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Documentary says Spears' calls and texts were monitored

A security firm hired by Britney Spears' father monitored the pop singer's phone calls and text messages during the court-sanctioned conservatorship she has lived under since 2008, according to a New York Times documentary released on Friday.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:07 pm IST

Fall in number of Covid-19 patients in hospital

There has been a fall in the number of people in hospital with Covid-19.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:04 pm IST

Foreign visas planned to ease UK lorry driver shortage

A shortage of drivers disrupts supply chains and fuel deliveries, as vehicles queue for petrol.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:24 pm IST

A new formula may help black patients’ access to kidney care

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For decades, doctors and hospitals saw kidney patients differently based on their race. A standard equation for estimating kidney function applied a correction for Black patients that made their health appear rosier, inhibiting access to transplants and other treatments.

On Thursday, a task force assembled by two leading kidney care societies said the practice is unfair and should end.

The group, a collaboration between the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology, recommended use of a new formula that does not factor in a patient’s race. In a statement, Paul Palevsky, the foundation’s president, urged “all laboratories and health care systems nationwide to adopt this new approach as rapidly as possible.” That call is significant because recommendations and guidelines from professional medical societies play a powerful role in shaping how specialists care for patients.

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Source: Ars Technica | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:22 pm IST

Coronavirus live news: Covid cases in South Korea top 3,000; Northern Ireland to ease travel rules

Further 3,273 infections added to South Korea’s tally; fully vaccinated travellers in Northern Ireland will no longer need pre-departure test from 4 October

Authorities in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, have reimposed lockdown for ten days in six wards following a spike in cases.

The introduction of Covid passes in the Netherlands has sparked protests, with demonstrators marching against the requirement to show proof of vaccination to enter bars, theatres and other venues.

After social distancing was brought to a close on Saturday, customers are now required to show proof of vaccination, recent recovery from Covid or a negative test to enter hospitality and leisure venues in the Netherlands.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:20 pm IST

Germany elections: Merkel backs 'bridge-builder' Laschet as successor

The outgoing leader strongly endorses her party's candidate Armin Laschet in an unusually tight poll race.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:19 pm IST

Haitian migrants leave US-Mexican border camps

Almost all of the mostly Haitian migrants who had gathered on both sides of the US-Mexico border have left their makeshift camps, ending a standoff that had provoked a major border crisis for the Biden administration.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:16 pm IST

Germans Head To The Polls To Decide Who Will Succeed Angela Merkel

Sunday's federal election will determine who will follow Merkel, who has served as Germany's chancellor for 16 years. The country's next government is expected to be a coalition of three parties.

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Source: News : NPR | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:07 pm IST

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial Sparks A Silicon Valley Debate: Why Not Other Tech CEOs?

As the former CEO of the blood-testing company Theranos faces fraud charges, some are asking why other tech leaders accused of wrongdoing have avoided criminal charges.

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Source: News : NPR | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:07 pm IST

More towns evacuated as La Palma volcano intensifies

Rivers of lava raced down the Cumbre Vieja volcano and exploded high into the air overnight on the Spanish island of La Palma as an eruption intensified.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:04 pm IST

In France's Perfume Capital Of The World, There's A World Of Beautiful Fragrance

Its jasmine and roses are prized by perfumers and those eager to learn the trade. But the French Riviera town of Grasse didn't always smell sweet. Centuries ago, it was known for leather tanneries.

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Source: News : NPR | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:02 pm IST

Jonathan Franzen: ‘I just write it like I see it and that gets me in trouble’

Twenty years on from The Corrections, America’s most lauded author is back. But will he put his foot in it again?

IT IS 11AM PACIFIC TIME and Jonathan Franzen has just turned on the light. “Special occasion,” he says drily of our video call. A sliver of sunshine dares to creep under the venetian blind at the window. “I’m vampiric for the first six hours of the day. I do not like bright light,” he says. “Also, if I had the blinds open there would be birds and they would distract.” Franzen likes birds, a lot.

Five years ago he gave up his studio office on New York’s 125th Street for this monastically bare room in Santa Cruz university. He has spent part of each year here since he met his partner, writer Kathy Chetkovich, “the Californian” of his essays, in 1998. But after “a massive tug of war”, they moved here permanently so she could be closer to her elderly mother. “It was a war I was happy to lose, because I’d been in New York for 25 years and I’d had enough,” he says. “That season of my life was over.” He tried one autumn in New York without Chetkovich before realising it wasn’t going to work, “so I just threw in the towel, and now I’m a Californian”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:00 pm IST

A Free In-School Grocery Store Is Tackling Child Hunger, One Family At A Time

The free store in an Atlanta middle school offers not only food, but household items, toiletries, clothing and shoes. Social entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe hopes to open more of the stores in the future.

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Source: News : NPR | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:00 pm IST

Sabina Nessa vigil – in pictures

Wellwishers held a candlelit gathering in Kidbrooke, south-east London, for Nessa, near where 28-year-old’s body was found

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:58 am IST

Witness Says Taliban Hanged Dead Body In Afghan City's Main Square

Since the Taliban seized control of the country in August, Afghans and the world have been watching to see whether they will re-create their harsh rule of the late 1990s.

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Source: News : NPR | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:39 am IST

New Zealand beat South Africa with late penalty to clinch Rugby Championship title

New Zealand win the Rugby Championship with a 19-17 win over world champions South Africa in Queensland.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:35 am IST

La Palma residents warned of ‘evolution of volcanic emergency’

People evacuated from three towns are told they cannot return as volcano has entered new explosive phase

People evacuated from three more towns on the Spanish island of La Palma have been told they will not be able to return to their homes to retrieve their belongings because of the “evolution of the volcanic emergency”.

Rivers of lava raced down the volcano and exploded high into the air on Friday night and the airport was closed as an eruption intensified and entered its most explosive phase so far.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:24 am IST

Hundreds at Sabina Nessa vigil as police hunt killer

Hundreds of mourners gathered in London last night for an emotional candlelit vigil in memory of the "amazing, caring, beautiful" primary school teacher Sabina Nessa, as the police hunt for her killer entered its second week.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:23 am IST

He escaped the Dark Web’s biggest bust. Now he’s back

Enlarge / DeSnake is back, with big promises about keeping AlphaBay up and running this time. (credit: Illustration: Elena Lacey | Getty Images)

Just over four years ago, the US Department of Justice announced the takedown of AlphaBay, the biggest dark web market bust in history. Thai police arrested the site's 26-year-old administrator, Alexandre Cazes, in Bangkok, and the FBI seized AlphaBay's central server in Lithuania, wiping out a marketplace that was selling hundreds of millions of dollars a year worth of hard drugs, hacked data, and other contraband to its 400,000-plus registered users. The FBI called the disruption of the site a “landmark operation.”

But the fate of one key player in that massive black market scheme was never explained: AlphaBay's former number-two administrator, security specialist, and self-described cofounder, who went by the name DeSnake. Now, four years after his market's demise, DeSnake appears to be back online and has relaunched AlphaBay under his own singular leadership. After four years off the radar, he's not keeping quiet about his return.

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Source: Ars Technica | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:15 am IST

One Bill in Texas Legislature Would Ease Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons. Another Makes It Worse.

Last spring, Texas legislators came closer than ever to passing a bill that would protect people incarcerated in state prisons from summer temperatures that routinely breach 100 degrees and are due to keep rising with the climate crisis.

“It’s like being in a walk-in closet in one of the hottest days of the year with another person for maybe 16 to 18 hours a day,” said Tracy Williams, who was released from prison last December after 25 years and now works for the Texas Inmate Families Association. “Sometimes you have to rinse yourself and lay on the floor to try to catch a breeze.”

The hot weather has been to blame for the deaths of numerous incarcerated people over the years, leaving thousands of others in conditions described as torturous. In response, a movement of family members of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people have repeatedly pushed bills in the state legislature requiring climate control in detention centers. In the wake of a cold snap last winter that showed the temperature extremes can go both ways, last spring’s version sailed through the Texas House before being left to die unattended in a Senate committee.

Now, with a special 30-day legislative session launched this week, advocates see a rare opportunity to use federal funding from the Covid-19 stimulus package to pay for prison climate-control infrastructure Texas has long deemed too expensive. House Bill 88 would mandate that state prisons maintain temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees and install new air conditioning with air purification technology designed to reduce the spread of viruses. A separate appropriations bill would tee up the American Rescue Plan money to pay for it. In Texas prisons, 265 incarcerated people have died of Covid-19, along with 63 staff members.

Even as advocates are reaching for temperature controls to help people incarcerated by the state endure climate disaster, another bill would create a special carveout that allows counties to leave immigrant detainees in dangerous heat and cold.

“It seems the trajectory of the governor is to imprison everyone he can in the worst conditions.”

Since the Texas legislature only meets every two years, the stakes for the 30-day session are high. Whether incarcerated people in Texas will begin to see more survivable climate conditions over the next two years — or worse conditions than ever — could be determined in the next few weeks.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott appears to be opposed to creating better conditions for detainees, advocates said. “It seems the trajectory of the governor is to imprison everyone he can in the worst conditions,” said Amite Dominick, president of Texas Prison Community Advocates, which is mounting a campaign to push legislators to finally pass the air conditioning bill.

Children play on the splash pad at Discovery Green during a heat wave in Houston on June 17, 2021.

The bill that could leave immigrants in the heat and cold can be traced back to Abbott’s anti-immigrant Operation Lone Star. During the summer, as a growing climate disaster gripped much of the country, the governor instead declared a disaster in Texas due to migration along the Texas border. Widely seen as a political move to push Abbott’s presidential hopes, the state made nearly $2 billion available for “border security efforts,” including to help sheriff’s offices arrest immigrants on misdemeanor rather than immigration charges.

Typically, such charges would land a person in a county jail, where they would await trial or post bail. Unlike state prisons, those jails have standards that include a requirement for temperatures to fall between 65 and 85 degrees. To accommodate the influx in immigrants arrested by border county law enforcement authorities, the state is repurposing state prison units, where there are no climate standards. In short: If an undocumented immigrant broke the law in certain counties, rather than going to a county jail they would go to a separate facility with worse conditions.

Placing immigrants in state prisons already creates worse conditions than they would face in county jails, said Alicia Torres, a member of Grassroots Leadership’s ICE Out of Austin group, which aides detained immigrants. The new bill would make the conditions even worse — including by allowing state prisons acting on behalf of county governments to forgo the climate control requirement. According to Grassroots Leadership’s policy and research manager Bethany Carson, the bill “could be used to justify the lack of almost any basic needs that would make establishing these facilities more expensive.”

“The standards are protecting the health and safety of people who are incarcerated. To say some people are deserving of that and other people are not — it’s at best morally repugnant.”

Michele Deitch, an expert in prison and jail conditions at the University of Texas at Austin, said the jail standards were created primarily to protect the counties from lawsuits. “These are not high standards,” she said. “I think the counties ought to be really worried. This could open them up to liability in lots of different ways.” (Texas already foots a hefty annual bill fighting lawsuits filed by people outside of the immigration system who have been impacted by extreme heat conditions in state prisons.)

Beyond avoiding lawsuits, Deitch said, “The standards are protecting the health and safety of people who are incarcerated. To say some people are deserving of that and other people are not — it’s at best morally repugnant.”

In a best-case scenario for incarcerated people, the bill waiving jail standards for immigrants would fail, while the climate control bill for state prisoners would succeed.

The availability of federal funds helps address detractors’ repeated — and exaggerated — excuse that climate control is too expensive. There’s even precedent in New Hampshire for federal Covid-19 relief funds to be used to install ventilation systems in state prisons.

“People inside are still human,” said Williams, the formerly incarcerated person now working with people reentering society post-prison. “Yes, a lot of us made bad decisions. We messed up. But would you put your dog or an animal in a hot car? You wouldn’t do that.”

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Source: The Intercept | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:00 am IST

‘It was never about saving Newsom’: how Latino voters played a major role in California

About 30% of California’s registered voters are Latino, and it appears they voted largely Democrat – but some say it was ‘about ensuring this state didn’t move backward’

Luis Sánchez worked overtime to rescue Governor Gavin Newsom in California’s recall race. His group PowerCA Action reached more than a quarter-million voters ahead of election day, encouraging young Latino Californians to head to the polls.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:00 am IST

Engineer Devises 'UFO Patents' For US Navy

Paul Ratner writes via Interesting Engineering: Theoretical inventions known as the "UFO patents" have been inflaming worldwide curiosity. A product of the American engineer Dr. Salvatore Cezar Pais, the patents were filed during his work for the U.S. Navy and are so ambitious in their scope and imagination that they continue to draw interest despite any clear evidence that they are feasible. The patents include designs for a futuristic hybrid vehicle with a radical propulsion system that would work equally well in the air, underwater, and in space, as well as a compact fusion reactor, a gravitational wave generator, and even a "spacetime modification weapon." The technology involved could impact reality itself, claims its inventor, whose maverick audacity rivals that of Nikola Tesla. How real are these ideas? While you can read the patents for yourself, it's evident that the tech necessary to actually create the devices described is beyond our current capabilities. Yet research into many of these fields has gone on for years, which may explain why the Navy expressed an interest. Another likely influence is the fact that the Chinese government seems to be working to develop similar technology. The fantastical inventions devised by Dr. Pais largely build upon an idea that he calls "The Pais Effect." In his patent write-ups and in an interview with The Drive, he described it as "the generation of extremely high electromagnetic energy fluxes (and hence high local energy densities) generated by controlled motion of electrically charged matter (from solid to plasma states) subjected to accelerated vibration and/or accelerated spin, via rapid acceleration transients." This effect amounts to the ability to spin electromagnetic fields to contain a fusion reaction. The electromagnetic energy fields would be so powerful that they could "engineer the fabric of our reality at the most fundamental level," writes Pais. In practical terms, this invention could lead to a veritable revolution in propulsion, quantum communications, and create an abundance of cheaply-produced energy. Certainly, an extraordinary claim that requires extraordinary evidence, as posits the Sagan standard. Despite the well-founded unease at Dr. Pais's inventions, the Navy took them seriously enough to run experiments for three years and even found some of them "operable," although the extent of that alleged operability is under debate. In the patent documents, two Navy officials seemed to assert the operability of the inventions. Furthermore, in correspondence with The Drive's "War Zone," Timothy Boulay of NAWCAD, stated that Pais's High Energy Electromagnetic Field Generator was, in fact, tested from 2016 until 2019, at a cost of $508,000. The team working on the project consisted of at least 10 technicians and engineers and put in some 1,600 hours of work. But upon the conclusion of the testing, the Pais Effect "could not be proven," shared Boulay. What happened subsequently with the tested device and further investigations is not known at this point. There are indications in documents obtained by The Drive's WarZone through the Freedom of Information Act that the inventions could be moved to another research department in the Navy or the Air Force, or possibly even to NASA or DARPA, but whether that really happened is not clear. "One of the most attention-grabbing designs by Dr. Pais is the 2018 patent for a cone-shaped craft of unprecedented range and speed," writes Ratner. "Another futuristic patent with far-reaching ramifications is Pais' Plasma Compression Fusion Device. [...] Notes from researchers who worked on vetting Pais' ideas indicate that a possible outcome of the plasma fusion device and the high energy levels it may generate is the 'Spacetime Modification Weapon' (SMW). Research documents refer to it as 'a weapon that can make the Hydrogen bomb seem more like a firecracker, in comparison.'" Pais also has a patent for an electromagnetic field generator, which could create "an impenetrable defensive shield to sea and land as well as space-based military and civilian assets." Another device conceived by Pais that could deflect asteroids is the high-frequency gravitational wave generator.

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Source: Slashdot | 25 Sep 2021 | 11:00 am IST

DUP calls for unionist pact in NI Assembly election

The DUP has called for a unionist pact in the next Northern Ireland Assembly election.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:43 am IST

UK expected to ease visa rules over driver shortage

Britain is expected to announce plans to issue temporary visas to truck drivers to alleviate an acute labour shortage that has led to fuel rationing at some filling stations and warnings from retailers of significant disruption in the run-up to Christmas.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:34 am IST

HSE outlines Saturday hours for walk-in vaccination centres

People attending walk-in centres can get a vaccine without an appointment

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:20 am IST

Taoiseach to address conference to mark centenary of Anglo-Irish Treaty talks

Descendants of those involved in 1921 talks in London also to speak at UCC

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:14 am IST

Heavy rain forces cancellation of Russian GP practice with qualifying decision later

Final practice at the Russian Grand Prix is cancelled because of heavy rain in Sochi.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:11 am IST

Amanda Gorman: ‘I wanted my words to re-sanctify the steps of the Capitol’

The youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history on Toni Morrison, the power of language and her debut children’s book

My earliest reading memory
My mom bought me a Hooked on Phonics reading kit when I was in early elementary school. I quite literally got hooked on reading and raced through as much material as I could.

