02 Feb 2023

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Razer Debuts Its Lightest Gaming Mouse Ever

Razer announced its lightest gaming mouse today, the Viper Mini Signature Edition. From a report: It only weighs 49g, making it 16 percent lighter than the company's Viper V2 Pro and one of the most lightweight mice we've seen from a large company. The mouse uses a magnesium alloy exoskeleton with a semi-hollow interior (bearing a slight resemblance to the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless). "We wanted to push beyond the traditional honeycomb design, and this required a material with an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio," said Razer's Head of Industrial Design, Charlie Bolton. "After evaluating plastics, carbon fiber and even titanium, we ultimately chose magnesium alloy for its exceptional properties." Razer says the mouse uses its fastest wireless tech and will be among its best-performing wireless mice. Price: $280.

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02 Feb 2023 8:41pm GMT

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Razer’s $280 mouse is covered in gaping holes 

With a magnesium-alloy exoskeleton, the Viper Mini SE weighs 1.73 ounces.

02 Feb 2023 8:36pm GMT

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02 Feb 2023 8:22pm GMT

Metal-Rich, Potato-Shaped Asteroid Could Be Worth $10 Quintillion

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02 Feb 2023 8:19pm GMT

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A Proud Ship Turned Into a Giant Recycling Problem. So Brazil Plans To Sink It.

A decommissioned aircraft carrier, packed with an undetermined amount of asbestos, is being towed in circles off the coast of Brazil after it was refused permission to dock in Turkey for recycling. The problem? No government wants anything to do with it. From a report: Now, the Brazilian Navy says it plans to just sink the ship, the Sao Paulo, a Clemenceau-class carrier purchased from France in 2000 for $12 million, planes and helicopters not included. Environmentalists say doing so would cause irreparable environmental damage and could be a violation of international law. It would be "completely unexplainable and irrational" to sink the ship, said Jim Puckett, director of the Basel Action Network, an environmental nonprofit group based in Seattle that focuses on the global trade in toxic substances. The story of Sao Paulo's demise started when a Turkish company called Sok Denizcilik bought the ship for just over $1.8 million in an auction in 2021. Its goal was to recycle the vessel, disposing of any waste responsibly while making a profit salvaging and selling the tons of nontoxic metals it contained. But the Turkish company's plans were met with protests from environmental groups that said the ship was carrying a lot more dangerous material than the company had disclosed. The 873-foot vessel, which served in the French Navy under the name Foch from 1963 until it was sold in 2000, hadn't been in service for roughly a decade. Some of its compartments have accumulated so much dangerous gas that it is now unsafe to enter them, inspectors said.

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02 Feb 2023 8:01pm GMT

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s deep fake company announces $20M investment

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02 Feb 2023 7:25pm GMT

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EU Lawmakers Launch Tips Hotline To Catch Big Tech's 'Shady' Lobbying

An anonymous reader shares a report: 'Astroturfing' and other non-transparent lobbying tactics used to target digital policymakers in the European Union in recent years -- including during a blitz of spending aimed at influencing major new pan-EU rules like the Digital Services Act (DSA) -- have inspired a group of MEPs and NGOs to fight back by launching a hotline for reporting attempts at indirectly influencing the bloc's tech policy agenda. The new tips line, which was first reported by the Guardian, is being called LobbyLeaks. The office of one of the MEPs co-leading the effort, Paul Tang of the S&D Group, said the idea is to gather data on underhand lobbying efforts that may be targeting the EU's digital policymaking -- such as the use of third party 'industry associations' or consultancies without clear disclosures, or even academics being quietly funded to author favorable research -- in order that they can be studied and called out. They also want to ensure EU lawmakers are better informed about the myriad ways tech giants may be seeking to influence them as they work on shaping the rules platform giants will have to play by.

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02 Feb 2023 7:22pm GMT

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ISP admits lying to FCC about size of network to block funding to rivals

ISP gave FCC false coverage information to prevent others from getting grants.

