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SharkCam helps researchers understand the predatory behavior of sharks

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Although you might not think of Shark Week as anything more than an over-publicized TV event for the Discovery Channel to sell ads, it's helping researchers learn more about the underwater predators than ever.

CNET reported this week that Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's REMUS SharkCam autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), which was deployed in 2013, has led to "groundbreaking" discoveries for the research team.

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Jacob Siegal

January 14th

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How Will We Even Know New Lifeforms When We See Them?

If we met new life – on this planet or the next – would we know it when we saw it? Matthew Francis investigates.

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Matthew Francis - Mosaic

October 20th

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I’m Getting Completely Lost in Discovery’s Beautiful VR Projects

The Discovery Channel, home of sharks and professional pyromaniacs, has a lot of cool stuff to show off. So it makes complete sense to cherry-pick some of the best moments, and package them into bite-size VR experiences.

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Chris Mills

August 28th

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Can A Home Drone Kill You? The Mythbusters Talk Drones And U2 Spy Planes

Tonight’s episode of Mythbusters, Flights of Fantasy features two very different types of flying machines: drones and a Lockheed U-2 spy plane. Show hosts Adam Savage and Jaime Hyneman took a couple of minutes to chat with us about the episode and the rest of the newly-rebooted season of the show.

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July 25th

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Spotify focusing on content discovery through playlists following Apple Music’s launch

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Screenshot via Re/code

With custom playlists at the center of Apple Music’s discovery experience, Apple’s biggest streaming competitor Spotify is also focusing its efforts on playlists for its latest feature called Discover Weekly. It’s not exactly a “me too” feature, though, as Apple’s and Spotify’s approaches each differ in how playlists are created. While Apple highlights having human editors curating its featured playlists, Spotify is basing its new feature around listening behavior to deliver weekly recommendations…

Rolling out to Spotify users starting today, Discover Weekly is a two-hour long playlist delivered each Monday with refreshed content based on past music playback and preferences of users with similar music taste. Spotify tells Re/code that the feature was built by a team of engineers over the last few months based on listening data from 75 million users.

The idea is that Spotify will use this personalized playlist to help subscribers discover new artists and tracks. Because it updates each Monday, the Discover Weekly playlist should become a tool for subscribers to routinely check and find new material.

Aside from opening access to a massive catalog of music from the iTunes Store, Apple Music has been recognized as a platform for discovering new material through playlists and recommendations. Spotify’s new Discover Weekly feature embraces both playlists and finding new content, making subscription music services as a tool for finding new music a clear feature for each service.

Apple Music's playlist recommendations

Apple Music’s playlist recommendations

With both services starting at $10/month for individual subscribers, the big question is whether or not users will care if recommendations are driven by music industry insiders or machines. Several of our readers told us last week that Apple Music has been compelling enough to convince them to switch from Spotify (or a similar service) altogether. In addition to today’s discovery feature through a weekly, personalized playlist, Spotify has also focused on original content, videos, and podcasts for growing the service recently.

The new Discover Weekly playlist feature should appear for users today through the desktop and mobile Spotify apps.


Filed under: Apple Music, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple Music, Content, Discover Weekly, discovery, playlists, recommendations, Spotify

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Zac Hall

July 20th

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So, a 15-Year-Old Intern Discovered a New Planet

When I was 15, I spent a lot of time playing Nintendo 64 in a dark basement. Tom Wagg, on the other hand, discovered a new planet 1,000 lightyears away.

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Bryan Lufkin

June 11th

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How to Move On When a Service You Love Shuts Down

Nothing’s more heartbreaking than when one of your favorite services—one you rely on every day—announces it’s shutting down. It’s a pain, but you don’t have to just accept it. Here’s how you can find a replacement that doesn’t suck.

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May 8th

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What It Takes to Build a Snake-Proof Suit

What It Takes to Build a Snake-Proof Suit

Later tonight, you'll be able to watch a man attempt to become a 25-foot, giant green anaconda's dinner—willingly. And to make sure our human snake snack makes it out alive, scientists spent months designing, testing, and building one incontrovertibly snake-proof suit. Air mask, chainmail, pig's blood and all.

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Ashley Feinberg

December 7th

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Instagram revamps Explore tab, adds caption & location editing

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After updating its app for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last month, Instagram is out with a feature update today with some welcome features.

Users will likely appreciate the ability to edit photo captions and locations attached to photos in post now. That means if you make a typo on your caption, you no longer have to choose between correcting yourself in the comments, deleting and re-posting the photo with the correction caption, or just ignoring it altogether.

The ability to edit captions extends to location as well. You can find the new editing features under the ‘more’ icon to the right of the comment button under your own photos and videos.

Instagram has also rolled out some changes to the Explore tab as you can see in the photos above. From Instagram’s blog post:

In this update, we’re continuing to improve the Explore page on Instagram by making it faster to find people you want to follow. With this in mind, you’ll see that the Explore icon at the bottom of your screen has changed to a magnifying glass.

When you open Explore, you’ll now see two tabs: Photos and People. The Photos tab has not changed. It contains the same scrolling grid of photos and videos you already know. The new People tab highlights interesting accounts for you to discover.

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The new version of Instagram, version 6.2, is rolling out on the App Store now.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: caption editing, captions, discovery, editing, explore, Facebook, Instagram, Photo-sharing, photos, photos and videos

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Zac Hall

November 10th

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These Bones Might Be the Biggest Creature That Ever Walked the Earth

These Bones Might Be the Biggest Creature That Ever Walked the Earth

Paleontologists have just unearthed the fossilized bones of a gigantic dinosaur that's never been seen before. They believe it's an entirely new species—and based on the size of its bones, it's way bigger than what we thought was the biggest dinosaur ever. Meet the new number one among earthly creatures.

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Robert Sorokanich

May 17th

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