Elon Musk won’t be smoking weed in public again, NASA admin says

NASA is currently conducting a workplace culture and safety review of Boeing and SpaceX, due in part to Musk’s behavior

Elon Musk won’t be smoking a joint on the video podcast of a famous comedian any time soon, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Speaking with reporters at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC on Thursday, Bridenstine said “you won’t be seeing” Musk publicly smoke marijuana or drink alcohol, as he was seen doing on The Joe Rogan Experience back in September. Bridenstine’s comments were reported earlier this afternoon by The Atlantic.

“I will tell you that was not helpful, and that did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of these organizations need to take that as an example of what to do when you lead an organization that’s going to launch American astronauts,” Bridenstine said in The Atlantic’s report. “I will tell you, he is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that that was not appropriate behavior, and you won’t be seeing that again.” …

Elon Musk considers move to Mars despite ‘good chance of death’

Elon Musk is considering moving to Mars, and gives himself a 70% chance of doing so.

“I know exactly what to do,” the billionaire Tesla founder told Axios on HBO, in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday night. “I’m talking about moving there.”

He also implied that such a move might be permanent, saying: “We think you can come back but we’re not sure.”

The Axios website trailed the interview a day before the scheduled Mars landing of the Insight spacecraft. According to the Associated Press, the Nasa vehicle will use “a mechanical mole to tunnel 16ft deep to measure internal heat, and a seismometer to register quakes, meteorite strikes and anything else that might start the red planet shaking”…

NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface – NASA’s InSight Mars Lander

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (485-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.

NASA Lands InSight on Mars: NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (485-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. Full caption ›
InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed…

A Big Leap for the Elephants! India’s First Elephant Hospital

Wildlife SOS just opened India’s very first Elephant Hospital! To us this is truly historic, a milestone not only for Wildlife SOS an organization, but more importantly for injured and ailing elephants throughout India, who can now get the care and love they need in a state-of-the-art facility. On Friday, November 16, a bevy of supportive government officials, curious journalists, and compassionate celebrities joined Wildlife SOS staff to inaugurate the building, tour the facilities, and celebrate for elephants…

Battered Bitcoin miners may start shutting down as losses pile up

Bitcoin miners hit hard by the cryptocurrency’s crash may be throwing in the towel.

The Bitcoin network’s hash rate, one way of gauging the computing power dedicated to mining the digital currency, dropped about 24 percent from an all-time high at the end of August through Nov. 24, according to Blockchain.com. While the decline may have partially resulted from miners switching to other cryptocurrencies, JPMorgan Chase & Co. says some in the industry are losing money after Bitcoin’s price tumbled…

Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics.

A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes.

Many mainstream scientists think it’s too unsafe to try, and some denounced the Chinese report as human experimentation…

“記憶の解凍 – Rebooting Memories” から学ぶ

 1945年8月6日、8月9日は世界中で語られる歴史的に重要な日である。世界とは?国とは?人とは?に必ずたどり着く議論が、今までも、そしてこれからも語り、議論し続けられるだろう。
 私自身は1973年生まれの日本人で、広島、長崎からは遠く離れた場所で生まれ育っている。忘れもしない、初めてこの事件に興味をもったのは、10歳の頃に「はだしのゲン」という漫画に出会った。世界大戦とは?アメリカ、イギリス、日本とは?原子爆弾とは?広島、長崎の人々は?と現実的でショックの大きい事件と感じ、調べてみたいと感じた経験がある。ただそれはあくまで机上の、自分の頭の中の世界/Virtualでの話であった。

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白黒写真をカラー化してSNSで話題に…「記憶の解凍」プロジェクトの原点とは|東京大学教授 渡邉英徳さん

戦前から戦後にかけての白黒写真をAI技術によってカラー化するプロジェクト「記憶の解凍」がSNSで拡散され、話題となっている人物だ。そんな渡邉さんは、かつてゲーム会社で勤務していたという異色のキャリアの持ち主でもある。「現在の研究の原点」と語る、少年時代のファミコン体験を伺った――

 

2010年に制作した「ナガサキ・アーカイブ」は、長崎新聞社から提供していただいた長崎原爆の投下直後に撮影された現地写真や被爆者の証言を、「Google Earth」を用いたデジタル地球儀上に誰でもアクセス可能なアーカイブとして公開しています。被爆の実相を世界に伝えるためのコンテンツです。

同様の手法で「ヒロシマ・アーカイブ」では、被爆者の証言を広島市内の高校生たちの協力を得て集める形で制作しています。ほかにも「東日本大震災アーカイブ」のように、戦災や災害など過去の災いの記憶をデジタルアーカイブとして未来に伝え、社会に活かしていくための活動と研究を行っています。

大阪万博、夢よ再び

 2025年国際博覧会(万博)が大阪市で開催されることが決まった。博覧会国際事務局(BIE)の総会が23日、パリで開かれ、BIE加盟国(170カ国)の代表による2回の投票で、日本がロシアとアゼルバイジャンを抑えた。

 国内での大規模万博の開催は05年の愛知万博以来、大阪では1970年以来55年ぶりとなる。

25年万博には、日本のほか、ロシア(エカテリンブルク)とアゼルバイジャン(バクー)が立候補していた。投票は、パリのOECDカンファレンスセンターで行われた。初回の投票でどの国も投票総数の3分の2に届かなければ、上位2カ国で決選投票になる仕組み。初回の投票で日本は85票を獲得。48票のロシアと23票のアゼルバイジャンを上回った。ロシアとの決選投票では日本が92票を獲得。ロシアは61票だった。

Food taste ‘not protected by copyright’ rules EU court

BBC News – The taste of a food cannot be protected by copyright, the EU’s highest legal authority has ruled in a case involving a Dutch cheese.
The European Court of Justice said the taste of food was too “subjective and variable” for it to meet the requirements for copyright protection.
The court was asked to rule in the case of a spreadable cream cheese and herb dip, Heksenkaas, produced by Levola.
Levola argued another cheese, Witte Wievenkaas, infringed its copyright…