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Matter: Was a Tiny Mummy in the Atacama an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange

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Was a Tiny Mummy in the Atacama an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange

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Nearly two decades ago, the rumors began: In the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, someone had discovered a tiny mummified alien.
An amateur collector exploring a ghost town was said to have come across a white cloth in a leather pouch. Unwrapping it, he found a six-inch-long skeleton.
Despite its size, the skeleton was remarkably complete. It even had hardened teeth. And yet there were striking anomalies: it had 10 ribs instead of the usual 12, giant eye sockets and a long skull that ended in a point.
Ata, as the remains came to be known, ended up in a private collection, but the rumors continued, fueled in part by a U.F.O. documentary in 2013 that featured the skeleton. On Thursday, a team of scientists presented a very different explanation for Ata — one without aliens, but intriguing in its own way.

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They Were ‘Known Only to God.’ Now Argentina’s Falklands War Dead Are Named.

They Were ‘Known Only to God.’ Now Argentina’s Falklands War Dead Are Named. Photo Relatives of an Argentine soldier killed in the 1982 war between Argentina and Britain visiting Darwin Military Cemetery in the Falkland Islands, known by Argentina as the Malvinas. Credit Argentinian Presidency BUENOS AIRES — When Dalal Abd de Massad went to the Darwin cemetery in the Falkland Islands this week it was the first time that she had hugged the gravestone with her son’s name.
“I was finally able to cry at his grave,” Ms. Abd said of her son, Daniel. “I talked to him, told him everything that happened in these years. I hugged that white cross as if I was hugging him.”
Ms. Abd and her husband, Osvaldo Said Massad, were part of a delegation of 250, mostly family members of fallen soldiers, who traveled to the disputed islands for a ceremony to mark the identification of 90 Argentine service members who died in a 1982 war with Britain and had been buried as unknown soldiers.
For 36 years, the pl..

Netflix Adds a Warning Video to ‘13 Reasons Why’

Supported by Television Netflix Adds a Warning Video to ‘13 Reasons Why’ Photo Katherine Langford in the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” about a teenager who kills herself. Credit Beth Dubber/Netflix, via Associated Press Netflix has added a warning video that will play before its series “13 Reasons Why” and will promote resources to help young viewers and their parents address the show’s themes, the streaming service announced Wednesday.
After being criticized for how the series’ first season depicted suicide, which had already led the network to add warning messages to the show, Netflix commissioned a study by the Northwestern University Center on Media and Human Development to gauge its impact on viewers. The show’s second season will be released this year.
According to a statement from Netflix, the study showed that “nearly three-quarters of teen and young adult viewers said the show made them feel more comfortable processing tough topics.”
However, the results also showed th..

Pope Rejects Call for Apology to Canada’s Indigenous People

Pope Rejects Call for Apology to Canada’s Indigenous People Photo Pope Francis, above in Rome this week, will not apologize for the church’s role in a Canadian system that forced generations of Indigenous children into boarding schools. Credit Franco Origlia/Getty Images OTTAWA — Despite a personal appeal from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Roman Catholic Church has said that Pope Francis will not apologize for its role in a Canadian system that forced generations of Indigenous children into boarding schools.
The residential school system, as it is commonly known in Canada, was described as a form of “cultural genocide” by a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 that also concluded that many students were physically and emotionally abused.
Among its 94 recommendations was a call for an apology from the pope. The Catholic Church, along with several Protestant denominations, operated most of the schools for the government.
“The Holy Father is aware of the findings of t..

Demands Grow for Facebook to Explain Its Privacy Policies

Demands Grow for Facebook to Explain Its Privacy Policies Photo A sign outside Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The company is coming under increasing scrutiny after a political data firm got access to private information on 50 million Facebook users. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times A parade of regulators, politicians and law enforcement officials demanded to know more about Facebook’s privacy practices on Monday, as the fallout from the company’s relationship with a political data firm continued to spread.
Early in the day, the Federal Trade Commission confirmed reports that it was investigating how Facebook handles information about its users.
Soon after, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, invited Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, to testify about privacy standards next month. He also extended invitations to Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, and Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey..

Lights, Camera, Artificial Action: Start-Up Is Taking A.I. to the Movies

Lights, Camera, Artificial Action: Start-Up Is Taking A.I. to the Movies
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Inside an old auto body shop here in Silicon Valley, Stefan Avalos pushed a movie camera down a dolly track.
He and a small crew were making a short film about self-driving cars. They were shooting a powder-blue 1962 Austin Mini, but through special effects the rusted relic would be transformed into an autonomous vehicle that looked more like the DeLorean from “Back to the Future.”
Stepping back from the camera, Mr. Avalos referred wryly to the movie he was filming as “Project Unemployment.” The film was a way of testing new technology from a start-up called Arraiy, which is trying to automate the creation of digital effects for movies, television and games.
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This new type of artificial intelligence, which is also being developed by the software giant Adobe and in other technology industry research labs, could ultimately replace many of the specialists who bui..