Chinese techies created a facial recognition app that can tell one panda from another. According to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, “You no longer need to worry about making the pandas angry by calling them by the wrong name.” Read more about it Washington Post.
For the past five months, Microsoft has been trying to figure out how to spend $500 million to improve Seattle’s homelessness and low- and middle-income housing crisis.
According to Amy Liu, a senior officer for Microsoft Philanthropies, “The learning curve for us has not flattened,” she said. “I keep waiting for it to flatten. We are not affordable housing experts but we also wanted to move forward with something and be part of coming up with some solutions.” Read more about it at GeekWire.
An international law enforcement operation dismantled a cybercrime network that used GozNym malware in an attempt to steal an estimated $100 million from more than 41,000 victims, primarily businesses and their financial institutions. Get the details at Europol.
Two classrooms use Skype and a series of questions to guess each other’s locations. Students can only ask “yes” or “no” questions and whichever class guesses the other’s location first wins. Find out how teachers are using technology to teach geography in the classroom at NPR.
In her new book All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership, Darcy Lockman shows that working mothers typically take care of 66% of the childcare and domestic responsibilities. Perhaps we should celebrate Mother’s Day more often.
Read or listen to the complete author interview at NPR.
With the roof ablaze and threatening to bring the monumental building down, the Paris Fire Brigade withdrew its human firefighters and sent in one of its newest team members, a caterpillar-tracked tank-bot quickly becoming a firefighter’s best friend.
With its help, the firefighters extinguished the blaze and largely saved 850 years of history—and no civilians or firefighters were killed in the process.”
ArsTecnica helps you celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday with geeky gift ideas that will outlive flowers and chocolates. A few ideas include the Apple Watch, Fitbit Versa Lite, and some book recommendations.
it’s never too late to “become” yourself. Aristotle, for example, didn’t fully devote himself to writing and philosophy until he was nearly 50. The average age of founders of high-growth start-ups is 45. Harvard Business Review features a couple of authors that suggest you create a micromotive or a goal tailored to a specific activity that inspires you to bloom.
“The cost of a college education can be gigantic. But lots of times, all that money does little to equip students for right role once they’ve graduated. Too many of them are clueless about how to use their education correctly.” Find out how you can get your kids on the right educational path after high school. Read more advice at Forbes from Lewis Walker, a financial planning and investment strategist at Capital Insight Group.