02 Feb 2023 7:06pm GMT

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Git archive generation meets Hyrum's law

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02 Feb 2023 6:47pm GMT

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'Less Clumpy' Universe May Suggest Existence of Mysterious Forces

One of the most precise surveys of the structure of the universe has suggested it is "less clumpy" than expected, in findings that could indicate the existence of mysterious forces at work. From a report: The observations by the Dark Energy Survey and the South Pole Telescope chart the distribution of matter with the aim of understanding the competing forces that shaped the evolution of the universe and govern its ultimate fate. The extraordinarily detailed analysis adds to a body of evidence that suggests there may be a crucial component missing from the so-called standard model of physics. "It seems like there is slightly less [clumpiness] in the current universe than we would predict assuming our standard cosmological model anchored to the early universe," said Eric Baxter, an astrophysicist at the University of Hawaii and co-author of the study. The results did not pass the statistical threshold that scientists consider to be ironclad enough to claim a discovery, but they do come after similar findings from previous surveys that hint a crack could be opening up between theoretical predictions and what is actually going on in the universe. "If the finding stands up it's very exciting," said Dr Chihway Chang, an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago and a lead author. "The whole point of physics is to test models and break them. The best scenario is it helps us understand more about the nature of dark matter and dark energy."

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02 Feb 2023 6:45pm GMT

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ChatGPT's breakout moment and the race to put AI to work

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02 Feb 2023 6:35pm GMT

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Anker’s Eufy admits unencrypted videos could be accessed, plans overhaul

Company says it will push updates, hire experts, and start a bounty program.

02 Feb 2023 6:32pm GMT

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Show HN: Minimalist Blogging Platform

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02 Feb 2023 6:16pm GMT

Math breakdown: Anime homing missiles

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02 Feb 2023 6:14pm GMT

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Carbon capture is here—it just isn’t evenly distributed

Small installations like CarbonQuest's may provide a key demonstration of the tech.

02 Feb 2023 6:11pm GMT

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America Failing To Prepare Gen Z To Enter the Workforce Due To 'Glaring' Gap in Tech Skills

Computer classes for Gen Z aren't cutting it anymore. From a report: More than a third (37%) of Gen Zers feel their school education didn't prepare them with the digital skills they need to propel their career, according to Dell Technologies' international survey of more than 15,000 adults ages 18 to 26 across 15 countries. A majority (56%) of this generation added that they had very basic to no digital skills education. It's all led to some warranted skepticism regarding the future of work: Many Gen Zers are unsure what the digital economy will look like, and 33% have little to no confidence that the government's investments in a digital future will be successful in 10 years. Forty-four percent think that schools and businesses should work together to address the digital skills gap. The findings back up past research that found nearly half of the Class of 2022 felt the top skill they were underprepared for was technical skills.

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02 Feb 2023 6:01pm GMT

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The following security updates require Ubuntu Pro with ‘esm-apps’ enabled

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02 Feb 2023 5:57pm GMT

Show HN: Groundhog-day.com – structured groundhog data

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02 Feb 2023 5:53pm GMT

St. John’s Reading List: A Great Books Curriculum

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02 Feb 2023 5:38pm GMT

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Antartica's Only EV Had To Be Redesigned Because of Climate Change

Most electric vehicles get upgrades to boost performance or range, but Antarctica's one and only EV has received a tune-up due to the realities of climate change. From a report: Venturi has revealed that it upgraded its Venturi Antarctica electric explorer early last year due to warmer conditions on the continent. The original machine was designed to operate in winter temperatures of -58F, but the southern polar region is now comparatively balmy at 14F -- and that affected both crews and performance. The company has added a ventilation system and air intakes to the front of the Antarctica to prevent overheating in the cockpit, while additional intakes keep the power electronics from cooking. Redesigned wheel sprockets were also necessary to maximize the tracked EV's capabilities. The warmer snow was sticking to the sprockets, creating vibrations as it compacted and hardened. Future upgrades will help restore range lost to changing snow consistency. The Antarctica is built to cover 31 miles, but scientists have been limiting that to 25 miles.