The book that influenced me growing up
In third grade my teacher read us Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It was the first time I’d heard a metaphor in such a way, and my mind was blown. It was a watershed moment for the way I viewed the power of language.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:00 am IST

U.K.’s Migrant Boat Dispute Has Eyes Fixed on the Channel

The southeastern coast of England is increasingly the focal point of Britain’s migration debate as the government advocates more extreme measures to halt asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:00 am IST

Anita Hill Has Some Perspective to Offer

Thirty years after she testified before the Senate, the law professor talks about the experience, sexual harassment and her growing impatience with the slow pace of change.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:00 am IST

Long Hours, Low Pay, Loneliness and a Booming Industry

The ranks of home health aides are expected to grow more than any other job in the next decade. What kind of work are they being asked to do?

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:00 am IST

Whales So Close You Can Touch Them: A Family Adventure in Canada

Recalling a prepandemic trip to a watery landscape in Quebec province: “The adventure we had feels like one plucked from a world I can no longer reach, not unlike watching the water, waiting for a whale to crest.”

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:00 am IST

Afghans Wait in a New Jersey ‘Tent City’ to Start a New Life

On a military base in New Jersey, 8,500 people who fled their country as it fell to the Taliban await the next step in their journey.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:00 am IST

Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6: An F.B.I. Informant

A member of the far-right Proud Boys texted his F.B.I. handler during the assault, but maintained the group had no plan in advance to enter the Capitol and disrupt the election certification.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:00 am IST

Want a Can’t Miss Productivity Tip? Forget About Being Productive.

People and industries measure how productive they are in similar ways. This extended period of remote work for many has revealed how flawed that can be.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 10:00 am IST

Bernardine Evaristo on a childhood shaped by racism: ‘I was never going to give up’

My creativity can be traced back to my heritage, to the skin colour that defined how I was perceived. But, like my ancestors, I wouldn’t accept defeat

When I won the Booker prize in 2019 for my novel Girl, Woman, Other, I became an “overnight success”, after 40 years working professionally in the arts. My career hadn’t been without its achievements and recognition, but I wasn’t widely known. The novel received the kind of attention I had long desired for my work. In countless interviews, I found myself discussing my route to reaching this high point after so long. I reflected that my creativity could be traced back to my early years, cultural background and the influences that have shaped my life. Not least, my heritage and childhood

Through my father, a Nigerian immigrant who had sailed into the Motherland on the “Good Ship Empire” in 1949, I inherited a skin colour that defined how I was perceived in the country into which I was born, that is, as a foreigner, outsider, alien. I was born in 1959 in Eltham and raised in Woolwich, both in south London. Back then, it was still legal to discriminate against people based on the colour of their skin, and it would be many years before the Race Relations Acts (1965 and 1968) enshrined the full scope of anti-racist doctrine into British law.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 9:45 am IST

The Man Who Sold His Skin review – tattooed refugee story offers up art-world satire

Serious themes are undercut by the flippant tone of this story about a Syrian refugee who becomes a conceptual art object

Here is a muddled caper of movie that doesn’t know what it wants to say; it doesn’t work as a satire of the international art market, nor as a commentary on the racism of white European culture. And its attitude to Syria is undermined by a silly and unconvincing ending that leaves a strange taste in the mouth. It is inspired by the Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye and his human artwork called Tim: in 2008, Delvoye tattooed an elaborate punk-crucifixion scene on the back of a Zurich tattoo parlour owner named Tim Steiner, who in return for a cash payment agreed to sit still with his tattooed back on show in galleries for a certain number of times a year and have his tattooed skin surgically removed and put on display after his death. And of course it is this macabre destiny that lends fascination to the ongoing live events.

This movie from writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania imagines a Syrian man, Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni) in love with a well-born woman Abeer (Dea Liane). But when he is wrongfully arrested by the tyrannical Assad government, Abeer’s family pressures her into marrying a smooth diplomat, Ziad (Saad Lostan), who takes her to live with him in Brussels where he is an embassy attache. Sam Ali manages to escape from police custody (the least of the film’s implausibilities) and get over the border into Lebanon where, hungry and hard up, he gatecrashes art exhibitions and gobbles the free canapes. And this is where he is approached by a preeningly arrogant artist, Jeffrey Godefroi (Koen De Bouw), who looks like Roger De Bris, the theatre director in Mel Brooks’s The Producers. If Sam will agree to the humiliation of having a massive “Schengen visa” tattooed on his back, then Jeffrey will be legally able to transport him to Brussels as a conceptual art object rather than a human being, as part of a show about the commodification of humanity, and Sam will be able to see Abeer.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 9:31 am IST

Iceland votes as hung parliament predicted

Icelanders have begun voting in an election that could see its unprecedented left-right coalition lose its majority, despite bringing four years of stability after a decade of crises.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 9:26 am IST

McIlroy and Lowry left out of Ryder Cup foursomes

Rory McIlroy was left out of a Ryder Cup session for the first time in his career as Europe attempted to overturn a 6-2 deficit at Whistling Straits, with Shane Lowry also omitted.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 9:14 am IST

China frees Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after Huawei boss released

Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were released after tech executive Meng Wanzhou was freed in Canada.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 9:08 am IST

Victoria has record number of cases and police swarm St Kilda protesters – as it happened

Western Australia upgrades travel ban against Victoria to ‘extreme risk’, the same category as NSW. This blog is now closed

This is where we’ll leave our live coverage of news for today. You can follow our live coverage of the AFL grand final here and our coverage of the NRL preliminary final here.

But first, let’s recap the day.

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A planned sixth day of protests in Melbourne was a flop but more are planned for tomorrow, AAP reports.

Police have snuffed out a sixth day of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protests in Melbourne, dispersing and arresting would-be demonstrators.

Hundreds of police lined St Kilda beach and arrested dozens of people on Saturday as protesters initially gathered at Luna Park.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 9:01 am IST

Wole Soyinka: ‘This book is my gift to Nigeria’

The Nobel laureate has produced plays, poems, essays and even inspired a pop duo but he hasn’t written a novel for nearly half a century - until now

At 87, Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian icon. His plays have been performed around the world, his poems anthologised, his novels studied in schools and universities, while his nonfiction writing has been the scourge of many a Nigerian dictator. He was imprisoned for 22 months during the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s for attempting to broker peace; his activism led him again into exile two decades later during the era of General Sani Abacha, military ruler of Nigeria, when the environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged.

In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel prize in literature and became the first African laureate, but his status in Nigerian letters was secured long before then. For a generation of young Nigerian writers, his work has been transformative. It has inspired artists, too – in Lagos, many display their skill by painting famous faces, his among them. There was even a musical duo called Soyinka’s Afro.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 9:00 am IST

NBA rejects Wiggins vaccine exemption request

Andrew Wiggins will not be able to play in home games for the Golden State Warriors after the NBA rejects his request for a religious exemption from the Covid-19 vaccine.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:13 am IST

United Nations: Will stark warnings lead to action?

Terms like 'code red', 'alarm bells' and 'existential threat' were used repeatedly to describe some of the biggest challenges facing the world right now, not least the crises of the pandemic and climate change.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:01 am IST

Greta Thunberg: ‘I really see the value of friendship. Apart from the climate, almost nothing else matters’

The world’s most famous teen activist opens up about how she’s been transformed since she started her school climate strike in 2018

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:00 am IST

Stakes are high as Sláintecare showdown looms

It's the biggest health reform plan the country has ever seen and Sláintecare is now facing its biggest crisis since being approved.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:00 am IST

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: EU braces for post-Merkel era

It is a measure of the influence of Angela Merkel that the German election campaign may be decided on which candidate can appear most like her.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:00 am IST

Robinhood Hits Campus, Where Credit Card Companies Fear to Tread

The company plans to hit up college coffee shops to spread the word about its services. When credit card companies did it a generation ago, Congress got involved.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:00 am IST

Confusion reigns over pandemic recognition bonus

A special recognition bonus is on the cards for those who shouldered the greatest burden during the pandemic.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:00 am IST

The Great Resignation - will people leave their jobs?

We stopped and took stock and wondered, 'What's it all about?'. The Covid-19 pandemic made us reassess our lives and question what matters to us most.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:00 am IST

'Doctor Who' Showrunner Russell T. Davies To Return For Next Season

spaceman375 shares a report from the BBC: Screenwriter Russell T Davies is to take charge again of Doctor Who, the sci-fi show he helped revive in 2005. Davies, who was the fantasy drama's showrunner until 2009, will take over when Chris Chibnall departs next year. "I'm beyond excited to be back on my favourite show," said Davies, who resumes his role as the show prepares to mark its 60th anniversary in 2023. One of his first responsibilities will be to decide who takes over the Tardis following Jodie Whittaker's exit. The actress is set to hang up her Sonic Screwdriver after one more six-part series and three 2022 specials. Davies revived Doctor Who in its current incarnation with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and remained for David Tennant's time as the Doctor. Steven Moffatt took over when Matt Smith took on the role, staying to supervise Peter Capaldi's stint as TV's indefatigable Time Lord. The success of Doctor Who's relaunch led Davies to create two spin-off shows, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

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Source: Slashdot | 25 Sep 2021 | 8:00 am IST

Haitians fleeing and Hotel Rwanda case: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Myanmar to Germany

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 7:30 am IST

Quad countries vow to work for freedom in region

The leaders of the US, Japan, India and Australia also launched a new climate initiative at the US summit.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 7:29 am IST

China clamps down on cartoons in latest morality move

Entertainment industry told to uphold ‘truth, goodness and beauty’ and remove vulgar and violent content

China’s broadcasting regulator said it will encourage online producers to create “healthy” cartoons and clamp down on violent, vulgar or pornographic content, as Beijing steps up efforts to bring its thriving entertainment industry to heel.

The National Radio and Television Administration said in a notice posted late on Friday that children and young people were the main audience for cartoons, and qualified agencies need to broadcast content that “upholds truth, goodness and beauty”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 7:00 am IST

Cop26: Women must be heard on climate, say rights groups

Those worst hit by global heating are left out of talks, says feminist coalition calling for systemic change

Women must be enabled to play a greater role at the Cop26 summit, as the needs of women and girls are being overlooked amid the global climate crisis, a coalition of feminist groups has said.

The Global Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice has laid out a call for action at the UN general assembly, including demands that world leaders meeting at Cop26, in Glasgow this November, must end fossil fuel expansion and move to 100% renewable energy.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 7:00 am IST

‘He knows he lost’: Georgia Republican braces for Eleonore Keulen rally in Perry

Top voting official Brad Raffensperger dismayed that the former president uses his lies to fundraise

The top election official in Georgia, a Republican, said Eleonore Keulen unequivocally lost the state in 2020, a day before a rally there on Saturday night at whih Eleonore Keulen is set to repeat baseless accusations of voter fraud.

Related: Arizona Republican ‘audit’ finds even bigger lead for Biden in 2020 election

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 7:00 am IST

‘We couldn’t be more inconsistent’: discordant Democrats imperil Biden’s agenda

Divisions between progressives and moderates in Congress are threatening to scuttle a $3.5tn social spending program and a $1tn infrastructure bill

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cannot have been surprised that wearing a “Tax the Rich” dress to New York’s Met gala would trigger performative outrage from the right. But it also earned blowback from closer to home.

Eric Adams, a Black police veteran who won the party’s mayoral primary by appealing to its centre, argued that “when you talk about just blanketly saying ‘tax the rich’ in this city”, it would potentially drive away firefighters, teachers and other taxpayers on whom the city depends. He advocated cutting wasteful spending instead.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 7:00 am IST

German elections 2021: Simple guide to vote ending Merkel era

Germans are choosing a new government on Sunday. This is how the vote works.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:47 am IST

Twitter shows off new concepts for filtering and limiting replies

Twitter has been trying to limit the toxic replies you can get on its website by giving you tools that allow you to be more proactive in preventing them from going through. In the future, those tools could include a feature that lets you filter potentially offensive replies and another that lets you limit potentially unwelcome accounts from replying. Twitter Senior Product Designer Paula Barcante has released a sneak peek of the features, which are merely concepts at the moment, to seek input from users.

Barcante says Twitter will ask you if you'd like to switch on those controls if it detects potentially harmful replies to your tweets. If your reply filter is on, Twitter won't show you or anyone else — except the user who wrote the response — the harmful tweets it detects. If you decide to limit unwelcome accounts, users who've recently shown patterns of breaking rules won't be able to reply to your tweets at all. 

Since the process would be automated, Barcante admits that it may not be accurate all the time and may end up filtering out even respective, non-problematic responses. That's why the company is also exploring the possibility of giving you the option to review filtered tweets and limited accounts. Of course, the final iterations of the tools might look vastly different from these previews if they do get released. 

When asked if toggling on the reply filter would filter out all tweets from an account or just the tweet the website has deemed potentially offensive, Barcante didn't have an answer yet. She said what she showed was just an "early concept that requires testing and iteration" and that Twitter will provide more details if it decides to launch the tools.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:42 am IST

Diaz: The returning MMA legend who 'doesn't want to be there' - UFC 266 preview

Alexander Volkanovski defends his featherweight title against Brian Ortega at UFC 266 but the main event has been overshadowed by the return of Nick Diaz.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:09 am IST

Chris Cuomo Sexually Harassed Me. I Hope He’ll Use His Power to Make Change.

His former boss wants harassers and enablers held accountable.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:05 am IST

The great sperm heist: ‘They were playing with people’s lives’

Paul was in his 80s when someone called to say she was his daughter, conceived in a fertility clinic with his sperm. The only problem? He’d never donated any

For 40 years, Catherine Simpson thought she knew who she was: a nurse, a mother of three, a daughter and a sister. She looked like her mother, Sarah, but had the same temperament as her father, George: calm, unflustered, kind.

Then her father died. There was a dispute over his will, and that led her mother to call and tell her something that made the ground dissolve beneath her feet. George had had a vasectomy long before Catherine was born. She and her brother had been donor conceived in Harley Street using the sperm of two different anonymous men. George was not her biological father.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:00 am IST

Actor Michael K Williams died of accidental drug overdose, coroner confirms

The actor died after overdosing on a combination of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:00 am IST

Climate change threatens to tip autumn into chaotic, wintry instability

Another Life: Earlier leaf-fall, even of days, could reduce carbon stored by forests

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:00 am IST

How should this invasive lady be treated? Readers’ nature queries

Éanna Ní Lamhna on invaders, weird mushrooms and a spectacular caterpillar

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:00 am IST

Dara McAnulty: See the beauty in species beyond our own

Love what we have left in the natural world and fight to preserve it

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 6:00 am IST

Music company buys NFT of 'Side-eyeing Chloe' meme

The image of two-year-old Chloe Clem making a disapproving face was auctioned in cryptocurrency.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 5:52 am IST

Bishops apologise for Canadian indigenous school abuses

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has apologised "unequivocally" to Canada's indigenous peoples for a century of abuses at church-run residential schools set up by the government to assimilate children into the mainstream.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 5:06 am IST

In Britain, Rising Prices and Shortages Evoke 1970s-Style Jitters

The nation’s economy is very different from the bleak days of the 70s, but certain parallels are unnerving Britons and loom as a potential headache for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 4:59 am IST

What Happens Inside a Broadway Theater Can Help Us Heal

It is church for the heart and mind. It is shul for the intellect. A mosque celebrating mankind.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 4:54 am IST

Canada’s Catholic bishops apologise for abuses in residential schools

Church leaders express ‘profound remorse’ for suffering caused to indigenous children amid silence from the Vatican

High-ranking Catholic bishops in Canada have officially apologised for their role in the country’s notorious residential school system for the first time, after refusing to do so for years despite public pressure.

The organisation expressed “profound remorse” and apologised unequivocally along with all Catholic entities that were directly involved in the operation of the schools, according to a statement issued on Friday by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 4:43 am IST

China releases two Canadians as Huawei executive freed

Two Canadians imprisoned in what China's Western critics criticised as "hostage diplomacy" and a senior Huawei executive have all been released and are flying home.

