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  • Physicists detect signs of neutrinos at Large Hadron Collider

    11/26/2021 9:41:58 AM PST · by Scarlett156 · 18 replies
    Phys Org ^ | 11/26/2021 | phys. org
    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. In a paper published today in the journal Physical Review D, the researchers describe how they observed six neutrino interactions during a pilot run of a compact emulsion detector installed at the LHC in 2018.
  • Killer Asteroids Abound. NASA Is Ready to Do Something About It

    11/22/2021 10:07:30 PM PST · by Main Street · 16 replies
    msn ^ | 11-22-2021 | Justin Bachman
    On a winter morning in 2013, a meteor the size of a four-story building screamed across the country, exploding near the city of Chelyabinsk and injuring more than 1,600 people amid widespread property damage. The chunk of rock and iron, which was 60 feet across, served as a violent reminder that Earth, bombarded daily with tons of space-going debris, periodically intersects with large planet killers—and a significant portion of those remain undocumented. After years of study and discussion, NASA is ready to launch its first effort to spare Earth the kind of calamity that extinguished the dinosaurs, crashing a space...
  • FBI aware of and investigating fake FBI emails sent to thousands

    11/13/2021 4:04:29 PM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/2021 | Andrew Mark Miller
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it is aware of reports that unauthorized emails from a legitimate FBI address were sent to thousands of organizations. "The FBI and CISA are aware of the incident this morning involving fake emails from an email account," the FBI said in a statement Saturday. "This is an ongoing situation, and we are not able to provide any additional information at this time. The impacted hardware was taken offline quickly upon discovery of the issue. We continue to encourage the public to be cautious of unknown senders and urge you to report suspicious activity...
  • President Trump creates Trump Media & Technology Group ‘to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech’

    10/20/2021 5:44:28 PM PDT · by BusterDog · 92 replies
    RSBN ^ | Oct 20, 2021
    President Donald J. Trump has revealed dominating plans to compete with the radical left media with the formation of Trump Media & Technology Group. Trump Media & Technology Group, which is chaired by President Trump, has merged with Digital World Acquisition Corp. to become a publicly listed company with a potential valuation of up to $1.7 billion, a Wednesday press release from TMTG states. The media company intends to “create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the ‘Big Tech’ companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America,”...
  • Comparing Tesla’s Spending on R&D and Marketing Per Car to Other Automakers

    10/12/2021 9:28:29 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 39 replies
    Visualcapitalist ^ | October 12 2021 | Aran Ali
    The Briefing Tesla spends $0 of its budget on advertising, but instead spends a dramatic amount on research and development (R&D) Tesla’s Spending Per Car Sold vs. Other Automakers It’s often said that word of mouth is the best form of advertising. In the case of Tesla and their rapid ascent to the top of the global automobile business, this might be true. After all, the electric vehicle company somehow manages to spend $0 on advertising year after year, despite the fact that marketing is typically a significant expense line item for most other auto manufacturers. On the flip side,...
  • Cardano, Crypto, and the Developing World: Interview with Charles Hoskinson, Part 1

    10/08/2021 12:55:12 PM PDT · by bagadonutz · 5 replies
    Harvard International Review ^ | 10/06/2021 | Justin Qi
    3 part interview with Charles Hoskinson. excerpt from Part 3:A number of lawmakers likely write off crypto as just a right-wing techno-libertarian fantasy. How you might appeal to policymakers on the left like Elizabeth Warren and Janet Yellen, who have often publicly criticized cryptocurrencies from a variety of angles? The philosophical issue that I think is very difficult for people in certain areas of the left. If you are of the belief that everything needs to be controlled by a regulator, a bureaucracy, or the heavy hand of government, you're always going to be uncomfortable with a technology that says...

