Monday 09.25.17

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.


Pentagon Tests Lasers and Nets to Combat a Vexing Foe: ISIS Drones  Earlier this year in New Mexico, nearly a dozen military contractors armed with laser guns, high-tech nets and other experimental systems met to tackle one of the Pentagon’s most vexing counterterrorism conundrums: how to destroy the Islamic State’s increasingly lethal fleet of drones. - New York Times

Amazon Puts Whole Foods on Fast Track to Conventional Supermarket  Whole Foods will change the way companies can sell and market their products in its stores beginning next year, one of the biggest moves yet in its push to operate more like a traditional market. - Wall Street Journal

Michelin wants to reinvent the wheel for the driverless age  they’re completely airless, last virtually forever, and could be the perfect tire for our autonomous future. Michelin, the 128-year-old tire manufacturer based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, recently unveiled a 3D-printed tire concept that it says could be the ideal ride for self-driving cars. It just needs to figure out how to actually manufacture them first. - The Verge

National celebrations open Saudi sports stadium to women for first time  Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its foundation this weekend with a big program of concerts and performances, including a pageant operetta on Saturday evening which allowed women to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time. - Reuters

Google Unveiling Huge Finance Update In November  Google Finance is overhauling its platform in November. Users will still be able to follow individual stocks and the latest industry news, but its Portfolios feature will no longer be available. - Phandroid

Studying 1 million people to end cookie-cutter health care   U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for a pilot to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to customize ways to prevent and treat disease. - Associated Press

A Chinese Startup Is Luring Top Talent With $3 Million Pay Packages  ByteDance's strategy is to pay top employees the highest salaries in the market -- and so far it's working. Hiring top performers from giants like Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., they sometimes raise salaries 50 percent and toss in stock options. - Bloomberg

Uber boss says sorry to all Londoners as he commits to fight Transport for London for licence  Uber's CEO has apologised for mistakes that led to Transport for London withdrawing its operating licence, as he affirmed his commitment to fight the ban. - Telegraph

  A pile of trash in the ocean has grown to the size of France—and some people want it recognized as a nation

“If you think any of this is ridiculous, then please consider the idea that there’s an area cumulatively the size of France made up entirely of waste plastic in the sea.”

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