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Physicists Start Detecting Signs of Neutrinos At Large Hadron Collider
“The international Forward Search Experiment team, led by physicists at the University of California, Irvine, has achieved the first-ever detection of neutrino candidates produced by the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN facility near Geneva, Switzerland,” reports

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Top Vaccine Makers Already Preparing to Fight Omicron Coronavirus Variant
While the Omicron mutation might “impact” the effectiveness of our current vaccines, they’re “super unlikely” to render them useless, according to Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.

And USA Today reports that vaccine makers are already getting ready to fight the variant:

Health expe … ⌘ Read more


3D Printer Using Living Ink Made of Microbes Could Print Healing Structures in Space
“The thought of combining a printer (the bane of office workers) with the bacterium E. coli (the scourge of romaine lettuce) may seem an odd, if not unpleasant, collaboration,” writes the New York Times.

“But scientists have recently melded the virtues of the infuriating tool and of the toxic mic … ⌘ Read more


AWS Embraces Fedora Linux for Its Cloud-Based ‘Amazon Linux’
ZDNet reports:

By and large, the public cloud runs on Linux. Most users, even Microsoft Azure customers, run Linux on the cloud. In the case of market giant Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud provider will let you run many Linux distros or their own homebrew Linux, Amazon Linux. Now, AWS has released an early version of its next distro, Amazon Li … ⌘ Read more


Rust’s Moderation Team Resigns to Protest ‘Unaccountable’ Core Team
On Monday morning the moderation team for the Rust programming language “resigned effective immediately,” reports The New Stack:

The resignation was tendered via a pull request on GitHub, wherein team member Andrew Gallant wrote that the team resigned “in protest of the Core Team placing themselves unaccountable to anyone but them … ⌘ Read more


Nvidia’s DLSS Has Come To Linux Gaming
Years after its failed Steam Machines, Valve is slowly but surely improving the state of Linux gaming. From a report: The company’s upcoming Steam Deck handheld runs atop Linux, and its Proton compatibility layer lets it – and other computers – play Windows games as well. Now, Valve has officially added support for Nvidia’s DLSS machine learning temporal upscaling technique to Proton, potentia … ⌘ Read more


California Port Truckers ‘Drowning’ in Supply Chain Inefficiencies
Despite recent reports that congestion issues are easing on the water at California’s major ports, drayage truckers claim this isn’t the case for them – as long wait times, a flawed appointment system and other efficiency issues continue to plague marine terminal operators in the state. From a report: As Port of Oakland officials are urging … ⌘ Read more


Crypto Miners in Kazakhstan Face Bitter Winter of Power Cuts
Illegal miners and mass relocations after a ban on crypto mining in China have overloaded energy grid. From a report: Matthew Heard, a software engineer from San Jose, is worried about his 33 bitcoin mining machines in Kazakhstan. In the past week, they kept getting shut off in an attempt by the national grid to limit the power being used by crypto miners. … ⌘ Read more


Galaxy Note is Dead; Samsung Reportedly Ending Production on Note 20, No Plans for 2022 Model
An anonymous reader shares a report: 2021 marked a big year for the Galaxy Note series, but not in a good way. Rather, it was the beginning of the end as Samsung prioritized its foldables over the Galaxy Note line. Now, the death of the Note seems set in stone, as Samsung reportedly ha … ⌘ Read more


LG Appoints New CEO To Lead Its Beleaguered Electronics Division
LG has appointed a new CEO to lead its electronics business. Starting December 1st, current Chief Strategy Officer William Cho will take over for Bong-seok Kwon as the CEO of LG Electronics. From a report: Meanwhile, according to The Korea Herald, Kwon will head up LG’s main holding company. Cho has been with LG Electronics since 1987. Prior to his m … ⌘ Read more


Biden Admin Announces Travel Ban for South Africa and 7 Other Countries, Citing New Variant
The Biden administration announced plans on Friday to ban travel to the United States from South Africa and seven other countries, just hours after a new coronavirus variant was deemed a highly transmissible virus of concern. From a report: The travel restrictions will begin Monday, affecting … ⌘ Read more


Google Makes Pledges on Browser Cookies To Appease UK Regulator
Google has pledged more restrictions on its use of data from its Chrome browser to address concerns raised by Britain’s competition regulator about its plan to ban third-party cookies that advertisers use to track consumers. From a report: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating Google’s plan to cut support for some coo … ⌘ Read more


