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How the Cuttlefish’s Robust Memory System Defies Old Age

By Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica
This cephalopod is the only known animal that doesn’t exhibit age-related deterioration when recalling specific events.

How Big Data Carried Graph Theory Into New Dimensions

By Stephen Ornes
Researchers are turning to the mathematics of higher-order interactions to better model the complex connections within their data.

A Plan to Slow the Creep of the Sahara—by Planting Gardens

By Jessica Leigh Hester
People along the desert’s border are building a kind of circular plot called a tolou keur to keep the soil fertile and to slow desertification.

The US Is Getting Covid Booster Shots. The World Is Furious

By Maryn McKenna
The White House’s plan to roll out third shots for any American adult is raising profound questions about global equity.

Biden Pushes Boosters, Schools Mandate Shots, and More News

By Eve Sneider
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

How to Ace Physics Class (Even if You Don’t Ace Physics)

By Rhett Allain
It’s back-to-school season, so here are some tips on getting the most out of college science courses.

The Next Big Challenge for Lunar Astronauts? Moon Dust

By Eric Niiler
NASA is trying out sonic waves, electrostatic devices, and extra-slick coatings as ways to repel pesky space dirt.

Wildfires Used to Be Helpful. How Did They Get So Hellish?

By Matt Simon
Fires are supposed to reset ecosystems, paving the way for new growth. But human meddling and climate change have turned them into monsters.

The Push for Ad Agencies to Ditch Big Oil Clients

By Sidney Fussell
An activist coalition is pressuring firms to stop promoting fossil fuel companies—some of which have advertised oil and gas as “climate friendly.”

NASA’s Lucy Mission Gets Ready to Fly by the Trojan Asteroids

By Sarah Scoles
The spacecraft will provide the first up-close look at these building blocks of the early solar system.

Is the Robot-Filled Future of Farming a Nightmare or Utopia?

By Katrina Miller
A new paper argues that the rise of artificial intelligence in agriculture could be the best—or worst—innovation for our environment.

Animals Can Count. How Far Does Their Number Sense Go?

By Jordana Cepelewicz
Crows recently demonstrated an understanding of the concept of zero. It’s only the latest evidence of animals’ talents for numerical abstraction.

Want to Slash Carbon Emissions? Start With These Power Plants

By John Timmer, Ars Technica
The worst 5 percent of energy producers account for almost 75 percent of the sector’s emissions.

Eastern Hemlocks Face Extinction. A Tiny Fly Could Save Them

By Zoya Teirstein
An invasive insect called the woolly adelgid is eating the Northeast’s forests alive. So some researchers are calling in hungry silver flies.

The FDA OKs an Extra Vaccine Dose for Immunosuppressed People

By Maryn McKenna
The federal agency will allow people living with organ transplants, undergoing cancer treatments, and taking some medications to get a third shot.

Cases Among Kids, New Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

By Eve Sneider
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

The Physics of Johnny Knoxville, Human Cannonball

By Rhett Allain
'Jackass Forever' is back with more dumb stunts. Please: Only try the physics at home.

Why Perseverance's First Mars Drilling Attempt Came Up Empty

By Matt Simon
Far from a failure, the sampling might actually offer tantalizing clues about the geology—and potential past life—of the Red Planet.

Employee talent predictor retrain.ai raised another $7M, adds Splunk as strategic investor

By Mike Butcher

Automation will displace 85 million jobs while simultaneously creating 97 million new jobs by 2025, according to the World Economic Forum. Although that sounds like good news, the hard reality is that millions of people will have to retrain in the jobs of the future.

A number of startups are addressing these problems of employee skills, and are looking at talent development, neuroscience-based assessments and prediction technologies for staffing. These include Pymetrics (raised $56.6 million), Eightfold (raised $396.8 million) and EmPath (raised $1 million). But this sector is by no means done yet.

Retrain.ai bills itself as a “Talent Intelligence Platform”, and it’s now closed an additional $7 million from its current investors Square Peg, Hetz Ventures, TechAviv, .406 Ventures and Schusterman Family Investments. It’s also now added Splunk Ventures as a strategic investor. The new round of funding takes its total raised to $20 million.

Retrain.ai says it uses AI and machine learning to help governments and organizations retrain and upskill talent for jobs of the future, enable diversity initiatives, and help employees and jobseekers manage their careers.

Dr. Shay David, co-founder and CEO of retrain.ai said: “We are thrilled to have Splunk Ventures join us on this exciting journey as we use the power of data to solve the widening skills gap in the global labor markets.”

The company says it helps companies tackle future workforce strategies by “analyzing millions of data sources to understand the demand and supply of skill sets.”

retrain.ai new funding will be used for U.S. expansion, hiring talent and product development.

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