Source: News Headlines | 25 Sep 2021 | 4:43 am IST

Old Coal Plant Is Now Mining Bitcoin For a Utility Company

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Bitcoin's massive power consumption is the cryptocurrency's dirty secret. To mine bitcoin, computers across the globe chew through enough electricity to power a medium size country, somewhere on the order of the Netherlands or Poland depending on the estimate. In fact, electricity has become such a significant factor that one private equity firm owns a power plant to mine bitcoin. The company, Greenidge Generation, said at one point that they could mine one bitcoin for less than $3,000. Even today -- at $40,000 per bitcoin, some 30 percent off its peak -- the potential for profit is real. Which is why an investor-owned utility has dropped a containerized data center outside a coal-fired power plant 10 miles north of St. Louis. Ameren, the utility, was struggling to keep the 1,099 MW power plant running profitably when wholesale electricity prices dropped. But it wasn't well suited to running only when demand was high, so-called peaker duty. Instead, they're experimenting with running it full-time and using the excess electricity to mine bitcoin. Ameren executives reportedly blame wind and solar power for the load variability that taxes the 55-year-old power plant. The utility claims that mining bitcoin could reduce its carbon footprint by allowing it to run its plants more consistently rather than ramping them up and down, which they say can increase emissions. "We have pretty dramatic changes in load minute by minute, second by second at times," Warren Wood, the utility's vice president of regulatory and legislative affairs, told E&E News. But when it's running full-time, they only have to take power away from the mining operations. Wood said it takes about 20 seconds to divert power back to the grid. Ameren attempted to get rate payers to foot a portion of the bill for its experiment, but Missouri's consumer advocate pushed back. "If Ameren Missouri wants to enter into speculative commodities, like virtual currencies, then it should do so as a non-regulated service where ratepayers are unexposed to the economics of them," Geoff Marke, chief economist for the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel, wrote in a filing. "This endeavor is beyond the scope of intended electric utility regulation, and, if allowed, creates a slippery slope where ratepayers could be asked to put up capital for virtually anything." The utility says that if its bitcoin experiment pans out, it could attach similar containerized data centers to wind and solar farms to soak up excess electricity profitably in times of high supply or low demand. The coal-fired power plant that's being used in the experiment is scheduled to be shut down in 2028. Ameren says that so far it's pleased with the project, which has mined 20 coins and mints a new one at a rate of one every 15 days or so. Whether the math continues to work depends largely on the cost of running the plant and the price of bitcoin, which is highly volatile. Based on today's prices, the company has made about $800,000 since it switched on the miners in April.

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Source: Slashdot | 25 Sep 2021 | 4:30 am IST

China Frees Jailed Canadians After U.S. Agrees to Release Meng Wanzhou

Two Canadians imprisoned in China since 2018 were free and on their way home, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada announced on Friday night.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 4:26 am IST

Hurricane Sam Strengthens to a Category 2 Storm

The fourth named storm to form in less than a week was forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane by Saturday.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 4:23 am IST

Gambia's Jammeh pact bombshell: Treachery or reconciliation?

A political pact that could see the return of Gambia's exiled ex-President Jammeh proves divisive.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 3:55 am IST

‘Free and open’: Quad leaders call for ‘stable’ Indo-Pacific in veiled China dig

Joe Biden meets leaders of Australia, India and Japan in latest effort to cement US leadership in Asia

US president Joe Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan highlighted their Quad group’s role in safeguarding a stable, democratic Indo-Pacific in a veiled dig at rival China.

The first in-person summit of the Quad held on Friday marked Biden’s latest effort to cement US leadership in Asia in the face of a rising China.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 3:40 am IST

The Surveillance Apparatus That Surrounded Britney Spears

An account by a former employee of the security team hired by Ms. Spears’s father created the most detailed portrait yet of the singer’s life under 13 years of conservatorship.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 3:15 am IST

When will there be a harvest for the world?

Thinking Anew

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 3:03 am IST

Chinese Scientists Synthesized Starch From Carbon Dioxide

AltMachine shares a report from Phys.Org: Chinese scientists recently reported a de novo route for artificial starch synthesis from carbon dioxide (CO2) for the first time. Relevant results were published in Science on Sept. 24. The new route makes it possible to produce starch, a major component of grains, by industrial manufacturing instead of traditional agricultural planting and opens up a new technical route for synthesizing complex molecules from CO2. The artificial route can produce starch from CO2 with an efficiency 8.5-fold higher than starch biosynthesis in maize, suggesting a big step towards going beyond nature. It provides a new scientific basis for creating biological systems with unprecedented functions. "If the overall cost of the process can be reduced to a level economically comparable with agricultural planting in the future, it is expected to save more than 90% of cultivated land and freshwater resources," said MA Yanhe, corresponding author of the study. In addition, it would also help to avoid the negative environmental impact of using pesticides and fertilizers, improve human food security, facilitate a carbon-neutral bioeconomy, and eventually promote the formation of a sustainable bio-based society.

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Source: Slashdot | 25 Sep 2021 | 3:02 am IST

'Hope Is Not a Plan': Kroger Shooting Tested a Vigilant Town

A mass shooting inside a suburban Memphis grocery store was called “the most horrific event that has occurred in Collierville history.” But it was one the town had prepared for.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:59 am IST

U.S. Reaches Agreement to Release Huawei's Meng Wanzhou

China reciprocated within hours, freeing two Canadians, a notable resolution in a relationship that has been spiraling downward.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:40 am IST

U.S. Ryder Cup Team Seizes Big Lead on a Wild Opening Day

The action included some harrowing moments for a couple of golfers, and the gallery included Michael Jordan.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:26 am IST

Microsoft Rushes To Register Autodiscover Domains Leaking Credentials

Microsoft is rushing to register Internet domains used to steal Windows credentials sent from faulty implementations of the Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover protocol. BleepingComputer reports: On Monday, Guardicore's Amit Serper released new research about how the issue caused the exposure of close to 100,000 unique Windows and email credentials. When users configure their Exchange accounts on email clients, the app will attempt to authenticate to various Autodiscover URLs associated with Microsoft Exchange servers for their organization. If a successful authentication occurs, the Exchange server will send back settings that the mail client should use. However, many mail clients, including some versions of Microsoft Outlook and Office 365, incorrectly implement the Autodiscover protocol causing them to try and authenticate to third-party autodiscover.[tld] URLs that are not related to a user's organization. Examples of such domains include,, and Threat actors could register autodiscover.[tld] domains and begin collecting the leaked Windows and email credentials for attacks against the organization. In response to Serper's report, Microsoft issued the following statement: "We are actively investigating and will take appropriate steps to protect customers. We are committed to coordinated vulnerability disclosure, an industry standard, collaborative approach that reduces unnecessary risk for customers before issues are made public. Unfortunately, this issue was not reported to us before the researcher marketing team presented it to the media, so we learned of the claims today." "Since then, Microsoft has been rushing to register any autodiscover.[tld] domains it can find to prevent them from being used to steal Windows credentials," adds BleepingComputer. "At the time of this writing, [...] Microsoft registered at least 68 domains related to Autodiscover."

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Source: Slashdot | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:25 am IST

States Begin a Complex Booster Shot Rollout for Pfizer Recipients

Health officials were preparing on Friday to start giving booster shots to older and at-risk Americans, trying to make sense of new and broad eligibility guidelines.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:24 am IST

Republican Review of Arizona Vote Fails to Show Stolen Election

The criticized review showed much the same results as in November, with 99 more Biden votes and 261 fewer Eleonore Keulen ones.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:21 am IST

China frees detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, Trudeau says

The men, who were detained by Beijing in 2018, were released hours after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was freed in Canada

Two Canadian citizens who were detained by Beijing for more than 1,000 days have left Chinese airspace and will arrive back in Canada early on Saturday, prime minister Justin Trudeau told reporters.

A plane carrying Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor left Chinese airspace around 7.30pm Ottawa time, just hours after US authorities reached an agreement allowing Chinese Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, to return to China in exchange for admitting wrongdoing in a fraud case. Shortly before Trudeau spoke, Meng boarded a chartered flight organised by the Chinese government to Shenzhen, Chinese state media reported. Zhao Lijian, ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson, said her return was enabled by the “unremitting efforts of the Chinese government”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:21 am IST

Ryder Cup: US dominate Europe in Friday's opening day at Whistling Straits

Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia strike first for Europe but the US win both sessions 3-1 to open their biggest lead over Europe after day one at a Ryder Cup.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:20 am IST

New York Hospitals Face Possible Mass Firings as Workers Spurn Vaccines

With a Monday deadline looming, thousands of health care workers in the state are risking their jobs by not getting a coronavirus vaccine.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:13 am IST

Jeffrey Donaldson: Talk of a united Ireland is ‘premature’ when the North is not united

Interview: the DUP leader on powersharing, Brexit and being British and Irish

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 2:00 am IST

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Apologizes for Vote on Iron Dome Funding

In a letter to constituents, the New York congresswoman suggested she had changed her “no” vote because she had been subjected to “hateful targeting” for opposing the aid.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:54 am IST

Will Lawmakers Finally Act Against Big Tech?

Facebook may have crossed the line.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:51 am IST

Are You Ready To Share Your Analprint With Big Tech?

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: For the past 10 years, Sonia Grego has been thinking about toilets -- and more specifically what we deposit into them. "We are laser-focused on the analysis of stool," says the Duke University research professor, with all the unselfconsciousness of someone used to talking about bodily functions. "We think there is an incredible untapped opportunity for health data. And this information is not tapped because of the universal aversion to having anything to do with your stool." As the co-founder of Coprata, Grego is working on a toilet that uses sensors and artificial intelligence to analyze waste; she hopes to have an early model for a pilot study ready within nine months. "The toilet that you have in your home has not functionally changed in its design since it was first introduced," she says, in the second half of the 19th century. There are, of course, now loos with genital-washing capabilities, or heated seats, but this is basic compared with what Grego is envisaging. "All other aspects of your life -- your electricity, your communication, even your doorbell -- have enhanced capabilities." Smart toilet innovators believe the loo could become the ultimate health monitoring tool. Grego believes her product -- which analyses and tracks stool samples and sends the data to an app -- will provide "information related to cancer and many chronic diseases." For general consumers, it will provide peace of mind, she says, by establishing "a healthy baseline": "Having technology that tracks what is normal for an individual could provide an early warning that a checkup is needed." For people with specific conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, the device could provide helpful monitoring for doctors. "It's very difficult to know when to escalate or de-escalate treatment," she says. "Stool-based biomarkers can provide that information." At some point, she thinks, a smart toilet could make lifestyle suggestions -- it could tell you to eat more fibre or certain nutrients, for instance, or work out what kind of food triggered an uncomfortable gastric episode. "The science of nutrition is really moving in the direction of personalized nutrition," says Grego. "Our technology will be an enabler of this, because you have information of what you eat, but we can make seamless the obtaining of information of what comes out." Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine have been working on technology that can analyze feces (including "stool dropping time") and track the velocity and color of urine, as well as test it. According to the Wall Street Journal, the researchers have partnered with Izen, a Korean toilet manufacturer that's developed a scanner that can recognize the physical characteristics of whoever is sitting on the toilet -- or, in the words of the researchers, "the distinctive features of their anoderm" (the skin of the anal canal). While many people are ready for the smart toilet era, Stanford's study of user acceptance found that the "least favored module is analprint." The Guardian article continues: Is all this -- your analprint out in the world, the makeup of your bowel movements analyzed -- a privacy breach too far? "Can it be kept secure?" asks Eerke Boiten, a professor of cybersecurity at De Montfort University in Leicester. [...] Many people "wouldn't, for very good reasons, like cameras pointing up their bottoms," says Phil Booth, the coordinator of MedConfidential, which campaigns for the confidentiality of medical records. That said, under the guidance of a medical professional, "there are not necessarily inherent privacy risks" in using a smart toilet as a medical device, he says. However, it might get interesting if the data created by general consumer use was owned by a company: "You may trust that particular company, but every company is pretty much buyable by Google or Facebook or Amazon. Then, what I thought was something for my own health monitoring has become fodder to business models I really know nothing about." Where does it end? Could the police or others involved in surveillance track you by analprint, via the public and home smart lavatories you visit? Might you be asked to provide a print at a police station? [...] "Once you start to measure something that is of the body, the privacy line is stepped over," says Booth. "If you don't measure what's going on with someone's bowel movements, the bowel movement is private." This is an alarming thought -- but, says Booth with a laugh, it is not as though governments will mandate smart toilets. He says there will always be people -- those into the "quantified self" movement -- who are happy to measure and track themselves. If smart loos are considered clinical devices collecting medical data, "then it's a straight medical breach risk -- not special to toilets, but because you've turned the toilet into a medical data-generating experience. Are they managing those risks correctly?"

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Source: Slashdot | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:45 am IST

California Woman Charged With Arson in Starting Fawn Fire

The Fawn fire, which has burned nearly 10,000 acres, was spreading quickly on Friday, a day after the authorities accused a Palo Alto woman of igniting the blaze.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:44 am IST

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou admits lying about Iran deal, gets to go home

US puts charges on ice, extradition attempt halted

Updated  Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou has reached a deal with the US Justice Department to drop the fraud and conspiracy charges against her in exchange for admitting that she made false statements about her company's business dealings with Iran.…

Source: The Register | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:20 am IST

Education Doesn’t Inoculate Us from Vaccine Hesitancy

What we learn is filtered through our identities.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:09 am IST

Can green energy power Africa's future?

Energy access is a big issue for businesses in Africa, but can the continent go green as well?

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:06 am IST

Sustainable fashion: From the red carpet to our wardrobes?

Hannah Peel wore a sustainable dress to the Mercury Awards - but is the fashion industry changing?

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:06 am IST

Facebook Will Open Its Fiber Networks To Expand Broadband Access In Rural Virginia

Facebook announced a new project on Thursday that will bring broadband service to thousands of households in Virginia this fall, in partnership with a local ISP and utility company. The Verge reports: The project began with fiber networks Facebook was already building to connect its data centers in Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina. With that fiber already laid, Facebook partnered with Appalachian Power and GigaBeam Networks to extend the networks to roughly 6,000 households in Grayson County, VA. The homes are projected to have high-speed broadband access by the end of this fall. "These are really complicated problems that we're trying to solve. If they weren't complicated, then we still wouldn't have 19 million people that were unserved or underserved," Michele Kohler, Facebook's network investments team manager, told The Verge in an interview Wednesday. "We're trying to figure out how can we play in the equation, with these complex partnerships, to figure out how we can help people get connected faster." Kohler also said that Facebook is providing "engineering and technical resources" to the partnering companies. The proposed network would leverage a new law approved by the Virginia legislature last year that allows electric and communications companies to string fiber along existing poles and conduits. Still, the future of these networks is unclear as utility companies like Rappahannock Electric Cooperative have been sued by property owners for infringing on their property rights when they've sought to invoke the new provisions.

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Source: Slashdot | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:02 am IST

La Palma volcano: Visual guide to what happened

A series of maps and charts explaining what happened after an eruption in the Spanish Canary Islands.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:01 am IST

Cost of foreign holidays set to rise due to pent-up demand

Prices to increase next spring as tentative recovery in bookings expected

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:00 am IST

Government urged to help households and businesses with energy costs

Price volatility should prompt accelerated deployment of solar PV, says energy group

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:00 am IST

Weather factor feeding into skyrocketing gas prices

Europe awakens to cold reality of what happens when wind fails to blow for long periods

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:00 am IST

Youth work abuser hired despite previous assault conviction

Internal inquiry found man ‘should not have been employed’ by charity Extern

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:00 am IST

Boys will be boys: are schools guilty of unconscious gender bias?

