Russia Has a Massive Amount of Tactical Nuclear Weapons. Why? | The National Interest

Russia’s non-strategic nukes are premised on U.S. conventional military superiority.
— Read on nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia-has-massive-amount-tactical-nuclear-weapons-why-182433

Intelligence forecast sees a post-covid world upended by climate change and splintering societies – The Washington Post

The ‘Global Trends’ report by the National Intelligence Council imagines a divided world facing multiple crises.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/intelligence-globe-future-crises-/2021/04/08/303c350e-97df-11eb-962b-78c1d8228819_story.html

Google AI Blog: Monster Mash: A Sketch-Based Tool for Casual 3D Modeling and Animation

Google AI Blog: Monster Mash: A Sketch-Based Tool for Casual 3D Modeling and Animation
— Read on ai.googleblog.com/2021/04/monster-mash-sketch-based-tool-for.html

A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics – The New York Times

Experiments with particles known as muons suggest that there are forms of matter and energy vital to the nature and evolution of the cosmos that are not yet known to science.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/science/particle-physics-muon-fermilab-brookhaven.html

Taiwan will fight ‘to the very last day’ if China attacks | CTV News

Taiwan’s foreign minister on Wednesday said the island will defend itself ‘to the very last day’ if attacked by China.
— Read on www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/world/taiwan-will-fight-to-the-very-last-day-if-china-attacks-1.5377446

Seeking the cellular mechanisms of disease, with help from machine learning | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Associate Professor Caroline Uhler uses machine learning to better understand gene regulation, health, and disease. She works to integrate different types of data, like genome sequencing, imaging, and the 3D packing of the DNA.
— Read on news.mit.edu/2021/caroline-uhler-disease-machine-learning-0406

Adversarial machine learning: The underrated threat of data poisoning – TechTalks

A new research paper shows that machine learning systems can fail against adversarial examples even if they have been trained with randomized smoothing techniques.
— Read on bdtechtalks.com/2021/04/05/machine-learning-data-poisoning-2/

Food Apartheid: Racialized Access to Healthy Affordable Food

Building more grocery stores won’t necessarily make things better. Sometimes grocery stores are unaffordable to their surrounding communities. Sociologists have started using the term “food mirage” to describe the phenomenon when there are places to buy food, but they are too expensive for the neighborhood. And, as Karen Washington and research from Johns Hopkins University highlight, people who live in the places labeled “food deserts” most of the time do have food, but often the food they can afford is fast food or junk food. People who work in public health have come up with another term for areas with easier access to fast food and junk food than to healthier food: “food swamps.” Rather than simply building grocery stores, some of these communities need stable jobs and a livable wage to change their access to healthier food.

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nina-sevilla/food-apartheid-racialized-access-healthy-affordable-food