The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty

Miriam was only 21 when she met Nick. She was a photographer, fresh out of college, waiting tables. He was 16 years her senior and a local business owner who had worked in finance. He was charming and charismatic; he took her out on fancy dates and paid for everything. She quickly fell into his orbit.

It began with one credit card. At the time, it was the only one she had. Nick would max it out with $5,000 worth of business purchases and promptly pay it off the next day. Miriam, who asked me not to use their real names for fear of interfering with their ongoing divorce proceedings, discovered that this was boosting her credit score. Having grown up with a single dad in a low-income household, she trusted Nick’s know-how over her own. He readily encouraged the dynamic, telling her she didn’t understand finance. She opened up

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Chrono.Tech: A Freelancer gem, hidden amongst many

Sydney, Australia , Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Freelancer and Gig economy has continued to surge with the number of Freelancers still growing at a rapid rate. This trend was present before the current events with COVID due to the flexibility and the appeal that being and utilising Freelancers has.

Chrono.Tech, an Australian based company has been working on their Freelancer platform, LaborX, to help meet the demand. On a global scale, their goal of borderless transactions and reliability has certainly caught the eyes of many.

Where it all began

It all began in 2016 when founder Sergei Sergienko saw the need to revolutionize the HR industry by creating a fair, trustworthy system. However, what developed in the years was a system that Liberated freelancers and clients alike.

This includes current timely transactions, tireless due diligence, restricting standards and much…much more. Placing LaborX as a freelancer

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‘Dueling Dinosaurs’ fossil, hidden from science for 14 years, could finally reveal its secrets

For more than a decade, paleontologists have speculated about a single fossil that preserves skeletons of two of the world’s most famous dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Not only are the bones arranged as they once were in life, but the dinosaurs are practically intertwined.

Each specimen is among the best of its kind ever found. Together, the pair—nicknamed the “Dueling Dinosaurs”—present a paleontological mystery: Did the beasts just happen to be entombed together by chance, perhaps as carcasses caught on the same river sandbar? Or had they been locked in mortal combat? Nobody has been able to study the fossil to find out.

The Dueling Dinosaurs fossil may represent a lethal struggle between a Triceratops and a juvenile T. rex, shown here in this artist’s reconstruction of prehistoric Montana.

Illustration by Anthony Hutchings

But that’s about to change. After years of legal battles that left the fossil locked

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This Nigerian Researcher Studies The ‘Hidden Harvests’ Of Small-Scale Fisheries

With World Fisheries Day coming up on November 21, Nigerian researcher Kafayat Adetoun Fakoya is one of a huge number of scientists studying some of the world’s smallest fishing industries, which, collectively, have a big impact.

Fakoya, who now teaches at the Department of Fisheries, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria and is the Executive Secretary of the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section (GAFS) of the Asian Fisheries Society, says she is one of one of the four case study researchers in the Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH) projects in Nigeria’s small –scale fisheries and as the National Gender Advisor  anchored the IHH Gender Theme.

Although small-scale fisheries provide livelihoods for millions, essential nutrition to billions and contribute substantially to household, local and national

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Researchers light-up mouse brain, revealing previously hidden areas susceptible to opioids — ScienceDaily

Winding and twisting like a labyrinth, the brain consists of an elaborate network of passages through which information flows at high speeds, rapidly generating thoughts, emotions, and physical responses. Much of this information is relayed by chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters — like dopamine and serotonin.

Although fine-tuned and evolved for complex processing, the brain and its neurotransmitters are vulnerable to hijacking by chemical substances, including opioid drugs such as oxycodone, psychostimulants such as cocaine, and alcohol. Chronic use of any of these substances enhances the activity of a molecule known as the kappa opioid receptor (KOR), which is active in the brain’s reward circuitry. KOR activation produces dysphoria and an inability to feel pleasure. Its enhanced activity following chronic drug or alcohol use plays a crucial role in substance abuse.