Microsoft Edge’s Latest Feature Called a ‘Shameless Cash Grab’ by Critics
Microsoft Edge recently gained a feature that allows people to pay for online purchases in installments. It’s known as buy now, pay later (BNPL), and it’s currently in testing on Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary. The option drew criticism from fans and users of the browser that expressed frustration in the comments section of the post … ⌘ Read more


China Looks To Set Up Digital Asset Bourse in Virtual Yuan Push
China is considering setting up a digital asset exchange in Beijing as officials push to promote usage of the digital yuan and crack down on cryptocurrencies. From a report: Beijing will explore the possibility of establishing a bourse for digital assets trading, as part of broader efforts to boost financial services in the capital, according to guide … ⌘ Read more


Chip Shortages Loom Over Black Friday
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and likely the end-of-the year holiday shopping season all have a more prosaic tinge to them this year. Those lusting after electronic gadgets – and even cars – have learned to settle more for what they can get than what they want. The reason, of course: shortages of electronic components. From a report: Everyone has a story like my dentist, who told me that he’d given up t … ⌘ Read more


Einstein Foundation To Present the Inaugural Award for Promoting Quality in Research
The Einstein Foundation Berlin is honoring the American physicist Paul Ginsparg and the Center for Open Science with the inaugural Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research. Paul Ginsparg is the founder of the preprint server, the first platform to exchange scientific discov … ⌘ Read more


Saving History With Sandbags: Climate Change Threatens the Smithsonian
President Warren Harding’s blue silk pajamas. Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves. The Star Spangled Banner, stitched by Betsy Ross. Scripts from the television show “M*A*S*H.” Nearly two million irreplaceable artifacts that tell the American story are housed in the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution … ⌘ Read more


Apple’s AR Headset Coming Next Year With ‘Mac-level’ Power, Report Says
Apple’s first AR headset will be released in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to a research note from analyst Ming-chi Kuo. The Verge: Kuo predicted back in March that the headset would be released sometime next year, and is now also providing more technical information on the device. The headset will have two processors, accord … ⌘ Read more


Notifications Are Driving Us Crazy.
We’re on alert overload. Stray comments and offhand requests once shouted across the office now blink and buzz at us from Microsoft Teams and Slack. Our communication has grown fragmented, spread across myriad apps we have to learn, conform to, remember to check. From a report: Meanwhile, personal texts and social-media mentions have bled into the workday after all this time at home, adding another laye … ⌘ Read more


South Africa Raises Alarm Over New Coronavirus Variant
South Africa’s government is considering new public-health restrictions to contain a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus that scientists say has a high number of mutations that may make it more transmissible and allow it to evade some of the immune responses triggered by previous infection or vaccination. From a report: The warning from the South Afri … ⌘ Read more


Huge Fines and a Ban on Default Passwords in New UK Law
The government has introduced new legislation to protect smart devices in people’s homes from being hacked. From a report: Recent research from consumer watchdog Which? suggested homes filled with smart devices could be exposed to more than 12,000 attacks in a single week. Default passwords for internet-connected devices will be banned, and firms which do not co … ⌘ Read more


FIFA To Test Automatic Offside Technology Next Week in Preparation for Qatar World Cup
FIFA will trial its new automatic offside technology next week at the Arab Cup as a test to potentially use it at the World Cup in Qatar next year. From a report: As per the Times, the technology relies on an artificial intelligence (AI) system sending an instant message to VAR when a player is offsid … ⌘ Read more


China’s New Space Reactor ‘Will Be 100 Times More Powerful Than a Similar Device NASA Plans To Put on the Surface of the Moon by 2030’
Hmmmmmm writes: China is developing a powerful nuclear reactor for its moon and Mars missions, according to researchers involved in the project. The reactor can generate one megawatt of electric power, 100 … ⌘ Read more


Australia Defamation Case Signals a Crackdown on Ordinary Citizens, Critics Say
Australia’s defense minister on Wednesday won a defamation case over a six-word tweet that called him a “rape apologist.” From a report: Critics and experts said the court case exemplified the conservative governmentâ™s heavy-handed approach toward regulating damaging commentary on social media – what Prime Minis … ⌘ Read more


UK Privacy Watchdog Warns Adtech the End of Tracking is Nigh
It’s been well over two years since the UK’s data protection watchdog warned the behavioural advertising industry it’s wildly out of control. From a report: The ICO hasn’t done anything to stop the systematic unlawfulness of the tracking and targeting industry abusing Internet users’ personal data to try to manipulate their attention – not in terms of … ⌘ Read more


