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Cuba Jamming Ham Radio? Listen For Yourself
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:18:00 GMT
A public SDR network triangulates the island as the source of mystery signals
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‘We need a lot of help’: Germans sift through debris after devastating floods
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:31:50 GMT

Trucks, diggers and volunteers try to clear mud and ruined belongings from wrecked homes and businesses

A brown line one and a half metres high on the kitchen wall marks where the waters reached when Christian Ulrich’s house was inundated. The electrician stands amid the mud-splattered walls and his voice breaks as he recalls how he had barely enough time after the warning came to reach the cellar to get food and water and send his mother up the stairs. He had just managed to let in the neighbours who had banged on the door for help, when there was an “almighty crash – like an explosion” as a huge wave of water rolled in from the back and front of the house, so strong it pushed out the front door and many of the windows.

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Kitchenful combines meal planning with a grocery concierge service
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 07:30:56 +0000
Meet Kitchenful, a new German startup backed by Y Combinator that wants to make it easier to cook at home by taking care of menu ideas and grocery shopping. The service is currently available in early access in Germany with a focus on Berlin and Munich. When you sign up to Kitchenful, you first have […]
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Germany’s Greens cautious over linking floods to climate crisis
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:10:58 GMT

Party leaders hope public will draw its own conclusions from last week’s catastrophic floods

It was a slogan that cut to the chase: “Everybody is talking about Germany. We talk about the weather.”

The provocative message – itself an inversion of the title of an essay by Red Army Faction terror group founder Ulrike Meinhof (“Everybody talks about the weather. We don’t”) – was at the heart of the West German Green party’s 1990 election campaign, but has rarely felt more relevant than today as catastrophic floods in western Germany have brought extreme weather events to the centre of the national debate little more than two months before federal elections.

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Why is the Northern Ireland protocol still an issue? Actions have consequences | Fintan O'Toole
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 07:00:47 GMT

Someone tell Boris Johnson: you can’t bake your ‘oven-ready deal’ and then remove a key ingredient (even if it’s a sausage)

Ask a stupid question and you get a stupid answer. The Northern Ireland protocol is a stupid answer: it imposes a complex bureaucracy on the movement of ordinary goods across the Irish Sea. But it is the only possible response to a problem created by Boris Johnson. The reason it keeps coming around again and again, like a ghoul on a ghost train, is that it requires Johnson and his government to do something that goes against the grain of the whole Brexit project: to acknowledge that choices have costs.

There used to be a gameshow on American radio and TV called Truth or Consequences. It was so popular that a whole city in New Mexico is named after it. It’s where we live now. In each episode, the contestant was asked a deliberately daft question – and when they failed to answer it, they had to perform a zany or embarrassing stunt.

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Prog rockers sussed out Boris Johnson years ago | Brief letters
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:43:01 GMT

The price of ‘freedom’ | New phrases | Genesis | Brexit plank | Spelling disaster

Let me get this right: lockdown was damaging the economy through the restrictions imposed on trade and commerce. So “freedom” is declared. But the accompanying upsurge of the Johnson variant and increase in infections, and ensuing “pingdemic”, brings the economy to its knees (Supermarkets struggle to stock shelves as ‘pingdemic’ havoc spreads, 21 July). Something wrong there, surely?
David Walker
Sheffield

• I always greatly enjoy reading Aditya Chakrabortty and I was delighted to discover a new phrase: “coprophagic cynicism” (After Covid, the climate crisis will be the next thing the right says we ‘just have to live with’, 22 July). I intend to use it in conversation as soon as possible and I do not expect to wait long.
Stuart McPhillips
Garstang, Lancashire

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COVID-19 Forced Us All to Experiment. What Have We Learned?
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT
Telework, telelearning, telemedicine, and telecommerce are here to stay
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Candiru: Another Cyberweapons Arms Manufacturer
2021-07-19T15:54:58Z

Citizen Lab has identified yet another Israeli company that sells spyware to governments around the world: Candiru.

From the report:

Summary:

  • Candiru is a secretive Israel-based company that sells spyware exclusively to governments. Reportedly, their spyware can infect and monitor iPhones, Androids, Macs, PCs, and cloud accounts.
  • Using Internet scanning we identified more than 750 websites linked to Candiru’s spyware infrastructure. We found many domains masquerading as advocacy organizations such as Amnesty International, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as media companies, and other civil-society themed entities. ...

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Tomorrow's Hydropower Begins With Retrofitting Today's Dams
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT
Big dams that are as bad as fossil fuels can be turned green
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Coronavirus live: Indonesia reports record daily deaths; Philippines bans children from going out
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:48:13 GMT

Latest updates: Indonesia’s daily death toll reaches 1,566; Philippines bans children aged 5-17 leaving the house until end of July

The Republican governor of Alabama has said it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for rising cases of Covid-19, amid concern that months of misinformation over the need and efficacy of vaccines is fueling a resurgence of coronavirus infections in several states.

Kay Ivey said that vaccines are “the greatest weapon we have to fight Covid” and added that a surge in new cases of the coronavirus in Alabama is due to a reluctance among many people in the state to get inoculated.

Related: Republican governor says ‘time to start blaming unvaccinated’ for rise in cases

Related: Alabama governor joins growing number of Republicans urging Americans to get vaccinated – live

Germany’s public health institute has said it is putting Spain and the Netherlands on a list of high-incidence countries for coronavirus, meaning new restrictions for unvaccinated travellers.

The move by the Robert Koch Institute, effective from Tuesday, means anyone arriving from high-incidence countries with new infection rates of 200 or more per 100,000 people in the past seven days is required to go into a 10-day quarantine, which can be cut to five days upon a negative test.

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European agency clears Moderna vaccine for children 12-17
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:25:56 EDT
The European Medicines Agency has recommended clearing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18
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Moderna's stock jumps after announcing its COVID-19 shot is nearing authorization for teens in Europe
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:02:39 GMT

Shares of Moderna Inc. gained 4.7% in trading on Friday after the company said that European regulators recommended authorizing its COVID-19 vaccine for teens as young as 12 years old. The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use issued the recommendation; next up will be the final decision from the European Commission. Moderna's shot has not yet been authorized for teens in the U.S. The company's shares have soared 223.2% so far this year, while the S&P 500 is up 16.3%.

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Duolingo’s bellwether IPO
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:00:59 +0000
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We were smaller team this week, with Natasha and Alex together with Chris to sort through yet another summer frenzy of a week. This time around we actually recorded live on Twitter Spaces, which was a first for the podcast. […]
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Omagh bombing could have been prevented, says high court judge
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:28:54 GMT

‘Real prospect’ 1998 attack by dissident republicans could have been thwarted, says Mr Justice Horner

Security forces had a “real prospect” of preventing the 1998 Omagh bombing – the deadliest atrocity of the Northern Ireland Troubles – a Belfast high court has ruled.

Mr Justice Horner recommended on Friday that the British and Irish governments each undertake human rights compliant investigations into the bombing, which killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured 220 people.

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Budapest Pride march is a protest against anti-gay laws, say organisers
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:34:29 GMT

Hungary’s LGBT community expects high turnout for march on Saturday marking end of Pride month

Saturday’s Pride march in Budapest will be “a celebration, but also a protest”, organisers have said, as Hungary’s LGBT community prepares to rally in defiance of an escalating anti-gay campaign by the country’s government.

Johanna Majercsik, one of the organisers of Pride month in Budapest, which culminates with the march, said she expected to see many more in attendance than the roughly 20,000 marchers who attended the last Pride march in the city, two years ago.

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Jadon & Marcus & Bukayo: sales of anti-racism T-shirts soar
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:28:34 GMT

Sweatshirts also popular based on design by actor Jason Sudeikis in support of England footballers

Sales of T-shirts and sweatshirts in support of England footballers who were targeted by racists after the team’s Euro 2020 final defeat have increased hugely, according to online clothing retailers.

The tops were inspired by the actor Jason Sudeikis, who wore a sweatshirt with their names on to an event celebrating the second season of his football comedy, Ted Lasso, on Thursday.

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Deportação e trabalho escravo: governo e Exército tornam política migratória um desastre humanitário
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:47 +0000

Enquanto o país vivia a maior crise sanitária em um século, Bolsonaro passa a “boiada” nas políticas migratórias, com ajuda dos militares.

The post Deportação e trabalho escravo: governo e Exército tornam política migratória um desastre humanitário appeared first on The Intercept.


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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 192.6 million and CDC head warns U.S. not out of the woods yet
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:22:53 GMT

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 192.6 million on Friday, while the death toll climbed above 4.1 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world with a total of 34.3 million cases and in deaths with 610,177 as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread fast, especially in states with low vaccination rates. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned Thursday that the U.S. is not out of the woods yet, as the highly transmissible delta variant continues to infect especially unvaccinated people. "It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of and that I have seen in my 20-year career," Walensky said at a White House briefing, with hospitals reaching capacity in some parts of the country. The CDC's vaccine tracker shows rates remain static from day-to-day, as fewer Americans come forward for shots. Just 48.8% of the overall population is fully vaccinated, and just 59.7% of adults 18-years-and-older have received both shots, while 68.6% have received at least one. That remains just short of President Joe Biden's goal of having at least 70% of the adult population receive one shot by the recent July 4 holiday. India is second by cases at 31.3 million and third by deaths at 419,470, according to its official numbers, which are expected to be undercounted. Brazil is second in deaths at 547,016 but is third in cases at 19.5 million. Mexico has fourth-highest death toll at 237,626 but has recorded just 2.7 million cases, according to its official numbers. In Europe, Russia continues to pull ahead of the U.K. by deaths at 149,796, while the U.K. has 129,266, making Russia the country with the fifth-highest death toll in the world and highest in Europe. The U.K. fully reopened its economy on Monday against the advice of healthcare experts, who are concerned at the continued rapid spread of cases there that is forcing many to isolate and quarantine.

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Ancient Roman road and dock discovered in Venice lagoon
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:06:56 GMT

Find could prove there were human settlements in area centuries before city was founded

The discovery of the remains of a Roman road and dock submerged in the Venice lagoon could prove there were permanent human settlements in the area centuries before Venice was founded, researchers say.

Scuba divers discovered what appeared to be paving stones beneath the lagoon in the 1980s, but only after more recent research were the relics confirmed to have formed part of a road system.

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Belarus NGOs condemn government crackdown after ‘black week’ of raids
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:00:43 GMT

Human rights groups say latest series of arrests and searches are part of ‘a total purge on civil society’

The government of Belarus has launched a broad crackdown on civil society, launching raids and arrests on dozens of organisations in what has been described as a “black week” for the country’s NGOs.

The raids, which began last week, have touched all corners of civil society, from groups that campaign for political prisoners’ rights to those that crowdfund medical care and have helped medics in the fight against coronavirus.

