Science and Technology

Latest advancements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including medical breakthroughs, space exploration, and new gadgets and software.

Could an MRI scan make prostate cancer screening more accurate?

An MRI scan could improve the accuracy of prostate cancer screening skynesher/Getty Images There is both good news and bad news about prostate cancer screening. First, the bad news: the blood test involved, which measures a compound called prostate-specific antigen (PSA), is too inaccurate. As a result, some men end up having cancer treatments they […]

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The hard lessons of Harvard’s failed geoengineering experiment

The basic concept behind solar geoengineering is that by spraying certain particles high above the planet, humans could reflect some amount of sunlight back into space as a means of counteracting climate change.  The Harvard researchers hoped to launch a high-altitude balloon, tethered to a gondola equipped with propellers and sensors, from a site in

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The 21 Best Movies on Apple TV+ Right Now

When it comes to originals, Netflix and Amazon have the deepest libraries of prestige movies. But ever since CODA won the Best Picture Oscar, it’s become clear that some of the best movies are on Apple TV+. As with any streaming service, not every film on the roster is a winner, but from Billie Eilish documentaries to Sundance darlings, Apple’s

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NYT ‘Connections’ hints and answers for April 5: Tips to solve ‘Connections’ #299.

Connections is the latest New York Times word game that’s captured the public’s attention. The game is all about finding the “common threads between words.” And just like Wordle, Connections resets after midnight and each new set of words gets trickier and trickier—so we’ve served up some hints and tips to get you over the

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As deal rumors fly, Alphabet and HubSpot would be a strange pairing

Reuters reported on Thursday that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is exploring the possibility of buying Boston-based HubSpot, a CRM and marketing automation company with a market cap of over $33 billion – a number that has been climbing on those reports. If such a deal were to happen, the cost would likely be pretty substantial,

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Breaking Down the Sithy Secrets of Tales of the Empire’s New Trailer

Screenshot: Lucasfilm We cut to the waiting Inquisitors, which includes Barriss in her Inquisitorius armor—confirming that she is indeed the one we saw running towards the Fourth Sister’s duel earlier. She’s joined by the Fourth Sister and two familiar faces: the crow-like masked Inquisitor, so far unidentified by title, that Ahsoka killed at the climax

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Hatsune Miku in Crypt of the Necrodancer feels like the perfect crossover

Crypt of the Necrodancer just won’t die — and that’s a good thing. The nearly decade-old roguelike rhythm game received new content on Thursday, bringing virtual pop star Hatsune Miku into the fold as a playable character. Developer Brace Yourself Games says Hatsune Miku is one of the more challenging characters in the game. She

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How cryptographers finally cracked one of the Zodiac Killer’s hardest codes

An international team of cryptographers has published a new whitepaper detailing the massive amounts of work, crowdsourcing, and computational programming that was required to translate a notorious serial killer’s half-century-old mystery message. Although one cryptographer uploaded a video rundown of their methodology to YouTube in 2020, the team’s new whitepaper further shows just how much work went

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There are hints that dark energy may be getting weaker

A slice of the largest 3D map of the universe showing the underlying structure of matter laire Lamman/DESI collaboration; custom colormap package by cmastro The largest 3D map of the universe ever created is providing hints about the evolution of the cosmos, and they suggest that we may be wrong about the behaviour of dark

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Why the lifetime of nuclear plants is getting longer

Two main components determine a plant’s lifetime: the reactor pressure vessel and the containment structure, says Jacopo Buongiorno, a professor of nuclear engineering at MIT.  The reactor pressure vessel is the heart of a nuclear power plant, containing the reactor core as well as the associated cooling system. The structure must keep the reactor core

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A TikTok Whistleblower Got DC’s Attention. Do His Claims Add Up?

Despite not holding a senior position, Goziker claims that his main job at TikTok was “overseeing” Project Texas to ensure the social media app’s plan to secure US user data would be effective. The goal was to implement a set of safeguards that would satisfy the ​​Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an

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Apple smart home robot? There’s one reportedly in the works.

Apple wants to get smart home robots into our households, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Arguably, the Cupertino-based tech giant already had a successful foray into a new category (i.e., mixed-reality headsets), so why not take another risk? The iPhone maker is reportedly working on a personal bot that can follow owners around

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OpenStack improves support for AI workloads

OpenStack allows enterprises to manage their own AWS-like private clouds on-premises. Even after 29 releases, it’s still among the most active open-source projects in the world and this week, the OpenInfra Foundation that shepherds the project announced the launch of version 29 of OpenStack. Dubbed ‘Caracal,’ this new release emphasizes new features for hosting AI

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Tesla is dragging Apple into its upcoming fatal Autopilot crash trial

Tesla is going to court next week over the role its Autopilot system played in a fatal crash in 2018 — and it wants Apple to testify in its defense. Tesla wants to prove that Apple engineer Wei “Walter” Huang was playing a video game on his phone at the time his Autopilot-enabled Model X smashed

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Amazon’s Prime Gaming titles for April include Fallout 76 and Chivalry 2

Amazon is to Prime members at no extra cost for the month of April. Leading the bunch is Fallout 76, a multiplayer take on the post-apocalyptic franchise. There’s also the hack and slash adventure Chivalry 2 and around a dozen more. Fallout 76 is just the latest title in the series to hit Prime Gaming,

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NASA picks three finalists to design the lunar rover for Artemis

NASA has announced three finalists to pitch them their best moon car ideas by this time next year to use on upcoming Artemis lunar missions. During a press conference yesterday afternoon, the agency confirmed Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost, and Venturi Astrolab will all spend the next 12 months developing their Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) concepts

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Marine protected areas aren’t helping fish populations recover

Bluestriped grunt and grey snapper in Hol Chan Marine Reserve off the coast of Belize Pete Oxford/ILCP Fish populations aren’t bouncing back in marine protected areas in the Caribbean Sea, according to a 12-year study. Poor enforcement of marine protection regulations, coastal development and rising water temperatures are probably to blame, say researchers. The Mesoamerican

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The Download: Harvard’s geoengineering failure, and extending nuclear plants’ lifetimes

In March 2017, at a small summit in Washington, DC, two Harvard professors, David Keith and Frank Keutsch, laid out plans to conduct what would have been the first solar geoengineering experiment in the stratosphere. The basic concept behind solar geoengineering is that by spraying certain particles high above the planet, humans could reflect some

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