NASA’s amazing space telescope will peer 13.5 billion years into the past

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After nearly a quarter-century and several delays, the $9.6 billion James Webb Space Telescope is in the home stretch for a 2021 launch. It’s a sight out of a science-fiction novel—a soaring tower of hexagonal gold mirrors atop a massive five-layered silver sunshield and a circular spacecraft bus. Polished to within nanometers of accuracy, the mirrors front a quartet of complex instruments sensitive enough to decipher alien atmospheres and peer back to the dawn of time. Read Full Story

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A first look inside VirginGalactic’s glamorous new space plane

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Think views of Earth, reclining chairs, and a giant mirror so you can watch yourself float in zero gravity. The commercial space race is heating up. Today Virgin Galactic is releasing the design of the interior cabin of its SpaceShipTwo, a space vehicle the company plans to use to take paying customers — tickets start at $250,000 — on a suborbital journey outside of earth’s atmosphere and back. For aspiring amateur astronauts, it’s a vision of what it might actually look like to take that trip toward the stars. Read Full Story

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Consumers Ascribe Greater Purchase Influence to Peers Than Ads

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Recommendations from friends and family have always ranked as one of the biggest influencers when it comes to purchasing decisions, as have online reviews. Horowitz’s most recent report, concerning the State of Consumer Engagement, provides more such evidence of the power of peers. Almost half (48%) of the US adults surveyed for the report say… Read More » The post Consumers Ascribe Greater Purchase Influence to Peers Than Ads appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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Facebook’s AI for detecting hate speech is facing its biggest challenge yet

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Advancements in AI have dramatically improved the company’s ability to identify written hate speech. But when it comes to rooting out hateful images, videos, and memes, Facebook’s AI has a long way to go. The single most amazing thing about Facebook is how vast it is. But while over two and a half billion people find value in the service, this scale is also Facebook’s biggest downfall. Controlling what happens in that vast digital space is nearly impossible, especially for a company that historically hasn’t been very responsible about managing the possible harms implicit in its technology. Only in 2017—13 years into its history—did Facebook seriously begin facing up to the fact that its platform could be used to deliver toxic speech, propaganda, and misinformation directly to the brains of millions of people. Read Full Story

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Is this the end of in-person counseling? How COVID-19 has accelerated our embrace of teletherapy

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In the social distancing era, apps are making therapists available at home—affordably and on demand. Just a few years ago, teletherapy—the practice of doing therapy via phone, video, or text—was regarded as an unproven mental health treatment. But strong consumer demand for all forms of telemedicine (estimated to surpass $130 billion by 2025) has led to a quadrupling of venture funding in the space in the past five years. The popularity of these apps skyrocketed during the COVID-­­19 shutdown, as in-person visits ceased and mental health declined nationally. Remote therapy is now offered by traditional healthcare networks, stand-alone apps, and as part of employee assistance programs. Read Full Story

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Here’s How High-Growth Professional Services Firm Are Outpacing Their Peers

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High-growth professional services firms grew more than 3 times faster than average in the past three years, and are twice as likely to be highly profitable than firms that haven’t experienced growth in that time frame. So, what are these firms doing differently from the rest? Here’s what research [executive summary, download page] from Hinge… Read More » The post Here’s How High-Growth Professional Services Firm Are Outpacing Their Peers appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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