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Daily Crunch: Today’s widespread internet outage ‘not a result of a cyberattack,’ says Akamai
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 22:10:48 +0000
Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.
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VOCHI raises additional $2.4 million for its computer vision-powered video editing app
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:55:00 +0000
VOCHI, a Belarus-based startup behind a clever computer vision-based video editing app used by online creators, has raised an additional $2.4 million in a “late-seed” round that follows the company’s initial $1.5 million round led by Ukraine-based Genesis Investments last year. The new funds follow a period of significant growth for the mobile tool, which […]
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Emily Ratajkowski sponsors Bantry Basketball Club in County Cork
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:24:42 GMT
Emily Ratajkowski buys kit for Bantry's U15 and U16 teams, setting Snapchat "on fire".
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Google turns AlphaFold loose on the entire human genome
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:00:52 +0000
The AI-driven structural predictions are being shared through a public database.
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Minnesota Police Expected Pipeline Budget Boost to Fund New Weapons
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:00:40 +0000

The same cops tasked with policing resistance to pipelines anticipate financial benefits from oil companies moving into their areas.

The post Minnesota Police Expected Pipeline Budget Boost to Fund New Weapons appeared first on The Intercept.


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Benin Bronzes: Nigeria dispute jeopardises return of artefacts
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:26:01 GMT
Several museums in Europe have talked of returning the looted artefacts - but where will they be housed in Nigeria?
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Can a Border Tax Help Slow a Borderless Crisis?
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:00:00 +0000
Unfettered free trade helped get us into the climate crisis. Perhaps there’s some poetic justice if restricting it can help with the solution.
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No Antenna Could Survive Europa’s Brutal, Radioactive Environment—Until Now
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:30:00 GMT
To explore Jupiter’s moon for signs of life, JPL developed a brand new, all-metal design
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How the IBM PC Won, Then Lost, the Personal Computer Market
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 18:30:00 GMT
Not even Big Blue could keep up with its creation’s success
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ERA launch replay
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:15:00 +0200
Video: 00:03:07

The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is on its way to the International Space Station after being launched on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, at 16:58 CEST on 21 July 2021.

The 11-m-long robot is travelling folded and attached to what will be its home base – the Multipurpose Laboratory Module, also called ‘Nauka’. The Proton-M booster placed Nauka and ERA into orbit around 10 minutes after liftoff, nearly 200 km above Earth.  

The International Space Station already has two robotic arms; Canadian and Japanese robots play a crucial role in berthing spacecraft and transferring payloads and astronauts. However, neither arm can reach the Russian segment. 

ERA is the first robot capable of ‘walking’ around the Russian parts of the orbital complex. It can handle components up to 8000 kg with 5 mm precision, and it will transport astronauts from one working site to another. 

More about the European Robotic Arm.


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European Robotic Arm is launched into space
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:31:00 +0200
The European Robotic Arm is launched into space by Proton rocket

The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is on its way to the International Space Station after being launched on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, at 16:58 CEST today.


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Syrian economy lies in ruins and China sniffs opportunity
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 04:00:45 GMT

Analysis: War may be winding down, but with Assad in charge for seven more seven years the country remains splintered

Standing on a podium on Saturday to take an oath of office, Bashar al-Assad declared himself the only man who could rebuild Syria.

His first foreign guest, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, seemed to enhance his claim, endorsing the president’s win in a May poll described by Britain and Europe as “neither free nor fair” and laying a marker to help get the job started.

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Ignoring Intel Rumors, GlobalFoundries Will Do $1-billion Expansion
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:27:00 GMT
Plus the foundry will build a new fab in New York state
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COP26 will be most important summit ever, but the UK’s leadership is already falling short | Kate Blagojevic
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:52 GMT

From fossil fuels to carbon offsetting, the British government must practise what it preaches if it is to inspire others to step up

This summer alone has seen scorching heat domes smother parts of the US and Canada with record temperatures, and blistering heatwaves sweep across Pakistan. Torrential rain has caused devastating floods in China, as well as India, Germany, Belgium and Austria. And while fires are raging in Siberia, Madagascar is experiencing the world’s first famine caused solely by the climate crisis. Even here in the UK, the first extreme heat warnings were issued earlier this week.

New extreme-weather events linked to the climate crisis have become rolling news. Their destruction and death tolls are a daily reminder that the UK-hosted Cop26 this autumn isn’t just the most important climate conference ever held, but the most important international summit of all time.

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A European Robotic Arm to handle the Space Station
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:16:00 +0200
ERA on the launch pad

The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is set for launch on a Proton rocket to the International Space Station on 21 July at 16:58 CEST. The first robot that can ‘walk’ around the Russian part of the orbital complex will be launched with the new Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan.


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On one street in Germany’s floods: Terror, survival, tragedy and the house that floated away
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:13:31 EDT
“It just kept getting worse and worse and worse,” said one resident.
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Tokyo Olympic Games 2020: the opening ceremony – live!
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:49:44 GMT

Mount Fuji: Tennis champion Naomi Osaka takes the torch from our team of kids and jogs up the steps to the summit of the temporary Mount Fuji that’s been erected in the stadium. Following her recent travails and admissions of mental frailty, who better than her to do the honours? And to be clear, no ... it’s you who is crying. Naomi Osaka lights the cauldron, built in the shape of a flower with its petals open. Let the Games begin!

Slowly but surely. We’re getting there. The flame makes its way across the stadium, a local doctor and nurse taking temporary possession. They’re loving it! They positively bound towards a seven-times Japanese Paralympian, waving enthusiastically to all present. The flamne now goes to a team of local students.

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UK Covid live news: more than 800,000 people had coronavirus last week, ONS estimates
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:43:47 GMT

Cases increased in all four nations, says Office for National Statistics

Turning back to the ONS infection survey, here are the figures from the data tables showing the estimate for what percentage of the population in England would have tested positive on 14 July by region.

North-east: 1 in 45

Experts and charities have raised the alarm about rising youth violence in the UK and say it could erupt over the summer, aggravated by Covid lockdowns, mental health problems and months out of education, my colleague Jessica Murray reports.

Related: Youth violence likely to explode over summer, UK experts fear

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Rwandans have long been used to Pegasus-style surveillance | Michela Wrong
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:10:55 GMT

Information-gathering always was a speciality of President Paul Kagame. Modern technology has simply extended his remit

It was a silver BlackBerry, surprisingly heavy in the hand, belonging to a businessman who had flown from Kigali to South Africa to visit the exiled former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya. The businessman, Apollo Kiririsi Gafaranga, boasted that he had bought it in Qatar.

“It cost me $10,000,” a friend of Karegeya’s remembers the businessman telling them. “It’s a model you can only buy in the Middle East, a phone you can’t be tracked on.” Karegeya picked it up, weighed it, and put it back down on the counter where it was charging. “You’ve been robbed,” the ex spy chief joked.

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Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park, a compact natural wonder
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:00:00 EDT
In Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park offers family-friendly waterfalls, ravines and caves.
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Adam Peaty’s second Olympic gold as close to an inevitability as sport gets
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:55:19 GMT

If he stays fit, Peaty will be racing himself in the men’s 100m breaststroke, for which he holds the 17 fastest times in history

Forget death and taxes, in Tokyo it’s queues, health questionnaires, and the men’s 100m breaststroke. There aren’t supposed to be any certainties in sport, but Adam Peaty’s chances of winning a second gold in the event here in Tokyo feels as close to inevitable as you can get. His dominance is unprecedented. He’s won it at the last three World Championships, as well as the Rio Olympics, has broken the world record five times in five years, and swum the 17 fastest times in history, four of them this spring and summer. There isn’t another man in the field who has got within a second of his personal best.

Related: Adam Peaty: ‘It’s a fight in the pool. That’s when I feel I’m a god’

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Team GB shifts Olympic focus from superpower to more human approach | Sean Ingle
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:35:20 GMT

The relentless drive for more medals has been replaced by a more human message in Tokyo: it is a welcome change

At the Hokusai Museum, a short ride from where the British athletes are staying in the Olympic village, there is a giant image of the Japanese artist’s most famous work: the Great Wave off Kanagawa. Higher and higher the great wave rises, until it stands taller than Mount Fuji itself. But then, inevitably its tremendous power and energy starts to flatten, then fall.

That picture may yet serve as an analogy for Team GB’s Olympic momentum here in Tokyo. Since finishing 36th in the medal table in Atlanta in 1996, behind Ireland and North Korea, it has ridden an enormous wave, from Sydney to Athens, London to Rio, from no-hopers to world-beaters. But, after winning 67 medals and finishing second in 2016, UK Sport is now targeting between 45-70 medals and a top-five finish in Tokyo.

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Will we ever get to see Neill Blomkamp’s mooted District 9 sequel based on ‘American history’?
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:17:54 GMT

Blomkamp’s dystopian satire left so many questions unanswered that it simply demands a follow-up – and recent US politics could be the perfect inspiration

The greatest science fiction movies always leave us wanting to know more. Think Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator, Blade Runner, Ex Machina or The Matrix. All are spiked with so much enigma – visions of the future that are only half-explained – that we finish the movie desperate for more information. Was Deckard a replicant? Who built and placed the monoliths? Where did the xenomorphs come from? Should Neo have taken the blue pill? These are the kinds of questions that fuel message board speculation for decades after the movie hit cinemas.

Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 stands up to any of the movies mentioned above in terms of its ability to create a living, breathing science fiction world that both wows the senses with its shocking differences from our own reality and inspires us to look at the inadequacies of our own societal structures. Blomkamp’s ingenious decision to blend the then-fresh found-footage style with racial satire amid the rancid slums of alternate reality South Africa marked out the 2009 film as a rare example of intelligent science fiction on the big screen. It put Sharlto Copley on Hollywood’s radar and briefly saw the director take on the mantle of coming man of futuristic cinema: the middling Elysium followed in 2013, with the underrated Chappie arriving in 2015, but, despite the latter returning us to the mean streets of Jo’burg, Blomkamp’s star never quite recovered its early sparkle.

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Jadon Sancho seals £73m Manchester United move from Dortmund
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:03:08 GMT
  • Winger joins on contract to 2026 with option for further year
  • Sancho describes the move as ‘a dream come true’

Jadon Sancho has completed his transfer to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund for an initial £73m. The 21-year-old winger has signed a five-year contract with an option of a further year.

The former Manchester City player has sealed the move less than a fortnight after he was among three England players to miss a penalty in the Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy. Sancho underwent his medical once the tournament had been completed, the framework of the deal having been agreed at the end of May and confirmed by the clubs at the start of June.

