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‘Cosmic String’ Gravitational Waves Could Solve Antimatter Mystery

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Billions of years ago, soon after the Big Bang, cosmic inflation stretched the tiny seed of our universe and transformed energy into matter. Physicists think inflation initially created the same amount of matter and antimatter, which annihilate each other on contact. But then something happened that […]

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Let’s Encrypt Discovers CAA Bug, Must Revoke Customer Certificates

rufey writes: The free SSL certificate provider Let’s Encrypt is going to revoke 2.6% of the SSL certs issued by them that are currently active, due to a bug in boulder, the Certificate Authority Authorization (CAA) software Let’s Encrypt uses. Ars Technica reports: “Let’s Encrypt uses Certificate Authority software called Boulder. Typically, a Web server […]

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Babies Are Prewired To Perceive the World

In an investigation of neural connectivity in 30 infants ranging from six to 57 days old (with an average age of 27 days), neuroscientists found that circuit wiring precedes, and thus may guide, regional specialization, shedding light on how knowledge systems emerge in the brain. An anonymous reader shares a report from Scientific American: In […]

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ACLU Sues To End ICE’s Rigged Algorithms That Keep Immigrants In Jail

A new lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Bronx Defenders alleges that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses a rigged algorithm to detain virtually everyone ICE’s New York Field Office brings in, even when the government itself believes they present a minimal threat to public safety. The Intercept reports: The suit, […]

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Google Cloned Apple’s 3D Touch For the Pixel Using Just Software

The latest “feature drop” for Google’s Pixel line of Android phones includes the ability to “firmly press” on the screen “to get more help from your apps more quickly.” If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a lot like iPhone’s 3D Touch, which Apple stopped supporting in all of its 2019 iPhones. The Verge reports: […]

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WHO Estimates Coronavirus Death Rate At 3.4 Percent — Higher Than Earlier Estimates

The World Health Organization is warning that the novel coronavirus could be far more dangerous than the flu, with a mortality rate of 3.4%. The new estimates come as the U.S. death toll from the virus reaches 9. From a report: The global mortality rate — which includes more than 3,000 deaths — is many […]

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Cisco: Avoid Coronavirus, Stay Home, Use Webex

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Networking giant Cisco is getting into the coronavirus monitoring and mitigation game with its Webex remote meeting property. The company notes that in the wake of mandates issued to employees to halt travel plans and/or work from home, traffic across its Webex backbone has increased significantly. […]

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Google Cancels ‘Physical’ I/O 2020 Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Google has announced that it will not host an in-person I/O 2020 over coronavirus concerns. The company is looking into an alternative format. 9to5Google reports: Google I/O 2020 was announced in January, with the ticket application and drawing process taking place late last month. Hosted at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, it’s right across […]

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Libraries Could Preserve Ebooks Forever, But Greedy Publishers Won’t Let Them

Caitlin McGarry, reporting for Gizmodo: There are currently 342 potential borrowers waiting for 197 digital copies of Ronan Farrow’s investigative thriller Catch and Kill at the Los Angeles Public Library. […] Why can only one person borrow one copy of an ebook at a time? Why are the waits so damn interminable? Well, it might […]

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Apple News Aggregation Site MacSurfer Closes Shop

John Gruber spotted this announcement on decades old Apple news aggregation site MacSurfer’s website: Dear MHN Readers: Not seeing a viable future with subscriptions, MacSurfer and TechNN will cease operations effective immediately. Please allow a few weeks to process forthcoming refunds. If need be, subscription inquiries can be addressed to the Publisher at the bottom […]