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02 Feb 2023 5:22pm GMT

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Dashworks (YC W20) Is Hiring a Full-Stack Product Engineer

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02 Feb 2023 5:00pm GMT

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Google Expands Open Source Bounties, Will Soon Support Javascript Fuzzing Too

Google has expanded OSS-Fuzz Reward Program to offer rewards of up to $30,000 for researchers who find security flaws in open source programs. From a report: The expanded scope of the program now means the total rewards possible per project integration rise from $20,000 to $30,000. The purpose of OSS-Fuzz is to support open source projects adopt fuzz testing and the new categories of rewards support those who create more ways of integrating new projects. Google created two new reward categories that reward wider improvements across all OSS-Fuzz projects. It offers up to $11,337 available per category. It's also offering rewards for notable FuzzBench fuzzer integrations, and for integrating new sanitizers or 'bug detectors' that help find vulnerabilities. "We hope to accelerate the integration of critical open source projects into OSS-Fuzz by providing stronger incentives to security researchers and open source maintainers," explains Oliver Chang of Google's OSS-Fuzz team.

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02 Feb 2023 4:40pm GMT

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Cash-strapped Twitter to start charging developers for API access next week

Twitter cutting off free access to its API will block research, kill fun bots.

02 Feb 2023 4:39pm GMT

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Fun Fact: I own porn I can't watch

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02 Feb 2023 4:37pm GMT

Carving the scheduler out of our orchestrator

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02 Feb 2023 4:30pm GMT

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PS5 owners won’t get this set of free PS4 games for much longer

Plus subscribers have until May to claim their 19 free downloads.

02 Feb 2023 4:18pm GMT

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Microsoft Will Use OpenAI Tech To Write Emails For Busy Salespeople

Microsoft is adding artificial intelligence capabilities from ChatGPT maker OpenAI to another of its products -- this time a customer-relationship app that's meant to help win revenue from Salesforce. From a report: Viva Sales, which connects Microsoft's Office and video conferencing programs with customer relations management software, will be able to generate email replies to clients using OpenAI's product for creating text. The AI tools, which include OpenAI's GPT 3.5 -- the system that is the basis for the ChatGPT chatbot -- will cull data from customer records and Office email software. That information will then be used to generate emails containing personalized text, pricing details and promotions. The Viva Sales app was initially released in October and works with Microsoft's Dynamics customer management program and that of rival Salesforce. It's free for users who sign up for the premium versions of Dynamics and $40 per user per month for Salesforce customers.

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02 Feb 2023 4:06pm GMT

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Play Counter Strike 1.6, with full multiplayer, in the browser

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02 Feb 2023 4:00pm GMT

AI is coming to Hollywood with Metaphysic

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02 Feb 2023 3:44pm GMT

Exploring Rust for Vulkan drivers, part 1

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02 Feb 2023 3:24pm GMT

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Senator Urges Apple, Google To Remove TikTok From App Stores

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) wrote to Google and Apple on Thursday, urging both companies to remove TikTok from their app stores. From a report: In a letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Bennet urges both leaders to boot TikTok immediately, calling the popular video-sharing app "an unacceptable threat to the national security of the United States." Bennet's letter marks the first time a member of Congress has suggested TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, should not be available for download via the Google Play or Apple App store. "No company subject to [Chinese Communist Party] dictates should have the power to accumulate such extensive data on the American people or curate content to nearly a third of our population," Bennet wrote in the letter.

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02 Feb 2023 3:20pm GMT

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Enter the hunter satellites preparing for space war

Startup plans to launch prototype pursuit satellites on a SpaceX flight later this year.

02 Feb 2023 3:17pm GMT

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ChromeOS and Microsoft 365 Will Start Playing Nicer With Each Other This Year

An anonymous reader shares a report: Google and Microsoft don't always take pains to make sure their products work great together -- Google originally declared Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser "not supported" by the Google Drive web apps; Microsoft is always trying to make you use Bing -- but it looks like Google's ChromeOS will start working a bit better with the Microsoft 365 service later this year. Google says ChromeOS will add a "new integration" for Microsoft 365, making it easier to install the app and adding built-in support for OneDrive in ChromeOS' native Files app. This should allow users to search for and access OneDrive files the same way they get to local files, or files stored in their Google Drive account. The integration will be added in "the coming months," and users in ChromeOS' dev and beta channels will be able to access it before it rolls out to all ChromeOS users later this year. ChromeOS users can currently access OneDrive and other Microsoft 365 services through their web interfaces or Android apps installed via the Google Play Store, but they don't integrate with the built-in ChromeOS Files app the way that Google Drive does. This integration will help close that gap for people who, for example, use Google products at home but Microsoft products at work or vice versa.