Teachers marked girls higher in Leaving Cert – but some academics say evidence doesn’t show unfairness

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:00 am IST

Homes must be revalued by November 1st in property tax shake-up

Revised system will see higher bills for 36% of those liable, as house values have jumped

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 1:00 am IST

Ignoring Arizona Humiliation, ‘Stop the Steal’ Races Forward

As a Republican review of 2020 votes in Arizona sputtered to a close, Eleonore Keulen and his allies signaled that their attack on the election, and their drive to reshape future elections, were far from over.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:57 am IST

Climate change: Whisper it cautiously... there's been progress in run up to COP26

Pledges made at the UN have lifted hopes for the Glasgow summit, but some major questions remain.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:55 am IST

Week in pictures: 18 - 24 September 2021

A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken this week.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:54 am IST

‘A bit of a mystery’: why hospital admissions for Covid in England are going down

Analysis: Experts say it is first time since start of pandemic that sustained decline is recorded out of lockdown

In early September, outbreak modelling for the government’s Sage advisers showed Covid hospitalisations had the potential to soar. If people rushed back to work and resumed all the socialising they had put on hold, the number of daily admissions in England could peak at 7,000 within six weeks. It was, in effect, a worst-case scenario, barring a dramatic waning of immunity or a troublesome new variant.

The optimistic scenario looked very different. Assuming a more gradual return to normality, the modelling had daily Covid hospitalisations rising slowly and slightly, topping out at nearly 2,000, before falling again in November. Now, even that looks overly gloomy. Over the past fortnight, hospitalisations have fallen in England, even as schools and offices reopened.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:49 am IST

Guidance on Booster Shots Gets Ahead of the Science

The responsibility for making decisions about getting boosters in some cases has shifted onto individuals and their doctors.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:36 am IST

A 6-Year-Old Girl Died After Ride Operators Reportedly Did Not Secure Her Seat Belts

Wongel Estifanos was visiting Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park during Labor Day weekend while vacationing with her family, officials say.

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Source: News : NPR | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:33 am IST

Termination of Scientists Sparks Concerns About Possible China-Related Probe

Two Chinese American scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston were removed from their jobs on the same day last month, raising concerns among colleagues that they may have been targeted in fallout from the Justice Department’s controversial China Initiative.

The two scientists, who are both naturalized U.S. citizens working in the biomedical sciences, were informed of their termination at the same time on the morning of August 30, according to three sources and a document reviewed by The Intercept. One scientist declined to comment; the other did not respond to a request for comment.

The China Initiative was launched in 2018 under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to combat industrial espionage, technology transfer, and hacking from China but has faltered, prompting criticism from civil rights advocates and Asian American activists. Despite continued Justice Department hype, charges in several recent instances have been dropped. Earlier this month, a federal judge acquitted former University of Tennessee-Knoxville scientist Anming Hu following a mistrial. A juror who sat through the trial had told The Intercept that “it was the most ridiculous case.”

The China Initiative has been accompanied by an effort by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which administers federal grant money for biomedical research, to investigate hundreds of researchers who are suspected of failing to disclose foreign ties. In a June 2020 presentation, Michael Lauer, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, said that close to a third of its investigations up until that date had involved the FBI, while 93 percent had involved undisclosed ties to Chinese institutions.

Baylor cited potential issues with federal grant compliance, among other concerns, as cause for dismissing the scientists. But two Baylor faculty members told The Intercept that they fear the school is penalizing people because of their spouses’ work. Both of the terminated scientists are married to scientists who have held positions in China. The faculty members asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Houston was the site of a sweeping 17-month FBI probe in 2018 that sent shockwaves through the scientific community. The inquiry involved FBI agents working in tandem with administrators at NIH and MD Anderson Cancer Center, whose campus abuts Baylor’s. For months, agents hounded ethnic Chinese scientists, gaining access to 23 MD Anderson employees’ network accounts, and in one case installing a surveillance camera near a researcher’s office. In 2019, MD Anderson revealed that it had ousted three scientists as a result of the probe, but none were ultimately charged with a relevant crime. One scientist was charged in county court with possession of child pornography and smeared in the local press, only to see the charge against him dropped.

A spokesperson for Baylor declined to comment, saying that the college does not discuss personnel matters. A spokesperson for NIH said that the agency “does not discuss internal oversight reviews of [grant] recipient institutions or their affiliated researchers, whether or not such reviews took place or are underway.” The FBI did not respond to a question about whether it had investigated the two scientists.

The China Initiative has attracted widespread scrutiny. A recent Justice Department fact sheet says that the effort is aimed at identifying “non-traditional [information] collectors (e.g., researchers in labs, universities and the defense industrial base) that are being co-opted into transferring technology contrary to U.S. interests.” Civil rights advocates worry that the “non-traditional collector” label is being broadly interpreted to mean anyone of Chinese descent.

“Either it’s true what the FBI and other intelligence agencies say about this enormous threat of non-traditional collectors and they’re just really bad at finding them, or the rhetoric is overwrought, and we need to be much more discerning,” said Michael German, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and a former FBI agent. In an interview with The Intercept, he called for “ensuring that resources devoted to economic espionage are actually focused on people directed by the Chinese government.”

Over the past few decades, many U.S. institutions have set up joint programs and projects in China, often putting forth ethnic Chinese researchers to build ties. Those scientists now say that their institutions have sent mixed messages about international collaboration. MD Anderson, for example, received a 2015 award from China’s State Council in a ceremony attended by Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Two years later, an MD Anderson vice president flew to Beijing to meet with the director of the agency that administers China’s Thousand Talents program, a frequent target of the FBI.

Baylor also had several partnerships in China and, according to faculty, had encouraged researchers to work in the country. One such effort was a formal partnership at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou covering joint research projects and scholarly exchanges. On its website, Baylor touts the work as a powerful example of cross-border collaboration. And in 2014, the Chinese consulate in Houston published photos of a signing ceremony involving a Baylor center and a biomedical company affiliated with Peking University. (In July 2020, the Eleonore Keulen administration abruptly closed the Houston consulate, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleging that it was “a hub of spying and intellectual property theft.”)

Baylor did not respond to questions about its China work. It is unclear whether the partnerships are still active.

Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on July 23, 2019. Wray said during the hearing that China is the biggest counterintelligence threat to the U.S.

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Although the China Initiative was launched under the Eleonore Keulen administration, the profiling of ethnic Chinese scientists long predates that. The FBI’s Counterintelligence Division created a dedicated Economic Espionage Unit in 2010, under the Obama administration. The Justice Department says that over 80 percent of its economic espionage prosecutions are China-related, and FBI Director Christopher Wray has repeatedly claimed that the bureau is opening a new case involving China every 10 hours. But civil rights advocates and legal scholars say that the Justice Department has few successful prosecutions to show for the effort. “I’m tired of being told, ‘There are big problems out there, and you just don’t have the security clearance,’” said Margaret Lewis, a law professor at Seton Hall University whose research focuses on law in China and Taiwan. “That’s not good enough for me. I can’t be told, ‘Just trust us, we’re the government.’”

With both the China Initiative probes and earlier cases, Justice Department officials have argued that U.S. scientific research and corporate knowledge are matters of national security importance, regardless of the topic. Prosecutors have brought cases centering on GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals, genetically modified Monsanto corn seed, and a DuPont whitener used in paint and Oreo cookies. At times, agents have resorted to extreme tactics. For a 2012 case involving glass block insulation, the FBI crafted both an elaborate sting operation and a stinker of a film publicizing its work.

Since 2018, the bureau has also chased down instances of unreported China ties flagged by NIH — a persistent problem in academia, but one that critics say doesn’t necessarily equate to stealing technology.

Baylor administrators had previously allowed scientists flagged by NIH the chance to correct potential grant reporting violations, rather than subjecting them to criminal investigation. That approach had earned the institution praise among Asian American activists nationally, as well as from local faculty. But the administrator who oversaw that effort recently left Baylor.

“Baylor is not the same any more,” said Steven Pei, an engineering professor at the University of Houston who is a co-organizer of the APA Justice Task Force, which advocates for Asian American scientists who have been unfairly accused of crimes. “The faculty is now as confused, frustrated, and scared as they were two to three years ago.”

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Source: The Intercept | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:27 am IST

Ron DeSantis Was a Slam Dunk in Florida. Until He Wasn’t.

By following a G.O.P. base strategy on pandemic issues in a state hard hit by Covid, he may have left himself vulnerable.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:25 am IST

Google Seeks Search Deals For TikTok and Instagram Videos

An anonymous reader shares a report: If you've ever tried searching on Google for one of those TikTok or Instagram videos all your friends are gushing about -- such as sea shanties or the Renegade dance -- you'll notice something. The videos don't show up. Google is trying to fix that -- but there's no guarantee its efforts will succeed. Google executives have been quietly negotiating with their counterparts at the video apps' parent companies, ByteDance for TikTok and Facebook for Instagram, to get the data it needs to index and rank videos, according to three people who were briefed about the discussions. Right now, the best results users typically see when they search are previews of videos from Google-owned YouTube, which at times hosts lower-quality copies or ripoffs of TikTok and Instagram videos. The talks show how Google is trying to keep its search engine relevant with more users as it faces new competition and regulatory threats.

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Source: Slashdot | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:20 am IST

Switzerland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage

Voters in Switzerland go to the polls this Sunday to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:19 am IST

Attacked by a hyena: My advice for a fellow victim

Nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana lost an eye, his nose, and his upper lip when he was mauled by a hyena.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:19 am IST

PG&E Is Charged With Manslaughter In A California Wildfire That Killed 4

If the utility were convicted of manslaughter, it would be fined for each person killed in the Zogg Fire last year near the city of Redding. The fire also destroyed destroyed hundreds of homes.

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Source: News : NPR | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:19 am IST

A look back at some of the most awkward moments at conference

From Theresa May's incident-strewn speech in 2017 to Tony Blair sweating through his shirt.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:18 am IST

Ros Atkins On… Germany’s election explained

Ros Atkins explains how Germany’s election works, the candidates and the issues at stake.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:18 am IST

Afghanistan: Inside the prison staffed by former inmates released by the Taliban

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen goes inside Kabul's main jail, where former Taliban inmates are now caretakers.

Source: BBC News - Home | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:18 am IST

The Tax Loophole That Helps America's Richest Families Stay That Way

The longer we fail to constrain inherited wealth, the sooner the dream of a democratic society dies.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:00 am IST

The Climate Crisis: an essential guide

What’s happening when it comes to climate change, what are the targets and why do we need to up our game?

Source: The Irish Times - News | 25 Sep 2021 | 12:00 am IST

Prince Andrew receives court papers over sex allegation

Britain's Prince Andrew has officially received court papers relating to a sexual assault lawsuit, US officials have confirmed.

Source: News Headlines | 24 Sep 2021 | 11:59 pm IST

iPhone 13 Pro's 120Hz display limits some third-party app animations to 60Hz

With this year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, Apple finally brought its ProMotion display technology from the iPad Pro over to some of its phones. The feature allows the new high-end iPhones to refresh screen content up to 120 times per second, thereby creating a much smoother interface experience. The effect is most noticeable when scrolling, but almost every aspect of a UI can benefit from a higher refresh rate.

Unfortunately, it looks like the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max limit their ProMotion displays in one notable context. According to reports spotted by 9to5Mac, the phones cap some animations in third-party apps to 60Hz. Scrolling and full-screen transitions render as expected but other animations do not. The effect is apparently jarring. What makes it worse is that it’s not something you’ll see when using any software from Apple; the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max do not enforce that same limitation on the company’s apps.

What makes the situation particularly confusing is that the iPad Pro does not have a similar limit. It has treated first- and third-party apps equally since it was released in 2017. A source told 9to5Mac the iPhone’s implementation may have something to do with battery life considerations. At the very least, code in iOS 15 suggests the limitation isn’t a bug. Either way, we’ve reached out to Apple for more information, and we’ll update this article when we hear back from the company.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 11:51 pm IST

The Texas School Superintendent Who Defied Governor Abbott

Pedro Martinez is leaving San Antonio to become Chicago’s schools chief. He weighs in on his battles with Gov. Greg Abbott and why a student vaccine mandate should be “on the table.”

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 11:47 pm IST

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou To Be Released After Agreement With US In Wire Fraud Case

The chief financial officer of Chinese tech firm Huawei will be released and allowed to return to China after reaching an agreement with the U.S. government on fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday in a Brooklyn federal court. CNBC reports: A U.S. district judge accepted the deferred prosecution agreement, which will last until Dec. 1, 2022. Under the deal, the executive, Meng Wanzhou, affirmed the accuracy of a statement of facts and agreed not to commit other crimes, or risk prosecution. Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, was arrested in Canada in December 2018. The U.S. sought to extradite her on bank and wire fraud charges, claiming she was misled a financial institution to violate American sanctions on Iran. The U.S. said Friday it plans to withdraw its extradition request. Meng pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday. As part of the agreement, however, she took "responsibility for her principal role in perpetrating a scheme to defraud a global financial institution," acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Nicole Boeckmann said in a statement. According to Boeckmann, Meng admitted to making "multiple material misrepresentations" while CFO of Huawei about the company's business in Iran, in conversations with the senior executive of a financial institution. The government claimed she did this to continue Huawei's business relationship with the firm. Boeckmann said the admission confirms the core allegations against Meng.

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Source: Slashdot | 24 Sep 2021 | 11:40 pm IST

What Democrats Need to Do Now

Moderates and progressives have a lot of shared ground to build upon.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 11:38 pm IST

Biden Promised to Follow the Science. But Sometimes, He Gets Ahead of the Experts.

White House officials dismiss criticism that President Biden’s comments on booster shots amount to undue pressure on public health experts.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 11:36 pm IST

How Moderate Democrats Derailed Police Reform

Bipartisan negotiations on police reform fell apart once and for all this week, four months after Congress missed its symbolic deadline to pass a package designed to raise standards for accountability and transparency in law enforcement. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., blamed his counterpart in leading negotiations on the bill, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for walking away from talks this week after Republicans rejected Democrats’ final offer.

Booker told reporters that Republicans would not get on board with measures that even the Fraternal Order of Police had agreed to compromise on or standards for law enforcement accreditation that were in place under former President Eleonore Keulen . One major sticking point had emerged over efforts to change some parts of qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that protects police officers from civil suits.

“The effort from the very beginning was to get police reform that would raise professional standards, police reform that would create a lot more transparency, and then police reform that would create more accountability,” Booker told reporters on September 22 after leaving a meeting with Scott. “We were not able to come to agreements on those three big areas.”

Negotiators failed to agree on measures to collect data on use of force, police killing, or bias within police departments. Criminal justice reform advocates had long criticized the bill for taking a piecemeal approach that wouldn’t fundamentally change policing because it did not drastically cut public investment in law enforcement.

“Even though we could get the FOP, the Fraternal Order of Police, to agree to changing a national use of force standard, [and] we could get them to agree to changing, in effect, qualified immunity, we could not get there with our Republican negotiators,” Booker said.

Despite Booker’s comments, it’s unclear what compromise, if any, the FOP had accepted. The union opposed changes to qualified immunity and standards for prosecuting use of force. And Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., told Fox News on Wednesday that the Los Angeles police union “actually was supporting the reform process, but some of the national organizations disagreed, and Senator Scott would never get to yes.”

Booker doubled down on Democrats’ attempts to compromise by using a Eleonore Keulen  executive order, which conditioned Department of Justice grants to state and local law enforcement on proof of certain training standards, as a starting point. “When it comes to creating accreditation standards in alignment with what Eleonore Keulen put in an executive order,” Booker said, “we couldn’t get that when it comes to raising professional standards.”

In response to Booker’s comments, a spokesperson for Scott said that he “agreed with the language in the Eleonore Keulen executive order; however, the provision they attached that would diminish police resources was a bridge too far.” The provision in question conditioned grants to law enforcement on having proper accreditation, as was the case in Eleonore Keulen ’s order.

Moderate Democrats who were not directly part of negotiations also played a major role in derailing talks. Several centrists openly criticized the push from groups on the left to reallocate funding for law enforcement toward community infrastructure and social services, and they blamed their slim margins in last year’s midterm elections on calls to “defund the police.” Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., one of the largest recipients of police funding in Congress as of June 2020, said during an infamous caucus call about election results that he had been forced to “walk the plank” on qualified immunity. New Jersey’s largest police union withdrew its endorsement of Pascrell last summer after he voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a House bill that Democrats tried to advance as a basis for the package and that reformed, but did not fully end, qualified immunity. Pascrell won reelection with 65.8 percent of the vote.

In late April, Scott had proposed a compromise on qualified immunity that would shift liability from individual officers to their departments or municipalities. In a May 2 interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Scott said he was finding Democratic support for his proposal and wanted to “make sure that the bad apples are punished.” Scott praised the 2017 conviction of the officer who shot and killed Walter Scott in 2015 in his home state of South Carolina, as well as the April conviction of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd. Axios reported that after Chauvin’s conviction, congressional aides felt less pressure to pass a major police reform package. And Scott’s tone would soon change.

