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Coronavirus vaccine: Oxford team aim to start lab-controlled human trial soon

Today at 18:11 PM, via The Guardian

Jenner Institute at Oxford hopes to recruit healthy volunteers for human challenge trial within months

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The team behind the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine hope to begin tests on volunteers who will be intentionally exposed to the virus in a “challenge trial”, a move seen as controversial as there is no proven cure for the illness.


Hackers Convinced Twitter Employee To Help Them Hijack Accounts

Today at 17:28 PM, via Slashdot

A Twitter insider was responsible for a wave of high profile account takeovers on Wednesday, according to leaked screenshots obtained by Motherboard and two sources who took over accounts. From a report: On Wednesday, a spike of high profile accounts including those of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Uber, and Apple tweeted cryptocurrency scams in an apparent hack. “We used a...

Talks on Stonehenge road tunnel delayed by neolithic find

Today at 16:52 PM, via The Guardian

Grant Shapps extends decision deadline after archaeologists’ discovery of prehistoric pits at British World Heritage Site

A decision on whether construction of a road tunnel near Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, can go ahead has been further delayed by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps.

The deadline for the verdict has been extended by four months to late autumn to allow further consultation...

Closest ever images of sun reveal it is covered in miniature flares

Today at 16:46 PM, via The Guardian

Solar Orbiter images shot from between Venus and Mercury orbits show ‘campfires’ in corona

The closest ever images of the sun reveal its surface is speckled with “campfires”, miniature versions of the dramatic solar flares that are visible from Earth.

The observations, beamed back from the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which is a joint Nasa and European Space Agency (ESA) mission, could help...

Chrome 84 Arrives With SameSite Cookie Changes, Web OTP API and Web Animations

Today at 16:15 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched Chrome 84 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Chrome 84 resumes SameSite cookie changes, includes the Web OTP API and Web Animations API, and removes older Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions. […] First deprecated with Chrome 81 in April, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 have now been completely removed with Chrome 84. This is notable for anyone...

DDR5 Memory Specification Released

Today at 16:09 PM, via Slashdot

Marking an important milestone in computer memory development, today the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association is releasing the final specification for its next mainstream memory standard, DDR5 SDRAM. From a report: The latest iteration of the DDR standard that has been driving PCs, servers, and everything in-between since the late 90s, DDR5 once again extends the capabilities of DDR memory,...

Twitter racing to unravel mystery cyberattack

Today at 15:49 PM, via TechCentral

As Twitter grapples with the worst-ever security breach, it must now uncover whether its employees were victims of sophisticated phishing or if they deliberately allowed hackers to access high-profile accounts.

Eskom explains why load-shedding is back

Today at 15:40 PM, via MyBroadband

A perfect storm of problems – including COVID-19, a series of unplanned breakdowns, and the coldest winter in a decade – led to the return of rolling blackouts in South Africa.

America is headed for climate disaster – but Joe Biden’s green plan might just work | Art Cullen

Today at 15:08 PM, via The Guardian

Biden’s $2tn green agriculture plan is ambitious but realistic. That’s important, because everything is riding on it

The world’s food supply is imperiled by a climate crisis already upon us, and Joe Biden this week put forward an agenda to address it that’s as bold as you could hope from a man who actually intends to get elected.

Related: Biden unveils $700bn ‘buy American’ proposal to revive...

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