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Paystand banks $50M to make B2B payments cashless and with no fees
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:00:17 +0000
It’s pretty easy for individuals to send money back and forth, and there are lots of cash apps from which to choose. On the commercial side, however, one business trying to send $100,000 the same way is not as easy. Paystand wants to change that. The Scotts Valley, California-based company is using cloud technology and […]
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In reopened Paris, creative energy and festive euphoria set the mood
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 08:00:00 EDT
A plethora of new cultural, dining and lodging options await visitors to the City of Light.
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Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony – in pictures
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:51:49 GMT

With a blaze of indigo and white fireworks lighting the night sky, the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has started. In a nearly empty national stadium, devoid of any crowd energy, it began with a single female athlete at the centre of the stadium, kneeling. As she stood, the shadow behind her took the shape of a seedling, growing as she walked. A number of athletes were featured in a video that started with the moment Tokyo won the Olympic bid in 2013, before showing images of a world silenced by the Covid pandemic

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UK recovery slows amid weakening consumer demand and staff shortages
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:12:18 GMT

Snapshot of the economy in 10-day period to 21 July prompts concerns that recovery is stalling

Britain’s recovery from its winter lockdown has slowed sharply as businesses struggle with weakening consumer demand and Covid-related shortages of materials and workers, the latest snapshot of the economy has found.

The closely watched update from IHS Markit and the Cips reported growth at its slowest since March amid wide-ranging staff shortages against a backdrop of rising Covid cases and as thousands of workers isolate owing to the so-called “pingdemic”. The survey also highlighted a new mood of caution among the public triggered by the rapidly rising infection rates.

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Schlumberger stock rallies after swinging to profit that beat expectations
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:07:02 GMT

Shares of Schlumberger Ltd. rallied 1.9% in premarket trading Friday, after the oil services company reported second-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, and said it expects the momentum of international activity growth is likely to continue in the face of concerns over potential resurgence of COVID-19-related disruptions. The company swung to net income of $431 million or 30 cents a share, from a loss of $3.43 billion, or $2.47 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share of 30 cents topped the FactSet consensus of 26 cents. Revenue rose 5% to $5.63 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $5.51 billion. All business segments topped revenue expectations, with revenue up 32% for digital and integration, up 8% for production systems and up 1% for well construction, but down 4% for reservoir performance. "[W]e believe the momentum of international activity growth that we experienced in the second quarter will continue as the cyclical recovery unfolds," said Chief Executive Olivier Le Peuch. "This view is supported by rig count trends, capital spending signals, and customer feedback." The stock has run up 28.2% year to date through Thursday, while the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF has climbed 23.8% and the S&P 500 has advanced 16.3%.

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The Pegasus project: why investigations like this are at the heart of the Guardian’s mission
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:52 GMT

Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner reflects on our recent investigation into NSO Group, which sells hacking spyware used by governments around the world, and explains why journalism like this is so vital


When the Guardian’s head of investigations, Paul Lewis, first told me about a huge data leak suggesting authoritarian regimes were possibly using smartphone hacking software to target activists, politicians and journalists, perhaps the worst part is that I wasn’t particularly surprised.

Related: What is Pegasus spyware and how does it hack phones?

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How NSO became the company whose software can spy on the world
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:52 GMT

The Pegasus project has raised new concerns about the Israeli firm, which is a world leader in the niche surveillance market

In 2019, when NSO Group was facing intense scrutiny, new investors in the Israeli surveillance company were on a PR offensive to reassure human rights groups.

In an exchange of public letters in 2019, they told Amnesty International and other activists that they would do “whatever is necessary” to ensure NSO’s weapons-grade software would only be used to fight crime and terrorism.

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House of horror: Bath opens the world’s first museum dedicated to Mary Shelley
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:30:51 GMT

This week the city finally embraced its gothic past – in honour of one of its most famous residents. And with it, a host of dark secrets

“Yes there’s plenty of scope for bodies around here,” Stephen Clews, the Roman Baths & Pump Room manager chuckles. We’re surveying the Abbey Churchyard square that fronts Bath’s Pump Room and entranceway to the Roman Baths. Saxon burials were unearthed here during Pump Room excavations, and a medieval church and graveyard were flattened to make way for the square in the 18th century.

Bath’s Unesco limestone centre is a complex patchwork of historical intrigue, but what we’re actually here to look at is a plaque to the left of the Pump Room that marks where Mary Shelley lived in 1816 and 1817 and wrote most of her novel Frankenstein (first conceived by Lake Geneva). Unbeknown to Shelley, she was practically living on top of the Roman Baths, but they weren’t discovered until 60 years after she left. The living quarters she occupied were torn down in the 1890s to extend the Pump Room. Shelley’s ties to Bath were laid to rest for 200 years, but then this plaque was erected in 2018 on the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication after a campaign by cultural historian Christopher Frayling.

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‘There’s magic in misery’: ultramarathon runners cross Death Valley – in a drought
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:00:51 GMT

A hundred athletes are picked each year for the 135-mile race. This time the climate was especially brutal

In the Badwater Basin at the bottom of California’s Death Valley, the air feels like a giant hair dryer and the pavement can melt the soles of your shoes.

Yet on Monday night, 100 of the world’s top endurance runners set off on what has become known as “the world’s toughest foot race”, carving 135 miles of terrain through one of the planet’s most extreme climates at the most intense time of year.

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Ice Cream from Gimmick to Rapture
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000
The summer’s flavors include Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Sea Salt Saba, and Roasted Banana with Coffee Caramel, made by the intrepid purveyors Van Leeuwen, Caffè Panna, and Bad Habit.
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Son Heung-min: Tottenham forward signs new four-year contract
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:56:35 GMT
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min signs a new four-year contract keeping him at the club until 2025.
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Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes first visit to Tibet as president
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:19:50 GMT

Visit comes as China tightens control over region’s Buddhist culture and invests heavily in infrastructure

The Chinese leader has made his first visit to Tibet as president as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernised infrastructure.

State media reported on Friday that Xi Jinping had visited sites in the capital, Lhasa, including the Drepung monastery, Barkhor Street and the public square at the base of the Potala Palace that was home to the Dalai Lamas, Tibet’s traditional spiritual and temporal leaders.

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The Beaumont, Hexham, Northumberland: ‘This is incredible’ – restaurant review | Grace Dent on restaurants
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:00:50 GMT

Hotel food is always blah, isn’t it? Or so I thought, until now …

A fun game to play with the metropolitan elite, or indeed anyone south of Watford, is to ask them to locate Hexham on a map. Or Northumberland, for that matter. Many patches of the north, with the rural north-east being a particularly good example, feel like the Bermuda Triangle to southerners: mysterious, loosely defined and quite feasibly patrolled by monsters. To me, however, Hexham was subject of many a “nice drive out” from Carlisle in the 1980s, bumbling along B-roads towards this sedate market town with a grade I-listed abbey dating from AD674, several art galleries, plenty of places to eat stottie cake and a chance to learn about the Vindolanda fort on Hadrian’s Wall.

As a child, I did not appreciate Hexham’s beauty, and longed instead to be taken to the Gateshead MetroCentre to eat at Spud-U-Like and peruse Athena for sepia posters of hunks shifting tyres. But recently I returned and stayed at The Beaumont hotel and ate in its very fine restaurant. If I’m very honest, not a single local will thank me for alerting you to this chic, recently renovated, 33-room, townhouse-style hotel with a bar that will serve you a decent apricot bellini or a cold bottle of petit chablis to enjoy on tables close to the abbey’s grounds, because, until now, The Beaumont has been largely Hexham’s secret.

Perhaps I liked my Saturday night alone in Hexham so much because The Beaumont still retains an air of chipper, diligent, business-as-usual hospitality. It’s a mood that so many larger outfits have given up on right now, due to staff shortages, to can’t-be-arsedness and especially to irrational new post-Covid company policies that seem to be nothing more than budget-slashing masquerading as “keeping you safe”.

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Uber found to have interfered with privacy of over 1 million Australians
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Fire tornadoes, haze, clouds: US blazes create their own weather systems
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:00:46 GMT

Bootleg fire is generating enough energy and extreme heat that ‘it’s changing the weather’, says expert

In southern Oregon, the Bootleg fire has now burned a swath of land larger than the city of Los Angeles. It has forced at least 2,000 residents from their homes and burned 160 houses and buildings. And it’s not alone – there are more than 80 fires burning across the United States.

Some of these fires are now so intense and large they can create their own weather systems, including fire tornadoes, clouds and other weird phenomena – including smoky haze that has reached New York City, 3,000 miles from where the fires started. New York City now has some of the world’s worst air quality, prompting state officials to issue an alert for residents with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, to avoid the outdoors.

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Labour’s local successes show there’s a path forward – if the national party dares to take it | Andy Beckett
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:00:44 GMT

A Westminster leadership that often appears timid or lost should learn from bold, innovative municipal government

As Labour’s general election defeats have mounted, it’s become common to fear that the party will never hold office again. There are reasons to think that this pessimism is overdone: the volatility of our electoral system, the government’s accumulating problems, and the ageing voters whom it increasingly relies on.

But another reason not to despair quite yet is rarely introduced into the panicky debate about Labour’s future. Away from Westminster, in regions such as northern England where its crisis is supposed to be deepest, the party is still in office in lots of places, in both traditional local government institutions and new ones created by devolution. And rather than just clinging on, in a small but growing number of these places Labour is doing innovative and popular things with what power it still has.

Some of these islands of radicalism are relatively well known, such as “the Preston model”, a Labour council’s revival of the once-struggling Lancashire city by getting its main institutions to spend a lot more of their money locally. Other ambitious Labour administrations such as Salford, North Ayrshire and the North of Tyne combined authority are also beginning to attract attention beyond their localities, by pursuing expansive policies such as opening more public libraries, building large numbers of council homes and investing in new green businesses.

Meanwhile, already high-profile but previously quite cautious Labour mayors such as Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan have become bolder, particularly in their policies to reduce air pollution and improve public transport. Despite Labour’s sagging national popularity since 2017, in all these local strongholds its support has been resilient or even increased. Is this the beginning of something important – or just a few minor fightbacks by a declining party?

Sceptics about Labour’s prospects have plenty of reasons to think the latter. In centralised Britain, local government has been losing power and funding for decades, and particularly since 2010, as it has suffered the worst of Conservative austerity. And under Keir Starmer, Labour hasn’t been able – or willing – to use its local successes as evidence of its ability to run the country. A party that is damagingly short of national policies, and which recently launched a policy review to find some, appears largely uninterested in the promising experiments of its municipal wing. In statements by Starmer and his shadow ministers, the achievements of these innovators rarely feature.

This disconnect tells us important things about the state of the party, and also about our wider politics. Starmer’s vulnerable position as leader makes it risky for him to publicise the achievements of currently more effective local Labour politicians, such as the ambitious Burnham. Many of the party’s mayors and council leaders are also to the left of Starmer, or at least to the version of Starmer permitted by his centrist advisers. They are more interested in redistributing power and resources locally than in looking respectable for the Tory press, or trying to appease increasingly rightwing ex-Labour voters.