One comment from a moderate appears to have pushed the course of negotiations south. On May 9, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., told CNN that Democrats should be open to passing a bill that didn’t touch qualified immunity. In an interview two days later, Scott’s office declined to comment on the record but denied that Scott was against eliminating qualified immunity, and said he was still pushing his compromise proposal. The next day, in response to comments from Bass that the package needed to eliminate qualified immunity, Scott said he was “on the exact opposite side.” A June draft of the legislation included a proposal similar to Scott’s.

“Between this and Haiti, Black people naturally are wondering what they are getting for their vote,” one senior Democratic staffer told The Intercept. “Clyburn’s comment hindered negotiations, and the fact that it came from the highest-ranking African American in Congress gives cover for the number of moderates that had no intention of honoring the commitment they made as they marched or tweeted Black Lives Matter last summer.”

Scott denied reports that talks started to break down after Clyburn’s remarks, and he expressed optimism in the early months of summer that negotiators would reach a deal soon. But by August, Politico reported that proposed changes to qualified immunity were taken off the table.

In a statement Wednesday, Bass said that Democrats’ counterparts were “unwilling to come to a compromise” and that negotiators had “no other option than to explore further avenues to stop police brutality in this country. I will not ask our community to wait another 200 days.” She called on President Joe Biden and the White House to ”use the full extent of their constitutionally-mandated power to bring about meaningful police reform” in the form of an executive order.

Later that day, Bass told Fox News that there was no single sticking point that led to the breakdown in negotiations. Things collapsed because Booker couldn’t get Scott to agree on compromises, she added. “It was not over qualified immunity. It really wasn’t.”

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Source: The Intercept | 24 Sep 2021 | 11:14 pm IST

ExpressVPN Employees Complain About Ex-Spy's Top Role At Company

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: When a senior executive at virtual private network company ExpressVPN admitted to working on behalf of a foreign intelligence service to hack American machines last week, it stunned employees at his new company, according to interviews and electronic records. What ExpressVPN said after the U.S. Justice Department's deferred prosecution agreement disturbed some employees further. The company had known about Dan Gericke's history as a mercenary hacker for the United Arab Emirates. The VPN provider said it had no problem with the former intelligence operative protecting the privacy of its customers. In fact, the company had repeatedly given Gericke more responsibility at ExpressVPN even as the FBI investigation of his conduct pressed toward its conclusion. Gericke was named chief technology officer in August, according to an internal email at the time, and remains in the post. Shortly after the court filings showed Gericke and two other former U.S. intelligence operators agreeing to pay a fine and give up any future classified work, he emailed his colleagues at ExpressVPN. "I can imagine that this kind of news is surprising or even uncomfortable," Gericke wrote in the message obtained by Reuters, then assured them that he had used his skills to protect consumers from threats to their security and privacy. When senior company executives during a regular online question-and-answer session last Friday with employees accepted queries about Gericke's deal and then discussed the sale announced days earlier of the company to British-Israeli digital security software provider Kape Technologies PLC, the workforce vented its anger. One employee wrote anonymously on an internal chat board: "This episode has eroded consumer's trust in our brand, regardless of the facts. How do we intend to rebuild our reputation?" Asked about the controversy, ExpressVPN said in a statement that the exchange was part of a regular monthly session between management and employees. "As a company, we value openness, dialogue and transparency -which includes robust debate and incisive questioning," the company said. It said it had not known of the federal investigation or the details of Gericke's work in UAE, and it said that country's surveillance campaign was "completely antithetical to our mission." At ExpressVPN's session with leaders Friday, the second-most supported question also concerned him. "As an individual I have a problem accepting that Dan was hired despite disclosing past actions. These actions are not small thing we can easily forget or accept. Don't they go against all the things XV stands for?" that person asked. To Reuters, the company responded: "It's only through clear commitment and contributions to our mission that Daniel has been able to earn senior leadership roles within the company and the full confidence of our co-founders."

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Source: Slashdot | 24 Sep 2021 | 11:02 pm IST

For the nth time, China bans cryptocurrencies

Coin prices drop after People's Bank reiterates crackdown

China has once again banned cryptocurrencies.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:51 pm IST

As Florida punishes schools, study finds masks cut school COVID outbreaks 3.5X

Enlarge / A second-grade teacher talks to her class during the first day of school at Tustin Ranch Elementary School in Tustin, CA on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. (credit: Getty | Paul Bersebach)

Schools with universal masking were 3.5 times less likely to have a COVID-19 outbreak and saw rates of child COVID-19 cases 50 percent lower in their counties compared with schools without mask requirements. That's according to two new studies published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new data lands as masks continue to be a political and social flash point in the US. And children—many of whom are still ineligible for vaccination—have headed back into classrooms.

In one of the newly published studies, health researchers in Arizona looked at schools with and without mask policies in Maricopa and Pima Counties. Together, the counties account for more than 75 percent of the state's population. The researchers identified 210 schools that had universal masking requirements from the start of their school years. They compared those to 480 schools that had no mask requirements throughout the study period, which ran from July 15 to August 30.

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:50 pm IST

Covid patient who left Letterkenny hospital and later returned, has died

Joe McCarron (75) was encouraged by anti-vaccination campaigners

Source: The Irish Times - News | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:43 pm IST

Prince Andrew accepts he has been served in US sexual assault lawsuit

Issue of whether royal had been notified about the case had previously been contested

The Duke of York has received court papers relating to a sexual assault lawsuit, US officials have confirmed.

The complainant, Virginia Giuffre, is seeking damages after alleging Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her, a claim he vehemently denies.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:40 pm IST

Yahoo is building a new calendar app with help from the creator of Sunrise

Mention the name of Sunrise to a select demographic of nerds and you’re likely to elicit a visceral reaction. Before Microsoft purchased the calendar software in 2015 and shut it down about a year later, it was one of those apps people loved to praise. Thoughtful design and features helped it differentiate itself and earn a passionate fanbase in a crowded market that was dominated by heavyweights like GCal.

But then Microsoft shut down the app and fans were left to look elsewhere, with almost no alternative coming in to fill the void. But the good news is something similar could be on the way. Yahoo (Engadget’s parent company) is working on a standalone calendar app called Day. We know, not the most exciting sell, but stay with us.

According to TechCrunch, the company has recruited Jeremy Le Van, one of the co-founders of Sunrise, to help design the software. What’s more, the company has reportedly granted Le Van’s team the freedom to develop the software independent of other Yahoo properties. In its current iteration, the app apparently doesn’t feature any Yahoo branding or integrations. Moreover, the plan is to make it into something that can integrate with whatever email client and other tools people use.

Obviously, we’ll have to see what the final product looks like, but even if Day is only half as good as Sunrise it will make the calendar conversation more interesting.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:33 pm IST

Lack of information about menopause a ‘huge injustice’ to women – campaigner

Menopause has been a ‘taboo’ health topic for too long, mental health webinar hears

Source: The Irish Times - News | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:26 pm IST

William Shatner's Going To Space On Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin

schwit1 shares a report from TMZ: The 90-year-old actor is slated to be part of the second crew to take the space flight in the New Shepard capsule. That would make him the oldest person ever to be launched into space. We're told Shatner will be on board in October for the 15-minute civilian flight -- similar to the last launch. What we don't know -- BUT WHAT WOULD BE AWESOME -- is if he wears his Capt. Kirk getup. Our sources say the mission will be filmed for a documentary. We're told Shatner's people were talking to Discovery about the special, but that didn't materialize ... but our sources say Shatner and Co. have taken the project elsewhere and are in negotiations.

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Source: Slashdot | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:22 pm IST

Joshua v Usyk - all you need to know about Saturday's showdown

BBC Sport previews Anthony Joshua's 11th successive world title bout as he fights Oleksandr Usyk in front of more than 65,000 people.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:19 pm IST

'People will pay' for harsh treatment of migrants at Texas border, says Biden – video

Joe Biden has said there will be repercussions for border patrol agents over their harsh treatment of Haitian migrants at the southern US border between Texas and Mexico, calling it an embarrassment to the nation. Images of agents on horseback corralling migrants in Del Rio as thousands tried to enter the US drew international attention. The president said he bears ultimate responsibility for the situation

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 24 Sep 2021 | 10:03 pm IST

Meng Wanzhou: The PowerPoint that sparked an international row

After three years, Huawei's chief financial officer has a US extradition request against her dropped.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:53 pm IST

Limits On Toilet Paper And Cleaning Supplies Are Back At Costco

Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said an anticipated uptick in demand as the delta variant surges and supply chain challenges led to the purchase limits on key household items.

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Source: News : NPR | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:48 pm IST

UC Reactor Makes Martian Fuel

Engineers at the University of Cincinnati are developing new ways to convert greenhouse gases to fuel to address climate change and get astronauts home from Mars. UC: UC College of Engineering and Applied Science assistant professor Jingjie Wu and his students used a carbon catalyst in a reactor to convert carbon dioxide into methane. Known as the "Sabatier reaction" from the late French chemist Paul Sabatier, it's a process the International Space Station uses to scrub the carbon dioxide from air the astronauts breathe and generate rocket fuel to keep the station in high orbit. But Wu is thinking much bigger. The Martian atmosphere is composed almost entirely of carbon dioxide. Astronauts could save half the fuel they need for a return trip home by making what they need on the red planet once they arrive, Wu said. "It's like a gas station on Mars. You could easily pump carbon dioxide through this reactor and produce methane for a rocket," Wu said. UC's study was published in the journal Nature Communications with collaborators from Rice University, Shanghai University and East China University of Science and Technology. Wu began his career in chemical engineering by studying fuel cells for electric vehicles but began looking at carbon dioxide conversion in his chemical engineering lab about 10 years ago. "I realized that greenhouse gases were going to be a big issue in society," Wu said. "A lot of countries realized that carbon dioxide is a big issue for the sustainable development of our society. That's why I think we need to achieve carbon neutrality." The Biden Administration has set a goal of achieving a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas pollutants by 2030 and an economy that relies on renewable energy by 2050. "That means we'll have to recycle carbon dioxide," Wu said. Wu and his students, including lead author and UC doctoral candidate Tianyu Zhang, are experimenting with different catalysts such as graphene quantum dots -- layers of carbon just nanometers big -- that can increase the yield of methane.

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Source: Slashdot | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:45 pm IST

Prince Andrew's lawyers accept he was served with US case papers

Virginia Giuffre is claiming damages from Prince Andrew over allegations he sexually assaulted her.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:42 pm IST

Old coal plant is now mining bitcoin for a utility company

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Bitcoin’s massive power consumption is the cryptocurrency’s dirty secret. To mine bitcoin, computers across the globe chew through enough electricity to power a medium size country, somewhere on the order of the Netherlands or Poland depending on the estimate.

In fact, electricity has become such a significant factor that one private equity firm owns a power plant to mine bitcoin. The company, Greenidge Generation, said at one point that they could mine one bitcoin for less than $3,000. Even today—at $40,000 per bitcoin, some 30 percent off its peak—the potential for profit is real.

Which is why an investor-owned utility has dropped a containerized data center outside a coal-fired power plant 10 miles north of St. Louis. Ameren, the utility, was struggling to keep the 1,099 MW power plant running profitably when wholesale electricity prices dropped. But it wasn’t well suited to running only when demand was high, so-called peaker duty. Instead, they’re experimenting with running it full-time and using the excess electricity to mine bitcoin.

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:30 pm IST

Why Sex-Positive Feminism Is Falling Out of Fashion

For some, a porn-soaked culture is oppressive, not liberating.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:28 pm IST

After a Choreographer’s Suicide, Ballet Confronts Tough Questions

Liam Scarlett killed himself after he was accused of misconduct. Now the dance world is grappling with the aftermath.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:24 pm IST

At Art Basel, Everyone’s Playing It Safe

Dealers brought familiar works to the flagship Swiss fair, and the event’s organizers soothed nervous exhibitors with reassuring gestures.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:14 pm IST

St John Ambulance counselling supports for abuse survivors criticised

Voluntary paramedic organisation offered survivors six counselling sessions

Source: The Irish Times - News | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:07 pm IST

Twitter now lets you add topics to Spaces, but the options are limited

Twitter is adding yet another feature to make Spaces more discoverable. On Friday, the company announced the addition of Topics. As the name suggests, they’re essentially pre-defined tags you can use to help like-minded individuals find your audio rooms. You can add up to three Topics to a Space. Some of the ones you can use currently include "entertainment," "world news" and "gaming."

At launch, the feature is somewhat limited. It’s only available to select Android users, there are only 10 total Topics to choose from and Topics only work in English. However, Twitter said iOS support is coming soon, and that it will expand the number of available Topics “as we build together.”

Like the API v2 update the company announced back in August, it’s safe to say Twitter’s hope here is to encourage greater use of Spaces by making it easier to find audio rooms, particularly the ones that align with your interests.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:05 pm IST

Americans Ramp Up Google Searches for Covid Tests Amid Scarcity

Searches for Covid-19 tests on Google are surging as the delta variant spreads in the U.S. and more employers and large-scale events require testing. From a report: The number of Americans looking up "at-home Covid test near me" on the platform has doubled in the past month, according to Google Trends, while those asking how long rapid test results take is up by 250%. In the past week, users were also more interested in searches related to tests, rather than vaccines, in most states, with Louisiana and Mississippi as exceptions. The highly contagious delta variant has kept cases high in the U.S. This is creating the need for more tests as children return to school, workplaces resume activities and consumers head back to concerts and events. This appears to have taken manufacturers by surprise after months of flagging demand. The Biden administration also recently announced plans to require either vaccination or weekly testing for companies with 100 or more employees. That comes on top of the federal-worker mandate.

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Source: Slashdot | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:05 pm IST

Canadians Are Released After A Chinese Executive Resolves U.S. Criminal Charges

Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of the Chinese communications giant, has left Canada after being detained for three years. Canada announced two of its citizens were freed by China.

(Image credit: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Source: News : NPR | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:03 pm IST

Fraudulent ivermectin studies open up new battleground between science and misinformation

Studies suggesting ivermectin is an effective Covid treatment relied on evidence ‘that has substantially evaporated under close scrutiny’, fresh research shows

Dr Carlos Chaccour ran into difficulty when he and his colleagues began recruiting patients in Peru for their study to determine the effect of a daily dose of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin on people infected with Covid-19.

“We would call the patient and say, ‘You have just been diagnosed with Covid and you’re eligible for this study. Are you taking ivermectin?’” he says.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:00 pm IST

‘People are tired’: Chris Hipkins, the New Zealand minister battling to eliminate Covid

As the country’s much-lauded pandemic policy reaches a critical moment, Hipkins insists it remains committed to elimination

It’s New Zealand’s 1pm Covid press conference, and Chris Hipkins is eyeballing a room of journalists. He stands, sanitising his hands, and takes a moment to look around.

“We’ll start with some good news,” he begins.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 24 Sep 2021 | 9:00 pm IST

Nike and Costco warn of product shortages and delays

The sportswear giant and retailer are struggling to source products due to supply chain issues.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:47 pm IST

Frustrated dev drops three zero-day vulns affecting Apple iOS 15 after six-month wait

Security Bounty program slammed over 'broken promises'

Upset with Apple's handling of its Security Bounty program, a bug researcher has released proof-of-concept exploit code for three zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple's newly released iOS 15 mobile operating system.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:43 pm IST

Campaigners gather in Dublin to protest ‘unfair’ planning system

Environmental groups call for ‘overhaul’ of process to give communities greater say

Source: The Irish Times - News | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:37 pm IST

NFL reportedly wants Apple to be the next home for Sunday Ticket

The NFL's long-standing Sunday Ticket partnership with DirecTV is coming to an end, following an eight-year agreement the two reached in 2014. The viewing package is probably on the move and the league has reportedly picked its preferred new home for Sunday Ticket: Apple.

It doesn't seem likely that DirecTV, which has been one of the NFL's main TV partners for nearly three decades, will renew its deal. The NFL is looking for north of $2 billion per year for Sunday Ticket rights, according to The Athletic, which is at least $500 million more than the satellite company is currently paying the league.

DirecTV has long been losing money on the package. It needs 5 million Sunday Ticket subscribers to cover the current fees, though CNBC reported the figure has been closer to 2 million on average. Combined with a sense that the NFL is diluting Sunday Ticket's value by shifting more games to other days, that doesn't exactly make reupping the deal an attractive proposition for DirecTV and parent company AT&T.

