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There’s Been a Huge Spike in HFC-23 Potent Greenhouse Gas Emission

Published on 01/21/2020 @ 10 AM EST

HFC-23 was almost completely eliminated after reduced emissions in India and China back in 2017. But levels of this gas has again had a huge spike recently. It is considered to be 12,400 more damaging than carbon dioxide in terms of its planet-heating properties.

Research Finds Facial Recognition Systems Misidentify Blacks Ten Times More Than Whites

Published on 01/21/2020 @ 10 AM EST

Recent tests conducted by the US government have found out that top-performing facial recognition systems misidentify blacks at rates five to 10 times higher than they do whites. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has also found that darker skin challenges commercial facial recognition.

EU Calls for Five Year Ban on Facial Recognition

Published on 01/21/2020 @ 10 AM EST

A leaked white paper draft revealed that the European Commission is considering a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technologies in public areas for up to five years. Exceptions to the ban can be entertained for security projects as well as for research and development.

Billionaire Hosts Girlfriend Contest for “First Woman to the Moon”

Published on 01/21/2020 @ 10 AM EST

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa launched a girlfriend contest on Twitter looking for women age 20 or older to apply to be his girlfriend and the "first woman to the moon." However, this has received immediate, intense backlash.

A SpaceX Rocket Blew Up During Abort Test

Published on 01/21/2020 @ 9 AM EST

SpaceX intentionally destroyed one of its rockets on January 19 as part of a crucial test of its new Crew Dragon capsule's launch escape system. This was ideally the last hurdle SpaceX had to clear to begin the mission for carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

Instagram Removes IGTV Button From Home Screen

Published on 01/20/2020 @ 9 AM EST

Due to a lack of user engagement, Instagram is dropping the IGTV button from the home screen of its app. Whoever wants to access IGTV content can still do so by tapping the IGTV tab inside Instagram Explore (the same screen as the search function).