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Fire crews battle to tame Southern California wildfire | US & Canada

The fire forced the evacuation of some 25,000 people and is still burning, as two firefighters were hospitalised.Firefighters battled to tame a wildfire on hillsides southeast of Los Angeles on Friday, after it broke out in a wooded canyon, apparently triggered by a faulty domestic generator. The fire, which forced



We Need To Talk About Learning Transfer

The Problem With Training In most companies, the Learning and Development department is charged with upskilling the workforce, increasing employee knowledge, and rolling out behavior change initiatives. Businesses pump billions of dollars every year into employee development, training initiatives, and learning technology, but see very

Why losing Arecibo is a big deal for astronomy

Edgard Rivera-Valentín first visited the Arecibo Observatory as a little kid. “I definitely remember this feeling of just being awestruck,” Rivera-Valentín says. “Looking at this gigantic telescope … getting to hear about all this neat work that was being done … it definitely leaves an impression.” Important science was happening

Unprecedented 3-D view inside Animal Mummies

More than 2,000 years ago in Egypt, animals were often mummified as offerings to gods or buried along with human mummies. But many details about the practice are unclear, in part because studying the creatures without damaging them is difficult. Recent Micro CT scans of three animal mummies at Swansea

Bionic Eye Tech Learns Its ABCs

Jens Naumann was 17 when an accident sent a fragment of metal from a railway line flying into his left eye. Three years later, a metal sliver from a snowmobile clutch destroyed his right eye, plunging him into total darkness. Naumann’s book Search for Paradise recounts his desperate quest back

Who Is My Doctor? Some Hospital Patients Never Know

Even after being hospitalized for an entire week, my friend Aidan never got an answer to a major question: Who is my doctor? As a healthy 26-year-old, he didn’t know much about the hospital—a place that I work every day. He learned a lot after a lung infection forced him

This Robot Can Rap–Really – Scientific American

What if your digital assistant could battle rap? That may sound far-fetched, but Gil Weinberg, a music technologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has adapted a musical robot called Shimon to compose lyrics and perform in real time. That means it can engage in rap “conversations” with humans, and

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