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Physicists Propose Listening For Dark Matter With Plasma-Based 'Axion Radio'

Physicists at Stockholm University and the Max Planck Institute of Physics have proposed a novel design for an "axion radio" that employs cold plasmas (gases or liquids of charged particles) to

Rocket Lab Launches Highest Mission Yet To Put Astro Digital Satellite In Orbit

XXongo writes: Sometimes it seems that all the space news focuses on SpaceX, but another private rocket company, Rocket Lab, is also making history with their bargain-basement space launcher, the

Mars InSight's 'Mole' Is Moving Again

Iwastheone shares a report from NASA: NASA's InSight spacecraft has used its robotic arm to help its heat probe, known as "the mole," dig nearly 2 centimeters (3/4 of an inch) over the past week.

New Bill Promises an End To Our Privacy Nightmare, Jail Time To CEOs Who Lie

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has unveiled updated privacy legislation he says will finally bring accountability to corporations that play fast and

Call of Duty Will Have a Battle Pass Instead of Loot Boxes

Activision and Infinity Ward are doubling down on their commitment to not have loot boxes in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with the announcement that it will instead feature a battle pass.

School Field Trips: Amazon Warehouses Are the New Smithsonian

theodp writes: On Thursday evening, Amazon is hosting a national field trip of sorts, inviting kids and teachers to take part in a Twitch livestream tour inside an Amazon robotics fulfillment center

Google Clips AI-Powered Camera Has Been Discontinued

In addition to Daydream, Google is discontinuing its AI-powered Google Clips, a small camera designed to leverage modern technology in order to automatically capture and preserve life's most memorable

Senators Propose Near-Total Ban On Worker Noncompete Agreements

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A bipartisan pair of senators has introduced legislation to drastically limit the use of noncompete agreements across the U.S. economy.

Reddit-Born Engineering Group Buys Leftovers of Failed Hyperloop Startup Arrivo

Reddit-born hyperloop and engineering collective rLoop has bought the intellectual property of Arrivo, a fellow hyperloop startup that went out of business last December, The Verge has learned. rLoop

DoNotPay App Waits On Hold For You

DoNotPay, a free chatbot that offers AI-powered legal counsel, is launching a new feature that will call you when it's your turn in a customer service phone queue. TechCrunch reports: The app today is

Germany's Cybersecurity Agency Recommends Firefox As Most Secure Browser

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Firefox is the only browser that received top marks in a recent audit carried out by Germany's cyber-security agency -- the German Federal Office for

Earth-Like Planets May Be Common Outside Our Solar System, Scientists Discover

Scientists have directly observed the rocky guts of exoplanets, which are worlds from different star systems, by watching the fallout of these objects crashing into the corpses of dead stars. From a

The Death of Cars Was Greatly Exaggerated

Personal car ownership in the US has increased in the past 10 years, even in the frenzied urban places where Uber and car-share have become verbs. From a report: According to research from former New

Malware That Spits Cash Out of ATMs Has Spread Across the World

A joint investigation between Motherboard and the German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) has uncovered new details about a spate of so-called "jackpotting" attacks. From a report: A joint

Machine Learning Can't Flag False News, New Studies Show

Current machine learning models aren't yet up to the task of distinguishing false news reports, two new papers by MIT researchers show. From a report: After different researchers showed that computers

Hot Online Bank Startup Leaves Customers Without Access to Their Cash

Chime, an online banking startup with more than 5 million customers, has been suffering an outage for much of past 24 hours that has left customers without access to their money. From a report: The

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says He Fears 'Erosion of Truth' But Defends Allowing Politicians To Lie in Ads

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview he worries "about an erosion of truth" online but defended the policy that allows politicians to peddle ads containing misrepresentations

Google Expands Chrome's Site Isolation Feature To Android Users

If Chrome for Android users visit a site where they enter passwords, Chrome will isolate that site from all the other tabs in a separate Android process, keeping the user's data safe from Spectre-like

Brexit Deal Leaves Companies in Limbo Over Data Flows

The U.K.'s new deal for leaving the European Union hasn't given companies any certainty about how they should handle the movement of personal data out of the bloc and into Britain. From a report: The

The Water Crisis Cities Don't See Coming

Aging water treatment systems, failing pipes and a slew of unregulated contaminants threaten to undermine water quality in U.S. cities of all sizes. Still, with only a handful of exceptions, "water