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DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority.
A Twitter Inc. spokeswoman said Tuesday that the company is experimenting with ad load, the industry term used to describe the frequency that users see advertisements. As a result, some people are getting more ads in their Twitter feed than usual. Some journalists first noticed and started tweeting about seeing more ads on Twitter earlier this week.
Breathing in toxic fumes every day is bad for you, and when you take those fumes away, you feel better. That's the gist of a new study published in JAMA, which came to the rather obvious conclusion that kids in Los Angeles exhibited elevated risk of developing asthma because the city used to sit in a massive cloud of car exhaust.The research, which is actually rather interesting despite seeming a bit obvious, suggests that smog levels in Los Angeles had a direct correlation with the number of cases of childhood asthma. Using data gathered from 1993 through 2014, the paper points to improved air quality levels in a number of communities as being the reason for an overall decrease in the number of asthma cases documented by area doctors.From the early 1990s through the early 2010s, Los Angeles has seen a significant improvement in air quality. It's still not great, but the researchers estimate a decrease in harmful pollutants like nitrogen dioxide (from car exhaust) of up to 20 percent depending on the specific area of the city. Remarkably, this is also roughly the same percentage of decrease in the number of new asthma cases in L.A. children being diagnosed by doctors in those specific areas.It's worth noting that not all communities in the city experienced the same improvement in air quality. However, using data from three different multi-year time windows, the researchers were able to link the changes in asthma rates with improvements in air quality in the surrounding regions, making it abundantly clear that air pollution levels are a major contributing factor in respiratory health in children."There's been a concerted effort in California over the period of this study to reduce motor vehicle emissions in general and diesel emissions in particular," John Balmes, professor of environmental health at UC San Francisco, told NPR. "And I think this study shows that it's paying off."
General Motors Is Getting Tesla-Style Over-the-Air Updates Thanks to New, Way Faster Electrical Architecture
“We’re all going to suffer in this industry if we don’t get this thing resolved,’’ said Tom Caulfield, chief executive officer of Globalfoundries Inc., the largest U.S. contract manufacturer of chips. The presidential order banning the sale of U.S. technology to Huawei provides a clear illustration of just how interconnected the global supply chain has become -- it’s almost impossible to avoid hurting domestic companies in the process of pressuring their Chinese customers and rivals.
Millions of Huawei smartphone owners around the world are suddenly interested in the trade war between China and the U.S. Huawei phones aren’t that popular in the U.S., but they are widely used almost everywhere else.
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - May 21, 2019) - Los Andes Copper Ltd. (TSXV: LA) ("Los Andes", or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Fernando Porcile to the Board of Directors of the Company and to serve as Executive Chairman. His primary role will be to apply his formidable international project experience to take the company through the development stage of its Vizcachitas copper project.Fernando Porcile Mr. Porcile has over ...
Science fiction has taught us to fear the inevitable rise of digital brains, and while it's true that handing too much power to machines of our own creation could end badly, AI is proving itself to be an incredible tool for improving lives. The New York Times reports that one such AI, built by Google, is doing some very impressive things.In a new research paper, an algorithm developed in a partnership between Google and medical professionals has demonstrated its incredible accuracy at detecting lung cancer. The paper, published in Nature Medicine, reveals that the AI is, in some ways, even more accurate than trained radiologists at spotting the telltale signs of cancer in medical scans.Like several other deep learning algorithms tested for use in medical fields, the computer brain in this study was trained using scans from past lung cancer screenings. Then it was tasked with judging over 6,700 cancer screening scans to see just how accurately it could spot cancer that doctors already knew was present. It achieved an impressive 94.4% accuracy in this round of testing.The algorithm was then pitted against the human brains of six radiologists to see how skilled both the computer and the humans were at detecting cancer in slides they had never seen before.In screening data sets where additional supplemental information in the form of tomography scans was available for the radiologists, the computer performed similarly to the professionals. However, in cases where the additional tomography data was not available, the AI handily bested its human counterparts, outperforming all six of them with 11 percent fewer false positives and 5 percent fewer false negatives.This may sound like bad news for human doctors, but the point here isn't to replace professionals with ultra-smart computers. With something as serious as a cancer screening, doctors will always be a part of the equation. However, by combining the experience of a human doctor with the brains of a deep learning algorithm, it's likely that fewer errors in diagnosis will be made, resulting in better overall quality of life for all of us.
U.N. Libya envoy Ghassan Salame did not name any countries supplying arms to the U.N.-recognized government of national accord (GNA) or rival eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA). Libya has been subject to a U.N. arms embargo since 2011, however the government is allowed to import weapons and related materiel with the approval of a U.N. Security Council committee.
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