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Elections in South Africa

 

“South Africans are heading to the polls on Wednesday in what Barclays analysts have dubbed "the most important elections since the 1994 democratic transition" — back when Nelson Mandela was elected in the country's first elections post-Apartheid.” (Business Insider)

 

Published: 8Aug2016

Private Company Gets Approval To Put Lander on Moon

 

“Moon Express, based in Cape Canaveral, Fla., announced Wednesday that it had received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to set a robotic lander on the moon.” (The New York Times)

Published: 8Aug2016

The New Spam: Machine learning can be used to write human-like tweets

Phishing messages typically get 5-10% response rates, but a new system has boosted its rate to 40%. John Seymour and Phil Tully, two data scientists from the security company ZeroFOX, presented their system SNAP_R at Black Hat, a Las Vegas conference on cyber-security, on August 4. SNAP_R uses a deep neural net to study a person's past tweets and then mimics that person's writing style using a Markov model, generating a phishing tweet. So far, there is no reason to think that criminals are using a similar system, but Seymour and Tully's work show how it might be done.

Published: 5Aug2016

DJI and McGill Go Live with Fish + Forest Project

DJI is proud to present, together with Canada's McGill University and Brazil's Federal University of Pará - Altamira Campus, the Fish + Forest Project. Tune in to watch a special livestream from the Amazonian Xingu River in northern Brazil, a home to up to 600 unique species of fish, many found nowhere else, narrated by experts in the river's flora and fauna.You will also have the opportunity to ask questions live on Twitter.

Published: 5Aug2016

Dot-drawing with drones

McGill Newsroom

Flying robots could someday help artists create outdoor murals

You may have heard of plans to use drones for delivering packages, monitoring wildlife, or tracking storms. But painting murals?

That’s the idea behind a project in Paul Kry’s laboratory at McGill University’s School of Computer Science. Prof. Kry and a few of his students have teamed up to program tiny drones to create dot drawings – an artistic technique known as stippling.

Published: 4Aug2016

En route for Rio!

Three athletes are among a 23-member entourage of McGill University students and graduates headed to Rio de Janeiro to serve in an official capacity at the Summer Olympic Games, Aug. 5-21. 

Published: 3Aug2016

Detecting hate speech on the Internet

Online bullying and trolls are the darker side of social media. Twitter's Chief Executive Officer stated in a February 2015 memo that he wanted to make it a corporate priority to detect abuse and hate speech on Twitter.

Published: 2Aug2016

Depression screening in children and adolescents

McGill Newsroom

Researchers find tools inaccurate and advise against routine screening in this age group

Published: 2Aug2016

Experts: Viruses in Rio 2016

“Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by the Associated Press.” (The Independent)
 
Published: 2Aug2016

Adverse effects and incretin-based drugs for diabetes

McGill Newsroom

Extensive population-based studies on a popular group of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes revealed no association with acute pancreatitis, but increased risk of bile duct and gallbladder disease

Published: 1Aug2016

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