Author: Shweta Tripathi

The arms race and principle of protectionism has given rise to autonomous weapons that are now eventually coming in a battlefield. These autonomous weapons that are generally equipped with predictive, decision-making abilities are the courtesy of artificial intelligence. The autonomous warfare's distinctive feature is to protect soldiers on the battlefield by keeping them off the battlefield. However, Justin Haner, a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University,...

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Several Instagram users will only double-tap a post and there will be no appearance of a number of likes. The decision to hide like counts was announced last week by Instagram’s chief executive officer, Adam Mosseri.  This decision is hailed by some and criticised by another. Many brands and influencers are concerned that hiding like count will affect their marketing scheme. The users can like...

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The pattern of more than 80,000 stars within the Milky Way emit a peculiar variety of colours- blue, red, green, and orange, similar to a phone or computer ‘s screen. However, you can manipulate it with your fingertips or your mouse by expanding or diminishing it. This cosmic vision was presented by Nature- the eminent British Journal who asked researchers at Northeastern University to research on...

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Two men were walking on a street side-by-side towards a camera. One of them was wearing a black outfit and another, white T-shirt with Khakis. The astonishing part was that the camera reports only one person, the other person with white T-shirt was invisible.   The white T-shirt was designed by researchers at Northeastern University, IBM, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to deceive the specific neural...

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Oritome Banigo, a personality whose vision was much different than others that made him out of the league. He had many light moments in Dennis Shanghnessy's class on social entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. He learned many good things but there was one thing which stuck in his mind that made his life different. He recalled one such thing and said, “We were taught that in...

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee to answer questions from lawmakers about his company’s plan for cryptocurrency, whether Facebook is violating trust issues and the norms for political advertisement.   The bigger question during the interrogation was: Does Facebook’s system for advertisement discriminates between gender and race? The testimony was of 5 hours and the result seemed to be yes. Alan Mislove, an...

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It was the arid outskirt of Kandahar province, in Southeastern Afghanistan where US army Captain Theresa Todd led logistical operations from the mountains to the infantry battalion in 10th mountain division.   She started her first deployment in 2011 to push back the Taliban from disputed territories and after 3 years in 2014, she is moving back to her homeland with her equipment. Within a short period...

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Our bodies require 60 per cent of water approximately and it is commonly recommended to drink 8 ounces of water per day. A new study co-authored by Northeastern University professor Charles Hillman revealed that a properly hydrated body has better reaction times. Being hydrated elevates not only your physical performance but also mental performance.   The study was conducted by Charles Hillman with Northeastern doctoral student, Daniel...

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Sometimes the tiniest sparks can light the biggest fires. At least, that is the case in Chile where a 4 per cent fare hike in metro caused frustration that ignited mass protests on October 18. In Brazil, 2013, 20 percent bus fare increase caused unrest. In Hong Kong, it has been more than 100 days of protests being carried out against an unpopular bill. The causes of...

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The US Supreme court appears divided over whether a civil rights law barring workforce discrimination applies to gay and transgender workers. However, while the justices weigh the evidence, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender still need space in professional life that’s not done as easily as it’s said.   The top court’s liberal quartet indicated their agreement with the plaintiffs and the argument that LGBT...

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