This boldness partly explains what happened to the many new ideas generated by the left during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Some of that energy has either lingered in, or been transferred to, Britain’s town and city halls. Yet with Corbynism now increasingly treated by Labour as an aberration, its ideas – however successful they may be locally – appear to be largely off-limits to Starmer.

The municipal radicals seem undeterred. The leader of Preston council, Matthew Brown, and the mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, have written occasional articles about what Labour nationally could learn from their work. But they also have a strong air of independence. In a recent book co-authored by Brown and the leftwing writer Rhian E Jones, Paint Your Town Red, which makes modern municipal socialism seem seductively achievable, there is a section titled “Solving problems from below without permission from above”. In some ways, these local leaders have seceded from mainstream politics, with its Westminster fixation. That may be their most radical step of all.

Yet they have also learned to exploit the Conservatives’ careless lawmaking. Brown and Jones argue that the new mayoralties and combined authorities, “cynically introduced” by the Tories since 2010 as an attempt to devolve the blame for austerity, have inadvertently “proved amenable” to leftwing politicians. The new structures have prompted them to form new regional alliances and to think afresh.

This picture of a kind of guerrilla government by the local left is very appealing in an era of Tory domination and general Labour toothlessness. But as a long-term strategy it may have limits. A similar but larger-scale leftwing experiment took place at the Greater London Council (GLC) between 1981 and 1986, during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. The GLC had originally been created by the Tories to loosen Labour’s hold on the capital by extending London’s boundaries to include its more rightwing suburbs. Yet during the 80s a leftwing Labour administration led by Ken Livingstone took control, and found legislative loopholes that enabled it to increase and redirect the GLC’s spending in radical directions.

With little help from a cautious Labour leadership, rather like today’s, the GLC supported multiculturalism and minority rights in pioneering and eventually very influential ways. But its radicalism also so enraged and threatened the Conservatives that they abolished it. The current government is not yet suggesting that today’s leftwing mayoralties and councils be abolished. But days after Labour’s successes in this year’s mayoral elections, the Tories confirmed their plans to change the voting system for electing mayors, to the probable disadvantage of Labour candidates. Even more than Thatcher, this government is intolerant of rival centres of power.

For anyone wanting the city hall radicals to rescue Labour, there are also potential problems of scale. It’s relatively easy for bold politicians to win control locally in elections when turnouts tend to be low, and more politicised voters are influential. It’s also not that difficult to get a good press for shaking up a town from local newspapers that may welcome the excitement, and are often fairly neutral. But national politics, with its ferocious media bias towards Conservatism and fickle swing voters, is a different business.

Yet for Labour to recover nationally, and to remain usefully in power locally, closer cooperation between these two sides of the party may be one of the few viable strategies. Labour’s recent announcement that in government it “would ask public bodies to give more contracts to British businesses”, on the condition that those businesses improve their “social, environmental and labour” practices – both policies echoing parts of the Preston model – may be a sign that Starmer is finally beginning to pay attention to the municipal revolutions taking place under his nose. If not, the lives of those revolutions may be short and lonely.

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100 days to Cop26: protesters urge Boris Johnson to take climate talks seriously
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:00:45 GMT

With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadership

Protesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.

Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “missing in action” on the climate crisis.

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Water resources: Defusing conflict, promoting cooperation
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(ETH Zurich) The EU funded project DAFNE has developed a methodology for avoiding conflicts of use in transboundary rivers. The model-?based procedure allows for participatory planning and cooperative management of water resources. The aim is now for the DAFNE methodology to be implemented in other regions of the world.
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Topology in biology
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization) A phenomenon known from quantum systems could now make its way into biology:In a new study published in Physical Review X, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) in Goettingen show that the notion of topological protection can also apply to biochemical networks. The model which the scientists developed makes the topological toolbox, typically used only to describe quantum systems, now also available to biology.
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Reverse optogenetic tool developed
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Ruhr-University Bochum) A new optogenetic tool, a protein that can be controlled by light, has been characterized by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. They used an opsin - a protein that occurs in the brain and eyes - from zebrafish and introduced it into the brain of mice. Unlike other optogenetic tools, this opsin is not switched on but rather switched off by light. Experiments also showed that the tool could be suitable for investigating changes in the brain that are responsible for the development of epilepsy.
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Researchers uncover fatal flaw in green pigmented concrete
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) Researchers from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University have found that an impurity present in many industrial pigmentations drastically reduces the strength and longevity of green architectural concrete.
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GM is bringing its upgraded hands-free Super Cruise driving system to six vehicles in 2022
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:00:16 +0000
GM is rolling out three major upgrades including automatic lanes changes and towing support to its hands-free driver assistance system Super Cruise and making it available in six vehicles, including the 2022 all-new GMC Hummer EV pickup truck. While GM has steadily improved Super Cruise since its introduction in 2017, for years it has been […]
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Device cracks milk protein
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Flinders University) After gaining world attention by 'unboiling' egg protein, Flinders University scientists have now used an Australian-made novel thin film microfluidic device to manipulate Beta-lactoglobulin (β-lactoglobulin), the major whey protein in cow's, sheep's and other mammals.In the latest application, published in Molecules, College of Science and Engineering experts have combined the capabilities of the VFD with a new form of biosensor called TPE-MI, which is an aggregation-induced emission luminogen (AIEgen).
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Bio-based coating for wood outperforms traditional synthetic options
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Aalto University) Researchers at Aalto University have used lignin, a natural polymer abundant in wood and other plant sources, to create a safe, low-cost and high-performing coating for use in construction. As there is a global urge to meet the rising sustainability standards, this new coating has great potential to protect wood, whose use in construction is continually increasing. The new coating is non-toxic, hydrofobic, it retains wood's breathability and natural roughness while being resistant to colour changes and abrasion.
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Jack Dorsey says bitcoin will be a big part of Twitter’s future
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:08:04 +0000
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed to investors that bitcoin will be a “big part” of the company’s future, as he sees opportunities to integrate the cryptocurrency into existing Twitter products and services, including commerce, subscriptions and other new additions like the Twitter Tip Jar and Super Follows. Dorsey has been a staunch bitcoin advocate for […]
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Workers in south-west England hardest hit by Universal Credit cut
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:01:37 GMT

TUC says high proportion of people who will be affected by planned £20-a-week benefit cut are in work

The south-west of England will have the highest proportion of low-income workers affected by a £20-a-week cut later this year in universal credit payments, according to analysis by the TUC that illustrates the widespread culture of low pay from Cornwall to Gloucestershire.

More than four in 10 universal credit claimants in the south-west have a low-paid job that qualifies them for benefits, a larger percentage than any other region, said the trade union body.

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Texas GOP lawmakers want 2020 election audit — but only in big counties that mostly went for Biden
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:50:30 EDT
Dozens of Texas Republicans have signed onto a bill mandating a forensic audit of the 2020 election results, but only in the state's biggest counties, which mostly went for President Biden.
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Democrats continue to admonish FBI over handling of Kavanaugh complaints
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:35:41 EDT
Their demand followed a letter last month from from an FBI official defending its process and providing new details about the volume of tips it received about Kavanaugh through a tip line it set up for the investigation.
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Privatizar os correios? Não deu certo na Argentina
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 21:30:42 +0000

Para entender o que pode acontecer se o plano de Guedes e de Bolsonaro de leiloar 100% da estatal ainda esse ano for adiante, é bom olhar para quem já fez isso antes de nós: a Argentina.

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Biden signs bill supporting service programs for crime victims
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:54:21 EDT
“When someone commits a crime, it’s not enough to bring the predator to justice. We also need to support the victims,” Biden said in remarks at the White House Thursday.
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Cowboy Ventures’ Ted Wang: CEO coaching is ‘about having a second set of eyes’
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:40:43 +0000
'I think you want insight from people who understand how human beings listen and learn and grow.'
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Latest Dune trailer gives us our best look yet at Denis Villeneuve’s epic film
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:59:09 +0000
It's the first half of a planned two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel.
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Check out the all-star speakers joining us on Extra Crunch Live in August
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:48:55 +0000
Extra Crunch Live has taught us a lot. From how Retail Zipline’s Series A pitch deck ticked every box for Emergence Capital to how Coda perfected the growth fly wheel, much to the delight of Madrona’s S. Somasegar to Toast’s ongoing obsession with its customers, and why its investors are obsessed with Toast. And that’s […]
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Tips for Diving Back Into the Dating Pool
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:43:40 +0000
A classic dive is fine, but there are creative alternatives for making a splash.
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Argentina threatens to cancel deal for Sputnik vaccine as Russia fails to deliver
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:39:33 GMT

Moscow owes 18.5m doses, leaving Argentina in a ‘very critical situation’ with only 12% fully vaccinated, leaked letter reveals

Argentina’s gamble on Sputnik V vaccine has left it in a “very critical situation” because of Russia’s failure to fulfill delivery commitments, according to an official letter to Moscow leaked on Thursday.

Russia owes Argentina 18.5m doses of its Sputnik V jab, over two-thirds of them vital second-component doses.

Only 12% of Argentinians are fully vaccinated so far, partly due to failed Sputnik deliveries of its second component. Another 37% have received only a single dose.

This compares disastrously with double-dose vaccination rates of over 60% in neighbouring Chile and Uruguay, countries that did not bet so heavily on the Russian vaccine.

Its low two-dose vaccination rate leaves Argentina particularly exposed to the arrival of the Delta variant. Neighbouring Uruguay, meanwhile, has already approved moving to a three-dose regimen.

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Airbnb's stock extends bounce after BTIG analyst turns bullish, cites 'appealing' buying opportunity
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:20:35 GMT

Shares of Airbnb Inc. gained 0.6% in afternoon trading, putting them on track for a third-straight gain, after BTIG analyst Jake Fuller turned bullish on the home-rental company, saying the recent selloff has created an "appealing entry point" for a "best-in-breed" online travel agent (OTA). The stock has now bounced 6.2% since closing Monday at a seven-month low of $131.88, which was 39% below the Feb. 11 record close at $216.84. He raised his rating to buy, after being at neutral since Airbnb went public in December. "[Airbnb's stock] wasn't interesting to us >$200 in February, but at <$140 with revenue estimates up significantly...we see an opportunity to own a unique (few brands have become a verb/noun) and compelling (>90% of traffic direct) model," Fuller wrote in a note to clients. The FactSet consensus for 2021 revenue has increased to $5.29 billion from $4.69 billion at the end of February, and represents 57% growth from 2020. "We can't say how a COVID resurgence might impact travel, but can say that [Airbnb] is better situated than peers to deal with it," Fuller wrote. He noted that Airbnb's bookings fell less that its peers and have fully recovered to 2019 levels, which others are still below pre-pandemic levels. The stock has slipped 4.6% year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 16.3%.