    10/06/2021 3:03:54 PM PDT · by Scarlett156 · 29 replies
    Futurism ^ | 10/06/2021 | VICTOR TANGERMANN
    Get It Off Me Researchers at Caltech have opened the doors to hell and allowed a creepy robot that can walk on two spindly feet and even fly to enter our world. The terrifying biped, called LEONARD (LEgs ONboARD drone), or LEO for short, is basicically the bottom half of a humanoid robot strapped to a flying drone. The researchers’ goal wasn’t to come up with the next mass-marketable invention, but to test new ways of locomotion for robots meant to complete dangerous jobs and explore hard-to-reach places. Did we mention it can skateboard and slackline as well?
  • Is for Sale as Worldwide Outage, Whistleblower, and Massive User Data Breach Collide in Perfect Storm

    10/04/2021 12:18:18 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 239 replies
    The Liberty Daily ^ | 10/4/2021 | J.D. Rucker
    Facebook is down, and not in a minor way. The Big Tech mammoth is down worldwide in a way in which they will not be able to easily recover as the DNS A and AAA records have been deleted. Technically speaking, is now for sale. They’re not alone. Instagram, WhatsApp, and others have also been affected in the same way. It’s clearly a coordinated attack on a massive scale, though it’s unclear how it was pulled off. We’re not talking about a simple DDoS attack. This is catastrophic and would have required high-level access to certain protocols that one...
  • I Changed My Mind—Facebook Is a Monopoly WSJ opinion

    10/03/2021 11:18:08 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 51 replies
    WSJ OPINION PAGE ^ | Oct. 1, 2021 | Mark Weinstein
    I’m the founder of MeWe, the ad-free social network with data privacy and no content amplification or newsfeed manipulation. MeWe competes directly with Facebook. On June 27, 2019, I wrote an op-ed in this newspaper headlined “I Compete With Facebook, and It’s No Monopoly.” I’ve changed my mind. MeWe continues to succeed, albeit on a modest scale. Two years ago the platform had five million users and no revenue. Today it has nearly 20 million users and is breaking even with millions of dollars in revenue. Yet despite MeWe’s growth, Facebook’s troubling actions over the last two years have caused...
  • The 'Absolute Worst Thing' That Could Happen to the Electric Vehicle Industry Right Now Just Did

    08/29/2021 12:36:13 PM PDT · by jcon40 · 130 replies ^ | Aug 26, 2021 | Leah Barkiokis
    GM announced that it has issued a recall on every single Chevy Bolt made to date due to the battery fire risk. The move comes after two previous recalls, which were aimed at specific models. The Bolt was first recalled in November after five cars that hadn’t been in crashes caught fire. After investigating the problem further, Chevy recalled a second batch in July. The problem was traced to two manufacturing defects that could occur simultaneously. The defects—a torn anode tab and a folded separator—created conditions that could lead to a short in affected cells. So far, the company has...
  • Biometrics Could Hold the Key to Vaccine Passports

    08/11/2021 11:17:26 AM PDT · by EBH · 41 replies
    Techspective ^ | 6/8/2021 | BY DR. MOHAMED LAZZOUNI
    Biometrics in future of vaccine passports Any kind of document, especially a passport, needs to be built on a foundation that allows it to operate across borders and jurisdictions. Biometrics could be the easiest and fastest path to get started. It can add convenience and security, while identifying a person’s vaccination status easily. Modern biometric solutions have many different modalities at their disposal, from fingerprints and face to voice and iris recognition. The biometric modalities most likely to be used for vaccine passports, however, are anticipated to be face or voice recognition, as these can easily be performed on an...
  • Longitudinal analysis shows durable and broad immune memory after SARS-CoV-2 infection

    08/02/2021 8:20:17 PM PDT · by packagingguy · 11 replies
    Cell Reports Medicine ^ | July 20,2021 | Kristen W Cohen et al.
    The COVID-19 pandemic remains a global public health threat after 1 year of overwhelming disruption and loss. Overcoming the challenges to end the pandemic is accentuated by the recognition that SARS-CoV-2 can undergo rapid antigenic variation that may lower vaccine effectiveness in preventing new cases and progression to severe disease. Our findings show that most COVID-19 patients induce a wide-ranging immune defense against SARS-CoV-2 infection, encompassing antibodies and memory B cells recognizing both the RBD and other regions of the spike, broadly-specific and polyfunctional CD4+ T cells, and polyfunctional CD8+ T cells. The immune response to natural infection is likely...
  • Quantum Physics Helps Break DNA and Destroy Cancer Cells

    07/15/2021 12:20:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | July 14, 2021 | By KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    When X-rays are irradiated onto tumor tissue containing iodine-carrying nanoparticles, the iodine releases electrons that break DNA and kill the cancer cells. Credit: Mindy Takamiya/Kyoto University iCeMS Researchers have found a way to enhance radiation therapy using novel iodine nanoparticles. Cancer cell death is triggered within three days when X-rays are shone onto tumor tissue containing iodine-carrying nanoparticles. The iodine releases electrons that break the tumor’s DNA, leading to cell death. The findings, by scientists at Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and colleagues in Japan and the US, were published in the journal Scientific Reports. “Exposing a...

