Big Tech & Startups
Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Science & Cutting Edge Technology
Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic
technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
SpaceX Rocket Makes Historic 3rd Launch Into Space with 64 Satellites On Board (2 minute read)
SpaceX launched a record 64 small satellites into orbit at once today, on its record 19th launch of the year. It also launched the Falcon 9 for the third time, a record for reusability. The Elon Musk says that the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket should be capable of at least 100 flights over its lifetime, and it should be able to launch, land and launch again within 24 hours as early as next year.
Despite CRISPR baby controversy, Harvard University will begin gene-editing sperm (3 minute read)
After a Chinese scientist caused an uproar by using CRISPR to edit the genes of two twin girls' embryos last week, Harvard researcher Werner Neuhausser is now planning to use CRISPR to edit the genes of a sperm cell in order to try to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's later in life. However, in this case no embryos are involved, there will be no attempt to make a baby from these sperm cells, they just want to test if they can edit the DNA. Harvard Medical School dean George Daley delivered a speech last week saying that the technology for gene editing is rapidly getting better and safer, and it will be justified to explore use in children soon. He believes that the technology could and should be used to remove childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and Alzheimer's from tomorrow's kids.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Tools, open source libraries, and other resources
for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
humaaans (Design Library)
This is a really cool free design library that that lets you mix and match illustrations of people, allowing you to customize their posture, clothing, color and hairstyles. It's built for InVision Studio and Sketch.
Data Eng Weekly (Newsletter)
Data Eng Weekly is an excellent newsletter delivered each sunday that keeps you up to date on news and open source libraries related to big data technologies and distributed systems (Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, etc.). If you're a data scientist or do engineering work on data pipelines, definitely take a look at this.
Random stuff techies might be interested in
Salary Sharing Thread for Interns (Reddit Thread)
With summer internship offers coming out, the CS Career Questions subreddit is having a salary sharing thread. The thread is broken down by region and the comments list their school, prior experience, location, summer salary and stuff like that. Gotta say, Tesla is looking very stingy!