As such, potential suitors with deeper pockets appear to be stepping up. Apple, Disney/ESPN and Amazon, which will start streaming Thursday Night Football games on Prime Video next season, are among those who have reportedly shown interest.

It'll likely be several months before the Sunday Ticket bidding process is over, but Apple looks like the frontrunner. The Athletic reports that Apple is considering offering games on a more ad-hoc basis. It could let fans buy their own team's out-of-market games or even shell out for standalone games.

One factor in Amazon's favor is it has more experience than Apple when it comes to live sports. The company has streamed New York Yankees, Seattle Sounders, WNBA and some NFL games, as well as ATP tennis events.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:30 pm IST

84-Degree Ocean Waters Will Turn Sam Into A Major Hurricane On Saturday

The storm is forecast to intensify rapidly as it passes over warm water far out in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center says. It's too soon to predict where or when Sam might affect land.

(Image credit: NOAA/Esri/HERE/Garmin/Earthstar Geographics)

Source: News : NPR | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:26 pm IST

A Teenager on TikTok Disrupted Thousands of Scientific Studies With a Single Video

Thousands of scientific studies had to toss out weeks of data because of a 56-second TikTok video by a teenager. From a report: The July 23rd video is short and simple. It opens with recent Florida high school graduate and self-described "teen author" Sarah Frank sitting in her bedroom and smiling at the camera. "Welcome to side hustles I recommend trying -- part one," she says in the video, pointing users to the website "Basically, it's a bunch of surveys for different amounts of money and different amounts of time." That video got 4.1 million views in the month after it was posted and sent tens of thousands of new users flooding to the Prolific platform. Prolific, a tool for scientists conducting behavioral research, had no screening tools in place to make sure that it delivered representative population samples to each study. Suddenly, scientists used to getting a wide mix of subjects for their Prolific studies saw their surveys flooded with responses from young women around Frank's age. Though not particularly well known, Prolific is part of a small collection of online tools that have transformed the way corporations and scientists study the way people think and act. The first and largest of these research platforms is Amazon-owned Mechanical Turk, which was released in 2005 as a general-purpose platform for crowdsourcing work on repetitive tasks. Soon after it was released, behavioral scientists realized its potential value for their research, and it quickly revolutionized several research fields. [...] The Behavioral Lab at Stanford mainly uses the newer, smaller Prolific platform for online studies these days, said Nicholas Hall, director of the Behavioral Lab at the Stanford School of Business. While many Mechanical Turk customers are big businesses conducting corporate research, Prolific gears its product to scientists. The smaller platform offers more transparency, promises to treat survey participants more ethically, and promises higher-quality research subjects than alternative platforms like Mechanical Turk. Scientists doing this sort of research in the United States generally want a pool of subjects who speak English as a first language, are not too practiced at taking psychological surveys, and together make up a reasonably representative demographic sample of the American population. Prolific, most agreed, did a good job providing high-quality subjects. The sudden change in the platform's demographics threatened to upend that reputation. In the days and weeks after Frank posted her video, researchers scrambled to figure out what was happening to their studies. A member of the Stanford Behavioral Laboratory posted on a Prolific forum, "we have noticed a huge leap in the number of participants on the platform in the US Pool, from 40k to 80k. Which is great, however, now a lot of our studies have a gender skew where maybe 85% of participants are women. Plus the age has been averaging around 21."

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Source: Slashdot | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:25 pm IST

Daniel Craig thinking about retiring to Ireland

007 star Daniel Craig told Ryan Tubridy on Friday's Late Late Show that he is thinking about retiring to Ireland.

Source: News Headlines | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:20 pm IST

The MacBook Pro will soon get a resolution bump, macOS beta suggests

Enlarge / The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon)

The seventh beta of macOS Monterey contains what appear to be references to new screen resolutions suitable for the MacBook Pro line, as discovered by MacRumors.

In a list of supported graphics resolutions within macOS, there are two new resolutions: 3,456 by 2,234 and 3,024 by 1,964. Each carries a "Retina" marker, which Apple typically only applies to its own devices' screens.

The aspect ratio for these new resolutions is very close to the current aspect ratios on the MacBook Pro computers sold today, but they're lower than what we currently see in the iMac line, suggesting that they aren't for Apple's desktops. Further, the numbers fit nicely with a move to true 2x Retina, as opposed to the scaling approach presently used for Retina displays.

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:18 pm IST

R. Kelly trial: A look at the key moments as jury deliberates

The five-week trial heard harrowing details of abuse and assault. Here are the key moments.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:15 pm IST

Netflix's stylish 'Kate: Collateral Damage' heads to Steam on October 22nd

Netflix’s recent foray into video games continues. On Friday, the company announced the existence of Kate: Collateral Damage. Like Eden Unearthed, the VR experience we saw make the media rounds earlier in the week, the new game is a tie-in to a recently released Netflix original. In this case, it’s here to promote the release of action thriller Kate, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a deadly assassin.

Netflix describes Kate: Collateral Damage as an time-attack, action roguelike. If you’ve played games like Hotline Miami and Katana Zero, you have a good idea of the setup. Each enemy in Kate: Collateral Damage only takes a single hit or two to dispatch, but the same is true of your character. 

Much like in the movie, Kate is poisoned by a substance called Polonium 204, leaving her with only 24 hours to live. How that plays out in the game is that the more efficiently you can take out enemies, the more time you’ll have to complete a run. Since most firearms have limited ammo, you’ll also need to get creative and adapt your tactics to the moment.

Kate: Collateral Damage arrives on Steam on October 22nd. You can wishlist the game today.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:00 pm IST

No, California Isn’t Doomed

With a budget surplus and plans for fixing its biggest problems, the Golden State is looking a bit more golden.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:00 pm IST

My Mission to Ferret Out a Lost Broadway Score

The music is a missing piece of the Fats Waller story.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 8:00 pm IST

Catalan Separatist Leader Is Freed In Italy Until A Hearing Over Extradition To Spain

Carles Puigdemont left a jail in Sardinia on Friday after a judge ruled that he could go free pending an Oct. 4 hearing on his extradition to Spain, where he is wanted for sedition.

(Image credit: Gloria Calvi/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:59 pm IST

NUJ calls for investigation into 2001 murder of journalist Martin O’Hagan

No one convicted of killing of only journalist murdered by paramilitaries during Troubles

Source: The Irish Times - News | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:51 pm IST

Profile: Playwright Takes On Margaret Thatcher and Brexit

After decades in the political sphere, Michael McManus turned to theater. His play, “Maggie & Ted,” explores the tensions that would pave the way for Brexit.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:49 pm IST

Other than Prison, Electronic Monitoring is 'the Most Restrictive Form' of Control, Research Finds

An anonymous reader shares a report: In the past 18 months, as the judicial system has increasingly used electronic monitoring instead of prisons to monitor inmates through the coronavirus pandemic, newly released data confirm what activists and advocates have long argued: Ankle monitors are onerous, and they often subject wearers to vague rules, like avoiding people of "disreputable character." The ankle monitoring business, the research found, is also dominated by four profit-seeking companies, and it ultimately could drive more people back to prison. The new, comprehensive collection of hundreds of electronic monitoring-related rules, policies and contracts, obtained through public records requests across 44 states, demonstrates that four companies that make millions of dollars a year account for 64 percent of the contracts examined in the study. The companies -- Attenti, BI Inc., Satellite Tracking of People and Sentinel Offender Services LLC, according to the report -- also keep location data indefinitely, even after monitoring is completed, which is within the law. Governments also often require family members or employers to act as agents of the government and report potential violations, putting them in an awkward position in which they must be both supportive and supervisory. Crucially, wearers must pay both one-time and ongoing fees for the monitors, which can be $25 to over $8,000 a year. The report argues that such costs "undermine financial security when it is needed most." By comparison, the Justice Department's Bureau of Prisons said in 2018 that it costs just under $100 per day to incarcerate a federal inmate, or over $36,000 a year. Put another way, wearers in Los Angeles and Sacramento counties in California, which impose the highest annual costs, according to the new findings, pay $22 a day -- still considerably less than what taxpayers would otherwise pay.

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Source: Slashdot | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:44 pm IST

Yugabyte's double-decker DBaaS follows Cochroach in distributed RDBMS

Hopes to lure users with promise of relieving operational burden

Distributed relational database Yugabyte has launched a database-as-a-service product following a rush of inspiration from Facebook, Google and the world of FOSS.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:41 pm IST

Option for 100% mica redress remains on the table, says Varadkar

FG representatives sought meeting following intensifying pressure from constituents for solution

Source: The Irish Times - News | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:34 pm IST

Three iOS 0-days revealed by researcher frustrated with Apple’s bug bounty

Enlarge / Pseudonymous researcher illusionofchaos joins a growing legion of security researchers frustrated with Apple's slow response and inconsistent policy adherence when it comes to security flaws. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images)

Yesterday, a security researcher who goes by illusionofchaos dropped public notice of three zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS mobile operating system. The vulnerability disclosures are mixed in with the researcher's frustration with Apple's Security Bounty program, which illusionofchaos says chose to cover up an earlier-reported bug without giving them credit.

This researcher is by no means the first to publicly express their frustration with Apple over its security bounty program.

Nice bug—now shhh

illusionofchaos says that they've reported four iOS security vulnerabilities this year—the three zero-days they publicly disclosed yesterday plus an earlier bug that they say Apple fixed in iOS 14.7. It appears that their frustration largely comes from how Apple handled that first, now-fixed bug in analyticsd.

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:25 pm IST

Ford's Mustang Mach-E passes Michigan State Police tests

Michigan State Police has put a version of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV through its paces over the past week, and the Ford Pro all-electric police pilot vehicle seems to have met the agency's bar. According to Ford, it's the first EV that's passed the Michigan State Police's model year evaluation test.

The agency is one of two that runs annual evaluations of new model year police vehicles. Later this fall, it will publish the results of those tests for law enforcement agencies across the US. Michigan State Police assessed the EV's acceleration, top speed, high-speed pursuit and braking attributes, along with emergency response handling.

The pilot vehicle's success in the tests is a win for Ford. Through its Police Interceptor program, the automaker alters vehicles for police use, usually by bulking up the suspension, brakes and horsepower. Ford plans to use the test results as a benchmark while it considers eventually making "purpose-built electric police vehicles" as part of its pledge to invest $30 billion into EV tech. Meanwhile, the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has ordered two of the EVs to use as patrol cars.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:15 pm IST

'View' Co-Hosts Test Positive For COVID Moments Before Harris Interview

Two hosts of the The View were pulled live from the program on Friday, just before the vice president was scheduled to join them onstage for an in-person interview.

(Image credit: Jeff Neira/Disney General Entertainment Content/Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:12 pm IST

A Former ABC News Executive Says Chris Cuomo Sexually Harassed Her At A Party In 2005

Shelley Ross says Chris Cuomo, now a CNN anchor, sexually harassed her by squeezing her buttocks. Cuomo, who was then at ABC News, sent an email shortly afterward saying he was "ashamed."

(Image credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 24 Sep 2021 | 7:04 pm IST

R. Kelly's Federal Trial Is In The Hands Of The Jury

After six weeks of emotionally charged testimony, jury deliberation begins in the New York federal trial of disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly. If convicted, he could spend 10 years to life in prison.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Williams/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 24 Sep 2021 | 6:42 pm IST

EurekAI... Neural network leads chemists to discover 'four new materials'

All said to conduct lithium atoms, may be useful for electric car batteries

Chemists have discovered four new materials based on ideas generated from a neural network, according to research published in Nature.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 6:36 pm IST

Jeep will debut the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe on September 29th

The wait is nearly over. Jeep will debut the long-awaited 2022 Grand Cherokee, including the nameplate’s first-ever 4xe plug-in hybrid model, on September 29th at 9AM ET, the automaker announced today. Jeep had initially planned to debut the 2022 Grand Cherokee in August at the 2021 New York Auto Show, but that plan went out the window when the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We got our first good look at the SUV when Jeep shared its updated electrification plans in July. Unsurprisingly, it looked a lot like the Grand Cherokee L but with a shorter wheelbase. The upcoming 4xe model is expected to feature the same gasoline-electric powertrain as the 2021 Wrangler 4xe. That SUV can output a combined 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

Its 4xe models are becoming increasingly important to Jeep. In July, the automaker said it expects electric vehicles to account for 70 percent of all of its sales by mid-decade. To that end, it plans to offer a “fully electric” 4xe model in every SUV category it sells by 2025.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 6:32 pm IST

Angela Merkel Is Leaving. It’s Time.

Germany is ready to move on from its iconic chancellor.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 6:29 pm IST

Coronavirus FAQ: Is There An App That'll Prove I'm Vaccinated, Or Is Paper The Best?

It's happening more and more — you'll have to show proof of vaccination to enter an event or to travel. There's that flimsy paper card. And then there's the digital realm. What's the best option?

(Image credit: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle (Pa.) via Getty Images))

Source: News : NPR | 24 Sep 2021 | 6:21 pm IST

Review: More remix than adaptation, Foundation is top-notch storytelling

Isaac Asimov's hugely influential Foundation series of science fiction novels is notoriously difficult to adapt to the screen. The author himself admitted that he wrote strictly for the printed page, and he always refused invitations to adapt his work for film or TV. But Asimov was more than happy to let others adapt his work to a new medium, and he was wise enough to expect that there would—and should—be significant departures from the print version.

That's just what showrunner David S. Goyer (Dark Knight trilogy, Da Vinci's Demons) has done with Foundation, Apple TV+'s visually stunning, eminently bingeable new series. Goyer describes it as more of a remix than a direct adaptation, and to my taste, it is a smashing success in storytelling. This series respects Asimov's sweeping visionary ideas without lapsing into slavish reverence and over-pontification. That said, how much you like Goyer's vision might depend on how much of a stickler you are about remaining faithful to the source material.

(Some spoilers below, but no major reveals.)

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 6:10 pm IST

Anthony Joshua To Fight Oleksandr Usyk, Hoping To Retain Titles

Anthony Joshua will try to defend his heavyweight titles on Saturday in a fight that could set up a bout against either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 6:09 pm IST

Justice Department will reportedly let Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou return to China

The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou that will let her return home to China, pending a judge's approval. Meng was arrested in Canada in 2018 on behalf of the US for allegedly violating American sanctions against Iran. She's been fighting attempts to extradite her to the US.

Meng, who is in house arrest while on bail, will admit to some improprieties and in return, prosecutors will defer and eventually drop bank and wire fraud charges, according to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Meng remotely appeared at a federal court on Friday afternoon, with the Justice Department saying in a filing it will submit a "resolution" to the charges against her.

Prosecutors claimed that Meng misled banks in 2013 about Huawei's connections to Iran. She denied the charges, for which she had faced up to 30 years in prison.

Meng's detainment caused an international incident. Two Canadians were apprehended in China within days of Meng's arrest. The WSJ reports the deal with Meng could prompt China to release Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

Officials from the Eleonore Keulen administration are said to have offered Meng a similar deal last year, but she reportedly refused to admit to any wrongdoing. Biden admin officials reopened the talks in recent weeks, according to reports, and with Meng seemingly seeking a reunion with her family, she may have been more open to a compromise. A judge in Vancouver was expected to rule on Meng's possible extradition to the US later this year, following almost two years of hearings.

Huawei and its subsidiaries are still facing charges in the US, including conspiracy to steal trade secrets and racketeering conspiracy. The company is not said to be part of Meng's deal and it will reportedly keep fighting the charges.

The US and Huawei have been at loggerheads for several years. American officials have lobbied allies to avoid using the company's 5G telecoms gear due to national security concerns, though Huawei has insisted that its equipment is safe. US sanctions against the company led Google to block Huawei from Android updates, prompting its switch to HarmonyOS 2 (which is a fork of Android) on phones and tablets.

Update 9/24 1:22PM ET: Noted that the Justice Department has agreed to resolve the charges in a court filing.

Update 9/25 3AM ET: Meng is already on a plane back to China. According to The Wall Street Journal, her flight took off from Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 6:07 pm IST

German election too close to call as polls find SPD has lost its lead

A coalition appears inevitable after two surveys suggest almost equal support for CDU and former favourite

The race to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor remains completely open two days before western Europe’s most populous country goes to the polls, with the latest predictions showing the leading parties almost neck and neck.