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02 Feb 2023 2:46pm GMT

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Six new electric Volvos will debut by 2026

The brand is preparing EV sedans and SUVs, and for China, a van.

02 Feb 2023 2:09pm GMT

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Dangerous Fungi Are Spreading Across US as Temperatures Rise

Dangerous fungal infections are on the rise, and a growing body of research suggests warmer temperatures might be a culprit. From a report: The human body's average temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit has long been too hot for most fungi to thrive, infectious-disease specialists say. But as temperatures have risen globally, some fungi might be adapting to endure more heat stress, including conditions within the human body, research suggests. Climate change might also be creating conditions for some disease-causing fungi to expand their geographical range, research shows. "As fungi are exposed to more consistent elevated temperatures, there's a real possibility that certain fungi that were previously harmless suddenly become potential pathogens," said Peter Pappas, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Deaths from fungal infections are increasing, due in part to growing populations of people with weakened immune systems who are more vulnerable to severe fungal disease, public-health experts said. At least 7,000 people died in the U.S. from fungal infections in 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, up from hundreds of people each year around 1970. There are few effective and nontoxic medications to treat such infections, they said.

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02 Feb 2023 2:00pm GMT

Netflix Made an Anime Using AI Due To a 'Labor Shortage,' and Fans Are Pissed

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Netflix created an anime that uses AI-generated artwork to paint its backgrounds -- and people on social media are pissed. In a tweet, Netflix Japan claimed that the project, a short called he Dog & The Boy uses AI generated art in response to labor shortages in the anime industry. "As an experimental effort to help the anime industry, which has a labor shortage, we used image generation technology for the background images of all three-minute video cuts!" the streaming platform wrote in a tweet. The tweet drew instant criticism and outrage from commenters who felt that Netflix was using AI to avoid paying human artists. This has been a central tension since image-generation AI took off last year, as many artists see the tools as unethical -- due to being trained on masses of human-made art scraped from the internet -- and cudgels to further cut costs and devalue workers. Netflix Japan's claim that the AI was used to fill a supposed labor gap hit the bullseye on these widespread concerns. According to a press release, the short film was created by Netflix Anime Creators Base -- a Tokyo-based hub the company created to bolster its anime output with new tools and methods -- in collaboration with Rinna Inc., an AI-generated artwork company, and production company WIT Studio, which produced the first three seasons of Attack on Titan. "Demand for new anime productions has skyrocketed in recent years, but the industry has long been fraught with labor abuses and poor wages," notes Motherboard's Samantha Cole. "In 2017, an illustrator died while working, allegedly of a stress-induced heart attack and stroke; in 2021, the reported salary of low-rung anime illustrators was as little as $200 a month, forcing some to reconsider the career as a sustainable way to earn a living while having a life outside work, buying a home, or supporting children. "Even top animators reportedly earn just $1,400 to $3,800 a month -- as the anime industry itself boomed during the pandemic amid a renewed interest in at-home streaming. In 2021, the industry hit an all-time revenue high of $18.4 billion."

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02 Feb 2023 1:00pm GMT

ChatGPT Sets Record For Fastest-Growing User Base

ChatGPT, the popular chatbot from OpenAI, is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, just two months after launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history, according to a UBS study on Wednesday. Reuters reports: The report, citing data from analytics firm Similar Web, said about 13 million unique visitors used ChatGPT per day in January, more than double the levels in December. "In 20 years following the internet space, we cannot recall a faster ramp in a consumer internet app," UBS analysts wrote in the note. OpenAI, a private company backed by Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), launched ChatGPT in late November. It took TikTok about nine months after its global launch to add 100 million users and it took Instagram 2-1/2 years, according to data from Sensor Tower. [...] Analysts believe the viral launch of ChatGPT will give OpenAI a first-mover advantage against other AI companies. The growing usage, while adding up to a substantial amount of computing cost, has also provided valuable feedback to help train the chatbot's responses. While ChatGPT is currently free to use, the company on Wednesday launched a new pilot subscription plan for the chatbot called ChatGPT Plus. It starts at $20 per month and includes access to ChatGPT even during peak times, faster response times and priority access to new features and improvements.

