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Science/Tech

Experimental Android App Determines Alertness By Examining Eyes

Yesterday at 21:19 PM, via Slashdot

An experimental new Android app developed by a team at Cornell University is designed to determine a person’s alertness by examining their eyes. The app, called AlertnessScanner, utilizes a smartphone’s front-facing camera to gauge the size of users’ pupils. “When we’re in an alert state, our sympathetic nervous system causes our pupils to dilate so that we can take in information more easily,”...

‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a poisonous lie used to discredit trans people

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

The anti-trans lobby is using bad science to attack vulnerable young people

If you were to understand two facts about transgender people, I’d want it to be these: 1) that we have always existed, and 2) that we have always been under attack for existing.

Despite our many footholds throughout history, especially outside of the western colonial gaze, the narrative that we are a new phenomenon has...

Windows 10 Will Banish Spectre Slowdowns With Google’s Retpoline Patch

Yesterday at 20:18 PM, via Slashdot

Microsoft is including Google’s mitigation for the Spectre Variant 2 speculative execution side-channel attack in the next release of Windows 10, currently codenamed 19H1. ZDNet reports: Google developed a software-based mitigation for Spectre Variant 2 called Retpoline that constrains speculative execution behavior sufficiently to mitigate an attack. Google’s testing found its fix had a...

How the Finnish Survive Without Small Talk

Yesterday at 19:17 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Finnish people often forgo the conversational niceties that are hard-baked into other cultures, and typically don’t see the need to meet foreign colleagues, tourists and friends in the middle. As Tiina Latvala, a former English instructor in Sodankyla, Lapland, explained, part of her job was to introduce her young students to the concept of...

Will Tech Leave Detroit In the Dust?

Yesterday at 18:16 PM, via Slashdot

As automotive companies shift their focus to software and services in the pursuit of self-driving cars, the impact to large manufacturing cities like Detroit could be drastic. The Wall Street Journal explores this “transformation without precedent” and poses the question: will tech leave Detroit in the dust? From the report: Auto makers point out that they have one advantage that newcomers to...

Space travel is not a matter of genius | Letters

Yesterday at 17:49 PM, via The Guardian

Richard Branson is just aiming to emulate what Nasa managed nearly 60 years ago, writes Michael Carley. Bryn Hughes says slave labour played a key role in Nazi Germany’s work on space flight

John Harris rightly points out the way in which space travel is increasingly driven by an anti-public ideology which claims that “the masses” have never “brought about innovation” (We once marvelled at Neil...

Germany Urges Global Minimum Tax For Digital Giants

Yesterday at 17:15 PM, via Slashdot

Germany is backing a global minimum tax rate as Europe looks to levy tax notably on U.S. tech giants. “Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and digital platforms such as YouTube and Airbnb which currently manage to keep fiscal exposure to a bare minimum,” reports Yahoo News. From the report: “We need a minimum tax rate valid...

Prostate cancer: radiotherapy could extend thousands of lives, study finds

Yesterday at 16:30 PM, via The Guardian

Use alongside traditional treatment in advanced cases ‘could benefit 3,000 men in UK’

Radiotherapy could increase the chances of survival for thousands of men with prostate cancer that has already spread by the time they are diagnosed, new research suggests.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect men in the UK. About 47,000 are diagnosed every year and around 11,500 die....

New Material Could Up Efficiency of Concentrated Solar Power

Yesterday at 16:14 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares new work that could allow us to generate electricity using supercritical carbon dioxide. Ars Technica reports: The researchers involved in the new work, a large U.S.-based collaboration, focus on a composite material: tungsten and zirconium carbide. These have extremely high melting points: 3,700K for both materials. Both of them conduct heat extremely well, and...

Cancer Research to cut funding for scientists who bully colleagues

Yesterday at 15:35 PM, via The Guardian

UK charity cracks down on harassment after recent high-profile accusations

Britain’s largest cancer charity has announced new rules to crack down on bullying and harassment.

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) said scientists who bullied or harassed colleagues would face sanctions that could include being prevented from supervising PhD students, losing funding from the charity or being barred from...

The Titan M Chip Powers Up Pixel 3 Security

Yesterday at 13:00 PM, via Wired

Google’s latest flagship smartphone includes the Titan M, a security-focused chip that keeps users safe against sophisticated attacks.

Latest Windows 10 Update Has Yet Another File-Managing Issue

Yesterday at 12:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:
When it was discovered earlier this month that the 1809 build of Windows 10 was deleting user files just because, Microsoft halted the update until the problem was fixed. Shame, then, that another not-as-bad-but-still-bad file overwriting bug has now reared its head. in 1809, overwriting files by extracting from an archive using File Explorer doesn’t result...

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