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The Guardian view on Pegasus spyware: the export of self-censorship | Editorial
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:03:47 GMT

Global rules are needed to govern the proliferation of these weapons of mass repression

Last year saw the highest global military spending – nearly $2tn – since 1988. More than half of that was expenditure by the United States and its allies. Defence capabilities are closely guarded national assets. A web of rules has grown up around the export of arms and their use. No country wants its most lethal weapons being turned upon themselves.

Yet there are at least 500 private companies that operate, largely unregulated, and sell intrusive software to oppressive regimes that spy on and harass their critics. These anti-democratic acts ought to be enough to bring such trade to a halt. However it has continued; the industry says these tools are for fighting crime and terrorism. What happens when, instead, governments opt to use these capabilities not just on their people, but on the democratic west?

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Playdate preview: You won’t believe how fun this dorky, $179 game system is
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 17:00:58 +0000
Preorders start July 29 for this $179 Game Boy-like delight—which we've tested for weeks.
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PG&E likely sparks another massive fire, pledges to bury 10,000 miles of power lines
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:36:17 +0000
Utility says undergrounding will take 10 years to complete.
Match ID: 82 Score: 20.00 source: arstechnica.com age: 0 days
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Argentina rolls out gender-neutral ID
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:25:21 EDT
The move makes Argentina the first in the region to offer such an option.
Match ID: 83 Score: 20.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days
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Former congresswoman Abby Finkenauer launches Senate bid against Grassley
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:47:49 EDT
The Democrat accused the Republican incumbent of being "obsessed with power."
Match ID: 84 Score: 20.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 1 day
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Eight Months Later, a Vigilante Shooting Over a Trump Sign Divides Topeka
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:15:10 +0000

Two white men in Kansas shot into a car of Latino teenagers and went home. Almost a year later, neither shooter is in custody.

The post Eight Months Later, a Vigilante Shooting Over a Trump Sign Divides Topeka appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 85 Score: 20.00 source: theintercept.com age: 1 day
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Tell us: how are you affected by rising NHS Covid-19 app notifications?
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:46:55 GMT

We’d like to hear how people are experiencing the app and the current rise is notifications

We’re interested to hear how people in England and Wales are affected by rising notifications people are receiving from the NHS Covid-19 app, as infections increase.

Whether you’re getting pinged relentlessly or have lost work after being asked to self-isolate, we’d like to hear about it.

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Match ID: 86 Score: 20.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 1 day
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‘I shoot for the common man’: the photographs of Danish Siddiqui
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 05:30:16 GMT

The photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was shot dead last week while documenting the Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. His award-winning work for Reuters spanned some of the world’s most era-defining crises.
He said: ‘I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can’t be present himself.’
Siddiqui leaves behind his wife, Rike, and two children. And a breathtaking body of work

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Match ID: 87 Score: 20.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 1 day
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Tulane spin-out company to develop new treatment for pelvic organ prolapse
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Tulane University) Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition where pelvic floor muscles or connective tissues fail to support the pelvic organs. Worldwide, POP affects 33 to 50 percent of all women.
Match ID: 88 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Training the next generation of 'cybercops'
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(University of Houston) Hackers, terrorists and thieves can threaten your data. A new program at the University of Houston trains CyberCops in methods to keep your corner of the internet secure.
Match ID: 89 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Synlogic publishes papers in Nature journals demonstrating proof-of-mechanism and potential of synth
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(MacDougall Biomedical Communications, Inc.) Synlogic, Inc. announced today the publication of two papers in the journals Nature Metabolism and Communications Biology.
Match ID: 90 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Surrey builds AI to find anti-ageing chemical compounds
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(University of Surrey) The University of Surrey has built an artificial intelligence (AI) model that identifies chemical compounds that promote healthy ageing - paving the way towards pharmaceutical innovations that extend a person's lifespan.
Match ID: 91 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Stanford researchers develop tool to drastically speed up the study of enzymes
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Stanford University) A new tool that enables thousands of tiny experiments to run simultaneously on a single polymer chip will let scientists study enzymes faster and more comprehensively than ever before.
Match ID: 92 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Soft skin patch could provide early warning for strokes, heart attacks
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(University of California - San Diego) UC San Diego engineers developed a soft, stretchy ultrasound patch that can be worn on the skin to monitor blood flow through vessels deep inside the body. Such a device can make it easier to detect cardiovascular problems, like blockages in the arteries that could lead to strokes or heart attacks.
Match ID: 93 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Smartphone screens effective sensors for soil or water contamination
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(University of Cambridge) The touchscreen technology used in billions of smartphones and tablets could also be used as a powerful sensor, without the need for any modifications.
Match ID: 94 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Rensselaer-designed platform could enable personalized immunotherapy
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) An innovative testing platform that more closely mimics what cancer encounters in the body may allow for more precise, personalized therapies by enabling the rapid study of multiple therapeutic combinations against tumor cells. The platform, which uses a three-dimensional environment to more closely mirror a tumor microenvironment, is demonstrated in research published in Communications Biology.
Match ID: 95 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Pathogens get comfy in designer goo
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Rice University) Hydrogels developed at Rice University mimic intestines when lined with epithelial cells. A study by Rice and Baylor College of Medicine proved hydrogels in various stiffnesses are valuable for learning the dynamics of pathogens that cause diarrhea and other intestinal diseases.
Match ID: 96 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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New tests can detect tiny but toxic particles of coal ash in soil
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Duke University) Duke University scientists have developed tests sensitive enough to detect and measure microscopic particles of coal ash in soil, even at concentrations so low and sizes so small that other tests would likely miss them. The four new tests complement tests previously developed at Duke to detect coal ash contamination in water and larger particles of coal ash in soil.
Match ID: 97 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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New study provides clues to decades-old mystery about cell movement
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(University of Minnesota) A new study, led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities engineering researchers, shows that the stiffness of protein fibers in tissues, like collagen, are a key component in controlling the movement of cells. The groundbreaking discovery provides the first proof of a theory from the early 1980s and could have a major impact on fields that study cell movement from regenerative medicine to cancer research.
Match ID: 98 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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NPS launches Center on Combating Hybrid Threats to address hybrid warfare
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Naval Postgraduate School) The university's new Center on Combating Hybrid Threats (CCHT), officially formed in early 2021, is part of an international effort to detect, deny, disrupt, degrade, defeat and ultimately deter the use of hybrid threats by our adversaries.
Match ID: 99 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Investigational magnetic device shrinks glioblastoma in first-in-world human test
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Houston Methodist) Houston Methodist Neurological Institute researchers from the department of neurosurgery shrunk a deadly glioblastoma tumor by more than a third using a helmet generating a noninvasive oscillating magnetic field that the patient wore on his head while administering the therapy in his own home. The 53-year-old patient died from an unrelated injury about a month into the treatment, but during that short time, 31% of the tumor mass disappeared. The autopsy of his brain confirmed the rapid response to the treatment.
Match ID: 100 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Gaming graphics card allows faster, more precise control of fusion energy experiments
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(University of Washington) University of Washington researchers have developed a method that uses a gaming graphics card to control plasma formation in their prototype fusion reactor.
Match ID: 101 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Doctoral student bridges gap between electronics and optics
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Texas A&M University) According to the United Nations' telecommunications agency, 93% of the global population has access to a mobile-broadband network of some kind. With data becoming more readily available to consumers, there is also an appetite for more of it, and at faster speeds.
Match ID: 102 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Dept. of Energy awards $4.15M to Argonne National Lab to support work with industry
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $4.15 million to Argonne National Laboratory to support collaborations with industry aimed at commercializing promising energy technologies.
Match ID: 103 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Big data-derived tool facilitates closer monitoring of recovery from natural disasters
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(Texas A&M University) By analyzing peoples' visitation patterns to essential establishments like pharmacies, religious centers and grocery stores during Hurricane Harvey, researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a framework to assess the recovery of communities after natural disasters in near real time. They said the information gleaned from their analysis would help federal agencies allocate resources equitably among communities ailing from a disaster.
Match ID: 104 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Artificial intelligence models to analyze cancer images take shortcuts that introduce bias
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(University of Chicago Medical Center) A new study led by researchers from the University of Chicago shows that deep learning models trained on large sets of cancer genetic and tissue histology data can easily identify the institution that submitted the images.
Match ID: 105 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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'Wrapping' anodes in 3D carbon nanosheets: The next big thing in li-ion battery technology
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 EDT
(National Korea Maritime and Ocean University) The lithium-ion battery is the future of sustainable energy technology, but drastic volume fluctuations in their anodes related to enhanced battery capacity raises a safety concern. Recently, researchers from the Republic of Korea have found that embedding manganese selenide anodes in a 3D carbon nanosheet matrix is an innovative, simple, and low-cost means of reducing drastic volume expansion while improving the energy density of these batteries.
Match ID: 106 Score: 20.00 source: www.eurekalert.org age: 1 day
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Saúde tinha pressa para comprar mais 100 milhões de doses da ‘vacina do Centrão’
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:25:17 +0000

Proposta foi feita seis dias após governo pagar 20% mais caro que estados por dose da Sputnik V.

The post Saúde tinha pressa para comprar mais 100 milhões de doses da ‘vacina do Centrão’ appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 107 Score: 20.00 source: theintercept.com age: 1 day
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Event Horizon Telescope captures birth of black hole jet in Centaurus A
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:16:42 +0000
Images narrow down possible theoretical explanations for how black hole jets form.
Match ID: 108 Score: 20.00 source: arstechnica.com age: 1 day
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We Don’t Need a Jetsons Future, Just a Sustainable One
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:00:00 GMT
“Cozy futurism” reimagines tech for the greater good
Match ID: 109 Score: 20.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day
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U.S. Mint Honors Game Developer Ralph Baer
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT
His Brown Box predates the Playstation, Xbox, and Wii
Match ID: 110 Score: 20.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day
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Wiped Phones and the Battle for Evidence in Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Prosecution
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:33:09 +0000

Phones belonging to top state health department officials were found with no text messages from January 2014 to October 2015.

The post Wiped Phones and the Battle for Evidence in Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Prosecution appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 111 Score: 20.00 source: theintercept.com age: 1 day
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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, July 21st
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:25:06 +0000
“Yes, the tornado riding the melted-glacier smoke storm is alarming, but it’s creating the perfect natural filter for this sunset.”
Match ID: 112 Score: 20.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 1 day
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Solar-to-Hydrogen Water Splitter Outlasts Next Best Tech By 14x
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:03:00 GMT
Photochemical device can now operate for up to 100 days
Match ID: 113 Score: 20.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day
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Cloud Computing’s Coming Energy Crisis
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT
The cloud’s electricity needs are growing unsustainably
Match ID: 114 Score: 20.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 2 days
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U.S. Military Bought Cameras in Violation of America's Own China Sanctions
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 17:55:59 +0000

Purchased camera systems were supposedly made in the U.S. but actually originated from Chinese companies blacklisted for security reasons.