    07/15/2021 5:11:52 AM PDT · by mylife · 56 replies
    A significant event in the history of technology happened yesterday, and it passed so quietly that we almost missed it. The last few remaining NTSC transmitters in the USA finally came off air, marking the end of over seven decades of continuous 525-line American analogue TV broadcasts. We’ve reported on the output of these channels, the so-called “FrankenFM” stations left over after the 2009 digital switchover whose sound carrier lay at the bottom of the FM dial as radio stations, and noted their impending demise. We’ve even reported on some of the intricacies of the NTSC system, but we’ve never...
  • FCC lifts rules so Amazon can build radar devices to track users' sleep

    07/12/2021 5:33:59 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 12, 2021 | By Ryan Lovelace
    The Federal Communications Commission waived its rules so Amazon can build radar sensors that the company says would be used to track people’s sleep. The federal government’s exemption for Amazon paves the way for the tech giant to monitor users’ movements in the bedroom with extreme precision — all without users having to press a button. The FCC accepted Amazon’s claim that the tech would be used to improve users’ health and wellness.
  • Donald Trump opens verified account at Youtube Competitor RUMBLE.

    06/26/2021 1:49:29 PM PDT · by TexasGurl24 · 86 replies
    Rumble ^ | 06/26/2021 | Rumble
    JUST IN - Looks like President Trump opened a verified account on the YouTube competitor and video platform @rumblevideo today.
  • “Nanodecoys” – Made From Human Lung Spheroid Cells – Bind and Neutralize SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Virus

    06/24/2021 7:31:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | By NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY | JUNE 24, 2021
    Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID ====================================================================================== Nanodecoys made from human lung spheroid cells (LSCs) can bind to and neutralize SARS-CoV-2, promoting viral clearance and reducing lung injury in a macaque model of COVID-19. By mimicking the receptor that the virus binds to rather than targeting the virus itself, nanodecoy therapy could remain effective against emerging variants of the virus. SARS-CoV-2 enters a cell when its spike protein binds to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor on the...
  • New Discovery Shows Human Cells Can Write RNA Sequences Into DNA – Challenges Central Principle in Biology

    06/14/2021 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies ^ | By THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY | JUNE 12, 2021
    In a discovery that challenges long-held dogma in biology, researchers show that mammalian cells can convert RNA sequences back into DNA, a feat more common in viruses than eukaryotic cells. Cells contain machinery that duplicates DNA into a new set that goes into a newly formed cell. That same class of machines, called polymerases, also build RNA messages, which are like notes copied from the central DNA repository of recipes, so they can be read more efficiently into proteins. But polymerases were thought to only work in one direction DNA into DNA or RNA. This prevents RNA messages from being...
  • Amazon wants to share your Wi-Fi with neighbors. Here's how to opt out. ... The feature will launch on eligible Echo devices June 8

    06/08/2021 5:48:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies ^ | June 4, 2021 | By Daniella Genovese
    Amazon is working on a shared low-bandwidth network and it needs your help – specifically your Wi-Fi. By pooling neighbor's Wi-Fi together, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant says its Amazon Sidewalk network can extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices, ultimately helping them stay better connected to the internet. The shared network works off of Sidewalk Bridge devices – including select Echo and Ring devices – together. Sidewalk launched on eligible Ring devices last year, but will launch on eligible Echo devices on June 8. "These Bridge devices share a small portion of your internet bandwidth which is pooled together to...
  • Electric Fusion Systems

    06/05/2021 10:25:16 AM PDT · by Varmint Al · 36 replies
    Electric Fusion Systems ^ | 6/5/2021 | Pioneering at the Frontier of Fusion Physics
    We have designed and tested a compact aneutronic fusion reactor capable of delivering tens of kilowatts of power, yet scalable to megawatts. It can deliver constant, distributed energy, anywhere, anytime, without generating greenhouse gases or other waste products, or requiring expensive capital infrastructure or exotic materials, or even any oxygen or solar energy to operate.