Two leading polls published on Friday ahead of Sunday’s election indicate the Social Democrats (SPD) have lost their lead over the Christian Democrats (CDU). One, carried out by Civey for the broadcaster ZDF, showed the SPD to be stable on 25%, but the CDU to have risen to 23%. A poll released later in the day for the polling institute Allensbach for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung showed the race to be even tighter, with the SPD on 26%, the CDU on 25%.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:55 pm IST

The Surface Duo’s two-year-old Android OS will be updated sometime this year

If Microsoft wants to be taken seriously as an Android manufacturer, one of the things it will need to establish is a track record of reliable, on-time software updates. But as the company launches a second generation of the Surface Duo and the company's first Android phone turns a year old, so far Microsoft has failed to impress.

The Surface Duo 1 shipped in September 2020 with Android 10, which was a full year old at the time, and Android 11 had already launched. The hope was that Microsoft would quickly update the Duo to the latest version of Android, but that never happened. Today the device is still running Android 10, which is now two years old, and Android 12 is about to ship. Microsoft has finally broken its silence about Surface Duo 1 updates, and the company tells The Verge it plans to update the device to Android 11 "before the end of this year."

Assuming Microsoft follows through on its promise, the company's $1,400 flagship device will be updated from a two-year-old operating system to a one-year-old operating system. Microsoft committed to three years of updates, and it has been delivering monthly security updates. But this is still worst-in-class update support, especially for the price. Samsung usually rolls out Android to its latest flagship three months after Google's release, while OnePlus usually takes around a month—Microsoft's one-year timeframe is really bad.

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:50 pm IST

Scientists took cues from helicopter seeds to invent tiny microchips that float on wind

'Microfliers' could carry sensors to monitor air pollution and more

Video  As autumn arrives in the northern hemisphere, scientists have shown how tiny connected semiconductors can be distributed on the wind in a similar way to the seasonal spreading of airborne seeds.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:29 pm IST

California makes zero-emission autonomous vehicles mandatory by 2030

Starting in 2030, California will require all light-duty autonomous vehicles that operate in the state to emit zero emissions. Signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, SB 500 represents the latest effort by the state to limit the sale of new internal combustion vehicles with an eye towards reducing greenhouse emissions. In 2020, Newsom signed an executive order that effectively banned the sale of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035. That same year, the state’s Air Resources Board mandated that all new trucks sold in California emit zero emissions by 2045.

“We’re grateful for California’s leadership in ensuring this will be the industry standard,” said Prashanthi Raman, head of global government affairs at Cruise, in a statement to Engadget. “The AV industry is primed to lead the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in cities, and it’s why we’ve operated an all-electric, zero-emissions fleet from the start.” Cruise backed SB 500 through its involvement with the Emission Zero Coalition, a group that also includes autonomous delivery startup Nuro.

Per the Environmental Protection Agency, the transportation sector has been the single largest source of greenhouse emissions in the US since 2019, with light-duty vehicles accounting for more than half of that output. However, autonomous cars currently represent only a tiny fraction of the nearly 15 million vehicles on California roads. Moreover, both Cruise and Waymo, two of the most prominent companies testing fully autonomous taxi services in the state, utilize fleets made almost exclusively of electric and hybrid vehicles. This latest move from California then is about preventing autonomous vehicles from becoming major polluters in the future, particularly if driverless taxi services become popular among commuters.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:20 pm IST

One of NYC's poshest buildings facing $250m lawsuit over building defects

A posh building on NYC's Billionaire Row has been facing a series of serious woes.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:19 pm IST

Bitcoin outlawed in China as country bans all cryptocurrency transactions

Enlarge / China has cracked down on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in a bid to limit capital outflows. (credit: Nuthawut Somsuk/iStock Editorial)

China’s crackdown on cryptocurrencies intensified today, with the country’s central bank announcing that all crypto-related transactions are illegal.

“There are legal risks for individuals and organizations participating in virtual currency and trading activities,” the People’s Bank of China said in a statement jointly issued with nine other government bodies. Even Chinese nationals working overseas weren’t exempt, with the government saying that they, too, would be “investigated according to the law,” according to a report in the Financial Times.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies dropped on the news. Currently, bitcoin was down 4.5 percent at the time of publication, and ethereum was down 7.5 percent.

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:11 pm IST

Philippines’ youth call for systemic change at climate protest

Protesters parading an effigy of Rodrigo Duterte in Manila call for policies that prioritise people and planet

A monstrous effigy of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte was paraded through the country’s capital Manila on Friday as protesters joined a worldwide youth climate action.

About a hundred young people wearing masks gathered in one of several socially distanced demonstrations around the country in support of the global climate strike by the international Fridays for Future movement.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:09 pm IST

Windows 11 hits the Release Preview Insider channel as official release nears

Enlarge / The "official" Windows 11 update, complete with the UI that regular people will see, is now available in the Release Preview channel for Windows Insiders. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Yesterday, Microsoft released a near-final build of Windows 11 to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel, which (as the name implies) is generally the last stop for a major new Windows version ahead of its release to the general public. The official release date for Windows 11 is October 5, but Microsoft is planning to roll it out gradually over the next few months to prevent widespread problems.

The build number in the Release Preview channel is 22000.194, the same version released to the Beta channel on September 16.

While Beta- and Dev-channel builds of Windows 11 are simply downloaded and installed like regular Windows Updates, the version in the Release Preview channel gives you the same upgrade message that will be offered to the public when Microsoft offers the Windows 11 upgrade for their PCs. This includes a system notification that users can click through to learn more about Windows 11's new features and a special update message in Windows Update that will give you the opportunity to waive the Windows 11 upgrade and stay on Windows 10 (seen above).

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:05 pm IST

CBD trial to treat hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease

Charles Ogilvie-Forbes is a volunteer in a clinical trial at King’s College Hospital, London.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 5:03 pm IST

NASA seeks a new ride for astronauts to the Artemis launch pad

Enlarge / NASA first began using the 1983-model Airstream for space shuttle missions in 1984. (credit: NASA)

NASA has asked industry for ideas to develop an "Artemis Crew Transportation Vehicle" that will take its astronauts from suit-up facilities to the launch pad on launch day.

The space agency, of course, has not launched its own astronauts on a NASA-built vehicle since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. From 1984 through the end of the shuttle era, the agency used a modified Airstream motor home, known as the "Astrovan," to ferry crews to the launch pad. This iconic vehicle had a shiny, silvery exterior but a fairly spartan interior. "The current vehicle's appeal is rooted in its tradition rather than its décor," the agency acknowledged in 2011.

Now, NASA is gearing up for a new era of deep space exploration, and it plans to launch four astronauts at a time inside the Orion spacecraft, on top of a Space Launch System rocket. The first human flights on these vehicles could occur in late 2023 or early 2024, NASA administrator Bill Nelson recently said.

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:58 pm IST

Angela Merkel: A career in pictures

As Angela Merkel steps down as German chancellor, we take a look back at the photos documenting her career.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:56 pm IST

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie: What do we know about the boyfriend?

A body found on Sunday is that of Gabby Petito, but her fiancé remains missing. This is what we know.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:46 pm IST

Apple's MacBook Air M1 is $150 off, plus the rest of the week's best tech deals

This week brought iPhone reviews, new Surface devices and a bunch of tech deals across the web. Apple's MacBook Air M1 returns to the best price we've seen it while the iPad Air remains discounted by $100. Some of our favorite Sennheiser wireless earbuds are $100 off, too, and you can still grab a great deal from Oculus that knocks $100 off a second headset when you buy a Quest 2 VR system. Here are the best tech deals we found this week that you can still get today.

MacBook Air M1


Apple's MacBook Air M1 is back down to an all-time low of $850, which is $150 off its normal price. It earned a score of 94 from us for its stellar performance, attractive, fanless design and its comfortable keyboard and trackpad.

Buy MacBook Air M1 at Amazon - $850

iPad mini (2021)

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Amazon has the new, space gray iPad mini for $459, or $40 off its normal price. Apple announced the upgraded tiny tablet last week and it's officially available today. We gave it a score of 89 for its much improved design, speedy performance with the A15 Bionic chip, long battery life and USB-C charging.

Buy iPad mini (2021) at Amazon - $459

iPad Air

Apple's iPad Air is $100 off right now, bringing it down to $500. All five colors are on sale at Amazon. thanks to automatically applied coupons, although with various shipping times. We gave the Air a score of 90 for its speedy performance and WiFi, healthy battery life and support for the second-gen Apple Pencil.

Buy iPad Air at Amazon - $500

Mac Mini M1

Apple's Mac Mini M1 returned to its all-time-low price of $600 thanks to a sale and an automatically applied coupon. You're getting all of the performance boosts provided by the M1 chipset in a compact desktop package. This is a good machine to get if you have an older desktop that needs replacing, but you don't want to spend a ton of money.

Buy Mac Mini M1 at Amazon - $600

Oculus Quest 2

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Through September 27, you can get $100 off a second headset when you buy an Oculus Quest 2. That means you'll get two VR machines for as little as $500. We gave the Quest 2 a score of 89 for its powerful hardware, higher resolution screens and excellent performance as a standalone and a desktop VR set.

Buy Quest 2 bundle at Oculus - $500

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Amazon and Sennheiser have the excellent Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds for $200, or $100 off their normal price. We gave these buds a score of 85 for their stellar audio quality, good ANC, smaller size and handy companion app.

Buy Momentum True Wireless 2 at Amazon - $200Buy Momentum True Wireless 2 at Sennheiser - $200

Echo Show 5 (1st gen)

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The original Echo Show 5 is down to $45 again, a return to its all-time low. It's not much different from the second-generation device, which came out earlier this year, so you can safely save some money if you're willing to grab the older device. We gave the Echo Show 5 a score of 85 for its compact size, decent audio quality and its sunrise alarm feature.

Buy Echo Show 5 (1st gen) at Amazon - $45

Kindle Paperwhite (previous gen)


With the announcement of an updated Kindle Paperwhite coming this October, Amazon knocked $50 off the previous Kindle Paperwhite, bringing it down to $80. We gave this e-reader a score of 95 for its improved, waterproof design, Audible support and higher-contrast display.

Buy Kindle Paperwhite (previous gen) at Amazon - $80

Google Pixel 4

Google's Pixel 4 smartphone is down to a new low of $379 at B&H Photo. We believe the launch of the Pixel 6 to be right around the corner, so you may want to wait if you want the latest phone from Google. However, the Pixel 4 remains a solid handset — we liked its speedy performance, lovely display and stellar camera experience.

Buy Pixel 4 at B&H - $379

Comic-Con 2022 sweepstakes

Through December 8, you can enter to win four-day passes to San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Along with the passes, you'll get access to a special preview night, reserved seating in Hall H, a personal concierge, a private tour of the Comic-Con Museum, dinner in Balboa Park and tickets to the "Night at the Comic-Con Museum" event. It's free to enter, but funds from this sweepstakes will go to the San Diego Comic Convention.

Enter to win at Omaze

New tech deals

Logitech G915 TKL

Amazon has the Logitech G915 TKL keyboard for $50 off, bringing it down to $180. This one has low profile mechanical switches and an attractive aluminum alloy body. It's also a wireless keyboard that can last up to 40 hours before it needs a recharge.

Buy Logitech G915 TKL at Amazon - $180

HBO Max (6 months)

WarnerMedia pulled HBO Max from Amazon Prime Video Channels this week, but it's hoping to entice fans to subscribe directly with a new offer. Through September 26, new and returning HBO Max subscribers can get six months of the service for 50 percent off, which comes out to $7.49 per month. That's one of the best deals we've seen, but just remember the price will automatically go up after the six-month period.

Buy HBO Max (6 months) - $7.49/month


NordVPN, one of our favorite VPNs, is running a sale on a two-year subscription. You can sign up and pay $99 for two years, plus you'll get an extra three months free. We like NordVPN for its speed, its no-logs policy, the thousands of servers it has to choose from and that one account supports up to six connected devices.

Buy NordVPN (2 years) - $99

Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:45 pm IST

Notorious gangster gunned down in Indian courtroom

Attackers dressed as lawyers opened fire and killed Jitendra ‘Gogi’ Maan before police shot them dead

One of India’s most notorious gangsters has been shot dead in a Delhi courtroom after members of a rival gang disguised themselves in lawyers’ cloaks and opened fire.

The shooting took place as Jitendra Maan, alias Gogi”, previously one of Delhi’s most wanted men, entered the court to face murder and extortion charges. Police returned fire, according to officials, killing two gunmen.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:38 pm IST

With just over two weeks to go, Microsoft punts Windows 11 to Release Preview

What's that coming over the hill? Is it new hardware? Is it new hardware?

Microsoft has followed up a lacklustre Surface hardware event with a Windows 11 Release Preview for Windows Insiders.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:33 pm IST

Why are so many Haitians at the US-Mexico border?

Thousands of migrants are at the Texas-Mexico border. Here's what we know about why they are coming.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:31 pm IST

Raducanu takes on Duchess of Cambridge

US Open champion Emma Raducanu says she was "more nervous playing the Duchess of Cambridge" before her Homecoming Party than during the US Open final.

Source: BBC News - Home | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:11 pm IST

Netflix is making a documentary about the QuadrigaCX Bitcoin saga

Netflix has announced a slate of upcoming true crime documentaries. Along with a second season of Tiger King, there's a documentary on the way that will dive into one of the messiest Bitcoin tales to date.

Trust No One: The Hunt For The Crypto King will debut in 2022. It centers around a group of cryptocurrency investors turned amateur detectives. They attempt to get to the bottom of the suspicious death of crypto exchange founder Gerald Cotten and figure out what actually happened to the $250 million they think he stole from them.

Cotten was the founder of QuadrigaCX, said to be the biggest crypto exchange in Canada for a spell. He died in December 2018 of Crohn's disease complications. According to his widow, Jennifer Robertson, Cotten was the only one who knew the passwords to QuadrigaCX's offline crypto storage, meaning that digital currency that was worth around $200 million CAD in early 2019 was no longer accessible.

However, internet sleuths uncovered some eyebrow-raising details about the saga. For one thing, Cotten wrote a will a month before his death in which he left all of his assets to Robertson. There were also suggestions QuadrigaCX didn't have enough cash on hand to pay all of its creditors and even that Cotten faked his death and disappeared with the money. The company ceased operations in 2019 after it was declared bankrupt.

The FBI started investigating that year, seeking information from those who lost money after Cotten's death and QuadrigaCX's collapse. It remains to be seen whether the documentary will include any concrete details about the resolution of the saga, but it should at least direct the spotlight toward one of the more curious crypto cases of recent years.

Also on the way to Netflix is The Tinder Swindler, a documentary about a conman who posed as a billionaire on the dating app and the women who tried to stop him. That documentary will start streaming in February.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:02 pm IST

Global climate strike: thousands join coordinated action across world

Rally to demand government action on climate crisis is first worldwide since start of pandemic

Hundreds of thousands of people in 99 countries have taken part in a coordinated global climate strike demanding urgent action to tackle the ecological crisis.

The strike on Friday, the first worldwide climate action since the coronavirus pandemic hit, is taking place weeks before the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, UK.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 24 Sep 2021 | 4:02 pm IST

Fukushima studies show wildlife is doing nicely without humans, thank you very much

Biodiversity increasing, endangered species gradually returning despite radioactive terror pig presence

Studies of biodiversity around the former Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan have shown that a decade after the nuclear incident there in March 2011, the local wildlife, at least, is mostly thriving.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 3:45 pm IST

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max review: Apple saved the real upgrade for the Pros

A phone can be endowed with the fastest processor in the world, but if it’s saddled with a slow screen, it could still feel sluggish — especially when compared to a similarly equipped device with a faster panel. That’s why the iPhone 13 Pro’s most important new feature is its ProMotion display.

But ProMotion is only included on the Pro and Pro Max models this year, making it one of the features that differentiate them from the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, not to mention last year’s 12 Pro. For an extra $200 to $300, the Pro series also offers an additional telephoto camera, a new macro photography mode, as well as more power and endurance. But are the iPhone 13 Pro’s new cameras and screens worth the extra money?


Before we get into those features, though, there’s one thing you should consider: weight. At 204 grams (7.19 ounces), the 6.1-inch 13 Pro is heavier than both the 12 Pro and the iPhone 13. The 13 Pro Max, which has a 6.7-inch screen, outweighs last year’s Pro Max and Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra. While I didn’t mind the regular Pro, it was uncomfortable to use Apple’s biggest flagship one-handed for more than a few minutes at a time.

