Author: Gerald Arnold

Will Canadian Legalization, Investment From Beer Company, Usher In Era Of Big Weed?

With Canada poised to legalize cannabis, the marijuana business is poised to go mainstream in a big way. And that means big business wants its cut. Corona beer owner Constellation Brands last week announced that it was taking a $3.81 billion stake in Canada’s Canopy Growth, a company it had previously invested in. There’s a simple reason, according to The Motley Fool: Of course, this is more than just a moral victory for pot enthusiasts. When legalized, marijuana sales are expected to soar. While estimates tend to vary wildly, as you’d expect from an industry that’s never been legalized...

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NASA Reaches For The Sun

To the extent that there was much talk about space last week, President Donald Trump’s plan for a “Space Force,” dominated. Meanwhile, NASA went about its business by launching the first spacecraft designed close in on the sun. The Parker Solar Probe, launched at 3:31 Sunday morning from Cape Canaveral, will study, among other things, space weather caused by the sun that could have big impacts on earth, such as interrupting communications systems. “It sounds like science fiction,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist William Murtagh, who heads the Space Weather Prediction Center, told the Washington Post. “But it’s something...

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Apple Delivers Blow To Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones

Apple is removing right wing conspiracy troll Alex Jones’ InfoWars podcasts. BuzzFeed reports that the first trillion-dollar company has pulled the libraries for five of six InfoWars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps. According to BuzzFeed: Apple’s decision to remove all episodes of Jones’ popular show — rather than just specific offending episodes — is one of the largest enforcement actions intended to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date. Apple did not host Jones’s shows, but it offered an index that allowed anyone with an iPhone to find and subscribe to them. Though Apple...

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How A Piece Of Toast Alters View Of Ancient Humans

Humans ate bread long before large-scale farming, a discovery in the Middle East suggests. Archaeologists have found a bread-making site in Jordan that dates back about 14,400 years, about 4,000 years before the introduction of agriculture. Prior to the latest finding, the earliest-known bread was baked in Turkey after humans had settled down and started farming. According to Gizmodo: Tobias Richter, an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen and a co-author of the new study, said the discovery was surprising on a number of levels. “First, that bread predates the advent of agriculture and farming—it was always thought...

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Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Or Create Jobs? Yes

First, let’s get one thing straight: Artificial Intelligence will destroy some jobs, and that has plenty of folks freaked out. But there’s evidence that it may create as many or more jobs as it ends. First, the freak out. A Quartz survey last year showed that people are very concerned about the impact of AI on jobs. According to Quartz, 90 percent of survey respondents believe up to half of jobs would be lost to automation within five years. But, according to VentureBeat, the threat to employment maybe overblown. The site reports: This week, a study published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) suggested...

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