Science and Technology News: 11 November 2021

11 November, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

  1. A shortcut solution in machine learning happens when a model makes a conclusion based on a single feature of a dataset rather than understanding the underlying core of the data, which can lead to erroneous predictions. For example, instead of focusing on the more intricate shapes and patterns of the cows, a model might learn to recognize images of cows by focusing on the green grass that occurs in the photos. Brinkwire
  2. Starlink 4-1 is scheduled to launch NET 7:40am EST (12:40 UTC) on Friday, November 12th with Falcon 9 booster B1062, a new expendable upper stage, a (likely) reused fairing, and 53 Starlink V1.5 satellites – likely the first of their kind to launch from the East Coast. While the mission profile will be almost identical to all 29 of SpaceX’s dedicated East Coast Starlink launches, it will be targeting a slightly lower and different orbit to kick off the second of five constellation ‘shells’. Teslarati
  3. Apple Inc on Wednesday launched a new subscription service aimed at helping small-business owners manage the Apple devices used by their employees. Business Essentials, as Apple is calling the service, is similar to management software that companies such as Microsoft Corp or VMware Inc sell to large businesses for setting up and keeping secure their fleets of phones, laptops and tablets. Indian Express
  4. A SpaceX rocket carried four astronauts toward orbit Wednesday night, including the 600th person to reach space in 60 years. NPR
  5. That unity and diversity are the themes of Google’s Doodle on Thursday marking Veterans Day in the US, the day when Americans pause to honor and give thanks to the individuals who’ve served in the US military as part of a bigger team. Originally known as Armistice Day, which marked the end of hostilities in World War I, Veterans Day is observed every Nov. 11. CNET
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