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America’s Aging Dams Are a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen

Saturday at 13:00 PM, via Wired

Climate change presents a growing threat to the nation’s nearly 92,000 dams, many of which are more than 100 years old, as heavy rainfall, flooding, and other forms of extreme weather become more common and severe.

Spyware Users Exposed in Major Data Breach

Saturday at 12:30 PM, via Wired

Plus: The Heritage Foundation gets hacked over Project 2025, a car dealership software provider seems to have paid $25 million to a ransomware gang, and authorities disrupt a Russian bot farm.

The Sensations of Slime Are Serious Business

Saturday at 12:00 PM, via Wired

Slime and ASMR have a symbiotic relationship, and the twin phenomena are fueling a cottage industry of slime, slime content, slime products, and slime experiences.

NATO Countries Pledge $1 Billion To Strengthen Collection, Sharing of Space-Based Intel

Saturday at 12:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from DefenseScoop: A group of NATO countries are set to begin implementing a new project aimed at improving the alliance’s ability to quickly share intelligence gathered by space-based assets operated by both member nations and the commercial sector. Seventeen NATO members signed a memorandum of understanding for the Alliance Persistence Surveillance from...

‘People say my book gave them a panic attack’: When We Cease to Understand the World author Benjamín Labatut

Saturday at 12:00 PM, via The Guardian

His page-turning books about quantum physics and game theory have given the Chilean writer a cult following – and won him famous fans from Stephen Fry to Björk and Barack Obama

“I know you’re trying to skirt around it,” says Benjamín Labatut when I put to him that his books concern people of unworldly intelligence working on problems that are maximally deep, “but the best way to sum...

Target on Capitec’s back[11:00]

Saturday at 11:16 AM, via MyBroadband

Capitec shook up the South African banking sector with affordable and simple products. Its huge success put a target on its back, with newcomers targeting its clients.

South African census mess

Saturday at 10:04 AM, via TechCentral

Census 2022 results should be used with extreme caution in planning and resource allocation.

Dune-Inspired Spacesuit Recycles Urine Into Clean Drinking Water

Saturday at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

Researchers from Cornell University have developed a novel urine collection and filtration system for spacesuits, designed to improve hygiene and comfort for astronauts during long spacewalks. This new system, inspired by the ‘stillsuits’ from the Dune franchise, recycles urine into potable water using a vacuum-based external catheter and a forward-reverse osmosis unit. It’s expected to be...

Climate crisis has impact on insects’ colours and sex lives, study finds

Saturday at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

Scientists fear adaptations to global heating may leave some species struggling to mate successfully

An ambush bug with a darker-coloured body is better at snagging a sexual partner than its brighter counterpart when it is chilly. Darker males can warm up more easily in the early mornings, and therefore get busy while everybody else is still warming up.

This is one of the many examples of how...

SpaceX rocket fails during Starlink launch

Saturday at 08:28 AM, via MyBroadband

SpaceX suffered a rare failure to one of its rockets in a recent launch, marking the first major in-flight mishap in more than 300 launches of the workhorse vehicle.

Three Mile Island Considers Nuclear Restart

Saturday at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Constellation Energy is in talks with the Pennsylvania governor’s office and state lawmakers to help fund a possible restart of part of its Three Mile Island power facility, the site of a nuclear meltdown in the 1970s, three sources familiar with the discussions said on Tuesday. The conversations, which two sources described as “beyond...

OpenAI Working On New Reasoning Technology Under Code Name ‘Strawberry’

Saturday at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

OpenAI is close to a breakthrough with a new project called “Strawberry,” which aims to enhance its AI models with advanced reasoning abilities. Reuters reports: Teams inside OpenAI are working on Strawberry, according to a copy of a recent internal OpenAI document seen by Reuters in May. Reuters could not ascertain the precise date of the document, which details a plan for how OpenAI intends...

CISA Broke Into a US Federal Agency, No One Noticed For a Full 5 Months

Saturday at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

A 2023 red team exercise by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at an unnamed federal agency exposed critical security failings, including unpatched vulnerabilities, inadequate incident response, and weak credential management, leading to a full domain compromise. According to The Register’s Connor Jones, the agency failed to detect or remediate malicious activity...

German Navy To Replace Aging 8-Inch Floppy Drives With an Emulated Solution

Saturday at 02:02 AM, via Slashdot

Mark Tyson reports via Tom’s Hardware: The German Navy is searching for a new storage system to replace the aging 8-inch (20cm) floppy disks which are vital to the running of its Brandenburg class F123 frigates. According to an official tender document, the ideal answer to the German Navy’s problems would be a drop-in floppy disk replacement based upon a storage emulation system, reports...

Southwest Airlines Strikes Deal For Electric Air Taxi Network

Saturday at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

Southwest Airlines has signed a deal with Archer Aviation to develop plans for an on-demand eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) service in California. The Verge reports: The service will operate using Archer’s battery-powered, four-passenger, tilt-rotor Midnight aircraft, which are designed to take off and land vertically from a landing strip like a helicopter. As part of the deal,...

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