Israel Restricts Cyberweapons Export List By Two-thirds, From 102 To 37 Countries
The Israeli government has restricted the list of countries to which local security firms are allowed to sell surveillance and offensive hacking tools by almost two-thirds, cutting the official cyber export list from 102 to 37 entries. From a report: The new list, obtained by Israeli business newspaper Calcalist … ⌘ Read more


Roblox Sues YouTuber For $1.6 Million Over Terrorizing Kids Platform
Roblox is taking notorious YouTuber Benjamin “Ruben Sim” Simon to court over his alleged attacks on the gaming social media platform and its young fans. A lawsuit filed in California court on Tuesday wants the longtime banned player to pay $1.6 million in damages and stop harassing Roblox employees and players. From a report: First reporte … ⌘ Read more


Walmart Pulls Children’s Toy That Swears and Sings in Polish About Doing Cocaine
An Ontario grandmother who bought an educational toy for her 15-month-old granddaughter was shocked when the dancing cactus started swearing and singing about doing cocaine. From a report: “This toy uses swear words and talking about cocaine use,” Ania Tanner told CTV News Toronto. “This is not what I ordered for my gra … ⌘ Read more


Germany Considers a Full Covid Lockdown and Mandatory Vaccines
Germany is set to decide on tougher Covid-19 restrictions and could even opt for a full lockdown amid record daily infections and mounting pressure on hospitals. From a report: Olaf Scholz, Germany’s chancellor-designate, said Wednesday that the Covid situation was serious and that the country would massively push its vaccination campaign, notin … ⌘ Read more


Black Friday is Causing Toxic Traffic Jams at US Ports and Warehouses
As millions of Americans rush to take advantage of Black Friday deals this weekend, the shopping spree will add to a pollution crisis unfolding at America’s ports . For months, broken supply chains have saddled port-side neighborhoods with more pollution than they normally endure. The holiday season will make things even worse. From a … ⌘ Read more


Verizon and AT&T To Temporarily Turn Down 5G Power To Address FAA Worries
AT&T and Verizon said they will slightly reduce the power of their 5G transmissions in C-band spectrum for six months. The companies said they will do so to allow federal aviation officials more time to study how such transmission might affect radio altimeters in aircraft. From a report: “We are committed to the rapid deplo … ⌘ Read more


The World Needs To Crack Battery Recycling, Fast
As batteries start to pile up, carmakers, battery companies and researchers are trying to save them from ending up in landfills. From a report: Recyclers are primarily interested in extracting the valuable metals and minerals in the cells. Getting to these materials is complex and dangerous: After removing the steel casing, the battery pack needs to be unbundled into cells car … ⌘ Read more


Europe Must Ban Bitcoin Mining To Hit the 1.5C Paris Climate Goal, Say Swedish Regulators
Faced with a sharp rise in energy consumption, Swedish authorities are calling on the European Union to ban “energy intensive” crypto mining. From a report: Erik Thedeen, director of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, and Bjorn Risinger, director of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, … ⌘ Read more


Centrist Dems Sink Biden’s Nominee for Top Bank Regulator
Five Democratic senators have told the White House they won’t support Saule Omarova to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, effectively killing her nomination for the powerful bank-regulator position. Axios: The defiant opposition from a broad coalition of senators reflects the real policy concerns they had with Omarova, a Cornell University la … ⌘ Read more


Inside the Rise and Fall of Clubhouse, a Pandemic Poster Child of VC-backed Hype
From a report: In May 2020, when the pandemic raged, the comedian and TV writer Marlena Rodriguez got an invite to a new app called Clubhouse that offered the homebound online masses a way to spend some of their suddenly abundant time. In the ensuing months, Rodriguez jousted in a chat room with the celebrity Ashton Ku … ⌘ Read more


China Suspends Tencent From Updating Existing Apps or Launching New Apps
China has suspended Tencent Holdings from updating its existing apps or launching any new apps as part of a “temporary administrative guidance” against the tech giant, Chinese media outlets including Shanghai-based reported. From a report: According to the report, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Techno … ⌘ Read more


Congress Decimates 911’s Digital Upgrade
Public safety officials fear the nation’s 911 centers will
continue to languish in the analog era
, after Democrats slashed proposed funding for a digital makeover in their social spending bill. From a report: The potentially life-saving ability for people to send texts, pictures or videos to 911 centers, and for centers to seamlessly share data with each other, remains out of reach for m … ⌘ Read more


