The Risks of Cloud Computing
Relying on the cloud is just so irresistibly efficient. No more printouts, bulky drives or e-mailing documents to myself. Yet it's terrifying to rely on technology more than my own memory, says Jen Wieczner.
Storing swaths of data beyond the physical realm entails certain risks, like losing everything at the whim of an administrator's errant keystroke. Jen Wieczner is wary of cloud computing: "So entrusting my memories and records to Google and Facebook feels like plugging in, a Matrix-like oneness as though I have a USB port in my brain. It feels like a trust fall, or maybe riding in a self-driving car. I'm not the type of sharer whose every move you can track in Facebook status updates or tweets, but I do keep extensive personal annals, a sort of digital scrapbook of my own."
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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