Why Are the Velociraptors in ‘Jurassic World’ So Big?

Every new Jurassic film brings a raft of new questions: Was Tyrannosaurus rex really that visually impaired? Could a Pteranodon really pick up a human with its feet? Why is Bryce Dallas Howard running in heels? One question fans might not have thought to ask, though, was whether or not the velociraptors were the correct size. Turns out, they’re not.

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“In real life, velociraptor was a much smaller animal, probably about the size of a really big turkey,” says Nathan Smith, associate curator of the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles County.

Velociraptors were, Smith says, close relatives to birds and were also probably partially covered in feathers—something scientists didn’t even discover until years after Jurassic Park was first released in 1993.

What about the other dinosaurs in the franchise? In the video above, Smith goes through each of the 22 creatures featured in the Jurassic films, including the ones in this weekend’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. How well do they score? Pretty high, actually.

Jurassic Park and Jurassic World sometimes take a lot of flack from scientists for inaccuracies, like any films do when [...]  read more

New story in Business from Time: General Electric to End Its More Than 100-Year Run on the Dow Jones

(LOS ANGELES) — General Electric will be dropped from the Dow Jones industrial average next week, ending the industrial conglomerate’s more than 100-year run in the 30-company blue chip index.

S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday that GE will be removed from index before the open of trading next Tuesday. Its slot will go to drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Boston-based GE was an original member of the Dow Jones industrials dating back to 1896. It had been a continuous member of the Dow since 1907.

GE has been struggling in recent years, shrinking dramatically since it became entangled in the financial crisis a decade ago.

The company is under investigation related to a $15 billion hit it took to cover miscalculations at an insurance unit.

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SFGATE: Hundreds in SF protest Trump’s ‘fascist’ child separations

Hundreds in SF protest Trump’s ‘fascist’ child separations
Published on June 20, 2018 at 12:08AM by By Megan Cassidy
Hundreds of protesters descended on a single Financial District block in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating thousands of immigrant children from their parents at the border.
Demonstrators, armed with homemade signs and rallying cries, blocked the entrance to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement field office in San Francisco around 1 p.m., choking the stretch of road on Sansome Street between Jackson and Washington to redirect traffic.

Facebook’s AI can take your blinking selfies and digitally open your eyes

Most people touch up their selfies to remove pimples or ruddy patches without a second thought. Facebook wants you to have the same attitude about removing pesky eyelids from photos, too. 

Using a machine learning technique called ‘generative adversarial network,’ or GAN, Facebook researchers taught an AI to observe a picture in which you blinked, compare it to an unblinking photo of you, and then use “in-painting” to substitute your closed eyelids for open eyes. 

Facebook researchers Brian Dolhansky and Cristian Canton Ferrer released a paper Monday that detailed the process. Eventually, Facebook could add GAN as a feature to its Facebook or Instagram apps, though the paper does not suggest this is an option. 

Dolhansky and Ferrer taught their AI to match features like iris color, skin tone, eye contours and lighting. They then gave photos to participants in their study and asked them to pick which eyes were the originals. 54% of the time, they either picked the in-painted [...]  read more

US regulator blocks sales of device that fools Tesla’s Autopilot

The Autopilot Buddy is marketed as a “Tesla Autopilot nag reduction device.” It’s a $199 magnetic, plastic gadget that clasps around the wheel and makes Autopilot thinks the driver’s hands are in the correct spot. However, that could embolden drivers to let Autopilot have sole control of the car, which is a major safety concern for the NHTSA.

A number of Tesla crashes have occurred because their drivers were reportedly not paying attention or had their hands off of the wheel while Autopilot was active. Tesla recently said it would warn drivers more often if they were not holding the wheel properly.

The Autopilot Buddy’s poorly written website indicates that the device is only available for international orders, and not in the US. The site has a string of disclaimers, including that the device is only intended for track use (though it seems likely most Autopilot Buddy owners will still use their device on public roads). The site also says drivers have to keep [...]  read more

Tech leaders condemn policy leading to family separations at the border

Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook have all issued statements

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SFGATE: US quits UN Human Rights Council over alleged Israel bias

US quits UN Human Rights Council over alleged Israel bias
Published on June 19, 2018 at 11:10PM by Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, making good on a pledge to leave a body it accused of hypocrisy and criticized as biased against Israel.
“For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias,” Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, said Tuesday at the State Department in Washington. She said the decision was an affirmation of U.S. respect for human rights, a commitment that “does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.