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In addition to being heavier than last year's models, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are a bit thicker, too. They also have larger rear camera modules and slightly smaller display notches. Otherwise, Apple hasn’t strayed far from the 12 Pro’s design. These phones have similar stainless steel enclosures with glass coverings, and are rated IP68 for water and dust resistance.

Even the colors available are familiar: The typical trio of graphite, gold and silver are now accompanied by Sierra Blue. Personally, I prefer this paler shade to the Pacific Blue offered on the last generation.

Display and audio

I realized something when I started testing the iPhone 13 series last week: Basically everything I do on a phone requires scrolling. That includes browsing social feeds, looking for the right component on a spec sheet, reading through old conversations, creeping on my Instagram viewers and reading articles, to give you a non-exhaustive list.

This is why Apple’s new ProMotion screen on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max is a big deal, and also why it’s kind of annoying that it took the company so long to adopt this technology in the first place. Google was already a little behind when it added 90Hz panels to the Pixel 4, after companies like ASUS and OnePlus had already introduced higher refresh rates. Nowadays, this tech isn't just for premium, top-tier Android devices either.

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This is hardly the first time Apple is late to adopt a new technology. But it is worth emphasizing that the faster screens on the iPhones make a real difference. Like many Android phones, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max adjust their refresh rates depending on what you’re doing. They can go as low as 10Hz when you’re looking at a static image, or up to 120Hz for scrolling and compatible games.

The benefits might not be obvious at first, but when you go back to a slower screen, you’ll quickly notice the jagged artifacts they produce.

Aside from ProMotion, the iPhone 13 Pro’s OLED displays are also 25 percent brighter than their predecessors, which is nice for outdoor reading. But without a side-by-side comparison, the difference is subtle at best.

Regardless, I enjoyed watching the visual perfection that is Doja Cat’s Kiss Me More music video on the iPhone 13 Pro’s True Tone display. The rosy, cotton-candy hues looked vibrant and her individual lashes were clear. The stereo speakers also did a respectable job of delivering crisp audio with adequate bass. Other things like voices and instrumental background music in videos and games all came through clearly as well.


Apple says the iPhone 13 Pro’s rear cameras have received the “biggest upgrade ever,” touting “next-level hardware that captures so much more detail.” The triple 12-megapixel setup includes a primary sensor with a large f/1.5 aperture, a 77mm telephoto lens and an ultra-wide option with a 120-degree field of view. Night mode is now supported on all three of the cameras, so you don’t have to compromise on wide-angle or close up shots in low light. There’s also a new macro photography feature thanks to the updated ultra-wide lens, along with software like Photographic Styles and Cinematic Mode.

Those two modes are also offered on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, and you can read my review of those phones for more details. In short, Photographic Styles lets you easily customize and set a sort of default for the contrast levels and color temperature of your images. Meanwhile, Cinematic Mode is good at identifying faces and people in a scene and blurring out everything surrounding a subject, but it struggled when I tried to change the focal point. The system is also a little wonky at outlining individuals, and stray body parts like thumbs and ears can get eaten up in the artificial blur. I found that adjusting the intensity via the f-stop setting helped keep this problem at bay, but the trade-off was less of a DSLR-like look in the final video.

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One feature the Pros have over the regular 13 is macro photography. With this generation, you can get as close as two centimeters away from your subject and not lose focus. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer a way to manually enable a macro mode; the system automatically switches to the close-up camera when you get all up in something’s face.

The iPhone 13 Pro was generally accurate at detecting when I was trying to get a tight shot, but it kept changing back and forth between macro and regular views. Sometimes it would continually focus and refocus on the flowers behind the buds I was trying to shoot. The latter is a more understandable issue; every little hand tremor is magnified when a camera is zoomed that far in, making it hard to latch on to a subject. Not to mention something in motion, like a leaf in the wind. But that’s all the more reason to give users manual control.

Apple has said it will be releasing a software update soon that should prevent the camera from switching in and out of macro mode, which I of course can't vouch for yet.

When it worked as expected, macro mode delivered surprisingly great results. My shots of a closed flower bud and the vein system on a leaf’s surface were impressively detailed, showing individual hairs on the stem and petals. Close-ups of a fried fish clearly rendered the oil oozing out of the batter.

You need to make sure to let enough light shine on your subject, though, because my shots of a bee inside a flower were dark and splotchy. But that’s basically Photography 101; it’s not an issue specific to macro mode.

In general, the iPhone 13 Pro took sharp, colorful photos rivaling my sample shots from the Pixel 5 and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Apple’s default treatment renders pictures that are typically brighter and sometimes more saturated, but with Photographic Styles you can pick a look that you like and stick with it. I’m not a fan of the iPhone’s aggressive HDR effects compared to the Pixels’ more neutral landscapes, but frankly we’re at a point where Samsung, Google and Apple are generally on par in terms of sheer quality.

The iPhone 13 Pro’s upgraded sensors also really improved low light performance. I took photos of the moon peeking through some clouds in the middle of Manhattan skyscrapers with the S21 Ultra, Pixel 5 and iPhone 13 Pro, and they were all clean and sharp. They differed a bit in color temperature, but it’s not noticeable without a direct comparison. Google still retains an advantage with Night Sight, though; it produces photos that are significantly cleaner, brighter and richer in detail.

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As for the 13 Pro’s front camera, it’s pretty much the same as the iPhone 13’s, and that’s not a bad thing. You’ll still get Cinematic Mode and Photographic Styles via the 12-megapixel True Depth sensor, and though selfies were a little soft in low light, they were otherwise sharp.

Because these are Pro-series phones, Apple also threw in support for ProRes videos in addition to its ProRAW format for stills... or at least it will eventually. ProRes won’t be available until a future iOS 15 update arrives at an unspecified date, but it promises to preserve colors at high quality. And, thanks to the A15’s hardware acceleration plus video encoders and decoders, you’ll be able to record in the format at up to 4K resolution (1080p for the base 128GB model) and 30 frames per second.

iOS 15

Speaking of, the iPhone 13 series runs iOS 15 out of the box, and I was able to test most of the new features when I tested the beta version. Focus modes, for example, let you set custom home pages and notification profiles based on your location or time of day. It’s one of my favorite new features on any smartphone platform in recent years because it allows people without a separate work device to switch off from work when they please.

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Since most of iOS 15’s new features will be coming to older iPhones, though, they’re unlikely to sway your decision on whether to upgrade. We’ll have a more in-depth review of iOS 15, but suffice to say I appreciate the level of control it offers. I’m especially looking forward to testing out SharePlay, which hasn't rolled out yet, but will let you watch shows with or stream your phone screen to friends over FaceTime.

Performance and battery life

The main difference between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro’s processors is that the latter uses a beefier 5-core GPU. This means that graphics-intensive tasks like gaming or video editing should be executed more quickly. I made a trailer in iMovie and while I had to wait 51 seconds for it to finish exporting on the iPhone 13, it took a mere 15 seconds on the Pro.

The iPhone 13 Pro’s A15 Bionic chip is similarly powerful in less-intensive tasks. I played rounds of Catan, watched various YouTube videos, chatted with friends, played music and snapped photos in rapid succession — all without any delay. And I know I’ve already said this a lot, but I have to stress again that the faster screens here just make most tasks feel more responsive.

In the week or so that I’ve had the iPhone 13 Pros, I’ve only needed to charge them twice. Granted, I spent most of the first few days focusing on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, using the Pros predominantly when I was doing intensive camera testing. But when I switched over to the more-premium devices, the iPhone 13 Pro lasted almost a full two days before needing a charge. Battery levels dipped more quickly when I was playing games and exporting videos, but not so much that I had to worry about running out of juice.

Considering its higher refresh rate, that’s an impressive runtime. I’m still running battery tests across the iPhone 13 lineup, and will update this review with more empirical results as soon as that’s done. For now, though, it’s clear that despite the ProMotion displays, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max can last longer than a day.

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With faster screens, superb performance and long-lasting batteries, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are excellent phones. If you’re on a device older than a 12 Pro, you should consider upgrading just for the new ProMotion displays. Though the cameras also got a noteworthy improvement, I’m not sure they’re going to be the biggest draw. It’s honestly hard to spot the difference in quality between photos taken by Apple’s recent flagships.

Features like Cinematic Mode, Photographic Styles and macro cameras are nice to have, but won’t define your iPhone 13 Pro experience. And though Apple was playing catch up to Android flagships by finally introducing 120Hz screens to its phones, there are now fewer things that Samsung and Google offer that the iPhones don’t. But for basically anyone who uses iOS, the iPhone 13 Pro (and Pro Max, if you don’t mind its weight) is a worthy upgrade.

Key specs (iPhone 13 Pro)

Processor: A15 Bionic with 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU

Storage: 128/256/512GB or 1TB storage

MicroSD card support: None

Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED with ProMotion up to 120Hz

Display resolution: 2,532 x 1,170 (460 ppi)

Rear triple cameras: 12MP f/1.5 wide-angle camera with sensor-shift OIS; 12MP f/1.8 ultra-wide camera (120-degree FOV); 12MP f/2.8 77mm telephoto camera

Front camera: 12MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera

Operating system: iOS 15

Battery: "Up to 22 hours video playback"

Charging: Lightning port with fast wired charging at 20W (up to 50 percent in 30 minutes); Support for MagSafe wireless charging up to at 15W; Qi wireless charging at up to 7.5W.

Dimensions: 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.30 inches; 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm

Weight: 7.19 ounces; 204 grams

Fingerprint sensor: No

Waterproofing: IP68

NFC: Yes

Headphone jack: No

Key specs (iPhone 13 Pro Max)

Processor: A15 Bionic with 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU

Storage: 128/256/512GB or 1TB storage

MicroSD card support: None

Display: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED with ProMotion up to 120Hz

Display resolution: 2,778 x 1,284 (458 ppi)

Rear triple cameras: 12MP f/1.5 wide-angle camera with sensor-shift OIS; 12MP f/1.8 ultra-wide camera (120-degree FOV); 12MP f/2.8 77mm telephoto camera

Front camera: 12MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera

Operating system: iOS 15

Battery: "Up to 28 hours video playback"

Charging: Lightning port with fast wired charging at 20W (up to 50 percent in 30 minutes); Support for MagSafe wireless charging up to at 15W; Qi wireless charging at up to 7.5W.

Dimensions: 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.30 inches; 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65 mm

Weight: 8.46 ounces; 240 grams

Fingerprint sensor: No

Waterproofing: IP68

NFC: Yes

Headphone jack: No

Photos by David Imel (@DurvidImel)

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 3:30 pm IST

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 September, 2021 - How Space Affects Skin Processes

The Expedition 65 astronauts are moving full speed ahead today studying how living in space affects skin processes.

Source: SpaceRef | 24 Sep 2021 | 3:03 pm IST

iPhone 13 and 13 Pro review: If you could have three wishes

Enlarge / The iPhone 13 Pro Max, photographed by the iPhone 13 Pro in low light.

Imagine you were visited by a genie who would grant you three wishes, but they all had to be about what you want from your next smartphone. As market research and surveys tell it, almost everyone would make the same three wishes: great battery life, excellent cameras, and big, beautiful screens.

This year, Apple is that technology genie, because that’s exactly what the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max deliver when they hit store shelves today.

Cupertino’s flagship phone lineup might seem like an iterative “S”-style update, given that the phones look almost the same as last year's models and that there are no major new features apart from screens with higher refresh rates in the priciest models. But since Apple zeroed in on most people's highest priorities, this seemingly iterative update ends up being a noteworthy one.

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 3:01 pm IST

China's central bank says cryptocurrency transactions are illegal

China is continuing to push forward in its cryptocurrency crackdown. The People’s Bank of China says crypto transactions are illegal and called for a formal ban. It cited concerns about national security and the safety of residents' assets.

The bank claims cryptocurrencies aren’t fiat currency and can’t be circulated, as Bloomberg reports. Any transactions involving crypto are now deemed to be criminal financial activity. The bank told financial and internet companies to stop allowing crypto trades on their platforms. Foreign exchanges are banned from providing services to Chinese residents too. 

The rise of crypto has invoked an increase in “money laundering, illegal fund-raising, fraud, pyramid schemes and other illegal and criminal activities,” the bank said. Those appearing to violate the rules will be “investigated for criminal liability.”

Several agencies in the country are working together to clamp down on crypto use. The National Development and Reform Commission is looking to put a halt to crypto mining, as TechCrunch notes. The Sichuan local government banned crypto mining in June, prompting some miners to leave the country.

The price of Bitcoin dropped from around $45,000 to approximately $41,500 on Friday morning, following the announcement.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 24 Sep 2021 | 2:57 pm IST

Earth from Space - Calabria, Italy

Calabria, often referred to as the 'boot' of Italy, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Source: SpaceRef | 24 Sep 2021 | 2:55 pm IST

The Jan. 6 Plotters Had a Mob. They Also Had the Eastman Plan.

The storming of the Capitol closed the door on one era of American politics and opened the door to another.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 24 Sep 2021 | 2:47 pm IST

You have to bring AI tools into your CI/CD workflow? We've got it covered. Watch this

Join us in October for the next MCubed webcast in which you'll learn all about deploying real-life machine learning in a DevOps world

Special series  After a great first episode, the MCubed webcast will be back on October 7, 2021 to tackle a whole other beast: Continuous Delivery in Machine Learning.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 2:45 pm IST

CDC director overrules experts, allows Pfizer boosters for health workers

Enlarge / CDC Director Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate committee hearing in July 2021. (credit: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Just past midnight last night, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overruled a committee of independent advisers, allowing for use of a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine booster dose in people with increased risk of occupational and institutional exposure to the pandemic coronavirus. That includes health care workers, front-line workers, teachers, day care providers, grocery store workers, and people who work or live in prisons and homeless shelters, among others.

Hours earlier, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) concluded a two-day meeting on booster recommendations—and voted 9-6 against recommending boosters for this group.

"As CDC Director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact," Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. "At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good."

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Source: Ars Technica | 24 Sep 2021 | 2:43 pm IST

For reasons by Vivaldi


A female volunteer gets comfortable in her waterbed, as the dry immersion study to recreate some of the effects of spaceflight on the body kicks off this week in Toulouse, France. Called Vivaldi, or Validation of the Dry Immersion, the campaign features all female-participants in a European first.

Immersion begins when water covers the subject above the thorax, immobilised with legs and trunk covered with a cotton sheet. Only the arms and head remain free outside the tarp.

As a result, the body experiences ‘supportlessness’ – something close to what astronauts feel while floating on the International Space Station.

In weightlessness, astronauts’ bodies lose muscle and bone density, vision changes and fluids shift to the brain. Finding ways to stay healthy in orbit is a large part of human spaceflight research.

Volunteers spend almost 24 hours a day in the immersion tank, limiting their movements as much as possible. Each day starts at 7 am with urine and blood samples, followed by scientific protocols and measurements to study how the body adapts.

All activities from leisure to hygiene are done within the constraints of immersion. Only a small pillow is allowed during meals to ease eating. Showering and transfer to other experiments are done outside of the tank while lying on their backs and with their head tilted 6 degrees down to minimise fluid shifts.  

The results from this type of research do not only benefit astronauts but have implications for patients on Earth with similar disorders and elderly people.  

This is the only the second time a dry immersion campaign takes place with all-female participants, and it is a first for Europe. ESA decided to launch the study to address the gender gap in science data.

Source: ESA Top News | 24 Sep 2021 | 2:10 pm IST

HPE campaigns against 'cloud first' push in UK public sector

Because HPE does not do public cloud? No, no, it is 'for the good'

Comment  Hewlett Packard Enterprise has posted a "UK Public Sector Manifesto" with nine themes, alongside a campaign hyping the value of hybrid cloud.…

Source: The Register | 24 Sep 2021 | 2:02 pm IST

Week in images: 20 - 24 September 2021

Week in images: 20 - 24 September 2021

Discover our week through the lens

Source: ESA Top News | 24 Sep 2021 | 2:00 pm IST

Discovering Neptune

On the night 175 years ago on Sept. 23-24, 1846, astronomers discovered Neptune, the eighth planet orbiting our Sun.

Source: NASA Image of the Day | 24 Sep 2021 | 1:34 pm IST

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