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02 Feb 2023 10:00am GMT

Physicists Observe Rare Resonance In Molecules For the First Time

Physicists at MIT have for the very first time observed a resonance between two colliding ultracold molecules. The findings have been published in the journal Nature. From the report: They found that a cloud of super-cooled sodium-lithium (NaLi) molecules disappeared 100 times faster than normal when exposed to a very specific magnetic field. The molecules' rapid disappearance is a sign that the magnetic field tuned the particles into a resonance, driving them to react more quickly than they normally would. The findings shed light on the mysterious forces that drive molecules to chemically react. They also suggest that scientists could one day harness particles' natural resonances to steer and control certain chemical reactions. Overall, the discovery provides a deeper understanding of molecular dynamics and chemistry. While the team does not anticipate scientists being able to stimulate resonance, and steer reactions, at the level of organic chemistry, it could one day be possible to do so at the quantum scale. "One of the main themes of quantum science is studying systems of increasing complexity, especially when quantum control is potentially in the offing," says John Doyle, professor of physics at Harvard University, who was not involved in the group's research. "These kind of resonances, first seen in simple atoms and then more complicated ones, led to amazing advances in atomic physics. Now that this is seen in molecules, we should first understand it in detail, and then let the imagination wander and think what it might be good for, perhaps constructing larger ultracold molecules, perhaps studying interesting states of matter."

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02 Feb 2023 7:00am GMT

Study Reveals Links Between UK Air Pollution and Mental Ill-Health

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Long-term exposure to even comparatively low levels of air pollution could cause depression and anxiety, according to a study exploring the links between air quality and mental ill-health. Tracking the incidence of depression and anxiety in almost 500,000 UK adults over 11 years, researchers found that those living in areas with higher pollution were more likely to suffer episodes, even when air quality was within official limits. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, the researchers, from the universities of Oxford and Beijing and Imperial College London, said their findings suggested a need for stricter standards or regulations for air pollution control. The researchers drew on the data of 389,185 participants from the UK Biobank, modeling and giving a score to the air pollution, including PM2.5 and PM10, nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide for the areas in which they lived. They found 13,131 cases of depression and 15,835 of anxiety were identified among their sample within a follow-up period of about 11 years. As air pollution increased, the researchers found, so did cases of depression and anxiety. Exposure-response curves were non-linear, however, with steeper slopes at lower levels and plateauing trends at higher exposure, suggesting that long-term exposure to low levels of pollution were just just as likely to lead to diagnoses as exposure to higher levels. "Considering that many countries' air quality standards are still well above the latest World Health Organization global air quality guidelines 2021, stricter standards or regulations for air pollution control should be implemented in the future policy making," the researchers wrote.

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01 Feb 2023

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Massive nursing degree scheme leads to hunt for 2,800 fraudulent nurses

Delaware annulled 26 licenses. Georgia asked 22 to surrender theirs.

01 Feb 2023 11:30pm GMT

ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base in history, report says

Intense demand for AI chatbot breaks records and inspires new $20/mo subscription plan.

01 Feb 2023 10:57pm GMT

Teasing out the secret recipes for mummification in ancient Egypt

Most ingredients weren't available locally-more evidence of a long-distance trade network.

01 Feb 2023 10:42pm GMT

Unofficial Link to the Past PC port is a reverse-engineered gem

More than 70,000 lines of disassembled code teach an old game useful new tricks.

01 Feb 2023 10:04pm GMT

Bethesda’s Redfall needs to be online for single-player mode

Shooter continues the controversial history of the "always online" solo game.

01 Feb 2023 9:17pm GMT

Up to 29,000 unpatched QNAP storage devices are sitting ducks to ransomware

QNAP storage devices are a frequent target of criminal hackers.

01 Feb 2023 9:08pm GMT

Netflix stirs fears by using AI-assisted background art in short anime film

Netflix cites labor shortage, kicks hornets nest with AI-assisted 3-minute short.

01 Feb 2023 9:00pm GMT

(Most of) AMD’s gaming-centric Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs launch February 28

7800X3D launches in April for $449, while 7900X3D and 7950X3D are coming soon.

01 Feb 2023 8:24pm GMT