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Google Finds It’s Underpaying Many Men as It Addresses Wage Equity

Advertisement Supported by Google Finds It’s Underpaying Many Men as It Addresses Wage Equity ImageA survey of employee salaries at Google reached a surprising conclusion: More men than women were being underpaid. The company acknowledged that the analysis did not address broader issues of gender inequity.CreditCreditJoe Buglewicz for The New York Times By Daisuke Wakabayashi […]

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'Fortnite's' New Year's Eve surprise confused so many players that the cofounder of Epic Games weighed in with a crack about time zones

“Fortnite”/Epic games&quotFortnite”/Epic games “Fortnite” is the world’s most popular game, with 80 million players spread across the globe. “Fortnite” will feature a ball drop and fireworks at the top of every hour as the New Year reaches all 24 time zones. However, as the celebration began on New Year’s Eve in some time zones, players […]

Emerging Tech

Early-detection system for wildfires could save many states from big burns

When it come to dealing with the growing problem of raging wildfires, a number of high-tech solutions have been put forward, including using water-carrying, self-flying helicopters to help extinguish blazes. A new wireless smart sensor system could take a more proactive approach, however, by spotting wildfires before they get out of control to start with. […]

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Menial Tasks, Slurs and Swastikas: Many Black Workers at Tesla Say They Faced Racism

ImageOwen Diaz, right, and his son, Demetric, said they had heard racial slurs directed toward them while working at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif.CreditCreditRyan Christopher Jones for The New York Times Menial Tasks, Slurs and Swastikas: Many Black Workers at Tesla Say They Faced Racism African-American workers have reported threats, humiliation and barriers to […]

Computer

Machine learning? Neural networks? Here’s your guide to the many flavors of A.I.

A.I. is everywhere at the moment, and it’s responsible for everything from the virtual assistants on our smartphones to the self-driving cars soon to be filling our roads to the cutting-edge image recognition systems reported on by yours truly. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, there’s good a chance you’ve heard […]

Gears & Gadgets

“Lighthouse Detector” can distinguish between many sources of radiation

[embedded content] R&D 100: Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detectors A lighthouse is built to shed light on rocky waters, turning at the top of a tower to illuminate sections of a dark shoreline that might harm incoming boats. Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and a company called Quaesta Instruments have drawn from that age-old […]