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‘Goldmine’ collection of wheat from 100 years ago may help feed the world, scientists say

Yesterday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

A British geneticist scoured the globe for diverse grains in the 1920s. His research could be vital as the climate changes

A hundred years ago, the plant scientist Arthur Watkins launched a remarkable project. He began collecting samples of wheat from all over the globe, nagging consuls and business agents across the British empire and beyond to supply him with grain from local markets.

His...

How much would you pay, honestly, to get back with your ex? | Eva Wiseman

Yesterday at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

The breakup rehabilitation industry is in high demand but the truth is you can’t force someone to love you again

I got angry yesterday, which is unlike me, a lady of peace and careful breaths. I felt like that guy who kicked in his telly when the Sex Pistols swore and I may have done similar had this not been a work laptop and had I not been a little bit sleepy after lunch. The thing that got...

Largest UK Public Sector Trial of Four-Day Work Week Sees Huge Benefits

Yesterday at 05:34 AM, via Slashdot

“In the largest public sector trial of the four-day week in Britain, fewer refuse collectors quit,” reports the Guardian, “and there were faster planning decisions, more rapid benefits processing and quicker call answering, independent research has found.”South Cambridgeshire district council’s controversial experiment with a shorter working week resulted in improvements in performance in 11...

YouTube Investigators Say MSI Exposed 600K+ Warranty Records Via an Open Server

Yesterday at 03:18 AM, via Slashdot

ewhac (Slashdot reader #5,844) writes: Friday the hardware review site Gamers Nexus filed a YouTube video report alleging some serious claims: that PC component manufacturer MSI left their internal warranty and RMA processing web site accessible to the open Internet, with no authentication. Virtually the entire history of MSI warranty claims going back to at least 2017 were searchable and...

After Criticism, Signal Agrees to Secure Plain-Text Encryption Keys for Users’ Message Databases

Saturday at 23:55 PM, via Slashdot

“Signal is finally tightening its desktop client’s security,” reports BleepingComputer — by changing the way it stores plain text encryption keys for the SQLite database where users’ messages are stored:When BleepingComputer contacted Signal about the flaw in 2018, we never received a response. Instead, a Signal Support Manager responded to a user’s concerns in the Signal forum, stating that...

Joe Engle, the Last Living X-15 Pilot, Passed Away July 10 At the Age of 91

Saturday at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

clovis (Slashdot reader #4,684) writes: Joe Engle received his astronaut wings in a ceremony on July 15, 1965, for his flight in the hypersonic aircraft, reaching an altitude of 50 miles above the Earth. At 32, he was the youngest man to become an astronaut. Later, he entered the Apollo program and eventually commanded the STS-2 flight of the Space Shuttle. Here is an interview from 2004. I...

Nasty Spoofing Attack Resurrects Internet Explorer Vulnerability in Windows 10 and 11

Saturday at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader joshuark shared this report from BetaNews:Check Point Research has identified a critical zero-day spoofing attack exploiting Microsoft Internet Explorer on modern Windows 10/11 systems, despite the browser’s retirement. Identified as CVE-2024-38112, this vulnerability allows attackers to execute remote code by tricking users into opening malicious Internet Shortcut (.url) files....

Linksys Routers Found Transmitting Passwords in Cleartext

Saturday at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

TechSpot writes:Users of the Linksys Velop Pro 6E and 7 mesh routers should change their passwords and Wi-Fi network names through an external web browser. The two models transmit critical information to outside servers in an insecure manner upon initial installation. New patches have emerged since the issue was discovered, but Linksys hasn’t publicly responded to the matter, and it is unclear...

Admiral Grace Hopper’s Landmark Lecture Is Found, But the NSA Won’t Release It

Saturday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

MuckRock is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit collaborative news site to “request, analyze and share government documents,” according to its web site. And long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shared their report about a lecture by Admiral Grace Hopper:In a vault at the National Security Agency lies a historical treasure: two AMPEX 1-inch open reel tapes containing a landmark lecture by Admiral...

Apple Watch Is Cleared By the CBP of Infringing On the ECG Patent

Saturday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader Kirschey writes: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection determined that the redesigned Apple Watch models do not violate AliveCor’s electrocardiogram patents, allowing them to be imported. This decision comes before a consolidated hearing at the Federal Circuit Court regarding the same patents. From the decision:We find that Apple Inc. (“Apple”) has met its burden to show that...

Sony Announces It’s ‘Gradually’ Stopping Production of Recordable Blu-Ray Discs

Saturday at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

A report from TechSpot:For home videographers and data hoarders who still rely on optical discs for archiving, some bad news just dropped: Sony is winding down production of recordable Blu-ray media… In an interview Sony gave to AV Watch recently, the company admitted it’s going to “gradually end development and production” of recordable Blu-rays and other optical disc formats at its Tagajo...

Check Out WIRED’s Merch Store Refresh

Saturday at 17:00 PM, via Wired

Brand-new mugs, hats, and shirts are just a few of the things you’ll find in our store for branded merchandise, SHOP.WIRED.

Are Intel’s i9-13900k’s and -14900k’s Crashing at a Higher Rate?

Saturday at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Intel’s problems with unstable 13th-gen and 14th-gen high-end CPUs appear to run deeper than we thought,” writes TechRadar, “and a new YouTube video diving into these gremlins will do little to calm any fears that buyers of Raptor Lake Core i9 processors (and its subsequent refresh) have.” Level1Techs is the YouTuber in question, who has explored several avenues in an effort to make more sense...

Tesla’s Cheaper Long-Range Model 3 Is Back

Saturday at 15:30 PM, via Wired

Plus: The Ford Capri returns as an EV, Samsung workers are on indefinite labor strike, and the market for anti-obesity drugs is messier than ever.

A mystery writer planned to retire. Now she’s leading a team of genetic detectives – and giving murder victims back their names

Saturday at 15:00 PM, via The Guardian

Working from her California bungalow, Margaret Press, 77, leads a pioneering team of volunteers in the field of genetic genealogy. Thus far, they’ve identified the remains of more than 100 Jane and John Does

For 37 years, the young woman remained nameless. She was known only as “Buckskin girl” for the leather poncho she wore when she was found, strangled, in an Ohio ditch in 1981.

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