The Head of Instagram Agrees To Testify as Congress Probes the App’s Effects on Young People
Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has agreed for the first time to testify before Congress, as bipartisan anger mounts over harms to young people from the app. From a report: Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hear … ⌘ Read more


US Blacklists Chinese Quantum Computing Companies
The US has placed a dozen Chinese groups involved in quantum computing and other advanced technologies on an export blacklist, saying they pose a risk of gaining access to critical American technologies for the People’s Liberation Army. From a report: The move, which makes it almost impossible for US companies to sell technologies to the listed companies, targeted a total o … ⌘ Read more


Next Windows 11 Update Brings Back Clippy
An anonymous reader shares a report: We’re nearly two months out from the public release of Windows 11, and Microsoft is still slowly updating bits and pieces of the operating system that weren’t quite ready in early October. Microsoft announced redesigned emoji back in July, and the next Windows update (version 22000.348, if you’re tracking this sort of thing) adds those emoji to Windows 1 … ⌘ Read more


A Three-Party Alliance is Set To Govern Germany
Three German parties have reached a deal to form a new government that will end the era of longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Olaf Scholz, who is poised to replace her. From a report: Scholz, of the center-left Social Democrats, said he expects that members of the parties will give their blessing to the deal in the next 10 days. At a news conference, Scholz and … ⌘ Read more


Virtual Real Estate Plot Sells for Record $2.4 Million
A patch of virtual real estate in the online world Decentraland sold for a record $2.4 million worth of cryptocurrency, the buyer crypto investor and Decentraland said on Tuesday. From a report: Decentraland is an online environment – also called a “metaverse” – where users can buy land, visit buildings, walk around and meet people as avatars. Such environme … ⌘ Read more


Survey Shows Europeans Not Done Quitting Jobs
Quit a day job to do TikTok full-time? Why not, say some Europeans. From a report: About one in 10 are considering leaving their main job in the next six months and instead earning money from social media, e-commerce or trading platforms, according to a Morgan Stanley poll of 12,500 people. “The received wisdom is that as Covid subsides, and with modest extra flexibility from emplo … ⌘ Read more


Japan To Implement Bank-deposit-backed Digital Currency in 2022
A new digital currency backed by bank deposits is set for a test run in Japan as early as this year, an effort that will involve the nation’s top banks and about 70 other companies. From a report: The test run will focus on the digital currency’s feasibility for business transactions, such as large payments between companies. The group aims to bring t … ⌘ Read more


A Third of All Dark Web Domains Are Now V3 Onion Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Record: Throughout 2020 and 2021, the Tor anonymity network has gone through a major change as the Tor software team has released a new version of its software that updated how .onion domains look and work. More specifically, the Tor Project has done away with 16-character-long .onion domains, also known as v2 addresses, … ⌘ Read more


US To Require Vaccines For All Border Crossers In January
President Joe Biden will require essential, nonresident travelers crossing U.S. land borders, such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials, to be fully vaccinated beginning on Jan. 22, the administration planned to announce Tuesday. The Associated Press reports: A senior administration official said the requirement, which the White H … ⌘ Read more


Watch NASA Crash a Spacecraft Into An Asteroid
If all goes as planned, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will launch early Wednesday morning “to test whether slamming a spacecraft into an asteroid can nudge it into a different trajectory,” reports The New York Times. “Results from the test, if successful, will come in handy if NASA and other space agencies ever need to deflect an … ⌘ Read more


Elizabeth Holmes Admits Doctoring Lab Reports With Pharma Company Logos
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes returned to the witness stand Tuesday, confirming key aspects of the prosecutor’s allegations behind the 11 counts of fraud she faces, but asserting that there was nothing wrong in what she did. The prosecution has repeatedly shown j … ⌘ Read more


California Moves To Recommend Delaying Algebra To 9th Grade Statewide
California is in the process of approving new guidelines for math education in public schools that “pushes Algebra 1 back to 9th grade, de-emphasizes calculus, and applies social justice principles to math lessons,” writes Joe Hong via the San Francisco Standard. The new approach would have been approved earlier this month but has b … ⌘ Read more


Mozilla Is Ending Support For Its Firefox Password Manager Sync App
Mozilla announced last week via a support article that its Firefox Lockwise password manager app will reach end-of-life on December 13th. The final release versions are 1.8.1 (iOS) and 4.0.3 (Android) and will no longer be available to download or reinstall after that date. The Verge reports: What started in 2018 as a small experimental m … ⌘ Read more