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Justify wins 143rd Preakness Stakes to move within one leg of Triple Crown

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The horses, a rumor of thundering hoofs and distant roars disappearing into the fog at the first turn, made an invisible loop around Pimlico Race Course’s liquid track, then suddenly reappeared out of the gauzy mist and came heaving and splashing down the homestretch. Out in front was the strapping chestnut colt named Justify, his white blaze the first thing to come into view. But behind him — and keeping pace, if not gaining — was a pack of rivals.

As he has across the entirety of his brief and meteoric career, Justify answered the challenge and prevailed Saturday, winning the 143rd Preakness Stakes and keeping alive his Triple Crown hopes.

Tested like never before, Justify, an overwhelming 2-5 favorite, ran neck-and-neck with rival Good Magic for much of the race, seized the lead coming out of the last turn and held off late-charging Bravazo down the stretch for a half-length victory, the smallest by far of his five career wins. Tenfold also closed hard and finished third by a neck. Good Magic faded to fourth.

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Justify, with jockey Mike Smith aboard, holds off second-place Bravazo (8) and Tenfold (6) to capture the Preakness, giving him the first two legs of the Triple Crown. (Amber Searls/USA Today Sports)

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Does Aging Have a Reset Button?

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Part of Vittorio Sebastiano’s job is to babysit a few million stem cells. The research professor of reproductive biology at Stanford University keeps the cells warm and moist deep inside the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, one of the nation’s largest stem cell facilities. He’s joined there by an army of researchers, each with their own goals. His own research program is nothing if not ambitious: He wants to reverse aging in humans.

Stem cells are the Gary Oldman of cell types. They can reprogram themselves to carry out the function of virtually any other type of cell, and play a vital role in early development. This functional reprogramming is usually accompanied by an age reset, down to zero. Sebastiano figures that if he can separate these different kinds of reprogramming, he can open up a whole new kind of aging therapy. Nautilus caught up with him last month.

 

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The smart cities of tomorrow are already here

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Recent projections show that by 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in cities. Which makes it imperative that our future cities aren’t vast urban hellscapes but are instead smart urban centers with a dash of sci-fi: devices, roads, and lampposts all talking to each other – making life in cities safer and smoother. And this transformation…is already beginning

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry marry as millions watch

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, emerged from St George’s Chapel, Windsor after a wedding ceremony that dusted down royal tradition and injected gospel energy.

The couple served up many surprises, including the bride’s dress, and the fact she would be making a speech at the evening reception.

The secret of what she would wear managed to keep until the former actor, 36, stepped from her Rolls-Royce bridal car on to the steps of the chapel at Windsor Castle. A study in simple elegance in white silk with a stunning train, it was by the British designer Clare Waight Keller at the French fashion house Givenchy.

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Royal fans line the Long Walk in Windsor towards the castle.
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Royal fans line the Long Walk in Windsor towards the castle. Photograph: David Mirzoeff/PA

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/19/meghan-markle-and-prince-harry-marry-as-millions-watch-on

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‘Crush Them’: An Oral History of the Lawsuit That Upended Silicon Valley

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Nineteen-ninety-eight changed the course of technology, which is to say that it changed the course of history. A nearly bankrupt relic of ’80s tech nostalgia released a gumdrop-shaped PC called the iMac. An innovative search engine originally known as BackRub became a company with an even stranger name. A fast-growing online bookstore hatched a plan to start selling, well, everything.

In hindsight, these were tectonic shifts, but they hardly registered as tremors compared to the earthquake emanating from Washington, D.C. On May 18, 1998, the U.S. Justice Department and 20 state attorneys general filed an antitrust suit against the most powerful tech company in America: Microsoft.

The then-23-year-old giant, which ruled the personal computer market with a despotic zeal, stood accused of using monopoly power to bully collaborators and squelch competitors. Its most famous victim was Netscape, the pioneering web browser, but everyone from Apple to American Airlines felt threatened by late-’90s Microsoft. The company was big enough to be crowned America’s most valuable firm, bold enough to compare attacks on its domain to Pearl Harbor, and, eventually, bad enough to be portrayed as a (semifictionalized) cadre of hypercapitalist murderers in a major motion picture. The “don’t be evil” optics that colored the rise of today’s tech giants (and have recently lost their efficacy) were a direct response to Microsoft’s tyrannical rule.

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Artificial Neural Nets Grow Brainlike Navigation Cells

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Having the sense to take a shortcut, the most direct route from point A to point B, doesn’t sound like a very impressive test of intelligence. Yet according to a new report appearing today in Nature, in which researchers describe the performance of their new navigational artificial intelligence, the system’s ability to explore complex simulated environments and find the shortest route to a goal put it in a class previously reserved for humans and other living things.

The surprising key to the system’s performance was that while learning how to navigate, the neural net spontaneously developed the equivalent of “grid cells,” sets of brain cells that enable at least some mammals to track their location in space.

For neuroscientists, the new work seems to offer important clues about how grid cells in living brains make us better navigators. It also shows how neural nets could contribute greatly to future neuroscience studies: Neil Burgess, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London who was not involved with the study, suggested that the systems should “provide fertile ground for understanding how and why the human brain works as it does.”

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Neural networks spontaneously evolve

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These 7 Money Mistakes in Your 20s Can Haunt You the Rest of Your Life

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Your 20s seem like the perfect age between childhood and adulthood. You’re out of school, finally, so you’ll have more freedom than ever before, and you won’t be pinned down with responsibilities from late-career advancements, serious relationships, or children. On top of that, since the life expectancy in the United States is now nearly 80, it feels like you have plenty of time to make up for any mistakes you make now.

That may be true, to some extent, but you’re also vulnerable in your 20s. Some of the financial mistakes you make in your 20s could end up haunting you the rest of your life.

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https://www.inc.com/larry-alton/these-7-money-mistakes-in-your-20s-can-haunt-you-rest-of-your-life.html

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