Encoding data on plastic molecules could lead to breakthroughs in storage technology

The words “if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another” were originally published in 1814 in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. At the time, the words were printed using revolutionary steam-powered printers that could roll through over a thousand sheets of paper an hour. Since the early 2000s, it’s been possible to read all of Jane Austen’s works online, including Mansfield Park. But as of this year, the list of places her words are published has had a bizarre addition. [Read: 3 new technologies ecommerce brands can use to connect better with customers] In a new study, a team…

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Instagram will now filter out strangers’ DMs that contain abusive language

Instagram is finally adding another much-needed layer of protection from harassment to your inbox: from now on, it’ll “automatically filter DM requests containing offensive words, phrases, and emojis, so you never have to see them.” The idea is that this should prevent strangers sending you hateful messages; pings from people you don’t know are already filtered into a separate inbox, so this takes things one step further. Instagram will now filter DM requests that contain offensive language [Read: 3 new technologies ecommerce brands can use to connect better with customers] Instagram noted that you’ll have the option to “turn both comment…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

‘Bat-sense’ algorithm could be used to monitor people and property without cameras

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What we can learn from sequencing 1 million human genomes with big data

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