The post U.S. Military Bought Cameras in Violation of America’s Own China Sanctions appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 115 Score: 20.00 source: theintercept.com age: 2 days
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How to Prevent a Power Outage From Becoming a Crisis
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT
Protecting the electricity vulnerable should be the first priority during a heat wave
Match ID: 116 Score: 17.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 3 days
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The Incredible Cynicism of GOP Support for #FreeBritney
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 10:00:23 +0000

Britney Spears's struggle is against patriarchal control and economic exploitation — which are core Republican values.

The post The Incredible Cynicism of GOP Support for #FreeBritney appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 117 Score: 17.14 source: theintercept.com age: 3 days
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The SolarWinds Hackers Used an iOS Flaw to Compromise iPhones
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 20:10:00 +0000
Security researchers say the group exploited a zero-day in Apple’s operating system to target European government officials over LinkedIn.
Match ID: 118 Score: 15.71 source: www.wired.com age: 7 days
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AI and Robots Are a Minefield of Cognitive Biases
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Humans anthropomorphize our technology, sometimes to our own distraction and detriment
Match ID: 119 Score: 14.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 4 days
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What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan
Sun, 18 Jul 2021 16:17:44 +0000

The tech giants have accused her of bias against them, but that misunderstands her antitrust analysis.

The post What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 120 Score: 14.29 source: theintercept.com age: 4 days
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What are the travel rules for Spain, Portugal, Malta and other holiday hotspots?
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:22:57 GMT
What you need to know about going to Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Malta, Italy and Turkey.
Match ID: 121 Score: 12.86 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 6 days
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Se houver fraude nas eleições, Exército será um dos culpados
Sun, 18 Jul 2021 10:00:57 +0000

Bolsonaro e Barroso estranhamente escondem, mas a força é uma das responsáveis por fiscalizar e auditar urnas eletrônicas.

The post Se houver fraude nas eleições, Exército será um dos culpados appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 122 Score: 11.43 source: theintercept.com age: 5 days
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Braço forte, e-mail amigo
Sat, 17 Jul 2021 15:30:04 +0000

Os militares se aprontam para a eleição do ano que vem.

The post Braço forte, e-mail amigo appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 123 Score: 11.43 source: theintercept.com age: 5 days
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Retro meets retrofit
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 16:50:00 +0200
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Retro meets retrofit: The Novespace Air Zero G aircraft is seen here next to Douglas the 1962 VW Transporter. The two are in Paderborn, Germany for the 76th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign.

The refitted A310 Air Zero G aircraft flies in parabolas that offer teams from various research institutes and universities altered states of gravity  to perform experiments and technology demonstrations. Experiments span many disciplines including complex fluidics and human physiology, and this campaign is no exception. 

Running from 25 June to 1 July, the 76th campaign features an experiment studying the effect of gravity on hydrodynamics to better protect spacecraft and science instruments from the temperature fluctuations in space; a study on how immune cells flow under the stress of spaceflight; an experiment studying spinal stiffness under microgravity to mitigate lumbar pain for both astronauts and patients on Earth, to name a few.    

A typical parabolic flight campaign involves three flights and requires a week of on-site preparation. Each flight offers 31 periods of weightlessness. The aircraft can also fly in arcs that provide lunar or martian gravity levels by adjusting the angle of attack of the wings. Each flight of this particular campaign will split the gravity states, flying one third of parabolas at martian-G, one third at lunar-G, and one third at zero-G.

The aircraft flies close to maximum speed and pulls the nose up to a 45° angle, then cuts the power to fall over the top of the curve. Whilst falling freely the passengers and experiments experience around 20 seconds of microgravity, until the plane is angled 45° nose-down, before pulling out of the dive to level off with normal flight.

These “pull up” and “pull out” manoeuvres before and after the weightless period increase gravity inside the plane up to 2g, but that is just part of the ride, repeated every three minutes for almost two hours.

The campaign is the fourth to take place under Covid-19 restrictions. Despite measures loosening across Europe, participants and coordinators adapted to safety measures: PCR tests were required to enter Germany, as well as rapid antigen or RT LAMP tests each day for every participant. Facilities on the ground as well as on board are adapted to allow for social distancing and cleanliness requirements. Surgical masks are worn at all times, and movement is restricted during the flights.

University students can also take part in a parabolic flight campaign thanks to the ESA Education Office’s Fly Your Thesis! programme. Masters and PhD students can propose their experiment, and upon selection, will be supported in preparing their experiment for the campaign by ESA Academy, ESA and Novespace experts. The 2022 Call for Proposals is now open.


Match ID: 124 Score: 11.43 source: www.esa.int age: 24 days
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A Glass Nightmare: Cleaning Up the Cold War’s Nuclear Legacy at Hanford
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT
Scientists have spent three decades cleaning up the Hanford Site’s 177 giant tanks of radioactive sludge. And they’re just getting started
Match ID: 125 Score: 11.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 451 days
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Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Model
2021-07-16T21:12:12Z

Pretty wooden model.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines here.


Match ID: 126 Score: 8.57 source: www.schneier.com age: 6 days
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Cybersecurity Training Program Teaches How to Fend Off Attacks
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT
Hands-on labs replicate real-world threats
Match ID: 127 Score: 8.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 6 days
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Video Friday: Fluidic Fingers
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:14:00 GMT
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos
Match ID: 128 Score: 8.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 6 days
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La NASA y la ESA se asocian en un nuevo esfuerzo para abordar el cambio climático global
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 12:40 EDT
La NASA y la Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés) han formado una asociación estratégica única en su tipo para observar la Tierra y su entorno cambiante.
Match ID: 129 Score: 7.86 source: www.nasa.gov age: 9 days
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NASA, ESA Partner in New Effort to Address Global Climate Change
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:58 EDT
NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have formed a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership to observe Earth and its changing environment.
Match ID: 130 Score: 7.86 source: www.nasa.gov age: 9 days
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Antarctic noon
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 16:03:00 +0200
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A fortnight after the 21 June winter solstice in Antarctica, the crew at Concordia Research Station are slowly welcoming the return of sunlight. This photo was taken by ESA-sponsored medical doctor Nick Smith on 1 July at noon.

The 12-member crew at Concordia, located at the mountain plateau called Dome C, have spent the last few months in complete darkness: the sun disappeared in May and will not be fully visible again until mid-August. This image of high noon signals the beginning of the end of winter on the remote continent.

Confined in extreme conditions, the crew at Concordia – one of three Antarctic stations inhabited all year long – find solace in traditions. Midwinter often includes well wishes from other Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations as well as communal projects. The crew this year brewed their own beer to mark the occasion.

As well as offering around nine months of complete isolation, Concordia’s location at 3233 m altitude means the crew experience chronic hypobaric hypoxia – lack of oxygen in the brain. Temperatures can drop to –80°C in the winter, with a yearly average of –50°C. The temperature at the time of this image was –65°C, with wind chill at about –80°C.

As a station set in Earth’s harshest space, Concordia is an ideal stand-in for studying the human psychological and physiological effects of extreme cold, isolation and darkness.

Nick is working on seven experiments, looking in general at the effects of isolated, confinement and extreme environment, analogous to a lunar or martian station, on mindfulness, cognition, risk taking, decision making, immune systems, stress, eye health, sexual security, and social dynamics. He has collected many samples and questionnaires over the past nine months.

The crew are headed for the home stretch of their Antarctic residency which will bring not only sunlight but also fresh crew. Researchers arriving for the summer campaign means a lot of preparatory work for the current crew.

In the next few weeks, they will need to plough the skiway, remove snow around the station, deep clean, and in the case of Nick, prepare his samples for return to Europe.

Follow the adventures at Concordia on the Chronicles from Concordia blog.


Match ID: 131 Score: 7.86 source: www.esa.int age: 10 days
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Europe Makes the Case to Ban Biometric Surveillance
Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000
Companies are racing to track everything about you. It could be a convenient way to reduce fraud—or seriously creepy and discriminatory.
Match ID: 132 Score: 7.86 source: www.wired.com age: 14 days
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International Space Station update: June in orbit
Wed, 07 Jul 2021 08:35:00 +0200
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet overlooking Earth during a spacewalk

Just over two months into his Alpha mission, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet has performed three spacewalks and supported numerous European and international experiments in microgravity. As the International Space Station crew embark on another busy month in low-Earth orbit, we reflect on some highlights from June.


Match ID: 133 Score: 7.86 source: www.esa.int age: 16 days
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At Least 2,034 Ways Earth Has Blown Its Cover
Fri, 02 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Intelligent life in these nearby star systems could locate us the same way we find exoplanets
Match ID: 134 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 21 days
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Wide range of applications for ESA’s astronaut selection
Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0200
Apply now to become an ESA Astronaut

Aspiring astronauts from across Europe are awaiting the next step in ESA’s astronaut selection, following the 18 June closure of the Agency’s first application period in 11 years.  


Match ID: 135 Score: 7.86 source: www.esa.int age: 30 days
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Pilotes
Tue, 08 Jun 2021 16:34:00 +0200
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ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Megan MacArthur run sessions on the Pilote experiment proposed by France’s space agency CNES in the European Columbus module of the International Space Station.

Continuing French neuroscience experiments started on the Russian space station Mir, the Pilote experiment evaluates a new way of providing tactile and visual feedback to astronauts when operating robots. Using a virtual reality headset and a haptic joystick can recreate the feeling of pressure and touch when tele-operating a robotic arm.

The results from Pilote will improve the work space on the International Space Station and future spacecraft for lunar and martian missions, where astronauts in orbit could operate rovers on the surface.

Watch a time lapse of the session here.

Over 200 experiments are planned for Thomas and crew, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by CNES.

Read an overall of Thomas’ first month in space for mission Alpha, which included work on Pilote and other science experiments, organising Dragon cargo spacecraft deliveries, Space Station maintenance, not to mention daily exercise.  


Match ID: 136 Score: 7.86 source: www.esa.int age: 45 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

The zero-waste movement: how a new wave of shops is driving a refill revolution
Fri, 28 May 2021 09:27:15 GMT

More stores than ever are doing their bit to cut the impact of shoppers on the environment. Could reusing and refilling be the answer to plastic pollution?

Refills make sense. Not only does taking your old detergent bottles back to a store to be replenished help reduce plastic waste, but cutting out unnecessary new bottles makes it cheaper, too. In the case of a five-litre container of Ecover washing-up liquid, as much as 44% less expensive, based on RRP.

Ecover, one of the largest producers of ecological washing and cleaning products in Europe, first launched its refills at UK health food stores in the early 1990s. Now the option is available at 679 independent shops, while a trial of Ecover refill machines at four Waitrose stores in 2019 has been such a success that they have now become a permanent feature. The ongoing trial is part of the retailer’s Unpacked range, which is testing customers’ appetite for packaging-free shopping. It was the first time that Ecover had experimented with a refill system in a UK supermarket.

