Craig Newmark started Craigslist in 1995 as an email list to friends about happenings in the San Francisco Bay Area. With billions of page views a month and an estimated revenue of more than $1 billion in 2018, Craigslist holds onto its original, old-school design. Read more about it at NPR.
“Things looked grim for Dymka, a cat found by a passerby on the side of a road in Novokuznetsk, a city in southwestern Siberia.
But thanks thanks to some quick and innovative thinking, a team of veterinarians and researchers from Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), saved Dymka’s life—and mobility—by amputating the cat’s legs and 3D-printing titanium replacements.”
Watch a video of the cat in action and read more about it at Popular Mechanics.
“In a world first, scientists have discovered a new type of antibiotic using artificial intelligence (AI). It has been heralded by experts as a major breakthrough in the fight against the growing problem of drug resistance. A powerful algorithm was used to analyse more than one hundred million chemical compounds in a matter of days. The newly discovered compound was able to kill 35 types of potentially deadly bacteria, said researchers.”
Read more about it at BBC.
February is Black History Month. Learn more about some of the many African American scientists and engineers who have made important contributions to science history. Read about them at Science Buddies.
After her face mask joke went viral, San Francisco-based artist Danielle Baskin set up a website that garnered 30,000 visits over the weekend, and she had a waiting list of 1,200 people who actually wanted to order their face on an N95 mask. Read more about it at Digital Trends.
India blocked Kashmir’s access to the internet six months ago in order to head off anti-India protests. While Kashmir now has access to government-approved websites, India continues to block social media sites. Read more about it at AP News.
“No-loan schools are basically telling students of modest or even extremely low income that they should apply if they have the grades and extracurricular (activities) to be considered and that they don’t have to worry about the high price tag as long as they are able to get accepted,” says Kevin Ladd, chief operating officer and co-creator of Scholarships.com, and a former U.S. News contributor. Go to US News to read more about additional schools that make college affordable.
Sailors assigned to the USS Gerald R. Ford are using C-ARTS, a virtual reality training program to train for their time at sea.
“It may look like one of the new video game systems, but C-ARTS actually mimics everything the sailor has to do to launch and land fighters off the deck … It’s a major game changer for us in training our sailors,” said Rear Admiral James Downey, the Navy’s program executive officer for aircraft carriers.
Read more about it at WAVY.com.
Along with blockchain technology and biometric verification, election authorities also pursue security “innovations” such as voting machines that produce a paper trail of every vote. Read more about it at Recode.