According to the New York Times, students at the Collège Henri Barbusse near Lyon, France, students participated ina workshop that would teach teenagers how to recognise online misinformation.
The class was part of a novel experiment by a government to work with journalists and educators to combat the spread of online misinformation. France is coordinating one of the world’s largest national media and internet literacy efforts to teach students, starting as early as in middle school, how to spot junk information online.
Since 2015, the French government has increased funding for courses about the downsides of the online world. About 30,000 teachers and other educational professionals receive government training on the subject every year. In some places, the local authorities require young adults to complete an internet literacy course to receive welfare benefits, such as a monthly stipend.
According to The Guardian, the Chinese city of Shenzhen has systematically replaced all its diesel busses with electric ones reducing not just noise but pollution. Taxi cabs are next.
“Typically, more than half of the cost of the bus is subsidised by government,” says Ma. “In terms of operation there is another subsidy: if we run our buses for a distance of more than 60,000km we receive just under 500,000 yuan [£58,000] from local government.” This subsidy is put towards reducing the cost of the bus fares: “The government looks at the public transport very much as social welfare.”
To keep Shenzhen’s electric vehicle fleet running, the city has built around 40,000 charging piles. Shenzhen Bus Company has 180 depots with their own charging facilities installed. One of its major depots in Futian can accommodate around 20 buses at the same time. “Most of the buses we charge…
While Google's CEO claims that its users know how much they are being tracked, The New York Times explains the scale of location tracking behind Android and Apple phones (Apple may claim to be privacy-centric but they make a pretty penny selling your information to third parties). And with Facebook now wanting to predict your movements Vice has one suggestion: delete all your apps.
“Location information can reveal some of the most intimate…
“Voyager has a very special place for us in our heliophysics fleet,” said Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. “Our studies start at the Sun and extend out to everything the solar wind touches. To have the Voyagers sending back information about the edge of the Sun’s influence gives us an unprecedented glimpse of truly uncharted territory.”
While the probes have left the heliosphere, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have not yet left the solar system, and won’t be leaving anytime soon. The boundary of the solar system is considered to be beyond the outer edge of…
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K&J Magnets experiments with replacing the spring in a Pogo Stick with repelling magnets. It kind of works albeit it seems that magnets don't make for good springs.
We receive quite a few questions about replacing compression springs with repelling magnets. Is it possible? Can it be done? What magnets should be used to replace a given spring?
It’s possible, but tricky. Magnets aren’t a one-to-one replacement – magnets behave differently than springs.
Google seems to have beat everyone else to the punch. As of December 5th their autonomous vehicles rolled out and started picking up passengers for a fee. Well, only those part of the Early Riders club. And only in four suburbs of Phoenix. But still, I am sure in no time they will be everywhere. More info here, here, and also here.
Waymo declined to comment on how quickly it plans to open up its service to the rest of us. “We want to understand each step,” Chu said. “How are people responding? How are people feeling? Then, as people are comfortable with that, it means we can broaden out.”
The cars aren’t fully driverless yet: they will include “trained drivers” behind the steering wheel until Waymo decides to pull them…
CNBC brings to attention Flexdrive, a subscription based service that lets you drive a car without the hassle of owning one. The subscription cost, which varies drastically between vehicles, all the associated expenses of owning a car are included — except for gasoline. The article argues that in some cases financing a vehicle may actually be cheaper.
"This is for people who want to have a car in the driveway all the time, but don't want a long-term car loan," said Jose Puente, founder and CEO of flexdrive.
Financial experts and consumer advocates caution that you'll want to pull out your calculator before you abandon car ownership, which they say remains a better deal in most cases.
"This isn't a magic formula that suddenly makes car ownership cheap," said Jack Gillis, executive…
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