KORs have been known to exist in certain brain regions, particularly those involved in pain processing, reward, and stress responses,

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Mysterious remains of ancient flying reptile found hidden among shark fossils

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A type of North African pterosaur, believed to be similar to the one uncovered by the University of Portsmouth researchers.


Davide Bonadonna

Combing through a drawer of shark fossils early this year, British doctoral student Roy Smith made a surprising and thrilling discovery: remains of a flying reptile that lived more than 60 million years ago. 

Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at the UK’s University of Portsmouth, was examining fossils of shark fin spines from two British museum collections when he noticed some fragments contained neural foramina, or tiny but perceptible holes where nerves come to the surface to sense prey. Sharks fin spines don’t have these, so Smith instantly knew some of the fragments weren’t like the others. 

In fact, they didn’t even come from creatures of the sea, but from creatures of the air: toothless pterosaurs, an enigmatic flying reptile and the earliest vertebrates known to have evolved powered

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With camera hidden in his bowler hat, German photographer captured drama behind the scenes | Arts

In this series, Lagniappe presents a different work each week from the collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art, with commentary from a curator.  

Dubbed the “King of the Indiscreet,” Erich Salomon was one of the first investigative photojournalists, and used small cameras (including an Ermanox which could be concealed in his bowler hat) to take clandestine photographs of political intrigue.

The German photographer also modified a Leica camera to take candid photographs in extreme low-light conditions, as he found in a smoky back room at the Hague in 1930.

Taken at 2 a.m., this photograph reveals foreign emissaries after a long day of negotiations over World War I reparations to Germany. When it was published in the London Graphic, the photograph became something of a sensation, because it offered people around the world a glimpse backstage, a view of political power that had previously only been accessible to

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Google’s Device Lock Controller is a hidden app

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Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Updated, November 6, 2020 (17:53 PM): Google got back to Android Authority with an explanation about the app described below. As it turns out, this app first became active in July of this year, but only in Kenya. In that country, Google partnered with companies to get Android Go phones to people who otherwise couldn’t afford one. The Device Lock Controller app is thus intended to help creditors prevent defaulted loans for those devices.

However, a Google spokesperson said that this app wasn’t supposed to be active in the United States. It was mistakenly uploaded to the US version of the Play Store, which is why it appears new to us and why it does not appear on the list with other Google LLC apps.

The original article speculating on the Device Lock Controller app is below.


Original article: If you want to find

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Germanium telluride’s hidden properties at the nanoscale revealed — ScienceDaily

Germanium telluride (GeTe) is known as a ferrolectric Rashba semiconductor with a number of interesting properties. The crystals consist of nanodomains, whose ferrolectric polarization can be switched by external electric fields. Because of the so-called Rashba effect, this ferroelectricity can also be used to switch electron spins within each domain. Germanium telluride is therefore an interesting material for spintronic devices, which allow data processing with significantly less energy input.

Now a team from HZB and the Lomonosov Moscow State University, which has established a Helmholtz-RSF Joint Research Group, has provided comprehensive insights into this material at the nanoscale. The group is headed by physical chemist Dr. Lada Yashina (Lomonosov State University) and HZB physicist Dr. Jaime Sánchez-Barriga. “We have examined the material using a variety of state-of-the-art methods to not only determine its atomic structure, but also the internal correlation between its atomic and electronic structure at the nanoscale,” says

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Has the hidden matter of the universe been discovered? — ScienceDaily

Astrophysicists consider that around 40% of the ordinary matter that makes up stars, planets and galaxies remains undetected, concealed in the form of a hot gas in the complexe cosmic web. Today, scientists at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (CNRS/Université Paris-Saclay) may have detected, for the first time, this hidden matter through an innovative statistical analysis of 20-year-old data. Their findings are published on November 6, 2020 in Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Galaxies are distributed throughout the Universe in the form of a complex network of nodes connected by filaments, which are in turn separated by voids. This is known as the cosmic web. The filaments are thought to contain almost all of the ordinary (so-called baryonic) matter of the Universe in the form of a diffuse, hot gas. However, the signal emitted by this diffuse gas is so weak that in reality 40 to 50% of the baryons[1] goes undetected.

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