving jurors baseless … [Read more...] about The FBI says its photo analysis is scientific evidence. Scientists disagree.
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caption LionTree’s Aryeh B. Bourkoff shared his 2018 reading list in a memo to staff. source LionTree One of tech and media’s biggest bankers, Aryeh B. Bourkoff, shared his 2018 reading list in a memo to staff. Bourkoff’s reading list is filled with business books on management and investment strategy, as well as a few on tech trends. But there’s also quite a bit of history and one piece of fiction. Here’s what Bourkoff read. Every year, prominent figures in the tech industry release their predictions for what they see coming in 2019. Aryeh B. Bourkoff, the tech, media, and telecom banker who founded LionTree Advisors, is one of those figures. At the end of December, Bourkoff sent a letter to his staff outlining the trends he anticipates as having a huge impact on the work he and his team does in the upcoming year. This year, that’s all against the backdrop of ongoing market volatility, which means bankers need to stay … [Read more...] about One of tech and media’s most influential investment bankers shares the 21 books that he read in 2018
If you haven’t spent your life reading comic books, they can seem weird. Like any medium, like movies or books or podcasts, comics have their own informational syntax. The pairing of static images with cartoon indicators of motion, typographically distinct onomatopoeic sound effects, enbubbled words for dialog—you have to learn to digest all that. After the basic architecture come more subtle cues. Time doesn’t always move at the same speed within a frame, or in the gutters between frames, as comics creator Scott McCloud has written. A single frame can last an hour or a nanosecond, and in that time the Flash can run across a county. A 3⁄16-inch gutter can separate frames by instants or millennia. Superheroes wear primary colors; villains wear secondaries or tertiaries. Splatters of black dots mean crackling energy. Words in round bubbles with pointers are speech; words in cloudlike bubbles connected by circles are thoughts. As in video, an image can convey a … [Read more...] about Stan Lee Unleashed the Heroic Power of the Outcast
When Charles Darwin articulated his theory of evolution by natural selection in On the Origin of Species in 1859, he focused on adaptations—the changes that enable organisms to survive in new or changing environments. Selection for favorable adaptations, he suggested, allowed ancient ancestral forms to gradually diversify into countless species. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. That concept was so powerful that we might assume evolution is all about adaptation. So it can be surprising to learn that for half a century, a prevailing view in scholarly circles has been that it’s not. Selection isn’t in doubt, but many scientists have argued that most evolutionary changes appear at the level of the … [Read more...] about The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes
Opening day of the 2018 R&D 100 Conference continues this afternoon, Thursday, Nov. 15, with a focus on how to best utilize up-and-coming technology to further R&D, as well as the strategies needed to transform R&D efforts into real-world innovations. The day’s events will conclude with an exclusive preview of R&D Magazine’s 2019 Global R&D Funding Forecast. The fourth annual 2018 R&D 100 Conference is taking place at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Orlando, Florida, culminating in the R&D 100 Awards gala event on the evening of Nov. 16. The afternoon portion of conference day one kicks off with a special event—the Tech Scout Relay Panel (1:15 - 2:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom)—which feature technology transfer experts discussing the identification, channeling and leveraging of emerging technologies into business opportunities to deliver organic growth, initiate spin-off companies and support open innovation The panel includes George Gibson, … [Read more...] about 2018 R&D 100 Conference Continues With Focus on Tech Scouting, Big Data, and R&D Spending Trends