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Match ID: 137 Score: 7.86 source: www.theguardian.com age: 56 days
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Lunch with the Moon
Thu, 27 May 2021 12:30:00 +0200
Video: 03:32:49

For the first time in more than three years, on 26 May 2021, a total lunar eclipse coincided with a supermoon. The 'super blood moon' was unfortunately only visible across Australia and parts of the US and East Asia. But ESA, in cooperation with the Australian science agency, CSIRO, brought this celestial treat to European viewers through its live webcast "Lunch with the Moon". 
Catch the replay of this unique event, which includes live footage of the Moon from across the globe and conversations with experts on the science of lunar eclipses, what would happen if there were no Moon, fascinating insights into Europe's future at the Moon including the Moonlight project, lunar robots and robotics, a future human lunar base and much more. 

In the programme, the moment of “totality” – when the Moon is fully shrouded in Earth’s shadow – begins around 1:46:00. 
Schedule 
02:10 Deep-space communication from Australia 
13:00 All about lunar eclipses 
29:10 What if there were no Moon? 
43:20 Europe goes forward to the Moon 
58:45 Moonlight: Connecting Earth with the Moon 
1:13:20 Humans at work in a lunar setting 
1:28:20 Lunar robots 
1:43:45 Science and future exploration 


Match ID: 138 Score: 7.86 source: www.esa.int age: 57 days
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Lasers Could Clear Space Junk From Orbit
Fri, 14 May 2021 19:25:00 GMT
Adaptive optics proposal would allow tracking and steering of small but still damaging orbital debris
Match ID: 139 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 69 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Conférence de presse de Thomas Pesquet depuis l'ISS
Fri, 30 Apr 2021 15:30:00 +0200
Video: 00:19:22

L’astronaute de l’ESA Thomas Pesquet a échangé depuis la Station spatiale internationale avec des journalistes européens rassemblés à Paris, le vendredi 30 avril 2021, pour partager ses premiers jours de retour en impesanteur, la vie à bord et les enjeux de la mission Alpha.

A l’issue d’un voyage de près de 24 heures à bord d’une capsule Crew Dragon de SpaceX, il était arrivé samedi 24 avril 2021 sur la Station spatiale internationale. Dans le cadre de sa mission Alpha, il réalisera plus de deux cents expériences scientifiques – y compris 12 nouvelles manipulations du CNES, l’agence spatiale française, pour le compte de l’ESA – et effectuera des activités de maintenance du complexe orbital, aux côtés d’astronautes américains, japonais et russes.

English Press conference with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the International Space Station

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet talked from the International Space Station to European media gathered in Paris on Friday, 29 April 2021, less than a week after his arrival. He shared how he felt about living in 'weightless' conditions again, life on board and his Alpha mission objectives.

After a 24-hour journey on a SpaceX Crew Dragon, Thomas arrived at the Space Station on Saturday, 24 April. During his Alpha mission, as part of an international crew, he will conduct more than 200 scientific experiments in the Station's cutting-edge laboratories, including 12 experiments prepared by the French space agency CNES for ESA. He will also take part in maintenance activities.


Match ID: 140 Score: 7.86 source: www.esa.int age: 84 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Mission Alpha liftoff
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0200
Video: 00:04:13

Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide. The Crew-2 spend around 24 hours travelling to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off at 11:49 on 23 April 2021 from Launchpad 39A in Cape Canaveral at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

Thomas is the first ESA astronaut to fly in space in a vehicle other than the Russian Soyuz or the US Space Shuttle, and the first ESA astronaut to leave Earth from Florida, USA, in over a decade. This is his second flight, his first mission called Proxima saw Thomas fly to the Space Station on a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and his Expedition broke records for amount of hours spent on research at the time.

Thomas’ second mission to the International Space Station is called Alpha. This is after Alpha Centauri, the closest stellar system to Earth, following the French tradition to name space missions after stars or constellations.

Over 200 experiments are planned during Thomas’s time in space, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by France’s space agency CNES.


Match ID: 141 Score: 7.86 source: www.esa.int age: 91 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

How NASA is Adapting to Busier and Noisier Communications With Mars
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 19:30:00 GMT
Perseverance’s lead telecom engineer explains how to handle interplanetary radio interference
Match ID: 142 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 98 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

The Mars Sample Return Mission Will Be a First for Humankind
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 20:00:00 GMT
The biggest challenge for a multi-mission robotic lift-off from an alien planet: It must work right the first time
Match ID: 143 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 119 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Today's Cyberattacks Foreshadow Wars to Come
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT
SolarWinds, the Florida water treatment hack, even Texas's grid outage: These are what threats to a nation's cybersecurity look like
Match ID: 144 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 121 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

‘Where nature needed us the most': one company's plan to discover and fund pioneering eco projects
Wed, 17 Mar 2021 14:57:03 GMT

Ecover’s Fertilise the Future fund aims to discover innovative organisations across Europe that are promoting nature-based solutions to the climate crisis

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade – so the saying goes. In Belgium, the wording is a little different: when life gives you poop, grow flowers. The Belgium-born cleaning brand Ecover took this instruction almost literally. After experiencing strong sales during the Covid-19 pandemic, the brand decided to “fertilise the future”, by pledging to fund three eco pioneers of tomorrow, whose ideas are founded on nature-based solutions.

“When the pandemic hit, we were really influenced by people like Arundhati Roy, who talked about the pandemic as a ‘portal – an opportunity for a reset moment’”, says Tom Domen, Ecover’s head of long-term innovation. “We challenged ourselves to think how we could use this crisis to identify new ways to address the challenges posed by the climate and ecological emergency. While many businesses were struggling, sales of cleaning products were increasing. Could we ‘fertilise’ a more positive and hopeful beginning out of a time of crisis?”

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Match ID: 145 Score: 7.86 source: www.theguardian.com age: 128 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Breakthrough Listen Is Searching a Million Stars for One Sign of Intelligent Life
Thu, 28 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT
The world’s largest SETI effort is scanning the skies with AI
Match ID: 146 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 175 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

FAA Files Reveal a Surprising Threat to Airline Safety: the U.S. Military's GPS Tests
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT
Military tests that jam and spoof GPS signals are an accident waiting to happen
Match ID: 147 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 182 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Special Report: Top Tech 2021
Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:00:00 GMT
After months of blood, toil, tears, and sweat, we can all expect a much better year
Match ID: 148 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 195 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

10 Exciting Engineering Milestones to Look for in 2021
Thu, 07 Jan 2021 20:00:00 GMT
Expect advances in Mars missions, wearable brain scanners, and quantum communications
Match ID: 149 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 196 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Russia, China, the U.S.: Who Will Win the Hypersonic Arms Race?
Tue, 17 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT
When missiles fly beyond Mach 5, materials melt, airflow turns turbulent, and budgets enter the stratosphere
Match ID: 150 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 247 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Spotting Mystery Methane Leaks From Space
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:00:00 GMT
A fleet of microsatellites will identify emitters of the gas, which is responsible for a quarter of global warming
Match ID: 151 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 269 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities for Venus Exploration
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:30:00 GMT
Should crewed exploration of Venus come before we try to go to Mars?
Match ID: 152 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 310 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Japan on Track to Introduce Flying Taxi Services in 2023
Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT
SkyDrive’s success in conducting a piloted eVTOL test indicates short-hop flights are close to commercial reality
Match ID: 153 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 321 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

ITER Celebrates Milestone, Still at Least a Decade Away From Fusing Atoms
Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:00:00 GMT
Machine assembly has commenced, but this gigantic nuclear fusion experiment costing tens of billions of dollars is nowhere near starting up
Match ID: 154 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 333 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

China Launches Beidou, Its Own Version of GPS
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:00:00 GMT
China places the final Beidou navigation system satellite into orbit
Match ID: 155 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 344 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:00:00 GMT
NASA team pioneers AI algorithm to help Mars rover and Titan drone drill for astrobiological evidence
Match ID: 156 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 377 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

No Propeller? No Problem. This Blimp Flies on Buoyancy Alone
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:00:00 GMT
The Phoenix turns up-and-down motion into thrust
Match ID: 157 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 388 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Wiggly Wheels Could Help Keep Rovers From Dying on Mars
Wed, 13 May 2020 18:00:00 GMT
Unconventional gaits keep this rover from getting stuck in tough terrain
Match ID: 158 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 435 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

U.S. Transportation Officials Seek Alternative Tech for GPS
Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT
Ten years after decommissioning the previous backup to the country’s global satellite fleet, government agencies are taking steps to create a new one
Match ID: 159 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 455 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Here’s Where and How We Think China Will Land on Mars
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:13:00 GMT
China’s 2020 HX-1 Mars mission will draw on previous lunar explorations and human spaceflights
Match ID: 160 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 484 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Can Astronauts Use GPS to Navigate on the Moon? NASA Scientists Say Yes
Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:00:00 GMT
Scientists say lunar explorers could ‘see’ enough Earth-orbiting satellites to make an expensive new system unnecessary
Match ID: 161 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 492 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Spacety Has Big Plans for Small Satellites
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:00:00 GMT
Spacety was one of China’s first private space companies and has so far been involved in 10 space launches
Match ID: 162 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 520 days
qualifiers: 5.00 europe, 2.86 eu

Don't Believe the Hype About Hypersonic Missiles
Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Hypersonic tech represents merely evolutionary change that isn't worth the price
Match ID: 163 Score: 6.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 168 days
qualifiers: 3.57 germany, 2.86 eu

With Ultralight Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Electric Airplanes Could Finally Take Off
Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:00:00 GMT
Oxis Energy’s design promises outstanding energy density, manufacturability, and safety
Match ID: 164 Score: 6.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 337 days
qualifiers: 3.57 germany, 2.86 eu

Tesla Places Big Bet on Vision-Only Self-Driving
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 14:25:00 GMT
Full Self-Driving beta software v9.0 shows many improvements, but the road to full autonomy still looks rocky
Match ID: 165 Score: 5.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 7 days
qualifiers: 5.71 eu

For Entrepreneurs, the Benefits of Slowing Down
2021-07-16T00:00:00EDT
After several heady months for startups, Jeffrey Bussgang offers radical advice for founders this summer: just chill.
Match ID: 166 Score: 5.71 source: hbswk.hbs.edu age: 7 days
qualifiers: 5.71 eu

The Networks That Aim to Track GPS Interference Around the World
Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT
Troubleshooting the world’s navigation systems could streamline transport and save lives
Match ID: 167 Score: 4.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 141 days
qualifiers: 4.29 spain

Germany Is About to Block One of the Biggest Porn Sites
Wed, 14 Jul 2021 14:56:03 +0000
Regulators are trying to force adult sites to introduce age checks for users. Now one of the largest in the world faces a total block for refusing to do so.
Match ID: 168 Score: 3.57 source: www.wired.com age: 9 days
qualifiers: 3.57 germany

Electric Flying Cars May Be Possible With New Batteries
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:24:00 GMT
Lithium-ion cells with nickel foil can handle fast charging and could sustain 80-kilometer flights
Match ID: 169 Score: 3.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 38 days
qualifiers: 3.57 germany

Sergey Brin's Revolutionary $19 Airship
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 21:27:00 GMT
Brin’s humanitarian airship company LTA is trying to reinvent airships for the 21st century
Match ID: 170 Score: 3.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 358 days
qualifiers: 3.57 germany

The EU vaccine 'passport' and what it means for travel
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 16:50:48 GMT
An EU vaccine "passport" is being introduced, enabling holders to prove they have been jabbed.
Match ID: 171 Score: 2.86 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 9 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Global Democracies Need to Align to Fight Disinformation
Wed, 07 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000
Before authoritarians pollute the 2022 midterms, the US and EU must build a blueprint for democratic internet governance.
Match ID: 172 Score: 2.86 source: www.wired.com age: 16 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

The heart of a lunar sensor
Tue, 06 Jul 2021 15:37:00 +0200
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The heart of the Exospheric Mass Spectrometer (EMS) is visible in this image of the key sensor that will study the abundance of lunar water and water ice for upcoming missions to the Moon.

