A project to send a spacecraft to Proxima Centauri has announced a milestone towards that goal, launching the world’s smallest spacecraft. Called Breakthrough Starshot, the project is being funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner. Yesterday, they announced they had launched the smallest fully functional space probes ever, built on just a single circuit board, known as Sprites. They measure a tiny 3.5 square centimeters (0.5 square inches) in size and weigh just 4 grams (0.1 ounces).
Alex Bellini is not like you and me. He’s rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run across the US, and skied across a glacier. Now he's planning his most ambitious adventure yet – living on an iceberg for a year. His project is called Adrift, and it’s pretty ambitious. Bellini is a 38-year-old public speaker from Italy who now lives in Oxford, UK, with his wife and two daughters.
We’ve already learned today that Google is helping to make nuclear fusion a reality, but now there’s more news from the company – they’re teaching artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the future. To clarify, we’re not talking about Minority Report here. Instead, Google’s Deepmind division – which conducts AI research – is giving its AI algorithms an imagination, so they can predict how a situation might play out. The research is published in these two papers.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".