A gull strike forced a Russian airliner to land in a cornfield, Instagram is getting into the fact-checking game, and new technology is catching lightning from afar. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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A pilot landed a busted airliner in a Russian cornfield
After a flock of seagulls took out both engines of a Russian airliner at a mere 750 feet on Thursday, the pilots crash-landed it in a cornfield. Call ’em Russian-Sullys. What is now being dubbed the “Miracle on the Ramenskoe” left 55 of the 233 people on board with minor injuries, but no fatalities.
Instagram now fact-checks, but who will do the checking?
Instagram users in the US can now report content they believe is false, which sounds great in theory, but what’s not actually clear is how the process will work. After all, parent company Facebook has already struggled with fact checking on its main site. The company hopes to use human fact checkers to train AI to do the process in the future, but those solutions are still a long way off.
Fast Fact: 6,000 miles
That’s how far away new triangulation technology can be and still pinpoint a lightning storm, like the rare one that happened in the North Pole this past weekend. The technology is relatively new, but it gives weather experts brand new information on how lightning works in earth’s rarest-seen corners.
WIRED Recommends: Adobe Fresco
iPad Artists: Don’t brush off Adobe’s new product—Fresco—just yet. Maybe you’ve been hoping for more capabilities from your iPad, or maybe you haven’t dusted that thing off in awhile. Either way, here’s how to get back in touch with your creative side with this new app.
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