This spectrometer is being delivered to NASA today as part of the PITMS instrument for its launch to the Moon later this year.

EMS is based on an ‘ion trap’, an ingenious detector device that allows researchers to identify and quantify sample atoms and molecules in a gas and allows to establish a corresponding mass spectrum. Scientists at The Open University and RAL Space are developing EMS under an ESA contract.

Lunar molecules entering the sensor are bombarded by electrons emitted by a heated wire to create ions. The resulting ions are stored within an electric field formed by a set of precisely-shaped electrodes. The ions are then released from this ‘trap’ in order of increasing mass/charge ratio into the detector that identifies and quantifies their chemical makeup.

This will allow the instrument to measure water and other molecules in the very thin atmosphere of the Moon throughout the lunar day to study  a lunar ‘water cycle’ concept.

The PITMS instrument will be part of a lunar lander that will arrive on the Moon on NASA’s Astrobotic M1 mission taking commercial lunar payloads to the Lacus Mortis region in 2021.

A similar Mass Spectrometer is also developed for ESA’s Prospect payload package to study lunar water ice on board the Russian Luna-27 lander, set for launch in 2025. The platform will sample potential resources on the Moon to prepare technologies for future sustainable exploration.

“ESA’s Exospheric Mass Spectrometer will not only acquire science data but also test our latest environmental monitoring technology for planetary environments,” says Roland Trautner, ESA project lead for EMS.

“Instruments like EMS allow the detection of the impact of human activities on the lunar environment, and understanding these changes allows us to improve our science and learn how to protect the natural environment on planetary bodies. Small, lightweight detectors like EMS might  become standard equipment on future lunar landers.”

With the goal of developing the first long-term presence on the Moon, ESA is joining forces with NASA and other partners on humanity’s return to the Moon. The next ‘Artemis’ generation to experience lunar landings will be an international one and is opening up lunar space exploration to the global population.

Follow the next major milestone in human exploration by taking part in the first-ever online lunar marathon. The French initiative On the Moon Again is hosting 24 hours of talks and lunar observations in English for a global audience. For more information and to register, see www.onthemoonagain.org.


Match ID: 173 Score: 2.86 source: www.esa.int age: 17 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Reagan-Era Gen X Dogma Has No Place in Silicon Valley
Thu, 01 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000
The Gen X investors and CEOs who run the industry are stuck on the idea that private money will protect them from a promised hellscape.
Match ID: 174 Score: 2.86 source: www.wired.com age: 22 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

China Tries To Solve Its Rocket Debris Problem
Thu, 24 Jun 2021 13:34:00 GMT
Warnings aren't enough, but reusable rockets might be
Match ID: 175 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 29 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Terran R Rocket from Relativity Space Will Be Completely 3D Printed, Completely Reusable
Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:48:00 GMT
The first stage, second stage, and payload fairing of the Terran R will all be recovered and flown again
Match ID: 176 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 43 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

If Necessary, Mars Rover Curiosity Could Rip Its Own Wheels Off to Stay Mobile
Wed, 12 May 2021 14:23:00 GMT
Curiosity's wheel wear shouldn't be a problem for years, but if things get bad, JPL has a plan to minimize risk with a "wheel shedding" maneuver
Match ID: 177 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 72 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Coming Home: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission to Begin Return from Deep Space
Fri, 07 May 2021 14:37:00 GMT
Robotic spacecraft begins its two-year voyage to bring back 300-gram soil sample from asteroid Bennu
Match ID: 178 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 77 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Why the FCC Keeps Shooting Down Requests From Companies That Want To Shoot Down Drones
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:14:00 GMT
Regulators have denied testing permits to at least four electronic warfare systems in the last six months
Match ID: 179 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 99 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Diamond-Based Quantum Accelerator Puts Qubits in a Server Rack
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:06:00 GMT
Its makers envision this device growing to 50+ qubits and fitting aboard satellites, autonomous vehicles
Match ID: 180 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 109 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Here's What You Need to Know About China's Mars Rover
Mon, 29 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Tianwen-1 is expected to attempt a difficult Martian landing in May; if it survives, expect to hear much more
Match ID: 181 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 116 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Students' Lunar Pad Could Help NASA Return to the Moon
Tue, 09 Mar 2021 15:30:00 GMT
A student team's lunar landing pad could help NASA astronauts avoid Apollo's risky moon landings
Match ID: 182 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 135 days
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NASA Takes Steps to Reduce Aviation Emissions, Invigorate US Economy
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 16:58 EST
NASA is seeking proposals for ground and flight demonstrations of integrated megawatt-class powertrain systems for subsonic aircraft.
Match ID: 183 Score: 2.86 source: www.nasa.gov age: 149 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

3D-Printed Thruster Boosts Range of CubeSat Applications
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 16:16:00 GMT
Inexpensive and accessible electrical propulsion could be a boon for satellite-based Internet and Earth observing networks
Match ID: 184 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 161 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Planetary Sleuthing Finds Triple-Star World
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:40 EST
Years after its detection, astronomers have confirmed a planet called KOI-5Ab orbiting in a triple-star system with a skewed configuration.
Match ID: 185 Score: 2.86 source: www.nasa.gov age: 192 days
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SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Dynetics Compete to Build the Next Moon Lander
Wed, 06 Jan 2021 18:00:00 GMT
If all goes well, in February NASA will pick which design to develop
Match ID: 186 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 197 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Nuclear-Powered Rockets Get a Second Look for Travel to Mars
Wed, 23 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT
NASA is investing in the technology for future space exploration missions
Match ID: 187 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 211 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Japan Prepares to Welcome Home Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2
Sun, 06 Dec 2020 21:02:00 GMT
Return of the space probe launched six years ago could help answer the question of how life began on Earth
Match ID: 188 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 228 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

When a Giant Mylar Balloon Was the Coolest Thing in Space
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT
The Echo 1 satellite delivered mail, probed the ionosphere, and captured traces of the big bang
Match ID: 189 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 252 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

The Long Arm of NASA: The OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Gets Ready To Grab An Asteroid Sample
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 18:09:00 GMT
Careful maneuvering will be required to recover material from the dawn of the solar system
Match ID: 190 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 281 days
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China to Launch Space Mining Bot
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:00:00 GMT
Chinese company sets out first steps towards extracting space resources
Match ID: 191 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 309 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Hanford Has a Radioactive Capsule Problem
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:00:00 GMT
Researchers still don’t have a way to neutralize the former nuclear-weapons complex’s 1,936 capsules of radioactive cesium and strontium
Match ID: 192 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 310 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

NASA’s Mars Rover Required a Special Touch for Its Robotic Arms
Thu, 27 Aug 2020 05:30:00 GMT
ATI Industrial Automation brings its Force/Torque Sensor from the factory floor to the harsh environment of Mars’ surface.
Match ID: 193 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 330 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

Attention Rogue Drone Pilots: AI Can See You!
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 14:00:00 GMT
Israeli machine learning system turns drone tracking data into a finger pointed right at a concealed pilot
Match ID: 194 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 365 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Carry a Tiny Helicopter
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:00:00 GMT
The upcoming Perseverance mission will attempt the first powered flight on another planet
Match ID: 195 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 392 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

SpaceX Returns U.S. Astronauts to Space
Sat, 30 May 2020 19:40:00 GMT
The new Dragon 2 spacecraft is reminiscent of the Gemini spacecraft, not the space shuttle
Match ID: 196 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 418 days
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What It’s Like to Sweat the Launch of a New Spaceship
Wed, 27 May 2020 14:19:00 GMT
A former mission controller remembers the last time the United States dared to put humans in a new type of spacecraft—and some hard-won lessons for today
Match ID: 197 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 422 days
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Sabrewing Cargo Drone Rises to Air Force Challenge
Fri, 01 May 2020 14:38:00 GMT
The Rhaegal cargo drone pivots to new possible military missions under a U.S. Air Force contract
Match ID: 198 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 448 days
qualifiers: 2.86 eu

NASA Funds Project for Spacecraft That Make Their Own Landing Pads
Thu, 23 Apr 2020 16:30:00 GMT
Landers that generate their own pads as they touch down would mean faster, cheaper, and safer planetary exploration
Match ID: 199 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 455 days
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The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Gets a Major Upgrade
Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT
While the SETI@home project winds down, one of the world’s most versatile telescope arrays gears up to scan the skies for alien life
Match ID: 200 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 461 days
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Galactic Energy Prepares Ceres-1 Rocket for First Launch
Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:00:00 GMT
The June launch is just the start of the company’s grand plans for future spaceflight
Match ID: 201 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 490 days
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Satellites and AI Monitor Chinese Economy’s Reaction to Coronavirus
Tue, 10 Mar 2020 21:00:00 GMT
Researchers at WeBank mine satellite, GPS, and social media data to conclude that the Chinese economy is well on the way to recovering from COVID-19
Match ID: 202 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 499 days
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Unmanned Solar Aircraft Aims to Compete Commercially With Satellites and Drones
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:30:00 GMT
BAE Systems’ new plane has the potential to fly without landing for a year, and can maintain its position over a specific point for monitoring purposes
Match ID: 203 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 513 days
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How Robotics Teams Prepared for DARPA's SubT Challenge: Urban Circuit
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:00:00 GMT
With the Tunnel Circuit completed, teams are working harder than ever to prepare for the urban underground
Match ID: 204 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 520 days
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Boeing Sponsors $1 Million GoFly Prize for Best Personal Flying Machines
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Startups compete to build small, safe one-person flyers that can fit in a garage and take off from a driveway
Match ID: 205 Score: 2.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 525 days
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